Updates!

Well, I thought it would take me weeks but it only took me days. I’ve moved everything over to IamDWJ.com and it’s ready for you (with a few minor kinks I’m working out on the backend). There’s even a full archive of the Art of Accessories on the site if you want to see something from the past (I will lose a picture or too but it shouldn’t be too bad).

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And if you want to email me you can email me at dwj at iamdwj.com

I’ve already gotten a comment or two on my new site, YAY! And definitely let me know if you see things that are wrong or buggy. And I’ve already redirected theartofaccessories.com to go to the new site. Again, thank you so much for reading for the last 4 years and I hope you will enjoy the new site.

xoxo,
DWJ

A Change is Coming

IamDWJ┬áThis month the Art of Accessories turns 4, on January 28 to be exact. This blog and I have changed so much in the last four years and I’ve loved what I’ve created here but with age comes change.

In October when I was planning for the Gift Guide I was contemplating whether or not I wanted to continue the Art of Accessories in 2012. This blog and everything I’ve been able to do with it over the last 4 years has been such a huge part of my life but sometimes I feel like it’s just too much. So instead of stopping the blog, I’ve decided to make a change.

Over the next few weeks I will be merging all of the things I love and all of my other sites like the Art of Accessories and Crumbs and Creativity into one main site, IamDWJ.com. I’m looking into a way to archive all of this site onto my new site as well as bring in the posts I’ve done on Crumbs about food and photography. I also have another site that I’ve done freelance projects on and photography things that will all be merged into IamDWJ. Instead of just a singular focus on beauty and accessories, I’ll talk about everything I love and it will all be in one place that’s easier for me to manage. And hopefully you will still read what I write.

I don’t know what my new blogging schedule will be like but I don’t think I will go back to a daily blogging schedule like I did here for years, I just can’t. Between work, life and everything in between I’ve decided I need to give myself more time instead of always finding ways to give away my time. I’ve decided to keep blogging because I love the community that blogging has introduced me too and I love the interaction I’ve had over the years with all of you. I don’t want to disappear.

There will be a slow transition as I merge everything over and I also think I may remove the Facebook fan page because let’s be honest, I do not update it as frequently as I should. I will still be on Twitter as @theaofa and I am also on Instagram (theaofa) too. I just think after four years, I want and need a change and IamDWJ is the change that is going to happen. I’ll still be posting here and once the new site is up and everything is ready, there will be an automatic redirect to take you there – there will be minimal updates to what you do.

So that’s the plan, are you with me?

Happy Friday! Have a Good Laugh

I didn’t have anything in particular planned for this morning’s post but my sisters and I have not been able to stop laughing about last night’s Parks and Recreation. I love that show and if you watch, I’m sure you laughed and cried like I did at Leslie Knope’s grand red carpet entrance. I feel like I need a Knope 2012 bumper sticker for my car…

Have a fantastic Friday everyone! I’m working on some changes for this blog for 2012 so I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me this weekend. I hope you have a great long weekend.

The End of the Year in Pictures

Yes, I’m back from my holiday hiatus even though I don’t go back to work until tomorrow. It’s been wonderful being at home, with family, with friends in NY. I love this winter/holiday break we have every year. This January will mark the 4th year of the Art of Accessories – I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 4 years now and how much the site has evolved and the things I’ve been able to do over the last 4 years. I don’t know what the future will hold but I’m still moving forward and have lots of ideas for new projects and fun things to do. I also thought to ease myself back into blogging I’d share some of the pictures I took over the holidays.
NYC 2011
My husband is from Brooklyn, so typically for the holidays we spend Christmas Eve with my family and get up on Christmas morning and drive to NY while everyone on the east coast is opening presents. It’s a lovely ride, listening to Christmas music and laughing and in the evening the husband likes to go down to 5th Ave to check out the holiday windows and the tree at Rockefeller Center. This was something he always did as a teenager and he is kind enough to share the tradition with me.
NYC 2011
I have to admit, my favorite was the window at Tiffany & Co. I usually take pictures in black and white because of the lights but their windows were so magical I switched over to color.
NYC 2011
NYC 2011
The animals in a carousel came a live and traveled through each window. It was simply gorgeous.
NYC 2011
NYC 2011
I also loved the sparkle in the windows at Miu Miu. My husband didn’t think any real person would wear something with this much sparkle (hello, have you never met me?).
NYC 2011
He then asked if these were real shoes anyone would buy, he thought they were just fancy stripper heels…I could see where he got that idea.
NYC 2011
I didn’t grab a pretzel while on the streets of NY, that night every vendor smelled like they were burning everything but I did take pictures. I love carbs, what can I say!
NYC 2011
So as I start of 2012 I’m already thinking about what I hope this year will bring and what I hope to accomplish. I’ve got a lot on my mind and hopefully I can make it all come true.

How was your holiday season? Share!

Spreading Holiday Cheer & My Holiday Hiatus

Snickerdoodles for the office!

Mmm....snickerdoodles.

It’s that time of year, my holiday baking has begun! Yesterday I took 3 dozen Snickerdoodles and a quart of homemade French vanilla ice cream to work – who knew adults could get so giddy or ice cream and cookies? I’ve been blasting holiday music in my house while baking and tonight I have to bake cookies for my husband’s office. I was even handing out lip glosses and mascaras to coworkers – I like to spread holiday cheer.

Since it is the holiday season, consider this a bit of a hiatus for The Art of Accessories. I have lots of fun products to talk about that I’ve gotten lately but I feel like I need to wait for 2012 to start posting fresh. Don’t worry, there will be sporadic posts but nothing consistent. You can always follow me on Twitter to see what I’m up to and I’ll post some holiday photos as well. And if you aren’t sure how to dress for that holiday party or New Year’s Eve ball make sure to check out the Holiday Guide to get a little style and beauty inspiration.

Happy Holidays!