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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Happy Love Week! Valentine’s Day is a day full of love, lots of red, flowers, chocolates, and of course presents.  Still haven’t found the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life?  Don’t panic, I’ve got you covered and there is still time for overnight delivery!  Check out Garden of Glam’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide that features the perfect gifts for him and her highlighting amazing DC based designers, brands and companies!

FOR HIM

Perfect gift for the music lover on the go!

These sneakers are perfect for (almost) every occasion and are about to blow up!

Local designer alert! Hugh & Crye knows that fit is everything in menswear and that each body type is different.

FOR HER

Layering necklaces are the perfect gift for everyone and this necklace celebrates the spirit of Valentine’s Day

Nothing says I love you like a tee that says I love you

I have been eyeing these for a while! And if you want to go all Beyonce, get the XO initials

FOR YOUR BESTIE

Local company alert! Support a local company, Soigne Card,  while also supporting your favorite local restaurants by getting your friend e-gift cards!

Local designer alert! Get your bestie an ultra glam headband from Andrea’s Beau!  Love this headband? So do I! Order it by Friday & get a 20% discount by using gardenofglam as the discount code!

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Wedding Guest Fashion: Black Tie

My life has completely been taken over by weddings!  By the end of September I will pretty much be able to add professional wedding guest/bridal party member to my resume.  Weddings are the ultimate party and the most special of celebrations.  Everyone is happy, ready to have a good time and you can feel the love in the air.  Weddings are also so wonderful because they provide the perfect opportunity to dress up, which if you are a follower of the blog you know I love to do.  Dressing fabulously and flawlessly for weddings can be tricky  at times and because of this I decided to put together a weeklong Spring/Summer Wedding Guest Dress for Success Guide.

To put this post together I turned to some of D.C.’s glamour staples.  Carine’s Bridal Atelier provided the gorgeous dresses.  I also sat down with Carine and chatted with her about wedding trends, bridal market, her beautiful boutique and so much more.  For the video of this interview head over to Carine’s blog & Facebook page.  For the baubles I, of course, turned to Charm Georgetown & Fornash.  As you know accessories provide the perfect finishing touch to each look and must be given as much attention as the clothes themselves.  Special thank you to Jackie from Charm for graciously opening up her store to me and helping me complete each ensemble.  Also, in case you missed it check out my exclusive (vintage) interview with Jackie here.  For the hair I turned to none other than Drybar.  This was my first Drybar experience and it was absolutely amazing!  The staff was super friendly and knowledgable, the atmosphere was absolute perfection and of course the blow out was impeccable.  My stylist even instructed me on how to secure an easy and fabulous up do.  I could not recommend Drybar more highly!

And now for today’s wedding look feature….the black tie wedding.  Black tie is less common, but with that said it is virtually impossible to make it through wedding season without being invited to one black tie wedding.  I love long dresses so I jump at the opportunity to wear a long gown.  Floor length gowns are also the most appropriate for a black tie wedding or function, but a shorter dress can work, but really go long, when else will you be able to!  Long gowns are also flattering for all body types and just truly stunning.

Gown: Nicole Miller, Jewelry: Charm Georgetown, Blowout & Up do tips: Dry Bar

Gown: Nicole Miller c/o Carine’s Bridal, Jewelry: Charm Georgetown, Blowout & Up do tips: Drybar

The draping of the dress is incredible, but also calls for an up do.  Always make sure your hair complements the gown.

The draping of the dress is incredible, but also calls for an up do. Always make sure your hair complements the gown.

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The back is just EVERYTHING!

If you choose a more subdued color, vamp up your look with a bright lip or dramatic eye.

If you choose a more subdued color, vamp up your look with a bright lip or dramatic eye.

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One of the most magical things about this gown is that the bottom is sequins with a chiffon overlay, which gives the gown a subdued sparkle.

Black tie fashion

When going long remember the hemmed length is crucial.

Seeking shade and showing off the gorgeous jewels.

Seeking shade and showing off the gorgeous jewels.

Black tie fashion

Whatever you wear, make sure you have fun in it!

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It’s a Wrap

Made infamous by Diane Von Furstenberg, the wrap dress is now a staple in every girl’s closet.  The wrap dress is always flattering and always in style making it the perfect piece and it can be dressed up or down making it superb for any occasion.   You can go bold with a print or bright color or use it as the canvas and let the jewelry pop.  It is such a simple and classic silhouette, with the cinched waist and appropriately deep v, the wrap dress is truly perfection.

Also make sure to check out all of the jewelry worn in this post because one piece will be given away to one of my lucky readers! So get excited and check back this Wednesday for details and the official rules of entry for this super fab GIVEAWAY courtesy of Fornash!!!

Dress: Tinley Road (found here & on sale!) Belt: Vintage (similar found here), Shoes: J. Crew (similar found here), Jewelry: Fornash (found here), Watch: Michael Kors (found here)

Dress: Tinley Road (found here & on sale!) Belt: Vintage (similar found here), Shoes: J. Crew (similar found here), Jewelry: c/o Fornash (found here), Watch: Michael Kors (found here)

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caught in the wind

Maxis are one of my favs and I love when they hit the top of the shoe so you can show off the super fab pump

Maxis are one of my favs and I love when they hit the top of the shoe so you can show off the super fab pump

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Valentine’s Gift Guide

This Valentine’s let me remove all of the potential stress that can come with this holiday by doing what I do best, shop!  I have compiled the perfect his & her gifts, spanning different price ranges that are appropriate for all stages of a relationship.  So sit back and relax and enjoy this Valentine’s Day in all its glory!

FOR HER

The Splurge: Roberto Coin Gold Heart Necklace (found here)

The Splurge: Roberto Coin Gold Heart Necklace (found here)

Perfect way to show your love for that special lady in your life.  This necklace is perfect for layering or can stand alone, and is great for every day wear.

The middy: Heart Sweatshirt by Wildfox (found here)

The middy: Heart Sweater by Wildfox (found here)

This sweater just oozes love!  I am a huge fan of the graphic heart, this is not only fashion forward and on trend, but also comfortable, which is an unbeatable combination!  This is also a great gift if you don’t want to give jewelry, which tends to be the standard for Valentine’s Day.

DVF iPhone case (found here)

The steal: DVF iPhone case (found here)

Such a fun and practical gift! Love the love theme and what girl doesn’t need a new phone case.

FOR HIM

The splurge: Satchel by Billy Kirk (found here)

The splurge: Satchel by Billy Kirk (found here)

I am completely obsessed with this briefcase!  A good briefcase should be a staple in every man’s wardrobe and this is so retro and fashion forward at the same time!

The middy: Miansai leather bracelet (found here)

The middy: Miansai leather bracelet (found here)

Miansai accessories are taking over the world.  I love this silver and navy leather combo.  It is a way to add masculine flair to any look.

The steal: Colored laced by hook & albert (found here)

The steal: Colored laces by hook & albert (found here)

I am all about fun shoe laces!  This is a thoughtful and fun present without breaking the bank.

FOR YOUR BESTIE

The middy: Words necklace by In God We Trust (found here)

The middy: Words necklace by In God We Trust (found here)

Great gift for your friend that has a sense of humor.  I am loving all of In God We Trust’s tongue in cheek accessories!

The middy: Gorjana friendship bracelets (found here)

The middy: Gorjana friendship bracelets (found here)

A more sophisticated take on the classic friendship bracelet.  This is perfect for your sentimental bestie.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Day Eleven of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide: Jenny (Marketing for Club Monaco)

Jenny is the Associate Marketing Manager for Club Monaco, did marketing for Alice + Olivia, and worked in publishing at InStyle.  Jenny is the definition of fabulous, always looking super stylish whether she is casual in chucks or dressed to the nines for Fashion Week or other incredible events.  Jenny has been featured in Refinery 29 and has been photographed by Bill Cunningham (the ultimate honor).

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.

JENNY’S WISH LIST

Found here

Found here

Ralph Lauren Keyhole Sunglasses.  I’m always on the search for the perfect pair of sunglasses.  I think my search has ended.

These sunglasses are to die for! These have been added to my wish list, which is ridiculously long now.  The shape is amazing and I love the yellow tortoise shell.  Sunglasses are a personal gift to give, because fit is crucial so make sure you are close with the lucky recipient of this gift.  These glasses are also gender neutral.  These would be great for a significant other, sibling or close family member.

Found here

Found here

Catbird Stacking Rings.  As someone who doesn’t wear much jewelry at all, I love simple and delicate pieces.  Catbird in Williamsburg, Brooklyn carries some of my favorite whimsical jewelry–their thin stacking rings are my favorite.

Catbird has the most incredible one of a kind, delicate pieces.  And they have a fully functioning website so you don’t have to be a NY resident to shop there.  Their rings or any jewels would be perfect for a friend, girlfriend, sister or mother.

JENNY’S GIVE LIST

Found here

Found here

Club Monaco Bobble Hats.  I love these bobble hats Club Monaco made this winter!  They’re the perfect gift for a Secret Santa Exchange, as well as for all of my little cousins.

These hats are so fab and add much needed humor to the chilly winter!  As Jenny said, they are great gifts for cousins, uncles, in laws, boyfriends, friends, anyone!

Found here

Found here

Terrapin Stationary.  As the oldest running stationer in NYC, family owned Terrapin Stationers offers some of the finest quality stationary with a does of irreverence.  They are beautiful yet will make anyone on your gift list laugh.

I am obsessed with the idea of giving personalized stationary!  There is nothing more special than receiving a hand written note in the mail, a nod to a more dignified time.  Terrapin has beautiful and cheeky stationary, the best combination.  Great for a co-worker, friend, family member, or as a host gift.

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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.

JACLYN’S WISH LIST

Found here

Found here

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.

Found here

Found here

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.

Found here

Found here

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?!

JACLYN’S GIVE LIST

Found here

Found here

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.

Found here

Found here

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.

Found here

Found here

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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