December 31, 2012

Weekend Recap: Christmas in Cali

This will be less of a 'weekend recap' and more of a 'week recap' as I just traveled to California for the holidays to visit my sister and her family. Christmas morning my nephews came over to unwrap presents from Santa. Jacob, who is 4, is obsessed with Ninjago (which if you don't know are legos) so the adults spent the entire day putting together over 2,000 lego pieces. Lucky kid!

December 28, 2012

My December Beauty Product Favorites

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Another month has come to an end so it's time to share the products that I've loved using this month!

December 27, 2012

3 Stylish New Year's Eve Dresses

Sienna Sequin Dress // Leena Dress // Saskia Sequin Dress // Wakehurst Clutch // Sparklebay Court Heels 

When it comes to ringing in the New Year - you should sparkle! Whether it's with sequins or metallics, you should be the center of attention and shine as bright as the LED lights in Times Square. Monsoon offers unique, classic pieces, that range from sophisticated evening to casual day wear, and combine feminine styling with exotic color, beautiful fabrics and detailed finishing all created by an in-house design team. Accessorize offers a collection of high-quality fashion accessories at affordable prices. You are sure to find the perfect New Year's Eve look!

December 26, 2012

The Year of the Nerds

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Every year should be the year of the nerds in my opinion but 2012 they really shined. It was more the year when people became more aware of what was going on in society and stood up. "Educated citizens" if you will. We saw a movement from praising the jock types and have a bit of "Revenge of the Nerds" moment where Americans sought out answers and those providing them were those who had facts (and numbers) and were not corrupted by Washington or money.

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

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No matter how old I get, I still get butterflies on Christmas morning. It's still exciting to run downstairs and see gifts all wrapped under the tree. Now I have nephews (ages 4 and almost 2) so I can share in their excitement as they tear the paper off. However, I still annoy my brother because I unwrap my gifts slowly as to appreciate them but I'm always the last one to finish unwrapping gifts. So now my mom has changed the tradition to we HAVE to eat breakfast before opening gifts. We make my Dad's dad recipe for Belgian waffles (so good... I look forward to them all year!). My mom already created a schedule:

December 23, 2012

I'm Going, Going Back to Cali

Today I'm flying back to Cali for Christmas (which always makes LL Cool J's song pop in my head). Christmas in California never feels right for me. I like a white Christmas or at least below 60 degree temperatures so I can wear oversized sweaters and drink cocoa. But I have to go where the family goes.  

December 22, 2012

My Favorite Posts of 2012

2012 is ending in 9 days so I thought it would be a good time to reflect. I've written quite a few posts this year and even surpassed my 1,000th post benchmark so wanted to highlight some of my favorite posts from 2012 and maybe you can add yours in the comments:

December 21, 2012

9 Holiday Nail Art Ideas

I've done quite a few Christmas inspired manicures so figured it was that time of the year to round them up. Fun fact: #5 was featured on MSN Living recently! And now for #9 and what I'm currently wearing on my nails:

December 20, 2012


I thought last month was the holiday GLOSSYBOX but apparently not. I loved the festive tissue paper and red ribbon. They said "this luxurious, varied collection of favorites is your secret arsenal to keeping it glamorous, glitzy and glossy this holiday party season." Here's what I got:

December 19, 2012

5 Trend Predictions for 2013

While looking ahead to 2013, I'd like to make a few predictions about major fashion trends. Some we're already seeing the blossoming of so hold on... they'll be around at least another two seasons. Here are my 5 trend predictions for the coming year:

December 18, 2012

#FashionistaGiftGuide: For the Beauty Lover

#FashionistaGiftGuide: Gift Ideas for the Beauty Lover
Still looking for that perfect gift this holiday season? Be sure to check out the 2012 Fashionista Holiday Gift Guide! There's something for everyone's budget and it also features great products for that beauty lover on your list.

December 17, 2012

Movie Review: "Breaking the Taboo"

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Recently Richard Branson was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and he mentioned his son was releasing a movie for free on YouTube called "Breaking the Taboo" about the drug war. I thought it was awesome that they were releasing the film for free in it's entirety for people to learn more so I went and checked it out. It's an hour long and features big hitters like Bill Clinton and former presidents of the major drug countries such as Colombia. It's narrated by Morgan Freeman (is there any other narrators? March of the Penguins people!).

Weekend Recap: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Friday: My aunt came into the city from New Jersey to see the tree and to celebrate my big news. We looked at the windows at Saks and did some window shopping along 5th Avenue. We also mailed my Christmas gifts to my family in California so I don't have to carry them on the plane with me. I get so many beauty boxes that I love the holidays so I can reuse them. Pretty much all the gifts pictured above were decorated with recycled items or items from past beauty boxes (except the Sur La Table gift card).

December 14, 2012

Book Review: "Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris" by Jennifer L. Scott

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Going to Paris is a dream of mine. I made it a goal to pay for my own trip before I turn 30... time is running out! Reading Jennifer's book "20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris" I felt was a great way to get introduced to the French culture. I know that there are many cultural differences between Americans and the French but this book pointed out a few that I was not aware of.

Gold Tips for #Tinseltown

Last night I headed out to a Refinery29 event with Nicole of StyleMe BAD and Laura of Blush and Beakers in SoHo. But before heading there we grabbed some dinner at Toby's Public House to have a mini celebration of my NYU acceptance.

December 13, 2012

#FashionistaGiftGuide: Fashionable Accessories

#FashionistaGiftGuide: Fashionable Accessories

Still searching for the perfect gift this holiday season? Be sure to check out the 2012 Fashionista Holiday Gift Guide! I wanted to showcase some of the fashionable accessories that are part of the gift guide. They would make great stocking stuffers and are sure to please any fashionista on your list.

December 12, 2012

See You in the Spring NYU!

All those GRE prep courses and hours agonizing over a personal statement paid off. I'll be starting NYU in the Spring where I'll be getting my Masters in Integrated Marketing. I'm so excited about this opportunity as I know it will lead me on the path that I want to be on for my career. I'm coming for you Twitter!! 

My December Birchbox

This month's Birchbox had some flare! The box was all dressed up for the holidays. If I would have known, I would have used it for my Christmas gifts (but I already repurposed them with some wrapping paper). The box featured products to get you ready for the new year. Here's what I received:

December 10, 2012

The Beauties & Brains Behind the Brands Event Recap

Head over to Blush and Beakers to read my full recap of the "Beauty and Brains: Behind the Brands" event I attended last week hosted by Renae of with panelists Lisa Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter; Kim Roxie, Founder of LAMIK Beauty; Tia Williams, Founder of &; Tricia Lee, Founder of Polish Bar of Brooklyn; H. Ginger Johnson & Sara Liz Pickett, Co-founders of Ginger + Liz. Such inspirational ladies!

GIVEAWAY!: My Kitsch Royal Rebel Necklace & Earring Set (CLOSED)

Giveaway is closed - winner is announced below!

Looking for some new jewelry? You could win this "Royal Rebel" Necklace & Earring Set from My Kitsch! The set includes a spike charm necklace with matching earrings that will look great with your every day look. Or you could win it for someone on your holiday shopping list. I know I'd be happy to unwrap this set!

My Favorite Happenings From This Weekend

MidtownGirl got engaged! One of the sweetest bloggers I've ever had the pleasure of meeting got engaged. She hosts #datechat on Fridays and is writing a book offering her advice about dating and after 5 years of online dating she found a really great man. I'm so happy for her!

December 9, 2012

Movie Review: HBO's "In Vogue: The Editor's Eye" Documentary

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HBO has done it again! On Thursday they aired a documentary focused on the great editor's behind Vogue magazine titled "In Vogue: The Editor's Eye." I loved About Face which aired in August and focused on legendary models. Now HBO takes us behind the scenes of went in to creating some of the most memorable and iconic fashion images produced in Vogue. It featured interviews with current Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour; fashion editors such as Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Polly Allen Mellen, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Camilla Nickerson, Phyllis Posnick and Babs Simpson.

December 8, 2012

Taking My New Winter Coat For A Spin At Penn Station

Aka the most awkward blogger photo shoot! I met up with Nicole of Style Me BAD and Laura of Blush and Beakers to host our #fashionistagiftguide Twitter party and thought it would be a great night to take my new coat for a spin. New Yorkers needed a trusty coat for those East Coast winters; a chic coat style to wear all year round is the trenchcoat. You can get a lighter cotton one for the spring and a bulky, wool one for the winter.

December 7, 2012

Book Club Swap

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I usually participate in Book Club Friday and a couple of weeks ago they posted a book swap. Being the book nerd I am, I signed up! I was paired with Kristyn of Chits and Giggles. We exchanged emails about our preferences. I had no idea how to explain what books I like: liberal, political, progressive, comedies, non-fiction? After discussing potential books to swap, we decided just to buy each other books that were on our wish lists. She sweetly purchased a book I've been dying to read but just haven't found the time to: "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy" by Christopher Hayes. Now I just need to set aside a weekend to read this highly praised book. Thanks Kristyn!

December 6, 2012

My December Julep Maven Box

For my December Julep Maven box I selected Boho Glam because it featured two polishes I don't have already. "Our festive new colors are the perfect accessories for your holiday wardrobe." Here's what I received:

December 5, 2012

Trend I'm Currently Craving: Crown Jewels

Trend I'm Currently Craving: Crown Jewels

While watching Nicole Richie on NBC's Fashion Star, I was dying over the headpieces she wore. It's quite a bold choice so I wasn't sure I could pull it off but now it's becoming more popular (and more accepted) so I think I'm ready to rock this trend! I purchased one from Send the Trend similar to the NastyGal one that's a bit more understated (sorry couldn't find it on the site anymore) but you could go a bit bolder as long as you kept your hair simple. 

December 4, 2012

Where Are They Now? Kim's Childhood Crushes Edition

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Vh1 recently featured 100 Greatest Kid Stars. I was having so many flashbacks to my childhood crushes and was fascinated to see where some of them have ended up. Let's break it down...

#FashionistaGiftGuide Twitter Party Tonight!

Join your 2012 Fashionista Holiday Gift Guide hosts for a Twitter party! Nicole (@StyleMe_BAD), Laura (@lolbeauty) and yours truly (@KimberleeVDW) will be discussing gift giving ideas, tips and advice along with a few our brand sponsors. If you're still doing your holiday shopping, come and get some ideas to cross those off your list. If you're done with your shopping (lucky you!), come share your tips!

December 3, 2012

Movie Review: Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap

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Over the weekend I finally got around to watching my Netflix DVDs and one of them was "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap" directed and produced by Ice T. He said he had to make this movie because rapping isn't just about money and the woman, it takes skill. He traveled to all the historic rap scenes from the South Bronx to Compton to talk to the masters about their craft. 

Add A Personal Touch With Poetry Salon This Holiday Season

As you may know, I like to write poetry. I used to have composition notebooks full of poems. I've featured some on this blog (here and here). I feel that poems capture a moment in time with the beautiful written word and have often gifted poems to friends and family in the past. That's why I'm excited about Poetry Salon, a site that offers individually crafted poems and poetry art objects for all occasions. Founded by poet and entrepreneur, Jennifer Styperk who has a passion for storytelling and the desire to share her gifts with the world. Your PS Poem is carefully crafted and inspired by you and the experience you wish to capture with someone special. With over 600 versatile poets on staff, Poetry Salon matches each client with the most effective poet to convey the feelings you wish to express.

December 2, 2012

Doncaster Spring/Summer 2013 Presentation

I had the pleasure of being invited to view Doncaster's Spring/Summer 2013 presentation this past week. The Doncaster line also houses the Helios & Luna line and is designed by Patricia Clyne who has a 25+ celebrated history in the fashion world. The Doncaster line encompasses classic, tailored looks to modern, casual pieces. It's celebrating 80 years!

December 1, 2012

Tis the Season to Be Glossy Box

My holiday GLOSSYBOX was called Tis The Season To Be Glossy. No matter what kind of holiday party you're attending "the latest collection of products from soothing to hydrating to colorful and fragrant, will keep you looking fabulous from day to night." I was pretty impressed with this box as I received 3 full sized samples! Here's what I received:
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