Chic and Audaviv

Audaviv Feather Necklace

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This past month, I wore a piece by jewelry designer brand Audaviv.  The name – albeit unusual – has Latin roots: “auda” means audacity and “viv” means life.  Living life with audacity!  Love.  Audaviv reached out and after learning that the owner is not only Latina, but also CEO of this unique jewelry company, I could not refuse the collaboration!  Not long after we spoke, a gorgeous piece of jewelry arrived.

The piece: a delicate, gold-plated feather necklace.  Stunning.  Often, as a fashion blogger, I am known for my chunky costume jewelry pieces, so this is a nice change for me. Understated, sophisticated, and well…chic! And pairs so well with everything!  I wore it for the first time a couple of weekends ago.  No need for fancy outfits with this one, the necklace stands out even if only wearing a t-shirt!

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Founded in 2014, Audaviv is the online destination for jewelry enthusiasts. At Audaviv, you’ll always discover jewelry from up-and-coming designers and independent brands. Audaviv brings you jewelry that is modern, beautiful, high-quality and reasonably priced.

Always made with care, Audaviv jewelry is never mass produced or sold at big-box retailers.

When shopping at Audaviv, you can count on a highly personalized and attentive experience.

The site is filled with similar delicate and beautiful jewelry.  This particular necklace retails a mere $32 and is not yet sold out!

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The pieces are unique from month to month and the ones available now are running out fast, so don’t wait too long!  Plus, the prices are rather unbeatable for the quality and design, so they are definitely pieces you won’t want to miss! Happy shopping!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Instagram Lately

Happy Monday, Friends!  Hope everyone had a fun/restful/food-filled holiday weekend!  I was fortunate to spend mine with friends and family, so for all intents and purposes, it was perfect.

Week 4 of my Get Yo’ Fitness On is coming on the blog later this week, but in the meantime, I thought I would share a bit of what’s happened on Instagram lately.  I also made sure to highlight some fun purchases I made this month.  All super affordable of course! 😉

First up, are a pair of JCrew statement earrings.  I found these by chance on eBay not long after they sold out online.  They are SUPER fun to wear and add a great pop (or pops) of color to any outfit!  I could not find a pair anywhere, so I linked some others I’m coveting at the moment.

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails: J Crew earrings (sold out), other versions here and here.

The skirt in the photo below is Milly for Kohl’s and I had my eye on it from the moment I found out the Milly for Kohl’s collaboration was happening.  I waited and stalked it much like a hunter does it’s prey, then pounced the moment it went on sale!  It’s SUCH a fun skirt, and paired with the chambray top pictured below, or a crisp white shirt, very workplace-appropriate, in my opinion.  Well, at least my workplace, haha.

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails:  Skirt, Milly for Kohl’s.  This one is sold out, but you can find it on eBay here, or other items from the collection here. PS – Do you spot my little photobomber?! #photobomblove

You may or may not already be familiar with the Kendra Scott necklaces that are EVERYwhere, but if you’re not, allow me to educate you.  Kendra Scott is what Juicy Couture jewelry was in the early 2000’s.  Err-body wants it and most err-body owns at least one piece.  Well, go ahead and count me as one of the molecules in the mole (he he he!).  I TOO wanted this jewelry.  BUT, I didn’t want to pay the price, so I waited and waited and sure enough, someone produced a dupe.  I happened to have found mine for about $9 with free shipping, so I call that a pretty savvy purchase for an on-trend item.  Hold your applause, por favor. #gracias

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails:  Tassel necklace, eBay here.

I recently mentioned that I made a trip out to LA, and while there, stopped at Forever 21 where I found the necklaces below for less than $20 combined.  They are actually sold separately, but the part of my brain that processes fashion information quickly computed that these two might in fact look amazing when paired together.  I listened and voilà – genius pairing in the making.  Is there a MENSA for fashionistas??  Just saying’… See Exhibit A, below.

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comExhibit A: Forever 21 necklaces, here and here.

Last month, I happened to be shopping for my boys’ birthday party goodie bags and stopped by my go-to spot for such things – Walmart.  A true fashionista seeks inspiration everywhere she goes, so naturally, I took a stroll through the clothing and jewelry department.  That’s where I found the two necklaces pictured below.  At $5 a pair, they had to come home with me.  Both are very work-appropriate and paired with the right outfit, can look like you paid far more than a mere five buckaroos!

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails:  Walmart, similar here and here.

Also while in LA last month, I found a skirt for work.  I found that I’d been slacking on the office-formal wear, so I decided to step up my game again and try to dress up a little more, again. 😉  Part of the reason I think I’d been slacking is because I felt so out of shape.  Many of you will understand this, but when one has packed on the pounds, pencil skirts aren’t always the most flattering items of clothing one can or should wear.  But, since I’ve started working out (see Get Yo’ Fitness Challenge workouts here, here, and here) and eating healthier, I find that I can fit back into my fitted pencil skirts; or, in this case, buy new ones, haha!

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails: Skirt, Forever 21, here.

It seems I found lots of items during that Forever 21 trip in LA, because I also purchased the pearl cuffs pictured below! These in particular I also loved because they’re subtle enough to wear to the office, AND – added plus – they don’t get in the way while typing!  Fashionable and functional.  Done and done.

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails:  Pearl Cuffs, Forever 21, here.

Well, that’s my Instagram Lately recap for ya!  Hope you found some of these pieces inspiring for your own sartorial adventures this month.  Should you find yourself on a tight budget, worry not!  I have a giveaway active on Instagram for a tassel necklace of your choice (see below).  They are Sift With Style necklaces from Heart and Home Collection, worth over $20 a piece!  Enter on Instagram to win!

Tassel Necklace Giveaway, http://chicinacademia.comDetails:  Free beaded tassel necklace to one luck winner!  Check out Instagram to enter.

That’s all for now, friends!  Let me know if you know of any other deals on either clothing or accessories.  In particular, I’m on the hunt for a pink tote or satchel so holla at ya girl if you spot any under $40!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Thirfty Thursday’s with Sira & Mara

You know that I’m always on the look out for steals and deals, so this week I’m featuring a company I recently became a big fan of: Sira & Mara!  I’ve followed them on Instagram for a while and recently purchased a couple of their items.  I have to say, the prices are unbeatable AND the quality is amazing for the price!  Check out one of the scarves I got recently:

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 7.11.01 PMThe scarf is SUPER warm and cozy!!  I love that the entire scarf is lined with fringe, and that it’s an infinity scarf.  Often when scarves are not, I have a hard time styling them and instead they look like a failed attempt at wearing a scarf.  It could be simply because I’m from LA and never had to deal with “truly” cold weather, or it could be that I’m truly talentless when it comes to scarves.  Ha!  Anyway, you get the picture.

So, the scarf.  It’s $19.99, which in my my opinion is at the perfect price point for a holiday present!  It’s a nice neutral color, so it would be loved by all…I think.

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The other item I ordered was this adorable turquoise spear necklace.  I looked for a necklace like this one all summer, so I snatched it up the minute I saw it on the Sira & Mara website.

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 7.17.31 PMCheck out how some of my Instagram friends have styled theirs:

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 7.23.27 PM Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 7.20.44 PMThis necklace is only $12.99!  A steal for this type of necklace!  AND, this company offers free shipping for all US orders.  Often, when online companies offer discounted items, the shipping is what gets you.  In this case, you only pay taxes on top of your subtotal, so it’s quite a deal!  Perfect for a thrifty shopper like yourself.

Here are a couple of my other faves:

The Rebel Bracelet

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 7.27.54 PMThe Sunburst Necklace

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 7.37.56 PMThis necklace, by the way, is identical to the House of Harlow Sunburst necklace which retails at $88!

Pretty awesome finds, right?!  Hope this helps fill some of those holiday shopping voids on your holiday checklist.  In the meantime, let me know what you think of these items OR if you ended up buying some for yourself or others.  Happy Shopping, friends.

Until next time!  Stay Chic!