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Friends and Family Fall Sale at Assured Allure!

Our Friends and Family Fall Sale is going on until midnight, Monday, October 10th.  20% off your entire order, which means everything is on sale!  Even items already marked down!  Here are just a few great pieces you can get:

jenna-cuff-braceletThis is our Jenna Cuff in Wine, which will be a very popular color this fall season again.  Perfect, because I love this color and think this is such a pretty bracelet.  At 20% off you can get our Jenna Cuff Bracelet for only $12.00.

 

 

 

 

cluster-bead-necklaceOur Cluster Bead Necklace is an elegantly effective amount of bling when needed.  It seems like a simple beaded necklace, but brings enough sparkle to make you want to wear it all the time.  This will be your new go to necklace when you’re running out the door to meet your friends in the evening.  With an additional 20% off, you can get this gorgeous necklace for only $12.00.

 

 

cosette-necklace-copyFor making the perfect work statement our Cosette Necklace wins that race hands down!  It simply looks stunning with a beautiful suit or a tee shirt and jeans.  I simply love the versatility of this necklace, not too much, not too little…just right!  With our sale you can get this lovely piece for just under $25.00.

 

 

 

thelma-earringsAnd with a touch of druzy, our Thelma Earrings are the perfect running around earring for a busy woman on the go.  Pick these up, on sale, for just under $11.00.

 

 

 

 

Be sure and check all our pages for many more great deals at our Friends and Family Fall Sale!

Sale time at Assured Allure!

That’s right, it’s sale time at Assured Allure. And what a great time you can have, as we have not only marked down several new pieces of our jewelry, we are also running a sale for the rest of the month! 60% off all items marked down or on sale! Let me take you through some of the new pieces we just marked down.

This is our Fan Favorite Necklace, already marked down to $25.00, but with an additional 60% off you can get this for only $10.00! And this necklaces comes in two other color combinations.

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These Classic Hoop Earrings come in four perfect colors for spring. And they can be worn with anything to bring a pop of color. Super cute!

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Our Chain of Thought Bracelet is another stunning bargain. Pun intended! This charming bracelet is so unique and edgy and only $10.40, after all markdowns applied.

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Our popular Crystal Metal Watch is a subtle beauty that comes in Brown and Navy Blue.

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And our Large Oval Turquoise Ring can be found on the chicest people’s hand. That’s because it is a statement maker and proud of it babe!

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We will be adding pieces to our sale category intermittently, so be sure and check back often for new offerings. And we’ll be running our sale until January 31st, so be sure and check out all our gorgeous jewelry at AssuredAllure.com!

Online Fashion Consignment – Clothes for cash!

Remember the days of the garage sale?  Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem like you see garage sales like you used to. When I was young, it seemed someone in the neighborhood was having one every weekend. And my mother dragged me to every one of those! Which means that I have an aversion to them, although I do think they are very good way to re-purpose household items that would otherwise get thrown away. Now, there’s a better and more convenient way.

If you’ve collected an overabundance of nice clothes, purses, and shoes, there are some great online fashion consignment sites you might want to check out. Going this route will not only help you clean out your closet but you can also earn some money too!  Here are some of the sites that you might like.

ThredUp – They send you a bag, for free, you fill it up, send it back and ThredUp sells the items and takes a commission. Super convenient. They are looking for items that are like new or without a lot of wear and tear, or may even still have tags. You can leave your earnings with them and use it to shop with on their site or you can cash out with PayPal.  Every year ThredUp donates 10% of their Clean Out proceeds to Teach for America and you can also donate your earnings to their non-profit partners if you like.  And they also accept children’s clothes.

Poshmark – You take a picture of what you want to sell with your phone and post it using their free app.  And then hope it sells!  Poshmark promotes a community of buying and selling with other Poshmark “closets” and you actually follow other peoples postings based on your likes.  So you are selling to your contemporaries. This service is more of an eBay process approach, which means you do more of the work to sell the product, and they tend to focus on name-label products, such as Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and Michael Kors.

Tradesy – You sell anything in your closet that’s in great condition. Again, you take the picture of the item, but they will help with enhancement of that image. If you aren’t sure of a price, they will suggest a price. And if an item sells, Tradesy sends you a free pre-addressed box, a prepaid shipping label, packing material, and you ship your product out. They earn a commission on your sale price and if a customer wants to return the product they will process the return for you. This is more of a hybrid of the first two online services listed here.

Threadflip – They either send you a shipping kit or you can print a prepaid shipping label at home to send your products to them.   Your products are then inspected and if they don’t make the cut are either returned to you or donated to Goodwill.   For items they accept to sell, they will photograph, price, sell and ship. You can leave your earnings with Threadflip and use it to shop with on their site or you can cash out with PayPal. This and ThredUp are very similar models.

I’ve given you tidbits on sites that you can buy and sell primarily clothing and purses, but there are sites that you can use to sell other products too, such as swap.com or eBay Valet.

While most of us know about eBay, eBay Valet lets you simply package up an item you want to sell, ship it to eBay using a free prepaid label and then eBay Valet will handle the rest. They will photograph your item, create a professional looking post and deal with customer inquiries. Once your item sells, they’ll ship the product to the buyer and send you up to 80 percent of the sale price via PayPal. There are some limitations on what you can and can’t sell.   This is a site you cannot use to sell clothing or anything worth less than $40, but if you have electronics, sporting goods, or instruments, then this is the site for you.

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I love the fact that the online world has given us these alternatives. No more garage sales! Not to offend the garage sale lovers out there. After all, my mom still loves them. And, yes, sometimes I still go with her.  But if I do go, I’m wearing our Crystal Tube Bracelet.  A piece that can be worn anywhere!

Happy Selling!

Patti

Smart Idea- A Healthy Happy Hour

200278039-001If you’ve fallen into the bad habit of planning your weeknights around which happy hour event you should attend then we are here to help with a healthy happy hour! While the appealing post-work happy hour Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday or Wine Wednesday is great once in a while – it’ll leave you feeling lackluster once you realize your fitness and diet goals are severely slacking among all those empty calories and tasty fried bites. But there is a great way to use those after-work hours for something good and studies show that the hours of 4-6pm are actually best for peak athletic performance so instead of pouring another cocktail dig into an adrenaline kick instead at the gym!

Part of the appeal of going to happy hour is that you get to chat with friends! Well after a great workout you can stop by to grab a smoothie or healthy fresh green juice. That way you have the social experience as well as the treat to look forward to. Working out in a small group is more fun and helps you actually work harder than you would on your own so join a class or small group training session to get the most benefit. Fit friends are fun friends so grab a buddy and get moving!

Reframe how you ‘celebrate’ things. If you usually celebrate with cocktails and a slice of cake try celebrating with a great, blood pumping workout and a healthful fresh pressed juice after! You will have the better end of the deal every time because unlike that cake that will slow you down, that workout will fire you up and give you long-lasting energy and a sense of euphoria like nothing else can.

Banish a blue mood simply by moving your body. If you sit down and start eating it may feel good for a little while but the longer lasting effect is self-loathing and a bigger number on the scale. Both of which you will not feel good about so bust the blues by heading to the gym, taking a powerwalk at your lunch break or doing a few squats and lunges around the office. You don’t need fancy fitness equipment to get the benefit of moving your body – you just have to get up!

And remember, MODERATION is the key to everything in life. A little of something you enjoy paired with an overall healthy lifestyle is the best way to tackle your fitness goals. You can never stick to the ‘no ____ ever again’ rule because forever is a super long time and we’re human – we love treats! So reward yourself every now and then but stay focused the other 80% of the time and you’ll be just fine.

Reward yourself right now with a wallet-friendly accessory that will last longer than any cocktail and will always look good on a healthy body! Here are our favorites of the week:

unique necklace Neva Necklace – Elegant sophistication for every outfit! 

 

 

 

 

 

long tassel necklaceChic long tassel necklace comes in burnished silver- great for day or night. 

 

 

 

 

unique drop earringsThese super cute drop earrings feature filigree metal for a fun look.

 

 

 

pearl spiral ring Glam-up your finger with this fun pearl spiral ring! 

 

Fabulous Ways to Reuse Old Scarves

If you have silk scarves balled up in your underwear drawer, winter scarves spilling out of your closet and summer scarves hanging on just about every hook, doorknob and doohickey in your bedroom, congratulations: You’re a class five scarf hoarder. According to TheFashoinSpot.com there are at least 15 fabulous uses for your old scarf stash. To make space for your new stash without getting rid of your old ones, there’s only one remedy — to DIY morning, noon and night. So round up your scarves, roll up your sleeves and get cracking. You’ve got work to do. Here are just some of the awesome ideas that The Fashion Spot came up with to get the ball rolling or the ‘scarf tying’ as it were.

framed-scarvesDecorate an empty wall by framing your old scarves and bandannas. Choose one large statement scarf as the focal point or select a group of color-coordinated scarves to make a wall collage.

 

 

 

 

 

scarf-vestVest -Blanket scarves and thicker, winter scarves make the best layering pieces. Jessamity will give you the complete tutorial on how to turn your scarf into a vest in no time.

Create a body pillow with your favorite scarf patterns. Grab a handful of scarves and patch them together with the help of Country Living U.K.

Another fun way to reuse a scarf in a pattern you still love is to turn it into a Hobo Bag. One of the reasons Hermes scarves are so popular is their versatility. One minute you can wear it as a turban, the next minute you’re toting it around like a handbag.

If you’re really crafty you can easily take a great scarf and turn it into a cute new pair of sandals! One pair of flip flops, one pair of scissors and two scarves are all you need to give your summer sandals a major facelift.

Headscarves are still super popular and an easy way to reuse a scarf you haven’t worn much. One of the easiest ways to upcycle your scarves are by wearing them as turbans. To learn how to tie a scarf 15 ways, click here.

henley cuff ring rasha split ring crossing leaves split ringNow that you’re armed with all these fabulous and simple ways to reuse your old scarves it’s time to add some NEW accessories to the mix as well! Brand new rings are in and priced to sell – all are under $15 each!

 

Sleek Summer Hairstyles Anyone Can Pull Off

beach hair shortSummer may not be the easiest time to style your regular do. Humidity, heat, chlorine and other summer factors may wreak havoc on your generally lovely locks. Not to worry! Here are some easy summer styles that anyone can pull off.

The easiest and most universally friendly is the ‘beach hair’ look. Wavy, tasseled, slightly unkempt but still sleek and sophisticated this easy style has been popular since the 70s and is still going strong. Short or long this look just works.

Put it up and keep it off your face with style. Sorry ladies, it’s time to retire the messy braid. To keep shorter styles out of your way, celeb stylists are all about accessorizing and recommend headbands and hair accessories that upgrade you from the basic elastic. Another big trend for summer is giving a twist to the classic top knot or doing a messy high bun.

Use texture to create lasting shine and style definition. When humidity strikes it’s hard to keep a sleek style in place so be armed with the right products or just let it go curlier/messier than you normally prefer. Keep a few key products on hand including a lightweight oil, a cream shine product, hairspray, a powder and a dry shampoo (like L’Oréal Professional Fresh Dust).

long pixieGo super short and wear it proud. For the hottest months of the year, short hair still reigns supreme. The trend is above the shoulder, so you want lobs, graduated bobs, longer pixies and undercuts that frame your face.

 

K-goes-GreyPlay with color! The trend of longer darker roots and lighter ends is helping all of us avoid over-highlighting in the heat of the summer to keep our roots blended. This trend seems to be sticking it out and other colors are also hot right now like pink, violet hues and grey on the ends are all fun ways to define a funkier edgier style.

Top 10 Best Affordable US Vacation Destinations

usvacationIf travel is on your to-do list this summer than you have to hit these top 10 spots across our great nation to visit. These are budget-friendly and maybe close enough to you to just drive instead of fly. Share your favorite USA vacation spots with us on Twitter @AssuredAllure using hashtag #summertravel. So pack up the fam and hit the road!

  1. Yellowstone National Park (California) – You can camp, you can hike, you can explore and relax for very little of the green stuff in your wallet. Yellowstone is home to breathtaking natural attractions for visitors of all ages. With miles of hiking and skiing paths, erupting hot springs and belching mud pools, adventure-seekers agree that the entrance fee is a small price to pay for a visit to America’s oldest national park.
  2. Yosemite National Park (California) – With plenty of natural attractions and low-price camping areas, Yosemite offers refuge for those looking to escape their hectic urban lives. Like Yellowstone, Yosemite offers access to extensive hiking trails for a small entrance fee, and travelers can avoid high hotel rates by simply packing a tent.
  3. Savannah (Georgia) – Low prices are just one of the many perks of planning a trip to this southern city, not to mention picturesque architecture and restaurants dishing out hearty portions of Southern fare. With budget-friendly room rates, there’s no excuse not to stay a few extra nights.
  4. Washington D.C. – Not only is this a historic destination where your kids will learn a ton about our American history but its budget friendly too. Although hotel prices are not always budget-friendly, those who are patient can generally find a room to suit both taste and budget. And with a wide variety of things to do, visitors can spend a couple of guilt-free days perusing the dozens of free Smithsonian museums along the National Mall.
  5. Adirondacks (New York) – You don’t have to worry about overstepping your price limit on a visit to the Adirondacks. In fact, if you’re devoted to staying in the great outdoors, the cost will come in well under budget. Campgrounds are extremely affordable and the hiking trails are completely free to explore.
  6. Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) – Home to numerous golf courses and family-friendly attractions, Myrtle Beach’s affordable hotels and restaurants make a trip here even more enjoyable. Take advantage of the stay-and-golf deals offered by many Myrtle Beach hotels, or spend time on the city’s public beaches.
  7. Key West (Florida) – The southernmost island in the Florida Keys offers relaxation, quirky attractions and a lively restaurant and bar scene — all within a 7-mile stretch, making a car unnecessary. Book early if you want to visit in the popular winter and spring seasons.
  8. Austin (Texas) – Sitting at the heart of the Lone Star State, Austin’s outdoor attractions and notorious nightlife draw crowds from all over the country. A wide variety of lodging and dining options make the quirky “Live Music Capital of the World” a great year-round vacation spot.
  9. Chicago (Illinois) – The Windy City is home to plenty of free attractions that cater to the bargain hunter, including Millennium Park and Navy Pier. And don’t worry about spending a fortune on food: A slice of Chicago’s famous pan pie won’t break the bank.
  10. Charlottesville (Virginia) – The East Coast doesn’t have a Napa Valley equivalent, but Charlottesville is hoping to come close. You’ll find plenty of wineries and historical attractions, like Thomas Jefferson’s stunning Monticello. The best part: The hotels here cost a fraction of Napa’s exorbitant accommodation prices.

Rompers are Back: How to Wear and Accessorize Them Properly

Rompers or jumpsuits are a thing of the past… and yet somehow the past always seems to come back with a vengeance. Well rompers are back in and they are the perfect casual summer frock to head uptown or down to a BBQ (depending on how you accessorize) so we’ve put together some of our favorite budget-friendly looks to get your summer romper wardrobe started.

  1. blackromperThe Classic Black Romper – This looks can be dressed up with heels and a chunky sparkly necklace or dressed down with silver dangly earrings and flip flops. Either way you cut it you’ll be comfortable and really enjoy this versatile summer wardrobe staple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. redromperReady to Rock – This edgier romper look is a great night addition to your summer wardrobe. Pair it with this great cuff bracelet and hot stud earrings to complete the look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. classy and chic romperClassy and Chic- This ready-to-wear romper looks great with a jacket and short boots or a cute sandal and this Leather and Metal Strands bracelet. It’s easy to wear and travels great so grab one for your next summer trip!

Reduce, Renew, Re-Love Recycled Jewelry Crafts

We love Pinterest. We have quite an extensive page so if you’re not following us – you should be! And one thing we’ve fallen head over heels for on Pinterest are the awesome ways people are turning old regular items like buttons and other baubles into really unique and chic jewelry. If you’re a fan of turning something old into some new again then this blog is for you!

recycled jewelryDIY unique pendants out of old wine corks- so drink up, you need more corks for your projects!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

recycled jewelryThese rolled paper bead necklaces are super cool and fun for projects with kids.

 

 

 

 

 

recycledplasticcontainersRecycle plastic food containers into cool beads for bracelets, necklaces and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If these projects are too ambitious you can always dig into your closet and pull out old items to start using again. Reevaluate your purse collection for example – things come and go in style and you might find some old bags you want to use again.

old purseHere’s a neat idea- turn an old purse into a new clutch simply by cutting it in half and sewing in a new zipper!

There are so many amazing tricks to make old stuff new and fun again. Share your favorite DIY projects with us on Twitter @AssuredAllure using hashtag #relove.

Spring Forward with Fun New Fashion Jewelry

Spring is a beautiful time – full of renewal, rebirth and new growth. We scoured the marketplace for the best, freshest new looks to sprinkle into our collection and we’re sure you’ll love each piece as much as we do.

Whether you’re ready or not, now is the best time of the year to redefine your style once again. Start with these fun new jewelry pieces that will pair perfectly with your spring time capris and fun flirty tops in bright colors and floral patterns. Now is the time to seize the style!

glitzy stretch braceletThis Glitzy Entwined Stretch Bracelet is a style show-stopper with its big chunky gold or silver sparkly look. We launched it priced to sell at only $54!

 

 

silver floating knot necklaceThis silver Floating Knot Necklace will make you an office style icon – it’s bold and classy at only $36 you can definitely snag it without the guilt of buying an overprice bauble you won’t love nearly as much as this.

 

 

 

catherine link necklaceWe selected this gorgeous Catherine Link Necklace because it’s so unique and fun! This piece goes great with tanks to dress them up or a smart blouse to make a boardroom statement.

 

 

 

turquoise rimmed cuff braceletThese 3 little words will brighten your day for sure- Turquoise Rimmed Cuff – ONLY $15!! Buy one for you and one for a friend. They’ll thank you in spades.

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