Handmade Greeting: 2011 Christmas Card (ta! da!)

I finished sending the first batch of holiday cards to friends and family last week. I’ll be sending the second batch tomorrow. This is an exciting time for me. I love wrapping gifts, making cards and most importantly, the holiday and new year cards I purchased at discounted prices throughout the year redeem their value and reward me for my early holiday preparation.

It may seem silly to buy holiday cards in March and April despite their discount, and many naysayers who see me shop probably think to themselves that I’ll only lose the cards before Christmas. But I know better. I feel great about not spending a dime on holiday cards especially because some of the finer paper cost a fortune!


That said, I have to admit I did spend under ten bucks on blank envelopes and blank cards to design a Christmas card for my etsy.com shop. 


Since most cards during the holidays (appropriately) look frosty and frigid, I decided to use warm tones this holiday. 
Are you sending Christmas cards this year?
If holiday cards aren’t in the budget this year, one great option is to spend time designing and personalizing e-Cards. PaperlessPost.com has tons of stylish options for free!

Have a warm and safe holiday season, everyone!
Pretty Pink Ponies
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Stop. Read this post before shopping… (images)

Is that new dress worth the splurge?  Let’s see how much cheaper it would cost to try and re-create the same designer look:


We can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship of a well-made designer dress.  However, sometimes, it makes very little difference in presentation whether or not what you’re wearing costs over 3x as much as much as a similar ensemble.

The few times high-cost in designer clothing can be worth the price you’re paying:

1)  The quality of fabric – cashmere, silk, leather, etc…
2)  Service – does the store offer great service (alterations?  selection?  appointment with qualified and informed stylists?  extensive knowledge on what makes the product unique?  etc…)?
3)  Shoes – Poorly made shoes are just plain bad for you.  They’re uncomfortable, they need to be replaced more often than well-made shoes, and they affect the “spring in your step”.
The key thing to remember is that THE WOMAN MAKES THE CLOTHES.  In the end, it’s YOU who dictates your presentation, not the garment – irrespective of its price or craftsmanship.
Cheers!
3P
(Sources:  experience shopping and buying too many clothes, experience working in clothing stores, pageant-training, conversations with salespeople, etc…)

Loehmann’s (coupon)

Loehmann’s coupon: Buy one pair of shoes/get 2nd pair 50% off.

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stores that offer alterations:

Save time by considering the option of getting your new slacks hemmed by the store from which they were purchased.  Usually, having your slacks hemmed by the store will cost you less money and time than taking them to a tailor…

Ranges between 7 to 15 dollars:

J.Crew
Banana Republic
Nordstrom
Club Monaco

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the sexy ‘santa monica stairs’ (img)

When we think of ideal physiques, we find healthy, strong, fit and flexible types to be best.  It’s important that one is able to move, dance, hold our friends and loved ones tightly and possess the energy to power-through tough days.

OUR PLAN:  Achieve an athletic and graceful dancer’s physique (a la Sophia Boutella)


Dancers seem to have the perfect combination of fluidity, grace and strength.  To appear graceful in one’s clothes yet feel confident and able to pack a mighty punch gives a girl a sort of edge noticeable in her walk.

 

EQUIPMENT OF CHOICE:  The [FREE] ‘SANTA MONICA STAIRS’

Realistically, our vision requires that we stop blogging right now, go outside and play in the beautiful summer weather until we feel absolutely great.  It’s free…It’s lovely…And, it’s fun!

See you out there!
note:  John Mayer not included

THE WORKOUT:  designed by Adam @ ADVANCED ATHLETICS:  
members:  view .pdf file of workout here.

A+plus (images)

A-line dresses/skirts…
Q:  how does one create this classically feminine silhouette?  

A:  glad i asked…wear another skirt underneath, of course (psst…it’s called ‘crinoline’ or ‘petticoat’)!

the buy one get one free sale @ Betsey Johnson this weekend is the best time to buy quality petticoats to wear underneath A-Line dresses and skirts.






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SERVICES/PRODUCTS:
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PROVIDED BY:
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LOCATION:
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EFFECTIVE DATES:
till July 5, 2011

Jimmy Choo at a discount: £550 million (article)

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Labelux to Buy Jimmy Choo 


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Labelux, a small holding company that already owns the Swiss shoe brand Bally, said it is buying the iconic stiletto label from TowerBrook Capital. Financial details weren’t disclosed, but earlier reports suggested Jimmy Choo was valued at £400 million to £550 million ($650 million to $895 million).
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Wait!!! Read this before splurging on that designer dress… (images)

Is that new dress worth the splurge?  Let’s see how much cheaper it would cost to try and re-create the same designer look:



While we can appreciate the craftsmanship of a designer dress, sometimes, it truly makes very little difference in presentation whether or not what you’re wearing costs over 3x as much as a much similar ensemble.
The few times high-cost in designer clothing can be worth the price you’re paying:
1)  The quality of fabric – cashmere, silk, leather, etc…
2)  Service – does the store offer great service (alterations?  selection?  appointment with qualified and informed stylists?  extensive knowledge on what makes the product unique?  etc…)?
3)  Shoes – Poorly made shoes are just plain bad for you.  They’re uncomfortable, they need to be replaced more often than well-made shoes, and they affect the “spring in your step”.
The key thing to remember is that THE WOMAN MAKES THE CLOTHES.  In the end, it’s YOU who dictates your presentation, not the cost of the garment.
Cheers!
3P
(Sources:  experience shopping and buying too many clothes, experience working in clothing stores, pageant-training, conversations with salespeople, etc…)

on sale

visit sale
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kenneth cole sale

    sales ends tomorrow..

l.f. sale!

see you on larchmont boulevard!!!

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loehmann’s coupon

loehmann’s is a great place to find hidden treasures.  $10 off coupon expires May 15th.

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bobbi brown event

This May, attend bobbi brown’s event, “secret of the universe” at Bloomingdale’s in Sherman Oaks and/or NM in Beverly Hills and learn a thing or two, will ya???
Not in SoCal???  Check out these other event locations nationwide by clicking here.


Saks 5th Ave.

Friends & Family 20% Off starts today online..
Code: FRIEND3

Antique + Vintage + Modern furnishings = GREAT TASTE! (images)

(I HAVE to HAVE this antique typewriter!)

(modern table of solid Vermont wood)

(amazing contempo chandelier)

(Japanese resin serving tray – unmatched quality)

(percussion instrument played by store owner)

(High-art European piece)

(modern chair + antique locker storage unit + ’50s hula dancer)

(Antique desk, phone + typewriter + modern lighting, chair)

(beautiful lamps made by Los Angeleno sold ONLY to Los Angelenos)

(half off vintage pearl necklace)

(<3 the mustard seating)

(<3 this desk)
What do you get when combining a professional interior designer’s eye with an antique collector’s cultivated taste + 30 years of business running a store?
BRILLIANCE.

Antique Shopping on a Monday afternoon… (images)

(vintage cufflinks, buttons, chains, etc…)

(great deal for a Hollywood Regency Style stool)

(gorgeous trunk-themed vanity + wrought iron stool)

(vintage tufted leather chairs + Tiffany lamp)

(ceramic edamame dish)

(ceramic sake set)

(ceramic sushi set)

(vintage containers)

(love this shade of blue against darker wood)

(vintage soda pop machine)

(vintage jewelry – various crystals)

(vintage radio — fully functioning)

(vintage radio — fully functioning)

(vintage sterling vanity jars – engraved monogram)

(vintage sterling vanity accessories — engraved monogram)

(accent chairs)

(vintage chaise)

(animal print occasional chair)

(vintage telephone/clock/storage)

(Hollywood Regency dresser)
With the economic conditions in the last few years, there has been no market for antique collectibles.  Thus, many brick-and-mortar antique shops are closing down.
– great time to buy antiques 
– bad time to sell antiques
– contact me if you’re interested in any of the pieces shown here.
info @ myprettypinkponies.com

Bobbi Brown: Save 20%

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J.Crew: 20% off

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KATE SPADE 25% OFF – till April 9th

Friends and Family Sale till April 9th…