DIY: Faberge Easter Eggs, a great center piece!

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Ever since taking a tour of the Forbes Museum in NYC as a child and seeing the marvelous collections of ornate Faberge eggs, (the largest outside of Russia to be exact) I’ve been intrigued by this fantastic and sort of strange art. I mean who ever thought of decorating an egg in gold and other pricey jewels as an art form!? Any way, glad they did because these creations are simply amazing and irresistible to look at. (for instructions on how to make your own Faberge eggs click here.)

Forbes Faberge Eggs

To answer my questions: Peter Carl Faberge is the person who started making Faberge eggs as Easter gifts for Russian Tsars. Here’s more about this interesting craft: (source: Wikipedia.com)

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A Fabergé egg (Russian: Яйца Фаберже́; yaytsa faberzhe) is one of a limited number of jeweled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his company from 1885 to 1917.[1] The most famous of the eggs are the ones made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers, often called the ‘Imperial’ Fabergé eggs. The House of Fabergé made about 50 eggs and 43 have survived.[2] Another two were planned for Easter 1918, but because of the Russian Revolution were not delivered.

After the Revolution, the Fabergé family left Russia (see House of Fabergé). The Fabergé trademark has been sold several times since and several companies have retailed egg-related merchandise using the Fabergé name. The trademark is now owned by Fabergé Limited, which makes egg-themed jewellery.

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Want to attempt your own Faberge egg or eggs? I was looking into ideas on how to make something similar on my own (sans priceless jewels) and of course Martha Stewart came to the rescue! Here’s a little tutorial from her web site on how to make your own Faberge eggs. Don’t overwhelm yourself, keep it simple then place a bunch of them in a pretty glass bowl or vase as a center piece for Easter. Click here for Martha’s instructions:

Click the image for instructions on how to make Faberge eggs

faberge egg centerpiece

The “Fabulist” recap…

I’m really enjoying the Fabulist, a new show on E! that highlights some of the hottest fashion and beauty trends. It airs Monday nights at 8:30 and here are my favorites from last nights show…

1) Overalls. maybe it’s because I already own a pair in black, but I love this trend. I really like pairing chic with casual and you don’t get much more casual then overalls. This look from Planet Blue is a perfect way to rock this look, with an elegant embroidered top and heels. Love!

Overalls from ShopPlanetBlue.com

Overalls from ShopPlanetBlue.com

 

2) Hats. I don’t wear them often enough but really enjoy a nice hat. A great way to totally change your look and add sophistication, mystery and fun.

Wide Brim Hat photo from BecomeGorgeous.com

Wide Brim Hat photo from BecomeGorgeous.com

3) I’ve been rocking my dookie chain a lot lately so of course I love this trend! Run DMC wore this look back in the day and it’s still a great way to add elegance and funk to any outfit.

Chunky gold chain from River Island

Chunky gold chain from River Island

 For the complete list of trends from last night the fabulist, click here.

Take our poll and let us know what you think the hottest trend from last nights show is…

 

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MTV movie awards Red Carpet 2014…

The MTV Movie Awards were last night. Who was your pick for best dressed? Here’s a few highlights to help you make your decision…

chrissy teigen

Zendenya

Ellie Goulding

Holland Roland

Jessica Alba

Karina Smirnoff

Kat Graham

Lupita Nyongo

Rihanna

rita ora

Shailene Woodley

snookie

victoriajustice

 

My pick is Jessica Alba, I love this look. The crop top with the A-line skirt is understatedly sexy. My pick for runner up is Shailene Woodley. This is a cool and edgy look perfect for MTV.

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert

Photo Credits: MSN.com

April showers bring May flowers…

Like most people I’m not a big fan of the rain, but I do like the opportunity to break out my cute new toggle rain jacket by Laundry along with these adorbs rain boots by one of my biggest inspirations, DVF. Photos taken by my resident photographer, and I mean that literally, my 5-year-old son Georgie. :)

Toggle rain jacket by Laundry

Toggle rain jacket by Laundry

 

Rain Boots by DVF

Rain Boots by DVF

 

The wonderful thing about April showers is they bring May flowers. And I’m certainly loving the flower pattern on this Kate Spade A-line skirt. I love that A-line is in style, it’s so fun and a great look for spring. I absolutely love yellow, and these flats are a great way to wear the cut-out trend.

Skirt by Kate Spade, white button down and yellow flats by Express

Skirt by Kate Spade, white button down and yellow flats by Express

 

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Yellow flats with cut-outs, Express.

 

Credits to my son Georgie, left, and production support from my son Bobby, right. xoxo

Family selfie!

Family selfie!

 

What warm weather trend are you most looking forward to wearing?

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert

 

I’m feelin it… coolots for summer 2014…

There still a little hard to find, but the coolot trend is happening and I’m totally feelin it. How about you? How would you wear them? Work, casual…

Coolots from ASOS

 

coolots

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert

Celeb style spotlight, Alessandra Ambrosio…

She’s hard to miss, being a 5’10, dark, gorgeous, Brazilian super model. And as such there have been many photos taken of this lovely Victoria’s Secret model. For our celeb style spotlight this week we’re featuring Alessandra Ambrosio, for her fierce street style and her particularly lovely summer looks. Not that it’s that hard to be stylish when you have a bod that would look good in a paper bag! Here are some of our favorite outfits worn by Alessandra…

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Alessandra-Ambrosio-fur vest

alessandra-ambrosio-tan dress with belt

Alesandro Ambrosia jean shorts

Alesandro Ambrosiawhite dress

Alessandra Ambrosio summer style

Alessandra+Ambrosio+metalic shoes

Alessandra+Ambrosio summer style 2

Alessandra-Ambrosio-VS NY

 

Spring break essentials…

If you’re lucky enough to escape this cold weather and head to the beach this spring, here’s what to pack…

1) A pair of color block sandals.

J. Crew Color Block Sandals

J. Crew Color Block Sandals

 

2) Palm tree print.

TopShop Palm Tree Print Skirt

TopShop Palm Tree Print Skirt

 

3) Nude sunglasses.

Valentino Nude Sunglasses

Valentino Nude Sunglasses

 

4) A fringe bikini.

Fringe Bikini by Body Glove

Fringe Bikini by Body Glove

 

5) Metallic beach bag.

River Island Metallic Beach Bag

River Island Metallic Beach Bag

 

6) A killer pedicure in YSL’s new La Laque Spicy collection.

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Safron Sultan Nail Color by YSL

Where are you headed to escape this cold and what is the one thing you MUST bring with you?

Safe travels!

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert

Trend watch summer 2014…

What trends are you looking forward to sporting this summer? Here are some of my favorites, click on the pictures to shop.

1) Gladiator sandals…

Sam Edelman Bryant Sandal

Sam Edelman Bryant Sandal

2) Floral print shorts…

Pull & Bear High Rise Floral Shorts, Lyst.com

Pull & Bear High Rise Floral Shorts, Lyst.com

3) Fringe Purses…

JJ-Winters-Suede-Fringe-Bag-in-Purple

JJ Winters Suede Fringe Bag

4) White pumps and the perforated trend…

Shoedazzle.com has some great options.

Shoedazzle.com has some great options.

Warby Parker Sunglasses in Percy

Warby Parker Sunglasses in Percy

What are you looking forward to wearing this summer?

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert

Working it…

Believe it or not I actually miss going into the office. I love being home with my kids and writing about fashion and fitness is my dream, but the workplace provides a great reason to get dressed up! A friend of mine asked if I would do a little research on what the most stylish and functional work bags are out there right now and here’s what I came up with…

I love the Cambridge Satchel! This is one I’ve been pushing for a while. I really like all of the different colors it comes in and cross-body is so convenient and comfortable.

cambridge satchel
Here’s a very affordable option, it has a touch of edge with studs added to the straps.
Elise Hope Handbags Downtown Tote in Peach Blosom
JohnLewis.com has many nice options, like this one, the Modalu Artemis
Modalu Artemis Leather Shopper Handbag, White

C. Wonder, striped wing tote…
C. Wonder Printed Stripe Winged Tote

You can always count on Banana Republic to have some nice work bags, this ones on sale for $112.
Banana Republic Jess Striped Tote - Black

Tory Burch, Marion Tote. $550 Who doesn’t love Tory! She is one of my faves for sure. Sophisticated and a little preppy without being too girly,
  • Tory Burch Marion Tote
    This Rebecca Minkoff is my favorite. And it’s on sale at Bloomies for $207!
    Rebecca Minkoff Tote - Colorblock MAB
     Do you have a stylish work bag you can tell us about??
    Thanks for reading!
    Xx,
    Hilary Ann Lambert
    PS- Another good reason to go to an office, I would be able to research and write posts like this in an hour or less rather than 4 do to childish interruptions. Like this one when my son Bobby decided to throw all the toys off the toy chest and yell at the top of his lungs. LOL!
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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! The meaning behind this festive holiday…

Surprisingly enough, Saint Patrick’s day is about  more than just wearing green and drinking beer. I thought it would be nice to take you on a fashionable journey while I explain the significance of today, why the color green is significant and how the shamrock became so important to Irish Christians.

Saint Patrick was born in the 4th century A.D., circa 373 A.D. and 390 A.D., basically a long ass time ago. :) He is a native of Roman Britain birthed to a wealthy Christian family. His original name is believed to be Maewyn Succat.

CHANEL VINTAGE shamrock clip on earringsChanel Vintage Shamrock Earrings, Farfetch.com 

He was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken by Irish raiders to Gaelic Ireland. He managed to escape and walk the 200 miles back to Britain.

SAINT LAURENT strappy sandal

               Saint Laurent Heels, Farfetch.com

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish community to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”.

AG Denim Jeans In Shamrock

      AG Denim jeans in Shamrock, ASOS.com
Tradition holds that he died on the 17th of March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.
Meira T Gold Shamrock and Diamond Disc Pendant Necklace
Gold Shamrock, MaxandChloe.com
The importance of the shamrock came from the fact the Saint Patrick taught the pagan Irish people about the Holy Trinity with the three leaved plant.
St. Patty's Day Knee-High Sock                                         Shamrock socks, Urban Outfitters                                           
Wearing green first became important in Ireland in the 1640s when the “Green Harp Flag” was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. The color has grown in importance when United Irishmen supporters were persecuted for wearing green. The song, “Wearing of the Green” is about this subject. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the color green and its association with Saint Patrick’s Day grew.
Take all of this information with a grain of salt my source is Wikipedia. :)
What meaning does this holiday have for you? Have a happy and safe Saint Paddy’s day everyone!
Xx,
Hilary Ann Lambert
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