Thursday, April 23, 2015

Beauty of PIOL Dress is with Custom Creation

www.MissTrendShe.com, Photography by Laura Braun
PIOL Dress is a company that allows customers to design their own dresses based on a measurement system that was carefully crafted by the company, also based on a customer's eye color, hair color and skin tone.

I was a bit skeptical about how seamless the final product would actually turn out when first submitting my information, but once I got my PIOL Dress package in the mail, I could not have been more pleasantly surprised.

Of course, I immediately dropped everything I was doing to try the dress on. From top to bottom, it fits better than anything I own, because this dress was made for me.

PIOL Dress is highly individual, and I'm all for that! From beginning to end, I have loved being the designer of this dress and the now satisfied owner. Having that creative control was a very intimate experience you don't usually get as a customer, especially with high end brand names like PIOL Dress.

www.MissTrendShe.com, Photography by Laura Braun
The brand and it's mission is inspired by Edith Head, who, if you don't know, is a famous costume designer from Hollywood's Golden Age. When I was designing my dress, I didn't just get to pick the color, but I also got to pick the shape and length of the dress. There are plenty of cuts to choose from, and PIOL helps suggest designs to you based on your body shape, skin tone, hair color and eye color.

I went for a Mod feel, something that reminded me of Zooey Deschanel's style. I think this is most reflected in the dress' neckline. I just adore the outcome of this collaboration. What other company gives you this much creative control? It is truly a uniquely beautiful and fun process. You can find your own palette on www.PIOLDress.com/Lookbook/.

There is no other company like PIOL out there, and for that reason I highly recommend you try them out for their unique customization process. The dresses are designed with fine, soft fabrics from Italy, France and Japan with colors and prints "designed to highlight individual coloring."

Made in NYC's garment district and delivered in three to four weeks, every moment is worth waiting for, for this one-of-a-kind garment. I would gladly order from PIOL Dress again. Personalization definitely equals confidence with PIOL Dress. You will rock your dress excitedly and comfortably. There's just no doubt! But, if I'm wrong, what's even better is that you can send it back for alterations; just remember to not clip off the tag until you are satisfied with your fit. Your collaboration with PIOL Dress is a relationship, not just a one-and-done business deal. They aim to satisfy their customer.

I am most excited to show off my PIOL Dress in New Jersey when I relocate this May, but for now I'm enjoying wearing it in the Midwest, especially because the warmer months are finally here.

PIOL is extraordinary, and if even just for fun, I recommend visiting their website. Be your own designer, and if you're feeling up to it, the customer to your own creation...


www.MissTrendShe.com, Photography by Laura Braun
www.MissTrendShe.com, Photography by Laura Braun
www.MissTrendShe.com, Photography by Laura Braun
www.MissTrendShe.com, Photography by Laura Braun

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Practical, Stylish Accessories for Effective Ensembles

The world of fashion has many sides, and accessories are just as important as the clothes you wear, so while you may have believed clothes were the only thing that mattered about your outfit, it's time to think again... 

You can choose pieces that reflect your taste and blend with your style. Accessories allow you to experiment without having to change your entire outfit. In fact, some accessories tend to make your life a bit easier. 

Here are my simple style recommendations:

Statement Necklaces
Stock Photo, Courtesy of Gabriella Diesendorf

The best thing about statement necklaces is that you don’t have to wear any other piece of jewelry when rocking one of these. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to think about different types of rings, bracelets and earrings, choose to wear a statement necklace instead so you don’t have to worry about anything else. 

I recommend always having a few statement necklaces around since they are so easy to combine with outfits. Statement necklaces are typically friendly to re-wear.

Watches
If you like to wear watches but don't think think they are elegant, consider purchasing a watch that resembles a bracelet. Simple gold watches with a pearl face will not only make an elegant accessory, but will also be a powerful fashion statement. 

In addition, you will not be forced to take your phone out of your purse when you want to know what time it is. Just glance at your watch- That's all it will take!

Sunglasses
Stock Photo, Courtesy of Gabriella Diesendorf
Sunglasses can be an effective, classy addition to almost any outfit if purchased appropriately. Aside from the bonus accessory flair, sunglasses will protect your eyes and face from the sun. 

Plus, sunglasses are not trend specific, which makes them a timeless, lasting addition to your wardrobe. For some more shopping fun, you can always buy an interesting, stylish sunglasses case to go with them too.

Scarves
Scarves have always been in the top 5 of accessories for women. Not only do they look gorgeous and make your outfit extra stylish, but they also protect your neck from cold days and can conceal undesired cleavage. Whether you like infinity scarves with eye-catching prints or prefer hand-painted silk ones, scarves are always nice to have. 

In case you travel a lot or want to go purse-free, having a Secret Stash Scarf is a must. Simply put whatever you need in your scarf, and voila – You’re instantly free of extra baggage!

Wristlets
Stock Photo, Courtesy of Gabriella Diesendorf

As a woman, I feel we usually have to carry a lot of things around in our purses, since stuffing everything in pants pockets is generally unacceptable and tend to deform your choice of bottoms. For this reason, wristlets are one of the most useful items a person can have as they are big enough to put your phone, keys, cash, and cards in, but small enough to be carried with one hand. 

Plus, wrist straps give you even more security. Just put your wristlet in your hand, and you’ll be ready for a night out, day at work or cozy afternoon over coffee.

Flats
The invention of flat shoes is arguably one of the best things that has happened for women. Flats are super stylish, girly and elegant, but at the same time are incredibly comfortable. They can be combined with skirts, dresses and jeans alike, and each time you wear them you will look amazing without feeling the additional pressure to your ankles that heels tend to give. 

Just in case you need to wear heels, but want to change at some point put foldable flats in your purse – They’re lifesavers, and are definitely worth investing in.

Accessories can be much more than a simple addition to your outfit. If you enjoy feeling practical and elegant, choose these pieces for an effective ensemble.

Miss Trend She Contributor
Gabriella Diesendorf

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bees, Beyoncé and 24-Hour Days

Photography by Olivia Locascio

I learned earlier this year that the term "busy bee" is not so correct after all. I recollected this experience when beginning to write this post, as I was about to apologize to you all for falling off of the radar for a few days and being a "busy bee."

According to various websites about honey bees and beekeeping, honey bees remain stationary for hours and they sleep too, so if someone calls you a "busy bee," you may actually want to re-evaluate the biology behind the statement. I imagine, however, if you were actually pursuing the actions behind that loaded statement, you wouldn't have time to care, because you'd be busy, people-busy.

I am people busy. A lot of people I know are people-busy.

I recently let myself in on a secret that I'll tell you too, in case you hadn't realized already. I have as much time in the day as Giuliana Rancic does, as much time as Beyoncé, as much time as Diane Sawyer, as much time as Eva Chen. We're all given 24 hours, or at least we have been thus far.

I have as much time in the day as these amazing, inspirational women do.

In those 24 hours we decide to be certain people, do certain things or turn it all around and be completely different for our 22nd hour, or maybe our first. It's up to us. Life is funny, not in the ha-ha sort of way, or maybe it is, life is just funny because some days are so challenging and some days are so easy. The truth is, most days are the same. Our perceptions of easiness or difficulty just change.

I remember a quote that a friend used at camp once. (Breath easy, this is not an "American Pie" story.) She presented a quote to our cabin that went something like, "It is not because the task is difficult that we fear, it is because we fear the task is difficult."

Another guy said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." I didn't know him. He was not a camper in our cabin, nor could he have been. I know he got to live in a big white house (in fact, the White House) for 12 years with his wife who was an activist, politician and "First Lady of the World," according to President Harry S. Truman and Google.com.

This lady also said something quite inspiring, "Do something that scares you everyday."

Okay.

Have the courage to say that- "Okay, I will."

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Manhattan-Minded

Audrey Hepburn, www.MissTrendShe.com
Today the reality of graduating from college is becoming even more evident. My parents are taking a load of my "unnecessary" items back to their house, where I will pick through and up what I need for New Jersey at the end of May, then drive 15 hours to my new home. I'm having a little geek-out sesh just thinking about this journey.

I can't wait to make the place my own! It's incredibly cheesy to say, but I think I've always wanted this. In fact, I know I have, because I've always been a career-minded person. I've always been a person who's loved adventure and the experience of absorbing new environments and "just going for it."

Surely, this will be my biggest jump yet. I am endlessly excited.

There is a lot for me to tie up in Wisconsin, and I am taking in every moment. My educators, friends and family have been so supportive and wonderful about me taking on the East coast, which has made the experience all the better, and I'm not even there yet!

To the upper left, you'll see Audrey Hepburn, one of the things I'm tying up- Okay, that sounds weird. I'm finishing up projects, more like, and this happens to be a picture on a game board design I'm working on. I am tying up the project, so rest assured people. It's kind of a silly looking game, but I actually really like what I've come up with, probably because I'm silly and I love Audrey Hepburn. Oops?

I'm currently debating the narrative structure the board game will have, but you can probably bet that it'll be a reflection of what I'm looking forward to about the future, where I will be living just 15 minutes from Manhattan. I think I've repeated that same sentence 10 times this past week, okay 20, okay more- I'm excited, sue me.

I'm going to try and take my huge Audrey Hepburn poster with me when I leave this May, which is currently hanging in my room at my parent's house. Fingers crossed she makes the trip!

The next two months are going to be an adventure in their own right, so stay tuned. I'm sure I'll have more updates for you soon.

In the meantime, enjoy this absolutely gorgeous Saturday.

Miss Trend She

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Brockmann Starts Bag Sales, Enriches Fashion History with Le Thrift

Image Courtesy of 55 Thousand Dresses on Facebook
Photography by Elodia Corona
Le Thrift Consignment, a Chicago-based luxury online and consignment store, is now offering pieces from Paul Brockmann's 55 Thousand Dresses collection, which, according to the boutique's owner, Christine Sanderson, has caused an enthusiastic freak-out among her customers.

"A lot of women who love that one-of-a-kind look, that's our customer," Sanderson said. "They were so excited about seeing them. The dresses have provided something new, as they were made from another area of the country outside of the Midwest. Their positive reactions have been really neat to see."

Brockmann met Sanderson through mutual connections.

"They found us on LinkedIn," Brockmann said. "That's how she found out what this was all about. She made an appointment to come out, and of course asked how this all got started and why- the whole shebang! She brought this lady (Sanderson) along who has a high end thrift store."

Sanderson was joyous about the opportunity to meet Brockmann. Sanderson's friend, Lotta Yanong, blogger at DeluxeRedux.com, invited her on a trip to LA to meet Brockmann. Sanderson figured out how to swing the trip and balance it with her schedule as soon as she was invited.

"I never pass up an opportunity like that where you can see such a beautiful collection," Sanderson said.

When seeing the collection for the first time, Sanderson was overwhelmed.

"I mean, it was just- you read about it, you see YouTube videos, and you know I did a little research
before going out there, but when I was out there it was just unbelievable how many dresses and eras there were," Sanderson said. "Some of the styles...there were designers I've never heard of before!"

Image Courtesy of 55 Thousand Dresses on Facebook
Photography by Elodia Corona
Through her research, Sanderson learned a designer featured in Brockmann's collection had once worked for Oscar de la Renta. She was impressed by this rich history.

"You know, it's not just about the fashion or the cool vintage, but a lot of it was very historical," Sanderson said. "It was very interesting how he got these pieces into his possession, you know- it wasn't just about buying new; it was about buying from state sales or yard sales nearby Hollywood. You could picture some of these dresses being seen on set."

Brockmann is now packaging his dresses in bags of 10, selling them at $10 a piece, though some dresses are valued individually at over $150 or $200, his bags are priced for a bargain at $100. Customers get their money's worth buying this way, and from Sanderson's boutique.

"It's exciting to be the only store in Chicago carrying them, because a lot of pieces, you know, you don't see anywhere else, especially in the Midwest," Sanderson said. "The vintage on the West coast is a lot different than the vintage here, because things are made in American, and it's a lot more localized and centralized. It's very cool to offer this kind of vintage."

Of course, Le Thrift also sells Brockmann's collection online, under it's own special tab.

"I think we're the only store that's doing that for his collection," Sanderson said. "We're going to be listing more in the future."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

500 and Jersey

Da, da, da, da- drum roll please!

Screenshot captured using Google Maps

If you haven't already guessed it from the title of this post, or from looking at the map above, I am moving to New Jersey in May! I am very excited, as I have recently accepted a job in Carlstadt, NJ. I have always wanted to move to the East coast and am even more excited that my reason is because of a great job.

Edited with Befunky for MissTrendShe
Today on Miss Trend She, I am also celebrating my 500th post. So, there is truly excitement oozing all around the blog today; excuse the enthusiastic mess.

I woke up this morning thinking it was Wednesday. Time escapes you when you have a million things to do. Then again, time escapes you when you have two things to do too... I've learned this through having to do more than two things at once; innovative advice, right?

Miss Trend She has barely been around 2 years, and time seems to have meshed into one clump of a week since then. I have recently been inspired to watch Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy as a result of this reawakened life concept.

I've been doing so much, and finally I'm accomplishing a goal that's been with me for a time I can't even peg down into single increments. Moment after moment, I've always envisioned living on the East coast, working in fashion.

I think it's true I have remained consistently myself throughout the years. Sure, I've learned a lot and have met a slew of different people, but my core has remained the same. Improvements should be made for the better, and seconds should be valued as opportunities to learn. These are the ideals I'm going to take with me to the East coast and throughout my life.

I am eager about my passions and am even more excited to demonstrate them and the skills I have acquired at university while I learn new ones on the job. Life is simply outstanding. I hope exciting things are happening to you too.

Here's to 500 and Jersey!

Miss Trend She

Monday, April 6, 2015

Let's #PowerOn this Monday!

It's Monday, but #PowerOn! #Motivation #misstrendshe http://www.misstrendshe.com/ @lorealparisusa A photo posted by Julia Rose (@misstrendshe) on


Truthfully, I can barely see as I'm typing this post. I think I have an eyelash fluttering around somewhere around my eyeball. I'll get it, one second. Okay, I think it's gone.

Anyway...you definitely did not need to know about that, but I guess that's just my quirky way of saying Monday can only go up from here. I hope that's the case for us all. I have some exciting news to tell you, but I'm going to hold off for the time being. Stay tuned for that; you won't want to miss my big announcement! I'm bubbly just thinking about it.

In other happenings, look forward to Paul Brockmann and Christine from Le Thrift Consignment paying a visit to Miss Trend She this week. Please bear with me during the next few months, as my posts may be more scarce than usual since I am about to graduate and have a lot of loose ends to tie up, so to speak. Then again, I enjoy being busy, and it's us busy bees that get work done, so who knows- you might even see more posts than usual!

I hope you've noticed I included a new page called "Giveaways." In the near future, all the giveaways I host will be put on that page exclusively so that you can enjoy reading about your favorites like Paul BrockmannLaura OsnesKady HelmeAnt BoogieDani Beckerman, or whoever else you've enjoyed learning more about, just on the homepage. My hope is that this will eliminate clutter and increase the blog's usability for you. Let me know how it goes! There's a lot more to come, and I can't wait to explore the future with you all.

Here's to you, me and a motivated Monday! Let's do this. #PowerOn

Miss Trend She

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Type 1 Role Model Talks AP Trials, Anticipates the Community's Future

Kady Helme, Image Courtesy of Kady Helme
Kady Helme was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four days before her sixth birthday on August 19, 1996. She was suffering from typical symptoms like frequent urination, lethargy and rapid weight loss before seeing a doctor.

"My parents thought I was going through a growth spurt, but my grandparents were the ones who really pushed for them to take me to the pediatrician for blood tests," Helme said.

Soon after being diagnosed, Helme and her family became involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

"I started speaking to companies of all sizes about why they should get involved in JDRF, and then I became a youth ambassador to the Illinois Chapter where I was able to do more speaking engagements as well as TV, print and radio interviews," Helme said. "I always say that even though diabetes is not who I am, it is a huge part of me. I think I have been much more mature than others my age since I was diagnosed, because I had to grow up a little faster and take more responsibility from a young age."

In her adult life, Helme became employed by JDRF.

"Even though I was always very involved with JDRF as a volunteer, I never thought in a million years that I would one day work for them," Helme said. "It's funny how things like that happen."

Helme recently completed two closed loop trials in 2007 and 2010, which were the precursors to the Artificial Pancreas trials she completed last October. Helme said the closed loop trials were focused on testing algorithms for future versions of AP systems.

"During those trials, I was in a hospital for three days hooked up to two pumps and two CGMS, which communicated through two computers on the side of my bed," Helme said. "I had to have my blood drawn every 30 minutes."

For three days straight, Helme's blood sugar levels stayed between 80-130, a healthy range for a person with type 1. Helme became involved with the trials because her pediatric endocrinology team at Yale University was running them.

"I had expressed my interest in the trials, so they reached out to me when they needed a participant," Helme said. "When it was time for the AP trial, I received a call out of the blue from someone who worked at Yale asking me if I had any interest in the AP trial, to which of course it took me one second to say 'Yes!'"

Helme stayed in a hotel for the duration of the five-day trial. She was required to stay within 20 miles of the vicinity, but was able to do anything she wanted aside from that restriction.

"I was able to eat and drink anything," Helme said. "It was really exciting to watch this machine take over control of my type 1 diabetes, which was very hard to give up, and maintain my sugar levels all while I ate my way through pasta, pizza, margaritas, ice cream, etc."

When asked whether she was fearful or anxious to participate, Helme assured, "100% excitement."

Helme and friend (left), Image Courtesy of Kady Helme
"Because I had participated in the closed loop trials, I knew how good I would feel being in such tight control for five whole days," Helme said. "What excited me most was being able to have great quality of life while doing these trials. I did become a little emotional when I thought about how I was going to have such a mental burden lifted from my shoulders for five days while the machine did the type 1 work for me."

Helme said the response she has gained from the type 1 community has been positive.

"People really appreciate me doing the trials so that we can move research along and hopefully make this technology a reality for everyone with type 1 somewhere in the near future," Helme said.

Helme speaks publicly about the trials to explain how the system works and what it felt like to participate.

"I've always felt it is so important to participate in clinical trials for type 1 diabetes research so that we can make research a reality through collecting much needed data," Helme said. "It makes me feel inspired to continue to not only fund-raise and advocate for type 1 diabetes, but to step up to the plate and be a trial participant.

Helme anticipates the quality of life for people with type 1 will become better as trials progress.

"I'm obviously super excited for the full closed loop artificial pancreas systems to come out within the next couple years," Helme said. "I'm also really excited about smart insulin, which would be an insulin that acts like an on and off switch."

Smart insulin would require people with type 1 to take one shot per day. It would work when it is needed, then shut off when it is no longer necessary.

Helme is also excited about encapsulation, a process in which a person with type 1 is injected with beta cells that are "protected" in a mesh-like casing so that they can produce insulin and get it out in the body. It would protect the cells from the autoimmune attack that causes type 1.

A person could live without diabetes for two years at a time with this treatment. They would just have to have an outpatient procedure done to replace the encapsulated device every 18 months to a year.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Guylian Chocolate Giveaway, Just in Time for Mother's Day

Guylian Chocolate Giveaway
 
Hosted by: Savory Savings
Co-hosted by: Michigan Saving & More and Joy Makin' Mamas
Sponsored by: Guylian



With Mother's Day right around the corner, it's time to think of gifts that will make mom smile. Time to step away from the dust mop, though she may have said she needed one, but let's gift her something she wants!
 
 Krista over at Savory Savings shared her list of desires, which includes tasty chocolates and Guylian is at the top of her list. If you want to pick up a box, or three, of these delightful chocolates as a gift, you can save 10% on your order now through the end of the year with Guylian coupon code: Chocolate10.

If you would like the chance to win an assortment of Guylian chocolates, enter using the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a giveaway from Guylian from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win. 
 
The giveaway begins April 1 and closes on April 15 at 11 p.m. CST. It is open to U.S. residents, excluding HI/AK, to entrants ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email, so consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim the prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck!

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*Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review; no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.