Sharing the Love

A couple of reminders and things that might help your holiday shopping today (cause I’m a giver).

  • Bare Escentuals Boutiques and are offering 20 % off EVERYTHING in their Friends & Family sale from now until Sunday at 11:59 PST. You can right click and print out the image above to take to a store or use the code SHARELUV at checkout.
  • Not sure what to buy from the Bare Escentuals sale? Check out the Holiday Guide for a few ideas on their latest offerings and how to use them.
  • Want a gift for yourself? I’m giving away a necklace from Helzberg Diamonds Pop Expressions collection. Enter today!
  • My friends at Shop Suey Boutique are doing a few holiday gift promotions, check out their Facebook page for all the details and discounts.

Holiday Guide Giveaway!

Update: The winner is LEAH! Thanks everyone for entering.

2011 Gift Guide
If you read the Holiday Guide you might have noticed that I said I’d give away an item I featured. I mean, what’s the holidays without a little gift giving? And what’s the Art of Accessories without giving away a great accessory?

The folks at Helzberg Diamonds were kind enough to give me a piece from their latest collection, Pop Expressions. The concept is that you can change your jewelry up for the occasion or your mood – I love customizable jewelry!

I’m giving away the Pop Expressions Swirl Pendant with two Pop charms! The faceted green crystal Pop and the red and white stripe crystal. I think this is absolutely adorable and a perfect treat for yourself or someone else for the holidays.

So how do you win? You can enter up to three times, once for each of these options:

  1. Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite gift to give during the holidays is…
  2. Leave a comment on the Art of Accessories Facebook page telling me what you loved the most about 2011…
  3. Tweet  the following message: I want to win a @helzberg Pop Expression from @theaofa for the holidays!
Do 1, 2 or all 3 but do it by Sunday, December 11th by 10pm (eastern). I’ll pick a winner on Monday and ship it out to you by the end of the week so that you get a holiday treat! Good luck!

Holidays at the White House

White House Holiday Tweetups
Yesterday I had the extreme pleasure of getting to go to the White House for a Holiday Tweetup! I even got to bring the husband along as my plus one for the day. The first half of the day was spent at the Old Executive Office Building and we heard from the following White House administration staff:

  • Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady (Kenny’s favorite)
  • Jon Carson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement (@joncarson44 &
  • Brad Cooper, Executive Director of Joining Forces (@joiningforces &
  • Aneesh Chopra, Assistant to the President for Technology and US Chief Technology Officer (@aneeshchopra)
  • Brian Deese, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council (
  • Laura Dowling, White House florist
  • Macon Phillips, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Digital Strategy (@macon44)
  • Kori Schulman, Deputy Director of Online Outreach in the Office of Digital Strategy (@ks44)
  • Bill Yosses, White House pastry chef
The biggest thing that they emphasized was that they want us to interact with them and to share what we learn with others. I also learned that is a wonderful place to start if you’re looking for ways to get involved or find out what is going on at the White House. But honestly, I know what you want to know about are the White House decorations!

White House Holiday Tweetup
The theme is Shine Give Share and that was seen all over the house. There was also a huge emphasis on military families and service. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful and ornate it all was.
White House Holiday Tweetup
There were also replicas of Bo, the White House first dog, in every room. It was kind of like a game of Where’s Waldo but instead it was Where’s Bo. This version of Bo was made out of marshmallows and licorice but he was also 4 ft tall and made out of felt, tiny and made of buttons, even smaller and made out of frosting…Bo was everywhere.
White House Holiday Tweetup
And this replica of the White House…it’s made out of gingerbread and white chocolate. It was insanely beautiful. There are a lot of pictures on Flickr and you can read up about the Holidays on the White House site here but I’m adding a slideshow of my pictures to give you a better peek into the holidays at the White House (I promise to update the captions tonight, I just had to get these up in a hurry so I could talk about it!).

Happy Holidays & Thank You!

DWJI finally got the Holiday Guide up and out and it feels like I have a weight lifted off of my shoulders. I take a lot of the pictures, pull all the items, write it, lay it out and publish it for you guys as my holiday gift to you.

I’ve been asked a lot how I blog and do things like the Holiday Guide AND work a full time job. Sometimes I don’t know. Sometimes it is all a blur. Sometimes it’s so much fun to be wrapped up into something so creative I don’t realize how exhausted I am until it’s over! For the first weekend in weeks I have NOTHING planned. I see lots of laundry and house cleaning in my future (my home office is an absolute MESS! Products and notes everywhere). LOL

I again wanted to say thank you to everyone who has tweeted, Facebook’d and emailed me such great comments and feedback (and even alerted me of my typo…which I’m just going to leave in because it’s just too much to do to add an o). I appreciate your support, encouragement and feedback (good and bad). I’m always trying to learn and grow more with every project I take on. And because I am so thankful that you read the Art of Accessories, I’ll have a giveaway next week for an item I starred in the Holiday Guide!

I won’t be posting on Monday, I’m going to the White House for a Holiday Tweet Up! Can someone pinch me? Cause I don’t think that’s really happening but I got an email saying it is and I’ll share lots of pictures of the White House holiday decorations with you guys on Tuesday. I can’t see a better way to get in the holiday spirit than holiday decorations at the White House, right?!

Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend and don’t forget if you’re still stumped for gift ideas you can always email me! I love helping with that kind of stuff.