Tag Archives: Jewelry

Ra Ra Shish Kum Bah

28 Dec

Take the shish kum bah out and add the Avis.  What do you get?  RARA AVIS.  Lately, I’ve been coming across things that don’t necessarily make sense but that we accept and deem fashionable.  I have to remind myself that not all things fashion, makes sense.  So to the eyes that see weird, strange and ugly, others see beautiful, trendy and for lack of a better word, cool.  Who better to represent the Rara Avis phenomenon than the rare bird herself, Iris Apfel.  Anyone who knows anything about Iris, knows she is a prevailing innovator that has put her mark on the fashion world as we know it.  Pretty remarkable to do if you ask me.  With her ever growing empire of make-up, jewelry and handbags, she is now launching a shoe line with HSN.  We as fashion forward goers/thinkers have ways to influence each other in our own right.  Some might not realize, that (as we virtually tweet, instagram, Facebook, pinterest, style tag, etc) we put our mark on the fashion world.  We give and take from others sense of fashion/style to create interpretations we see fit to oneself.  It is inspiring even thinking about it let alone actually doing.  Iris Apfel created an avenue that would lead every fashion conscious consumer to be a little more daring, to be a little more out-of-the-box and that much more fearless in risk taking.  So, I dedicate this post to Ms. Iris Apfel because if it wasn’t for her, the word ECCENTRIC, would have no substance within its terminology, now would it?


“When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t think like everyone else.” – Iris Apfel


[Rara Avis Collection: Blue and White Beaded Stretch Bracelet]


[Rara Avis Collection: “Gator Glamour” Bypass Ring]


[Rara Avis Collection: “Owl on Branch” Goldtone Ring]


[Rara Avis Collection: Crystal Black Matte Bird-Design Ring]


[Rara Avis Collection: Crystal Heart Goldtone Cutout Pin]


[Rara Avis Collection: Geometric Wood and Gold-Color Foil Beaded Drape Necklace]


[Rara Avis Collection: Gold-Color Foil Sculpted Bangle Bracelet]


[Rara Avis Collection: Resin “Bug” Bangle Bracelet]


[Rara Avis Collection: Smoking Loafer with Sequined Bird]


[Rara Avis Collection: Pointy Toe Flat]


[Rara Avis Collection: Snake Moccasin]


[Rara Avis Collection: Suede Sequined Smoking Loafer]


[Rara Avis Collection: Suede Cone Heel]


[MAC make up collection by Iris Apfel]
Iris Apfel Handbag Collection Extinction at Henri Bendel

[“Extinctions” Collection by Iris Apfel]


Take Me Away…

26 Dec

Since I am stuck in Los Angeles this New Years, I’ll just have to fantasize where I’d rather be.  I’m thinking more tranquil, more rustic and more down-to-earth.  I remember as a kid growing up, I use to hate going up to my parents’ mountain house in the Poconos.  The closest thing to human civilization was a thirty minute drive and as a kid with no car,  it wasn’t a fun time for me.  As I’ve grown, I have come to understand why an escape to a secluded haven was so desirable.  It’s such places that keep you grounded.  They are stables to which you are able to reconnect with oneself, to sort your priorities and to clear out all that barricades the mind when in a daily routine.  I would love to be in that same Pocono house which I’ve frowned upon for so long, this New Years.  To be able to sit back, read a book, drink a cup of coffee (or more appropriately, tea 😉 ) all while taking in the views which surround you would be my ultimate New Years.  A time for fresh beginnings and fresh attitudes.  Goodbye 2012, hello 2013.


[Chinti and Parker: cashmere sweater]  I’ve seen a similar sweater at Forever21 and fell in love.  Regrettably, I didn’t pick it up at the time but that’s why we are blessed to have internet shopping carts :).


[Coach: fur vest]  Every time I come across anything fur, I think, Rachel Zoe.  This is perfect on top of the (above) cashmere sweater!


[Classic skinny blue jeans]  Blue jeans are always an essential to have.  You can either play them down or play them up.  Either way, it’s uncomplicated.


[Tabitha Simmons: early boot]  I want!  I want!  This boot screams country-comfy!  It’s the perfect boot to relax in or do work in.


[Earthy costume jewelry]  No need for glitzy-glam jewels here.  Something more casual and easy to throw on is key when trying to come off “effortless.”

Liebster Award

16 Dec


So, I woke up this morning to a lovely surprise.  Natasha & Nensi, two amazing bloggers of FreeUrCloset, nominated my blog for the Liebster Award.  A Liebster award is given to new bloggers who have less than 200 followers, to give them recognition, encouragement and to help the rest of the blogging community discover their exceptional blogs.  N-n-N has asked me to answer some questions about my Likes and how I took up an interest in blogging.  There is nothing I would rather be doing then shedding a little light on to who and what “Cups” is really about.

1.) What are you Passionate about?

Whenever I am asked “what are you passionate about,” or “what are your passions,” I am always thrown by the question.  There are many things that I am passionate about but if I had to choose just one, it would be writing.  Although I’ve studied fashion and love to know everything about the world it is in, my true love is creative writing.  Wow, I think this is a breakthrough.  I’ve never narrowed it down before.  Now, you and I both know 😉

2.) What is the favorite item in your closet?

No brainer.  My shoes!  I have quite a collection of high heels (mostly wedges) that I’ve collected in the past two years.  When I say collected, I truly mean it in every sense of the word.  Usually when shopping for heels I do it in bulk, 5,6,9 pairs at a time.  I know – crazy – but what is even crazier is that I’m also all about my plain Jane, Old Navy $5 sandals.  Since I live in warm weather climates and as much as I love to wear my heels, I find it much more practical to slap on my sandies and call it a day.  My poor heels sit along side each other just waiting for that special day when they can be worn.

3.) What was your favorite fashion trend in 2012?

There is more than one trend that comes to mind; however, a specific one that does is the stud trend.  I’m obsessed with studs/spikes on shoes, clothing, jewelry pieces, etc.  It’s just a Lady Gaga thing (in my opinion) to rock!

4.) What would be your dream job?

As I continue to explore my career options, I find it more difficult tapering it down.  A dream job I would love to have, has to be the ultimate goal most people desire – being my own boss.  As far as narrowing that down even more, it’s still unknown to me.  I am only 23 (as of today) and I feel there is so much more to still learn out there, but what I really want above all things, is to learn more about myself.

5.) Who is your fashion idol?

A woman, who I’ve recently picked as a person to watch, is Victoria Beckham.  I browse her collections every season and I find myself relating to her taste more and more.  I love my solid colors, my layered looks and my structured garments.  Victoria speaks loud and clear to me and she is definitely in my back pocket for people to be inspired by.

6.) What is your favorite day of the week and why?

SUNDAY!  It’s the national day of lazy.  First of all, who doesn’t like a weekend day?  Secondly, Sunday is a day to recharge.  Recharge as in, sleeping in, pampering one’s self, a huge movie day, football all day, etc.  Sunday is a day to do whatever you want while having no time frame in the day to do so.

7.) How did you come up with your Blog’s title?

Well, I am all about the corky phrases/sayings.  Anyone who knows me knows I like to not only make up my own phrases, but I love to make up things that don’t (by dictionary) make sense. My Cup (or not) Of Tea means: My Likes or Dislikes.  I found the title extremely appropriate.  It’s straight forward and to the point without being too literal.

8.) How did you get into blogging?

I tried blogging a few years back but for one reason or another it never really took off for me.  I was definitely not into it as much as I am now, and when I was sitting at work one day, I thought I would give it another shot.  I wanted to take it more seriously because I feel I had to get my opinions out on certain thing and trends.  I’m glad I was able to stick with it and it’s still going strong!

9.) What is your absolute favorite color?

It’s funny; my sister asked me that very question yesterday afternoon.  My response: “I don’t have a favorite color but I do prefer the natural/earth tone colors (e.g. browns, tans, whites, greens, greys, blacks, etc.)  Yes, I know Dee, I’m complicated.”  Her response: “OMG.”

10.) What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas, of course!  It’s the ultimate holiday in my eyes.  With my birthday so close to Christmas day, it’s a blast of celebration during the whole month of December.  If you couldn’t guess, I love the month of December in general.

11.) What is your New Year’s resolution?

Simple.  To keep Blogging.

Thanks again Natasha & Nensi of FreeUrCloset!  Looks like it is my turn to pass along the torch of the Liebster Award to 11 new bloggers.  Check out the blogs below that I’ve chosen to win this award.

The snow white effect


The Spots Hunter

Urban Rack

Girl Necessities

Curly loves

Real Cali Cali’s Blog

The Effortlessly Chic

Blissful Blog LA MODE A MONACO


Voulez – vous polish avec moi?

Now, it’s your turn my fellow bloggers!  Answer these questions (if you wish) and let us know a little bit about you.


1.) How do you define fashion/style?

2.) What is your favorite season?

3.) Who inspires you?

4.)  Why do you blog the things you blog?

5.) What is your one basic essential you CANNOT live without?

6.) What are you most proud of?

7.) If you had to dress casual or dressy for everyday of the rest of your life, how would you dress and why?

8.) What is a dream you hope to acquire during your lifetime?

9.) If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be?

10.) What fashion style do you consider a classic?

11.) What did you ask Santa for Christmas this holiday?

Leave me a comment on this post after you have answered all 11 questions so I and all the others looking can take a peek into the life of your blog and the blogger behind it.  And remember: pass on the Liebster Award to 11 newbie bloggers!

PS – Always and forever – Happy Blogging 🙂


Not Your Average Jo

8 Dec

Hello miss Jo.  Dannijo that is.  When I first laid eyes on Dannijo’s jewelry line, it wasn’t by accident.  A dear friend of mine who worked for the line, sat me down to show me – what I like to call, the BOLD and the BEAUTIFUL, collection.  I was taken back on how intricate and costume-like all the pieces in the collection were.  There is nothing dainty about Dannijo’s line and thank God for that!  We all seem to choose outfits to build a look around but with the accoutrements Dannijo provides, we should all be building looks around the jewelry piece itself.  With their first ever pop-up shop now open in Nolita (North of Little Italy, NYC), we googly-eyed wishful consumers can purchase our very own Dannijo piece!


[“Costella – Oxidized brass plated necklace. Made with Swarovski Elements.”]


[“Viv – Wood beads entangled with oxidized brass chain.”]


[“Traina – Made with Swarovski Elements.”]


[“Pammy – Oxidized brass or silver plated cuff.  Malleable.  Made with Khabarovsk Crystals.”]


[“Alamo – Oxidized silver plated cuff.  Malleable.”]


[“Daniela – Malleable.  Made with Swarovski Elements.”]


[“Esme – Made with Swarovski Elements.  Oxidized brass plated earrings.”]


[“Radley – Oxidized brass plated earrings.  Made with Swarovski Elements.”]


[“Mariella – Made with Swarovski Crystals.”]


[“Spilk – Oxidized brass plated ring.”]


[“Lucas – Made with Swarovski Element.”]


[“Vix – Made with Swavorski Elements.”]