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Holiday Gift Guide (Day 8)

Day Eight of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide featuring Ava Mutchler of Fornash

Ava is the incredibly talented Web and Marketing Manager for Fornash.  Fornash is a local jewelry and accessories line that I am in love it! They have perfect every day pieces and show stopping statement pieces all for a wildly affordable price!  Fornash is one of my favorite collaborators and if you have time on this lovely post-snow-day Wednesday scroll through old posts and you will notice I am wearing a Fornash piece in almost every picture!  My Fornash jewelry is a huge wardrobe staple for me and I love that they are local.  Ava’s creativity and fashion forward sense of style make her a perfect collaborator for the gift guide!

And stay tuned for a Fornash giveaway!



Hunter + Rag & Bone Rain Boots (get it here)

“I need these boots. I love the buckle and exposed zipper detailing which make them different from every other pair of Hunter rain boots out there. These are so cute, I would definitely rock these even if it’s not raining or snowing out.” – Ava

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Battery Extender (get it here)

“My phone is always dying. I’m that person who has a charger at work, forgets to charge my phone all day and then I’m out and about and….it’s dead. This is the perfect solution. It’s compact so it will fit in my purse and it charges on your iPhone charger so I don’t need two different chargers! Absolutely perfect. ” – Ava

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Fleece Leggings (get it here)

‘Good tights are hard to find, especially a pair that will last and keep you warm! These are absolutely perfect because they have the slimming look of regular black tights but they are fleece lined! It’s rare when you can look fashionable and be toasty warm in the winter. Let it snow, let it snow.” – Ava


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Cowl Scarf (get it here)

“This is the perfect winter accessory. I have one similar from Gap from last year and get so many compliments whenever I wear it! It’s warm and cozy and the Fair Isle print is adorable. Perfect for any of my girlfriends and one size fits all, which makes it easy.” – Ava

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Apple TV (get it here)

“The perfect gift for under $100. I have mine in my bedroom and nothing is better than snuggling in bed and watching Netflix on a big screen. Hulu Plus is also a great subscription to buy because you can watch all the latest television shows without a cable box! So much cheaper and you don’t have to worry about recording anything. It’s all right there!” – Ava


Fornash Cosmopolitan Bangle (get it here)

“I work for Fornash and whenever a customer calls and asks what they should buy for a friend, family member or co-worker, I always tell them about this bangle. It has just the right amount of holiday sparkle and is so pretty! Whether the lucky lady is 18 or 98, she will love this bracelet.” – Ava

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Silky Scarves

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year!  I love the crispness in the air, the smell of people starting to use their fireplaces, and of course fall fashion!  Nothing is better than throwing on a scarf, a light jacket, or a cozy sweater!  I must say, a good scarf is absolutely my favorite!  If DC didn’t get so damn hot in the summer, I would live in scarves year round.  So obviously this is an exciting time of year for me and it was made even more exciting by this gorgeous Echo Design scarf!  I love a bold scarf and this silk scarf is the definition of bold luxury that can literally be worn with everything!  I am obsessed with the bright colors and truly believe that a scarf is not only practical, but also an integral part of each ensemble and must be treated as such!  When donning a scarf make sure that it elevates your look, play with fabrics (I am loving that this scarf is silk, especially because it is so comfortable, lush and versatile), textures, sizes, and of course colors.  So how will you be rocking scarves this season?

fall brights

Scarf: c/o Echo Design (found here), Jacket: Georgie (similar here), Blouse: J. Crew (found here), Pants: J. Brand (similar here), Boots: Cole Haan (found here)

Echo Design Scarf

All smiles in this luxuriously beautiful Echo Design silk scarf

Silk Scarf

The colorful pattern increases the scarf’s wearability.

Echo Design

This is a pretty straight forward look that is really all about the scarf. I always say accessories change everything!

Silk Scarf

While this scarf was a gift from Echo Design (thank you, Echo Design), all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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1920s Glam Hair “How To”

To achieve the 1920’s glam wave I turned to my incredible hairstylist, Ryan Payne, to help me out.  (Ryan was also one of the wonderful contributors to the Holiday Gift Guide.)  My hair has a life of its own and is definitely the dominant one in the relationship, so in order to achieve perfection I knew I would need some guidance.  The tricks to achieving the coveted waves are the proper tools and a lot of hairspray.  After Ryan’s tutorial I now feel confident that I can do this on my own and can’t wait to try it soon!  I also wanted to give a very special thank you to Ryan who completed my look for the Blacktie & Boots Ball, and if you are in need of the most wonderful hair stylist make an appointment with him at Bang Salon in Logan Circle.


 Curling Wand or Curling Iron

 Hairspray (Ryan recommends Redken Heat Styling Thermo Actif Hot Sets 22)

 Hairs Clips

 Bobby Pins

The tools

The tools

How to:

Heat up curling wand (Ryan recommends a 1 inch barrel, keep in mind the size of the barrel will correspond to the size of the curls).  You can also use a curling iron, but do NOT clamp hair, it will not give you the desired effect!

Part hair, to get the 1920s glam look give yourself an exaggerated side part, this will also help give you a little more volume around your face.

Take a section of hair that is about the same size as the barrel so in this case 1 inch (for looser curls use bigger sections).  Try to make sections as even as possible.

Beginning of the curling process

Make sections as even as possible

Spritz section with hairspray and comb through with your fingers.

Hairspray Hairspray Hairspray

Hairspray Hairspray Hairspray

Start wrapping hair at the root and pull tightly after each wrap.  Make sure to wrap hair all the way to the end, this will ensure smooth ends (this might get a little hot so you might need to wear a curling glove).

Hold hair around wand for a couple of seconds then remove wand and clip curl to your head.

Start curling at the root and work your way down to the ends

Start curling at the root and work your way down to the ends

Repeat until entire head is curled and clipped.  As you get closer to the top of your head don’t start at the root, instead leave a little space.  (PS this totally doubles as an arm work out)

All clipped and ready to go

All clipped and ready to go

Once your entire head is curled and clipped remove clips, starting with the sections curled first.

Gently comb through and pull pieces with your fingers.

**Disclaimer: curls will need time to relax and fall so don’t panic if looks curlier than you initially anticipated!!  This also means you must start the process on the earlier side, how early depends on your hair.**

Very tight curls before they have relaxed

Very tight curls before they have relaxed

About an hour after you have removed all the clips (again this depends on your hair) start to gently comb through curls with your fingers and arrange to one side.

Secure one sided do with a couple of bobby pins.  The trick to concealing the bobby pin is to slide the pin back up into the hair in the opposite direction the hair is going.  This will also ensure a strong hold.

Once you are finished give your do a generous spritz of hairspray and voila, you’re ready!

The finished product

The finished product


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