Advicesisters.com has suggested all sorts of gift ideas for the past month. But now, there is just New Year’s Eve and 2023 is over. Now it’s time to start thinking of new ways to boost your image. This style story offers some affordable and effortless ways to add style and fashion to your life. I love the wear-with-everything top from Sophie & Hailee. This style story also has a fabulous keepsake alphabet charm necklace from Helen Ficalora. Wear one (or several) affirmation bracelets from Candier and also boost your style with a fun fragrance by Candier for your car (or wherever you want to hang it). Finally, empower yourself with a unique fragrance called Define Me Rami Clear Quartz.
Boost Your Style With Sophie & Hailee
Sometimes it’s that one special piece that gives your entire outfit effortless cool. Sophie & Hailee is a trendy, boho-chic women’s ready-to-wear line that really rocks! The Sophie & Hailee Off the Shoulder Snakeskin Knit Top ($44) is that one piece. Every time I wear it I get lots of positive comments and “Where did you get that?!”
Wear it Your Way
The top has a zipper on one side which can be worn any way you wish. If you are a little more daring to be sexy but not um, “slutty,” zip it all the way down to a one-shoulder style or leave it unzipped halfway as I do. You can dress it up with a skirt. Hoewver, even with simple black pants, you’ll have a party-ready outfit.
My editorial sample was a Large but it’s also available in Small and Medium. The 95% Polyester 5% Spandex knit blouse has a fitted waistline that is very flattering, It also has Dolman cuff sleeves. etc. The suggested way to clean this is to hand wash it in cold water and hang it to dry, However, I did put it in the washing machine (but not the dryer) and it seemed fine. For a cute, affordable way to boost your style, this is it! There are plenty of other covet-able, fashion-forward pieces on the website as well. Visit https://sophieandhailee.com/
All That Glitters: Helen Ficalora
Helen Ficalora’s jewelry is coveted by fashionistas and celebrities alike. However, while some of the pieces are pricey, there is a Helen Ficalora alphabet charm that you can wear every day. And it is under $100.
Helen Ficalora offers her alphabet charms in 14K yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold. You can get these with diamonds, too. However, for an affordable everyday piece, the sterling silver Alphabet Charm is just $75!
Helen Ficalora’s gold letter “A” pendant is the original initial necklace that started the alphabet charm craze over two decades ago. The letter charm is a smooth disk and the letter of your choice is stamped directly into the disk.
It’s nice to engrave initials, a word, a date, or something else on the back (I used my initials). Boost your style by hanging the charm on a necklace (ours on a 16″ sterling silver chain with a spring ring clasp), or maybe add it to a bracelet as a treasured keepsake. The sterling silver disk is slightly smaller than a dime, but it makes a big impression. You can also layer it with some of your other favorite pieces. Look at all the beautiful pieces at https://helenficalora.com/
Affordable, Cute, Affirmation:
Ryan Porter is a cute website with lots of affordable goodies for yourself, or for gifts. I selected the Candier Ryan Porter Persist Crystal Bracelet ($16). The word “Persist” has several meanings, but the one I’m thinking about is: “ to do something in a determined way even when facing difficulties or opposition.” Many people (myself included) tend to make New Year’s resolutions, only to drop them when the going gets tough. There are many other empowering word bracelets to choose from, but I think this one is highly relevant!
Theoretically, the green crystals on the bracelet represent passion, excitement, and energy. That’s all tied into goals. I added one of my own gold bracelets. Boost your style with this one-size-fits-all adjustable alphabet message bracelet with gold-plated brass and crystal beads. Visit https://www.shopryanporter.com/
Fashion For Your Car:
The Candier Namaste in My Lane ($8) is lavender-scented cardboard to hang from your rearview mirror. I hung mine under my lucky cat charm. It’s not just a nice way to scent your car and make a fashion statement. It’s also a reminder not to lose your cool when you are behind the wheel. However, if you don’t have a car, make a style statement by hanging it anywhere you want to add some subtle scent. It’s a reminder to stay calm and not let your emotions run wild if you’re angry or agitated. Visit https://www.shopryanporter.com/
Scent Your Season:
DefineMe fragrances are meant to empower self-worth and confidence in the women who wear them. The company embraces socially conscious beauty practices and fuses natural, organic, and toxic-free ingredients. No style story is complete without a cool fragrance.
The crystal-infused perfume series by Rami has actual crystals in the bottle. I selected the DefineMe Rami Clear Quartz fragrance mist .95 fl. oz in a clear glass spray bottle. The nose who worked on the fragrances is Jennifer McKay Newton. She is also the founder and CEO of DefineMe. Instead of top, middle, and bottom notes, the key ingredients are in a “scent wave.” As described: “Swell: Fig + Black Cherry; Crest: Salted Caramel + Almond, and, Break: Golden Benzoin + Amber.”
I like to give a shout-out to the perfumers as much as I can — they are true rock stars, in my opinion. I admit, that DefineMe Rami Clear Quartz is oceans away from my personal scent preferences. But I like very spicy and often masculine and incense-y notes. Looking at the list of notes in Clear Quartz, I expected something gourmand. It is that. But what’s surprising is the drydown. While it is sweet to start, after a short while, to my nose it smells like white florals (even though they’re not listed).
What makes this fragrance unique are the beautiful, genuine, clear quartz crystals in the bottle. If you believe in the power of crystals, you already know that clear quartz has a high vibration used for healing and spiritual growth. Manifest your goals, and show your style with enhanced mental clarity and focus. If you like gourmand and very feminine fragrances and want to start 2024 with purpose, this will be your new go-to. (SRP: $48/28ml). Visit https://definemefragrance.com/