An Interview with Jewelry Designer Jane Basch

An Interview with Jewelry Designer Jane Basch

In the midst of the craze and bustle that was New York Fashion Week 2014, Jane Basch stood gracefully beside her showcase of beautifully designed jewelry, doing what she does best—making it personal. She connected with each and every guest at the event, making you really feel the bright energy that is Jane Basch Jewelry Designs, her brand of precious, personalized jewelry. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Anthropologie

(Image Credit: Anthropologie)

(Image Credit: Anthropologie)

Dear Anthrolpologie,

Um, yes, hi. Hello.

Not to be too forward or anything, but I basically love you. And I think it might be accurate for me to say that my love is borderline obsession, but unlike many people who develop obsessions over time, this kind of happened overnight. Continue reading

Hollaback! and ModCloth take on street harrassment

(Image Credit: ModCloth)

(Image Credit: ModCloth)

As you may or may not know, I run my own YouTube channel and I feature one specific thing on Fridays: fashion. So, when I was approached with this opportunity to write about this topic regarding street harassment and “dressing for yourself,” I was all for it. Continue reading

Ashleeeybash: What I’m Bringing to Bumbershoot 2015

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(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

I’ll be heading to Bumbershoot this weekend and I’m so excited! I’ve never been to Seattle so to experience a new city and a new festival will be interesting. I promise I’ll document it all in a vlog (I mean, if you care) I wanted to do this quick video to show you what I bring when traveling but this is just the really, really important stuff. I didn’t bother documenting the obvious stuff like towels, shampoo and other great necessities. I hope you enjoy! Oh, and if you’re hitting it up let me know down below! Continue reading

Ashleeeybash: Five Basic White Tees You Need In Your Closet

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Happy Fashion… Sunday? In this video, I got inspired by Liz Uy (A Filipino celebrity stylist) to talk about five basic white tees that will save your life when you’re lazy to look for the right outfit in the morning. Trust me. Having these in your closet will save you so much time when you’re feeling super lazy in the morning! Continue reading

Would You Use a Phone-Charging Bracelet?

(Image Credit: Q Designs)

(Image Credit: Q Designs)

It is truly amazing what technology can do and recently I have been fascinated with charging devices. A few months back I purchased one of those battery blocks that you charge up and then use to charge your phone. I thought it was genius in the beginning. Then life happened. By that, I mean that I was constantly losing it somewhere. It was in the bottom of my bottomless purse. It was under the edge of my bed. It fell somewhere in my car. It soon was just as annoying as keys, bobby pins or an uncharged phone, as in it would be helpful if I could keep it in my eyesight and operational.

There is a solution that I have recently been made aware of that I would like to explore: phone charging bracelets! The initial issue of getting lost basically solves itself. Where is that pesky yet helpful thing? Oh yeah, physically attached to me! I would want to try it out based on that fact alone!

A phone charging bracelet would be particularly helpful in crowded situations, I think. Christmas Eve my family and extended family all crams into my grandmother’s not-so-big house. The chances of me getting to the outlet are close to zilch. If I had the bracelet it wouldn’t be a problem. I also imagine if I ever became an extreme cross-country runner, like Waco to Austin, Texas extreme; that would be super handy! Then again, I probably would not be playing Candy Crush while I’m trekking across Texas. I do not run though, so maybe I would.

I think you get the point though. The convenience thing is a huge factor in my saying yes, I would love to try it out. Wait, but this is no choice to make on a whim. It is a much bigger choice when you consider the price. I typed in “phone charging bracelet” in Google and found an article from Fashionista that bragged about the QBracelet. The product is still in a pre-order phase but it features a sleek, thick steel looking design that boasts the ability to charge an Android or iPhone in approximately 60 minutes. The going pre-sale price is $78. The planned retail price will be $98 according to the Q Design website.

QDesigns says the bracelet can charge up to 60%. At first I thought 60 minutes to charge sounded slow, but up a percent a minute would not be bad in a truly dire situation I suppose. I still think the price would be too high for me to buy. In a road trip/vacation situation it would be nice in theory. However, if I’m just out running errands at the mall or my phone dies during my bus trip home, I probably do not want to wait a minute for every percent to go up. I would hypothetically be home or back to a wall plug that could help me faster before that bracelet would do any good.

What about other charging bracelets? Well, some others I have seen are pricey too. Wait, you say, maybe your super cool aunt gifts this to you. That is an exception. I do not mind if someone gifts it or if I won it. I just do not think I could justify buying it for myself.

But if the price was better, which could feasibly happen as demand goes up and we become savvier as a global consumer group, I would definitely try a phone charging bracelet. Until the price becomes better, I will still feel like it sounds like a super cool possibility straight out of The Jetsons, but not a possibility for me.

Quirky Item of the Week: Feetures! High Performance Socks

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(Image Credit: Feetures! / Instagram)

Okay, so I am no marathon runner or triathlete, but I don’t think you have to be a hardcore athlete to understand the trials and tribulations of annoying socks. You know the kind – socks that slip down the back of your heel or bunch at your toes; socks that don’t breathe and leave your feet feeling clammy inside your shoes; or socks that stick out the tops of your shoes at odd angles. These may seem like minor annoyances but I think we can all agree fixing little sock issues can make a big difference in comfort.

That’s where Feetures! High Performance Socks come in handy. These ultra-lightweight socks mold to the shape of your foot to put a stop to any slipping or bunching and prevent painful blisters. The breathable fabric keeps your feet feeling cool and dry, and a specially-designed heel saves you from the dreaded heel bunching. These socks also address one of my personal sock peeves, the obnoxious toe seam. With Feetures!, you don’t have to worry about rubbing your sensitive toes on an intrusive seam.

Feetures! High Performance Socks are available in a variety of colors, sizes and cuts, with the no show ankle sock standing out as a popular favorite. I’ll admit the $11.99 USD price tag is a bit steep for a single pair of socks (at least as far as I’m concerned), but it’s a worthy investment if you want to have a pair of socks you know you can rely on to get you comfortably through your toughest workouts – or just your longest day at Disney World!

Ashleeeybash: A Rant About Dressing Too Mature For Your Age

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Since it is back-to-school and everything, I wanted to do a quick rant aimed towards the younger generation about dressing… mature for their age. I’m probably gonna get a lot of different comments about this but hey, that’s what YouTube is for, right? This is just my take on when I see someone younger than me wearing something way too revealing for their age! Does anyone else feel the same way? Or… Continue reading

Quirky Item of the Week: ‘Doctor Who’ K-9 Slippers

(Image Credit: ThinkGeek)

(Image Credit: ThinkGeek)

Do I love Doctor Who? Affirmative. That’s why I’m so excited about ThinkGeek’s line of Doctor Who merchandise, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better? They add these K9 slippers, which will not only keep your feet warm but will also provide you with a companion for your long Doctor Who marathons.

Each slipper is fashioned to look like K9’s head and body, and it’s probably good that they emphasized the dog aspect over the robot aspect because robotic slippers don’t sound the least bit comfortable. With these K9 slippers, however, your feet are bound to be both comfortable and adorable.

And if you have friends who also like Doctor Who, go ahead and get them a pair! K9 was featured in both Classic and New Who, so it won’t matter when they started watching. Everyone knows K9!

Ready to buy a pair or two? Of course K9’s response would be “affirmative,” and yours should be too. Check out the K9 slippers at ThinkGeek to start – or continue – your Doctor Who collection.

Giveaway: Stephanie Clifford’s ‘Everybody Rise’ and $50 BaubleBar Gift Card

 

Giveaway: Stephanie Clifford's 'Everybody Rise' and $50 BaubleBar Gift CardAre you looking for a fun, witty book to add to your summer reading list? Then look no further than Stephanie Clifford’s Everybody Rise, the tale of Evelyn, an ambitious 20-something who is forced to fit in with society’s upper crust (and is ultimately seduced by it) during the economic doldrums of the early 2000s. From St. Martin’s Press:

It’s 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she’s forced to embrace them.

Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family’s downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way.

Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford’s debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes – money, ambition, family, friendship – and on the universal longing to fit in.

Evelyn becomes infatuated by the finer things in life, but everyone deserves to feel fabulous! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of Everybody Rise, along with a $50 BaubleBar gift card, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press. When you’re done there, be sure to check out chapter 1 of Everybody Rise for a sneak peak!

Learn more about author Stephanie Clifford at StephanieClifford.net, and check her out on Twitter.

**Giveaway Closed**

EVERYBODY RISE prize pack

One winner receives:

  • A copy of Everybody Rise;
  • plus a $50 BaubleBar gift card

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Ashleeeybash: What to wear to Outside Lands (2015)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

It’s not a Friday but I figured people would be procrastinating the night before on figuring out what to wear so… I HOPE THIS HELPS. Have fun at Outside Lands everyone and be safe! Make sure to wear tons of layers too. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t match, would you rather freeze to death or look good? Well, I mean I guess you can plan ahead and look good while not freezing… You do you, boo boo. Continue reading

Tara Talks: Episode Twenty Seven (The One with The Beach Outfit)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

Plato’s Closet challenged me to create a summer look for $40 I did it in about $30 (because I couldn’t find shoes in my size) So this is my attempt to find an outfit that “fit my style.”

I usually wear maxi skirts or dresses during the summer because they’re more comfortable for me and you can wear them anywhere! I’m not one to wear too much jewelry either so the mint ring was perfect. I gave off some bling on my hand but it wasn’t too overpowering and for it’s size, it’s pretty lightweight.

WARNING: I AM NOT A BEAUTY GURU Continue reading

Ashleeeybash: My Thoughts on the Whole #dontjudgemechallenge

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

YEAH SO. I HAD A FEW THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THIS WHOLE TRENDING TOPIC… SO HERE’S MY SPIEL.. Let me know your thoughts on all of this below. I get there might be some negative comments or what not but what would YouTube be without negative comments, eh? Continue reading

Ashleeeybash: A Rant About School Dress Codes

FASHION FRIDAY (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

FASHION FRIDAY (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Not a timely video but this had to be said eventually, right? Better early than.. never (Said no one). The struggle is real with dress codes for girls but IT GETS BETTER (As I say about like five times in this video). Let me know your stories below in the comments! Continue reading