Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sweet Sophistocate: the fresh neutral

Sweet Sophistocate

Taupe is my recent go-to color. It's rich, versatile, and perfect. Why perfect? It requires tonal perfection--it's not gray, not brown, not beige; you'll also get a hint of lavender or rose for a color that is truly scrumptious. Designers Gucci, Michael Kors, Rebecca Minkoff and Celine have knockout taupe bags at the moment--clutches and cross-bodies to totes and satchels--that are definitely worth checking out.
Lanvin black jersey dress
$1,420 - montaignemarket.com


Fine jewellery

Noritamy gray jewelry
$255 - wolfandbadger.com


Monday, December 8, 2014

The LBD (and names to know)

With dresses ranging from $78 to $9,690, there is a little black beauty in this collection for every price range, personality, and occasion. Classic and conservative or edgy and risqué, couture designer or label-lacking, the shapes, textures, and aesthetics of these LBD's are stand-out. Take note of designers Junya Watanabe, protégé of Commes des Garcons, and Alexandre Vauthier, whose designs suit my personal taste to a T (watch his FW 14/15 show here).

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Trendng FW 14-15: The Statement Coat

Throughout the slide show, on several slides, you will notice three asterisks (***); this indicates the jacket is less than $300. Also, take note of the seventh item, the cropped jacket by Fair + True, a fair trade company available at Fashion-Conscience.com, a store that focuses on ethical products.

Brocade butterfly coat by Valentino, $4980



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Favorite Things II: Aug

Also included in this post's favorites is this portfolio (below) by the up-and-coming, London-based designer Amanda Svart. Her designs are unique, inspired, and inspiring. The draping and shapes she uses in her designs are stand-out, which says much in 2014. Amanda Svart boasts a resume for which any fashion lover would trade her most adored threads: Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Viktor & Rolf, Roksanda Illincic, and Meadham Kirchhoff.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Space Love

Space Love

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Favorites: Aug

This Week's Favorites

This week's social good/eco-friendly focus:

1.) Lush shark fin soap to benefit United Conservationists efforts to save sharks
(If you don't want to buy the soap, you can still sign the petition)

2.) Inhabit's sculptural pendant light with 70% recycled materials.

Juicy is Back!

Today is the first day of the new Juicy Couture website. Juicy Couture is not dead, as Refinery29 might have suggested in this June 24th article, but there are some changes. Several months ago, I stumbled onto this article in the Huffington Post, describing the transition of Juicy Couture: Pink Label vs. Black Label, changes in the stores, and changes in the brand's focus (note Juicy Couture's partnership with shoe guru Steve Madden for their footwear line, yet to be released). Although some media sources claim that Juicy is "not cool" anymore and scoff at Juicy for its unsophisticated, unrefined image and styles, I happen to like Juicy Couture and it's image.

Juicy Couture, as I've known it, was never about sophistication; it's about having fun, enjoying girly stuff, and being a bit in love with yourself. Charm bracelets are not sophisticated; charm bracelets are fun! "More is more" is not a mature message, and "For nice girls who like stuff" is not a message that necessarily aligns with my chronological age--which is perfectly fine by me! I love the playful, witty, and girly aura of the brand. Aside from which, Juicy also has its ethical perks: they do not use fur, do not engage in animal testing, and make yearly donations to nonprofit organizations, such as the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). There are plenty of brands that ooze sophistication and offer doses of austerity, but there's only one Juicy Couture.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things: July 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things: July 2014

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Below, bubbles for your home, office, or hotel room! Add a special aroma to your space in a way that is sure to be enjoyable. Available in four scents: violet, cold mint, pear, and cut herbs.

Les Bulles d'Agathe Violet Bubbles by Maison Francis Kurkdijan, $20

Neiman Marcus

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

All that Glitters, Fall 2014

Glitter and sequins are a core trend this fall and winter. Flirt with this trend by sprinkling your outfit with some sparkle by adding a glittering accessory, or go all in with a substantial dose of dazzle by donning an apparel item dripping with polyester platelets. My favorite piece to rock this trend? A black sequin blazer, hands down. For more Fall 2014 fashion, check out Style.com/ for their Runway Trend Report.

Also, if you do not know who Chiari Ferragni is, you should! Designer of the precious glitter flats in the slide show that are sold at LUISAVIAROMA.COM, she is also an inspiring globetrotter, photographer, stylist, and blogger. Visit her site, The Blonde Salad, and be wowed.



Friday, June 13, 2014

And then...Romance Was Born

3 Looks from the "Dream On" 2014 Collection from Romance Was Born 
If you live in the U.S., it's quite possible you have never heard of the label Romance Was Born. Unique inspiration and collaboration with artists each season yield collections that are bursting with color and flashy prints. Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales started the Australian label in 2005, which is now also sold in stores in Japan and London, as well as sold by NastyGal.com. In the United States, there is one brick-and-mortar store in LA: AUST.,which stocks Australian brands, including Romance Was Born. Of course, the designer also has an e-boutique, which happens to be having a great sale at the moment. If you want more after viewing the three collections currently available at the e-boutique, check out "Collections" tab, which shows pieces from every collection since the launch in 2005. For those of you interested in a little fashion FYI, one of the designers was offered an internship at John Galliano in Paris the same year the label started. Small fashion world!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Clutching Summer

Clutching Summer

Clutching Summer

These clutches are not just stylish; they are attuned with the season, capitalizing on associations by their design. Images of palm trees and tucans, exotic floral motifs, raffia textures, and bright warm hues contrasted against rich cobalt blues elicit a warm-weather feel. After all, isn't the best part of summer the feel of it: the warmth on your bared skin; the freedom of longer days; the intensity of the midday sun, relieved by relaxed, breezy summer nights...

Wooden purse

Clare V leather purse

Straw purse
$150 - wolfandbadger.com

Topshop clutch

Boohoo yellow purse