Friday, February 21, 2014

Summertime and the Living is Easy

Yes, I know that you were expecting a blog on the fall fashion shows that just ended but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to tell you about the summer 2014 ANN TAYLOR press event that I recently attended. 

In short I was bowled over by the terrific apparel and accessories – and don’t even get me started on the shoes which were fab! If you love creamy neutrals mixed with hits of bright red and navy this is the collection for you. I have my eye on the one button seersucker jacket and matching crop pants, an anchor sweater atop  rope print shorts and the darling nappa leather block heeled sandals and the perfectly chic linen tote with leather trim. Whoever styled the  models did a terrific job coordinating the outfits perfectly from the cross body bags and canvas belted clutch, to the rope and link bracelets and ankle wrap pumps.

While it seems as if spring let alone summer will never come it can’t hurt to get ahead of the fashion game and with Ann Taylor’s latest collection you’ll be a step up on the competition without breaking the bank.

Sacrifice Made in the Name of Fashion!

Unless it involves a sunrise swim in the Bahamas, yours truly  never gets up that early. However when the Metropolitan Museum invited editors to their Costume Institute press presentation to hear about the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit I couldn’t pass up the opportunity even though it meant getting up at the crack of seven o’clock.

After opening remarks by curator Harold Koda and other bigwigs we got a first hand glimpse at a few of the actual ball gowns that will be part of the exhibit which will open to the public on May 8 through August 10. Whether or not you’re a fan of James’ oeuvre this is an exhibit not to be missed for any lover of fashion.

The Early Fashionista Gets the Gown!

While we’re on the subject of “culture” be sure to check-out the lecture at the 92nd street Y on Tuesday March 25th at 12pm. Titled Shoes: A Walk Through the History of Women’s Footwear. Linda O’Keeffe, (journalist/stylist) will discuss the psychology behind wearing heels, plus take us for a look back at shoe fashions through the ages. For those of us who LOVE shoes, this $21 a ticket is money well spent!

Thursday, February 20, 2014


As I write this the snow is coming down like crazy so naturally I’m thinking warm thoughts. Yes, the fall/winter runway shows will be coming up before you know it. However, realistically you want to see what’s new for spring 2014.

By now, you are all aware that I love to blog about accessories since the smallest touch can make a big difference to your wardrobe. Before we get to that I want to remind you to see the JEWELS BY JAR exhibit at the Met Museum since it ends March 9th. I saw it and highly recommend it for anyone who loves fine jewelry. A girl can dream can’t she?

Okay, now back to reality. GLITTERRINGS has a team of designers that travel the world for inspiration. The collection features stackable rings, necklaces and bracelets using a variety of motifs and delicate metals in 14K gold plating, rose gold plating, rhodium plating and genuine Austrian crystals. Personally I would love to own any of the bold cocktail rings especially the one with a rich blue faceted resin stone surrounded by clear crystals.

For more casual jewelry check out NINETEEN PIECES. The company slogan is “jewelry to live for, prices to die for.” Go for the twisted “Aya”snake bracelet in gold plate or gunmetal. Somehow, snake designs never seem to go out of style. “Aisha” is the perfect everyday multi-link necklace in rose gold plate. It’s also available in an iridescent rainbow colorway and 14K gold plate.

Aya, Nineteen Pieces' Snake Bracelet Is a Serpentine Delight!


The Aisha Necklace Improves Every Day and Every Look.

Enough with the jewelry, let’s move on to handbags. A girl can never have too many in my book. For designer looks at unbeatable prices check out the DAVID JONES line.  Standout bags include the plastic “Furla” satchel in vivid pastels or the laser cut zip top satchel in off white. The collection can be found at many boutiques. For more info go to

I found the cutest travel/weekend bags at AME &LULU. This Boston-based company’s bags make me want to take a trip asap. The chevron patterned giant shopper tote in water repellent canvas could take me to Europe and back , it’s that roomy. Get it in tangerine and khaki. Also on tap are duffels, backpacks, cosmetic bags and more in a terrific range of colorful patterns. If you’re gonna travel why not stand out from the pack? For info go to

Another thing a girl can’t do without is shoes! You knew that was coming. While we’re being price conscious I must point out the fashion forward styles at CHINESE LAUNDRY. The d’orsay flat is a must have trend and this company has some of the best looking versions. Also moving forward is the menswear look oxford in neutral toned linen. From the Dirty Laundry division there’s a cute perforated ankle boot in nude with metallic buckle.

Chinese Laundry - Their Shoes Are Great, 
But I'm Pretty They Sure Can't Be Laundered



Jellies are a summer wardrobe staple and I found a brand that combines style with practicality (at prices that are much more affordable than those by the Melissa brand), since these are made in the good old USA. Every pair is colorfast, non slip, and machine washable and contains 25 % recycled content. Those are all great reasons to buy this brand. I personally hate flip flops unless their worn at the beach, but Oka.b has terrific sling back flats and ballerina styles in a range of snappy brights and neutrals that work easily in the city or on la playa. My favorite styles are the “McKenzie” ballet flat in in kiwi or orchid with contrast color disc, and “Lily” in fuchsia with a giant purple bow at the heel. I could go on and on as the collection is extensive so they’re sure to have what you want. 

Designer shoes at more affordable prices can be found at CAROLINNA ESPINOSA. This is the source for sexy, colorful stilettos and other fashion forward shoes and sandals for summer. Not cheap but the collection won’t break the bank.

Carolinna Espinosa - Foot Styling and Bank Safe!  
Jamie Dimon Would Be Pleased.

Happy shopping.

Until next time and fall 2014 fashion week update, C&C.

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