My Fitness Life Essentials

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Fitness Life Essentials



Keeping up with a healthy and consistent workout schedule is much easier when you are equipped with the right gear and tips. Some of my must haves include Fabletics clothes, the nike plus running app, Reebok Sublite running shoes (amazing cushioning), bright and happy headbands, my Bob Revolution jogging stroller for my little one to stroll in and my Merrithew Yoga mat for all the pilates workouts.



Christmas + Holiday Style

Friday, November 28, 2014



I love this time of the year for so many reasons, and being able to start wearing boots and layers is definitely one of them. Adding layers is also a fun and simple way to add style and warmth to your look. Since here in Florida our winter is really more of a fall, one of my go to looks during this time is a flowy skirt such as this liquid leather skirt, worn with a festively red plaid long sleeve top, knee high bots and a chic belt to tie the look together with. Then adding the one piece of jewery that brings this looks dressy factor up from 3 to 10 the instant you put it on. It's not called the Deco Drama for no reason, it truly adds that extra oomph to anything it's added to. I love the versatily of being able to wear it with a cotton tee and jeans or with a plaid shirt and skirt and have it complete the look instantly. That's one of the main reasons I love jewery so much, it's like the icing on top of the cake for your outfit. I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving with their family and happy shopping for the weekend! There is also a big 30-40% off sale on a lot of the jewelry on my online boutique to get your holiday shopping off to a beautiful + sparkly start!!


xo,

Alina

 

Summer Must Have - Maxi Love

Tuesday, July 22, 2014




When it comes to creating the easiest and most stylish summer outfit for myself or any of my clients, I go with a fitted tank top, a maxi skirt in an appropriate lenght for your height, sandals (flat for day and a slight heel for night) and a coordinating bag. Add a great fedora hat along with your favorite sunnies and you're ready to go and didn't spend too much time on selecting your emsemble for the day. A maxi skirt in a black, grey or geometric pattern is going to be the most versatile and easiest thing you will own for the summer. 

I found this is very easy to style because any color top will go with it and it's so easy to dress up or down depending on the accessories paired with it such as the shoes, bag and jewelry. For a night look, I would change up the flat sandals to black heel sandals, wear a dressier tank top and finish off the look with a cropped blazer. For the day, this casual cotton lavendar top and fedora hat work best for the sunny weather. I like to keep the jewelry simple with a gold mother of pearl pendant and a few light bracelets. I added an ivory bag to the look since I like to coordinate the color of the hat to the color of the bag. Hope you're all having a terrific Tuesday and I'll see you soon for a new fitness artcile on The Power of Pure Barre. 


xo,
Alaina
                      
              














Love Life And It Will Love You Back! Live Confidently, Creatively and Always Be Yourself!

C + I Sky Style Couture Launch With The Bloggers Block & OLounge

Sunday, July 20, 2014





I had my first formal launch for my new Chloe + Isabel jewelry line and was happy to have done it alongside The Bloggers Block and The Branding Club at the beautiful OLounge in Ft. Lauderdale. The event was filled with lots of style, blogging beauties and an amazing presence of media made up of great groups of people. The Bloggers Block is known for promoting the latest in fashion, beauty and lifestyle of South Florida and the world. Their quarterly events are brilliantly created to bring insight and awareness of local brands and businesses.

 They are longtime professionals in the media, PR and marketing industry and well known for showcasing and promoting popular local and international brands with a live blogging and social media presence. This was my second event that I hosted with The Bloggers Block and my good friend and CEO Dayana Brown. Her strong background in the media/event planning has made her events fun, successful and the happening place to be for bloggers, brands and the media. At this event I came back as a blogger and a brand which was a great experience. I look forward to many more events and networking with many great professionals within my industry who have great energy and enthusiasm for what they do.



With CEO of The Bloggers Block Dayana Brown.










With the lovely Aileen Van Pelt who is a former News Anchor and the writer of Newsyparents and Kristen Hewitt who is a television sports reporter, producer and blogger at Mommyinsports





Coming up at the end of the month is my interview on The Bloggers Block and my Chloe + Isabel jewelry line. 





Speaking at the event about how great it is to be a part of The Bloggers Block and introducing my My New Chloe + Isabel by Sky Style Couture website and my lifestyle blog.





With the beautiful OLounge PR girls Maria Celia Ares and Ana Gajardo in Ft. Lauderdale.





With my fellow blogging beauties Afroza Khan of The Chic Stylista, April Castoro of Aprilgolightly, and lovely world traveler Carmen Edelson of Carmens Travel Tips.


I feel extremely blessed to be in an industry with passionate, professional, intelligent and creative women who absolutely love what they do and have grace and style while doing it. Have an amazing week ahead everyone!

xo,

Alaina

Sky Couture Styling With Etiquette Boutique

Monday, June 30, 2014


I was asked to style at Etiquette Boutique's grand opening of their 2nd location of their popular womens boutique here in South Florida. It was a breeze finding beautiful and unique pieces to create a look with for my model. The clothes are very pretty and trendy which makes it effortless for me to create a beautiful look with them. The boutique is located in a new and chic shopping plaza at Unions Square Plaza in Ft. Lauderdale. 

This was not my first time visiting Etiquette, I went and checked out the boutique back in February and instantly fell in love with the decor, the design aesthetic and of course the fabulous clothes and accesorries. I instantly knew that whoever was in charge of handling  the selection process of the clothes which they carry had a chic, classic and very timeless eye for style. The pieces they carry range from boho to beautifully polished. One of my favorite accessories that they carry are the Pink Pewter jeweled headbands. I bought 5 of them the first time I was at Etiquette and still wear them all the time and mix them with my own pieces from my own jewelry collection. 

If you want to see some of the clothes that they carry, follow their Instagram account @etiquetteboutiques. They don't have online shopping available at this time but if you see something on their account and would like to purchase it, you can contact them and they'll bill you via paypal and ship your new purchase to you. They have some really stunning summer maxi dresses right now that I'm going to need in my closet stat. I had the pleasure of meeting the owners that are a mother and son team who also happen to be from my hometown state of Michigan. A stylish mother and a business savy son make for a very successful and stylish boutique. You can also follow their Facebook page for all the latest updates on all their current styles at Etiquette Facebook Page









A big thank you to my beautiful friend and photographer Kori Sumner with Exposed PR.








Pearls Are Always Appropriate - Day To Night

Tuesday, June 10, 2014






You can never go wrong with wearing pearls. No matter what the occasion, they can be dressed down for a picnic or dressed up for a night on the town. When styling the transition of this piece, you can see that I kept the necklace and ring the same, all that I switched up was the earrings and bracelet to create a dressier look. The small silver hoops and silver cuff dress it down for the day and the pearl stud earring with the bow pearl bracelet complete a perfectly classy look fit for any Audrey Hepburn fan. The bright blue clutch adds a pretty color pop to the look and makes it more lively then if it would be paired with the usual black. I would also style this with a silver clutch also. 

When it comes to statement accessories, investing in one piece that you love and can be styled many different ways like this one is a very smart investment. Also the nice thing about spending $168 on a pearl necklace is knowing that if anything ever happens to it, you have a lifetime guarantee of being able to send it back and get a new one stat. All the pieces here come with that and there's nothing more beautiful then good quality and knowing that your pieces are protected in case anything were to happen to them. Hope you're all having a terrific Tuesday!




xo,

Alaina


Nautical Summer Styling With Navy

Monday, June 9, 2014


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One of my favorite color combinations has always been that of navy and white. The perfect accessory that compliments any nautical look is anything with navy and silver in it. I love navy because it simply goes with any color, it's softer then black and it's very chic and sophisticated. If I had to pick my all time go to outfit, it's that of a white shirt and dark navy jeans/jean shorts. It's a look that can be dressed up or down by the accessories that are added to it instantly. 

During the day, a cotton tank-top and jeans can be dressed up by adding a very glitzy necklace or can be more casual by wearing it with sandals then dress it up later by switching up the sandals to navy heels for night time and add a beautiful white tailored blazer to your look and it changes completely. Also, convertible jewelry is also the best thing when it comes to the versatility of a look. For instance, the navy earrings you see listed as number 6 above are actually the same pair except one look can be worn just as studs or for a more dressed up look, you simply snap the chandelier part on for a more dressy look at night. Then number 1 is a wrap bracelet that can also be worn as a necklace.

They are a genius design and one of my new favorites from the new Tangier Collection. Wishing you all a lovely and stylish week! Look for new upcoming articles this week on my Pure Barre fitness journey and my latest jewelry launch event that I had at O Lounge last month. I will also be answering all of your styling questions that you all e-mailed to me in the past few months in some new YouTube videos coming up this month. 



xo,

Alaina

Neutral Look With Color Crush Accessories

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

              JC Sunglasses  | Necklace         Bracelet | Honeycomb Ring Leaf Ring           Turquoise Ring


Happy Wednesday everyone, hope your week has been great and productive so far. I'm having a busy week writing my first article for the July issue in UK's The Fashion Globe and getting things in order for my event this Friday at O Lounge in Ft. Lauderdale. I will be launching my new Chloe + Isabel by Sky Style Couture line which you all have become very familiar with lately. The event is from 6:00-10:00pm. and it will be the first time that everyone will get to view and shop my collection live and in person. If you want to check out the details to the event here is the info.


The reason I love this line so much is because it's gorgeous, made with the highest quality materials and carries a lifetime guarentee which not many other jewelry companies do. I love wearing a neutral outfit of white and tan, then adding all the color neccessary to the look with the bold accessories. The new collection is my absolute favorite mainly because of all the turquoise and pink that is incorporated into all the pieces. They are my top two favorite colors. There is something about the simplicity of a neutral look that I love dearly especially for the spring/summer months. Also if you want some recent fitness inspiration before it makes it's way over to the blog, follow my Instagram account here and get your daily fitspo. Happy Styling!



xo, 

Alaina

A Happy Mother's Day With Chloe + Isabel by Sky Style Couture

Tuesday, May 13, 2014



Hi everyone and welcome to my 50th article where I will be introducing you to my new Chloe + Isabel by Sky Style Couture jewelry line and let you get a personal look and feel behind my new brand. Chloe + Isabel is a fashion destination for creative and confident women. It is more than jewelry, it is a lifestyle brand with a genuine and unique personality, point of view, and mission. 

We take great pride in designing beautiful and high-quality pieces with the fashionable woman of today in mind! We stand behind our jewelry, and because of this, we offer a Lifetime Replacement Guarantee on all pieces. In the unlikely instance that you experience defect or damage, we will replace the item at no cost to you. We believe that top quality is a very beautiful thing and our pieces are always: Hypoallergenic, nickel-free, and lead safe. The jewelry is packaged in keepsake pouches perfect for gifts and are all branded with our signature Chloe + Isabel closure. Visit my Boutique here!


Across the C+I brand, you’ll notice these 3 influences:


1. France - From the bustling café culture of Paris, to the romantic lavender fields of Provence, the “joie devivre” and sophistication in France inspires all that we do.






2. Nature - From colorful flowers in full bloom, to common leaves and reeds, the natural world holds unlimited artistic inspiration. The beauty and complexity of mother nature informs all of our creative pursuits.




3. Vintage -The textures and tones of bygone eras inspire our brand aesthetic. An afternoon at a local flea market or antiques shop, searching for the ultimate vintage find, is always one well spent.





If any of you have questions on how to style any certain piece from my collection, you can always e-mail me at skycouturestyling@gmail.com and I will give you lots of tips and ideas on how to wear all your new pretty jewels. I will also be making more YouTube videos on different ways to style the jewelry.

Any of the Chloe + Isabel jewelry will look great on your friends and family and are sure to make them smile if they are getting any of the pieces as a gift. Pretty jewelry can change a woman's mood in an instant and it's the ultimate exclamation point to any outfit! My first gifts were to the two most important women in my life, my mom Lumy and my step mom Barbara which were over the moon in love with all the jewelry once they saw it and put it on. 





My mom is wearing the complete Heirloom Pearl collection here which consists of the earrings, bracelet and necklace. She knows quality jewelry and she thought that the entire collection looks like it's 10 times more expensive then it actually is. It's very classy and impecably made with extensive attention to detail and it shows in the crafting of each piece. 

I am wearing the limited edition Terrace Blooms Earrings with the Retro Glam Necklace.

























I gave my stepmom Barb the Seascape Earrings and they looked fabulous, especially if you have blue eyes, it really makes the color pop. She loved them so much I think she's been wearing them ever since she put them on. They are one of my favorites as far as a light everyday pair.  




                                                                  Seascape Drop Earrings





"A mother holds her daughter's hand for a while, but her heart forever."





Thanks so much to all my lovely readers for being with me for 50 articles and that you all love reading the blog as much as I love writing it. I love all the e-mails you all write me and I will be answering a lot more of your questions on my Questions With Alaina video series coming up soon. I wish you all a terrific & blessed week ahead and remember to never let anyone dull your sparkle!




Floral Print Dress - 5 Ways To Style It

Friday, May 2, 2014



Floral Print Dress | Same Dress In Blue Neon Pink Heels (Pamelia by Guess) | Gray Nine West Sandals  | MM Demi Azur Bag | Cropped Jean Vest | Cognac Wedge Sandals | White Blazer | White Chanel Bag | White Cardigan | Pink Skinny Belt | Fedora | Gold Necklace 







A classic and chic piece of jewelry is all you need to dress up any of these looks. Find it here for $58 



A floral print dress is something that can be styled in many different ways. Due to it's very lively print, it can stand to be worn alone without anything else added to the look except a pair of heels, a purse and a statement necklace and still look perfectly put together. When working with a vibrant print such as this, the jewelry must be kept minimal to balance out the structure of the dress.

For a more casual way to style it, pair it up with a cropped jean jacket and some comfy wedge sandals for daytime outings. To make it more work appropriate and business friendly add a fitted blazer and your all set for the office. 


The last look is what I call casually chic because adding a light cardigan over it with a thin pink belt and a fedora creates a great balance or dressy and casual that can be worn pretty much to any occasion except a formal one. The hat makes the look trendy while the heels keep it dressy. If you want to make the look even more casual you can replace the heels with a pair of dressy flat sandals. The choice is up to you, it will look great either way.


I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend and I'll see you next week with a new
Questions with Alina episode on the YouTube channel answering some of the styling questions you've all written to me and more. Stay blessed and stylish!


xo,


Alina





My Top Items For A Versatile Wardrobe This Season

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

                   
              1. White Blazer | 2. Pink Skirt | Another option



There's nothing I love more than a truly versatile piece that once you buy it, the options are limitless in how many different ways it can be styled. These are 6 of my favorite new pieces that I've been adding to all my clients wardrobe this season, including mine. 


1- The white blazer because you can wear it with jean shorts and heels and all of a sudden you just made jean shorts dressy

2- The pink skirt: it will take you from day to night by just switching out the flat day sandals for the heels at night. 

3- The cropped jean vest: it's the perfect piece for maxi dresses, strapless dresses and  can be thrown over anything like a simple white tee and it will pull together your look effortlessly. 

4- The classic white shorts: they can be worn to the beach with your bathing suit, to the park with a tee and for night time with a dressy chiffon shirt and a pair of stiletto pumps. 

5- The jeweled flat sandals: these babies will be your saving grace for spring/summer because every time you get into the "what shoes am I going to wear with this mode?"...they will be right there sparkling at you and the style dilemma is solved. 

6- The blue dress: this color and shade of blue will compliment everybody. It's pretty, classy and can be ready for office attire by adding a blazer and heels or can be worn at the park with your kids with a cropped jean vest and jeweled flats as a more casual look.


The most versatile pair of jeweled flat sandals are going to be those that have either all silver jewels, gold jewels or multi colored jewels like this pair of BCBGeneration pair. I got them in an all silver color last season and was thrilled to see a multi color option out now. Here they are, if you follow my Instagram account, then you have already seen my love for them. 









You will see me personally style these items many different ways soon in upcoming articles. Hope everyone has had a great start to their week and always keep on smiling and styling.



xo,

Alaina







Styling Spring Blush Pink

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Today I am styling blush pastel pink for the spring, I like to mix it up with a tan blazer, black & brown color block heels, black bag and statement jewelry from my Chloe+Isabel by Alina online boutique. Don't be afraid of soft pastel colors because once you add some neutral tones to it it's got a perfect blend of softness and business look to it. This is an example of a great work, church or dinner outfit and if you want to be more casual and the weather's warm then ditch the blazer and show those pastels off. 


I've had clients who never wore much pastel or pinks and once I styled their look in new ways they found that these colors that really add to the versatility of their wardrobe. Wishing you all a terrific rest of your Thursday and I'll see you back here tomorrow for some Styling Tips on what items are best to buy for versatile wardrobe this season. 



xo,
Alina