No Tricks, Just Treats

Halloween is just days away! Whether you are passing out candy or attending a Halloween party, York Design Company has the perfect suggestions for Halloween outfits and treats. Some classic Halloween foods include pumpkin bread, candy corn, caramel apples, and fun-sized candy.  For over a month, our Pinterest feed has been flooded with “too good not to try” Halloween treats. For a wicked combination, York Design Company has paired up the perfect Halloween day outfits with our favorite treats.

            You can never go wrong with wearing orange and black on Halloween. During the day, mix and match orange with white or yellow for a candy corn inspired look. For a spooky night out on the town, our houndstooth cuff bracelet has inspired a spider ensemble. While you might be saving your costume for the big night, you can still be festive for the rest of Halloweekend. To master the spider, cobweb tights and arachnid accessories can make your little black dress become even more haunted. Also, don’t go to a Halloween party empty handed. These easy, spider chocolate chip cookies are a fun way to make a favorite treat even spookier. After baking your favorite chocolate chip cookies, take a tooth pick and draw spider legs in the melted chocolate chips. No matter what your plans are for the upcoming spooky weekend, York Design Company would like to wish you a fun and safe Halloween!

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Cuffs: York Design Company // White Shirt: J.Crew Factory // Orange Pants: Ralph Lauren // Tights: Spirit Halloween // Dress: Chic Wish // Earrings: Amazon

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No matter where you live, make your place spooky for Halloween! The pastime of decorating pumpkins comes from Ireland. As the legend goes, Stingy Jacktricked the devil who sentenced Jack to wander in the dark night, with only  a piece of coal to light his way. Jack then carved face into a turnip, making a lantern to place his coal; hence the term Jack-O Lantern. For hundreds of years, the Irish carved faces into turnips and potatoes to scare away ghosts. Once the Irish immigrated to America, they brought the Jack-O Lanternwith them, but used the American pumpkin as a canvas instead.

Today, there are so many different ways to carve and decorate pumpkins. Some favorites include the classic Jack-O Lantern, the glitter pumpkin, and the Lilly Pulitzer pumpkin. To make your home even spookier, try some of these tricks! If you have big yard, decorate your driveway and entry way to guide trick-or-treaters to your doorstep. Luminaries are a great way to shine light on a dark and haunted night. You can even be festive if you live in a dorm or an apartment. Window stickers are great to place on any glass surface. Also, cutting out silhouettes of bats, cats, and spiders can spice up blank walls. You can make spooky door decals to warn guests to “bewareas they enter for Halloween treats or parties. Lastly, add a touch of festivity with a YDC accessory to celebrate the day. Happy Halloween!

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Getting in the Spirit: Halloween

October 31st is just around a corner. This year, you don’t have to break the bank for a great costume! Inspired by three of our products, you can create costumes right from your closet. One favorite Halloween costume is “The Flapper;” any dress with fringe or an art deco print will do! Accessorize with long stranded pearl necklaces, and a headband placed over your forehead. Lastly, add our black and gold chevron cuff for a more “Great Gatsby” feel. If you are feeling especially patriotic, being sailor is the costume for you! Pair a blue skirt and white shirt. Worried it might be too dull? — Martha Stewart has a great sailor costume DIY, all you need is duct tape and a colorful Sharpie. To complete the look, try pairing it with one of our many anchor cuff bracelets, and top it off with a sailor hat. If you want to be iconic this Halloween, dress up as Audrey Hepburn’s beloved character Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” All you need is a sleeveless little black dress and black pumps. As far as accessories, our Breakfast at Tiffany’s cuff is perfect and can be worn with or without black evening gloves. Finally, finish your look by adding a tiara and black over-sized sunglasses.

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Cuffs: York Design Company// Fringe Dress: Nordstrom // Flapper Beads: Halloween Costumes // Mary Jane Heels: Nine West // Headband: Charlotte Russe // Black Flair Dress: Mod Cloth // Tiara: Claire’s // Black Pumps: Nasty Gal // Evening Gloves: Sears // Sunglasses: Mango // Blue Skirt: Forever 21 // White Pumps: 6PM // Sailor Hat: Nordstrom

Get Wild!

This week, York Design Company is going on a safari! Whether you are an animal lover, or just a lover of animal prints, our collection of belts, clutches, and cuff bracelets can make every day feel like a trip to the zoo. For a “memorable” outfit, our elephant accessories are just what you need. Next, Floridians can represent their favorite reptiles with our alligator clutch, cuff, and belt. For a more subtle look, go for animal prints when accessorizing. Our popular “Seeing Spots”cuff comes in two colors schemes: pink/black/silver and beige/brown/gold. Lastly, we have a belt and two cuffs in zebra print, all which come in different colors. No matter your favorite animal, you can get wild with York Design Company this fall!

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Midautumn Night’s Dream

If you’re due for a girl’s night out this fall, then York Design Co has got you covered! For a cozy, chic evening look, we have suggestions on what to wear from head to toe; some of the best fall looks incorporate jackets and wraps. No matter what your style, blazers, jean jackets, and leather jackets come in all different shades and patterns that will fit your taste perfectly. Next, if you’re feeling flirty, try pairing your dress or skirt with textured tights legs warm. Lastly, don’t compromise cuteness for comfort, do both by sporting fun flats or sneakers. Want to add more to your height? Then look for booties or pumps that are wedged or have a thick heel to give your more support when strutting your stuff.

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Blazer: Anthropologie // Leotard: Aqua by Bloomingdales // Tights: Kate Spade // Skirt: Mango // Oxford Shoes: Munro via Nordstrom // Cuffs and Clutch : York Design Company // Bomber Jacket: Top Shop // Jeans: Lucky Brand // Red Top: J.Crew Factory // Heels: Valentino via Far Fetch // Jean Jacket: J. Crew // Green Tank: J. Crew // Leggings: Free People // Flats: Kate Spade via Saks Fifth Avenue

Fall in Love with Fall Fashion, York Design Co Style

ydcfallimageAs the leaves change colors, so do our wardrobes. That’s why this week’s blog post is dedicated to the colors, prints, and textures that are trending for Fall 2014. Starting off with colors, jewel tones are always fall classics that can be worn each year. These bold colors are a great way to add so pizazz to you style, without being too bright or summery. Some colors to try this season are plum, emerald, gold, and cranberry. You can even wear several of these colors at the same time by looking for  floral and nature-inspired prints. Other popular prints for this fall are plaid, animal prints, metallic and stripes. Lastly, when thinking about fabric, with the season changing, it’s good to add some texture. Leather and suede will give a smooth feeling to your look while keeping you warm. Wool and twill will also keep you warm while surrounding you with an aura of a scholarly appearance, perfect for back-to-school and work. You can also wear outfits with embellishment of jewels, feathers and sequins for a fun fall night out!

Sneakers: Superga // Tank: Free People //  Striped Top: J. Crew // Cheetah Cuff: York Design Co // Plaid Skirt: Net A Porter  // Jeans: 7 for All Mankind via Macy’s // Shorts: Madewell // Booties: Toms //  Dress: Topshop // Jacket: Red Valentino via The Outnet // Pants: H&M // Vest: J. Crew // Dress: Mango 

The Mane Event: York Design Co Hair Styles

As we head back to school or work, we say good-bye to our beachy locks and resign to tying our hair out of faces. While running errands or spending hours in the office or library, there are so many different hair styles and accessories that can tame your mane. From clips, bobby pins, headbands, scarves, hats, and ribbons, there’s no reason to have a dull ‘do this autumn! Not only can you accessorize your hair, but there are so many different styles that are easy to do at home. With different variations of buns, braids and pony tails, you will never have a bad hair day again!

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Bow: H&M // Bobby Pins: Loft // Headband: York Design Co // Hat: Modcloth // Hair Elastics: The Twist Band // Top: Zara // Jeans: J.Crew // Booties: Toms // Earrings: Loris

Manicure Monday

As you flip through the September issues of Vogue, InStyle, and Cosmopolitan, you can’t help but notice one thing they all have in common: fun fall manicure ideas. With the launch of Louboutin nail polish, the popularity of nail art, and the transition to autumn colors, there is no excuse to leave your hands un-manicured. Christian Louboutin iconic red soles were born when the designer used his assistant’s red nail polish to add some flare. Louboutin has now created 31 different nail colors that are launching this fall.

If you aren’t artistic, then nail polish sticks are an easy, long lasting alternative. For the creative crowd, nail pens and thin brushed paints can help you create the trending geometric nail art this autumn. Most importantly, the nail colors this season are very exciting. When the leaves change colors, we tend to dress in darker tones, however this fall’s nail polish choices will add some shimmer and shine to your ensembles as the days get cooler.

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Essie // Butter // OPI // Urban Outfitters // Cult Nail // Sally Hansen // Cuff: York Design Co // Louboutin Heels // Louboutin Nail Laquer

The History of Needlepoint

            It’s time for a history lesson. As you may already know, York Design Company creates classic and preppy needlepoint accessories. While needlepoint may be trendy today, it has been around since 3000 B.C. Embroidery and needlepoint began as a form of decoration to cloth that historically can be found all over the world. Ancient remnants of needlepoint can be found in China, Egypt, Peru, India, Greece and Rome. Needlepoint was once a form of mother-daughter bonding during the Middle Ages until the turn of the 20th Century. The acts of needlepoint and cross-stitching have been passed down through generations and used to be seen as a symbol of family status. Some famous needlepoint stitchers include Mary Queen of Scots, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth, Mary Martin and Taylor Swift! Today, York Design Company keeps up the historical legacy of needlepoint with our hand-stitched products. You can see other modern examples of needlepoint in shoes, furniture, and artwork in other like-minded designers like Jonathan Adler and Tory Burch.
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Cuff and Headband: York Design Company // Dress: Jack Wills // Shoes: Sperry // Watch: Fossil // Necklace: Baublebar

Back to School in Needlepoint

As the nights get cooler, we all must accept that summer is coming to an end.  While everyone is trying to make beach days last longer, one thing you can look forward to is back to school shopping. Whether you are heading into you first year of college, or are a recent grad, York Design Co has a great line of school spirit cuffs! Students, parents, and fans can enjoy our colorful cuff bracelets at sporting events, tailgates, and parties. And for a more casual feel, you can show off your school spirit in class or at the library.  With a great collection, our cuffs can help you cheer “Go team, go!” this school year.

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Cuff Bracelets: York Design Company// Black top: Topshop // Pants: J.Crew Factory // Flats: Tory Burch // Backpack: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom // Earrings: Kate Spade // UF Top: UF Campus Store // Shorts: Levi’s // Sneakers: Keds

Wedding Season

We are in the midst of wedding season, and whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid, or a wedding guest, York Design Co can help you complete your look.  An English folklore rhyme states that a bride should wear, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue,” on her wedding day. Our blue and white chevron cuff bracelet is both something new and blue, that a bride can be seen wearing at rehearsal dinner, the bridal shower, or to her bachelorette party. In addition, our clutches make perfect bridesmaids gifts.  Our accessories are great for daytime bridal showers, and for a bachelorette’s night out on the town!

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Rehearsal Dinner Bouquet – BowK // White and Blue Chevron Cuff – York Design Company // Nude Heels – Ivanka Trump // Blue Earrings – Nine West // White Dress – BCBGMAXIMARA // Gold Earings – Dorothy Perkins // Gold Cuff – Sole Society // Blue Heels – Steve Madden // Pink Dress – Nordstrom // Nail Polish – Essie // Clutch – York Design Company

York Design Co Needlepoint Monograms

As Reese Witherspoon once said, “If it’s not moving, monogram it!” Monograms have historically been around since the middle ages, when they were used as a signature for royalty. York Design Company has a great selection of monogram cuffs and handbags to help you embrace your inner queen. However, before you submit your custom order, there are a few things you need to know about monogram etiquette.  The basic monogram for women goes as follows: first initial, LAST initial, middle initial;  married women can use first initial, LAST initial, and maiden initial. Fortunately, yorkdesignco.com will automatically transform your name into correct monogram etiquette.  So what are you waiting for? Monogram away!

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Needlepoint Cuff – York Design Company// Needlepoint Clutch – York Design Company// Sunglasses – Kate Spade// Earrings – Kendra Scott// Top – French Connection// Wedges – C. Wonder// Necklace – Moon and Lola for Neiman Marcus // Jeans – Hudson

Summer Getaway

With temperatures rising as we come to the end of July, York Design Company wants to know how you beat the summer heat. Going on vacation, taking a dip in the pool, or hitting the golf course in the evening are just some ways to keep cool. No matter what you’re doing this summer, our cuff bracelets are a great way to express your personal style. For those of you who are enjoying a “staycation” our pink quatrefoil cuff is a great accessory for lounging by the pool. Golf fanatics will love our Tee Party cuff when visiting the country club. Lastly, for our world travelers who physically escape the heat, our elephant cuff will be a great reminder of all of your adventures. No matter what your summer getaway is, you can still look stylish while beating the heat.

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Needlepoint Cuffs – York Design Company// Sunglasses – Kate Spade// Bathing Suit – Roxy// Cover Up – Miss Selfridge// Sandals – Jack Rogers// Blue tank – Weekday// Shorts – Scotch and Soda (similar) // Hat – Vineyard Vines// Sneakers – Keds// Sleeveless Polo – Tory Burch// Pink Pants – Polo Ralph Lauren// Golf Shoes – Puma// Gloves – Evertan Designer Series Ladies Pro

World Cup Fashion

Who are you rooting for? Although the United States has been eliminated from the World Cup, everyone still has futbol fever. As Germany and Argentina are getting ready to square off in the finals, bars around the globe are getting ready for enthusiastic fans…and you need something fabulous to wear on Sunday! Regardless of what team you’re cheering for, one thing is for sure: sporting team colors is a must. The 2014 World Cup has proven to be a fashion runway of its own, with fans sporting neon jerseys, bright couture pieces, and wild face paint. It’s been so much fun to see the Brazilian soccer stadiums packed with colorful outfits and crazy head pieces. Fans of Germany can sport black, red and gold and those rooting for Argentina should opt for baby blue and white. Fortunately, York Design Co has colorful accessories to (always!) help you root for your favorite team! worldcupyorkdesignco

Needlepoint Cuffs – York Design Co// Blue tank  and blue shorts – J.Crew// Jeans – Levis// Black Shorts – Lush// Red tank – Cynthia Rowley// Yellow tank – River Island// Orange Dress – Select Fashion UK (similar)

A Reflection: My Experience on “Bethenny”

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First of all, I’d like to give a huge thank you to all of you guys for watching the show, supporting me, and sending your encouraging e-mails, text messages, and notes. I’m so thankful for all of your support and it really helps to know I have great people backing me on this entrepreneurial journey!

The trip to see Bethenny was so much fun; I arrived in the city the day before the shoot and got to spend time with my family. We shopped, went out to dinner, and prepped for the big day ahead. My call time was super early Friday morning, so I was up and at ’em before the sunrise and sitting in my own dressing room eating a yummy breakfast and drinking coffee – it was fabulous! Of course, I also loved the hair and makeup part…I got to sit in a “movie star mirror” (the kind with the light bulbs) and have my hair and makeup done by the show’s artists. If you know me on any level, you know that I live for this kind of stuff (all things girly and beautiful), so I was in heaven.

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The production team was awesome and they hung out with me in the dressing room and back stage, helping me every step of the way. I had a blast getting to know them. The day we taped, Laila Ali was also on the show, so I watched her whole interview with Bethenny from backstage. She is beautiful and was so nice.

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Meeting Bethenny was a wonderful opportunity. She is just like you see her on TV: energetic, driven, and funny! The segment was all about getting business advice from Bethenny, so she gave me some great pointers, offered her opinion on my business strategies and tactics, and surprised me at the end with some funding to help me with the business! I was so shocked and couldn’t have been happier to receive the life-size check they brought out for me on the set (it’s hanging in my office now). It was definitely a “PINCH ME!!!” moment.  I enjoyed every second of the experience and I can’t help but smile from ear to ear whenever I think back on the whole day – truly a magical moment for York Design Co.

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If you missed the segment, you can still check it out here – Bethenny in Your Business: York Design Co

 

Parcel & Journey Meets York Design Co

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York Design Co is proud to partner with Parcel & Journey for today’s post! I met Joanna, Parcel & Journey’s founder, at a trade show and immediately fell in love with her products. The aesthetic and style is so cool, and the stories behind the pieces are even cooler. Parcel & Journey employs skilled artisans from all over the world by creating jobs for people that craft these interesting and ethnic pieces. Many of the pieces are relevant to the countries that they come from, giving each item a unique spin. P&J’s products are made from local materials native to each community the company works with, building a bridge from exotic places around the world to the socially conscious American consumer. We love the idea, and we think their perforated clutch would go great with our pink and brown monogrammed cuff. Check out our other ideas for building an outfit around P&J and YDC accessories. What would you pair these goodies with?

Take 30% off your first Parcel & Journey order before Monday, May 12th by signing up here (http://bit.ly/1iDXhli), and using code ParcelAndJourney30 at checkout.

Clutch: Parcel & Journey // Pumps: Sole Society (Tisha) // Needlepoint Cuff: York Design Co // Sequin Camisole: Fashion Union // Boyfriend Jeans: Current/Elliott // Necklace: Journey Accessories

York Design Co Bermuda Clutch

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About a two-hour flight from New York City, Bermuda is the perfect tropical getaway for East Coasters. One of the best parts about Bermuda are the pink beaches, which are serene and beautiful. The weather averages are in the 80s during spring and summer months, and the temperature rarely drops below the 60s in the fall and winter. Our signature “Bermuda” clutch purse is inspired by Bermuda’s pink sandy beaches, framed by the clear blue waters and pastel-colored buildings.

In today’s roundup, we showcase some of our favorite parts about Bermuda with fun tropical snapshots and needlepoint borders. We love Beyonce’s colorful bikini/sarong combo from her vacation with her family on the island. We’re also inspired by the tried-and-true men’s office wear: a button-down shirt, sports jacket, knee socks, and Bermuda shorts. Of course, we couldn’t leave out the mopeds, which the natives and travelers alike use to scoot around the island (they appear on the back of our needlepoint clutch as well). If you’re ready for a quick getaway, check out Bermuda for the hot sun, pink sand, and great shopping in the capital city of Hamilton. Have you ever been to Bermuda? Where is your favorite vacation getaway?

In the Navy

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Navy blue is elegant and sophisticated, yet subtle. It’s a classic tried-and-true staple that trends season after season. The rich deep blue complements just about any color. Pair navy with a variety of neutral hues for a casual look or switch it up with a splash of color (I love pairing navy with pink).  I also like to wear navy with black accents sometimes, making for an effortlessly chic look for work.

Don’t just limit yourself to clothing – navy translates well with makeup too, putting a beauty spin on this timeless trend. I love to put a layer of navy eye-liner under black before I go out at night – it really makes your eyes pop. Also, adding NARS “Night Flight” shadow in the creases of your eyelids enhances a smokey eye when paired with the right grays.

How do you wear navy?

Dress, Lilly Pulitzer // Eye Shadow, NARS // Cuff, York Design Co + Francesca Joy // Earrings, Kimberly McDonald // Pumps, J. Crew

Olympic Fashion and Accessories

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The 2014 Winter Olympics may almost be over, but we haven’t lost any interest in the sports and athletes over in Sochi. And what better way to express your excitement for the games than to indulge in Olympic-inspired fashion trends? Show some support for the home team and rock the red, white and blue! There are plenty of options from footwear, to needlepoint, to make-up. Also try flaunting some gold and silver accessories for you’re favorite figure skaters, ski jumpers or snowboarders who have won.

Here are some Olympic inspired products you can pull ideas from, Sochi style:

1. Boots, Roper // 2. Lipstick, Chanel // 3. Needlepoint Cuff, York Design Co // 4. Cardigan, Ralph Lauren // 5. Sunnies, Dr. Boom’s

Fabulous Florals

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It’s no surprise that the floral trend is back this season. As we start to put the winter behind us and enter into spring, floral patterns continue to be a classic trend for women.

This year, floral patterns are going beyond the usual essential pieces and are instead appearing on many different accessories.

Match your favorite outfits with a bold floral bag, fun floral heels or even a floral needlepoint cuff from our York Design Co. + Francesca Foy collection. You can transform any outfit instantly with some fun flowery accessories!

Here is a range of cute blossoming accessories to get some inspiration from. Kick-start your spring with some flower power!

1. Earrings: Bauble Bar // 2. Bathing Suit: Gilly Hicks (similar) // 3. Pumps: Miu Miu // 4. Needlepoint Cuff: York Design Co + Francesca Joy // 5. Bag: Nancy Gonzalez // 6. Dress: ASOS

 

GIVEAWAY!

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It’s our CRAZY FOR PAISLEY giveaway!

We’ve teamed up with our good friend and artist Francesca Joy for a new FJ + YDC collection for spring/summer 2014. Get ready for some great new products and patterns! In the meantime, we are giving away one of our fabulous hand-stitched paisley cuff to kick it all off!

The giveaway will be going on this week only, so enter below now! Good luck!

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York Design Co & Francesca Joy Collaboration

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With the holidays behind us and winter weather still in full swing, we’re planning to “get outta dodge” and take a sunny trip somewhere soon. Our resort 2014 collection won’t be complete without both a Francesca Joy tote for the beach and shopping, as well as a coordinating York Design Co clutch to take out at night. The artist behind Francesca Joy is my good friend Elise, who works with me on collaborating new designs for the York Design Co x Francesca Joy line on our site. Her custom painted totes are to die for!

Elise and I are planning a college tour for this spring where we’ll be showcasing our designs at different universities – if you’d like us to drop by your school, please let us know! yorkdesigncompany@gmail.com

Happy New Year from York Design Co

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We hope you all have a wonderful time tonight. Have fun, be safe, and yes — wear the sparkles!

We have been so unbelievably blessed at York Design Co this year, and we can’t thank you all enough for your support, love, and friendship in our fabulous needlepoint adventures so far! We are really looking forward to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014. See you next year!

Love, Laura & the York Design Co team

JoJo Loves You Christmas Sale

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JoJo Loves You, based out of Boston, MA, is one of my favorite small businesses to support and collaborate with. I wear my JoJo Bling earrings all the time, because they are classic, sparkly, and they match everything. JoJo Loves You is having their HUGE Annual Holiday Bling Sale this weekend! It’s a perfect opportunity to grab last-minute, practical, and affordable gifts (and maybe something for yourself too!) The sale runs from Friday, December 13th through Sunday, December 15th and is only available online at www.jojolovesyou.com. Happy shopping!

Here are the details:
 
Blings: 3 pairs for $60
Mini Blings: 3 pairs for $50
Oval Blings: 3 pairs for $50
Navette Blings: 3 pairs for $50
Party Blings: 3 pairs for $60
 
And they can Mix & Match…meaning the 3 pairs can be 3 different styles!
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Which styles are your favorite?

The YDC Gift Guide!

We’ve scoured through all of our favorite pieces – there’s so much to buy and so many people to buy for! If you’re still in search of the perfect gift or need a few stocking stuffers for the special ladies in your life, check out the gift guide below. We have glamorous goodies for lots of lovely personalities!

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Delta Gamma Cuff // Francesca Joy Anchors Clutch // Nashville Monoram Belt // Francesca Joy Citrus Clutch // Breakfast at Tiffany Pearls Cuff // Jungle Love Cuff // Arygle Stretchy Headband // Yorkies Cuff 

Are any of these colorful treats on your wish list this year?