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I am so excited to announce my very first giveaway courtesy of the fabulous Fornash!  When it comes to accessories I have never been able to take Coco Chanel’s advice, instead I always add one more thing before leaving my apartment and right now I am all about layering bracelets. Fornash has such incredible bracelets for stacking and I just can’t get enough of them.  This giveaway features the Melisa bracelet, which is perfect for layering or bold enough to be worn on its own.  At the risk of sounding so 2012, let’s get this arm party started!

The rules of entry are as follows (and SUPER simple):

1. Comment on this post & pick your fav color of the Melisa bracelet (make sure to leave your twitter handle & email)

2. Follow Garden of Glam on twitter by clicking here 

3.  Follow Fornash on twitter by clicking here

4. (optional) For extra entries tweet at Garden of Glam & Fornash about how excited you are for this giveaway!!

The winner will be announced in one week on 2/20!  This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Day Fourteen of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide (Dena: Stylist)

Dena is an accomplished, innovative freelance stylist and reporter.  She has worked on projects for a wide variety of publications including W, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Vogue, Maxim, InStyle, and Rolling Stone and for many incredible brands including Victoria’s Secret, Nine West, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Anthropologie.  Dena is a part of the styling team for TV personality Andy Cohen and his show Watch What Happens Live, who was just listed as GQ‘s 25 Most Stylish Men of 2012 (way to go Dena).  Dena is currently a stylist for various original Yahoo! programs, including the fashion and style show The Thread hosted by Jessica Stam.  In addition, Dena also collaborates editorially on scripts for Yahoo! She also recently assisted Edward Enninful in styling W’s Collector’s Edition, 40th Anniversary Issue.  I mean really, what doesn’t she do!? Stayed tuned for a future collaboration with Dena and styling tips from a pro.

As a reminder, I have asked each contributor to share what’s on their wish list and give list this holiday season with the hope of making your holiday shopping a little easier.


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Rider Mixed-Media Top Handle Bag by Loeffler Randall.  I love the size of this bag and the python detail and neutral color-blocking.  No matter the size of my bag, I tend to fill it up which can get quite heavy.  This is the perfect size to hold my essentials, but isn’t cumbersome so it’s perfect for when I am out all day prepping shoots.

This bag is absolutely stunning!  I have the same problem as Dena and without fail always manage to over stuff my bag.  This is great for every day use and the internal dividers make it practical.  Perfect for a girlfriend, wife, fiancé, sister or mother.

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Helmut Lang Stretch Leather Pants.  A great leather legging is at the top of my list.  I’ve worn mine ragged they’re such a staple in my wardrobe.  I love pairing them with a chunky sweater and boots for a cool weekend, or a silky blouse, statement necklace and pumps for a chic day to night look.

Literally obsessed with these pants! Leather is my absolute weakness and I am a firm believer that leggings ARE pants, it is truly an unbeatable combination!  Perfect for the fashion forward ladies in your life, such as a sister, girlfriend, fiancé or wife.

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Jennifer Fisher Layering Cuffs.  Jennifer Fisher has me HOOKED on cuffs.  I love how they look stacked on my wrist and I LOVE mixing metals.  JF is totally architectural which I love.  My recent obsession is rose-gold and I’m working on my collection.

This piece is so beautiful because it is delicate yet edgy at the same time.  I am a true believer in layering jewelry and am always looking for more pieces to add to the arm party.  Layering bracelets are a great gift for a friend, roommate, girlfriend or sister.


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Vintage Edition Scrabble.  I bought this Scrabble board for my extremely adorable and recently married friends.  I love the presentation and that it is something that they will love but something that they would not splurge on for themselves–also great for the Words with Friends enthusiast.

I love giving board games as gifts, as well as receiving them.  I have a huge board game collection and play them as often as possible.  My personal favorite is Scattegories.  Board games are perfect for all ages and genders, such a wonderful and unexpected gift.

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By Boe Tri Earring.  I bought these for my friend who is also a stylist.  We always give each other a little something each year but nothing too extravagant.  These earrings are perfect–SUPER cool and I was shocked at how reasonably priced they are!

These earrings are so fab and perfect for anyone with pierced ears.  They are subtle yet eye catching and unique, which is the best combination.  These would be a wonderful present for a sister, roommate, friend, girlfriend or cousin.

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OPI gelshine at-home gel system.  Gel manicures are the best thing that ever happened to my nails.  Regular manicures only last a maximum of two days and with gel the polish stays nice for at least 10.  I’m getting my little sister, who is a freshman in college, this great gel mani set to use at school.

Such a thoughtful and practical gift–gel has completely revolutionized mani/pedis!  I am horrible at painting my nails so make sure you give this to someone that is ambidextrous!  Perfect for a friend, girlfriend, sister, cousin, aunt, or mom.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Day Six of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide: Jaclyn Mason (owner of Charm)

Jaclyn Mason is the owner of Charm, a fabulous jewelry and accessories boutique in Georgetown.  I collaborated with Charm on a previous post, which was dedicated to Holiday Bling and had the best time playing dress up in their one of a kind pieces.  Charm has such incredible accessories and Jaclyn has absolutely impeccable taste making Charm your one stop shop for all things bling!

As a reminder, I have asked each contributor to share what’s on their wish list and give list this holiday season with the hope of making your holiday shopping a little easier.


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BCBG Metallic Retro Headphones.  I can’t resist these headphones.  The spikes and crystals make me feel so edgy–even if I’m not!

These headphones are so glam and are the perfect accessory to any outfit.  It is a thoughtful gift for music lovers, siblings, friends or a significant other.  Check out the more gender neutral alternative here.

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Fresh, Rose Face Mask.  We all know the holidays can be a stressful time.  When I want to unwind, I use this face mask.  It brightens my skin and is so relaxing.

I am always in the market for great skin products and recommendations are always appreciated.  This mask is soothing and rejuvenating.  It’s a perfect present for a sister, mother, aunt, friend or roommate.

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Tory Burch, Coley Suede and Shearling Slippers.  You can’t go wrong with a shearling slipper.  They’re so comfy, and the sequins logo gives them just enough bling.

These slippers look amazing and like something you could live in all winter!  These would be great for a sister, mom, girlfriend or aunt.  Also, in the same realm of comfort, I literally live in my bathrobes, all of which were incredibly successful Christmas presents. How cozy does this one look?!


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Dogeared Stud Earrings.  You can never have too many studs!  I love these because they are so small but can stand on their own.

Jaclyn is right, you can never have too many studs!  I love these studs because they are interesting, simple and affordable!  These earrings would be great for a sibling, friend, roommate, cousin or girlfriend.

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Tai Bracelets.  These bracelets are just amazing!  We sell these all year round at the store.  They are great for layering or for wearing on their own.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but I love wearing tons of bracelets and am always in search of bracelets to add to the arm party.  The tai bracelets are so great for layering.  Wonderful gift for a friend, roommate, sister or cousin.

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AV Max Teardrop Pendant Necklace.  I rarely give small necklaces as gifts, but these are an exception.  The stones are so beautiful, and each one is a little different, so you feel like you’re giving something that is one of a kind.

These pendants are so beautiful!  I normally where super chunky oversized everything, but I am very into simple delicate necklaces right now.  This would be perfect for a girlfriend, sister or friend.

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Holiday Bling

To showcase the hottest bling for this holiday season I collaborated with Charm and Charm’s owner, Jaclyn Mason.  Charm Georgetown is an incredible local accessories boutique that features unique, show stopping, conversation starting pieces.  This season I have been very drawn to black and gold, two basics that when combined have a stunning effect.  I had such a fabulous time working with Jaclyn and her team styling four different accessory combinations to rock this season.  I am also beyond obsessed with each piece of jewelry and unique bag featured in this post.  So please scroll for some blinged out holiday inspiration (stayed tuned later this week for the other two looks) and for an interview with the fabulous Jaclyn Mason.

If you haven’t visited Charm already, you must! They are located at 2910 M St. (in Georgetown).  Also, check out their website here and of course, like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter (@CharmDC) for news on the latest trends, style tips and merchandise!

Bag: Moyna, Bracelets: Tai (stretchy beaded), Melinda Maria (gunmetal bangle), Deepa Gurnani (spiked), Rings: Isharya (spike), Melinda Maria (both small gold)

Earrings: Marcia Moran, Bag: Moyna, Bracelets: Tai (stretchy beaded), Melinda Maria (gunmetal bangle), Deepa Gurnani (spiked), Rings: Isharya (spike), Melinda Maria (both small gold)

Bag: Moyna, Bracelets: Tai (stretchy beaded), Melinda Maria (gunmetal bangle), Deepa Gurnani (spiked), Rings: Isharya (spike), Melinda Maria (both small gold)

Bag: Inge Christopher, Bracelet: Alexis Bittar, Ring: Sibilia

Earrings: Kendra Scott, Necklace: Alexis Bittar

Earrings: Kendra Scott, Necklace: Alexis Bittar, Bag: Inge Christopher, Bracelet: Alexis Bittar, Ring: Sibilia

1. What tips do you have to successful accessorizing this holiday season?

Just bling it out! The holidays are a time of year that you can get away with your biggest and most sparkly accessories. Whether you’re at a family gathering or picking out your Christmas tree, a little bit of shine will make your outfit.

2. What piece of jewelry does every girl need to have in her jewelry box?

A pair of studs for everyday wear. It doesn’t matter if they’re diamonds or plain silver balls, they complete a look.

3. Who are your favorite accessory designers?

Louis Vuitton for bags and leather goods. They last forever and never go out of style. Love Quotes for scarves. We sell them in the shop, and they come in every color!

4. Who are your favorite clothing designers?

Missoni, DvF, Parker—basically, anyone that can make a great dress that you can wear for years. For winter coats, you can’t go wrong with Moncler and Burberry. If you’re going to bundle up, do it in style!

5. What inspired you to open Charm?

I grew up around some amazing jewelry collections—my mother, for example, has some heirloom pieces that are to die for. I wanted to create a store that spoke to those influences, that had jewelry and accessories that women of all styles could enjoy and wear. I was raised in DC, and I looked around Georgetown and didn’t see any shops that had this kind of jewelry that I knew there was a demand for. Charm gave me the freedom to sell amazing pieces at a great price.

6. What is your favorite part about owning your own store?

My favorite part about coming to work is definitely the interaction I get to have with our clients. Helping brides and women pick out pieces for high-end events is always fun but working with any client is so fun!

7. What is your buying process like?

We work with designers based out of Los Angeles, New York, and many other places. We have a team of three buyers that have different styles that allow us to have a variety of products that cater to different tastes. We attend all of the accessories shows in NYC annually.

8. What can you absolutely not leave your home without?

I can’t leave home without oversized sunglasses, a bag big enough to hold all of my things, and some accessory like earrings or a necklace that I adjust to whatever mood I’m in or to my outfit.

9. What is your go to piece of jewelry?

A cocktail ring. It makes a statement and is a great conversation piece at a party.

10. What was your latest purchase?

Short black Ugg boots. They may not be the cutest, but they’re a winter necessity.

**For any questions about any of the pieces featured in this post feel free to contact Charm at info@charmgeorgetown.com or at 202-298-0420.  And again, visit Charm (11am-7pm Mon.-Sat., 12pm-5pm Sun.)!**

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This week’s instaglam pictures were taken while I was in Austin, TX. Acting as the host to delicious restaurants, unique boutiques and great music, Austin is an incredible city that fosters innovation and creativity.  I had the most wonderful time in Austin and cannot wait to go back.  The city has so much to offer from music to food to fashion to fun Austin is a must visit!  I snapped these pictures in the bathroom of a bar and thankfully she was a wonderful sport.  I am obsessed with every detail of this look and what makes it even more fabulous is that the outfit is almost completely vintage or thrifted.

For more pictures from my trip follow me on instagram and twitter (@gardenofglam)!

This look was flawlessly styled! I love the simple black and white palette and her knotted cropped tank!

Simply obsessed with this bag!

I love a red lip and the gold accents, layered accessories and ombre do!

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