Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bling in the Holiday with NYC Designers Isaac Mizrahi & Nora Gardner

Your Holiday Style begins with the perfect LBD blinged out with these key accessories. Dress: Alyssa by designer Nora Gardner, NYC
New York, NY Tis the season for holiday office parties and corporate events where you want to let your personality shine. Never underestimate to power of first impressions. At one corporate Christmas Party, I was introduced to the dean of a local college who recommended me for a teaching position which I accepted! How you present yourself is key and a polished, elegant look is what to aim for. Start with the perfect Little Black Dress from NYC based designer, Nora Gardner. Here is her "Alyssa":

"Alyssa" transitions perfectly from the office to an evening affair with a few accessories.
Alyssa Dress by Nora Gardner
First of all, let me say that this is one NYC fashion designer who "gets it" when it comes to clothing for active, young professional women. I love Nora Gardner's Alyssa for its V-neck and lovely fitted waistline thanks to a generous invisible back zipper. The bit of Spandex means this dress is comfortable for sitting and walking. The slit pockets make it perfect for a day at the office but the fit says anything but matronly. Wide shoulder bands means no worries about wearing a strapless bra underneath and the length is just right.  Wear it to the office during the day and add a statement necklace for after hours.

Alyssa Details
Offered in Dark Grey and Jet Black

Hits at the knee

37" from high point of shoulder

Model is wearing Size 0

Fit: Narrow Hip (see size chart)

Shell: 50% Polyester, 46% Rayon, 4% Spandex

Lining: 100% Polyester

Care: Dry clean only

Find a Sizing Chart Here.

Proudly Made in New York City-Visit Online at

NEW DESIGNGER NORA GARDNER will hold their first showroom sale TUESDAY through THURSDAY,  December 10, 11, 12 
339 West 51st Street (between 7th and 8th), #1C * New York, NY 10019
HOURS:  NOON -3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. - and/or by appointment
Text Nora directly at 203-550-1022 for appointments

Isaac Mizrahi Live!
NYC fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi has a beautiful collection of watches this season. His Live! line offers lots of bold designs but I fell in love with this much more dressy, demure Crystal Watch.

Isaac Mizrahi Live! Crystal Bracelet Watch
Unlike my other bracelet watches, you don't need to take this watch to the jewelers to shorten the band. Simply open and remove the extra links by hand to get the desired wrist width you need. My wrists are extremely skinny so for a watch to fit me without falling off is quite a feat. Face is a lovely white Mother of Pearl with Roman numerals. See this watch and more at

Isaac Mizrahi's Crystal Watch at a NYC party.
Crystal Bracelet Watch Details
  • Silvertone; stainless steel backing and crown
  • Round and square, clear crystals border case and bracelet links
  • White mother-of-pearl dial; Roman numerals at 3, 6, 9, and 12; bars at other hours; silvertone hour, minute, and second hands
  • Bracelet with two removable foldover clasps
  • Japanese movement
  • Adjusts from small to large
  • Approximate measurements: Bracelet 8"L x 1/2"W at links; Removable links 3/4"W; Case 1-1/8"L x 3/4"W
  • Box, instructions
  • 5-year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
The Crystal Bracelet Watch comes beautifully gift-boxed.
Add Some Sparkle! 
You can really add interest to a little black dress like the Alyssa with both a watch and a little vintage evening bag. This is not the time to be shy, especially if your dress is monochromatic. Here my evening purse has an added snowflake pin over top the silvery sequins. It goes perfectly with the Crystal Watch!

Detail showing the snowflake pin I added to this vintage evening bag.
Sparkly Evening Bags 
Don't be afraid to add even more bling to bag or clutch for the evening. A dark, solid dress needs a bit of sparkle and your bag and bracelet (watch in my case) can give you the glitter you need to stand out. Also keep in mind that your nails can be accessorized with some beautiful sparkle finishes shown in the Holiday 2013 Collection from China Glaze.

Don't forget to bling those nails too. Happy HoliGalze Nail Lacquers from China Glaze
Happy HoliGlaze Nail Lacquer Collection from China Glaze
NEW for Holiday 2013 are these eye-blindingly sparkly nail lacquers from China Glaze, Los Angeles, CA! These all have built in nail hardeners and dry to a gorgeous finish. Pop one or all in a festive design for your next holiday party. See more holiday collections online at

PHOTO: Nail Lacquer Colors Left to Right
Bells Will Be Blinging - Elfin' Around - Your Present Required

Dress, watch and nail lacquer c/o Nora Gardner- NYC, QVC and China Glaze respectively. 

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