Monday, August 19, 2013

Cover Your Eyes

Although summer is almost over, that's no reason to put away your specs...sunglasses that is!  Here are 6 reasons why...3 of which are perfectly Prada!



 PRADA PRADA PRADA!




Thanks for sharing Neiman Marcus

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pre-Paid Life Saver - TechSTYLE

I'm always traveling and jet setting around covering various press events to bring to my StyleMayvin readers and recently while in the airport after yet another flight, in my exhaustion I mistakenly flushed my phone... yes, in the toilet.  I had just arrived on my 3 day trip and there was really no time to find a dealer location to get a replacement. Yup...panic mode.

So just a little back story here...I've never, I repeat NEVER destroyed a phone.  All the way back to the days of my 5 lb, old school Nokia phone with the antenna, I have not broken, let alone flushed any cell phone I've ever owned so...however unfortunate, I guess it was finally my time.

Thankfully, I had a pre-paid phone that I was just getting around to reviewing and what a little life saver it was! Introducing the Nokia Lumia 521 Windows phone.


Not being able to communicate, not to mention having to obstain from being "socially media active" was, shall we say painful?!? That is until I turned on the Nokia  Lumia 521. 

The mere mention of the word "pre-paid" when referring to a phone gives the preconceived notion that the features and options will be sub par. In this case, that's so not the case!

Get great features at a great value are what you will get with the Nokia Lumia 521! I was able to snap and share photos via all of my social media outlets using the 5 megapixel camera.  I quickly fell in love with using the Windows 8 platform and touchscreen display. It made for super easy browsing and I was even able to listen to songs with Nokia music. Plus the 4" touchscreen literally put everything I needed right at my fingertips.



Here are some of the awesome features I enjoyed while using this phone: 
  • Browse the Web, download content, and stream media faster on T-Mobile’s 4G network. 
  • Windows Phone 8: The only phone with Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to what matters most. It’s the smartphone reinvented around you. Meet yours.
  • No Contracts
  • Monthly fee of only $50 
  • People Hub: Skim your friends' status posts, see their latest photos, or post your own updates right from the Hub
  • Windows Phone has mobile versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint for working on the go.
  • Call normally, or use Wi-Fi when you don't have cellular reception.
  • GPS with Navigation: Get your real-time location on maps and driving directions.
So, you ask, did I keep the pre-paid since I loved it so much or did I decide to go back to using my iPhone? Well...this one will be a cliff hanger. Stay tuned for the next TechSTYLE post for the answer. *High Climactic Music"  Dun, Dun, Duuuuun....  

Who is Phoenix Keating?

Here's the buzz...one of my favorite PR firms, L.E.R. PR now represents Phoenix Keating! And this amazing Australian designer that will be launching his first collection in the U.S. this fall for Spring/Summer 2014.



 Fashion designer, Phoenix Keating established his eponymous fashion label in 2009 and it wasn’t long after that his daring designs began to capture the attention of A-list stars like Lady Gaga. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Keating always had an eye for the dramatic and from an early age aspired to be an actor. Yet, by the age of 17 when working on a high school project that involved the design of a two-piece outfit, Keating knew that fashion was his calling. I love these types of stories! Dreams = Reality when you work for it!

Shortly after finishing school, Keating turned his entire focus to design and his first collection in Spring/Summer 2009, launched to rave reviews from local Australian press. Infusing each piece in his collections with a touch of eccentricity, drama and creativity, one can never mistake a Phoenix Keating design, and his attention to expert tailoring shines through from season to season.

Keating’s designs are always inspired by powerful, strong women (and of course that's what I live for!) who can stand their own ground in any situation. Each collection is accompanied by a story that he creates, and predominantly presents a fusion of retro and ultra-modern inspiration. The juxtaposition (<---i a="" and="" be="" both="" classic="" collection="" created="" each="" futuristic="" is="" keating="" love="" nostalgic.="" of="" p="" progressive="" that="" the="" to="" trademark="" with="" word...sidebar="">

Phoenix continues to push the limits of fashion with his passion and flare, and as the line debuts in the U.S. market for the first time in Spring/ Summer 2014, the Phoenix Keating vision is set to reach new heights.


For more information on Phoenix Keating or to browse the current collections, please visit www.PhoenixKeating.com.

All Things Green


Do you love all things green? I know I do! And no, I'm not speaking of the color green but all the fabulous and stylish things that are being produced to bring awareness and ultimately help save our environment. So green is good...indeed!

Apparently Adrian Grenier agrees.  How nice of him to open up his home to enlighten us on SHFT.com, a company he co-founded with Peter Glatzer. Anything he does is always super cool and for this event, they offered a first look of their picks for the coolest of the cool...the latest green products to take on a road trip this fall or give to family or friends for the holidays. Take a look at a few of my favs!











And Ford of course, has the ultimate green gift, the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid! They offered rides during the event in their latest electrified vehicle to hit showrooms delivering more than 100 MPGe! 




Caged Style

Can you ever imagine that you would enjoy, even lust over being in a cage? Well, I never thought it possible but Rebecca Minkoff has made me truly want to be encaged...well, at least from the ankle down.  Her new Derea caged heels are like a breeze of fresh fall air.  Wouldn't you agree?



This is an awesome transition from Fall into Winter style and it looks comfortable to boot! :)


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Virtual TravelSTYLE?

I don't know about you but when I first discovered that fabulous little green bottle of mineral water, San Pellegrino, it was love as first taste.  Pair that with the experience of my very first trip to Rome and I've got memories that last a lifetime.



Many Americans have a love affair with Italy – its people, art, cuisine and lifestyle. Its hills and piazzas evoke the vivid pleasures of life with timeless beauty. The pure enjoyment of life and the richness that Italians experience is like none other. I was totally unprepared for the level of awe and excitement I was in for during my first trip to Italy with my BFF.


Today, San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages kicks off ‘Three Minutes in Italy,’ the first ever telepresent escape to Italy. What is a "telepresent escape" you ask? Its a first-of-its kind venture that lets you step into the Italian lifestyle right from your own computer. Such an ingenious idea right?

The San Pellegrino brand is giving you a chance to enjoy the Italian lifestyle for yourself. Wouldn't you love to take a break from the ordinary by immersing yourself in the beautiful village of Taormina, Sicily? Of course you would! Engage in the culture and heritage, take in the traditional architecture and the picturesque vistas and even converse with local Italians. It’s truly the ultimate momento!




And now that I've gotten you all excited...you ask "HOW?"! Through an application on Facebook, consumers can choose between two live experiences. The first is an interactive experience that allows users to “stroll the streets” by controlling a ground-based robot for three minutes.  Through a two-way audio/video connection with built-in language translation capability, users can interact with the locals, for example, practice their Italian. The second allows for a more scenic, relaxing experience. Consumers can use the “Skybot” to take in the stunning vistas from high above and enjoying the  breathtaking views of the unforgettable Sicilian coast. It's really almost like being there in person!

Click HERE to experience Italy for yourself!!! But don't wait too long! From August 7th – 17th experience ‘Three Minutes in Italy’ by visiting: www.facebook.com/SanPellegrinoFruitBeverages.

Crossover Without Compromise - AutomotiveSTYLE

My friends at Mazda are always very good to me and driving their cars really do make me want to say "Zoom Zoom" but what about the crossovers?  You know, some call them compact SUV's, but when it comes to the CX-5, I call it awesome!


With a sleek, stylish design and the ever recognizable front grill, this is the perfect car for a growing family, an adventurous couple or even a fashionable woman like myself. It looks just as fabulous coming as it does going!


Like Miley Cyrus rocking this red jumpsuit at the Rachel Zoe NYFW show back in February, this vehicle is smoking hot.


And the style doesn't stop on the outside... the interior is just as chic.


So, here's the deets:
  • Available Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry & Start System
  • Available 8-way power adjustable driver's seat
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control and available three-level heated front seats
  • Up to 64.8 cubic feet of cargo space
  • 4 - wheel disc brakes with ABS and Brake Assist
  • Traction Control System
  • Blink Spot Monitoring
  • Tire-Pressure Monitoring System
Find out more about the Mazda CX-5 HERE.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Top 5 Fall Must Have's

Normally what I love most about Fall is layering!  I simply love all of the layers of clothing I am able to pull together to make a look fabulous but this season, I thought it best to venture outside of that and not just bring you the newest "fashion fad" but real trends that are classic in their own right.

So my top pick is the Ankle Boot. I remember having quite a few pairs of ankle boots over 10 years ago and when the craze of the "bootie" hit, I think this boot took a bit of a back seat but they're back and better than ever!


The hand held bag. Yes, believe me I still love my clutch bags but a great addition to the collection is something like this.


Number 3 on the list was fighting for the top spot in my mind simply because I absolutely adore motorcycle jackets. It's something about that hard, yet chic look that just screams sexy.  Wouldn't you agree?


The turtleneck!  Now that's an oldie but goodie for sure. It's perfect for any fall outing and in a neutral color like black or cream, you simply can't go wrong.


And finally, rounding out the list at #5...The white coat.  Ok, so I know it's gonna be more difficult than difficult to keep this baby clean but I say, go chic or go home! This is how you do style the right way.

Photo Courtesy: Harpers Bazaar

Tundra Takeover - AutomotiveSTYLE

Any time I have the opportunity to hang out with the Toyota group of associates, I jump at it! Not only do I always have a great time, I also learn so much about the newest and the greatest from the company.

So what's new, you ask? How about the 2014 Toyota Tundra?


Now just what, might you ask, would a fashion forward girl like myself know about this type of truck? Well, the first time I was every under the wheel was sitting on my Dad's lap in a truck very much like this one. Personally, I think a woman looks all kinds of sexy stepping out of a huge, commanding vehicle like this one 

The redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra half-ton full-size pickup truck adds dramatically bold elements of design, refinement, quality and craftsmanship, while building upon Tundra’s well-known reputation for reliability, efficiency and function, making it the most STYLISH, value-driven and capable Tundra yet. 

Check out my favorite interior color combination! Suede inserts anyone? Talk about style!





Tundra has three trim levels (Limited, Platinum and SRS) and offers three cab styles: two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab, and the super-sized four-door CrewMax. Tundra Regular Cab and Double Cab models are offered in standard bed (78.7-inch) or long bed (97.6-inch) configurations, while the CrewMax comes with a 66.7-inch bed. All beds are 22.2-in. deep. All that means is, this is a whole lotta truck and good things come in 3's! Just like the StyleMayvin, the Tundra and a stylish new camper. Glamping road trip anyone?



From staying the magnificent Nemacolin Woodlands Resort...






...ziplining and target practice...



Fashion and rifle handling at its finest, literally. :)


...to fine wining & dining, graceful Pennsylvania views... 






...and, most importantly off roading experiences, I couldn't have had a better time! 




Yeah...I did that!

For more information on the 2014 Toyota Tundra visit the Toyota website! Trust me, You've gonna love what you see!