February 3, 2012 is National Wear Red Day®

The Heart Truth: National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 3, 2012. Get Involved!
Friday, February 3, 2012, will mark National Wear Red Day®, an annual event that encourages Americans to wear red as a symbol of their support for women’s heart health awareness. In February 2003, The Heart Truth® campaign launched the Red Dress as the national symbol to inspire women to take better care of their cardiovascular health, and to build awareness of heart disease among woman. Heart disease is often perceived as something than mainly affects men; however, it is actually the leading cause of death among women. Since the red dress has now become synonymous with heart health, I thought I’d look all over the web to find some of my favorite dresses and hopefully, inspire you to wear red on Friday. After you flaunt your sexy silhouette in a fabulous red dress, you can hang onto it to wear in a few weeks…Valentine’s Day is right around the corner😉

Note: Men can participate too by wearing a red tie or shirt.

Red corsage one sleeve dress, $21.00
Blondie Nites Juniors One Shoulder Gown with Micro Sequin Detail
Blondie Nites Juniors One Shoulder Gown with Micro Sequin Detail, $174.00
Drape-front Bra Top Dress, $39.50
Promiscuous Kami Dress, $47.50

Can you spot the more expensive shoe?

When you buy shoes, do you pay for the designer name brand or the fashionable style? If you see shoes by high-end designers that you covet, but can’t afford the designer price tag, it’s very easy find similar styles that look just as good, but won’t break your bank account. Take a look at some of the shoes below. Can you spot the expensive designer footwear from the cheaper version?

On the left: Dior ‘Miss Dior’ Platform Pump ($660)
On the right: Arturo Chiang Orina Pumps ($69.99)

On the left: Luichiny Women’s Fanta See Platform Pump ($69.95)
On the right: Vince Camuto ‘Missie’ Pump ($118.95)

On the left: Kate Spade Gwen Open-Toe Pump Neutral Snake ($334.00)
On the right: Calvin Klein Women’s Kail Platform Open-Toe Pump ($70.99)

On the left: Jimmy Choo Vibe Glitter-Coated Leather Peep Toe Pumps ($795.00)
On the right: Rampage Gracee Pump ($49.00)

Trend Alert: Knuckle Clutches

I thought it was absolutely hilarious when Renee Graziano accessorized her outfit with a brass knuckle purse when going to meet up for drinks with other members of the cast of “Mob Wives,” in the episode that aired this past Sunday. The bag she was carrying was the 1st edition Black Glitter Too Fast Brass Knuckle Purse, which has been discontinued. But, you can get Too Fast’s newer version in Glossy Black for $40 here.

In the spirit of Renee’s handbag/weapon, here are some other knuckle clutches sure to keep your haters at bay:

Alexander McQueen Chained Dagger Skull Knucklebox Clutch, $1,174.00
Remi & Reid Damian Clutch, $115.00
Damita Knuckle Clutch Purple, $40.00
Red Floral Knuckle Duster Skull Clutch Bag, £25.00
Beige Rhinestone Knuckle Clutch, $29.90


t+j Designs – Affordable & Stylish Jewelry

If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know that I love accessories. I’ve been very lucky to have been invited to the showrooms of many high-end designers to give you an inside peek of their latest collections. But, I am aware that not many of you can afford an $84,000 watch from Rafaello & Company (it doesn’t hurt to dream, though!).

So, today, allow me to introduce you to t+j Designs, an accessories company that consists of budget friendly jewelry, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, offering you the opportunity to show off your high-end taste, without the high-end price tag. Started by Tiffany and Jen, two fashionable sisters, t+j Designs features something for every fashionista on a budget. If you like a more glamorous look, for example, then check out their Luxe Collection. Or, if you have a more funky style, then chose one of their many colored pieces, such as the Purple Rhinestone Ribbon Bracelet ($7.00, shown below).

In addition to affordable prices, you can get sale items for up to 70% off, and shipping is free on all orders until January 31, 2012! (U.S. only).

Here are some of my must-haves:

Purple Rhinestone Ribbon Bracelet, $7.00
Stainless Steel Bangles in Pink Crystal, Diamond Crystal or Purple Crystal, $68 each
Pyramid Crystal Bracelet in Black, Light Blue or White, $46
Blue Crush Ring, $38

First Giveaway of the Year – Julep Maven Box

***This Contest is Closed***

***The number 66 was chosen using random.org***Congrats to @ktrezz***The winner will be notified via e-mail, and will ahve 48 hrs to claim thier prize before another winner is selected.***

Thank you to everyone who entered. Don’t forget, you can still try the Julep program for just $5 by using coupon code DELIALICIOUS at checkout.

A few days ago I did a review of the Julep Maven program, which gives you access to the hottest hand, nail and foot care products for just $19.99 a month. Subscribers of the program take a fun style quiz online, and experts work behind-the-scenes to select products customized for the fabulous maven that you are. What I like the most about the Maven Box is that most of the products are full-sized, unlike other beauty box programs.

I loved my Julep Maven box so much that I decided that one of you should have the opportunity to try it out for yourself for free! So, for the first giveaway for 2012, I’m giving away a Julep Maven Box. Click here to see the products that were included in my Maven box, so you can get an idea of what your box might include.

If you don’t win the contest, don’t fret, because I have a special deal open to everyone! The Julep Maven program usually costs $19.99 a month to join. But, now, for a limited time, if you use the code DELIALICIOUS, you can have your first box of the trendiest nail colors delivered to your door for just $5.

Here are the rules to enter the contest:

1. Leave us a comment here with your email (= 1 entry).

For one more additional entry to increase your chance of winning:

2.  “Follow” Delialicious Picks on Twitter then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).

Each comment counts as an entry. The winner will be chosen using random.org. For example if the number 4 is selected and your comment is the 4th one down, you will be the winner, so multiple comments increase your chances of winning. You are only allowed one comment for each entry method.

Additional Rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the US only. You must be 18+ to enter. One winner will be chosen at random on January 19, 2012. All entries must be received by January 18th 11:59pm EST.

What’s your Style? Julep Maven Program Review

When I got home last week I was so excited to see a cute red box waiting for me outside my doorstep. I rapidly opened up the box to reveal what I had been waiting for – my “Classic With a Twist” Maven Box, from the Julep Maven program.

Included in my box (pictured below) were:

Julep is a boutique nail salon that offers trendy nail colors, as well as hand and foot care products to keep your mani and pedi looking great. They recently launched their Maven Program, where you can take a fun style quiz online, and receive a customized box of products tailored to your style and delivered to your front door for just $19.95 a month (valued over $40). Shipping is free, and you can cancel your membership at anytime. If you don’t like the products that are selected for you, you can request to have another option selected for you, send your box to someone as a gift, or just skip the month.

As a special offer to Delialicious Picks readers, when you sign up for the Maven program using the code DELIALICIOUS at checkout, you will receive your first Julep Maven Sneak Peek Box for just $5!

All of Julep's polishes are free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin.
I was really impressed with this gorgeous shade of blue called "Taylor." It went on very smooth and dried very quickly.
"Maya," a shimmery peachy-pink color, is so cute, and will look great with any outfit. It didn't go on as smoothly as "Taylor." It requires a little bit more patience, but once it dries, it looks amazing.


Disclosure: This review contains products that were provided by a public relations firm for editorial review.

Ice, Ice, Baby – Rafaello & Co.

Celebrity Jeweler Gabriel Jacobs
Celebrity Jeweler Gabriel Jacobs of Rafaello & Co. was on hand proudly showcasing his one-of-a-kind iced-out pieces.

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the showroom of Rafaello & Company Jewelers. Located in New York City’s Diamond District, the company’s clientele reads like a who’s who in the entertainment and sports industry. Celebrities such as Drake, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Carmelo Anthony (NBA), and Dwight Freeney (NFL), to name a few, have all donned customized pieces by the designers – not bad for a high-end jewelry line that has only been around for three years.

Launched in 2009 by Rafael Aranbayev, Eric Aranbayev, and Gabriel “The Jeweler” Jacobs, Rafaello & Co. has emerged as one of the leading go-to places for luxury jewelry. The company features everything from glamorous iced-out necklaces to watches to earrings, for both males and females.

Their jewelry may be icy, but their hearts are not. Ten percent of the net proceeds from their Blackout collection are donated to international charity, All As One, as an effort to raise awareness to the needs of Sierra Leone.

After seeing some of the magnificent pieces first-hand, I can see why the top stars choose Rafaello & Co. I was left completely hypnotized by the sheer brilliance and intricate detailing of each piece, and if you keep scrolling, you will see why.

BFAM charm made for Derrick Caracter (LA Lakers).
Pictured (L-R): Cufflinks with White Crystals in Yellow Stainless Steel and Cufflinks with White Crystals in Red Stainless Steel ($1,000 each set).
Hands Holding Globe.
Opulent Beaded Cross Rosary Chains.
Pictured above is a special sneak peak of Rafello & Co.’s Red Ruby in Red Stainless Steele watch, which will be delivered to music artist Cee Lo Green.
Reggae Artist Sean Paul's watch.
Earrings blinged out in Yellow Canary and White Diamonds.

Visit their website to see more stunning jewelry, and click here to follow Rafaello & Co on Twitter.