Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chic, Cool and Different!

Isaac Mizrahi - Saks fifth Avenue ( a few years ago) perfect for Spring/Summer 
While attempting to organize my closet, I came across a few items that I haven't worn lately or let's say a year or more!  After looking at some of these things, I had a flashback as to why I bought them, and how cool and different they were.  This really could be the concept of shopping in your closet.

Shopping for new trends are always promoted as an avenue to change or update your look, however playing with your very own fashion possessions may save you money ....and merge the old with the new.  There have been many shopping trips where I've bought something that caught my eye, but it wasn't necessarily a big fashion craze, then later....it's on fire!

I'll share a few things I bought in the past, that are still chic, cool and perhaps different!

This necklace is very cool - Silver & Mauve ( It ties in the back) Ann Taylor  Loft
Barry Kieselstein-Cord Handbag in box calf Leather
Abstract brown & orange Italian leather bag - Loehmann's 
Evening tank made of silver squares - Arden B, Somerset Collection
Carlos Fachi - Loehmann's
Earrings from Rachel Roy
Gold Necklace from Jacobson's purchased years ago - Very Modern
Cool Straw Fedora - Macy's
Necklace made of  Lucite - H&M Chicago 2009 - Very Edgy
Bold gold link necklace - H & M
Long black skirt see bottom
Black Lace Border under the skirt - Rachel's Place
Long embellished black beaded necklace - Chicos
Black  & white hounds tooth  fabric (Boucle') Pump - Purchase  a few years ago  @ Von Maur 

I love this striped muffler - Nordstrom Rack from men's dept.  - Ben Sherman
These are my oxfords, not my husband's! Prada (I wear them with  my long skirts)
I can pretend that I just bought them!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Crayon Mood: Accessories!

The colorful mood continues, however accessories are the focus.  Vibrant jewelry, embellished handbags, Skittle colored gloves, scarfs, shades, and noticeable shoes, quite anecdotal for winter blues.  Of course, I have a fondness for simple chic clothes, however colorful accessories can promote incredible style, and allow a little creativity to flourish.  A good idea would be to have fun with a little color....it may be the punch for a knock out look!

My colorful accessories:

Lady like and oh so chic!  Definitely cool with a black coat!
Green Shades....so unexpected!
Colorful Fedora....old school glam
Beautiful Bracelets - All Xmas gifts (From my sis, daughter and daughter in-law)
Indian Inspiration in Turquoise ( My grandson chose these for me!)
Unique Earrings -  Kenneth Jay Lane (R)  Swarovski Crystals (L)  (Both, gift from daughter),  Beautiful green necklace,   gift from my niece - From her very own boutique collection  "Classy Trenz"

Very eye catching!
Color blocked shoes! (My daughter gave these to me!)
Vintage piece purchased from Jacobson's! Beautifully colored stones!
Blue & Gold Brooch ....a touch of elegance!( gift from my sister)
Motif & color crazed scarfs
A crayon box is not complete without red!
Is it really winter?....I can't tell!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Crayon Mood!

Sonya is colorfully polished with a mix of black, white and hot pink! 
Remember being a kid....when something as simple as crayons made you happy?  Well, that's the mood for today!  Gumball color palettes can make you feel good, especially during the cold season.  Of course "black"
will always be my favorite, however today our crayon mood took center stage!

Sonya wearing her crayon vibe!  Hat - Regeneration, Jacket - Donna Karan Collection ; Neiman  Marcus, Gloves - Little Vera's Grosse Pointe, Scarf - Target, Skirt - H&M, Top - Old Navy
Beautiful hot pink cardigan - Purchased  in New York @ Forever 21   
Turquoise sweater - BCBG , yellow sweater - Macy's
These pants are so cool; Corduroy; colored patchwork - Lilly Pulitzer; Somerset Collection, Hat - Express
My daughter (Sonya) inspired me embrace the color mood! Flop Hat - Saks Fifth Avenue , Somerset Collection  , Tee- J. Crew, Striped Cardigan - Little Vera's; Grosse Pointe

The next time you feel a little blue, wear blue, or any color in the crayon box.....it will make you feel good!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Parisian Chic: The Hermes Scarf

My Uncle once told me that if he could have foreseen my fondness for Hermes Scarfs, he would have bought me one years ago when he was stationed in France during WWII.  Of course I wasn't yet born, however I would have loved to have had a beautiful Hermes scarf waiting for me before I became a student of the fashionably chic.

As a Neiman Marcus sales associate selling Hermes luxury goods, I had the opportunity to closely examine the beauty of the scarf's mystique.  There have been approximately 2,000 designed since the first one made its debut in 1937.  It's regarded by some as one of the most elegant accessory you could wear.  Trust me, there are many beautiful scarfs one could own, however an Hermes scarf has the elegance of hand painted art on silk twill.  Each one has its own namesake, hand rolled borders, colors dyed to unique perfection, and if purchased ....carefully placed in a chic orange box.   I can vividly remember the scarves being perfectly folded in glass cases for a potential buyer's view.  Many of the scarfs tell a story, and have been worn by royalty (Princess Grace of Monaco) as well as the rich & famous.

The Hermes scarf has a rich heritage of French History and it continues to be beautifully made just as they were many years ago.  If you have a love for art, the feel for silk, and the desire for a luxury brand item, save your money and buy yourself an Hermes Scarf. (Or drop a big hint for this luxurious item if someone is feeling generous!)  You'll love wearing it or you may want to frame it for your wall.  After some time, you may decide to pass it down to a loved one.  Hopefully they will appreciate the wonderful item that you have saved for them, as I certainly would have treasured an Hermes scarf from my beloved Uncle!                                                              
Here are some examples of beautiful Hermes scarves:
My HERMES Scarf tells an African Story!
The Orange Box!