Behind the Scenes with Cayetano Legacy Collection

Going bold with Jewelry by Cayetano Legacy Collection

What goes great with ellelauri clothes? Amazing statement jewelry from Cayetano Legacy Collection (CLC) of course! We were super excited to team up with CLC for their fall 2014 photo shoot. 

Here are some behind the scenes pictures from the photo shoot that includes ellelauri clothing paired with gorgeous gems of Southeast Asia -- a special preview CLC's next collection!
Carolyn Fernandez and Cara Abitante model Cayetano Legacy with ellelauri's Cici silk blouse in ivory (left)

That's a wrap! For a perfect look just combine beautiful jewelry with beautiful clothing, second from right is ellelauri's Carmen top in beige.
Cayetano Legacy Collection, Inc. was founded by three sisters Karen Cayetano Leano, Gail Cayetano, and Christine Cayetano Brigino. CLC been worn by Virginia Williams, Kelly Stables, and Wendy Williams.

CLC's founders, first generation Filipino Americans, paired their passion for their heritage with their passion for beautiful jewelry sourced from the Philippine Islands. Their jewelry and handbags bring worldwide attention to the beauty that comes from their lush homeland, and at the same time gives back to the nation they first called home. 

The Maximina statement necklace in black and gold

The Noelene Earrings
See more of their fabulous jewelry here.

Models: Cara Abitante and Carolyn Fernandez
Photographer: Alex Dedios
Lead stylist: Alba Nela
MUA: Gina D'Alessio
Location: Sayreville, NJ

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Minty Madness Smoothie

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! 

I am sure some of you will be having other beverages that do not include spinach… or almond milk… BUT if you are on the detox (or  just looking for another delicious healthy smoothie recipe) you have to try this refreshing,  creamy Minty Madness Smoothie.

This 7 ingredient smoothie tastes somewhat how I would imagine the popular Shamrock Shake tastes … only WAY better. It also doesn't contain the a million chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients the certain fast food chain uses. Not to mention it’s full of naturally flavorful ingredients that provide so many health benefits. It’s full of vitamins A, C, K and D, B vitamins, folate, magnesium, potassium, fiber, protein, antioxidants, healthy fats,  and many other vitamins and minerals.

I tested this recipe last weekend and have been craving it ever since. This creamy, minty goodness will be sold at the Galley all of next week in honor of St. Paddy’s day. Come and get one if you're close by! If not be sure to make it at home. I think it will soon become a smoothie staple in your household.

Minty Madness St. Patty’s Smoothie 
Serves 2
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least an hour or overnight*
1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 cup spinach
1 serving vanilla hemp protein
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup fresh mint
vanilla bean (from one pod) or 1-2 drops vanilla stevia or extract
optional: honey or stevia for desired sweetness
In vitamix or high powered blender, add all ingredients. Blend on high for 1 minute or until creamy and smooth. Note: you may need to add more almond milk if too thick.

*The longer you soak the cashews the creamier the consistency. I like to soak overnight but if you forgot and need this smoothie now, it still tastes delicious with them soaked for a few minutes

For more yummy and healthy ideas from Laura Ferro, certified Natural Chef and Holistic Health Coach visit

Hot, hot, hot in AZ

What's hot on the West Coast? The desert of course! 

With popular hot spots in sunny Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona. There’s so much to see and do from A-to-Z in AZ!

Trending now... JUICING! Nekter is the newest juice bar to hit Scottsdale, and the possibilities are endless. Nekter allows you to pick any fruit you like and make it into a juice or smoothie. Or choose from their great menu of yummy combinations. Try the Pink Flamingo, not only because of its fruitful taste but its unique dragon fruit, something that you’ll be glad you tried. Nekter also allows you to do a cleanse of 1, 2, or 3 days which cleanses your body while getting all of the nutrients you can possibly need at a perfect price! 

Once refreshed by juicing it’s time for some shopping! Scottsdale is known for its wide variety of outdoor malls. Two must-sees are Kierland Commons and The Scottsdale Quarter. They both have different stores so they complement each with a walkway from one to the other that makes it convenient for everyone. The restaurant choices are endless. One store in the quarter that is a must see is Elan Style, a stylish boutique with over 50 brand names of clothing. You can literally find everything there from a pair of jeans to a beautiful cocktail dress. They have accessories galore to go with any and everything. Elan Style is also a great spot to find light weight spring and summer maxi dresses. It's a gold mine for finds so make sure to check it out when you're in the Mall!

One main point of attraction in the Scottsdale Quarter is the iPic Theater. The iPic Theater has seating in luxurious leather couch chairs, with a special section that reclines! In the recline section you get free popcorn, and they offer a pillow and a blanket, a full menu from appetizers to desserts, and a full-service bar menu as well. The theater is beautiful with a full bar in the main lobby for people to meet and enjoy a drink before the show. It’s so convenient: two outside shopping malls, with restaurants, and a movie theater! 

Now the night life ... Old Town Scottsdale is a must see. Nightlife in Scottsdale, Arizona is endless but the newest hot spot is a must – a nightclub called Cake. It’s a French chateau theme with performers that entertain through the night, including acrobats, Marie Antoinette characters, and fire eaters.

In Phoenix, AZ, you have to visit the new Fox Restaurant Concept called The Henry. The food is on point, and they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can even grab a coffee with friends at their coffee bar where they offer sweets to fulfill that sweet tooth. They don’t take reservations; however, it is worth the wait so try to get there a little earlier than you plan on eating. This place is on the radar as a new hot spot, and everyone wants to dine at this amazing eatery. The ambiance is great with both inside and outside seating which is the best of both worlds.

After so much indulgence in shopping, restaurants and night clubs the perfect balance is a visit to Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, AZ, so named because the mountain really does look like a camel; it has a newly paved trail that offers an amazing hike to the top. The effort is so worth the workout and the experience. The top is a beautiful area surrounding and overlooking the valley with breathtaking views. It is a real treat especially for hikers and those who love to workout. 

So open your senses to the endless options a visit to the desert offers. has the perfect fashions for your next desert area excursion. 

Orchid: Pantone color of the year

How will you color your spring?

Make no mistake, the Winter of 2013 - 2014 was a very cold one for many with more snow than usual, especially on the East Coast. At last, we are starting to see our way clear to sunny days, chirping birds, and blooming buds. 

This is the perfect time to bring some color into your home. Why not a bright purple to liven things up? Say, orchid, a popular choice since Pantone has named 'Radiant Orchid' the 2014 color of the year.

An easy way to get into spring is to fill your home with some radiant orchid, literally. Orchid plants offer long lasting blooms with minimal effort. They are available in nurseries, flower and garden shops, and even local supermarkets. They make great gifts with sturdy buds to please mom's, grads, and brides & grooms.

It makes sense that orchids are easy to find --according to the US Botanic Garden "about 10 percent of all plant species are orchids." Outdoor gardening with orchids is a possibility too: In the US the plants are native in states from Wisconsin to Florida, and from California to Pennsylvania. 

Click for more about Pantone's color of the year.

Visit to see the bright colors of spring in fashion.