Monday, June 24, 2013

You Can Make It In New York

One of my favourite songs of all time is by Alicia KeysEmpire State of Mind. Even though I myself cannot carry a tune, I love to blast this song. It is totally inspiring and makes you feel like – “Wow if only I lived in NYC I would be uber-uccessful right now because that is where dreams really do come true!”

Check out this verse and imagine Alicia singing it out:
Even if it ain’t all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I'm from New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothing you can't do
Now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New York!

I love the big apple! It is probably one of my favourite city escapes of all time and today I wanted to take a look at three fab designers from NYC that have already made it big. These three ladies show that NYC is the city that never sleeps and the place where dreams do come true! These lines have been featured in Cosmo, People, Lucky, In Style and even Oprah over the years.

Amrita Singh
Based in SoHo, NYC, Amrita infuses her fashion-forward pieces with the most beautiful traditions of Indian jewelry. I might not appreciate Indian food, but I do love their jewelry! It is so bold, bright and colorful! She is super popular for her bangles and is really known for creating statement necklaces, cocktail rings, chandelier earrings, and other celeb-worthy pieces that sparkle and shine.

Amrita’s creations have appeared in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Women's Wear Daily, O Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, In Style, W Magazine, and dozens of other fashion and lifestyle publications.
Her jewelry and accessories are worn by celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian and Katie Holmes.

KiraKira Jewellry
Suz Somersal started KiraKira in 2007, when she lived and studied jewelry and metalsmithing in Italy and Japan. I like this girl – she has really gone out into the world to see what is happening! In 2011, Suz moved across the world to NYC where she partnered with Whitney Blake. Outgrowing two apartments and three showrooms, KiraKira has shipped over 10,000 of KiraKira's signature fuchsia boxes to customers and boutiques around the world. She discovered the key to her success and is truly living the dream.
Now let’s talk style. KiraKira's aesthetic is modern but nostalgic, often sourcing inspiration from the nature and architecture of the world's most exotic locations. I love that some of her pieces are so delicate just like nature intended. She mixes vintage with modern and it just works!
These pieces have appeared in Self, Star, Cosmopolitan, InTouch, People, Harpers, Lucky, Redbook, Teen Vogue, Women’s Health, Martha Stewart Weddings and dozens of other fashion and lifestyle publications.
Her jewelry and accessories are worn by celebrities including Katie Couric, Maggie Grace, Demi Lovato, Katherine McPhee, and Alison Sweeny.
Roberta Chiarella
Born & raised in Queens NY, Roberta graduated with a degree in graphic design & communications from Parson's School of Design in New York City. Roberta has worked in various roles for Clinique, L'Oreal, Ralph Lauren, Paloma Picasso, Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent. This lady has got it going on. She has worked for some of the biggest names in fashion and then was able to make it on her own!

This couture jewelry collection is designed in New York City and handcrafted in Rhode Island. The designs are beautifully finished and plated with the finest metals, 22kt. gold and platinum- glass, semi precious stones and SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS. Everyone who knows me – knows I love the bling without the high price tag. These pieces definitely make a statement and will cause other women to say “heh – where did you get that?”.
These pieces have appeared in Ladies Home Journal, Red Book, Glow, Audrey, Brides, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, People, Lucky and dozens of other fashion and lifestyle publications.
Her jewelry and accessories are worn by celebrities including Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Paige Davis and many more!
Don't you love a great success story?  I do!  Which of these designers to you like or is there someone else you think we should be looking at?
Until next time... stay looking fab!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Who's Your Daddy? A Father's Day Gift Guide

Who’s Your Daddy?

A Father`s Day Gift Guide

Dad’s come in many shapes, sizes and personalities but one thing they all have in common is that they are super hard to buy for!  I always find it so challenging to find something great for my dad.  Yes, yes, I know he will always love a case of beer but that doesn’t exactly shout out “I love you and thanks for being a great dad” does it?  Here are some of the types of dad’s that might be out there in our universe.

The Most Powerful Dad in the Galaxy!

Darth Vader dad is a man of mystery.  Sure you know a lot about him but it is really only what he wants you to know – that he is powerful and that you should never cross him.  If you think straight A’s, varsity athletics, or charity work is going to impress this dad think again!  You had better get you a** home on time and don’t ever speak back to him or your mother. He rules with a heavy hand and has an empire to back him up. There really is only one gift for this dad – a miniature version of himself. Luke may the force be with you!

Keyword Search: Darth Vader

The Man of Steel Dad

Just like Clark Kent he is kind of quiet, reliable and nice to your friends but anytime there is a problem Super Dad appears!  He is a problem solver and always willing to give a hand to those in needs.  He likes to stick up for the underdog and take on the villain.  He is the dad that kids love and respect; adore and honor; and, obey and follow. This is the dad that swoops in to save the day!
Keyword Search: Superman

The “James Bond” Dad - AKA 007

Like James Bond, your dad that is always off on a mission.  He has places to be and people to see.  Dressed to the 10’s and ready to take on the town or anyone who gets in his way?  He has impeccable taste that cannot be confined to any single genre. He looks good, drives a perfectly washed-and-buffed luxury car, enjoys only the choicest single malts or cigars and always seems to have just the right gadget to make life easier. He is also a sucker for helping beautiful ladies in distress.
Keyword Search: James Bond

The “Trekie” Dad

Anyone who is a true Trekie cannot keep this secret in the vault.  Your dad likes “to go boldly where no man has gone before”... even if it is just to a new restaurant or park down the street!  He is full of adventure and is always amazed at nature’s awesomeness. You can either go with him or stay home – it doesn’t matter to him but just remember “You are the one missing out”!  He is one of the good guys!
Keyword Search: StarTrek

The “Joker” Dad

Sometimes you might feel like your dad is a super villain because of all the embarrassing moments he has caused you with the tricks he likes to play on you and your friends.  Not only can he dish it but he can also take it and loves it when a good prank is also pulled on him.  This is a dad that likes to laugh and there is never anything too serious to talk about.   All your friends tell you how awesome your dad is.
Keyword Search: Joker

The Athletic Dad

This is the dad that is still superfit... or maybe he has a bit of a belly but one thing is for sure he likes to relive his glory days – you know when he was an all-star hockey player on that farm team so many eons ago. He still thinks he is a super athlete and wants to relive his professional dreams through you, his rightful heir to athletic success!  He is the coach of your teams and likes to make sure everyone knows who is running the play!
Keyword Search: Joe Jock

The “Do Everything Yourself” Dad

Hire someone to do what?  Not while your dad is around!  He’s never met a problem he hasn't been willing to take on himself, and he’s a tireless tinkerer, and will travel far and wide to get just the right tool or part. Take the car to a mechanic to change the oil – why bother – he can do it himself.  Everyone knows that this Dad likes a beer or two either during or after every good project. 
Keyword Search: Tool Time

The Tech Dad

A tech dad is easy to spot. He knows everything about computers, cell phones, digital cameras, the Internet, gaming systems and all things technological.  He texts and browses with the latest Smartphone, keeps his computer running smoothly with all the latest software updates and won’t be caught dead watching Game of Thrones on anything less than the best-reviewed HDTV and programming device.
Keyword Search: BBQ

The BBQ King Dad

Always grilling and always thrilling!  This dad loves to be the master of his own domain.  He is hands on in the kitchen and loves to entertain.  The perfect host and his motto is the more the merrier.  There is always more than enough food and drinks to go around.
Keyword Search: BBQ
The Dad that Still Be-Leafs:
The Toronto Maple Leafs were toasted from the playoffs in grizzly fashion — and now you can make sure dad remembers his beloved team’s meltdown every morning with toast featuring the Leafs’ logo. Dad not a Leaf's fan? The line of cufflinks and wallets are available for all NHL teams and MLB team too!
Keyword Search: Hockey

My Dad is a combo between the Man of Steel Dad and the DIY dad, who’s your daddy?

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful and wacky dads out there!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

What Type Of Mom Do You Have?

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Not sure what to get Mom this year?  Never fear, Orangefish is here with some great gift suggestions based on what type of mom you have.... because even though we think they are all alike they are each very different!  

So which of the following is your mom? 

The Fashionable Fun Mom
She always likes to rock the latest looks and is never afraid to try the trend!  She also encourages you to try new things too!


The Magnetic Ring
Search Term: magnetic
The Marble Bangle Bracelet
Search Term: GAYM
Cowl Necklace
Search Term: Twea

The Elegant & Refined Mom
Always dressed to impress, everything is uber organized and when you are visiting you had better be sure to watch your p’s and q’s. 


Gold Business Card Case
Search Term: ice-
Sterling Silver Swarovski Crystal Crocheted Earrings
Search Term: tk-
Sloan Serenity Sampler Tea Collection
Search Term: Sloan

 The Favours Florals Mom
There are some mom’s out there that just love everything floral but instead of giving them flowers this year, give them a floral piece that will last a lifetime.


Buttercup Studs
Search Term:  rebecca
The Flower Shop Necklace
Search Term: roberta
Gold Rose Bud Studs
Search Term: marina

The Sentimental Mom
There is rarely a dry eye in the house – this mom loves to show you her love.  She has cards for every occasion and loves to give gifts just for the sake of making others happy.  This mom loves gifts that have some sort of meaning behind the item.


Mini Gold Heart Necklace
Search Term: jessie
A Mother Understands
Search Term: DVBNY
Hope Cup
Search Term: Hope

The Fitness-Loving Mom
Always on the go, trying new things and loves to stay active – she might be a runner, a golfer or a tennis pro but whatever she is into she loves it.


Do It Women’s Racer Back Tank
Search Term: viewspor
Tennis Tour Bag
Search Term: Amea
Pro Racing Socks
Search Term: ubfi

The Photo Snapping Mom
For the mom that likes to be behind the camera instead of in front of it.  Whether she loves snapping pictures of her family, nature or current news items this mom loves her camera and totes it around everyone – so why not give her some extra style for special events..



Tea Party Camera Strap
Search Term: bloomt
Star Struck Camera Strap
Search Term: bloomt
Stardust Camera Strap
Search Term: bloomt

The New Mom
Now all she is thinking about is her new little wee one... she has completely forgotten about herself.  Get her something that will help with her new lifestyle.

Diaper Bag
Search Term: Amea
The Charm Necklace
Search Term: tk-
Benbini Watch
Search Term: benbi

Martini Mama
This is for the mama that likes to shake and make... not bake!  There is always a new experimental drink in the house.  Let your mama shake... what she didn’t give to give you!


Martini Cosmetic Case
Search Term: martini
Martini Apron
Search Term: martini
Green Dots Martini Shaker
Search Term: martini

Vino Lovin Mom
Your mom’s favourite “flavour flav” involves fermented grapes and entertaining either at home or on the go.  There is always red, white and bubbly available, and ready to pour.

Provence Wine Barrel Platters
Search Term: wine b
Wine Barrel Pendant
Search Term:  wine b
Bicycle Wine Rack
Search Term: oopsm

The Cool Hip Mom
Easy, breezy, nothing is ever a big deal.  She would love to see you but also has her own to do list of activities that are on her bucket list.    You and your friends need a ride, or you need a babysitter – she is there and it is never a problem.

Mod “Marble” Earrings
Search Term: GAYM
Studded Stretch Bracelet
Search Term: Amrita
Leaf & Crystal Necklace
Search Term: gypsy

The Eco Friendly Mom
Once an activist always an activist.  Your mom is the recycling queen.  She loves making sure everything goes into the bin and tries to always make purchases that will not end up in the landfill.  Save the planet!

Love Bottles
Search Term:  loveb
Baby Got the Blues Bracelet
Search Term: roberta
Upcycled Beer Glasses
Search Term: artt

 The “Always Supporting a Cause” Mom
She’s not one for jewelry and knickknacks but does like to donate her time or money to a cause that will really help people, amimals or the earth! A thoughtful gift that gives back makes the perfect gift for her.

Indian Elephant Scarf
Search Term: elephant
I can make a difference
Search Term: DVBNY
Sseko Sandals
Search Term: sseko

The Uber-Organized Mom
In this household, everything has a place.  Lined up alphabetically or colour coordinated, might be the same system for all or different systems for every room or item but there is a method to  her madness.  Just make sure you put everything back where you found it.


Belle Dangles Organizer
Search Term: belled
Victoria Bra Bag
Search Term: brag
Unii Palette
Search Term: unii

The Friendly Mother-In-Law
Is there such a thing?  I am sure there must be.  If you have a mother-in-law who you actually like here are some simple suggestions for you.



Asymmetrical Pendant Necklace
Search Term: twea
Scarf & Charm Set
Search Term: oclaf
Nature Cheese Board
Search Term: talis

You love your grandma and wish you could see more of her.  She lived in simpler times and is starting to get just a little forgetful so why not brighten her day.

Bird on a Wire Socks
Search Term: sockit
Heartz Apron
Search Term: apron
Crystal Lanyard Eye Glass Holders
Search Term: lanyard

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Remember - Mama always knows best!  Hope you and your mom have an amazing Mother's day!
Enjoy the surf!

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