Happy November!! Shop our BUY 2, GET 1 FREE SALE

Posted on: November 3, 2017

Hi there,

Happy November! The holidays are here… and so is our fan-favorite Buy 2, Get 1 FREE sale, happening now through November 7th! Whether you’re looking to add a bit of wonder to your winter look, or get ahead on holiday shopping with customized gift sets, don’t miss this chance to sparkle and save on all orders sitewide – including our NEW Holiday 2017 collection, Flights of Fancy!

Plus, don’t forget that members of our Passport Rewards program enjoy Free Shipping at $100 and 15% rewards credit on every purchase. Not a member yet? Sign up today through the link below!

As always, every purchase you make will arrive straight to your door in our festive new c+i packaging. Designed in NYC, our jewelry is hypoallergenic, nickel-free and lead safe, and backed by our Lifetime Guarantee!

Click through below to explore our oh-so-giftable collections, along with my all-time favorite pieces. And feel free to reach out with any questions or for styling suggestions – I’ll be your personal shopper this season!

xo,
Emily DeSouza
My Online Boutique
As always, thanks for reading, following along and support my journey!


Holidays with Friends at Black Barn Restaurant NYC

Posted on: December 15, 2016

I love this time of the year!

A time to spend with loved ones, a time of giving, a time to reflect and a time to celebrate. This year I had the pleasure of celebrating a milestone birthday holiday style with my beautiful friend and fellow blogger Ellese of Rock Paper Glam. Her special evening was celebrated at: Black Barn Restaurant located at: 19 E 26th street. Black Barn NYC is an upscale, elegant and classy restaurant that serves American fares with a barn inspired chef’s table experience. With a plethora of choices to offer even gluten-free and vegan fares that will surely satisfy your tastebuds and tummies. If you’re looking for a place to host your holiday party or any party look no further, Black Barn NYC is the place and trust me when I say this, YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!!

The evening was filled with many smiles, laughs, champagne and delicious food. We were served in one of their private rooms to enjoy a four course meal that consisted of fresh, decadent chef’s favorites that were devoured by us all. Let’s just say our tummies were thankful and full. It was an amazing evening for us all to come together to share a meal, celebrate the lovely Ellese and her 30th Birthday and to add more memories to cherish forever! Hopefully you were able to catch my Instastories(@SocialFashionistaBeauty) and Snapchat(SocFashBeaut17) to see all the fun that evening A great experience for my 1st time to Black Barn and it certainly won’t be my last.

  

Photos Taken By: @SocialFashionistaBeauty, @ElleseLauner, @Whatthedoost, @EnlightenedByBravery and @Frasen9

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A Special Thank you to Ellese for hosting a beautiful evening and for having me and to Black Barn Restaurant for the fresh, delicious and phenomenal food and for hosting us all!

Book your next party at Black Bar Restaurant

Happy Holidays Everyone!

As always thanks for reading, following and support me in my journey!


Shop Small Business’s this Holiday Season: Fashionably Chic Gift Ideas

Posted on: December 2, 2016

 

Looking for right-on-trend gift ideas?

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Check everyone off your list this holiday with great giftables from our C+I collection all available on my boutique: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilydesouza. Exclusively for our #friendsandfamily: enjoy 40% off a hand-picked collection of our faves beginning now until tomorrow. PLUS 25% off our entire collection until 12/8 with code FFHOL16! All season long, select a sparkly FREE gift on all $125+ orders (+ receive FREE SHIPPING)!

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Are you a Chloe or an Isabel?

What style will rock this season? 

Contact me today for styling tips, accessorizing advice and for all your fashion styling needs!

Thank you for supporting my small business this holiday season! As always thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey.


Giving Tuesday: Child Cancer Awareness Week + Spina Bifida

Posted on: November 29, 2016

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#GivingTuesday is a day known globally that falls on the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving holiday. The main contributors to fuel #GivingTuesday is thru the power of social media and collaboration. The cause kicks off the charitable season where many can focus on the holidays, the end of the year and the time to give back. The best way to get involved in #GivingTuesday is within your local community. For more information go to: givingtuesday.org. 

Two of the causes that i’m supporting this year is Spina Bifida and Child Cancer. Two causes that hold a special place in my heart. If you can find it in your hearts to help out, spread the word and give back it would mean the world to me and many others. Know that your donations and voice can go a long ways. Gifts are tax deductible.

To learn more about Spina Bifida go to: spinabifidaassociation.org

Spina Bifida Association

Get on the grid by helping the cause: www.givinggrid.com/sba-givingtuesday/

To learn more about Child Cancer go to: https://www.stjude.org

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Be part of the solution and help those in need. I intend to populate my Instagram and all social media accounts with children’s characters for Child Cancer Awareness week. In addition to bringing awareness, please don’t forget to donate! Every cent counts! You can donate to stlukes.org/donate 

How will you help today? 

I hope you too can join the cause and help out this season. You support would mean the world to me and many others. As always thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.

 

 

 


Lifestyle & Holiday Inspiration: Eat, Drink, and Be THANKFUL!! Friendsgiving, Holiday Inspiration, Recipes, and More! #HappyFlashbackFriday

Posted on: November 22, 2015

Hello Loves, and Happy Flashback Friday!! Here’s a little inspiration, My favorite recipes for the holiday season to add to your spread, and some holiday cheer and memories from 2015.

Happy NOVEMBER!! #HappyFlashbackFriday

November has been a great month so far, but can be at times the most stressful and hectic due to work obligations, industry events, and personal engagements that occur in all of our lives. But even through  all the madness with the holidays in full swing, and no matter how busy our schedules keeps us, I feel it’s vital and important keeping a balanced life, in all aspects.

 Balance I believe keeps our minds and souls happy and no to mention grounded. One of the things I’ve always practiced is continuing to ALWAYS count my blessings. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t do this. My husband and I remain grounded in all that we do, and we continue to count our blessings day in and day out. And during the holidays, this is the time where we think most about our families, friends, and how blessed and thankful we are to have you all in our lives. Our lives have become so full, complete with so many blessings and joy because of all the love and positivity in our lives. This is what life is to us. This is what keeps us going in life and we are reminded this daily.

With the holiday season in full swing, my husband and I had our 2nd annual Friendsgiving this past weekend (11/21/15). It was a great way to celebrate the start to the holiday season with some of our closest friends and family. With Thanksgiving in just a few days, we thought what better way to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy some Pre-Thanksgiving festivities than to celebrate and enjoy a night to eat, drink, and be thankful, all together.  While also adding more memories to the books. It was a great evening filled with lots of laughs, fun, and very full bellies. In this blog post,  I’m sharing some photos from the evening, some of my recipes from the night and what I love to make during the holidays, and some inspiration when planning parties like this one and other holiday get togethers. .

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Whenever I’m planning an event or hosting a party, I alway give myself time to plan and prep. For my Friendsgiving I alway plan in advance– the menu, decor,  table arrangements etc …. This years Friendsgiving I planned it out 3 months in advance, from setting the date and all the little and big details. Once we finalize a date, I sent out all the invites giving guest ample time to plan. The inspiration behind the decor and tablescape ideas came from either Real Simple Magazine, but I get a lot of my ideas and inspiration from Pinterest. Pinterest is a great source for just about anything. Check out my Pinterest page and boards at : https://www.pinterest.com/SocFashBeaut17/. I love reading up and exploring new ideas and creating things. For me, I LOVE a good DIY!  A good DIY project is right up my alley!!

As far as my menu, I get my inspiration either from Pinterest or my long list of my cooking channel shows on my DVR,  that I try and catch up on when I can.  I adapt a lot of my meals, making each and every meal uniquely mine and giving it a touch of my own cooking esthetic. I like to use a lot of Organic and natural ingredients as much as I can, so I can continue sticking to my healthy lifestyle even during the holidays.

Enjoy two of my recipes I featured that evening for appetizers and dessert.  Great to try and enjoy for during the holidays!! Try them out, take a picture and tag me using the hashtags #SocialFashionistaBeautyDoesTheHolidays #SocialFashionistaBeautyRecipes

RECIPES

HARVEST FRUIT, GOAT CHEESE, CHOPPED PECANS CROSTINIS

A quick and easy appetizer that combines juicy apples and grapes with creamy goat cheese and toasted pecans for elegant and flavorful bite.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. grapes quartered

  • 1 green apple diced

  • 4 oz. fresh goat cheese, broken into small pieces

  • ¼ c. fresh orange juice

  • ½ c. pecans, toasted

  • 1 French baquette & Olive Oil -or- Crackers

  • Honey to drizzle over Crostinis

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice your baquette into ½” pieces and heat up a pan on your stove. Brush the tops of each piece with olive oil. Brown each side of your crostini until its lightly browned then to allow to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, lightly toss the apples, orange juice, grapes, pecans and goat cheese.

  3. Top the crostinis or crackers with ¼ c. of the fruit mixture and serve immediately.

  4.  Drizzle with Honey to top everything off

    Plate and serve and enjoy these easy colorful and delish appetizer!

    Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies

 Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

  • For the filling:

  • 2 cups small diced (peeled) Granny Smith apples

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • 8 store-bought soft caramels, roughly chopped

  • Large flake sea salt

  • Egg wash (1 egg lightly whisked with 1 Tablespoon water)

  • Crystal sanding sugar (optional)

Directions:
Make the dough:
  1. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

  2. Add the cubed butter to the bowl and use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand.

  3. Stir in the sour cream (the dough will be very wet), and then turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface.

  4. Knead the dough a few times until it comes together, adding more flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough is too sticky to handle. Roll the dough into an 8×10-inch rectangle and dust both sides with flour before folding it into thirds as if you were folding a letter.

  5. Rotate the dough 90º and roll it out again into an 8×10-inch rectangle. Fold the dough again into thirds then wrap it securely in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes while you make the filling.

  6. Make the filling:

  7. In a small bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and flour, stirring until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.

  8. Assemble the pies:

  9. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

  10. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unfold it onto a well-floured surface, rolling it out to a 14×14-inch square.

  11. Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter or cup, cut out as many circles as possible. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting out circles until you run out of dough, ensuring you end up with an even number of circles. (You should have approximately 20 3-inch circles.)

  12. Place six of the dough circles on a Silpat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Spoon a small portion of the apple filling into the center of each circle, leaving enough of a border around the filling. Top the apple filling with a portion of the chopped caramels and a pinch of sea salt. Place a second dough circle atop each filled circle then use a fork to crimp the edges together, sealing each pie.

  13. Brush each pie with the egg wash, and using a sharp knife, cut two or three vents on the top of each pie. Sprinkle the pies with crystal sanding sugar (optional).

  14. Bake the pies for about 15 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.

  15. Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Repeat the filling and baking process with the remaining dough circles.

  16. The cubed apples should be no larger than the size of corn kernels to ensure they become tender during the quick 15-minute bake time.

  17. Large flake sea salt is available in most supermarkets.

  18. If the dough is too firm to work with after refrigerating, allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting out the circular shapes.

  19. If the sour cream in the dough makes it too sticky at any point in the rolling out process, just simply sprinkle a pinch of flour atop the wet areas and continue rolling.

    Plate and serve. These are so great and you won’t feel guilty about all the calories, because they are mini, cute and oh so delicious!! Enjoy!

This year I’m thankful for….

My husband has been my rock and a huge support from day one, now and always. Always cheering me on in all my endeavors and projects that I’ve taken on this year. Always loving me and putting me and our family first. And for all the things he does for us and for our future.

For my friends who’ve always kept me grounded, always keeping a smile on my face and bringing  laughter and joy in my life.. Keeping all the positive loving vibes flowing.  Grateful for moments like these with them. Always reminding me to smile always, laugh often, stay carefree, and ALWAYS eat well!

For the family whose been there for me through thick and thin and remain a positive light in my life. The people I can call on and count on and whom I’m grateful to have in my life. Those near and dear to my heart. I am who I am today because they’ve been a huge part in shaping the person I am today.

What are your favorite recipes for your holiday spread?

What are you Thankful for?

For more inspirational moments and thought,, recipes and more stay tuned!