WILD FOR VIOLET

October 29, 2012











Wedge sneakers: Pink & Pepper | Jeans: Minusey { also loving these ones } | Shirt: H&M { other options here & here } | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff  { different colors here & here } | Watch: Michael Kors |   Rings: mini bow & glitz bow via Ily Couture | Spike bracelet: Cara

I would like to start by announcing the winner of Albeit Jewelry International Giveaway. Congrats to Alison from StylingMyLife, hope you love the necklace as much as I do!!!! 



Having laid eyes on a pair of wedge sneakers for the first time, I knew right away this was the shoe for me. Comfort, style and my favorite shade of purple, ummm..., yes please! How comfortable are they? Well, I took them on a 5 mile hike to Malibu today and have to report that my feet are still in tact! Other parts of me, not so much cause I'm so rusty, but no purple toes or blisters:) 


Gotta say, Emil and I used to go hiking all the time, but over the past year we've become a little lazy, so this was our first proper one in at least a few months. Certainly was an eye opening experience, I pretty much assumed that running a few times a week will keep me in a fairly good shape. Boy was I wrong! The back of my legs was burning as we were walking up a steep heel. By the time we got back to the car we were absolutely exhausted! Naturally we can't wait to do it again, so the plan is to do a 10 mile one next weekend. Let you know how that goes:)

P. S. I've gotten so many emails about these cute bow rings, I though I should talk a little bit about them on the blog. They are from Ily Couture, a brand I absolutely adore and wear all the time. In terms of fit, they are true to size and the glitz bow ring is adjustable, which is pretty convenient! You can find them HERE


Happy Monday, Everyone!




Keep on smiling,
Love,
Annabelle

STUDS N' SPOTS

October 26, 2012












Jeans: via James Jeans | Sweater: Sandro | Blouse: Sandro { other options here & here } |  Bag: Milly | Heels: Theyskens Theory  { other options here & here } | Bracelets: large pave bracelet via Ily Couture, gold bangles Nordstrom, spike stretch bracelet Cara | Necklace: via Minusey | Watch: Michael Kors

Always on the mission to find a pair of great black jeans, I'm so happy I found this studded pair by James Jeans. Most of the time finding a pair of skinny jeans that fit is mission impossible. So you can imagine, how delighted I am to find a pair that not only fits great but also has my beloved studs. You know me, always a sucker for details:) I also really like the quality of the fabric, a nice thick denim, it keeps the shape all day. You know how it is with certain jeans, by the end of the day they just look so sad with those stretched out knees and other parts which we will know mention here:) 



In other news, I am so delighted it's finally starting to feel like fall in LA. Don't get me wrong, I love Summer but at the end of the day I am excited to wear things other than shorts and tank tops. Like sweaters, for example:) I am pretty sure I'll be kicking myself for saying this when I look back on these words a couple of weeks from now, when it really starts to get cold:) But for now, I'm on cloud nine:)


P.S. James Jeans is giving VivaLuxury readers 25% OFF anything in the store, simply use Coupon Code  JJ020, CLICK HERE to visit their website.



Keep on smiling,
Love,
Annabelle

FAVORITE MAKE UP PRODUCTS

October 24, 2012







Blush: Chanel in Brume D'or| Eye Liner: Christian Dior in black, both via FragranceNet.com | Shimmering Powder: Dior | Glossy Lip Stain: YSL in Rouge Laque | Lipstick: YSL in Spicy Pink | Lipstick: Face Stockholm for J Crew in French Martini | Nail Polishes: YSL in Gris Deco, Beige Leger & Blue Cobalt | Perfume: BCBGMAXAZRIA Bon Chic & Chanel Chance | Rings: mini bow & glitz bow via Ily Couture | Bracelets: Aqua { similar here & here } 

Hey Everyone,

I've been meaning to talk make up for some time now, so I'd like to take this opportunity to talk about some of my current favorites. 

FACE: As I have mentioned before, I am not a big fan of foundation, it just makes me feel like I have a mask on. In stead, I like to use blush or bronzer and a face highlighter. This particular one from Chanel in Brume D'or is my current obsession, because it provides really natural color, with just a hint of sparkle. I also love this shimmering powder from Christian Dior. Usually, I mix all shades together with a big brush and apply it on the apples of my cheeks, then use the lightest shade to highlight brow bones and corners of the eyes. This combination really helps to brighten the face without looking like you have a ton of product on.  

EYES: I hardly ever wear eye shadow, especially during the day. Most of the time I line the upper eyelid with black eye liner, mostly because my eyes are pretty round so the liner helps to elongate the shape. Right now, I'm a pretty big fan of this Christian Dior one. Stays on all day and doesn't smudge, what else can I ask for:)?

Lips: I've heard a million times that there is a right shade of red for everyone out there. But up until recently I haven't been able to find the right one for me. No matter what I tried it just looked weird, either too dark, or way to bright, basically it just didn't feel like me. By chance, I tried this lip stain by YSL and was pretty impressed with the result, great color, stays on and has a hint of gloss. My day-time favorite at the moment is YSL lipstick in Spicy Pink, really natural, soft-looking shade that has a great staying power. 

I suppose the word "natural" keeps coming up whenever I talk about make up. I really am a big believer in beauty products doing what their are supposed to without looking too obvious. So, I think I choose most make up products on the basis of that, red lipstick and black liner of course being the exception:) 

Now, here is the best part, FragranceNet.com would like to gift one lucky VivaLuxury reader with a $50.00 Gift Card! 

All you have to do is follow FragranceNet.com on Twitter by CLICKING HERE, follow VivaLuxury on Twitter by CLICKING HERE and tweet the following message "Awesome giveaway with @FragranceNet & @Vivaluxury, follow them on Twitter to WIN!"

Also, please leave a comment under this post, so I may contact you if you win! I wish everyone the best of luck!

P.S. Receive 15% OFF your entire order on FragranceNet.com with coupon code FBVD3




Keep on smiling,
Love,
Annabelle

MINI STRIPES

October 22, 2012










Leather skirt: Free People | Pumps: J Crew | Top: Vince Camuto | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Necklace : Minusey | Bracelet: Ily Couture | Watch: Michel Kors


Emil and I spent the entire Sunday wondering around one of our favorite Places in LA - Melrose Avenue, doing what we love best: shopping, walking, chatting and dining. Ok, so maybe I like shopping a little more than Emil does, maybe even a lot more. But I have no reason to complain, really, aside from an occasional joke about my shoe addiction, as far as shopping goes he is super supportive and even helps me pick out outfits sometimes:) 

Since it's still relatively warm in LA, I can get away with wearing skirts and shorts, which I must admit, I've been doing quite a bit lately.  I've been obsessing with this particular one for a while now, seems like it was sold out in all my usual shopping places. By chance, I found it last week, and couldn't be happier I did! Really love the fit and shape, not to mention a great leather skirt is one of those super versatile items that can be worn in endless number of ways. So be prepared to see it a lot:)!





Keep on smiling,
Love,
Annabelle

BREAKFAST IN BED

October 19, 2012





Tea Set: antique { similar here & here } | Breakfast tray: West Elm { similar here & here } | Silver mercury vase: Pottery Barn { similar here }

On very rare occasions, on those especially lazy, gloomy days, there is really nothing I love more than to have breakfast in bed while reading one of my favorite books or catching up on my on-line shopping. Normally, my days start very early so I barely have time to grab breakfast on my way out. But on days like this it's all about taking time to enjoy some of my favorites like granola and yogurt parfait, great cup of tea and of course a chocolate chip cookie, like this one from Cooper Avenue

Another reason I love these days so much is because I get to use this beautiful tea set, which was a present from my grandmother. It's been in my family for more than 50 years, and was given to my grandmother by her mother, my great grand mother. The set was mainly used on special occasions and witnessed many celebrations and important events in my family, which is why it is so precious to me. Every time I use it, I take a trip down the memory lane and cannot help but feel like having breakfast in bed everyday! 







Keep on smiling,
Love,
Annabelle

ON THE WAY TO NEVERLAND - WIN ALBEIT JEWELRY PENDANT

October 17, 2012











Pendant: via Albeit Jewelry | Top: Maje | Skirt: Asos | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Heels: J Crew { different colors here & here } | Bracelets: large pave bracelet via Ily Couture  & J Crew { also loving this one

Ever since I wore this necklace on my blog for the very first time, I've been getting at least 1 email a day asking where I got it. And I can completely understand why, this weightless, delicate necklace is surely one of my absolute favorites. So, I thought what better way to show my gratitude for your continued support than to host a giveaway for what is probably one of the most popular items on my blog. So, without further ado, I am beyond ecstatic to partner up with Albeit Jewelry for a brand new International GIVEAWAY! This time, one lucky winner will receive this gorgeous sideways "A" pendant necklace! Good luck, everyone!


THIS GIVEAWAY is INTERNATIONAL,

 and is open to everyone, 

OLD FRIENDS AND NEW 



TO ENTER:
1. LIKE this post on BlogLovin by CLICKING HERE
2. LIKE Albeit Jewelry on Twitter by CLICKING HERE  
3. FOLLOW VivaLuxury on Twitter by CLICKING HERE 
4. TWEET the following message "Great International Giveaway @albeitjewelry + @vivaluxury, win the "A" pendant --> http://vivaluxury.blogspot.com"


Please leave a comment here including your email address so I may contact you if you win! The GIVEAWAY will last for 7 days until Wednesday, October 24,  2012. 






Keep on smiling,
Love,
Annabelle

TRICK OR TRIM

October 14, 2012












Leather jacket: Truth & Pride | Pants: ASOS | Bag: Marc Jacobs { also loving this one } | Jewelry: bracelet via Ily Couture, gold bangles Cara | Heels: Zara 


I would like to start by announcing the winner of Boticca INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY. Congrats to I Shopped Till I Dropped with winning a $100.00 with Gift Card! 

Now that Summer heat is behind us, it's finally starting to feel like fall in LA. Which is why I've been so preoccupied with decorating for Halloween. I suppose, I went a little overboard this year, cause the whole place is drowning in pumpkins, spiderwebs and skeletons. Actually scared myself a few times, I guess early mornings and spider webs on kitchen cabinets don't exactly mix well:) Which has been the greatest source of amusement for Emil, apparently my fear of spiders is highly entertaining. Maybe I'll put one of those extra large life-like tarantulas in his nightstand drawer, and see how entertained he'll be when he reaches for his phone in the morning! Oh yeah, payback is sweet!!! But I love Halloween and decorations are a big part of it for me. 

Anyway, I guess fall colors are starting to find their way into my wardrobe as well. Big fan of orange and leather jackets in general, I was delighted to find a great fitting one in such a cool color! Bright orange perforated leather perfection - what else can a girl ask for:) 




Keep on smiling,
Love,
Annabelle