Author: KnowlesMalinda

Antique Jewellery Perfect for a Gift


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Antique jewellery is often just as good as new jewellery. They also make great gifts for those that you love. Check out more about antique pieces below.

 

Antique & Vintage Rings 

 

The finest antique jewellery stores will have a wide variety of vintage jewellery for sale, including an assortment of rings. You will find rings various, including engagement, wedding, eternity, and birthstone rings, as well as many more. The chances are you can easily find something suitable for a gift. You can choose something plain with a simple design or a ring that’s more elaborate and intricately decorated. There is a world of choice available when looking at vintage and antique rings as a gift. 

 

Antique & Vintage Bracelets 

 

Bracelets are another item of jewellery that can make an excellent gift, and there is a wide variety of styles and designs from which you can choose. You can select a beautiful bracelet adorned with intricate charms on it, or you can choose something simpler such as a bangle bracelet or a chain bracelet. They are also available in different precious metals and as ornate or plain as you want, which means there is a choice that will suit everyone. 

 

Antique & Vintage Earrings 

 

You can pick up beautiful antique or vintage earrings relatively cheaply, so they can make the perfect gift for that particular person in your life. Earrings come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes, and they are also items that you can wear for just about any event. You can choose simple studs or hoops, or something more elaborate such as drop earrings. They are available in simple designs or encrusted in gemstones. Earrings can make for the perfect gift, and they are something the receiver can wear for almost any occasion that suits them. 

 

Antique & Vintage Necklaces 

 

You will also find many antique and vintage necklaces available to buy from reputable antique dealers and jewellery stores. Some of the most popular styles of antique necklace include: 

 

  • Pendants 
  • A Choker Necklace 
  • A Bib Necklace 
  • A Festoon Necklace 
  • A Lavalier Necklace 
  • A Sautoir Necklace 
  • A Collar Necklace  

Necklace styles can be simple and plain or intricate and jewel encrusted. If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone you care about to show them your love, an antique necklace is an excellent choice.  

 

 
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There are other types of antique and vintage jewellery that you can purchase as a gift aside from the ones discussed above. Ensure that you are buying your jewellery from a reputable antique or vintage jewellery dealer. This way you’ll have peace of mind that you’re getting a genuine antique with history and character that the recipient will love when you give it to them. 

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

M2 “Sunset on a Florida Parking Lot” Collection Birthday Sale

Hey there! So I’m excited to celebrate my birthday this week and wanted to share that many of the items in the M2: “Sunset on a Florida Parking Lot” collection are now 30% off! I loved this painting and wanted to create a collection inspired by the artwork. Check out the sale here and let me know which items are your fave!

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

The Fashion at Inauguration Day 2021

So I just had to take another look at all of the beautiful fashion on display at Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day ceremony. Michelle Obama looks absolutely amazing in Sergio Hudson, a Black designer from South Carolina. Dr. Jill Biden wore an ocean-blue wool tweed coat over a dress by American designer Alexandra O’Neill of the Markarian label. And, Vice President Kamala Harris wore a purple outfit by a young black designer Christopher John Rogers.

Jennifer Lopez sang in a Chanel number and Lady Gaga stunned in a gorgeous Schiaparelli design. Lastly, a young poet laureate Amanda Gorman wore a yellow Prada coat. It was a moment that will go down in history. Congratulations to Vice President Kamala Harris and President Biden!

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

Black Leather Remix 2

Happy Tuesday folks! So recently I was unfortunately looking to wear all black for a memorial and pulled out some of my black leather items. Believe it or not, winter descended upon South Florida. Black leather not only keeps you warm but it can be very stylish. And, you can mix them up as they make great classic pieces. I wore a Bailey 44 top (similar CAMI NYC Camisole here) and a vintage Catherine Malandrino skirt (similar pencil skirt on sale here) with Jessica Simpson heels. For a little drama, you can always pair a black leather look with a big black hat (similar Gucci hat here) as seen below.

   

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles 

Small Business Saturday

 

Don’t forget about the fashion and art shop for Small Business Saturday! And definitely consider pre-ordering from the M2 collection.

Here are a few of my favorite items: 

  1. Sunset on a Florida Parking Lot top $200

Pre-order for SS 2021

2. Sunset on a Florida Parking Lot Sequin Denim $3000

Pre-order for SS 2021

3. Walk to The Beach Face Masks, $10 

4. Sunset on a Florida Parking Lot Mask, $10

 

5. River Flows T-Shirt ($28.22) and Pillow ($21.65)

 

5. Stairway to Heaven Art Print $20.21

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

 

 

Black Friday Deals

Happy Black Friday! Deals on deals…sales and discounts all over the place. Don’t wait until the last minute, what you want may be gone. So, check these out below.

    1. Proenza Schouler up to 40% off
    2. Coltorti Boutique to 40% off
    3. Steve Madden Get 35% Off Sitewide, plus up to 50% off Select Styles! Use code BF2020 at checkout.
    4. Neiman Marcus up to 75% off
    5. Walmart 45% off toys 30% off home stock up and save
    6. Forzieri up to 50% off luxury
    7. Nordstrom up to 50% off and an extra 25% off on clearance items
    8. Farfetch up to 50% off with an extra 20 % off on Black Friday

Enjoy!

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

The Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Hey everyone! I know you all are thinking about Thanksgiving next week. Well, I am planning to make the best baked macaroni and cheese for dinner. I hardly ever make it because I’m always dieting but for Thanksgiving, it’s a must. Now this is not my recipe, this is Chef Resha’s recipe. She has some great recipes but this macaroni and cheese recipe is banging!

DESCRIPTION

Chef Resha’s version of baked macaroni and cheese.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4½ cups whole milk, or half & half
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp dry mustard (optional)
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup seasoned Italian or Japanese breadcrumbs (optional)
  • 1 lb dried pasta of your choice (see note below)
  • kosher salt (for the pasta water)

CHEESES I USE (SEE NOTE BELOW):

  • 1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • ½ cup pecorino-romano cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded fontina cheese, plus a few pieces cut into cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Butter a 9×13 or 8×11 baking dish and set to the side. You can use cooking spray instead.
  3. Boil your pasta in water seasoned with plenty of salt (about a tablespoon) for about 4 to 5 minutes. You want it undercooked because it will continue cooking in the oven when you bake it. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and drain the macaroni and quickly rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process. Let it sit and drain while you make the cheese sauce. You may not need the reserved pasta water, but it’s good to have just in case your cheese mixture gets a little too thick and gloopy.
  4. In one heavy bottom pot or large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. When it starts to foam and bubble, add the flour and immediately whisk so that it forms a paste. Allow this to cook for about 1 minute to get the “raw” flour taste out, whisking frequently.
  5. SLOWLY add 2 cups of the milk (or half & half) while whisking constantly to remove any large lumps. Continue to whisk until smooth and thick, about 20 seconds. Add the remaining 2½ cups of milk (or half & half) and continue to whisk until smooth. Increase the heat to medium-high to allow the mixture to simmer and thicken, about 5 minutes. Season the mixture while it thickens and taste as you go. If the sauce is yummy alone, just imagine how incredible it will be once you add the cheese.
  6. Once your mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, add in the parmigiano-reggiano, pecorino and gruyere cheese and remove from the heat. Taste it again, season if you need to.
  7. Toss the cheese sauce with the pasta, and taste to season if need be. Don’t panic if there’s more sauce than pasta, you’re going to spoon it into the baking dish, so you’ll be able to control the cheese sauce/pasta ratio. As you’re layering, it’ll start to thicken up even more. On the flipside, if your mixture is too thick, add a bit of the reserved pasta water to the sauce coated pasta to thin it out. You want it smooth and creamy, but not incredibly soupy and watery.
  8. Ladle a layer of the coated pasta into your prepared baking dish, then sprinkle a layer of the remaining cheeses and repeat until all of the pasta and cheese is used up — lasagna style. This is where you can “eyeball” your cheese portions. Use more or less, it’s totally up to you. Too much cheese can be a problem because it’ll make it too oily and clumpy, so don’t go too nuts with the cheese.
  9. Run a spoon thru the entire mixture just to lightly mix in the cheese throughout the entire dish. Smooth the mixture with the back of a spoon just until its relatively even on top, and sprinkle a thin layer of seasoned bread crumbs on top for an amazing and tasty crunch, if you’d like. The breadcrumb crust also acts as a barrier to keep the cheese from drying out by helping to keep it moist. But again, you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.
  10. Bake on the center rack of your oven for about 20 to 35 minutes or until the center is bubbly and the entire dish is golden brown.
  11. Let it cool for about 10 minutes before you dive into it.
  12. Enjoy, and make this again and again until you nail it 😉

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles