Jewelry

des Plumes

  • 26th September 2013

Do it right and it looks luxuriously elegant….with not a trace of Sesame Street.  Pair feathers with slightly tousled hair and you might have stepped right off the stage at a music festival.

From Chanel’s fall accessory line to eyelashes hitting the fashion runways, feathers are partout!

 

….Some of our favorite ways to fall prey to this look….

 

Naeem Khan channels looks from Gatsby (or maybe it was the reverse?!)

 

Naeem Khan Fall 2013

Naeem Khan Fall 2013, Photo Courtesy of Vogue.fr

Naeem Khan Fall 2013

Naeem Khan Fall 2013, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.fr

 

 

 

Carey Mulligan as Daisy in the Great Gatsby. Photo Courtesy of:  Google Images

Carey Mulligan as Daisy in the Great Gatsby. Photo Courtesy of: Google Images

 

 

How to do the feather cape:

 

Kate Moss for Topshop Black Feather Cape
Black Feather Cape

Pair it with leather and elegant sheers.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.fr

 

 

 

Biba Feather Cape in Black
Biba Feather Cape in White

 

Biba Feather Cape in Black or White, houseoffraser.co.uk,  £ 65.00

 

 

Debenhams Feather Cape
Rare Opulence Feather Cape

 

 

 

Star by Julien Macdonald Black Feather Cape, debenhams.com, £16.50

Rare Opulence Feather Cape, rarelondon.com, £120.00

 

 

Our Favorite Dresses & Skirts:

 

 

Feather Dress Collage

 

 

1.) Jay Ahr Ostrich Feather-Trimmed Jersey Dress, net-a-porter.com, $1560.00

2.) Nanette Lepore Plume Feather-Hem Crepe Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $398.00

3.) Collection Feather Flutter Dress, jcrew.com, $1950.00

4.) Milly Feather Sleeveless Dress, bloomingdales.com, $645.00

 

 

Matthew Williamson Mirror Lace and Feather Dress
Jason Wu Stretch Feather Ostrich Dress

 

 

Matthew Williamson Mirror Feather Dress, matthewwilliamson.com, £3,495.00

Jason Wu Ostrich Feather Dress, farfetch.com, $4950.00

 

Work runway trends into your eye-ensemble!

 

 

Shu Umera Rainbow Feather Eyelashes

 

 

 

Shu Uemura Rainbow Feather Lashes, harrods.com, £34.00

 

 

Bohemian & Dreamy:

 

Sienna Miller in Feather Earrings.

Sienna Miller in Feather Earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Google Images

 

 

 

Aime Parades Earrings
Aime Parades Earrings

 

 

Aime Parades Earrings, modewalk.com, $161.00

 

 

Feather Earring Collage

 

 

5.) Daytrip Feather Earring, buckle.com, $5.36

6.) Nadia Earrings by ToniMay, thegrandsocial.com.au, $89.00

7.) Evocateur Peacock Feather Earrings, ahalife.com, $168.00

8.) House of Cach Italian Horn Feather Earrings, maxandchloe.com, $65.00

 

 

Elegant & Classic:

 

Thomas Sabo Feather Wing Earrings

 

 

Thomas Sabo Feather Wing Earrings, harrods.com, £109.00

 

 

 

 

Jason Wu Ostrich Feather Top Vogue Russia

Ostrich Feather Top by Jason Wu: Photo Courtesy of Vogue Russia

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Russia

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Russia

 

 

Mixing rose gold, black & feathers this shoe it truly ethereal…

 

The Carlton Shoe Kate Spade

 

 

The Carlton, katespade.com, $598.00

Forever 21, but Under Fifteen

  • 28th August 2013

 

Put any prejudice aside and prepare for fun.  If you’re in need of retail therapy, an end-of-summer pick-me-up, some wardrobe pizzaz, gifts for girlfriends…whatever, it’s here.

 

 

 

Great finds at Forever21.

This whole array cost a few cents more than $100.00

 

 

With the same fervor that some scour estate sales, it can be just as much fun to scour the endless pages of jewelry on Forever21.  Every third or fourth page there is an amazing find.  Even if it only lasts for one season (though we’ve never found that to be the case) it has barely cost you as much as a muffin and a fancy latte (nothing costs more than $15.00).  In fact, the whole bundle above came in at just over $100.00 ($100.32).

 

 

Goddess Crescent Earrings

 

 

All of the these pieces pair perfectly with this summer’s beloved maxi dress, a simple white long sleeve t-shirt ushering in autumn and the last hint of a summer glow.

 

Goddess Crescent Earrings in navy, forever21.com, $6.80

 

 

I know we’ve posted it before, but it is very hard not to LOVE this cheetah ring.

 

xo ring set and cheetah ring

 

 

 

Rhinestoned Cheetah Ring in gold, forever21.com, $5.80

xo Ring Set, forever21.com, $4.80

 

 

Edgy and modern…

 

 

Shell plated triangle necklace

 

 

Shell plated triangle necklace in pink, forever21.com, $8.80

 

A few fun ‘art-deco-ish’ pieces…

 

Chained Art Deco Earrings
Sparkling Art Deco Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chained Art Deco Earrings, forever21.com, $6.80

Sparkling Art Deco Earrings in mint, forever21.com, $6.80

 

 

knotted braided chain necklace

 

 

 

knotted braided chain necklace

 

 

 

 

Knotted braided chain necklace, forever21.com, $9.80

 

 

Bold emerald cut earrings

 

 

Bold emerald cut earrings in dusty pink, forever21.com, $6.80

 

Ropes & ropes…

 

Braided Chain Necklace Navy and Gold

 

 

 

Braided Chain Necklace in navy and gold, forever21.com, $8.80

Faux Suede Woven Necklace, forever21.com, $5.80

Box Chain Choker, forever21.com, $14.80

 

 

Flirty and fun…

 

Heart shaped hoops

 

 

 

Heart Shaped Hoops, forever21.com, $2.80

 

 

 

Scotland’s Seductive Summons

  • 21st August 2013

More than just kilts, tartan and shortbread, the allure of Scotland as a style springboard and one of the hottest cultural destinations has never been more apparent.

 

 

Chanel Paris Edinburgh Collection Tweed and Pearl Necklace

The Chanel Paris Edinburgh Collection

 

 

While the Highlands currently headline travel magazines the world-over and vacationers pack the Royal Mile, Chanel’s Paris/Edinburgh Pre-Fall Collection has simultaneously hit boutiques with incredible fanfare.

 

Honeymooners perhaps?  A couple unwittingly caught  and caught-up in the romance of Edinburgh.

Honeymooners perhaps? A couple unwittingly caught and caught-up in the romance of Edinburgh.

 

 

In the next few posts we will highlight this collection that pays tribute to the creativity and craftsmanship of the ten highly specialized Scottish houses acquired by Chanel that produce everything from exquisite embroidery to amazing feather detail (the center-point of this season’s accessories).  According to Vogue.fr, this collection also pays tribute to Coco Chanel’s lover the Duke of Westminster through whom she developed her admiration for Scottish craftsmanship and her love of tweed, cardigans and knitwear.

 

 

Absolutely stunning feather detailed Chanel cuff.

Absolutely stunning feather detailed Chanel cuff.

 

 

Today we begin with our favorite accessories from the collection and end with a look at the enchantment of Edinburgh and what not to miss when you are there!

 

 

Neon Tweed Chanel Bracelet.

Neon Tweed Chanel Bracelet.

Chanel Tweed Bracelet with Sequin Detail

Chanel Tweed Bracelet with Sequin Detail.

 

 

Bracelets and cuffs come in super-luxe fabrics or exquisite feathers.

 

 

Chanel tartan, tweed, pearl embellished cuff paris edinburgh pre fall collection

 

 

 

Tucked neatly into a tight neck-grazing chignon, the hair-piece is perfection!

 

 

Chanel Feather Hair-Piece Paris Edinburgh Pre Fall Collection

 

 

 

Three feather detailed Chanel pieces.

 

 

 

 

We were advised that the feather-detail ring was not purchased for American boutiques.  So should you be interested in it, like we were, there’s your excuse for a quick European getaway!

 

If Europe is out of the question, these are available here and now…..

 

Pearl and Enamel Embellished Ring Paris Edinburgh Chanel Pre Fall Collection
Pearl and Enamel Embellished Ring Paris Edinburgh Chanel Pre Fall Collection

 

 

Tartan and Tweed Ring Chanel Paris Edinburgh Pre Fall Collection
Pearl and Enamel Embellished Ring Paris Edinburgh Chanel Pre Fall Collection

 

Match the collection’s belt with a white lace or white ruffled blouse or a deep oxblood velvet skirt….

 

Pearl and Enamel Embellished Belt Paris Edinburgh Chanel Pre Fall Collection

 

 

 

Over-sized pearl earrings Paris Edinburgh Chanel Pre Fall Collection

 

 

If this has whetted your appetite for more royal fanfare and grandeur, castle hopping in Scotland may be on your horizon and Edinburgh serves as the ideal starting point.

 

Arriving into Edinburgh by train is especially enjoyable if you are traveling with children (there are daily connections from London that take approx. 4 hours) and a stay in the historic Balmoral hotel keeps many of the cities treasures within walking distance.

 

Don't forget your kilt to feel right at home for the train station pick-up.

Don’t forget your kilt to feel right at home for the train station pick-up.

The Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel. Photo Courtesy of: Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Balmoral was a traditional railway hotel built for the North British Railway Company and stands today as a city landmark.  It is located literally in the heart of the city and run by the luxurious Rocco Forte Hotel’s.  It’s majestic clock tower is historically known for being set 2 minutes fast to allow travelers a cushion so as not to miss their train at the station nearby.

 

 

The Balmoral's elegant lobby.

The Balmoral’s elegant lobby.

Make sure to sample the Balmoral's complimentary homemade fudge (prepared with clotted cream)!

Make sure to sample the Balmoral’s complimentary homemade fudge (prepared with clotted cream)!

 

 

 

 

Beyond its historic and geographic significance, the Balmoral also claims fame as being the hotel wherein JK Rowling finished penning the last lines of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on January 11, 2007.

 

Supposed autograph left by Rowling on a bust of Hermes in room 652.

Supposed autograph left by Rowling on a bust of Hermes in room 652.

View from another guest suite.

Most guest suites afford lovely city views.

 

 

From the Balmoral stroll through the relaxing and charming Princes Street Gardens to reach the Old Town and the Royal Mile.

 

 

 

The Scott Monument

The Scott Monument

 

 

The Victorian Gothic Scott Monument, a tribute to author Sir Walter Scott, greets you immediately as you head towards the gardens.

 

Everyone relaxes in Princes Street Garden and enjoys the view.

Everyone relaxes in Princes Street Garden and enjoys the view.

Flowers are abundant in Princes Street Garden.

Flowers are abundant.

 

As you walk towards Old Town you pass many of Edinburgh’s galleries and historic buildings.

 

 

Walking towards Old Town Edinburgh.

 

 

 

St Giles’ Cathedral, the historic City Church of Edinburgh at the center of Old Town, is about a 45 minute leisurely stroll from the Balmoral.

 

 

 

St. Giles Cathedral

 

 

Edinburgh Castle sits atop of the Royal Mile, which ends at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  Both are worth visiting.  If you are visiting both in one day, split them up with lunch at the famed Royal Botanical Gardens, or a picnic on the green of the Princes Street Gardens.  Both allow for commanding views, and if you are with children they will appreciate the grassy area to run and play.

 

 

Sweeping City Views from Edinburgh Castle.

Sweeping City Views from Edinburgh Castle.

 

 

 

 

 

The Palace of Holyroodhouse. Photo Courtesy of the Holyroodhouse Royal Collection

The Palace of Holyroodhouse. Photo Courtesy of the Holyroodhouse Royal Collection

 

 

 

The Abbey at Holyroodhouse Palace

The Abbey at Holyroodhouse Palace

 

 

If you are visiting in summer, a trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens is a great way to break-up the day.

 

 

The Royal Botannical Gardens Edinburgh

The Royal Botannical Gardens Edinburgh

 

The Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh

 

 

Grassy lawn for children to run and play.

Grassy lawn at the Royal Botanical Gardens for children to run and play.

 

 

View from the Gardens

View from the Gardens

 

 

Another way to break-up the day for younger travelers comes by way of the National Museum of Scotland, especially enjoyable for your young animal lovers.

 

 

The National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland

nationalmuseumofscotland

 

Cap off your day in what Andrew Lloyd Webber calls, “The prettiest restaurant ever!”  If you end your day at Edinburgh Castle, the Witchery is just steps away and is ranked amongst UK’s top 5 restaurants.  For this romantic hot spot, they ask that children under 12 leave the dining room by 7:30.  Remember to book well in advance!

 

 

The Witchery Edinburgh

The Witchery Edinburgh

The Witchery Edinburgh

 

The Witchery Edinburgh
The Witchery Edinburgh

Photo Courtesy of: Salvonights.com

 

 

Armor’s Attraction

  • 5th August 2013

Who knew armor could be so alluring?

 

Isabel Marant Fall 2013 Collection

Isabel Marant Fall 2013 Collection. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

 

Marant gives us swashbuckling metal accents in her 2013 Fall Collection from skirts to scarves and sashes.

 

 

Isabel Marant Scarf.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Isabel Marant Scarf. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

 

 

 

The look is reminiscent of chain mail and riveted mail.

 

 

Riveted mail and plate coat zirah bagtar.

 

 

Chain, features small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh.  Riveted mail and plate coat zirah bagta was introduced into India under the Mughals.  (Text from:  Wikipedia)

 

Other prominent houses that give a nod to modern-day chivalry include:

 

Belstaff Fall 2013.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Belstaff Fall 2013. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Chanel.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Chanel. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even without a sword you can still take on the aura of an urban knight.

 

Jules Smith Knights Armor Chain Bib Necklace
Caprina Necklace

 

 

 

 

Jules Smith Knights Armor Chain Bib Necklace, cusp.com, $85.00

Caprina Necklace, dannijo.com, $870.00

 

 

Monique Lhuillier Leather Armor Sheath Dress
Mia Armor Zappos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monique Lhuillier Leather Armor Sheath Dress, shopbop.com, $5,290.00

Mia Armor, zappos.com, $57.99

 

 

Rihanna channels warriors of yesteryear in a Versace silver mesh draped dress.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

Rihanna channels warriors of yesteryear in a Versace silver mesh draped dress. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

Pin it!

  • 30th July 2013

The safety pin is no longer just an accessory for kilts.  The friendship pin is not relegated to your dirty sneakers…..This season the pin is everywhere from hats, to earrings to purses.  To capture the look, pin it and you’ve nailed it!

 

 

Rihanna in safety pin earrings.

Rihanna in safety pin earrings.

Rihanna Safety Pin Earrings.

Sporting the trend again. Both images courtesy of Google Images.

 

A plethora of safety pin earrings have flooded the market so there are many ways to do this look: more elegant or more punk

 

 

House of Harlow, 1960s Safety Pin Earrings with Sparkle Gold
Tom Binns 'Pearls in Peril' Earrings

 

 

House of Harlow, 1960s Safety Pin Earrings with Sparkle Gold, zappos.com, $78.00

Tom Binns ‘Pearls in Peril’ Earrings, nordstrom.com, $150.00

 

 

Mango Safety Pin Earrings
Genevieve Jones Riona Shield Safety Pin Earrings

 

 

 

 

Mango Safety Pin Earrings, mango.com, $19.99

Genevieve Jones Riona Shield Safety Pin Earrings, shopbop.com, $750.00

 

 

Rose Classic Wishing Pin Safety Pin Earring Genevieve Jones

 

 

Rose Classic Wishing Safety Pin Earrings Genevieve Jones, shoplatitude.com, $700.00

 

 

 

Vogue Japan really punks up the look:

 

Vogue Japan Safety Pin Earrings

Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Japan

 

 

We have a budget friendly and splurge option for the ‘square pin’ look:

 

Square Pin Earrings Nastygal
Amy Glenn Safety Pin Earrings

 

 

Squared Pin Earrings, nastygal.com, $18.00

Amy Glenn Safety Pin Earrings, totokaelo.com, $254.00

 

 

Balenciaga brought the trend to clothing this fall with its safety-inspired pin:

 

Christy Turlington wears Balenciaga for Bazaar

Christy Turlington wears Balenciaga for Bazaar

Balenciaga Runway Fall 2013 Pins

Balenciaga Runway Fall 2013. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

 

 

 

 

Other Pinned Ensembles:

 

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Joust Bolero

 

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Joust Bolero, couture.zappos.com, $435.00

 

 

Versus Saftey pin-embellished stretch twill mini skirt

Versus Saftey pin-embellished stretch twill mini skirt, net-a-porter.com, $275.00

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Graphic Cashmere Sweater

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Graphic Cashmere Sweater, nordstrom.com, $695.00

 

 

Marc Jacobs Faux-Fur-Collared Striped Knit Scarf

 

 

Marc Jacobs Faux-Fur-Collared Striped Knit Scarf, bergdorfgoodman.com, $712.00

 

 

Taking a cue from Tom Ford, a wide-range of accessories sports the pin:

 

Tom Ford Safety Pin

Tom Ford

 

 

 

Chanel CC Pearl Safety Pin Brooch

Chanel CC Pearl Safety Pin Brooch

 

 

Vintage Chanel CC Pearl Safety Pin Brooch, whatgoesaroundnyc.com, $650.00

 

 

Sonia Rykiel Striped Safety Pin Brooch
Yellow Pave Safety Pin Headband

 

 

Sonia Rykiel Striped Safety Pin Brooch, forzieri.com, $84.00

Yellow Pave Safety Pin Headband, henribendel.com, $48.00

 

 

Gold Safety Pin Strand Bauble Bar
Large Single Strand of Pearls Necklace with Large Safety Pins by Tom Binns

 

 

 

Gold Safety Pin Strand, baublebar.com, $32.00

Large Single Strand of Pearls Necklace with Large Safety Pins by Tom Binns, modaoperandi.com, $1,140.00

 

 

Lanvin Woven Flutter Hat,
Pandora Clutch with Pins by Charlotte Olympia

 

 

 

Lanvin Woven Flutter Hat, farfetch.com, $954.00

Pandora Clutch with Pins by Charlotte Olympia, modaoperandi.com, $1,495.00

 

 

Two of our absolute favorites:

 

 

 

Rose Gold-Plated Twisted Safety Pin Ring by Tom Binns

 

Rose Gold-Plated Twisted Safety Pin Ring by Tom Binns, stylebop.com, $190.00

 

 

Lanvin Embellished Safety Pin

 

 

This art deco embellished version from Lanvin looks especially stunning pinning a bolero jacket on for fall.

 

 

If you are looking to let the trend percolate into interiors as well try these from Ballard Designs:

 

Safety Pins Ballard Designs

 

 

Safety Pins, ballarddesigns.com, $35.00 for a set of three

 

Wrapped in Chains

  • 25th July 2013

In the spring we had oversized pearls, and now come fall Chanel launches the trend towards oversized chain-link.

 

Chain link at Chanel

Chain link at Chanel. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

Chanel Chain Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Shoefessional.com

 

 

Rita Ora in White Chanel Chain Boots

Rita Ora Photo Courtesy of: Fashionbombdaily

Rita Ora Photo Courtesy of: Fashionbombdaily

 

Chanel Autumn Chains

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.fr

 

 

Chanel chains behind the scenes.  Photo courtesy of:  Sphere Life

Chanel chains behind the scenes. Photo courtesy of: Sphere Life

 

 

 

Chanel Chainlink Accessories

Chanel Chainlink Accessories. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

 

 

 

Dripping in chains

Photo Courtesy of: Elle

 

If you want to channel the Chanel look combining leather and chain-link try your wrist with:

 

Leather and Chain-link Wrap Bracelet
Sara Designs Gold Chain Pyramid and Leather Chain Link Bracelet

 

Chain Link Leather Wrap Bracelet, windsorstore.com, $8.90

Sara Designs Gold Pyramid Chain and Black Leather Wrap Bracelet, maxandchloe.com, $198.00

 

Another boot option:

 

 

Saint Laurent Black Suede 'Opyum 105' Chain Link Boots

 

 

Saint Laurent Black Suede ‘Opyum 105′ Chain Link Boots,’ bluefly.com, $447.00

 

 

Jeffrey Campbell chain link sneakers

Jeffrey Campbell chain link sneakers. Photo Courtesy of: Elle

 

 

A chunky watch that will match with almost anything:

 

Michael Kors Gold IP Stainless Steel Twist Chain Watch

 

Michael Kors Gold IP Stainless Steel Twist Chain Watch, saks.com, GBP £155.32

 

 

Our everyday goto headband.  It adds a chic touch to any outfit and is, literally the perfect accessory:

(Believe us, you will wear this all of the time!) 


Chain Rutihorn

Rutihorn chain headband

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chain, rutihorn.com, $42.00

 

Absolutely perfect for the budget conscious:

 

Forever21 Oversized Chain Link Cuff

 

 

Oversized Chain-link Cuff, forever21.com, $8.80

 

And if you need to see how other top designers are working the chain-link trend:

 

Chain Link Balenciaga Vogue Japan

Balenciaga: Vogue Japan

Celine Chain Link

Celine: Bazaar

 

Dior Chain Link

Dior: Vogue Collections Paris

Natalli Brilli chain Link

Natalli Brilli: Bazaar

 

 

Vintage Chain-Link Necklaces and Cuffs

Vintage Chain-Link Necklaces and Cuffs. Photo Courtesy of: Elle

 

 

 Last Look:

 

Balmain Spring 2014 Look featuring Rihanna

 

Rihanna for Balmain

 

 

 

 

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Voleur: Steal this Strapless Look

  • 26th June 2013

You’ve definitely seen this look before, but with the slew of chic strapless dresses available this summer trying it is a must!  The underlying t-shirt is most commonly done in white, but we’ll try a few bright colors below too just to keep it fresh & fun!

 

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Emma Stone looks lovely in Lanvin. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana

Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Magazine

 

 

 

 

Chances are, you have a black strapless dress in your closet already. But, if you don’t, here are a few to consider.

 

Lanvin Bow Back Strapless with Brocade Skirt

 

 

1.) Lanvin Bow Back Brocade Skirt, barneys.com, $4,930.00 (Pre-Order, August Delivery Expected)

2.) Izabel London Flower Trim Multi Layer Lace Dress, houseoffraser.co.uk, £ 26.00

3.) Women’s Leather Panel Strapless Dress by Halston Heritage, julesb.co.uk, £77.00

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4.) Burnout T-Shirt, topshop.com, $32.00

 

 

Bring on Colors!

Any chance we get to mix lemon yellow with french blue and strawberry red we take!

 

Loft Petite Striped Strapless Flare Dress

 

Pull it together with…. 

 

Charlotte Olympia Zodiac Suede Slippers

 

Petite Striped Strapless Flare Dress, loft.com, $98.00

Basic Crop Tee, topshop.com, $16.00

Charlotte Olympia Zodiac Suede Slippers, net-a-porter.com, $695.00

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in No. 4, Deep Strawberry Red, sephora.com, $34.00

 

 

A melon colored ballet t-shirt gives this more formal dress a casual summertime flare.

 

JCrew Lacey Dress in Cotton Cady

 

JCrew Lacey Dress in Cotton Cady, jcrew.com, $169.99

Perfect Fit Ballet Button-Tee, jcrew.com, $26.50

 

Add some great embellishments!

 

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Blue Note

 

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Blue Note, chanel.com, $30.00

Lanvin Band Choker Brass, cultstatus.com.au, $486.50

Roberto Cavalli Necklace, yoox.com, $468.00

 

Do it Floral!

 

 

Zara Floral Print Strapless Dress

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Strapless Floral Print Mini Dress, farfetch.com, $759.50

Zara Floral Print Strapless Dress, zara.com, $49.99

Fine Jersey Short Sleeve Women’s T, americanapparel.net, $18.00

 

 

All you need is a great pair of heels to cap it off:

 

Sigerson Morrison Keiko High Heels with Studs

 

 

 

Sigerson Morrison Keiko High Heels with Studs, shopbop.com, $237.50

Pollini Closed Toe Patent White Pumps, shoescribe.com, $495.00

Luichiny’s Green Daz Ey-Mint, heels.com, $74.99

 

 

Making Fancy Look Effortless.  White Tank Top Under Organza Strapless.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Russia.

Making Fancy Look Effortless. White Tank Top Under Organza Strapless. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Russia.

Floral Fantasy

  • 13th June 2013

In reading about the Spring Collections recently we came across this picture in the UK InStyle showcasing the “couture” garden creations which popped up at Chanel, Dior, and many of the major fashion houses.

 

Spring Collection 2013 Florals

Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

 

Yes, these lush pieces are gorgeous, but if you break them down the flowers are not that extraordinary and it got us thinking about a few specific roses and one signature green flower that your garden requires in order to create truly bespoke, and unique florals.  

 

Let’s start with the three roses that are simply for your cutting garden.

 

1.) Scentimental is not new by any means.  But, you will be hard-pressed to find this unique, paint-splattered rose in an arrangement done by your local florist.  It’s a floribunda that will keep producing throughout the season.  It will not add pop or much interest to your garden in general, but as a cutting-rose it creates standout arrangements with the most amazing perfume.

 

Scentimental Rose Up Close

Close up of ‘Scentimental’ in an arrangement

Scentimental in the yard

Scentimental in the yard

 

 

Scentimental, jacksonandperkins.com, $18.95

2.) Blue Girl  is also not a new comer.  This hybrid-tea bursts into bloom in silvery, bluish lavender with long hardy stems.  Again, for the same reason it is not a knockout in the yard, it is perfect for singular arrangements.  The color is unusual, subtle and not replicated by any flower-shop finds.  A fantastic bonus is that the perfume is second-to-none.

 

Blue Girl Rose and Scentimental in a gorgeous flower arrangement

Blue Girl Rose and Scentimental in a gorgeous flower arrangement

Blue Girl Rose in the yard

Blue Girl Rose in the Yard

 

Blue Girl Rose, heirloomroses.com, $17.50

 

3.) Koko Loko is an absolute rookie!  This newcomer has the color of the creamiest latte.  It is amazingly rare to find a flower this attractive that is a beautiful, nutty light brown.  It gives any arrangement a vintage look and a true elegance.  It carries no perfume.

 

 

 

The Light Brown Koko Loko up close

The ‘latte brown’ Koko Loko Up Close

 

 

Koko Loko, edmundsroses.com, $19.95

 

We have nothing against hydrangeas, but in the spring you can achieve a much lacier and delicate effect by substituting in young Viburnum (also called Japanese Snowball) into your florals.  Viburnum flowers prolifically and while it comes on a sturdy woody stalk the weight of the flower ball allows it to drape just perfectly over the side of your vase.

 

Viburnum in a floral arrangement with roses, poppies and tulips

Viburnum is the green ball on the lower right side

Viburnum amongst hyacinth, peonies and roses

Viburnum amongst hyacinth, peonies and roses

 

 

 

 

We recommend picking the viburnum while it is still green otherwise it matures into a snow white flower.  Unlike the roses mentioned above, viburnum looks truly lovely in your yard and brings a night garden to life.

 

Mature Viburnum in the garden

Mature Viburnum in the garden

 

 

Viburnum, whiteflowerfarm.com

 

Last Look Florals

 

Green Powder Room with Gorgeous Floral Appliques

Powder Room with Hand Painted Aluminum Flowers Created by designer Katie Ridder. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Décor

Dolce&Gabbana Floral Earrings

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Earrings and Pendant

If You’re Heading to….Mumbai

  • 25th May 2013

A few years back while shopping in Mumbai I spotted a pair of the most fabulous shoes coming my way.  Naturally, I stopped the woman and inquired about their origin.  I followed her path of a few right turns and some left turns and landed at a chic new boutique filled with up-and-coming Indian designers.

 

Silver Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai
Beige Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai

 

 

Of course, they did not have my size there.  But, the sales woman was kind enough to tell me to hit a store in the shopping mecca Colaba called, Oak Tree….where they would make my size and have them delivered to my door later!

 

 

Bronze Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai
Bronze Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai

 

 

It is not possible to rave enough about these sandals!  They are available in practically every color gunmetal, silver, bronze, white, black, poppy red…the list goes on and on.  You can purchase them in varying wedge heel heights.  (I have shorter heels for the day and clearly higher ones for more dressy occasions)  They match perfectly with pants, skirts, dresses, swimwear, sarees, whatever.  Dressed up or down they are consistently comfortable, even with a 25 lb toddler on your hip.  They’re under $50.00.  They last forever.  And, I myself get stopped repeatedly as people inquire about their origin.

 

Black Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai
Black Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai

 

 

I have sent loads of friends to Oak Tree and they are never disappointed.  They always come back with a bounty…you will too!  What’s best is they don’t only carry shoes.  There are gauzy embroidered dresses, white breezy tunics, stylish clutches from the ever-popular line 500 BC, and statement jewelry.

 

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

 

If you’re heading to Mumbai you need to shop on Colaba Causeway.  So, duck into Oak Tree…you don’t want to miss it!

 

 

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Oak Tree, 18 Cusrow Baug, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai

+91 22 2281 9031

 

 

For those not traveling to the Indian subcontinent any time soon, you can find select style at:

indianhanger.com

All the Buzz!

  • 21st May 2013

Bees may be in decline globally (which is truly no laughing matter) but, they seem abundantly celebrated everywhere else.  Having never been stung (yet!) and passionately enamored with everything floral, a love of bees naturally follows.

 

 

Cara Delevingne wears the  Lanvin bee brooch.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia

Cara Delevingne wears the Lanvin bee brooch. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia

 

 

 

 

Delfina Delettrez To bee or not to be piercing ring delfina delettrez

To bee or not to be piercing ring, delfinadelettrez.it, € 1.100,00

 

 

Thus we are more than happy to (bee) part of this incredible buzz!

 

 

Solange Azagury Partridge Bee Ring
Schield Bee Ring

 

 

 

Solange Azagury Partridge Bee Ring, astleyclarke.com, $1760.00

Schield Bee Ring, luisaviaroma.com, $197.00

 

 

From well over $1,000 to under $10.00, there are accessories to suit all…

 

 

Target Bee Clutch

Target Bee Earrings

 

 

Bee Cuff Bracelet, target.com, $9.99

Bee Earrings, target.com, $7.99

 

 

Bee earrings metropolitan museum of art store

 

 

Bee earrings and pin, metstore.org, $95.00

 

Embroidered Bee Clutch Alexander McQueen

 

Embroidered Bee Clutch Alexander McQueen, matchesfashion.com, $4,495.00

 

 

Jeffrey Campbell Who Could that Be? Sandals
Etro Bee Detail T-Bar Sandal

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Campbell Who Could that Bee? Sandals, modcloth.com, $114.99

Etro Bee Detail T-Bar Sandal, farfetch.com, $531.78

 

 

Evocateur Bumble Bee Vintage Cuff

 

 

Evocateur Bumble Bee Vintage Cuff, ahalife.com, $458.00

 

 

Delfina Delettrez cuff.  Photo Courtesy of:  Elle Italia

Delfina Delettrez cuff. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Italia

 

 

 

Marni Jewel Bee Embellished Metallic Leather and Suede Sandals
Bee Blazer Sonia Rykiel

 

 

 

Marni Jewel Bee Embellished Metallic Leather and Suede Sandals, theoutnet.com, $469.99

 

Bee Blazer Sonia Rykiel, farfetch.com, $564.26

 

 

 

Eve Bee Necklace with Diamonds and Citrine in Gold

 

 

Eve Bee Necklace with Diamonds and Citrine in Gold, kiki.co.uk, £1,600.00

 

 

Betsey Johnson Antique Gold Plated Rosette Bee Earrings
Bee Studs Forever21

 

 

Betsey Johnson Antique Gold Plated Rosette Bee Earrings, lordandtaylor.com, $30.00

Bee Studs, Forever21.com, $5.80

 

 

 

Embroidered Napoleonic Bee Pillow
Natural World Dessert Plate, Bee

 

 

 

Embroidered Napoleonic Bee Pillow, Ballarddesigns.com, $55.00

Natural World Dessert Plate, Bee, anthropologie.com, $18.00

 

Fornash Bumble Bee Earrings
Fornash Bumble Bee Earrings

 

 

Fornash Bumble Bee Earrings, simplysoles.com, $32.00

 

 

 

Bee Crochet Hat

 

Little Bee Crochet Hat, shopruche.com, $23.00

 

 

 

Last Look

 

Chocolate Bees

 

These are gorgeous!!! Perfect for the chocolate lover, the gardener, the insect lover….the list goes on and on….

 

Not chewy like a store bought caramel, our bee chocolates have a liquid caramel center and a clear, caramelized honey taste. This unique flavor comes naturally from the fragrant basswood honey we use, supplied by the Draper Family Apiaries in Millerton, PA. Once filled, each of the nine bees is carefully painted by hand with a paper-thin layer of yellow and black cocoa butter. Guaranteed to please the palate just as much as the eye.

 

Chocolate Bees John & Kiras
Chocolate Bees John & Kiras

 

Chocolate Bees 9 Piece, johnandkiras.com, $29.00

 

Super cute for the kids room:

 

Bee Stand Ballard Designs

 

 

Bee Stand, ballarddesigns.com, $35.00

The Statement Necklace

  • 20th May 2013

The first lady we know of to don this trend was Cleopatra and who would not want to follow her fashion lead?

 

 

Vivien Leigh in a statement necklace looking uber glamorous.  Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

Vivien Leigh in a statement necklace looking uber glamorous. Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

 

 

 

 

Bronze and Oxidised Silver Necklace Annoushka

Bronze and Oxidised Silver Necklace Annoushka, photo by Marie Claire

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Emma Stone in Lanvin, photo courtesy of: InStyle

 

The best part about this trend is that anyone can look to it to freshen up their outfit.  Above, we see two examples of a bold necklace mirrored by another matching accessory complementing an elegant monochrome ensemble.

 

However…..

 

Statement Pieces can Also Pop Against Patterns.

 

Marion Cotillard wears a Dior Statement Piece

Marion Cotillard wears a Dior Statement Piece, photo courtesy of: InStyle

 

 

 

Statement Gold Necklace with Rings

Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

 

Copy this Look Highlighting Rings Via:

Eddie Borgo O Ring Necklace

 

Eddie Borgo O Ring Necklace, shopbop.com, $290.00

 

Or, the Lanvin “Hero” Piece….

 

Lanvin Hero Piece

Lanvin, Photo Courtesy of, The Edit, Net-a-Porter.com

 

 

Almost similar to the Lanvin look above is this great piece from Garnet Hill:

 

 

Linda Levinson Designs Bib Necklace from Garnet Hill

Linda Levinson Designs Bib Necklace from Garnet Hill

 

Linda Levinson Designs Bib Necklace, garnethill.com, $478.00

 

Tap into the Pearl Trend….

 

Belle Fleur Pearl Statement Necklace

 

Belle Fleur Pearl Statement Necklace, katespade.com, $298.00

 

 

Marnie Flower Necklace

Flower Necklace, Photo Courtesy of: Elle, UK

 

 

Revisit the Above Look via Marni….

 

Marni Horn Flower Necklace

 

Marni Horn Flower Necklace, net-a-porter.com, $480.00

 

 

Go Vintage Art-deco with the Perfect Piece…

 

Valentino Deco Swarovski Crystal Necklace

 

 

Valentino Deco Swarovski Crystal Necklace, net-a-porter.com, $725.00

 

The Long, Lean Lariat…

 

Gold Mesh Lariat

Gold Mesh Lariat, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar

 

 

 

Miki Long Necklace, Aurelie Bidermann

 

Miki Long Necklace, aureliebidermann.com, 1 150 €

 

Fallon Jewelry Classique Lariat Necklace

 

 

Fallon Jewelry Classique Lariat Necklace, shopbop.com, $125.00

 

Egyptian Snake Lariat the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

Egyptian Snake Lariat the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

 

 

Egyptian Snake Lariat, shop.metmuseum.org, $225.oo

 

Perfect for Summer Escapes….

 

The Shell Necklace by Suzanna Dai

 

The Shell Necklace by Suzanna Dai, calypsostbarth.com, $425.00

 

 

Indigenous…

“Exquisitely crafted from ostrich egg shell, the 7 Hoop Ostrich Eggshell Necklace from One Fine Thread’s Jewels of the Kalahari collection is an eclectic statement piece.”

 

One Fine Thread 7 Hoop Ostrich Eggshell Necklace

 

One Fine Thread 7 Hoop Ostrich Eggshell Necklace, shoplatitude.com, $360.00

 

Lanvin is all about Love…

 

Lanvin Swarovski Crystal Heart & Arrow

 

 

Lanvin Swarovski Crystal Heart & Arrow, net-a-porter.com, $695.00

 

 

The Best Way to NOT Break the Bank….

 

Box & Curb Chain Choker Forever21

 

 

 

Box & Curb Chain Choker, forever21.com, $12.80

 

 

 

Beaded Tribal Necklace Forever21

 

 

Beaded Tribal Inspired Necklace, forever21.com, $12.80

 

 

 

Red Silk & Fuschia Agate Necklace

 

 

Red Silk & Fuschia Agate Necklace, shoplatitude.com, $90.00

 

 

Last Look:

 

Miu Miu Chokers

 

The world of Miu Miu, Courtesy of Estetica Magazine, China

 

The Ultimate Statement Necklace:

 

Couture Necklace by PPQ for TESOR Baku magazine

Couture Necklace by PPQ for TESOR. Photo Courtesy of: Baku magazine

à la Mountain mode!

  • 19th May 2013

Summer plans are being solidified now as Spring comes to a close and there is no better time than to get organized for the impending packing.  If it’s the sweet mountain air that’s calling you….then you’re in luck!

 

 

Wildflowers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Wildflowers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 

 

Today we feature a special guest post from an impeccably stylish, mother-of-three who manages to keep everything under control effortlessly, Sheralyn Baltes.  Her love affair with Jackson Hole, Wyoming has been going strong for years and if you are headed to the mountains, ranch or countryside this summer we urge you to take her lead….

 

 

Mountains skyrocket up in Jackson

Mountains skyrocket up in Jackson

 

Sheralyn talks about the ‘Modern Mountain’ style…

Growing up in Seattle, I was able to experience a perfect balance between city living and mountain living. With the Cascade Mountain range at our fingertips, we camped, hiked, fished, and chased crickets all summer long. When I became a parent, I knew that I wanted my children to have the same experience. We are blessed to spend 8 months of the year in Santa Monica and the other 4 months in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The 3 summer months are particularly magical. I’m filled with nostalgia and joy everyday as I watch my 3 young boys run around our property freely. 

 

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 
In an effort to free up my time out there, every spring, I get very strategic about my summer “in the mountains” fashion choices. The last thing I want to be doing on a warm summer evening is ordering new shoes from Zappos! No, no, nothat is precious time used for making guacamole and fresh margaritas! This year, I wanted to be particularly crafty. I needed to make versatile yet stylish choices. I was stuck somewhere between Coachella and the Jackson Hole Rodeo. (Coachella, I knew was too young, too hip, and too music festival cool for me. The Jackson Hole Rodeo smells like horse poop and Wranglers look weird on my back side.) What’s a girl to do?! 
 
I wrote out the following guidelines: 
  1. Must be durable: Let’s not forget that I’m chasing 3 boys through river beds. 
  2. Must reflect my personality: Disciplined/structured but likes to let loose from time to time.
  3. Must reflect my sense of style: Disciplined/structured but likes to let loose from time to time.
  4. Must respect my age: I’m a 40 year old mom not a 25 year old music festival attendee. 
  5. Must be versatile: Need items that will interchange easily. 
  6. Must be cost conscious: Gotta know when to splurge and when to save. 
  7. Must be found online: Who has time to go shopping? 

 

ModernMountain3

I used a few pictures from our property and created the storyboard picture shown above. I got inspiration from the area, and I slowly added clothing pieces that seemed to fit. Below is what I ended up with: 

1. Low ankle Golden Goose boots: My one big splurge.

 These boots can be worn with shorts, skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, dresses, or just about anything. The boots from this brand are pricey, but they are worth it. I bought my last pair almost 5 years ago and I still wear them 2-3 times per week. The belt shown is also from Golden Goose. 

2. Boyfriend cut-off shorts: I bought mine from Current Elliot. 

  • Save: Take an old pair of low-waisted baggy jeans, cut them off mid thigh, leave the ends frayed, wash a few times, and you’re good to go. 
  • When cutting, make sure to cut mid-thigh, not too short, not too long. 
  • Make sure they are low-waisted. 
  • Make sure they are loose fitting. 

 

3. Simple, lightweight, versatile blouses

  • Save: The floral print in the picture is from Forever 21, it was $17.00. It is so pretty in real life. It’s sheer, ties at the waist, and is absolutely versatile and flattering. 
  • The tunic is from Madewell, also a great value. 
  • The white sleeveless top is from Vince. A bit of a splurge but worth it. 

 

4. No.6 Clogs: I’m obsessed. They are so cute and so comfortable. I found mine at Steven Allen. I wear these with shorts, boyfriend jeans, and simple dresses. 

 

 

5. Button-down dress: This is a mountain girl must have. This one is from Old Navy. 

 

 

6. Rings & necklace: I made these at Semi Precious on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. 

  • Ask for Amy, show her a picture of what you’re looking for, and she’ll either make it for you or help you make it. 
  • She has an amazing selection of materials, she’s incredibly talented, and she’s really fun.  
Sunrise over Jackson Vista

Sunrise over Jackson Vista

I’m styled and ready for summer—Now, all I need to do is get through the rest of the school year!!
Giddy up Girlfriends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pearls are a girl’s best friend?

  • 18th May 2013

This season Chanel celebrated the sentiment of its founder who said, “a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls!

 

 

Coco Chanel in her 'ropes of pearls' photo courtesy of Domino Magazine

Coco Chanel in her ‘ropes of pearls’ photo courtesy of Domino Magazine

 

 

Chanel Spring 2013 Pearls

Chanel Spring 2013 Pearls, Photo Courtesy of L’Officiel Thailand

 

 

Pearls Backstage at Chanel

Pearls Backstage at Chanel, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Australia

 

Chanel necklace embellished with pearls, chanel.com

 

And, of course, everyone has quickly followed suit….Here are some of the best ways to work pearls into your wardrobe.  

 

The Copy Cat!

Everyone is copying Chanel’s ‘oversized’ look….

 

Zara Maxi Pearl Necklace
Accessorize Catwalk Pearl Statement Necklace

 

Zara Maxi Pearl Necklace, zara.com, $30.00

Accessorize Catwalk Pearl Statement Necklace, $29.00

 

 

Kenneth Jay Lane Simulated Pearl Cluster Necklace

 

Kenneth Jay Lane Simulated Pearl Cluster Necklace, neimanmarcus.com, $120.00

 

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace, garnethill.com, $198.00

 

 

 

Chanel Pearl Bracelets

Chanel Pearl Bracelets

Chanel Pearl Cuff

Chanel Pearl Cuff, Photo Courtesy of Architectural Digest

 

Chanel cuff in transparent resin and metal embellished with glass pearls, chanel.com

 

 

Sleek and modern art deco pearl cuff.  Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

Sleek and modern art deco pearl cuff. Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

 

 

Other ways to wrap the trend around your wrist, fingers and ears….

 

The single pearl is stunning in this ring by Larissa Landinez

 

Oyster Ring Larissa Landinez

 

Oyster Ring 18K Yellow Gold, larissalandinez.com, €700.00

 

Stella and Dot Lucia Bracelet,
Lanvin Pearls and Gros Grains Bracelet

 

Stella and Dot Lucia Bracelet, stelladot.com, $69.00

Lanvin Pearls and Gros Grains Bracelet, dsw.com, $349.95 (a real steal)

 

 

 

Pearl Fusun Earring Shoplatitude

 

Pearl Fusun Earring, shoplatitude.com, $145.00

 

Unique Pearl Looks

 

Banana Republic Pearl Twist Necklace

 

 

Banana Republic Pearl Twist Necklace, bananarepublic.com, $89.50

 

Lanvin Pearl Woven Necklace

 

Lanvin Pearl Woven Necklace, dsw.com, $300.00

 

 

Rada Yellow Crystal and Glass Pearl Charm Long Necklace

 

 

Rada Yellow Crystal and Glass Pearl Charm Long Necklace, forzieri.com, $235.00

 

Take inspiration from the above to hang your favorite pendant or charm from any real or faux pearls….

 

Our elephant pendant on our favorite pearl necklace

Our elephant pendant on our favorite pearl necklace

 

Instant Go-To Glamour:

 

Rose Gold pendant necklace with diamonds and freshwater pearls Cartier

Photo Courtesy of: Elle. Rose Gold pendant necklace with diamonds and freshwater pearls—Cartier

 

 

 

South Sea Baroque Cultured Pearl, Water Opal, and Diamond Earrings, Mikimoto.

Photo Courtesy of: Elle. South Sea Baroque Cultured Pearl, Water Opal, and Diamond Earrings—Mikimoto.

 

 

The Sunglasses 

 

Dior Pearl Studded Sunglasses

Dior, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Australia

 

 

Chanel Pearl Sunglasses

Chanel Pearl Glasses. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

Asos Pearl Sunglasses

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

Christy Turlington Pearl Sunglasses

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, Australia

 

The Perfect Clutch:

 

Santi at Liberty Pearl Clutch

Santi Pearl Clutch, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

Santi Pearl & Beaded Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santi Pearl & Beaded Clutch, lorisshoes.com, $138.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharp Pearl-Studded Clothes

 

Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2013 Pearls

Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2013 Pearls. Photo courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Mini Dress
Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Blazer

 

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Mini Dress, farfetch.com, $1142.7

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Blazer, farfetch.com, $1316.87

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Faux Pearl Embellished Ribbed Wool Top

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Faux Pearl-Embellished Ribbed Wool Top, net-a-porter.com, $675.00

 

 Bejeweled Hair

 

Pearl Pony Tail at the Chanel Spring Show

Pearl Pony Tail at the Chanel Spring Show. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

 

“To DIY, place a small bead on to the end of a headpin and thread through a jubo craft-store pearl; use needle nose pliers to wrap the end of the wire around an elastic.  Sound tricky?  Then simply string a piece of dental floss through the pearl and double-knot the ends around the elastic.  Secure with superglue.”  Text taken in entirety from InStyle

 

 

Chanel Pearl Hairband

Chanel Pearl Hairband is stunning. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

 

 

The brand that defines them

 

As Mikimoto celebrates its 120th anniversary it also affords the most sophisticated styles

 

MIkimoto Ombre Pearls

Mikimoto Ombre Pearls. Photo Courtesy of: Departures Magazine

Mikimoto Waterfall Earrings

Mikimoto Waterfall Earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Harrods

 

 

mikimoto.com

 

Rene Caovilla Pearly T-Strap Sandal

 

 

Rene Caovilla Pearly T-Strap Flat Sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com, $795.00

 

Pearls also abound in the Chanel Edinburgh Collection with pearl encrusted belts and huge pearl drop earrings.  Photo Courtesy of: Sphere

Pearls also abound in the Chanel Edinburgh Collection with pearl encrusted belts and huge pearl drop earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Sphere

 

 

Mix the Chanel Fingerless Glove Look with the Penchant for Pearls:

 

Protolano White Fingerless Gloves with Pearls Saks

Protolano White Fingerless Gloves with Pearls Saks

 

Last Look!

Perhaps the most photographed piece of jewelry this spring…the diamond and freshwater pearl headpiece from the Great Gatsby Ziegfeld Collection at  Tiffany & Co.

 

Tiffany & Co. Headpiece Great Gatsby

Tiffany & Co. Headpiece Great Gatsby. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

 

 

des Fruits…

  • 16th May 2013

As summer beckons so to do meals with bountiful bowls of fruit and simple savory salads.  We saw these necklaces that are all the rage across the Atlantic and immediately followed their trail into the world of bright colorful summer-loving produce!!

 

Les Nereides Fruits d'Automne
Les Nereides Fruits d'Automne

 

Les Nereides Fruits d’Automne, forzieri.com, $174.00

 

A fun fresh gift for anyone on your hit list this summer

 

Leather Key Rings from Mulberry

Photo Courtesy of: Tatler Magazine

Leather Key Rings from Mulberry Banana

Mulberry Banana Key Ring, Photo Courtesy of: Miss Vogue, UK

 

 

 

 

Mulberry Key Ring, mulberry.com, $120.00

 

 

In Milan, Moschino Cheap & Chic let their pineapple print steal the show!

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar Hong Kong

 

 

Here’s how we would work the ‘ananas’ into our spring/summer wardrobe…

 

Moschino Cheap and Chic Pineapple Print Shorts
Anthropologie Fruit Stand Sweater

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print Shorts, farfetch.com, $194.96

Fruit Stand Sweater, anthropologie.com, $99.95

 

Olympia Tan Trousers
Olympia Tan Dress

 

Olympia Tan Trousers, colette.fr, €750.00

Olympia Tan Dress, colette.fr, €850.00

 

 

Anya Hindmarch Apple Moire Celadon Purse

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

 

Anya Hindmarch Celadon Moire Apple Clutch, anyahindmarch.com, 

Fruit Print Trousers Dolce & Gabbana

 

Fruit Print Trouser Pant Dolce & Gabbana, barneys.com, $520.00

 

 Last Look!

 

De Grisogono Necklace Grape Black Galuchat Necklace

Photo Courtesy of: Harrods Magazine

 

 

De Grisogono Grape Black Galuchat Necklace in White Gold with Pranites, Emeralds and Diamonds.  Price upon request at Harrods

 

 

Ça c’est l’été

  • 3rd May 2013

We saw these lemon yellow jeans in Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong and just had to build a summer look around them.  We can’t imagine a time when they would not be au courant and fresh.

 

Yellow Jeans Weekend by MaxMara

Weekend by MaxMara, Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

 

 

Paired with one of these nautical slippers (featuring stripes and gingham in the most unexpected place) they are perfect.

 

Tod's Striped Satin Leather-Trimmed Smoking Slippers
Dolce & Gabbana Wally Striped Linen Slippers

 

 

 

 

Tod’s Striped Satin Leather-Trimmed Smoking Slippers, saksfifthavenue.com, $465.00

Dolce & Gabbana Wally Striped Linen Slippers, mytheresa.com,  $388.00

 

 

Church's Flora Embroidered Gingham Slippers
Prada Gingham Slippers

 

 

Church’s Flora Embroidered Gingham Slippers, net-a-porter.com, $410.00

Prada Gingham Slippers, 330 Euros

 

On top we recommend a breezy blouse matched with a stark white fisherman’s cap.

 

Whisper Gauze Peasant Tunic
Summer Greek Fisherman Hat White

 

 

 

 

 

Whisper Gauze Peasant Tunic, jcrew.com, $65.00

Summer Greek Fisherman Hat White, hats-plus.com, $25.00

 

 

 Finishing Touch

 

 

Sailorbloom Necklace

 

Sailorbloom Necklace, anthropologie.com, $38.00

 

 

Last Look!

 

Now

Fisherman Cap
Fisherman Cap
Fisherman Cap

 

 and Then!

 

Evangelista

Vogue December 1988

If You’re Heading to…Laos

  • 30th April 2013

Indochine Revisited

 

Deneuve in Indochine

Catherine Deneuve in Indochine

Anakha Boutique

Anakha Boutique

 

 

Located in a beautiful, historic, “Blue House” French Colonial building constructed in 1920, Anakha Boutique is straight out of the ’90s best foreign film Indochine.

 

Store Front Anakha Boutique
Song Sunglasses

Sunglasses for sale from the French Vietnamese Designer ‘Song’

 

For anyone visiting Luang Prabang, Anakha is an absolute must!

 

Silk Dresses for sale in Anakha

 

 

Anakha captures that perfect essence wherein the taste is French and the fabrics, the products are Asian—colonial in spirit with a touch of modernity.

 

 

Decor Anakha
Vintage Photos Create the Most Transformative Atmosphere

Vintage Photos Create the Most Transformative Atmosphere

 

 

The Anakha brand is French designed with Lao fabrics, 100% Cotton hand made, natural dye, no chemicals

 

Silk Shirt Anakha
Deneuve Indochine

Deneuve in Indochine

 

 

 

They produce a limited range of items so each one is unique and special.  Due to the 100% hand made Lao fabric and the natural dye, many products cannot be reproduced (since no two fabrics are the same).

 

Purse Anakha

 

 

 

Anakha is located in the ‘Blue House’ a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

9, rue Sakkarine, Ban Vat Sene

Luang Prabang, LAO PDR

+33 (0) 662 62 80 43

anakhalifestyle.com

La Mer

  • 29th April 2013

Somewhere under the sea a whole lot of sea creatures don’t even realize how they are being celebrated up here!! As we are getting beach-ready so to are designers in every realm from home décor to jewelry.

 

Tentacled

 

Octopus in Glass, Silver Mint

 

 

Octopus in Glass, Silver Mint, plantationdesign.com, $425.00

 

 

Gold Octopus Pin .o5ct Diamond with Ruby Eyes
Opening Ceremony Octopus Patch Sweater

 

 

 

Gold Octopus Pin .o5ct Diamond with Ruby Eyes, scullyandscully.com, $2800.00

Opening Ceremony Octopus Patch Sweater, shopbop.com, $185.00

 

Jellyfish Giclee

 

Jellyfish Giclee, Ballarddesigns.com, $169.00

 

 

Jelly Bowls, gulnurozdaglar

 

Jelly Bowls, gulnurozdaglar.com

 

 

 

Anchors Away!

 

Awikio Riviera Stripe Dress by Malene Birger

 

Awikio Riviera Stripe Dress by Malene Birger, shopbop.com, $195.00

 

Joie Valera Anchor Jacuard Sweater
Cardigan in cotone stampa "mariniere,"

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire Italy

 

Joie Sweater, Valera Anchor Jacquard, bloomingdales.com, $219.30

Cardigan in cotone stampa “mariniere,” Marinayachting.it, 149€

 

Juicy Couture Knots & Anchors Necklace

 

1.) Gold Tone Stripe Anchor Drop Earrings, us.riverisland.com, $12.00

2.) Anchor Wheel Drop Earring, betseyjohnson.com, $40.00

3.) Juicy Couture Knots & Anchors Necklace, piperlime.gap.com, $48.00

 

 

 

The Big Fish

 

Chantecaille Save the Sharks Palette

 

Chantecaille Save the Sharks Palette, chantecaille.com, $83.00

 

Papier-mâché Shark

Papier-mâché Shark

 

 

Papier-mâché Shark, rhbabyandchild.com, $119.00

 

Enameled Dolphin Bangle JCrew

 

 

Enameled Dolphin Bangle, jcrew.com, $98.00

 

 

The Sea Equestrian

 

Anthropologie Bar Sea

Under the Sea Bar Ware, Anthropologie

 

 

 

Seahorse Bottle Opener Anthropologie

 

4.) Seahorse Bottle Opener, anthropologie.com, $14.00

5.) Blue Seahorse Charm, juicycouture.com, $48.00

6.) Finn Gold Pygmy Seahorse Pendant Necklace, barneys.com, $995.00

 

 

Ship-Mate

 

Anchor Locket Necklace Forever21

 

Locket Necklace, forever21.com, $3.80

 

Boy by Band of Outsiders, Sailboat Intarsia Sweater

Joules Womens Ships Print Silk Square Scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boy by Band of Outsiders, Sailboat Intarsia Sweater, shopbop.com, $365.00

Joules Womens Ships Print Silk Square Scarf, psyche.co.uk, £33.99

 

 

Gap Large Striped Tote
Rosetti Ships Ahoy Sailboat Striped Shopper

 

 

Gap Large Striped Tote, gap.com, $39.95

Rosetti Ships Ahoy Sailboat Striped Shopper, kohls.com, $35.40

 

 

Shells & Coral

 

Shell X-Ray Photography Williams Sonoma
Shell X-Ray Photography Williams Sonoma

 

Shell X-Ray Photography, williams-sonoma.com, $350.00-$1250.00

 

Anna G Shell Cuff Shoplatitude

 

Anna G Shell Cuff, shoplatitude.com, $80.00

 

 

Sea Life Tea Set Anthropologie

 

7.) Sea Life Tea Set, anthropologie.com, $16.00-$34.00

8.) Coral Hooks Wall Décor, rshcatalog.com, $29.00

9.) Shell Carafe, Quattro Home Thailand

 

 

Last Look:

 

These lanterns from Pottery Barn provide the perfect way to do seaside accents, like sand and starfish alongside your candles.

 

Pottery Barn Lanterns

Pottery Barn Lanterns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pottery Barn also features an amazing array of resin sea creatures.

 

 

 

 

Pottery Barn Shells
potterybarnshells2

 

 

à la Mod, Part Deux

  • 18th April 2013

Styling references to the ’60s dominate spring fashion, so we’ll take a quick look at the how to’s in hair, and ways to ‘mod-ify’ any outfit with prime accessories.

 

HairThe sexy, tousled bouffant

60s hair how to

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

60s hair how to

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

The first step is always a good volumizing spritz to the hair roots.

Use an oversized round brush to blow-dry hair big and voluminous.

Center-part hair.

Divide the hair on the crown of head into three equal sections.  Two front sections (see picture above) and one back section.

For the back section, use 2-3 inch pieces turn-by-turn and back-comb with a fine-toothed comb.

Using your fingers to gently tousle, pull back the back-combed sections together midway down your head and cinch.  This should have created a little uplift at the crown.   Tease the two front sections to add a touch of volume.  Keep the center part, or arrange as a dramatic side-part. Cinch the two front sections in the back as well and voila!

 

The Shoesa touch of white

 

Vogue White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

There are lots of interpretations of the perfect white boot this spring.  But, Jil Sander’s comes up on top!

 

Jill Sander Half Boots in White/Black

 

Jil Sander Leather Half Boots in White/Beige or White/Blackstylebop.com, $1270.00

 

jill Sander White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar

 

 

Jil Sander Leather Boots

 

 

Jil Sander Leather Bootsmytheresea.com, € 895.00

 

Jill Sander Leather Calf Boot

Jil Sander Leather Calf Boots, net-a-porter.com, $1250.00

 

White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

 

Stuart Weitzman Cuffy White Sandal

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

 

Cuffy Sandal, Stuartweitzman.com, $335.00

 

Cuffy Sandal Stuart Weitzman

 

 

 

 

Last LookKey Accessories

 

 

Mod Colorful Sunglasses Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

 

Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses
Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses

 

 Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses, colette.fr, $210.13

 

Dolce & Gabbana Mod Sunglasses

 

 

Dolcegabbana.com 

 

Black Resin Bangle Wallis UK
Cream Resin Bangle Wallis UK

 

Black (cream) resin bangle, wallis.co.uk, £5.95

 

Bonnie Jonas Stud Earrings
Moschino Gloria Mini Briefcase Bag

 

Bonnie Jonas Stud Earrings,nordstrom.com, $8.00

Moschino Gloria Mini Briefcase Bag, farfetch.com, $1894.65

Stick it to them

  • 15th April 2013
Lanvin Cravate Pin

Lanvin Cravat Pin. Photo Courtesy of: DuJour Magazine

Kidd Lilavivat Pins

Kidd Lilavivat Stick Pins

 

 

Cravat pin, lapel pin, stick pin, whatever you call them, they’re a uni-sex stye that’s fabulous and incredibly on trend!

 

 

A whole array awaits at the Lanvin boutique.

A whole array awaits at the Lanvin boutique.

 

 

 

Sonia Rykiel Stick Pin
Marni Wooden Stick Pin Brooch

 

Sonia Rykiel Smoked Crystal Brooch, forzieri.com, $83.00

Marni Wooden Bird Brooch, modaoperandi.com, $450.00

 

Prada Plexiglass Pin

 

Prada Plexiglass Brooch, prada.com, $375.00

 

Lanvin Cravate Pin

 

Lanvin Cravate Rose Pin, barneys.com, $165.00

 

 

With Lanvin and Prada both creating elegant versions of this accessory you know it’s time to go all out dapper and invest in one!

 

 

Seahorse Acne Pin
Starfish Acne Pin
Turtle Acne Pin

 

 

 

Acne Unisex lapel pin, farfetch.com, $51.07

 

 

For a large selection of antique stick pins ranging in price from $25.00 to well into the thousands of dollars, please visit rubylane.com and enter search “stick pin”

 

Rubylane Stick Pin
Rubylane Stick Pin
Rubylane Stick Pin

 

 

Last Look—A More Modern Approach

 

Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue Italy

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italy

 

 

High Marks in Geometry

  • 12th April 2013

Students are not the only ones getting A’s drawing sharp angles, clean lines and bold curves.  Designers are following suit, with Fendi leading the way.

 

 

Fendi Cuff and Baguette
Fendi Spring/Summer

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Australia

 

 

Fendi 2013 Graphic Clothing Sketch

Fendi 2013 Graphic Clothing Sketch. Photo Courtesy of: Baku

 

 

 

Jimmy Choo Geometric Snakeskin Clutch.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Jimmy Choo Geometric Snakeskin Clutch. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

 

 

Fendi Coat.  Photo Courtesy of: Saks Fifth Avenue

Fendi Coat. Photo Courtesy of: Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

 

 

Study our picks below for a crash course in all sorts of circles, squares and shapes in-between!

 

 

Group 4, Wilfredo Rosado
Group 4, Wilfredo Rosado

 

 

 

 

Group 4, Wilfredorosado.com

 

Liza Sherman Agra Low Table

Photo Courtesy of: Architectural Digest

 

 

Agra Low Table, lizasherman.com, $6,500

 

 

Proenza Schouler Patchwork Perforated Snake A-line Skirt

 

Proenza Schouler Patchwork Perforated Snake A-line Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $2,350.00

 

 

Angular Gemstones Necklace Forever21

 

Angular Gemstones Necklace, Forever21.com, $12.80

 

 

Nike Woven Nagoya
Nike Woven Nagoya

Nike Woven Nagoya

 

 

 

Nike Woven Nagoya Sneakers available at select Nike retailers

 

 

Picasso Floor Lamp by Bunny Williams Home

Picasso Floor Lamp by Bunny Williams Home. Photo Courtesy of: Arch Digest

 

We love the sleek silhouette of the above lamp.

Picasso Floor Lamp, Bunnywilliamshome.com, $1,000

 

 

 

Hermes Garden Craft Bag

Hermes bag handmade in India features geometric patterns inspired by jockey jackets

 

 

Hermes Garden Craft Bag, hermes.com, $6350.00

 

 

Jessica Alba in Louis Vuitton

Jessica Alba in Louis Vuitton

 

 

Langford Canopy Bed Bernhardt Interiors

 

Langford Canopy Bed, bernhardt.com, $5,290.00

 

Fendi Cuff

 

Fendi Cuff, price upon request

 

 

Stella McCartney Contoured Mesh-Inset Gingham Sheath Dress
Paris Fashion Week Stella McCartney

Spotted at Paris Fashion Week: Courtesy of Elle Collections

 

 

 

Stella McCartney Contoured Mesh-Inset Gingham Sheath Dress, bergdorfgoodman.com, $1780.00

 

 

Edie Parker Jean Geo Clutch

 

Edie Parker Jean Geo Clutch, barneys.com, $1295.00

 

 

D'mond Prestige Ring

 

D’Mond Prestige Ring, dmond.com

 

Adria Ankle Cuff Sandal Vince

 

Adria Ankle Cuff Sandal, Vince, neimanmarcus.com, $350.00

 

 

Hermes Rallye 24 Porcelain

Photo Courtesy of: Architectural Digest

 

Hermes Rallye 24 Porcelain and Circuit 24 tumblers with stainless steel stirrers and a vase, usa.hermes.com

 

 

 

 

Lanvin Shell Minaudière

 

Lanvin Shell Minaudière, barneys.com, $2190.00

 

 

 

Zara Asymmetric Top with Knot Neckline

 

 

Asymmetric Top with Knot Neckline, zara.com, $59.90

 

Big Bracelet

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italy

 

 

A smaller, but no less impactful version of the above…..

 

Wendy Nichol Black Opal Triangle Ring

 

 

Wendy Nichol Black Opal Triangle Ring, barneys.com, $1250.00

 

 

Last Look!  How to wear the trend in the most unexpected ways

 

Geometric Eyes

Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Thailand

 

What I Love Today…

  • 26th March 2013

The look of Carolina Bucci

 

Carolina Bucci Initial Rings

 

These gorgeous initial rings from Carolina Bucci are sure to be gracing the most fashionable fingers all over town and soon to be sold-out everywhere.

 

Carolina Bucci Initial Rings

 

 

The rings come in labradorite and 18k gold with a white or yellow gold initial and band.  Or, yellow gold with pavé diamond initials and band.  Prices vary from $3,705 to $5,685.  Made in Italy and available at the moment at Bergdorf Goodman on the main floor or Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills

The Look of Leather

  • 24th March 2013

The Spring/Summer lines took a cue from the popularity of last year’s leather pants/leggings and brought leather into the fold wherever possible.

 

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

 

It always works on belts, bags and shoes, but used elsewhere, leather can sometimes be overpowering.  Here are some sure-fire ways to make the look work.

 

Ohne Titel Leather Colorblock Dress
Ohne Titel Leather Colorblock Dress

 

 

 

Ohne Titel Leather Colorblock Dress, barneys.com, $1,010.00

 

Black Leather Skater Skirt
Tibi Pleated Faux Leather Skirt

 

Black Leather Skater Skirt, us.missselfridge.com, $114.00

Tibi Pleated Faux Leather Skirt, matchesfashion.com, $382.00

 

Leather Woven Chain Link Necklace Chloe

 

 

Leather Woven Chain Link Necklace, Chloe, mytheresa.com, € 198.00

 

Leather Yoke Cardigan Anthropologie
Leather Yoke Cardigan Anthropologie

 

Leather Yoke Cardigan, anthropologie.com, $98.00

 

Ermanno Scervino Runway

Ermanno Scervino Runway

 

 

Ermanno Scervino Runway

Ermanno Scervino Runway

 

 

Ermanno Scervino Runway

Ermanno Scervino Runway

 

 

 

Nanette Lepore Leather Spinning Skirt

Nanette Lepore Catch Me Leather Skirt
Red Valentino Leather Skirt

 

 

Nanette Lepore Leather Spinning Skirt, saksfifthavenue.com, $598.00

Nanette Lepore Catch Me Leather Skirt, saksfifthavenue.com, $239.30

Red Valentino Leather Skirt, saksfifthavenue.com, $695.00

 

 

Brunello Cucinelli Sleeveless Leather Top
Tess Giberson Reassembled Leather Top

 

 

Brunello Cucinelli Sleeveless Leather Top, bergdorfgoodman.com,

Tess Giberson Reassembled Leather Top, amazon.com, $735.00

 

Collection Printed Leather Skirt

 

 

Collection Printed Leather Skirt, jcrew.com, $1,200.00 (Pre-Order)

 

Leather Belstaff

2013 Collection Belstaff

 

Theory Elite Paper Bag Leather Shorts
Theory Elite Paper Bag Leather Shorts

 

 

Theory Elite Paper Bag Leather Shorts, matchesfashion.com, $903.00

 

Black Halo Leather Jackie O Dress
Black Halo Leather Jackie O Dress

 

 

Black Halo Leather Jackie O Dress, shopbop.com, $698.00

 

Leather Sleeve Tweed Dress
Leather Sleeve Tweed Dress

 

 

 

 

Leather Sleeve Tweed Dress, barneys.com, $169.00

 

Elizabeth & James Rex Leather-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket
Elizabeth & James Rex Leather-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth & James Rex Leather-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket, matchesfashion.com, $604.00

 

 

Narciso Rodriguez, Stretch Leather V-Neck Dress
Milly Snake Print Panel Dress
Milly Mirrored Leather Skirt

 

 

 

Narciso Rodriguez, Stretch Leather V-Neck Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $2,495.00

Milly Snake Print Panel Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $525.00

Milly Mirrored Leather Skirt, neimanmarcus.com, $495.00

 

Alexander Want Leather Fishline Pencil Skirt
Rebecca Minkoff Lace-up Leather Shorts
Rebecca Minkoff Lace-up Leather Shorts

 

Alexander Wang Leather Fishline Pencil Skirt, shopbop.com, $995.00

Rebecca Minkoff Lace-up Leather Shorts, shopbop.com, $398.00

 

If You’re Heading to…Maui

  • 15th March 2013

Hike Into the Bamboo Forest

When the wind sweeps through the trees Maui’s Bamboo Forest sounds like a cacophony of high-heeled shoes engulfing you, yet if you are lucky there are no other hikers (and definitely no stilettos) in sight.  It’s spectacular, intensely green and the end-note is a breathtaking waterfall.

 

Bamboo Forest Maui

 

The hike is neither hard nor long, but it is dirty, (squelchy) and reaching the waterfall up-close requires scrambling through rocky streams and getting quite wet!

 

Bamboo Forest Maui

 

 

If you are staying in Wailea, don’t let the drive scare you.  The road to Hana is definitely winding, and often one lane, but the views are spectacular, raw and truly untouched.

 

 

Once you’re rested, you might be pondering ways to infuse a little bamboo into your daily routine?  Some ideas…

 

Charlotte Olympia Bamboo Clutch

 

Charlotte Olympia Pandora Bamboo Perspex Clutch, net-a-porter.com, $825.00

 

 

Le Icon Il Bambu Purse Gucci

Le Icon Il Bambu Purse Gucci

 

 

Dinny Hall Gold Vermeil Bamboo Drop Pendant

 

1.) Dinny Hall Gold Vermeil Bamboo Drop Pendant, liberty.co.uk, £155

2.) Striped Grosgrain Sun Hat with Bamboo Ring, ralphlauren.com, $45.00

3.) Bettye Muller Pointe in Bamboo Print, simplysoles.com, $345.00

4.) Bamboo Trays, apartment48.com, $65.00

 

Wouters & Hendrix Long Bamboo Earrings
Uroco Kimono Bamboo Tote-Plum Flowers

 

 

Wouters & Hendrix Long Bamboo Earrings, farfetch.com, £407

Uroco Kimono Bamboo Tote-Plum Flowers, bottica.com, $212.00

 

 

 

Gucci Watch, Women's Swiss Bamboo and Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet

 

 

5.) Brass Bamboo Console, horchow.com, $669.00

6.) Astley Clarke Colour Peach Blush Bamboo Bangle, astleyclarke.com, £175

7.) Gucci Watch, Women’s Swiss Bamboo and Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet, macys.com, $995.00

8.) Annette Ferdinandsen Jade Bamboo Earrings, ylang23.com, $485.00

 

 

Gucci Oversized Rounded Square Sunglasses

 

Gucci Oversized Rounded Square Sunglasses, bloomingdales.com, $325.00

 

 

Paige Denim Skyline Skinny Ankle Peg Bamboo Jeans

 

 

9.) Paige Denim Skyline Skinny Ankle Peg Bamboo Jeans, coggles.com, £220

10.) Banana Republic Indo Bamboo Link Necklace, bananarepublic.gap.com, $70.00

11.) Kelly & Katie Bamboo Clutch, dsw.com, $24.95

 

 

Cathy Waterman Garnet Bamboo Earrings

 

12.) L’Wren Scott Bamboo Embroidered Dress, barneys.com, $1990.00

13.) Cathy Waterman Garnet Bamboo Earrings, ylang23.com, $2280.00

14.) Venetian Bamboo Leg Table, wisteria.com, $449.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dollop of Color

  • 10th March 2013

From elegant brushstrokes in hair, to wildly brilliant nails….

 

Town & Country Hair

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

Town & Country Hair

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

 

 

Victoria Beckham Pink Hair

Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

Wild Nails

Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections, Spring/Summer 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top to Bottom, the runway looks for 2013 Spring/Summer are all about bold color

 

 

Eyes at Dior

Eyes at Dior, Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections, Spring/Summer 2013

 

Here are few fabulous ways to work bright hues into your lifestyle and a few more runway looks to get your inner-palette energized!

 

 

 

stella.it jean skirt

 

skirt, stellajean.it, $544

 

Preen Serpent Skirt
Preen Serpent Skirt

 

 

Serpent Skirt by Preen, modaoperandi.com, $1,210

 

i-wares, seletti

 

i-wares,  Seletti.it and seletti.us

 

 

Stella Runway

Stella McCartney Runway

Stella Runway

Stella McCartney Runway

Stella Runway

Stella McCartney Runway

 

 

Irene Neuwirth Mixed Boulder Opal Bracelet

1.) Irene Neuwirth Mixed Boulder Opal Bracelet, barneys.com, $43,380.00

2.) Wave Vases, dbglassworks.com

 

Cambridge Satchel Company

 

Cambridge Satchel Company, cusp.com, $170.00

 

 

Arnold 100 patent-leather and mirrored-python sandals

 

3.) andreamarques.com

4.) Arnold 100 patent-leather and mirrored-python sandals, net-a-porter.com, $895.00

5.) Burberry London Metallic Leather Trenchcoat, bergdorfgoodman.com, $2995.00

 

 

Candy Chairs, indiamahdavi.com
Candy Chairs, indiamahdavi.com

 

Candy Chairs, indiamahdavi.com

 

Perro Leather Bookmark Coral

 

6.) Festive Wonderland Ornaments Cake, modernbite.com, $100.00

7.) Perro Leather Bookmark Coral, Loewe Madrid, loewe.com, 95 €

8.) Diorite Adizero sneakers, net-a-porter.com, $150.00

 

 

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Spring/Summer 2013

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Spring/Summer 2013

 

 

Mod Artist's Palette Painting, Horchow
Wild Chevron Giclee, Horchow

Mod Artist’s Palette Painting, horchow.com, $1125.00

Wild Chevron Giclee, horchow.com, $500.00

 

 

Charlotte Olympia Alexa Wedges

 

9.) Flip Flops Asia, Agatharuizdelaprada.com

10.) Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick, Rebelle, chanel.com, $34.00

11.) Alexa, charlotteolympia.com, £325

 

Waterford Araglin Prestige Cobalt 9" Vase
Napoleon Flatware, Horchow

 

 

Waterford Araglin Prestige Cobalt 9″ Vase, na.wwrd.com, $425.00

Napoleon Flatware, horchow.com, $84.90

 

M. Patmos Flora Silk Front Top
Veronica Beard the Skort

 

 

 

 

M. Patmos Flora Silk Front Top, shopbop.com, $395.00

Veronica Beard the Skort, shopbop.com, $495.00

 

 

Boden Seventies Wedge

 

Seventies Wedges, bodenusa.com, $98.00

 

For the little ones:

 

Bo-Kaap Trapeze Mini Dress

12.) Alex Toys Duct Tape Bangle Kit, store.metmuseum.org, $16.25

13.) Bo-Kaap Trapeze Mini Dress, teacollection.com, $27.00

14.) Durban Two Tie Romper, teacollection.com, $35.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cue from the Guys…

  • 4th March 2013

We know it’s technically in the men’s section, BUT….

We absolutely love this bracelet which steals a look from the boys!

 

Miansai Bracelet

 

Miansai, saksfifthavenue.com, $80.00

 

It looks fabulous paired with:

 

a multitude of of slim gold, stone-studded bangles

 

Gold Stone and Pearl Bracelets

 

Gold Stone and Pearl Bracelets, windsorstore.com, $10.90

 

A feminine white tunic dress

Shirley Crochet Kaftan

 

Shirley Crochet Kaftan by Melissa Obadash, matchesfashion.com, $334.00

 

Amazing Sandals

 

Bernardo Vintage Couture Moon Sandal
Bernardo Vintage Couture Moon Sandal

Bernardo Vintage Couture Moon Sandal, shop.bernardofootwear.com, $270.00

 

Calling the Fowl

  • 3rd March 2013

First it was feathers…now it is full-on birds as an adornment of choice and a trend that has taken flight with one and all this spring.  From the sage owl to the fluttering hummingbird and flashy parrot, many a chirping friend is represented here.  Playfully perfect for spring!

 

 

Pull Pampana Paul and Joe

 

1.) Pull Pampana, paulandjoe.com, 380.00 €

2.) Audubon Birds Vase, store.metmuseum.org, $55.00

3.) Sydney Evan Small Bird Cage Pendant, ylang23.com, $1080.00

4.) Hand Beaded Flamingo Clutch, anthropologie.com, $68.00

 

 

J Crew Silk Minaudiere in Hummingbird Floral

 

 

5.) Silk Minaudiere in Hummingbird Floral, jcrew.com, $248.00

6.) Bird Bistro Furniture, grandinroad.com, $129.00-$399.00

7.) Betsy Johnson Love Bird Heart Earring, betseyjohnson.com, $55.00

8.) Pier One Jute Bird Napkin Ring, pier1.com, $3.95

 

Chloé Bird Print Tee

 

9.) Needlepoint Guilded Blue Songbird Pillow, thesouthernhome.com, $79.00

10.) Vintage Bird on a Wire, oliverbonas.com, $18.00

11.) Chloé Bird Print Tee, harrods.com, £57.95

 

Asos Kissing Birds Across Body

 

 

12.) Bird Tureen with Stand, mottahedeh.com, $300.00

13.) Asos Kissing Birds Across Body, asos.com, $30.00

14.) The Birding Life Book, rshcatalog.com, $49.00

 

Crewcuts Bird Song Dress

 

 

15.) Painted Owl, wisteria.com, $49.00

16.) Girls Birdsong Print Dress, jcrew.com, $68.00

17.) Macaw Danglers, anthropologie.com, $348.00

18.) Accessorize Eden Flower Garden Bird Zip Top, accessorize.com, $18.00

 

Marni Bird Pendant Necklace with Ribbon

 

19.) Set of 4 Blue bird Candles, oliveandcocoa.com, $78.00

20.) Marni Bird Pendant Ribbon Necklace, neimanmarcus.com, $447.00

 

 

 

Peacock Hooked Wool Rug Garnet Hill

Peacock Hooked Wool Rug Garnet Hill

 

 

21.) Peacock Hooked Wool Rug, garnethill.com, $328.00

Voleur: Steal This Look

  • 1st March 2013
Town & Country Akris Dress

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

 

We love this ensemble because while it is truly ‘fashion magazine glamorous,’ it has accessible elements and little touches that we can easily steal.  Scarves are ubiquitous this season and we love how the effortless drape brings a casual flick to the look.

The silver cuffs toughen things up and the tribal necklace adds definite edge.  With such a bright color and statement jewelry the up-do is also key to providing balance.  The above ensemble costs well over $8,000, but we were able to put together a more attainable look for around $750.

 

 

Sari Necklace Calypso St. Barths Wide Foil Cuff Marc Jacobs

 

 

Silver Metal Bracelet, shoplatitude.com, $30.00

Sari Necklace, calypsostbarth.com, $185.00

Indah Tahani Cowl Dress, shopbop.com, $238.oo

Wide Foil Cuff, couture.zappos.com, $198.00

B-Low the Belt Braided Hip Belt, neimanmarcus.com, $62.00

Silk Diagonal Stripes Scarf, cwonder.com, $68.00

Flush with Florals

  • 27th February 2013

Spring flowers might be just on the precipice of peeking out of the ground, but there are bouquets a-plenty on the minds of designers who’ve placed petals on everything from jeans to  pot holders to baby shoes.  Even as winter persists in many parts of the world there are sure to be abundant blooms.

 

Chanel Floral Bodice

Chanel Floral Bodice

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Antoniomarras.it

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Italie

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Italie

 

 

Use these fresh florals below as inspiration to plan a spring-time garden party!!!

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Purse

 

 

1.) Cut Flowers Amaryllis, johnderian.com, $260.00

2.) Alice + Olivia Floral Skinny Jeans, shopbop.com, $198.00

3.) Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Embroidered Straw Handbag, mytheresa.com, € 2,250.00

 

Hybrid Insalatiera Salad Bowl, seletti.it

 

4.) Hybrid Insalatiera Salad Bowl, seletti.it

5.) Toms Daisy Print Slip-On, Youth, neimanmarcus.com, $38.00

6.) Moncler Giasone, store.moncler.com, $875.00

 

Set of Five Bella Spring Candle Rings, grandinroad.com

 

7.) Miu Miu Necklace with Flower Clasp, miumiu.com, $695.00

8.) Pantalon Valandro, paulandjoe.com, € 345.00

9.) Set of Five Bella Spring Candle Rings, grandinroad.com, $69.00

 

 

Girls Bermuda Short in Tea Rose

 

 

10.) Wedgwood Floral Majolica bowl with Strawberries, majolica.net, price upon request

11.) Slippers Candy Pink, Agnes B. Kids, littlefashiongallery.com, €52.68

12.) Girls Bermuda Short in Tea Rose, jcrew.com, $49.50

 

 Wallpaper Floral Print Dress, tedbaker.com

 

13.) Wallpaper Floral Print Dress, tedbaker.com, $375.00

14.) Boy’s Liberty Tie in June’s Meadow Floral, jcrew.com, $58.00

15.) Dolce & Gabbana Flower Dress, harrods.com, £415.00

 

Florigraphie, pot mat, seletti.it

 

Florigraphie, pot mat, seletti.it

 

 

Embellished Leather Thong Sandal, garnethill.com

 

16.) Embellished Leather Thong Sandal, garnethill.com, $39.50

17.)  Blossom Hook Rack, anthropologie.com, $19.95

 

 

Alberto Pinto Belles Saison & Compagnie Des Indes Dinner Plate
Alberto Pinto Belles Saison & Compagnie Des Indes Dinner Plate

 

 

Alberto Pinto Belles Saison & Compagnie Des Indes Dinner Plate, devinecorp.net, $360.00

 

 

 

Cadeaux Parfait—Prix Parfait

  • 26th February 2013

Great gifts under $50 are hard to find.

We are as fond of scented candles, aromatic soaps and good wine as anyone, but with just a tad more effort you can come up with something that will by-pass the random kitchen/hallway storage drawer and actually get used and loved.  And we have not gone above $50 (minus tax and shipping)

Cobalt Woven Paper Bowl Serena & Lilly

 

Cobalt Woven Paper Bowl, serenaandlily.com, $38.99

 

 

These are a few of our favorite ideas that work for anyone:  your friend’s birthday you suddenly remembered; end-of-year teacher ‘thank Us'; sudden invite to a colleague’s for brunch; secretary house-warming….whatever the occasion, stock up on a few of these now and you will be ready and thankful later.

 

 

GrandinRoad Lavendar Stack and RSH Hurricane

 

Lavendar Stack, grandinroad.com, $29.00

Small Hurricane, rshcatalog.com, $15.00

 

 

Handmade Jaipur Coasters Wisteria, Harvest Nut Tray DeanDeluca

 

Handmade Jaipur Coasters, wisteria.com, $16.80

Harvest Nut Tray, deandeluca.com, $24.00

 

 

Seventh Heaven Ring Sundance Catalog

 

 

Seventh Heaven Ring, sundancecatalog.com, $48.00

 

All Hours Winking Georgie Kate Spade

 

 

 

All Hours Winking Georgie, katespade.com, $49.00

(We suggest putting a few international coins from one of your favorite last trips inside just as a fun surprise!)

 

Gorjana Parker Leather Wrap Bracelet

 

 

Gorjana Parker Leather Wrap Bracelet, shopbop.com, $49.00

 

 

Embroidered Suzani Table Runner GrandinRoad

Embroidered Suzani Table Runner, grandinroad.com, $39.00

 

Bone Inlay Jewelry Box Serena & Lilly, Filigree Collar Necklace Forever21

 

Filigree Collar Necklace, Forever21.com, $8.80

Bone Inlay Jewelry Box, serenaandlily.com, $24.99

 

 

Iris Placemat The Southern Home
Dutch Tulip Placemat The Southern Home

 

 

Iris Placemat (set of 4) or Dutch Tulip Placemat (set of 4), thesouthernhome.com, $42.00

 

Threshold Flour Sack Towels Target

 

 

Threshold Flour Sack Cake Towel Set of 6, target.com, $20.00

 

Indian Ragamala Plate Met Museum Store

 

Favorite decoratively wrapped chocolates in…

Indian Ragamala Plate, store.metmuseum.org, $20.00

 

 

Mystic Tie-Back Bib Necklace

 

 

Mystic Tie-back Bib Necklace, anthropologie.com, $48.00

 

 

Renaissance Glassware Horchow

 

 

Renaissance Glassware, horchow.com, $26.90

 

English Toffee Crate Olive and Cocoa

 

English Toffee Crate, oliveandcocoa.com, $48.00

 

Gold Bangle Set Jcrew

 

Gold Bangle Set, jcrew.com, $39.50

Yellow Ceramic Muffin Pan Cost Plus

 

Yellow Ceramic Muffin Pan, worldmarket.com, $14.99

Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix, amazon.com, $15.51

 

 

Ethnic Lace Applique Necklace Zara

 

Ethnic Lace Appliqué, zara.com, $29.90

 

 

Menagerie Juice Glasses Anthropologie

 

 

Menagerie Juice Glass, anthropologie.com, $12.00

Norpro Orange Juicer, amazon.com, $9.07

 

Coil Rope Bowl Ylang Home

 

A few beautiful green apples in…

Coil Rope Bowl, yliving.com, $48.00

 

 

Parisien Shoppers Tote Forever 21, Eiffel Tower Round Tray Target

 

Eiffel Tower Round Tray, target.com, $9.99

Champagne Cork Cookies by Fossier, igourmet.com, $9.99

Parisien Shopper’s Tote, forever21.com, $1.80

 

 

Brown Silhouette Pencil Holder Robin King Designs

 

Brown Silhouette Pencil Holder, robinkingdesigns.com, $30.00

Elegant Pencils with Red French Lettering Set of 4, etsy.com, $3.00

 

Vintage Hobnail Candydish One Kings Lane

 

 

Lindor Truffles (always a favorite) in…

Vintage Hobnail Candydish, onekingslane.com, $45.00

 

Modern Metallics

  • 25th February 2013

In homage to two of the most lovely dresses to glide down the red carpet at the 2013 Oscars…

 

 

Naomi Watts Oscar 2013

Halle Berry Oscar 2013

 

 

 

We visit some of this season’s most inspired modern metallics.  From shoes to clutches to planters, the sparklers below are winners in every category.

 

Maison Margiela Metallic Jacket, Michael Kors Soutache Lace Dress

 

 

1.) Maison Martin Margiela Metallic Front Jacket, barneys.com, $1590.00

2.) Phalaenopsis Orchid, pier1.com, $8.95

3.) Michael Kors Soutache Lace Dress, harrods.com, £2,499.00

 

Elizabeth and James Cree Silver Metallic Sandals

4.) Pamela Love Turquoise and Bronze Spike Earrings, ssense.com, $345.00

5.) Pleated Metallic Maxi Skirt, forever21.com, $22.80

6.) Elizabeth and James Cree Silver Metallic Sandals, couture.zappos.com, $250.00

7.) Clare Vivier Textured Metallic Flat Clutch, saks.com, $143.00

 

R13 Skinny in Silver, Jimmy Choo Pure Gold Leather Peep Toe Wedges

 

 

8.) Jimmy Choo Pure Gold Mirror Leather Peep Toe Wedges, jimmychoo.com, $650.00

9.) Fazilet Leather Bracelet, shoplatitude.com, $100.00

10.) Metallic Gold Drip Dish, neimanmarcus.com, $175.00

11.) R13 Skinny in Silver, forwardforward.com, $345.00

12.) Premium Metallic Origami Skirt, topshop.com, $80.00

 

Diane Von Furstenberg Juliette Metallic Leather Platform Sandals

 

13.) Faith Connexion Strapless Metallic Brocade Dress, fashion2us.com, $360.00

14.) Haute Hippie Sequined Jacket, shopbop.com, $747.50

15.) Metallic Crackle Herb Pot, anthropologie.com, $14.00

16.) Diane Von Furstenberg Juliette Metallic Leather Platform Sandals, saks.com, (pre-order) $298.00

17.) Saint Laurent Paloma Flat Sandal, barneys.com, $935.00

 

Joseph Clare Metallic Stretch Leather Pencil Skirt

 

18.) Joseph Clare Metallic Stretch Leather Pencil Skirt, cherae.com, $270.00

19.)  Square Toe Ballerina, tedbaker.com, $90.00

20.) High Heel Sandal with Ankle Strap, zara.com, $79.90

21.) Stella McCartney Metallic Linen Fold-Over Clutch, saks.com, $1120.00 (Pre-order)

 

Lola Cruz Mesh Sandal

 

 

22.) Reed Krakoff Metallic Oxford Pumps, mytheresea.com, $604.00

23.) Haute Hippie Metallic Detail Leather Mini, mytheresa.com, $304.00

24.) Lola Cruz Mesh Sandal, lorishoes.com, $225.00

25.) Naveena Hand-Pleated Maxi Skirt, calypsostbarth.com, $239.00

 

Urchin Vase Apartment 48

 

26.) Stella McCartney Jacquard Woven Trousers, mytheresa.com, $504.00

27.) Sheri Bodell Metal Mesh Maxi Dress, shopbop.com, $228.20

28.) Ted Muehling Candle Holder available at select locations (photo courtesy of Elle Décor)

29.) Urchin Vase, apartment48.com, $62.00

 

 

Willow Metal Spine Trim Skirt

30.) Willow Metal Spine Trim Skirt, willowltd.com, $348.00

31.) Tods available at select Tods locations

32.) Love Suede Pillow, calypsostbarth.com, $185.00

 

In ‘Cuffs

  • 22nd February 2013

It’s not always the worst thing to be in ‘cuffs…..Hand-crafted, elaborately adorned cuffs have been worn by women and men throughout history across the globe from Incan to Egyptian civilizations.  Today the choices are limitless from smooth wood to studded leather and everything in between.

 

 

Best Cuffs

 

1.) Ann Taylor Spotted Calf Hair Cuff, available in stores only

2.) Wide “Shirt Cuff” Bracelet with Zebra wood, 18K Gold and Blue Topaz, kararossny.com

3.) Georg Jensen Lace Up Cuff with Cotton String, georgjensen.com, $995.00

4.) Isharya Jaisel 18-karat gold-plated cuff, net-a-porter.com, $465.00

 

 

Best Cuffs

5.) Alexander McQueen Dragonfly Cuff, farfetch.com, $602.09

6.) Braided Beaded Cuff, forever21.com, $6.80

 

 

Best Cuffs

 

7.) Discus Enamel Cuff, anthropologie.com, $128.00

8.) Carved Rose Wide Stretch Cuff, us.accessorize.com, $23.00

9.) Stella & Dot Secret Garden Cuff, stelladot.com, $98.00

 

Best Cuffs

10.) Jennifer Fisher Brass Large Snake Cuff, barneys.com, $315.00

11.) Isabel Marant Americana Wide Beaded Cuff, lagarconne.com, $305.00

 

 

Best Cuffs

 

 

12.) Oscar de la Renta Lace Cuff Bracelet, saks.com, $395.00

13.) Mod Gold Clear Winding Cuff, alexisbittar.com, $245.00

14.) Geometric Rose Garden, kararossny.com

 

 

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15.) Anna G, Brass Cuff, shoplatitude.com, $150.00

16.) Chanel Camélia Cuff in 18K Yellow Gold, chanel.com

17.) Jungle Green Copacabana Cuff, aureliebidermann.com, 425 €

 

 

 

Best Cuffs

 

18.) Givenchy Leather Cuff with Star Studs, mytheresea.com, € 450.00

19.) Noir Jewelry Pastel Hacienda Cuff, shopbop.com, $88.00

20.) Yves Saint Laurent Black Mamba Cuff Bangle, saks.com, $1565.00

 

 

Matchy—Matchy

  • 22nd February 2013

It’s the perfect gift….For you and your daughter! For your sister (sister-in-law) and your niece! For your mom and her granddaughter! The possibilities are endless and endlessly adorably fun!  We love the bright pink and gold combo for the little ones.  They’re not outrageously expensive and if the girl’s chain breaks or gets lost it’s definitely not tragic.

 

Lulu Frost Alphabet Necklace
J Crew Girls Letter Necklace

 

 They match!  They’re stylish! They’re worth thinking about…..

 

 

Lulu Frost Letter Necklace
J Crew Girls Letter Necklace

 

Letter Necklace, lulufrost.com, $385.00

Girls Letter Necklace, jcrew.com, $12.50

 

Lulu Frost Letter Necklace
Girls Letter Necklace J Crew

 

All letters are available!

Prada’s Pretty Petals

  • 21st February 2013
Prada Tortoise Shell  Bloom Collection Earrings

Prada Tortoise Shell  Bloom Collection Earrings

Prada Tortoise Shell  Bloom Collection Earrings

 

Your eyes might have lingered over Prada’s recent ad campaign for the Bloom Collection featuring enamel, tortoise shell, chain link and the most delicate florals.

 

Prada Bloom Collection Earrings
The collection is definitely worth investigating at Prada.com

 

Prada Bloom Collection Jewelry

 

 

Prices for earrings start at $695.00, necklaces start at $1,695.00

 

 

 

Prada Bloom Collection Ad

 

 

Jazz Age Jewelry Strikes a High Note

  • 20th February 2013
Carey Mulligan as Daisy

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

As the release date for Baz Luhrmann’s the Great Gatsby creeps ever nearer, May 10, so to does the hotly anticipated Tiffany & Co., Gatsby-esque collection, Ziegfeld.  The line, for which only a few pieces and images have been released debuts in April in store and online.  The Art Deco jewels worn by Carey Mulligan who portrays the sumptuous Daisy Buchanan were meticulously researched and conceived by costume designer Catherine Martin and the Tiffany & Co. team.

Extensive Tiffany & Co. archival photos were poured over to create the exquisite jewels worn by Mulligan and Debicki, the flatware and home décor used in the film as well as the cuff links and hip flask for Jay Gatsby.  Cultured pearls, diamonds, onyx and platinum reign in the Tiffany & Co. collection, which will take even us regular folks back to the roaring 20’s.

 

 

 

Cultured Pearl and Silver Sautoir from the Tiffany Ziegfeld Collection

Cultured Pearl and Silver Sautoir from the Tiffany Ziegfeld Collection: Photo Courtesy of Vogue Paris

The Great Gatsby Movie Still

Photo Courtesy of: Allociné

Savoy Diamond and Cultured Pearls Headpiece

Savoy Diamond and Cultured Pearls Headpiece. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Tiffany & Co seemed the perfect fit for the jewelry of The Great Gatsby not only because F. Scott Fitzgerald himself was a customer but also because Louis Comfort Tiffany, the brand’s first Design Director, mixed in the actual Long Island circles described in the novel,” said costume and production designer Catherine Martin. “The Tiffany & Co Archives have proven to be an invaluable resource in looking back at this Golden Era of affluence and fine jewelry and the continuing tradition of excellence and exquisite craftsmanship has allowed us to both create and recreate pieces that we hope will do justice to this extraordinary novel.”

 

Onyx Silver Cufflinks for the Tiffany & Co. Ziegfeld Collection

Onyx Silver Cufflinks for the Tiffany & Co. Ziegfeld Collection. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

Card Case Great Gatsby

Card Case: Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia

Cultured Pearl and Silver Earrings

Cultured Pearl and Silver Earrings. Photo Courtesy of Vogue Paris

 

 

 

The Great Gatsby Movie Still

Photo Courtesy of: Allociné

Gatsby Movie Still

Photo Courtesy of: Allociné

 

The Ziegfeld Collection debuts in April, for more information visit:

Tiffany and Company Ziegfeld Collection as reported by Vogue Paris

 

 

Cultured Pearl, Onyx and Silver Ring, Ziegfeld Collection

Cultured Pearl, Onyx and Silver Ring. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

Trending Tribal

  • 13th February 2013
Tribal

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia, www.vogue.it

Tribal

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia, www.vogue.it

 

Tribal

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia, www.vogue.it

Tribal

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia, www.vogue.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

These gorgeous photos from Italian Vogue gave us just the nudge we needed to complete a post that has been brewing for some time.  We’re calling it tribal, because it’s a fun word.

The below finds we’re calling modern/ethnic.  Don’t shy away from them, they are incredible and super easy to pull off!

 

Tribal 1

 

Tribal 2

 

Tribal 3

 

Tribal 4

Tribal 5

 

Tribal

 

 

1.) Beaded Mini Skirt, zara.com, $129.00

2.) Toms Reina Tribal Wedge, cusp.com, $69.00

3.) Tribal Oversized Necklace, missselfridge.com, $44.00

4.) Tribal Print Halter, forever21.com, $29.80

5.) Tribal Turquoise Seed Bead Shower Necklace, Debenhams.com, £18.00

6.) Deepa Gurnani Tribal Stacked Cuff, shopbop.com, $99.00

7.) Amanda Uprichard Tribal Print Tie-Waist Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $198.00

8.) Orinthia Ikat Dress, theory.com, $285.00

9.) Chloe Tribal Crochet T-Strap Sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com, $422.00

10.) The Maasai Collections, Beaded Zip Cuff, shoplatitude.com, $145.00

11.) Panacea Bright Tribal Earrings, panaceashop.com, $6.50

12.) Altzurra Tiger Ikat-print silk pencil skirt, net-a-porter.com., $1,835.00

13.) Alice by Temperley Santos Fitted Knit Dress, revolveclothing.com, $395.00

14.) Kabuto Tasseled Cuff, anthropologie.com, $298.00

15.) Sass Lucy Polyester Tribal Playsuit, surfstitch.com, $59.96 (Australian Dollars)

16.) Cara Couture Tribal Multi Strand Necklace, nordstrom.com, $45.98

17.) BCBG Tiered Tribal Skirt, saks.com, $248.00

18.) Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. clutch, rebeccaminkoff.com, $395.00

19.) Current Elliott Tribal Ankle Skinny, barneys.com, $218.00

 

Xin Nian Kuai Le

  • 10th February 2013

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and we pay homage to the great snake, as it is her year!  In honor of this Spring Festival, today is the perfect day to invest in a little serpent-inspired treat.  Here are our favorite picks

 

 

Snake String Bracelet Kismet

Snake String Bracelet—Kismet by Milka, shoplatitude.com, $1,240.00

 

Chloe Studded Python Ankle Boots

 

Chloé Studded Python Ankle Boots, net-a-porter.com, $1,750.00

 

Kara Ross Glitter Embellished Water Snake Skin Ring

 

 

 

Kara by Kara Ross Glitter Embellished Water Snake Skin Resin Ring, saks.com, $108.00

 

Aurelie Bidermann Snake Mamba Bracelet

 

Aurelie Bidermann Snake Mamba Bracelet, Shopbop.com, $630.00

 

Rachel Zoe Laura Snake Ballet Flats
Rachel Zoe Laura Snake Ballet Flats
Rachel Zoe Laura Snake Ballet Flats

 

 

 

Rachel Zoe Laura Snake Ballet Flats, Shopbop.com, $235.00

 

Ileana Makri Lucky Snake 18-karat rose gold, diamond and ruby earrings

Ileana Makri Lucky Snake 18-karat rose gold, diamond and ruby earrings, net-a-porter.com, $2,850

 

Robert Clergerie Quimis
Robert Clergerie Quimis

 

Robert Clergerie Quimis, barneys.com, $850.00

 

Chloé Marcie Perforated Snake Embossed Leather Shoulder Bag

Chloé Marcie Perforated Snake Embossed Leather Shoulder Bag, saks.com, $3505.00

Thayer Bralette Bikini
Thayer Bralette Bikini

 

 

Thayer Bralette Bikini, Shopbop.com, $101.00

 

Snake Embossed Print Sandals Stella McCartney

 

 

Snake Embossed Print Sandals Stella McCartney, mytheresa.com, € 275.00

 

Voleur: Steal This Look

  • 5th February 2013

If budget is no issue then we invite you try on any of the below fresh earring styles that caught our fancy.  If, however, your earring budget for the spring is under $10 per pair…explore Forever21.com for a few knock-offs of fabulous spring trends.

Oscar de la Renta Cabochon earrings
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1.) Oscar de la Renta Cabochon Drop Clip Earrings, $450

2.) Fringed Drop Earrings in Red or Yellow, Forever21.com, $6.80

 

Rachel Zoe Geo Earrings

1.) Rachel Zoe Deco Drop Earrings, $260

2.) Fringed Geo Earrings, Forever21.com, $6.80

 

Isabel Marant Beaded Hoop earrings

 

1.) Isabel Marant Beaded Hoop Earrings, $155

2.) Embossed Circle Earrings, Forever21.com, $4.80

 

Mallarino Filigree Earring

1.) Mallarino, Rocio small 24-karat gold vermeil filigree earrings, $305

2.) Goddess Crescent Filigree Earrings, Forever21.com, $6.80

 

Oscar de la Renta Panther Earrings

1.)Oscar de la Renta Crystal Panther Clip Earrings $295

2.) Jaguar Stud Set, Forever21.com, $3.80

 

 

 

Cheap & Chic

  • 4th February 2013
Indian Silk Bangle Set

Indian Silk Bangle Set

 

It’s hard to take your eyes off of these brilliantly colorful bangles from Indian Bazaar.

Silk Bangle Set, Indian Bazaar, shoplatitude.com, $45.00 (and no plane ticket required!)

 

Pair by day with:

 

White Ruffle Sassy Sarong
Pluie feather clip
Stila kitten lip gloss

 

Ruffle Sarong Long White, Sassysarongs.com, $36.99

PLUIE, feather barrette, shopbop.com, $125.00

Stila Silk Shimmer Gloss in Kitten Shimmering Pale Pink, sephora.com, $22.00

 

AND——A fabulous beach-side or pool-side restaurant

 

 

Pair by night with:

Bess Jumpsuit, guessbymarciano.guess.com, $228.00

Chloe Alice Small Satchel Bag Teal, bergdorfgoodman.com, $1695.00

Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Deep Blue, sephora.com, $28.50

 

AND——A lively gallery show

 

Black Jumpsuit Guess
Chloe Alice Bag in Teal
Diorshow mascara in navy

 

What’s in a Face?

  • 30th January 2013

Once popular in Ancient Rome cameos can still hold their own.  They are set-off perfectly when paired with a thoroughly modern pant suit or pair of sleek leather leggings.  If you were slow to pick up on this trend early last year, don’t fret you still have options. Miu Miu’s nod to these objets d’art are a pop of color with whimsical profiles.  While almost completely sold-out you can still find their necklace in stunning scarlet at mytheresa.com.  (I think there’s just one left! and on sale too!)

 cameo collage

 

 

1.) Cameo Necklace with Brooch, Lanvin.com, $1715.00 (Hurry on Sale!)

2.-3.)Cameo Circle Earrings and Linear Earrings, neimanmarcus.com, $160.00 and $140.00

4.) Rhoda Cameo Gown, anthropologie.com, $348.00

5.) Velvet Necklace with Cameo Pendant, Miu Miu, mytheresa.com, € 335.00 (Hurry on Sale!!)

6.) Juliet & Company Cameo Stud Earrings, shopbop.com, $28.00

7.) Vintage Antiqued Bronze Queen Cameo Bracelet, amazon.com, $5.99

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