Designer Profile: Destiny Ray

July 31, 2008

One of my best girlfriends has an incredibly talented friend that is a jewelry designer. Seriously- her stuff is amazing. Don’t believe me? Well Ben & Jenn (when married) actually had a set of her bracelets. That’s how good she is!

Destiny Ray is a Eugene, OR native and her sleek, yet down to earth designs are not only affordable, they will take any outfit up a notch. I have several pieces of hers and have given them as gifts as well. Destiny describes her line as a body of work that uses her “love of silver and simplicity of design and color.”

You can now shop online as well so head here to pick out some new favorite designs for yourself, friends and family members. A WIT can NEVER have too much jewelry!!

SHOP MY FAVORITES

iWIT!

Ok, I’ll admit it, I just “had” to have the new iPhone 3G. Miraculously, I didn’t have to wait more than 10 minutes (a whole other story) before I had the beautiful engineering marvel in my hands. Albeit not perfect, I think the iPhone is “wessential.” Why? See below!

-SF weather is a bit “schizophrenic.” What WIT doesn’t need to know how to plan her outfit accordingly for the day? Before I even peek my toes out of the duvet in the morning, I check the weather from the handy weather widget on my home page.

-The GPS is essential for finding your happy hour destination or the nearest cupcake bakery. Google the name of the establishment, click on the map, and next thing you know you have turn-by-turn directions to your destination!

-Google Reader. I’m never missing out on the latest Slate, Perez, ValleyWag, or WIT & Whimsy posts!

-Although a novice, I do like to keep up on the stock market. With the push of a button, I can check the market to see how Peet’s stock is doing, and whether I need to do my part to boost the economy by buying a $4 latte that morning!

-Visual Voicemail. That voicemail you’ve been avoiding, but have to listen to in order to get to the ones you care about? Not even an issue!

-Anything that isn’t already available on the phone, you can find via downloadable applications. My favorite is the tip-ulater, essential for nights out!

What do you think? Love it or leave it?

Photo courtesy DailyCandy

The Many Benefits of BeneFit

I love makeup. Call me superficial or high-maintenance- I really don’t mind because I love it not because of what it does for your face, but because it’s F – U – N! In the past year I’ve narrowed down my favorite brands to very few, but the all-star, number one, champion, takes the cake and the trophy home- is Benefit.

Not only is Benefit’s packaging absolutely darling (names include ‘Talk to the Tan,’ ‘Some Kind a Gorgeous,’ ‘Ooo La Lift,’ and ‘Eye-Con‘). Yes, I just named all those off the top of my head, in case you’re wondering. Benefit’s greatest value, however, is found in that their products are of the highest quality. Their creaseless cream eye shadows will stay on all day (I count ‘Stiletto’ and ‘Birthday Suit’ among my must-haves), their Bad Gal mascara will make your eyes look bigger, more awake and ensure a WIT has full lashes, and Ooo La Lift promises to perk up your eyes in the morning (trust me- I live for this stuff each and every a.m.) And my newest fav is PosieTint– a perky pink stain for eyes and cheeks that’ll never require touch ups throughout the day.

Having gotten it’s start here in beautiful San Francisco, there are several stand alone stores, but for those of you WITs in other states- head to Macy’s or Bloomingdales and sit down for a consultation- these gals know what they’re doing and you’ll instantly feel the benefits of Benefit!

Check back later for specific product reviews, recommendations and tips & tricks!

All photos courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics