lia sophia NEXT: Clinton Kelly’s Top 10

Since Clinton introduced us to his closet last year and it’s a bit hard to do live questions with 4,000 women; this year he did the next best thing by addressing the top ten questions that he gets asked. Of course, in the midst of this discussion he admitted to being caught in flip flops on the street after expressedly stating they are the bottom of the shoe ladder. This admission led to the removal of one show – to validate his claim of having attractive feet – and then a totally barefoot state.

I’m really rather amazed there weren’t more catcalls in the midst of all the cheering going on at that time. Anyway, on to the tips…

10. Most people I know are hot messes. I don’t want to look overdressed in my own neighborhood. What’s a girl to do?

Really, most of America is a hot mess. We all know it and Clinton’s not afraid to say it, but he’s also quick to say not to worry about what people think about you. Everything you put on your body should be a personal expression of you aka You Be You!

9. Can you help my husband? He’s gross!

I loved that Clinton showed a picture of himself with the admonition not to get your hopes too high. His advice – reward him your hubby/boyfriend/etc for dressing well with treats. What those treats are I’ll leave up to you to determine ;)

8. These boobs of mine! I just can’t figure out what to do with them. Any ideas?

I feel this one ladies. The girls are pretty fond of getting in the way. Last year, Clinton told us that getting a bra fitting was one of the best things to do to up your style ante. This year, he shared it a bit differently by telling us to get the girls in a bra halfway between the shoulder & elbow. That’s where designers design them to be.
For the smaller ladies, create a volume with ruffles, folding etc. whereas those more amply endowed should get to know v-necks. They’re our friends. He also encouraged smaller shouldered individuals to add some volume at the shoulder to balance things out.

7. How do I make it look like I have less junk in my trunk?

This problem I do not have (as my mother will attest) but Clinton has a phrase to help remember what to do if this is a problem area for you – divide & conquer. Dividing breaks up the attention and therefore helps minimize.

6. Shopping for jeans is about as much fun as playtime at Guantanamo Bay. Please… help… me.

My favorite part of this answer was when Clinton told us that the best way to prevent muffin top is to keep the muffin in the pan aka 2 finger widths under the belly button is an ideal location for the top of the jeans to hit. In case you’ve ever wondered, the trouser is apparently the most flattering style of jean available.
He also reminded us that the average woman on what Not to Wear has to try on 20 pairs of jeans to find that pair that fits, so don’t give up after one or two.

5. You’re always recommending heels. Well, my feet hurt Mister Smartypants. Now what?

“Why would I see a podiatrist? Because they’re a foot doctor!”

While taller makes you look thinner by elongating your body, if your doctor tells you not to wear heels – don’t do it! If you’re a heel avoider you can still be stylish sporting a cute non-athletic sneaker; light, airy wedge; ballet or other style of flat; boot or a sandal. Just avoid those flip flops. Oh, and with flats raise your natural waist to make your legs look longer and you, therefore, taller.

4. Is there such a thing as too much jewelry for daytime?

Jewelry is all about drawing attention to where you want, so use statement jewelry to draw the eye where you’d like it to go and complement it with simpler pieces for the daytime then trade out for a bolder evening look.

3. Momma ain’t got no money for Gucci. How do I still look fabulous?

“Style is not about clothes – it’s a state of mind that you believe & look good every day.”

Being a bargain shopper I love this – style is not about price tag. More important is the fit. Without fit, there’s no style involved no matter what the price tag says. According to Clinton a tailor & a bra fitting will change your life, so buy the less expensive piece and get it tailored to get that million dollar look.

2. My kids left me with a pooch as a reminder that I carried them for 9 months. Whaaaaa!

There are several options to get the attention where you want it like a great structured jacket, a blouse with shape (dart, etc.), avoiding tubes or an a-line dress that’s fitted at the waist. Don’t be afraid of shapewear either. It’s a girl’s best friend ;)

1. How do I dress so that I don’t look like my teenage daughter… or my mother? Yikes!

According to Clinton if you’re asking if your too old to be wearing something you probably need to seriously consider the likelihood that you are. Here are his 4 questions to ask:
– Does it show too much cleavage?
– Does it show too much leg?
– Does this trend involve the belly button at all?
– Is this a trend that a hooker would look at and say that’s a trend for me?

That’s it for Clinton’s Top Ten, but I’ll leave you with a few more quotes of his to brighten you day.

“You have a choice to be blah, boring or fabulous – like me.”
“Stop comparing yourself to anyone else on this planet. You are you & you are perfect.”
“You can be perfect & imperfect. Embrace your perfections.”
“You be you. You be the best version of you possible and everything else will fall into place.”

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the lia sophia giveaway going on right now. Less than a week left now to enter…

lia sophia NEXT: A New Year, A New Look

As I’ve been thinking over this post I can’t help but think that the first and shortest day of conference is designed to ease us into the packed schedule of the rest of the conference. Of course, it could also just be that they know we’re bubbling over with excitement at knowing we’re going to be seeing all the new jewelry soon. Anyway, that first session is where most of this news comes from. There’s far too much to fit in one post.

This year they changed things up by starting us all together in the U.S. Cellular Arena. They even sent us our badges ahead of time so that we wouldn’t have to go through registration first. We knew they had something up their sleeves, but I know I wasn’t alone in my surprise when they unveiled the new look of lia sophia, but I love the new purple and abstraction of the company name. As I said in my post earlier today, these changes are already live on the lia sophia website for you to check out.

Here’s a look at the new packaging that will be coming out with the new line:

Aren’t they pretty? I was super excited to check them out live while I was there, but I know that not everyone has quite as strong of feeling about such things as I do so here’s some of the other news I haven’t covered yet…

Elena Kiam, New Creative Director

If you’ve ever taken the time to look at the first few pages of the lia sophia catalog then you’ve seen Elena Kiam. Now she’ll be even more visible as she takes on the role of Creative Director for lia sophia. A women of fabulous style, a passion for lia sophia and a background studying design at Harvard; her touch can already be seen in the new catalog from the available styles to the tips that she’s scattered throughout it. In addition to the behind the scenes work, she’ll be becoming more involved with a blog at lia sophia homepage, Social Fashion videos on YouTube and more.

Social Fashion

Social Fashion is the intersection of style and friendship. Since this is what lia sophia is all about, be expecting to see even more about Social Fashion in the future like the previously mentioned videos and a special fashion update flyer every month featuring key trends & ideas.

Fall Winter Catalog

With 100 pages and 617 styles this is the largest catalog that we’ve ever had. It also features fashion tips from Elena, updated photography and even more trends. With over half the catalog under $50, it’s still affordable too though I will admit that I’m pretty sure I want every $45 Hostess Bonus item in there. Supporting my jewelry habit is definitely one of my ‘whys’ for being an advisor ;)

Special Editions

We all know trends don’t constrain them to the catalog cycle, so to address that lia sophia is now doing small collections known as Special Editions. This first special edition is all about bright colors and is only available through the end of September.

Charms!!!

One addition to the new catalog I want to call out specifically is that we now have charms and charm bracelets! There are a couple of varieties of regular charm bracelets and necklaces for clip charms as well as a leather wrap charm bracelet that can be adorned with mini slides. They’re super cute and I can’t wait to get my samples of them :)

Expanded Spanish Materials

Starting this August lia sophia will be expanding the materials offered in Spanish to a full suite including not only catalog but a special Spanish starter kit.

I know what you’re really looking for are some pics of the jewelry so, with no further ado, here’s a sneak peek of a few of the new styles:

Still to come are Clinton Kelly, Geena Davis & the Fashion Soiree…

Fashion Soiree: The Groundwork of a Dress

Every year on the last night of conference lia sophia throws a huge party for all of the attendees. Two years ago we took over the Harley Davidson complex. Last year, they closed down the pier for a massive white party. This year the Fashion Soiree is being held at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Knowing that we would ask, they’ve given us these guidelines for dressing for the evening:

Think New York Fashion Week, a Hollywood movie premiere, or even a summer wedding where stylish, understated elegance makes an impact. This is the time to break out your favorite summery cocktail dress, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

The moment I saw the announcement I knew exactly which piece of jewelry I wanted to wear:

Having no luck in finding the right combo of color, cut and fit (that still fit my budget), I have decided to make my dress instead which means the possibilities are endless. That is not to say I didn’t have a basic style in mind when I made that decision. I’ve already got a deep sea green material, a midnight blue as well. Now tis the time for figuring out the details.

Here are some of my inspiration styles:

Black Halo - Red Carpet Dress

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent - Perfect Picturesque Dress

Moschino Cheap and Chic - Perfect Bow Dress

Alice by Temperly - Cobalt Cyclone Dress

Yigal Azrouël - Black Jupiter Dress

I’m sure the final dress will end up pulling inspiration from several of these, but feel free to share your thoughts below :)

New Red Carpet Collection: Industrielle

Described by the company as “a combination of utilitarianism, futurism and fantasy with a revamped Victorian touch”, the Industrielle collection combines matte metals with crystal, resin and enamel into pieces that are high fashion with elements of industry and architecture seamlessly included.

Below you’ll find a brief look at this new collection, but you can find it in full on the Industrielle information sheet.

Rough

$80-$350
The first section of this new collection features earrings, cuff bracelets and necklaces that come in matte gold and black diamond crystals, matte silver and jet crystals and matte gold with forest green resin.

Rough Bracelet $300

 

Beveled

$150-$350
These earrings and bracelets feature matte gold with black diamond crystals or matte silver with clear crystals, while the rings add in a touch of moss green enamel with the gold and jet enamel with the silver.

Beveled Bracelets $350 each

Concentric

$125-$350
Earrings, bracelet and ring feature a stacked concentric squares in matte gold with black diamond crystals or matte silver with clear crystals.

Concentric Earrings $250

 

Curvature

$125- $150
Though they share the same name and curved accents, these earrings are very different. One set features smoky crystals and moss green enamel in matte gold while the other combines black diamond crystals with light blue enamel in matte silver with a corresponding ring.

Silver Curvature Ring $125, Earrings $150

 

Gold Curvature Earrings $150

 

Compass

$125-$175
This ring and earring set features black diamond crystals in a compass pattern against a field of light blue resin set into matte silver.

Compass Earrings $175, Ring $150

Global

$100-$300
Matte gold teams up black diamond crystal with moss green and tortoise resin in the necklace, earrings and bracelets of this portion of the collection.

Global Bracelet $250

Tier

$100-$500
With 11 pieces, this set features rings, bracelets, a necklace and earrings in matte silver with black diamond crystals along with cornflower, jet and navy as well as matte gold with smoky crystals and accents of bone, black and moss green enamel/resin.

Tier Ring $150

Cone

$300-$350
This statement bracelet and necklace set features cone bangles capped with crystal and enamel in matte gold with black diamond crystals and green enamel and matte silver black diamond crystals and cornflower blue enamel.

Cone Necklace $300

With this topping out at $500 for the most expensive piece, this collection is one of the more affordable Red Carpet Collections. In fact, a number of the pieces actually fall into the $75-100 range when purchased as a part of the Customer Save Plan.

Looking for some first hand accounts and pics of Industrielle’s debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival? Check out these links:

Celebrity Fashion and Fun at Sundance 2011 on Red Carpet Roxy
Spotted at Sundance Film Festival 2011 on Glam.com (check out #5)
lia sophia At The Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift – Day 1 – 2011 Park City on Wireimage

lia sophia Countdown: Versatile Glitz

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

2 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

Versatile Glitz

sparkle that effortlessly take you from day to night…

Bling lovers – you know who you are – this is your section. In the words of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, frost yourself in something a bit less expensive than diamonds but sure to make you sparkle none the less.

Corsage

Corsage bracelet from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

This picture does not do this bracelet justice. The black glass beads of this stretch bracelet set off an enamel and crystal flower sure to garner the oohs and aahs of your friends.

Bracelet: $88

Spontaneous

Spontaneous necklace from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

While there is perhaps not quite as much sparkle as Glitterati (which has a hematite companion arriving), this necklace is elegantly modern and sophisticated with it’s interwoven hematite chains intermixed with faceted glass and resin beads.

Necklace: $96

Elude

Elude necklace from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

Simple. Sleek. Sparkly. This circular pendant necklace of cut crystals is a piece that can carry you from day tonight with ease and class.

Necklace: $52

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Nautical Looks
Iridescent Shell
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
City Girl
Return to Feminine
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

lia sophia Countdown: Return to Feminine

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

5 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

Return to Feminine

pearls & delicate filigree are now beautifully modern…

Blame Mad Men if you’d like, but embracing the feminine is back in full force on the runway and in accessories. These pieces take classic, vintage styles and add a touch of modern sensibility to them.

Cafe Au Lait

cafe au lait earring and necklace set fromt he spring/summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

OMG I love this necklace. Strands of coffee colored pearls entwine to create this gorgeous piece. Classically feminine, the choice of mocha brown for the color updates this look for the 21st century.

Necklace: $160 ($30 as a Hostess Bonus item)
Earrings: $32

Buttercup

buttercup bracelet from the spring/summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

This bracelet has a great vintage look while still being in keeping with modern trends and the pave style center adds a bit of sparkle without overpowering the bracelet. Perfect with a cute blouse, little black dress or business suit.

Bracelet: $118 ($20 Hostess Bonus item)

Reach, by Paula

reach, by Paula necklace from the spring/summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

Gray and matte silver pair on this lovely necklace featuring glass beads and vintage styled charms.

Necklace: $68

Bonus!Creme de Menthe

creme de menthe ring from the spring/summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

Love Deco? Check out this great ring. Mint green and matte gold encircle a gray pearl for a look that is both pop classic and a little unusual.

Ring: $68

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Nautical Looks
Iridescent Shell
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
City Girl
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

lia sophia Countdown: City Girl

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

7 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

City Girl

sleek or edgy pieces to wear with trendy & sophisticated silhouettes…

Looking for that piece that adds a sophisticated flair for your work day, but you can also rock at night? This may be your section.

Mischief

Mischief necklace from the Spring/Summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

A smooth mosaic of black, gray and white in free form set against a hematite finish brings the city and nature into beautiful harmony in this bib necklace.

Necklace: $72

Paris Lights

Paris Lights earrings and bangle from the Spring/Summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

Cut crystals fade from jet to clear in this gorgeous bangle and earrings set. If you’re looking for modern glamor sure to shimmer, this is an excellent choice.

Bracelet: $170 ($30 Hostess Bonus item)
Earrings: $66

Whitewashed

Whitewashed earrings, necklace and bracelet from the Spring/Summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

Hematite and white enamel combine to create this modern, sophisticated set great for both the power suit and the little black dress.

Necklace: $88
Bracelet: $78
Earrings: $34

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Nautical Looks
Iridescent Shell
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
Return to Feminine
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

lia sophia Countdown: Eclectic Metal Mixtures

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

19 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

Eclectic Metal Mixtures

and artistic shapes help create your own personal statement…

One of the great things about metal mixtures is that metals are neutrals – you can mix and match them with pieces throughout your clothing wardrobe. They also come in a variety of styles so you can pick the ones that best match your personal style.

Improv

Improv necklace from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

In every catalog we have one piece that is designated our Dress For Success piece. Whenever that piece is purchased a potion of the purchase goes to support the Dress For Success program. So not only do you get a fun and versatile necklace that combines silver and gold with hot hematite when you purchase this necklace, but you help a great cause as well.

Necklace: $98

Day Dreamer

Day Dreamer bracelet from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

Joining the Day Dreamer necklace and earrings that are already in the lia sophia collection, this bracelet continues the free-spirited fun with etched hearts in three antique metals proclaiming love to the world.

Bracelet: $68

Tri

Tri ring set from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

Not only are these rings super cute with their crystals set into antiqued metals as well as being totally in line with the stacking trend going on in the jewelry world right now, but they’re a great deal for the budget conscious fashionista.

3 ring set: $48

Bonus! Riventing

Riveting bracelet from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sohia catalog

In just about every catalog there are one or two items that reflect Red Carpet Collection aesthetic and this is one of those pieces. Echoing some of the pyramid shapes we see in the Lanaya collection only with the enamel that appears in la belle rose II (as well as several previous collections) instead of the black diamond crystals featured so prominently there. It’s also a lot more friendly for your pocketbook being less than half the price of most Red Carpet bracelets and available as a hostess bonus item as well.

Bracelet: $160 ($30 Hostess Bonus item)

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Nautical Looks
Iridescent Shell
City Girl
Return to Feminine
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

lia sophia Countdown – Iridescent Shell

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

21 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

Iridescent Shell

abalone and mother-of-pearl complement this season’s pastels and bright colors…

She sells seashells by the seashore… but with lia sophia’s Spring/Summer 2011 line you can get your shells without the trek with these lovely additions to your jewelry wardrobe (especially considering the chill at the moment).

Ocean Air

Ocean Air necklace from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

Genuine abalone and mother of pearl intermix their beautiful iridescence with glass beads for a beautiful, natural look that can be worn long or doubled.

Necklace: $98

Turnover

Turnover reversible necklace & earring set from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

Looking for jewelry that will do double duty for your wardrobe? Check out this great reversible set. Not only can both the necklace and earring be flipped from colorful to creamy white, but with the simple oval settings they can be mixed and matched with other lia sophia pieces like the Triton slide, Inner Circle necklace or Saltwater earrings (coming soon).

Earrings: $35
Necklace: $50

Pacific

Pacific bracelet from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

The beauty was one of the pieces that caught my eye on the very first flip through the catalog. Hematite sets off genuine abalone in this gorgeous stretch bracelet that is both as beautiful and mysterious as the ocean that it’s named after.

Bracelet: $50

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Nautical Looks
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
City Girl
Return to Feminine
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

lia sophia Countdown – Nautical Looks

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

25 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available for purchase!

But, as of today lia sophia has updated the corporate page as well as photo settings on personal pages filling both with an array of pieces from the new collection.

Nautical Looks

fresh designs inspired by the sailing seas…

Over the last several years the nautical trend has been steadily making it’s way from the boathouse to the fashionista’s closet. Along with that have come some fun, fresh yet still classic pieces for the jewelry wardrobe. Find not only the charms of sea and sale, but also knotwork, the blues of the sea and the white and gold of sandy shores that can be appreciated both on land and at sea.

Knotted Up

Knotted Up necklace and bracelet set from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

Elegant gold chains are accented with braided knots both fitting the nautical theme and a Celtic flair, especially visible in the eternity knots in the bracelet. This set also has the distinction of gracing the cover of this season’s catalog.

Bracelet: $76
Necklace: $128 ($20 as a Hostess Bonus item)

Ahoy

Ahoy necklace & bracelet set from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

Charm lovers will adore this set adorned with classic nautical imagery. It’s a great set for sailing the seas, or lakes as it may be.

Bracelet: $46
Necklace: $35

Love Me Knot

Love Me Knot ring from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

This ring was chilling out over in the City Girl section, but it definitely fits the nautical theme despite its wandering ways. Simple, yes. It is, however, a great way to add a touch of nautical without feeling like you’re going over the top with it.

Ring: $44

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Iridescent Shell
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
City Girl
Return to Feminine
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

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