Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Barbizon of Akron Graduate Marissa Irwin Models For The Elizabeth Taylor Auction

Barbizon of Akron graduate, Marissa Irwin, is making our headlines once again. Marissa had the unique opportunity to model for The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor Auction, which was held at the famed Christie’s Auction House in New York City.

Marissa wore a simple black dress while she stood next to and showcased some of actress Elizabeth Taylor’s most exquisite jewelry, memorabilia and haute couture fashions. “It was amazing being a part of history and being privileged to come so close to her jewelry,” Marissa said of the experience. To get to be so close to such amazing jewelry is like something right out of the movies…or a dream!

Although no cameras were allowed inside the exclusive event, you can go to the Christies website and see all of the glamorous items from the Elizabeth Taylor collection that were auctioned off, including jewelry from Bvlgari and Cartier, and haute couture from Chanel and Valentino. Taylor’s famed 33 carat diamond ring (pictured right) was auctioned off for a staggering 7 million dollars!

All of us at Barbizon of Akron and Pro-Model & Talent are so excited for Marissa that she was chosen to be a part of something so incredibly spectacular! We’re so envious that she was able to see such beautiful pieces up-close, as Marissa said, “It was a night I will never forget” and we’re sure she won’t forget this experience of a lifetime.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Perfect New Years Eve Ensembles!

The biggest party of the year is just around the corner. Ladies, for us this is the night where almost anything goes. New Years Eve soirées let you really show off your personal sense of style, accessorize to the max and take things to edge (if not over the top). Instead of staring at your closet for hours on end, trying to decide what to wear, personalize your ensemble by building off the following basic pieces.

Option #1: The Little Black Dress
This classic is a classic for a reason. The Little Black Dress is so universal that it’s perfect for any shape: curvy, athletic, thin etc. You can go strapless, off the shoulder, empire waist or even something full of ruffles for a dramatic flare. If you do go with the Little Black Dress; accessorize bold colored shoes and match your accessories to that bright hue as well. That way they really pop against the black silhouette.

Option #2: Sparkles & Sequins
Think the ‘ball drop’ in Times Square. If you want to be really flashy this NYE - this is the way to go. No accessories needed with this outfit choice. A dress covered in sequins is bold enough that a simple pair of dangly earrings will suffice. Really, this is the only time you’re going to get away with wearing dresses this flashy so I say: go for it!

Option #3: GOLD!
Gold tones are really big this year. If a dress isn’t your scene; try a pair of shiny gold leggings! This is another piece that, if it weren’t for NYE, it wouldn’t really be something you could sport on a regular day. Not to mention the wow factor. You’ll surely stand out in a crowd with these knock-outs. Keep in mind; the gold leggings are your base piece of the outfit so pair them up with a black (or brown) flirty top. Then polish off the look by layering on various length gold necklaces; add some gold bangles for some extra flare.

Keep these ideas in mind when you’re planning your New Years Eve ensemble and you can save yourself the stress of wondering: “what am I going to wear?!”

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Keep The Heat In And The Style On!

It’s cold outside and here’s a physics lesson for you, if you already didn’t know; body heat escapes through your head! Keep your dome covered this winter season with a fun & fashionable hat. We’re not talking baseball caps people. There are so many types of hats trending right now that it’s hard to go wrong. Here are some ideas for covering your dome, trapping warmth and maintaining style at the same time:

Ladies, pair up some skinny jeans with a men’s style blazer and a classic fedora. You can find fedoras in all colors and fabrics, so there’s a lot to choose from. Or, choose a messenger type hat in a knit like wool or fleece. Match this up with leggings of the same color and a willowy tunic. These are warmer fabrics, so this is an excellent choice on those super blustery days. Berets are also huge right now! Pull this one off by wearing your hair down and full of curls for a polished look. Berets are great whether you want to dress it up or down, choose a black beret for a more dressy/classic look.

Guys, pull away from your go-to fitted baseball hat this winter! Please! This is a summer hat and not to mention; way too casual. Fedoras work not only for the ladies, but men as well. Rock a fedora with a wider brim for a more masculine look (think The Godfather or Goodfellas type looks), this is huge right now and you’ll come off looking like you know your stuff when it comes to fashion. For the colder days where you’re looking for more substance than style, go with a beanie. North Face has some great beanies and newsboy hats in wool and fleece right now that look great with a pair of slacks and a scarf in neutral colors.

Hats don’t have to be a cover-up for when you’re not looking your best. They can be one of the best accessories in your closet and really amp up an outfit. The fact that they serve a functional purpose is only an added bonus!

Helpful Holiday Hints!

Santa makes his list and checks it twice, and so should you! It’s easy to let your finances run away with themselves during the holiday season. If you’re a giver like me, the best part of the holiday's is buying gifts for those you love and watching them tear the boxes open! The following are some helpful hints that will allow you to shop worry-free and not have that ‘buyer’s remorse’ feeling as soon as you leave the mall.

First off, make yourself a list before heading out (and check it twice). This way, you have time to think about ‘whom’ you need to buy for and ‘what’ you’d like to get them. It’s too hard to remember everyone and be creative, or thoughtful, with your gift ideas when you’re bogged down with the hustle and bustle inside the busy mall. Making your list before-hand ensures that you go in with a game plan and you stick to it, eliminating unnecessary buying.

Secondly, take a look inside your wallet before leaving the house. Is it full of that plastic money and not the kind that folds? This is a rookie mistake for holiday shopping. It’s just too easy to pull out the credit card if it’s available! If you’ve got the cash why slap it on your credit card when you’ll just have to pay it off later? Do some math before leaving the house, head to the bank, and pull out what you’ve budgeted yourself to spend.

Now you’ve eliminated the piles of credit card bills from rolling in the next month! If you absolutely must use a credit card and you’ve got more than one, know your limit as well as your interest rate! Use the card with the best benefits for you, to avoid any overspending or high interest penalties. Although, keep in mind that if you're one of those people who enjoys their rewards cards, like I do, use the card that has the most rewards points available per dollar amount on your purchases. This way, you can get yourself something nice after the holidays...and maybe even for free!

Last but not least, do your homework. Don’t go around spending your hard earned dough on that expensive gift, without knowing your options first. Use the internet to your advantage and price out some places on that particular product. Things like TV’s, navi-systems, Xbox’s and cell phones are certainly ones you would want to price out on websites like before rushing to your local entertainment store.

The holiday’s don’t have to feel like a ball & chain when it comes to your finances; it’s supposed to be, and can be, a Happy Holiday!