Guest Blogging for Shop It To Me: Gift Ideas for the Fashionista who has Everything

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | General | Comments Off

Meilily Guest Blogging Alert!

Better Than Sample SalesMeilily was recently invited to be a guest blogger over at Blog It To Me, the blog for Shop It To Me, a shopping site that delivers custom sale notifications right to your inbox.

Do check out Meilily’s guest post for the Shop It To Me Blog: Gift Ideas for the Fashionista who has Everything!

What are your best gift ideas for the fashionista who has everything?

P.S. Meilily is also a Shop It To Me Featured Trendsetter this week! Hooray!


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Product Pick & Photos: Nature-Inspired Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 | Organization, Photos, Product Picks | 3 Comments

Meilily: Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Meilily: Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Meilily Product Pick & Photos! Bird Vine Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters!

I’ve been on the lookout for nature-inspired jewelry stands – you know, the ones shaped like twigs and branches – ever since I discovered the variety of jewelry stands available at UrbanOutfitters.com. I recently picked up this lovely Bird Vine Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters, and love it! It is made of sturdy metal with an antique gold finish, and has branches, leaves, and two cute birds – all to hold and neatly display all sorts of baubles.

More Jewelry Stand Photos & Details… —› › Continue reading

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Product Pick: Aveda Comforting Tea

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 | Photos, Product Picks | 1 Comment

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Meilily: Aveda Comforting Tea

Meilily Product Pick! Aveda Tea!

If it is anywhere as cold where you are as it is here, you may enjoy curling up and drinking lots of hot Aveda Tea. This is one of my favorite teas out there from one of my favorite beauty brands, Aveda. While I will admit it’s a little odd to be drinking tea from a company that is best known for its natural haircare and skincare products, I have gotten past the point of caring. Aveda Comforting Tea – and they only make one kind – is a unique tea that, I’ve heard, can get even coffee lovers hooked!

Aveda Tea has a warm and naturally sweet flavor that is not overly herbal or astringent, and it instead manages to taste nothing like the typically overdone flavors of mass-market caffeine-free tea.  It tastes more like a unique beverage that fits somewhere between asian loose leaf tea, mellow kona coffee, and Guiness. Ok, perhaps it is far from tasting anything like Guiness or coffee, but I would say Aveda Tea is to tea as Guiness is to beer. It’s just —› › Continue reading

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Swatches of Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 | Makeup, Swatches | Comments Off

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Meilily Product Swatches! Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move!

Previously featured as a Meilily Product Pick, the Intense Lipgloss from UK beauty brand Illamasqua definitely requires some good swatches. All the shades of Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss are pretty unique and unconventional, and often look quite different from their color in the tube when applied to the skin.

So, here are several swatches of Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move, a dusty mauve shade with hints of violet, swatched in different lighting.

Meilily Swatch (above top) with natural shadow and light (left:thick, right:sheer)-  shows how Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move —› › Continue reading

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Friends & Family, Black Friday Sales & Deals!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 | Sales, Stores | Comments Off

Meilily Sale Alert! 2009 is shaping up to be a good year for Friends & Family Sales! Finally companies realize that consumers need lower prices and more sales! To get you saving and shopping (probably in your PJ’s) … here is a list of worthy 2009 Friends & Family and Black Friday after-Thanksgiving sales, many shared by my friends over at eMakeMeUp.com. (Updated as more details come in!)

- Aveda – free shipping any order – code HOLIDAY9
- Athleta – free shipping on $50 until Dec. 15 – no code needed
- Benefit Cosmetics – FREE US shipping with any $25 Benefit Cosmetics order. Code SHIP2009 valid 11.27.09–11.30.09. Not valid with other offers. Excludes sale items & sharpeners. Offer valid one time per customer.
- Beautyhabit (one code per order)
~ free deluxe Get Well products sampler to Dec. 8 – code GETWELL
~ free 10-piece sampler to Dec. 7 – code MYGOODIES
~ free shipping on $50 – code CATALOG
~ free full size LipFusion Lip Pencil for orders of $65+ to Dec. 1 – code PUCKERUP

- Bliss
~ Up to 50% off site wide at blissworld.com 11.27.09 – 12.01.09!
~ Get a full size super slough scrub (a $32 value) with every purchase at blissworld.com! Offer valid 11.30.09 only!
- Giorgio Armani Cosmetics – 20% off until Nov. 30 – code FAMILY **
- The Perfumed Court
~ Thanksgiving 10% off entire site to Nov. 30 – code Thanks10
~ 25% or 40% off select fragrance decants like Armani Prive, Melissa Flagg, Lush and more- codes November25 or Fab40
- Kiehl’s – 20% off and free shipping on $30 from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 – code FAMILY **
- Julie Hewett – 15% off until Nov. 29 – code NOV15
- Shu Uemura
~ 20% off and free shipping over $50 Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 – code WISH09
~ 20% off, free shipping, and 7 deluxe samples over $125 – code WISHDELUXE09
- Beaute Cosmetics- 20% off (Canadian pricing) until Nov. 30 thanks to awesome swatch site TNBTTGSY – code KARLASUGAR —› › Continue reading

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My Thi Cosmetics Halloween Contest Makeover!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 | Contests, Fashion, Makeovers, Makeup, Photos | 1 Comment

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On a whim, I entered an online Halloween Costume Contest posted on the blog of one of my favorite beauty brands, Thi Cosmetics, and… I won a makeover by super-talented makeup artist Taylor Pham!

Check out more photos of my very special makeover on the Thi Cosmetics blog (and additional photos by Kandidlight Photography)! It was an amazing experience (hair, brows, makeup, lashes), and I loved every minute of it! Thank you so much, Taylor and Mimi!

My costume entry: A handmade replica of the swan dress that Bjork wore to the Oscars. I later paired my swan dress with some Lady Dragon heart heels to complete the whimsical look!

About Thi Cosmetics: Taylor Pham started Thi Cosmetics with business partner and multi-talented friend Mimi Tran Rickett, and since then they have opened a gorgeous makeup studio in downtown Palo Alto, CA. If you’re in the area, definitely stop by – you’ll be hooked!

Read about all the details of my Thi Cosmetics Halloween Contest Makeover up next…

*See more about Thi Cosmetics on Meilily here.

[Photos shown above, clockwise from top right: studio chandelier, my makeover and costume, inside the Thi Make-up Studio Thanks to Mimi for manning the camera while I was getting made over!]

Meilily * Live Beautifully!

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Product Pick: Sula Paint & Peel Nail Color Mini Sets

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks | Comments Off

meilily-sula-paint&peel-nail-set-pale-vintageMeilily Product Pick: Sula Paint & Peel Non-toxic Nail Colors!

Sula Paint & Peel nail colors are fun and safe non-toxic nail polish alternatives that come in modern and fun shades. Now, Canadian company Sula has come out with fantastic new mini sets that allow you to try three different shades of peel-off Paint & Peel nail colors for little more than the price of one.

I highly recommend these cute new Sula Paint & Peel mini sets, especially if you are new to these non-toxic peel-off nail paints. You get to try three Sula minis for $12.50 (instead of $9 for one full size)! I’d also suggest getting one of the two available top coats ($9) to extend the wear longer than a few hours.

More Details and Photos of Sula Paint & Peel sets… —› › Continue reading

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Work Product Pick: United Nude Fold Elastic Bootie – Comfortable & Unique

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 | Fashion, Photos, Shoes, Style Picks, Work Product Picks | 3 Comments

meilily-shoes-united-nude-fold-elastic-bootsMeilily: In search of the most comfortable and stylish shoes for the office…

In this Work Product series, I try to find the best work shoe of all worlds: a stylish and flattering office-friendly shoe that is, very importantly, comfortable to walk in (and I do mean walk not hobble). Brownie points for head-turning or compliment-inducing capabilities!

Most working professional women out there have a dilemma: wear stylish leg-flattering (yet crippling) heels or wear comfortable leg-shortening flats, or gasp even consider wearing 80′s era mid-heel pumps? What is a gal to do?!

The first shoe worth selecting as a Meilily Work Product Pick is… the “Fold” Elastic Bootie by United Nude! This shoe is amazing!

Check out these product photos and thoughts on the Fold Elastic Bootie…

I got the United Nude Fold elastic bootie in Grey Fade —› › Continue reading

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New Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Anglomania: Lady Dragon Heels for Spring 2010

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 | Fashion, Product Launches, Shoes, Stores, Style Picks | Comments Off

lady_dragon_black_stampMeilily Hot Happenings! Exclusive US Launch – Melissa Lady Dragon Spring 2010 styles and colors!

Attention Lady Dragon lovers: The new Spring 2010 Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Anglomania shoe collection is available now in the US, and looks really exciting!

These exciting Lady Dragon heels from the new Spring collection are as fun and amazing as the original slingbacks, and they’re now available in four new colors, or with a new shiny orb or a crown stamp! (Lady Dragon Stamp Black and Heart Gold shown)
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These new Lady Dragons are currently only available in the US exclusively from Meilily’s favorite Melissa shoe provider, Epaulet in New York! (Be sure to check out the rest of the fantastic assortment of Melissa shoes at Epaulet.)

Brazilian shoe company, Melissa, the maker of sustainable and attractive rubber shoes, has yet again collaborated with famous British designer Vivienne Westwood to produce this amazing collection of Lady Dragon heels for Spring…. Yes, they’re still made from scented rubber!

New Spring 2010 Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Styles: ($149)
- Lady Dragon Heart Gold (red heart) – Would really flatter tan legs!
- Lady Dragon Heart Lilac (black heart) – Loving this color combo!
- Lady Dragon Heart Ice (blue heart) – Very “icy!”
- Lady Dragon Heart Fuschia (red heart) – Plays tricks with my eyes!
- Lady Dragon Stamp Black (matte with rose stamp) – This one’s calling my name!
- Lady Dragon Orb Smoke (shiny metallic ball) – The mirrored ball sounds fun, but be sure to wear clean underwear!

Read on for More Photos of the new Spring 2010 Lady Dragons & Details… —› › Continue reading

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Meilily Giveaway: Win a “Fashion Gives Back” Designer Tote Bag

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 | Contests, Free Stuff, Hot Happenings | 10 Comments

meilily-designer-tote-by-brian-reyes-giveawayMeilily Designer Tote Giveaway!

[The winner is.... Fi Figueroa!  Congratulations!]

To celebrate Meilily’s one year online anniversary and to thank all of Meilily’s readers, Meilily.com is giving away a beautiful floral tote bag by designer Brian Reyes starting October 27, 2009. Proceeds from the tote bag (purchased from Bloomingdales.com) will be donated to the non-profit organization Dress for Success as part of Glamour Magazine’s “Fashion Gives Back” program, so it’s practically a double win! Enter between now and November 5, and then check back to discover the winner!

Win a Fashion Gives Back Designer Tote Bag by Brian Reyes ($35 value):
Check out the photos of the pretty floral Brian Reyes canvas tote that you could win right here!

prizeypickTO ENTER, simply do both the following: [One entry per person please]
- Subscribe to the Meilily RSS feed.
- Post a comment below telling Meilily why you want to win!

Ways to get additional entries: (entirely optional)
- Follow @Meilily on Twitter AND post a comment below indicating you have done so. (1 extra entry)
- Tweet about the contest (with a link to this giveaway) on Twitter AND post a comment below indicating you have done so. (1 extra entry; maximum 3)
- Post a meaningful comment on a different Meilily post that you have read AND post a comment below indicating you have done so. (1 extra entry; maximum 1)

All complete entries must be received by November 5, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. Giveaway open to US Residents only. (Sorry international readers!) Void where prohibited. A winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email, and the winner must provide their mailing address. Please check out our Privacy Policy before entering.

Good Luck * Live Beautifully! from Meilily

P.S. Even if you don’t win this time, you can still purchase the Brian Reyes Fashion Gives Back tote bag from Bloomingdales.com while they last.

P.P.S. If your comment(s) don’t show up right away, don’t worry – Valid entries will show up as soon as busy Meilily gets to them!

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Product Pick & Photos: Designer Totes by Jason Wu & Brian Reyes – Proceeds Benefit Dress for Success

Saturday, October 24th, 2009 | Fashion, Photos, Product Picks, Style Picks | 3 Comments

Meilily: Fashion Gives Back Designer Totes

Meilily: Fashion Gives Back Designer Totes

Meilily Product Pick & Photos! Special Charitable Designer Totes by Jason Wu & Brian Reyes!

Earlier this month, Meilily highlighted Glamour’s “Fashion Gives Back” Collaboration, which combines the design talent of today’s hottest young designers with a shared philanthropic goal.  As a result, a collection of tote bags designed by this select group of designers is now on sale, and all proceeds from the Fashion Gives Back totes benefit Dress for Success!

Now here are several photos of and more details on Meilily’s favorite Glamour Fashion Gives Back designer tote bags – the black gradient tote designed by Jason Wu and the red floral tote designed by Brian Reyes

Fashion Gives Back Tote Designed by Brian Reyes:
*Meilily will be giving away one designer tote by Brian Reyes to a lucky reader – Keep an eye out for contest details!  —› › Continue reading

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Featured Shopstyle Look: Military Whimsy for Colder Weather by Meilily

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 | Fashion, Featured Looks, Fragrance, Nail Polish, Shoes, Style Picks | 1 Comment

Meilily Featured Shopstyle Look! Military Whimsy!

Vivienne Westwood at ShopStyle

Welcome to Fall! Hope you’re enjoying the colder crisper weather and the chance to wear boots and coats again! Here’s a look inspired by wool, military-style coats, and ruffles.

This look includes the following fashion, jewelry and fragrance items:
Forever 21 Double Breasted Wool Coat – $37.80
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Propaganda Wool-blend Coat – $1,655
VS Makeup Christian Siriano Petite Makeup Bag – $12 (currently sold out)
3.1 Phillip Lim Wool Blend Ruffle Skirt – $204 (currently sold out)
L.A.M.B. Essex Bootie – $235
Tom Ford Purple Patchouli Fragrance EDP/ 1.7 oz. – $180 —› › Continue reading

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