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Introducing Beatriz Ball's Baby Collection...and a Surprise!

Beatriz Ball Dinosaur Figure Tray Giveaway on Chic Luxuries

You've heard us gushing over Beatriz Ball's stunning tabletop accessories and now their collection includes keepsakes for babies. These precious gifts are sure to become treasured heirlooms as they are handed down from generation to generation. 

Baby Dinosaur Figure Tray $45
Baby Dinosaur Frame $76
Baby Elephant Square Bowl $50
Baby Cross $45

Each cherished piece in the Beatriz Ball Baby Collection arrives in a luxe storage bag, a gift box and white grosgrain ribbon is also included. One of the many things I love about these works of art is they will not tarnish and require no polishing. Although the pictures are lovely, the Beatriz Ball Collection is even more breathtaking in person. A store locator can be found HERE. Shop Beatriz's entire collection at BeatrizBall.com. Connect with them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for design inspiration, store events, giveaways and more.


Chic Giveaway! ~ Our very generous friends at Beatriz Ball sent us two items from their new Baby Collection and we are sharing the love and gifting the Dinosaur Figure Tray to a lucky reader.

To Enter:  Email chicluxuries@nc.rr.com with the following info:
  • "Beatriz Ball" in the subject line
  • your first and last name
  • mailing address
  • twitter id 
  • facebook name
If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest as well as our generous sponsors. Thank you!

Want to tweet about this giveaway? Sample tweet for your convenience ~
#Win a Beatriz Ball New Baby Collection Dinosaur Tray from @BBallCollection
 & @chicluxuries 
ow.ly/t5XsE #giveaway      

Contest ends 11:59 PM ET March 7, 2014. Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older.

Many thanks to the Beatriz Ball team for their generosity. 

Photos courtesy of Beatriz Ball.



Althea Harper DIY Fashion Tutorial with Rowenta

Rowenta, the official garment care sponsor of New York Fashion Week, has teamed up with Fashion Designer and Project Runway Alumnus, Althea Harper.



Althea has created a tutorial video to illustrate how to turn a plain black tank top into a chic Peplum Shirt. As Brand Ambassador for Rowenta, Althea demonstrates the powerful steam action of the Rowenta Pro Master 1700 Iron. In this step-by-step tutorial, you'll see most of the steps to create the peplum shirt were completed using only stitch witchery and the Pro Master!

 

I normally have a challenge getting all the creases out of my clothes, but not so with this iron. The Rowenta Pro Master is hot hOt HOT stuff! It leaves clothes crisp and looking like they just came from the dry cleaners. The Pro Master stainless steel microsteam 400 soleplate delivers a powerful shot of steam to smooth and eliminate stubborn creases even in hard to reach places and on thick fabrics. Vertical steam removes creases from hanging suits and draperies too! Made in Germany, the 1700-watt iron glides easily and has an anti-drip feature to prevent water stains on fabrics.

How many times have you left the house and worried that you left the iron on? If you're like me, too many! With the Pro Master's 3-way smart auto-off system, you can relax. The iron will automatically shut off after 8 minutes if left on its heel and after 30 seconds if left on its side or the board. Suggested retail is $125. A store locator is available at RowentaUSA.com. Connect with Rowenta USA on Facebook and Twitter.




Radiant Orchid ~ Radiantly Chic Finds


We're celebrating Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year by rounding up a few radiantly chic finds in the spectacular Radiant Orchid hue. And, yes, our celebration includes a radiantly chic giveaway! After visiting the websites below, come back here to enter to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet.
Radiant Orchid Radiantly Chic Finds

Have I mentioned we LOVE Miraclesuit? You'll look radiant and right on trend at the spa, pool or beach in the Solid Romance Miraclesuit One-Piece Swimsuit. I adore the wide straps, diagonal placement of the ruched fabric and squared neckline, all of which help create an hourglass silhouette. The Solid Romance Miraclesuit is available in Blue or Fuchsia {more of a hot pink than orchid} in sizes 8-16 for $158. Find a beautiful spectrum of colors and flattering styles at miraclesuit.com.



From ghd's Limited Edition Jewel Collection, the 1" Amethyst Professional Styler is the prettiest we've found..and it's two styling tools in one! Not only does it straighten hair, the contoured edges will curl your locks perfectly. The styler has a rich metallic finish and the 1" ceramic plates have a bit of sparkle. Features include extra long cord, automatic shut off after 30 minutes, and universal voltage. Included is a matching paddle brush, a lovely gift/storage box and a 2-year warranty. $235 at ghdhair.com.



The Women's Wanderer Softshell Jacket in Grape by Free Country is water and wind resistant. The chest pocket has an orchid colored slanted zipper. Additional features include drawstring hood, 2 inner pockets and 2 outer zippered pockets. Available in S-XL, the slim cut jacket is machine washable. Regularly $100, it's on sale as of this writing for $50. freecountry.com



Brighten up your kitchen with the best knife you will ever own. The 5.5" Santoku Knife from Kyocera has a rust-proof, razor-sharp blade. Slice and dice with the ease and precision of a professional chef. The ceramic blade holds its fiercely sharp edge ten times longer than other professional cutlery. Available in an array of pretty colors, we think it's pretty in purple. $49.95 at kyoceraadvancedceramics.com.

The Kuhn Rikon Auto Safety Lid Lifter is such a cool gadget to have in the kitchen, in the office lunchroom, on camping trips and to have on hand in case of power outages. It safely cuts the can's outside rim and an attached pair of mini pliers lifts the lid leaving no sharp edges. Available in Fuchsia {which in person appears more lilac than the photo}. $18 at kuhnrikon.com



The Contigo Stainless Travel Mug is double insulated to keep drinks warm up to 4 hours and cold up to 12 hours without sweating! Best of all, the one touch lid automatically seals between sips to prevent spills. A lovely color range includes our fave ~ lilac. Available in a 16 or 20-oz. size starting at $20.99 at gocontigo.com.


Mineral Fusion's Eye Shadow Trio includes a Deep Matte Plum, Shimmering Taupe and Matte Cream. I don't think an eyeshadow has ever felt so good on my eyes and it's no wonder, it's infused with Pomegranate, White Tea, Red Tea and Sea Kelp to soothe and defend against free radical damage. Free of parabens, gluten, artificial colors, fragrances and talc. Crease-free and long-wearing. $24.99 at mineralfusion.com.


Easily the prettiest Peeler we've ever seen is from, none other than, Savora. The lightweight ergonomic handle is suitable for small or large hands. This dishwasher-safe peeler has a precision-ground stainless steel swiveling blade to help keep it in contact with the fruit or veggies being peeled. Gift boxed and available in several beautiful shades, Passion is pictured here. $9.99 at savorastyle.com.



BoxWave Leather Clutch for the iPhone 5 in Poetic Purple is a phone case and mini wallet in one. Features include slip pockets for three credit cards, separate compartment for id or bill, wrist strap and a magnetic closure. $19.95 at boxwave.com.


Chic Giveaway! ~ One lucky reader will win the prize of their choice from our gift closet.g

To Enter: email chicluxuries@nc.rr.com and include the following:

  • "Radiant Orchid" in the subject line
  • your first and last name
  • complete mailing address
  • twitter id 
  • facebook name 
    If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest as well as our generous sponsors. Thank you!

    If you wish to tweet about this giveaway, sample tweet below for your convenience ~
    #Win the prize of your choice from @ChicLuxuries' gift closet in the Radiantly Chic Finds #Giveaway ow.ly/sXZYh

    Contest ends 11:59 PM ET March 11, 2014. Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older.

    Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this editorial. 




    Belk Spring '14 Fashion Preview

    I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours with the very lovely Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction at Belk, Inc., at the Belk Spring 2014 Fashion Preview in Raleigh. Arlene shared with us the Spring 2014 trends fall into three categories ~ Jetsetter, Clean Slate and my fave, Feminine Charms, featured below.

    As the name suggests, this collection is feminine, chic, and ultra romantic. Flawless florals, heavy lace, sheer fabrics and luminescent layers in white and every shade of pink set the stage for the season of renewal. This Grace Knit Dress by French Connection is ga ga gorgeous!

    Belk Spring 2014 Fashion Preview
    Grace Knit Dress by French Connection $148
    Pink Tartan Bubble Textured Top $275
    Mid-calf, mid 40's inspired styles with dressmaker details ~

    Adriana Papell Floral Fit and Flare Party Dress $220
    Quilted chain bags and jewelry in warm metals ~

    Jessica Simpson Carlyle Satchel $108
    Textile and detail driven ~

    Marc Jacobs Jacquard Dress $298
    Shoes in soft pastels, ankle straps, and substantial heels ~

    Olyvia by Steven $99
    Statement necklaces carry over with the flower being the most important motif ~

    Kate Spade Lady Antoinette Graduated Necklace $178, Earrings $58

    I'll take one of each! If you're not lucky enough to live near a Belk, shop their website at belk.com. Be sure to signup for their e-news for some of the best discount offers in retail. For more style inspiration connect with Belk on Facebook and Twitter, and keep up with Arlene on Twitter @BelkFashionBuzz.




    Chic Travels ~ Winter Cruise Getaway

    Had enough of the cold? So have we! The Chic Luxuries' team is ready to set sail on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Here's a few of the travel-must haves that we'll be taking along on our winter getaway. After visiting the websites below, we invite you to come back here and enter to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet. Because, after all, what's a Bon Voyage party without a fun giveaway?


    The only swimsuit I will put on this body is a Miraclesuit {yes, I need a miracle!}. Look 10 lbs. lighter without it taking your breath away! The Fashion Figure Rialto one-piece Miraclesuit is my fave. An exaggerated sweetheart neckline, empire waist and side shirring provide a slenderizing silhouette. I love the shirred design and the Turquoise color is STUNNING! A soft molded cup bra keeps everything in place☺. Available in sizes 8-16 in a gorgeous color range. $158 at miraclesuit.com.



    One of my must-have travel items is a lightweight, but powerful blow dryer. Hollywood Stylist Jose Eber's QuickShine Blow Dryer  dries hair in half the time as most blow dryers. Far infrared heat infuses heat into the core of the cuticle not just the hair shaft resulting in smooth, shiny, frizz-free hair. A cool shot button, two concentrate attachments {small and large} are included. $159 at joseeberhair.com.




    This isn't any ole curling iron, the Rowenta Beauty's Curl Active is a high tech curling iron that automatically rotates hair around a motorized barrel creating salon-quality curls in seconds. Ceramic coating to protect hair and add shine. Additional features include right or left rotation and two heat settings for fine or thick hair. $179.99 at rowentabeauty.com.

    Obagi Medical's Gentle Rejuvenation Ultra-Light Repair SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream is fortified with Vitamin C to reduce the risk of skin damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. It's a light, non-greasy cream that leaves skin glowing. Created specifically for sensitive skin so no worries about it causing irritation or breakouts. Also ideal for women who are pregnant or nursing. Available in a 1.7 oz. pump tube in dermatology, plastic surgery, and aesthetic physicians' practices. SRP: $70. A product locator can be found at obagi.com 



    The OtterBox Commuter Series iPhone 5/5s Wallet not only protects your phone, but has a sliding drawer to hold up to three credit cards and one bill. Perfect! The multi-layer case protects your iPhone from drops, bumps, and shocks. An audible click ensures the wallet drawer is securely closed. Sleek and stylish design available in black, white or primrose for $44.95 at otterbox.com




    The HUB6000 from myCharge gives up to 27 hours of additional talk time for your iPhone. Built-in cables and connectors harge up to 3 devices at once. An Apple lightning cable, micro USB cable and USB port to charge eReaders, Tablets and smartphones. Built-in wall prongs deliver high-speed recharging. Integrated covers protect the port from dirt and moisture. Don't leave home without it! $99.99 at mycharge.com.



    Being comfortable doesn't mean you can't look chic. These Sylvia Sandals from Flojos have a cushioned footbead and an eye-catching medallion. Perfect for sightseeing, walking the ship's decks, and lunching in the Windjammer cafe. Available in black with silver medallion or cognac with gold medallion in full sizes 5-11. $45 at flojos.com.



    Sage Lifestyle's Faint Sage Candle is the perfect candle to take with you to every exotic location. Crisp top notes of aromatic cucumber and sage, a middle note of sweet pea, and base notes of musk and Tonka bean create a soft fragrance and coziness in your suite or stateroom. The 4-oz. candle has a burn time of 20-30 hours and retails for $22 at thesagelifestyle.com



    Keep your skin hydrated while traveling with Scrubz Natural Sugar Body Scrub. I admit I'm a bit of a sugar scrub snob and due to my addition to them, I think I've tried them all. You'll only find one in this trip's travel bag and that is from Scrubz. With scents like Milk and Honey {my fav}, Warm Vanilla and Citrus Burst, you're sure to find one you adore too. Available in three sizes starting at $6, the 2-oz. is perfect for traveling. bodyscrubz.myshopify.com.



    It's always a good idea to take along a sweatshirt. The When Blues Really Matters Hoodie from Tribut has a cool design printed on the chest. A cotton-poly blend, it's warm and comfortable. The unisex hoodie is machine washable and available in sizes Small to 4XL. $32.99 at tributapparel.com

    Don't forget the hair conditioner! Sun, salt water and heat styling can zap hair of moisture. Briogeo's Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask helps strengthen and repair dry, weak hair. It's a delightfully-scented powerhouse recipe for beautiful hair. Fortified with ultra hydrating avocado, sweet almond and argan oils, strengthening keratin protein, power conditioning rosehip oil, soothing aloe, and vitamin enriching B5, D, A, E and Biotin! Paraben, silicone and phthalates free. A 5.25-oz. jar retails for $26 at briogeohair.com.


    The b-precise Girl-on-the-Go Fashion Tweezer & Mini Tweezer Set from b-leve includes a stainless steel tweezer duo for home and a mini tweezer with case for travel. Never know when you're going to need a pair of tweezers so keep one of these in your travel bag. The set retails for $6.99 at b-leve.com



    The Bobble Sport is my newest travel companion. Just fill the 24-oz. eco-friendly water bottle with tap water. The filtration occurs when the water passes back through the filter cap. Each bobble filter equates to 300 single-serve water bottles! It's an easy, economical way to make a huge impact on the environment. The Bobble Sport with Filter retails for $9.99. Replacement filters retail for $6.99 at waterbobble.com.


    Armada Moisturising, Protective Lip Balm SPF60 by VMV Hypoallergenics keeps lips protected from sun, wind, and salt air. Soothes dry, chapped lips and helps prevent blisters and darkening of lips. A .35-oz tube retails for $25 at vmvhypoallergenics.com


    Last but not least, the Short Train Case by Modella keeps toiletries together and prevents clothes from being soiled in case of a leak. The case is also great to use at home to store makeup or jewelry. Includes a zippered mesh compartment. Available in several pretty designs they retail for $9.97 and are available at Walmart stores nationwide.


    Royal Caribbean Cruises

    Eight of us will be cruising. For a couple of our team members it will be their third Royal Caribbean cruise, for others our second, and for some their first. Regardless of how many times you've cruised with them, each ship and port is a new adventure. Royal Caribbean's fleet of ships offers every imaginable activity for the entire family as well as luxurious accommodations, a bounty of gourmet delights and fun shore excursions. What's your fancy? Rock Climbing...Ice Skating ...Wave Pool...Water Slide? You'll find it on royalcaribbean.com. Visit them today and start planning your ultimate getaway. ☼


    Chic Giveaway! ~ One lucky reader will win the prize of their choice from our gift closet.

    To Enter: email chicluxuries@nc.rr.com and include the following:

    • "Gone Crusin'" in the subject line
    • your first and last name
    • complete mailing address
    • twitter id 
    • facebook name 
      If entering our giveaways, we ask that you like/follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest as well as our generous sponsors. Thank you!

      If you wish to tweet about this giveaway, sample tweet below for your convenience ~
      #Win the prize of your choice from @ChicLuxuries' gift closet in *Chic Travels Winter Cruise Getaway* ow.ly/sLxuJ #Giveaway

      Contest ends 11:59 PM ET March 3, 2014. Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older.

      Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this editorial. 




       

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