Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Capsule Jewelry Wardrobe

Just as having certain staples in your clothing wardrobe can simplify your dressing experience, have a capsule jewelry wardrobe can make accessorizing in the mornings a breeze. Here are Redbook's "jewelry necessities".

1. A Statement Necklace: Dress up any outfit in 30 seconds! Shop my fave, the Torsade!
2. A Statement Ring: By far the easiest way to add a pop of color to any outfit! Try a Cushion Cut Cocktail Ring
3. Hoop Earrings: Simple, classic, never out of style. These Crystal Pave Hoop Earrings are bound to become your go to earrings!
4. Stud Earrings: Perfect for your day to day look, these will take you from running errands to a night on the town! I just can't get enough of these Round Emerald Stud Earrings!
5. A Cuff: Bold enough to make a statement, classic enough for your work week. Fall in love with the Deco Cascade Adjustable Brass Cuff.
6. A Long Layering Necklace: The Deco Luxe Long Pendant Necklace is a bold and beautiful choice!
7. A Short Necklace: Add a pretty, feminine touch to your every day wear. Try the Pave Initial Disc Charm Pendant for a touch of personalization.

Shop all these styles and more at www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/sarahvanbenschoten

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday Style

Good morning lovelies! Here's how I styled my Tresors Charm Necklace today! Let me know what you think, then shop here: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/sarahvanbenschoten

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blake Lively's Look For Less!

Happy Halloween lovelies! Trick-or-TREAT YOURSELF to these gorg emerald studs that are only $22 (i'm serious) and a look-for-less of Blake Lively's $$$$$ Lorraine Schwartz studs! Shop now at www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/sarahvanbenschoten

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Morning Style

It's official! Fall is here, and that means jackets are making their way out of storage! Today I decided to rock the leather biker jacket, but since I was wearing a skirt, I wanted to tone it down with some more feminine touches! My Chloe + Isabel jewelry worked perfectly! Here are the pieces I chose:




Thursday, September 5, 2013

Why I Will Continue to Wait for "The One"

Dear Christian ladies (and gentlemen). I'd like to take a second for a personal rant. I've seen a few articles circulating lately along the lines of "There's No Such Thing as 'The One'" like this one, and I am starting to disagree with them.

 Let me start off by saying I agree with the general tone of these articles. I understand that there is no one who will be "perfect" and that marriage is a lot of hard work. I think this is a message that many young girls need to hear, especially in a world of romantic comedies, and Christian romance novels. I HAVE seen girls nit-pick at great guys, just because they think there may be someone better out there.

 The danger I've started to see, especially within the Christian community, is one of settling. Girls thinking (like Charlotte in Pride & Prejudice) that they may never be asked again, and since no one is perfect they may as well marry the one they're with. They may not be wildly in love with them or be "best friends", or even particularly attracted to them but they are "good enough". These type of articles often encourage girls to look at guys, not in a light of whether they are attracted to them or not, but more analytically, in a light of do they cover a basic checklist of loving God, and making a good husband (in general). This mindset gets pushed even harder the older a girl gets. By our late 20's we are told our standards are too high and it's implied that we may have missed out on many "eligible matches" by "waiting for the one God has planned for us."

 I am beginning to wonder if this is responsible for as many divorces as the fairytale mentality. In a fairytale delusion a girl wakes up one day, and realizes her marriage is not a Disney movie, and it's more work than happily ever after. In the settling mentality a girl wakes up one day, and realizes that her marriage is nothing But hard work, and she doesn't even particularly like or share any interests with the person she is married to. Both extremes are equally dangerous. Dumping someone because they have issues, and waiting for God to drop the perfect guy out of the sky is not the answer, but deciding that you just want to be married, and any eligible bachelor will do is not the best decision either.

 I DO believe that God has designed one person that will be THE BEST POSSIBLE partner for me, not that we won't have struggles, but that God will have designed us to work well together, and the struggles will be worth it. I've seen friends get married to "the one" and they've told me that he surpasses any other guy they've ever dated. That they were "perfect" for them. They still fight, they have to work at the marriage, but they knew that this was the person that God had intended for them to marry. That is why I will continue to wait for "the one" God has planned for me, rather than settling for "just being married".


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Get It First

Exciting news, Chloe + Isabel will soon be featured on Gilt! But you have the opportunity, not only to shop the Limited Edition pieces before they sell out, but to actually save on them too! Browse on over to www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/sarahvanbenschoten to shop now! Plus, starting June 14 and running through the 24th you can save 15% plus get free shipping on orders over $125. Just use coupon code SUMMER15. Enjoy!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Style Guide #1

I don't know what the weather's like where you are, but here it's only June 10, and we're already pushing record setting highs! It's putting me in the mood for some easy summer fashion, so soak up the summer style guide, and get ready to be hot, hot, hot!

First up, hot pink lips! When the weather turns hot enough to melt your makeup, you need an easy way to add some "pow" to your look. One swipe of this bright lipstick, and you'll be ready for anything summer throws your way.

Jewelry is another great summer styling trick. Layering is a great way to make your outfit look polished, and finished. But what do you do when the weather is too hot for layers of clothing? Stack on the jewelry! Chloe + Isabel has some summer brights, and classic styles that are sure to make every outfit a winner! Shop these looks at my boutique: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/sarahvanbenschoten

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bling on a Budget

Every girl loves a little jewelry. It's like candy you can wear! Unfortunately, as in all fashion, budget quickly becomes an issue. That's why I've hand selected a few multi-use Chloe + Isabel pieces that will help you get the most bang for your buck!

The Bead + Chain Multi Wrap Bracelet is on here for a couple reasons: One- The multi-wrap and multiple textures make it seem like you're wearing multiple bracelets. Two- It doubles as a necklace! Bonus!! At only $38 this is a wardrobe must have! Buy Here: http://www.chloeandisabel.com/products/B079PY/bead-chain-multi-wrap-bracelet

This next one is my favorite! The Crystal Cluster Braided Stretch Bracelet is made of a stretchy material , so it doubles as a hair tie! Let's be honest, how many of us have worn a hair tie around our wrist for insurance. Say "No" to boring black hair ties, and make a fashion statement on your wrist for only $32. Buy Here: http://www.chloeandisabel.com/products/B149BL/crystal-cluster-braided-stretch-bracelet

The Stacked Coral Strands Layering Necklace is a steal at just $72! The layers separate to create an endless variety of looks, from a single strand, to the oh-so-in layered look. Snatch this one up and create an entire necklace wardrobe in an instant. Buy here: http://www.chloeandisabel.com/products/N198CO/stacked-coral-strands-layering-necklace

Friday, May 10, 2013

Retro Riviera Has Arrived!

Summer is blooming at Chloe + Isabel!! The Retro Riviera collection has just launched, and I'm drooling over everything! With bold, bright colors, and sweet nautical themes, the Summer collection has me wishing I was laying by the pool. Be sure to check it out at: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/sarahvanbenschoten

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Keira Knightley Wedding Style

Keira Knightley wed James Righton today in the South of France. A touch of girly sweet, pale pink roses makes her look utter perfection. Steal Keira's look for your own with the Briar Rose Collection from Chloe + Isabel.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Amp Up Your 'Do

Anyone out there suffer from thin/ fine hair like me? I know my curly haired ladies will wonder what I'm complaining about, but fine hair comes with it's own set of problems. One of my biggest complaints is that my "messy" hair never looks as cute on me as it does in the YouTube tutorial. I see all these girls making giant messy buns in a minute or less, and mine always come out looking sad and limp. Plus, I'm sure all the ratting and teasing to get any kind of volume isn't the greatest for my hair. Then I tried Got2b POWDER'ful. In the interest of being transparent, I did get a free sample of this product in exchange for my review, but honestly I already had purchased some months ago and was in love with it way before BzzAgent sent me my sample. It's very easy to use, you simply sprinkle some powder in your hands, rub it in to your scalp, and you're set! 10 seconds, max. Now when I'm looking for EXTREME volume I'll sprinkle the powder directly on my hair, brush it in, and sometimes even tease the hair a bit (but honestly, not very much. It holds waaay better with this stuff.) It even can act as a very light dry shampoo (talk about multitasking!), but I will still use some dry shampoo with this product if my hair is super greasy. Want to try it for yourself? Leave a comment below and I'll draw a random winner on May 20 to win a FREE bottle of Got2b POWDER'ful!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Celebrity Style, For Next To Nothing!

We all watch awards shows with a sense of wistful wonder. We long to be like the beautiful people in beautiful clothes. However, even making Jennifer Aniston look like Jennifer Aniston is no cheap feat, and very few of us can afford designer duds. Sometimes, if we're extremely lucky we can find copycat pieces on the cheap, but it always seems to be two seasons too late. Luckily, chloe + isabel jewelry is on the ball and on trend with items from this past awards season.

Katherine McPhee's Pave Link Bracelet is easy to dress up or down!- Buy
Sofia Varga's Starburst Earrings are a touch of old Hollywood glam. - Buy
Megan Fox's Cocktail Ring is a bold fashion statement. - Buy
Jennifer Lawrence's Duster Earrings are both classic and edgy, like the woman herself! - Buy
Rachel Weisz's Snake Wrap Bracelet is a bold choice with an exotic flair. - Buy

Being glamorous doesn't have to be expensive! At these prices, buy just one, or all five pieces, and dust yourself with a little stardust!