This is the last of the three handbags I’m featuring from Galian New York‘s latest collection and it might be my favorite! I love the metallic sheen as well as the shape and size of the bag. I appreciate that it comes with optional straps (15-21″) so I can wear it crossbody and like I keep mentioning, the price points for Galian New York are so reasonable!
Mint green sequins might be the best thing that ever happened to me. 😉 I’ll leave it at that and let the photos speak for themselves! Ha!
These photos were actually taken in October on my birthday (right before my party, thanks to Rachel and Brittanny) but I had to save them for this time of year! 🙂 I scored this Alice + Olivia dress on clearance a few months ago and the blue sequins are everythingggggg. I added links to some gorgeous blue sequin dresses on the bottom of the post because how else do you celebrate the new year if not with the most sequined, blinged-out dress you can find?!
On another note…. I hope it’s ok if I use this space to vent for a second. I’m not sure if it’s the time of year or what exactly it is, but I’ve been noticing quite a few bloggers recording their personal weight loss journeys on their blogs and offering weight loss advice for their followers. Maybe it’s because I’m a social worker or maybe it’s because I lost a dear friend to an eating disorder when she was just 21 years old, but I find it dangerous to give weight loss advice to others for two reasons. Firstly, we all have different bodies with different needs so what works for one person might be completely opposite of what another person needs. Maybe one person finds being vegan her key to health while another person needs their turkey or red meat to be strong and healthy. One person might find that eating less carbs is good for their body while another person needs more carbs to fuel their brain and body. But just because you found something that works for YOU, it doesn’t mean that you are now an expert with a degree in dietetics and know what everyone needs. And when you have young and impressionable readers, it is so important to watch how you talk about diets and bodies.
And secondly, I find that focusing on a number on the scale causes us to to lose sight of what the real focus should be; living a balanced and healthy life regardless of body size. We have enough judgement and prejudice against overweight people in our society. I see people suddenly “care” about the wellbeing of a complete stranger because “omg, it’s just so unhealthy to be at that weight!” And really? Did you see their blood test results? Can you see their unhealthiness just oozing out of their pores? We are all worthy of acceptance as we are and if you’re lucky enough to have a blog with a big audience, why not use that platform to bring about positivity and acceptance; not perpetuate the twisted belief in our society that you’re only worthy and “good enough” if you’re thin? Self acceptance doesn’t have to mean that there’s no room for growth or change; it just means that you are ok and worthy of love whether you’re a size 0 or 28. To take care of myself, I end up unfollowing bloggers who record their diets and weight loss because it’s unhealthy for me to be reading that. I don’t need to hear about how “omg I gained so much weight, I’m fat, it’s disgusting.” I’d love to be cheering you on your path to health and balance without body bashing and diet talk.
One of my favorite accessory stores is Elaine Turner; not only because the brand is filled with gorgeous shoes, bags, jewelry, and accessories, but because Elaine uses her business to spread awareness and raise funds for many different charities. In one of the Elaine Turner YouTube videos, Elaine discusses that the inspiration behind lining her handbags in a hot pink color is in honor of her mother’s battle with breast cancer. She opens her boutiques for weekly charity events focused around women and children and it’s examples like these that make the Elaine Turner brand even more special to me. Today, I’m featuring the beautiful Angelina Snake Noir Clutch and I love the embossed black leather mixed with the light gold bamboo clasp. It exudes luxury and makes for the perfect holiday party clutch!
If you want a glimpse into the Elaine Turner brand, you must check out her fun YouTube series. Just watching Elaine makes me laugh and want to hang out with her but I also feel so inspired watching her turn her business into an incredible platform to just GIVE back. Check out the trailer and let me know if you spot me in the latest episode here (hint: I’m wearing a bright coral dress at around 2:45 🙂 )! I also loved watching this episode where Elaine talks about her inspiration behind the brand.
I’m super excited to share an exclusive promo code for you guys to use just this week on your purchase from Elaine Turner! Just use the code ASEQUINLOVEAFFAIR20 for 20% off your purchase.
It’s not easy finding clothing boutiques in Brooklyn that aren’t overpriced but Jupe NYC consistently has beautiful, trendy and unique pieces while still being really affordable (I’m wearing Jupe in the sequin bomber, jeweled midi skirt, and chevron blouse). I’m wearing two more pieces from the boutique and the back bow detailing on this shimmery burgundy sweater completely won me over. I’m loving this outfit for a modest holiday look!