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  • 24th January 2013

A fresh look at the Funny Face girl is very hard to find…but, come April you will want this book!  It’s a great gift idea for your favorite fashionista as well!  Audrey in Rome, will be released April 2, 2013 and is available for pre-order now.  This feast for the eyes, prepared by Luca Dotti, is positioned to be a true Roman Holiday!

Audrey in Rome

Audrey in Rome, Amazon.com, $19.39 in hardcover

 

 

 

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Sky-rocketing to the top of the list for this season’s must-have heels is this shining pair of pumps.  They are crisp and modern and perfectly capture TWO huge spring trends—metallic and clear panels (see below).  This shoe will go!  Available for pre-order from Bergdorf Goodman, they will not be around for long.  Expected to ship in early April, just in time for sleek pencil skirts and a crisp blazer.

Manolo Blahnik Pacha PVC Pump in Silver, Bergdorf Goodman, $645.00

 

Photo courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

If You’re Heading To…Rome

  • 24th January 2013

A bit off-of-the-radar, but worth the trip, this is the traditional ‘pelleteria’ you do not want to miss, especially if it is scarpe you desire.  Entering the store a buttery leather smell immediately welcomes you and packed shelves of caramel-colored leather shoes await.  They are perfectly-crafted, well-priced, with styles to fit any and all.  Situated just off of the fashionable Via del Babuino, Domus does not disappoint or break the bank.  They also sell leather bags and accessories.

Domus Sandals
Domus Map
Domus Sandals

 

 

 

Open Monday 15:30-19:30, Tuesday to Saturday 09:30-13:00 and 15:30-19:30.

Via Belsiana 52, 00187 Roma (RM).  Tel: 06 6789083

A Little Tom Ford, A Little Lenny Kravitz and a Whole Lot of Cool

  • 24th January 2013

When someone as unabashedly sexy as Lenny Kravitz gives you the top ten things he cannot live without (thank you Elle Décor) you take note…when he gives you his must-have scent you run to try it immediately hoping it’s transformative…Well, it is! Rich tonka bean, sweet vanilla and earthy wood-sap linger the way only tobacco can.  On a woman it’s truly unexpected and absolutely perfect.  Pair it with Tom Ford’s seasonal cat-eye sunglasses (Nikita) and instantly upgrade any spring outfit.

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Photo Courtesy Google Images

Photo Courtesy Google Images

 

 

 

 

Tom Ford Sunglasses

 

 

 

Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum, Shop.nordstrom.com, 1.7 oz $205.00, 3.4 oz $280.00

Tom Ford ‘Nikita’ Cat Eye Sunglasses, Bloomingdales, $360.00

What I Love Today…

  • 24th January 2013

It’s the cagey look that has everyone tied up, at it’s supremely wearable.  Soft gray can work with almost any color and perfectly offsets the modern lattice of this shoe.  It has style in spades and the warm gray pairs perfectly with the bold prints of the season like this Mara Hoffman embroidered strapless dress.

Garnet Hill Wedges
Cage Suede Shoes
Mara Hoffman Dress
Tie-Back Dress

 

 

Eileen Fisher Cage Leather Wedges in Antique Gold Metallic

Eileen Fisher Cage Leather Wedges in Antique Gold Metallic

 

 

 

Eileen Fisher Cage Leather Wedges, Garnet Hill, $260.00

Mara Hoffman Embroidered Strapless Dress, Shopbop.com $297.00

 

 

DeBoles Pasta

DeBoles Organic Jerusalem Artichoke Flour Pasta.  If my Italian mother-in-law recommends it, I know I’m right and it’s definitely good.  You’ll enjoy the nutty flavor, the silky, non-sticky texture and the health benefits to boot!  Try it with your favorite ragu and you won’t be disappointed.  Available online and at most Whole Foods locations.

DeBoles Organic Artichoke Angel Hair, 2 pack for $5.38

Mastering the Look: Downton Abbey

  • 22nd January 2013

As the second season of Downton Abbey unfurls this side of the pond, if you are longing to be an extra in the fictional Yorkshire country estate and don the most amazing period costumes, you may be slightly in luck. Designers from across the spectrum know that today, Downton is one of the most widely watched television shows in the world. They’re paying attention and helping you master the look. . .

This Milly top (seen below) pays homage to the style of the period piece and the black lace commonly worn by the Crawley ladies.

milly top

Milly Silk Georgette & Lace Top, Net-a-Porter.com, $295.00
Black Leather Fringe Skirt, Chanluu.com $295.00

The leather Chan Luu skirt adds a modern edge. These shoes are Lulu Guiness from seasons past, but you can achieve a similar flair with Max Kirbardin Veronica Suede Flower-Trimmed Sandals.

Mimicking Lady Mary’s drop-waist chiffon wedding gown, this REDValentino dress will transform you into the perfect socialite of the post-Edwardian period. Pair it with Valentino Couture Lace d’Orsay peep-toe pumps and Sparkling Art Deco Earrings, to complete the look.

REDValentino Dress
Valentino Couture Laced'Orsay
Sparkling Art Deco Earrings

Embroidered Dress, REDValentino, $795.00
Couture Bow Lace D’Orsay, Neimanmarcus.com, $895.00
Sparkling Art Deco earrings, Forever21, $6.80

Fringe Benefits

  • 22nd January 2013
JLo Fringe

Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

Taking cues from the earrings that ignited the trend, this Anthropologie sweater, featured below, mimics the rich burgundy hue and fringy effect of Natalie Portman’s Tiffany Tassel earrings that swept the nation following the Oscar’s last spring. . .And the trend keeps swinging along. . .

It’s the sweater that just keeps giving, and pairs well with absolutely everything. It’s au courant and who doesn’t look nice highlighting their shoulders and neck?

In the below snap, it’s worn with the Minnie pant in stretch twill from J Crew and Jill Sander oxfords (feel free to sub-in ankle boots or wingtips here, my pick. . .the Frye Maggie Perf Wingtip).

Minnie pant

 

Fringed Cowlneck, Anthropologie.com, $98.00

Minnie pant in stretch twill, Jcrew.com $69.99 (hurry! It’s on sale!)

 

Mimicking our favorite celebrities. . .

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Photo courtesy of Google images.

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Photo courtesy of Google images.

Other ways to add some tufts and tassels with panache

Fringes

1. Ann Lightfoot Moonstone necklace Calypso St. Barths $265.00
2. Christian Louboutin Jimmynetta 70 Leather Ankle Boots with Fringed Trim, mytheresa.com $1,195.00
3. Bungalow 8, Black Tassel Bracelet, L-Attitude $53.00
4. Teal Multi Cartaena Mochila Bag, Miss Mochila, L-Attitude $325.00
5. Beaded Degrade Skirt, Zara.com $49.99 (hurry! It’s on sale!)
6. Lanvin Serpentine Chain Tassel-Pendant Necklace $950.00, neimanmarcus.com
7. Tassel Hipster Bikini, J Crew $56.00
8. French Tassel Window Panel, $58.00-$98.00 Serena & Lily

Look out for these high-impact fringy finds coming soon to net-a-porter:
St. Laurent Paris

St. Laurent Paris

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

What I Love Today

  • 22nd January 2013

Who doesn’t love versatility? This crazy cheap sweater can pair with jeans (soft pink velvet perhaps), a chiffon maxi skirt or a streamline mini. It captures a huge love affair with hearts we’ll dive into in the coming blogs. . .

Love Sweater
love sweater

Longline Love Sweater in Navy/White, Forever21 $22.80
Knotted Tri-Tone Necklace, Forever21 $5.80
Chiffon Maxi Skirt, Forever21, $24.80

Pair with your favorite ankle boots or slouchy cowboys!


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Not for parents? This new travel guide series designed by Lonely Planet for children 8 and up is collecting fans rapidly. It steers away from where to buy coffee, antiques and go zip-lining and gets down to a kids’ level. Why are taxis in New York painted yellow? Did the ancient Romans wear underpants? Interwoven within these enticing tid-bits is history and culture and enough to get kids ready to pound the pavement in these cities and be your own tour-guide. At least that’s what happened with our daughter when visiting Rome!

The ‘Not for Parents’ series covers: London, Rome, Paris and New York City as well as a How to be a World Explorer Handbook. (P.S. it says ‘not for parents’ but it is pretty interesting. . . you’ll pick it up too!)

‘Not for Parents’ Lonely Planet Guides, The Lonely Planet Shop, $10.49

Cheap and Chic

  • 22nd January 2013

One of my favorite floral challenges is to take blooms I typically avoid and find a way to make them shine. Alstromeria, the Peruvian lily, chrysanthemums, and carnations are three blossoms that are constantly snubbed. They’re common, they’re cheap, they’re everywhere. . .your local grocery store, Costco, the farmer’s market (always!).

While usually relegated to background filler status in large bouquets, they actually look beautiful center-stage.

• Cut them short
• Keep them solo (no Baby’s Breath or greens sneaking in)
• Monochromatic is key
• Find some cheap blue and white, Asian-inspired pots/vases (also everywhere!).

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yellow mums

The best part, if you add ice-cubes every other day, and change the water occasionally (nothing serious, just once-in-a-while) they will last for 3 weeks. . .yes, 3 weeks for under $10.00 for two bunches. Amazing!

The carnations keep giving and are gorgeous dried. Let them air-dry naturally (you do nothing) and use them:
• Sprinkled on top of tissue paper within a gorgeously wrapped gift box
• Casually thrown down the center of a dining table like a runner, or thrown around the base of candles for a boho-chic look
• To fill clear vases holding obviously artificial flowers (my favorite for this look, wood flowers)

wooden flowers

They fall under the heading ‘kids storage,’ but the Mercado Basket, from Serena & Lily, whose lively colors conjure up all of the fun of a festive open-air market-place could work almost anywhere in the house for gorgeous de-cluttering. Two for $48.00 is definitely doable.

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