Saturday, June 18, 2016


Want to own a piece of show biz legend......JOAN RIVERS.....well now you can. Many of her belongings will be up for grabs at Christie's auction house at Rockefeller Plaza on June 22nd. 

Estimates run the gamut from the low hundreds to the stratosphere!!!! 

Can we talk? Since you can't afford anything from Rivers' collections...... browsing is free and can be viewed starting Saturday June 18th.....drooling is discouraged.

Items will include jewelry, apparel, artwork, fine French and English furniture etc. etc.

Run don't walk to this once in a lifetime auction.  Or, just click the link!

Hope to see you there..


Sunday, May 15, 2016


For a look at how fashion has evolved over the last 100 years head to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art's latest costume exhibit. Fashion has gone from hand sewing to computer printing and the exhibit showcases over 150 garments. This is the perfect chance to see how garment making has changed since the last century. 

Is it Live or is it Memorex?  C&C Promises Her Undying Admiration for the First Person to Identify Which Dresses Were Made (in part) with Computers


Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

MANUS X MACHINA runs from May 5th through August 14th.

Until next time,


Monday, April 25, 2016

Great Dane!

Leave it to the Danes to bring a fabulous new boutique to Manhattan's upper east side. FLYING TIGER, out of Copenhagen located at 1282 3rd Avenue is a joy to explore. 

From home goods to quirky items (for kids of all ages) there is a wealth of stuff that you never knew you needed until now. I dare you to pass up a mini pocket sized calculator in the shape of a strawberry, or a tin of butter cookies with a cartoon of the Danish queen on the lid. From socks to sunglasses, art supplies to garden tools this boutique has it all. The best part? Prices start at a dollar with most items in the 2-3 dollar range. Break a 20 dollar bill and stock up on everything that you could possibly think of.

Socks, Pigs, Lunchboxes, Dishes, and... Ting!


Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

FLYING TIGER is a welcomed addition to an otherwise overpriced nabe.

Happy shopping,


Friday, March 4, 2016


Twice a year I head over to the EDIT trade show at the Javits Center where there is always a curated selection of up and coming ready to wear and accessory collections.

For fall/winter 2016 the following designer lines really stood out from the crowd:

ELLIE MAE STUDIOS caught my attention with their beautifully understated outerwear. Each item combined rustic textures with an unexpected color palate. My choice-- a wool boucle topper in rose pink was simply to die for. Its classic shape combined with the unexpected color was simply eye catching and is a perfect piece to spark your winter wardrobe. For more looks go to

MARIE SAINT PIERRE is one of Montreal's most celebrated designers. Her RTW combines sophistication with whimsy in a collection that tweaks the classics. The palette is composed of black with a sprinkling of pale neutrals. The collection is a shoo-in for the fashion forward customer. On your next trip to Montreal check out her boutique or go on line to

BODYBAG by jude is aimed at a young trendsetting customer. The under 30 set will find lots of pretty dresses and separates with a ladylike slightly retro vibe.

BODYBAG: Looks Great on the Living!

Photo Credit:  Dominique T. Skotlz

The geometric prism print "TWIGGY" dress captures the 60's era perfectly.  See the rest of the collection at

Since I'm addicted to handbags I just had to stop by designer JOANNA MAXHAM's booth. This collection has it all ....sophisticated styling, supple leathers, all combined with superb workmanship crafted by artisans in Poland. This is a connoisseur's dream collection at prices that won't break the bank.

Most retail under $600......a steal compared to big name designer lines. I would personally kill for the chubby "CASTAWAY' satchel, gorgeous in cedar or merlot

Johanna Maxham's Castaway Bag Makes "Wilson" Irrelevant!


Photo Credit:  Joanna Maxham

See what all the fuss is about at

It's never to early to plan ahead for Fall'16..... xxx. C&C

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fashion Redux

Why spend your money on overpriced designer apparel ? Why not go another route and do your own thing. Instead of cookie cutter fashions, why not try going vintage. You'll find that the past has much to offer, better quality, unique styles and a full range of price points. 

Half the fun is in the search so we suggest hitting the Manhattan Vintage Show on February 5th & 6th. It's held at the Metropolitan  Pavillion at 125 West 18th Street. NYC

I've scooped up many a chic bargain, not to mention a wonderful selection of old Vogue & Harpers Bazaar issues plus a fabulous selection of vintage accessories.

Speaking of accessories, Nula Thanhauser has one of the best collections of antique and vintage purses. I'd love to own one of her stunning handbags. (HINT....I can be bribed)

Her collection is pricey but worth ever penny. She does the major antique shows around the country. 

For further information contact.........Nula @ 1-215-266-2888 or check out her website,

So dip your toes in vintage waters, I'll guarantee that you'll be hooked. See you at the shows.....


Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Ditch your Birkin, dump that's time to get with the program. Switch to Nanette Lepore's debut spring handbag collection in major retailers in February 2016.

With a 70's boho vibe, the collection includes a variety of silhouettes from to satchels to cross body, buckets, totes, etc. Besides the elegant signature gold hardware on supple leather and suede, the line features patchwork and applique detailing, fringe, tassels, saddle stitching etc. Pretty print linings add feminine appeal. All in all the different elements set Nanette Lepore's handbags apart from the rest.

In 2016, Birkins will be so 2015... Nanette Lepore will see to it! 


Now with the money that you've saved, check out her brand new watch collection. PUT ASIDE YOUR CELL PHONE ! The days when everyone owned one fine watch are every fashionista owns a wardrobe of watches. If you want to keep your arms free for all those bracelets, I recommend that you buy the pendant watch dangling from a long gold tone chain from Nanette's lower priced diffusion line. From Nanette's designer range (still very affordable) the sporty chic watch with it's double wrapped leather band offers the look of Hermes .

Stay tuned for more fashion updates from Nanette Lepore's growing lifestyle brand.

Happy shopping,


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Take Five

Fashion week is over, the tents have folded, the off-site venues have shut down, press lounge is kaput and the trade shows are finito.

While I saw quite a few designer offerings I've narrowed my selection down to my top five picks (translation...I want to owe them all).

1. TAN & BROWN : A scrumptious luxury handbag line from Australia. The saddle brown cowhide and "leopard" calf hair are stand outs. All bags are beautifully lined in rich suede.
Find out more at

What is Australian for "Leopard on the Bag?"  It Might Be "Tan and Brown."

2. CANADA BLISS: Perfect for the cold days ahead, this line of hand knit and crochet caps are comfy and come in a variety of colors. This is a great unisex line. Find them on line at

What Are They Up To in the North? Blissful Headgear.

Photos Credit: M. McKenzie

3. MOLLY BRACKEN: Recently launched in the U.S, this French ready to wear collection can be found at upscale boutiques. Perfect dresses, separates, outer wear and even shoes all have that Parisian je ne sais quoi. For more info go to

The Name Sounds Irish, but the Style is All France! Vive la France!

4. ANGELA ROI: This is a very affordable of vegan leather handbags from a talented South Korean designer. The collection includes a variety of tote bags, satchels, saddle bags that come in a variety of great colors. Buy on line at

FW Models Look Better with Angela Roi's Vegan Leather Handbag

Photo Credit: Angela Roi
Photo Credit: M. McKenzie

Photo Credit: M. McKenzie

5. ERIC JAVITS: One of my favorite milliners has outdone himself this time. Thinking ahead to resort/spring there's a drawstring bucket bag that's on trend. It's available in gold or silver with brown leather trim. Pair this with anyone of his "Squishee" packable hats. Perfect for town or travel. The line is carried at all major retailers. For more info go to

Spring 2016 - All You Will Need Is an Eric Javits Bag and Hat!*
*additional clothing may be required per local ordinances

Photos Credit: M. McKenzie


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