Tuesday, January 28, 2014

5 Tips for a Perfect SuperBowl Bash

Superbowl 2014 logo
It's that time of the year again. When people go absolutely crazy yelling, screaming and jumping... all in the name of football. But whether you're a sports fanatic or someone (like myself) who just loves the fun social aspect of it all, a successful SuperBowl party is a must! Did you know that more people throw SuperBowl parties at their house then even New Years parties!? That's crazy!

Well don't waste your week stressing and prepping for Sunday night's madness. Stick to these 5 Tips for a Perfect SuperBowl Bash.

1. Make it a potluck:
On a Sunday night, there's no reason for this to be any kind of "formal" party. Things are so much easier and so much more fun if every guest brings something! Then you can get a variety of great food without spending all weekend slaving over a stove or breaking the bank by ordering out.

2. Stick to beer:
If a guest wants wine or liquor, I'm sure they won't mind bringing their own as long as you tell them beforehand. But on a Sunday night, a few beers is perfect for a fun party that guests can still drive home after. Unless everyone calls in sick the next day, I doubt guests will be trying to throw back shots of fireball whisky. So, I say, stick to beer and keep everyone happy!

3. Have two sections for the party:
One section for game watchers with plenty of seats, tables and coasters. This section, of course, should be right in front of the TV. Then have another area for those (like myself) who really aren't into the game and would rather socialize! This section would be great in a kitchen area or near the food. By having two different sections, the game-watchers won't be annoyed by the talking and the socializers won't have yelling and high fives interrupting their conversations. Again, this will be sure to keep everyone happy all game long.

4. Get into the game with Super Bowl Squares:
This is a fun, easy game that requires no skill or knowledge of football. This makes it perfect for EVERYONE at your party to participate. All you have to do is set up the grid before the game starts and monitor throughout the quarters. Decide the "cost" of each square then participants can purchase as many as they want. Now, you have a solid pot that up to 4 people can win from! This is a great way to keep everyone excited and involved throughout the entire night.

Not familiar with Super Bowl Squares? Check out exactly how to play here:

5. Keep cleanup easy with paper plates:
By the time the game is over and all of your guests finally leave, it could be close to midnight. If you're a normal human being who has to start your work week the next day, you certainly don't have two hours to spend cleaning up. I mean, c'mon, you need to get your energy sleep! Save yourself from this late-night pain by using paper plates and plastic silverware. This will make clean up a breeze. Also, make sure you have clear trash and recycling bags so guests can do their own cleanup throughout the night! In fact, usually the only reason that guests WOULD leave plates or beer cans sitting out is because they don't know where else to put them. So if you make it clear, I'm sure they'll have no problem acting like gracious adults and picking up after themselves.

Are you hosting a SuperBowl party this year, or attending one?! What tips and tricks have worked best for you in the past?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Baublebox: Flash Deals for your Jewelry Wants & Needs

If you follow On The Fly on Facebook or Twitter, then you'll know that I am a HUGE fan of Flash Deal websites. I'm constantly buying great items and gifts from places like GroopDealz.com & VeryJane.com. But my latest obsession is Baublebox.com!

As their tagline says, Baublebox has "Amazing Deals Featured Daily." But what makes this site unique, is the fact that they only feature jewelry! That's right, AMAZING jewelry for up to 90% off! They carry such a variety of rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces that are high quality, trendy and TOTALLY affordable.

New deals are launched every night at midnight EST and last for one week, while supplies last. DEALS START AT ONLY $6! And, each item carries a $2 flat rate shipping, and free shipping on orders over $35.

This is a site that I frequently use for myself and to purchase gifts for others. Since discovering Baublebox, I have bought both of these rings for just $9 each!!! They're so cute and I'm always getting compliments on them.

Baublebox rings

Here are some current deals that Baublebox is offering:

baublebox items
So what do you think!? Have you ever seen such great deals on jewelry? What flash deal websites do you love?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Ultimate Statement Accessory

It's no secret that accessories can make or break an outfit. And finding the perfect accessories can be tricky and time-consuming. Matching jewelry, purses and belts with every outfit is exhausting and expensive! So, instead of focusing on all of these small accessories, why not stick to a pair of sharp and sexy glasses that will make the ultimate statement wherever you go!

Warby Parker is a company that is known for it's high quality eyeglasses and sunglasses. Their brand new, limited edition Palm Canyon Collection combines practical with fashionable. They've revised their four most popular styles to incorporate a Palm Springs palette of mesquite, acacia, ironwood and sand. Every pair is totally unique and 100% chic.

So what's the best way to match the right pair of glasses with your different outfits?! Pair the frame styles with the general "look" that you're going for! To give you a little guidance, here are my style matches for the Warby Parker Palm Canyon Collection:

The Wheeler Revolver Black and Wheeler Windswept Tortoise glasses are so chic. The round frame looks so classy, making these lens' perfect for a fancy event or a day at the office.

The Preston Red Canyon frames are the cute and preppy. The classic frame shape would blend perfectly with a high pony on any day of the week.

The Duckworth Painted Desert design is probably my favorite. The color and shape work so well together. These glasses will draw attention without being too standout when paired with your comfy, laid back attire.

Lastly, the Winston Cognac Tortoise style is a must for the everyday trendsetter. The unique square shape is sure to complete any funky outfit that you put together.

You know you can't deny it-- the Palm Canyon Collection is FABULOUS! And perfect for summertime! But even more than the glasses, another thing that I love about Warby Parker is their commitment to paying it forward. They work with non-profit agencies and for every pair of glasses purchased, they distribute a pair to someone in need. High quality and charitable--how can you go wrong with a company like this?

Learn more about Warby Parker eyeglasses and sunglasses at WarbyParker.com. Also, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on the latest collections! Check out more photos from the Palm Canyon Collection below.


How do you style your glasses and sunglasses? What do you think about the new Palm Canyon Collection?!

 All photos were provided by Warby Parker. Though this post is in conjunction with the release of their Palm Canyon collection, all ideas and opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Pairing Fashion with Diamonds

Brilliant Earth is a San Francisco based jewelry company whose primary focus is providing high quality, conflict-free diamonds. Their rings, necklaces and earrings are stunning and the styles are all so different. They're also really involved in the fight about blood diamonds and that's definitely something we can all get behind!

So every week, Brilliant Earth works with bloggers on a Personality Style Challenge. It's a really fun way to pair your fashion personalty with your jewelry personality into one awesome style board. This week, I participated and choose from the following list of personalities and their Brilliant Earth jewelry counterparts. 
Brilliant Earth Style Personalities
Of course, I chose "Glamorous Like Stilettos and Glitter" because I absolutely love the flashy bling that goes with it! From there, I created a complete style board with outfits and accessories to match these va-va-va-voom diamonds. The color theme is shiny silver and sleek black with a pop of red! I mean, you know jewelry like this needs a night out on the town!

My Brilliant Earth GLAM style board!
Brilliant Earth Glam Style Board
Featuring the following Brilliant Earth jewelry comprised of ethically sourced diamonds:
  • 18k White Gold Pavé Eclipse Diamond Earrings
  • 18k White Gold Sienna Diamond Ring
  • 18k White Gold Pavé Diamond Infinity Pendant

Which Brilliant Earth personality are you?

This post is part of Brilliant Earth's Weekly Personality Style Challenge. I am in no way affiliated with Brilliant Earth & received no compensation for this post. All views & expressions are my own.