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My Serengeti Bracelet from Fifth & Orient!

I have to admit that Leah from Fifth & Orient Jewelry Company has an idea for the type of jewelry I like to wear. If you remember my previous posts, The Belora Metal Choker and Louvre Clover Stud Earrings, then you’ve witnessed the kind of jewelry that Fifth & Orient carries. When Leah and I spoke she told me she had something that screamed Hera. I was intrigued by her statement and quite anxious to see what she had in mind. Soon enough I received a package.

Leah was right. The Serengeti Bracelet definitely screams Hera. I tend to gravitate towards things associated with wildlife animals so, a zebra bracelet was a good choice.

Pulling my outfit and accessories together took no time at all.

When you’re able to put an outfit together according to your mood your style becomes you. It’s how you feel and it’s the confidence in your walk.  Most of time I don’t have an exact word for my mood. I can paint a picture of it though. So, the long sleeve black V-neck, the black faux leather vest, distressed jeans, animal print booties, my big puff, and a red lip was my painting for the day.

Much love and thanks to Leah, Christine, and Phuong, the creators of Fifth & Orient. Be sure to check back on HeraNyx.com.  You might get a chance to receive your own Fifth & Orient jewel.

Hera wants to know?

What are your current obsessions?

What do you think of the Serengeti bracelet?

What did your mood look like today?

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Mustard Cords!

 My perfect oxford contrast placket shirt was the starting point for my entire ensemble. I bought it from Gap about a month ago and it has become an essential piece in my closet. It’s simple and great for layering.

On this particular day I decided to pair my oxford shirt with my old mustard cords. I wanted to add color and texture. To complete my look I chose accessories that complemented each other- a textured scarf, a bronze necklace, a few bracelets, and animal print booties. These pieces played nicely with my outfit.

 

A canvas with classic reminders like, “Never Give Up,” “Be Yourself,” and “Everything Happens for a Reason,” served as my background. There’s something about this lonely canvas filled with words that sets the mood for this shoot and completes my look. I love it!

 

Top: Gap
Cords: Delia*s
Scarf: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Shoes: ModCloth.com
Canvas: Wal-Mart

Hera Wants to Know

What do you think about this look?

How would you wear this perfect oxford contrast placket shirt?

What are some of your daily reminders?

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Where have you been Hera?

You’re probably wondering

What’s going on with Hera and www.heranyx.com? It’s been weeks (practically a month) since I published a new post and if you’re an avid Hera Nyxan you know that’s a bit unusual. The past few weeks have been CRAZY!! Good crazy and bad crazy. It started off with laptop issues (system crash), car issues, and finding a place to live issues. It was one thing after another. The only thing I could control was my thoughts and I tried to keep them positive. Eventually things started to look up. I found an apartment, I got a new job (then a promotion), and I started a new project with a local fashion photographer!! Everything was happening so fast (the good and the bad) and I wasn’t able to write up new posts. I used the last week in September to bring some organization to my life and now I’m refreshed and ready to get started for the month of October.

 

 

pretty interesting fortune cookie messages…

I’m thrilled about everything that’s happening right now and extremely thankful. For October there will be more giveaways, styling tricks and tips, inspiration posts, Moods by Hera Nyx (outfit posts), and a few surprises along the way. As always, feel free to subscribe via e-mail so that you’re notified about each new post. You can also follow me on Twitter. Let’s stay connected!

Hera wants to know

How have things been for you lately?

Anything exciting happen in the past week(s)?

Share your updates below!

 

 

 

 


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Hera Nyx + Fifth & Orient Giveaway!

For those of you who are avid Hera Nyx readers you know that every month I announce a Great Find Giveaway. Well, for the month of August I decided to do something a little different. In my previous post, The Belora Metal Choker from Fifth & Orient, I showed you an amazing necklace and introduced you to Fifth & Orient Jewelry Company. After establishing a great network with the ladies at Fifth & Orient, we decided to host a giveaway on heranyx.com. So, for August I present to you the Hera Nyx + Fifth & Orient Giveaway.

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Louvre Clover Stud Earrings from Fifth & Orient

($42.00 value)

Fifth & Orient and I are giving away a pair of Louvre Clover Stud Earrings. These clover shaped stud earrings lend a simple yet elegant finishing touch to any look.

Cubic Zirconia Accents in a Clover Shaped Rhodium Toned Pave Setting

To enter the Hera Nyx + Fifth & Orient Giveaway:

-Visit www.fifthandorient.com, tweet your favorite piece(s), 
and mention @FifthandOrient and @Hera_Nyx in your tweet 

-Each tweet will count as (1) entry point. 
(You can tweet as much as you like during the entire week)

You can tweet the same item more than once or a bunch of different items. 
Your entry is ONLY valid if you mention @FifthandOrient & @Hera_Nyx in your tweet

***Example of a VALID ENTRY: I love the Belora Metal Choker! @FifthandOrient @Hera_Nyx***

 

Here’s how to earn extra points: 

 *Follow @FifthandOrient on twitter to earn (1) entry point

*Follow @HeraNyx on Twitter to earn (1)entry point

The person with the most points after a week wins the giveaway!

 (Giveaway starts Saturday, August 18th and Closes Saturday, August 25th 11:59 EST.)

 

GIVEAWAY RULES:

Your entry is ONLY valid if you mention @FifthandOrient & @Hera_Nyx in your tweet

-You can tweet multiple times a day

-You can tweet the same piece or a bunch of different pieces

-Your tweet counts as long as it is in the giveaway time frame

– Open to U.S. residents only

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-WINNER with the most tweets after a week wins!

-Winner will notified via Twitter, 1-2 days after giveaway ends

 


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The Belora Metal Choker Necklace from Fifth & Orient

 

The Belora Metal Choker from Fifth & Orient

About a week ago I received the Belora Metal Choker from Fifth & Orient Jewelry Company. The minute I opened the package I knew what kind of look I wanted to go for. Before I explain let me introduce you to Fifth & Orient. 

 The Story Behind Fifth & Orient

Fifth and Orient is a company founded by Christina Burke, Leah Morris, and Phuong Ly. It all began when they were discussing possible ways to feel more empowered as a woman. While conversing, the idea of starting a business came up. Owning a business was something they had never done before. It seemed risky and daunting, but they decided to accept the challenge. In the summer of 2012 Christina, Leah, and Phuong launched their online jewelry and accessory company, Fifth & Orient.

Fifth and Orient’s goal is to provide a diverse assortment of quality products for the fashion forward, confident woman while giving her a refreshing convenient shopping experience. They aim to appeal to women ages 20 all the way to 60. Their pieces range from subtle classics to eclectic and unexpected statements. Each item is functional and beautiful.

Q & A with F & O

HeraNyx: How did the name Fifth & Orient come about?

Fifth&Orient: “The house we lived in was located on the corner of 5th street and Orient Street”

HeraNyx: Tell me one interesting fact about each of you?

Fifth&Orient: “Leah is an avid world traveler and has been to 17 countries so far. Christina is a paleo driven Crossfitter who loves pink and Phuong has three birthdays and she celebrates all three.”


HeraNyx: What is the location of your company?

Fifth&Orient: “Our home base is in Chico, California but our partners travel often and work out of New York and LA as well”

HeraNyx: Is Fifth & Orient a website only company? 

Fifth&Orient: “Yes we are exclusively online.”

HeraNyx: 
How are items selected?  

Fifth&Orient: “Our pieces are strongly influenced by our goal to help make women feel put together and polished while maintaining a sense of pizzazz that we all possess. We select products from around the world…from independent jewelry designers to large companies.
”

HeraNyx: What are some future goals for Fifth and Orient?

Fifth&Orient: “A big goal that will actually be reached shortly is to sell our products internationally. Another goal is to someday provide jobs for people through employment with our company.”

They are a very diverse group of women: a mixture of Chinese, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Filipino, and Portuguese. They are passionate, dedicated, and extremely motivated. Although, Fifth and Orient is just beginning they have some pretty big goals for the future. I support and look forward to their future endeavors. If you’re looking for wearable art you should visit www.fifthandorient.com 

From left to right: Christina, Leah, and Phuong.

Be sure to follow these lovely ladies on TwitterFacebookPinterest, and Instagram (Fifth_and_Orient)! 

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Outfit Inspired by the Belora Metal Choker

            The Belora Metal Choker is sleek, sultry, and simple. Everything about this necklace screams… H E R A N Y X. I knew that I wanted to wear something strapless and I had to rock my fro. So, with this vision I chose my grey Banana Republic strapless maxi dress. It worked perfectly. It’s a great length and it’s flattering. I could have added bracelets and or a ring, but I wanted to keep my look bare. I love the simplicity of this choker. You can wear it during the day or evening. If you’re not a fan of this rhodium tone, Fifth and Orient also carries this piece Gold

Hera Nyx + Fifth & Orient Giveaway!!

Fifth & Orient has stunning jewelry. Wouldn’t it be great to host a giveaway? Well, for the month of August there will be a Hera Nyx + Fifth & Orient Giveaway. Be sure to check back on heranyx.com for details. The giveaway will start soon!!!

Hera wants to know

What do you think of the Belora Metal Choker?

Is this the first time you heard about Fifth & Orient?

Describe an outfit that you would wear with this choker.

Share your thoughts below!

 


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Davita ‘MissSwatty’ Galloway

Hera Nyx Feature:

 Davita ‘MissSwatty’ Galloway

Davita “MissSwatty” Galloway is a pretty amazing person. She has a unique style, a good heart, and is talented in a number of areas. I met her a few years ago at Dillard’s at SouthPark mall in Charlotte, NC. We worked together at a styling workshop where we styled and created a storyline for our model.  I loved the energy and ideas Davita brought during the styling workshop. She definitely has an eye for style. Now that www.heranyx.com has been born, it’s only right I feature Davita. I sent her an email, we agreed on the day and decided to meet at Red@28th in Charlotte, NC to make it happen.

 Who is Davita?

 The first thing I asked as we sat down in Red@28th was, “Who is Davita?” She laughed and proudly answered, “Davita is a person struggling to be happy. I’m always conflicted between what people think I should do and what I need to do.” By “people” she is referring to her family. She takes their concerns, criticism, and critiques to heart, but at the end of the day she does what makes her happy.

http://www.facebook.com/DuppSwat
“At the end of the day I’m a happy person. I try not to let the ways of the world get me down. 
We’re all human and we go through things. I try to take that as a learning experience. 
 I’m always trying to be a better person." – Davita

Her Journey

Davita was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC. She moved to Charlotte to attend the University of North Carolina (UNCC), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Public Health. A degree she doesn’t plan on using. She said, “I walked across that stage and said here you go Ma and moved to New York.” Her degree in Public Health was for her family. Giving them comfort with something to fall back on. Her true passion is in fashion.

Davita followed her heart and moved to New York. She attended Parsons School of Design and worked as an associate at Anthropologie.  Parsons was great and she loved her job at Anthropologie, but her stay in New York only lasted 2 years. Things began to get expensive and Davita got in some trouble. Her parents flew out to New York, packed her bags, and put her on a flight back to Charlotte. Everything happens for a reason. If it wasn’t for the circumstances of Davita transitioning back to Charlotte, we wouldn’t have been able to experience all her creativity and talents first hand. 

http://www.facebook.com/DuppSwat

Wearing Many Hats

She is a wardrobe stylist, author, poet, and painter. As an author she has published two books. Her first book, Two Scraped Knees, is an autobiography. It’s filled with pictures, art, poems, reflections, diary entries and interviews. Her second book, Bush Broads, is a picture book that celebrates natural-haired black women. Bush Broads is an organization created by Davita. She organized a natural glam squad (hair stylist, make-up artist, and photographer) and together they produce amazing photos. They are currently working on their second edition. It will include natural-haired men and children. Both books can be found on www.amazon.com

Life as a Wardrobe Stylist

Miss Galloway created Dupp&Swat, LLC– an all-inclusive agency that specializes in wardrobe styling; costuming, image consulting, event planning and fashion show production- with her brother Dion. Dupp&Swat is also known for their annual fashion show, Delirium. They will be presenting their 2nd annual show at the end of August. Davita has worked with North Carolina Fashion Week, Passport for Fashion, and annual fashion shows for Star of SLE Entertainment. She is the Resident Costume Designer for On Q Production Theater Company in Charlotte, NC and has been featured in Creative Loafing and Charlotte Style Magazine. In addition, she just signed on with Elevate Magazine and participated in Africa Fashion Week New York (AFWNY). She was the lead stylist for over 30 designers. Davita has been a great addition to the fashion community in Charlotte, NC. I appreciate her work.   (Check out some photos from AFWNY here). 

Dupp&Swat Boutique

Davita, Dion, and hairstylist Skyler Warren, will be opening the Dupp&Swat Boutique in Charlotte, NC. The boutique is a one-stop shop for hair, make-up, and wardrobe styling. The grand opening is soon and will be located on 2424 N. Davidson Suite 112B.  This will be great for the Charlotte area! Be sure to follow Davita on Twitter or Facebook to stay updated on information about the Dupp&Swat Boutique. 

“I love what I’m doing so much. I just want to do it all the time.
 I never get tired of it... it’s not work.” –Davita

 

 

She really is AMAZING!

 I’ve witnessed her craft. Davita has an endless amount of styling tricks and tips to ensure a flawless look for her clients. There have been times where she has made great outfits from only a handful of items. She knows how to make it work and get it done. I love her passion and the fact that she isn’t afraid to be herself. Davita is fun, full of laughter, and will have a new hairstyle each time you see her. She’s easy to talk to and will be honest about how she feels. Everything about her is daring and I respect that. Everywhere she goes everything she touches will be incredible. In my eyes she has already achieved greatness and will continue to do so.

 

photo is taken by michelle flowers photography 
“I love doing everything. Whether it’s painting, poetry, or writing, 
but it’s something about styling and just playing with clothes.
I just love everything about it. It kind of just takes all the
 pain away. I get lost.” -Davita

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Feel Free to stay connected with Miss Davita Galloway through Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to check out her Blog as well.

Hera wants to know

  • What are your goals?
  • What risks have you taken while trying to pursue your passion?
  • Can you relate to Davita?
  • What is your ideal job? How will you make it happen?

Share you thoughts and stories below!

 

 


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Animal Print Cross-Body Bag (July Great Find Giveaway) Congrats Elizabeth from New Jersey!

 

A Great Item + A Great Price= A Great Find * Once a month= A Great Find GIVEAWAY!

A few years ago I bought an animal print cross-body bag from a random thrift shop while out of town. It’s a strong possibility that it’s a Forever 21 bag because I remember seeing it at Forever, but don’t quote me on it. Anyway I managed to scoop this lovely bag for ONE DOLLAR! Talk about a great find!

 

 

 

I love this bag, it excites a lot of different outfits and its cross-body feature allows your hands to be free. I have to admit though… I don’t wear it a lot. Mainly because everything I tend to carry on a day to day basis doesn’t fit in it. So when I have my journals, planner, and folders this bag doesn’t make the cut. It’s okay, it just means it’s time for a new home. So, for the month of July I am giving away this animal print cross-body bag.

 

It’s ideal for a few daily necessities– ID, Debit Card, phone, lip[stick, gloss, balm] and keys. You can wear it with almost anything. Picture this, a pale yellow lace top tucked in a pair of  high waist denim shorts (light wash),  a rose color braided skinny belt, some brown oxfords, and this animal print cross-body bag. Ok, what about a black off the shoulder top, dark wash denim jeans, a pair of teal wedges, and this cross-body bag. I mean wear it with WHATEVER…why not?

 Major squinting going on. Thank you sun, you were shinning that day!

 

 

To enter the July Great Find Giveaway leave a comment on this post stating your:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Favorite place to shop & why
(Giveaway starts Friday, July 20th and Closes Friday, July 27th 11:59 EST.)

 

-Eligibility- Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only

-WINNER will be selected randomly using random.org

-Winner will notified via email, 1-2 days after giveaway ends

 – Follow me on Twitter

Using either pinterest, twitter, or facebook let everyone know you’ve entered the July Great Find Giveaway on www.heranyx.com!