When Will I have My Last First?

Madewell Cotton Shirtdress Antik Batik Thor 1 Sandal

Rag & Bone Wide Brim Beach HatFabiola Pedrazzini Mini Clea Lock Bag

Bling Jewelry 925 Sterling Silver Beaded Ball Chain Feather Leaf Dangle Earring

Day to night with a ditch of the hat, and a change of shoes. This summer dressing for a date that starts early, and ends with a romantic meal at one of your favorite spots — perhaps on the beach, or maybe with a skyline view — isn’t quite as much work as one would think.

Start with a crisp, clean white shift dress (Madewell’s is super and on sale), add boho chic sandals by Antik Batik, a versatile mini bag (structured bags are ideal), a straw hat, and minimal yet edgy jewelry to start out your day.

As the sunsets, and you make your way to your prized charming night spot, a quick change of shoes — I’m obsessed with Loeffler Randall’s tassled lace up heels — a toss of your hat and a shake out of your hair (though Rag & Bone’s black straw hat is chic enough to leave on) will lend you enough polish for most any whimsical evening.

Madewell Cotton Shiftdress // Antik Batik Thor 1 Sandal // Fabiola Pedrazzini Mini Clea Lock Bag // Loeffler Randall Tasseled Lace-Up Leather Sandals // Bling Jewelry 925 Sterling Silver Beaded Ball Chain Feather Leaf Dangle Earring  // Rag & Bone Wide Brim Beach Hat

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Why I’m Already Missing Mad Men

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Sometimes life lands you in the absolute right place at just the right time. That is, if you’re lucky. Ridding one’s self of your demons can be an arduous, long and difficult process. It’s never as quick a discovery as one desires, often ripe with what appears to be twice as many failures as rewards (and many times it is happening without us consciously being aware of its presence). But that is why it’s called a journey.

Watching Mad Men was like witnessing Don’s wild ride: his progressions, lessons learned to his steps backward, to his modus operandi of running away when life was simply to emotionally difficult. These past 7 seasons ultimately led him to exactly where he needed to be to gain his long sought after self acceptance. Don’s “ah ha” moment if you will.

Many critics thought Sunday’s series final was cynical — he gains enlightenment to turn it into an award-winning ad for Coke! Or not tied up in a perfect pretty bow. (To these latter folks I ask: do you remember another dramatic series Mather Weiner wrote for?).

For me it was perfect. Just what I needed to imagine the rest of Don’s journey as a happier, more content man and reliable father. I’m sure the ride will likewise have its share of bumps and detours, but isn’t that how it’s meant to be when you’re one of the most successful ad men on Madison avenue?

Oh yes, and I’ll miss the fabulous fashion. Living out the sixties and seventies aesthetic through some of tv’s more memorable characters!!

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Canne’s 8 Best Non Gown Looks

Emma Stone In Oscar De La RentaRooney Mara In Alexander McQueen

Liya Kebede in Louis VuittonCharlize Theron in Valentino and Jennifer Meyer ring.

Rachel Weisz in Narciso RodriguezLea Seydoux In Prada

Diane Kruger In Dolce & GabannaNatalie Portman in Rodarte

While the gowns on this year’s Canne’s red carpet are drop dead gorgeous and stunning, they’re not the only game in town. Witness the best non gown looks gracing the day events at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Many starlets choose this time to not only plug their movies, but to advertise a great pair of legs (or for Rachel Weisz a form-fitting totally hot black Narciso Rodriguez jumpsuit). From Charlize Theron’s edgy leather fringe and swiss dot lace Valentino mini, to Emma Stone’s uber feminine silk and lace cocktail dress, these ladies proved that the art of dressing to the nines comes in all silhouettes and lengths.

Emma Stone in Oscar De La Renta // Rooney Mara In Alexander McQueen // Charlize Theron in Valentino and Jennifer Meyer Ring // Lea Seydoux In Prada // Natalie Portman in Rodarte // Diane Kruger In Dolce & Gabanna // Rachel Weisz in Narciso Rodriguez // Liya Kebede in Louis Vuitton

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The Best Cannes 2015 Gowns

Charlize Theron In Christian Dior Couture with Chopard Jewels.Zoe Kravitz In Valentino

Miranda Kerr In UngaroJulianne Moore in Givenchy Couture With Chopard Jewels.

Michelle RodriquezRachel Weisz In Louis Vuitton

Emma Stone In Christian Dior CoutureJulianne Moore in Armani Prive? with Chopard Jewels.

Sienna Miller In LanvinLupita Nyong'o in Gucci With Chopard Jewels

Naomi Watts is Elie Saab Couture.Doutzen Kroes in Atelier Versace With Chopard Jewels

Stunning floor length gowns, brilliant glistening diamonds, men in tuxes with gorgeous women by their side surrounding roulette tables; those are the images that come to mind when I imagine the Cannes Film Festival. Glamor at its highest form. Oh yes, and the movie premieres.

This year’s 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, as usual, did not disappoint. Though I believe the roulette tables are purely notions in my imagination, the enchantment and charm came to life once again at the world’s most prestigious film festival.

My noteworthy stand-outs were Sienna Miller in the impeccable navy one shouldered Lanvin gown, Zoe Kravitz in an ethereal cloud-like number from Valentino’s Sala Bianca 945 Haute Couture collection, the always stunning Julianne Moore in Armani Prive (and again in Givenchy Couture), yet the belle of the ball was most definitely the breath-takingly beautiful Charlize Theron in dazzling yellow strapless Christian Dior Couture!

Chime in on who was your epitome of gorgeousness this year.

Charlize Theron In Christian Dior Couture with Chopard Jewels. // Zoe Kravitz In Valentino // Julianne Moore in Givenchy Couture With Chopard Jewels // Rachel Weisz In Louis Vuitton // Julianne Moore in Armani Prive With Chopard Jewels // Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci With Chopard Jewels // Doutzen Kroes in Atelier Versace With Chopard Jewels // Naomi Watts is Elie Saab Couture // Sienna Miller In Lanvin // Emma Stone In Christian Dior Couture // Michelle Rodriguez // Miranda Kerr In Ungaro

Rest In  Peace B.B. King

Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night at 89 years young.

The Mississippi native’s reign as “king of the blues” lasted more than six decades and straddled two centuries, influencing a generation of rock and blues musicians, from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.

It’s safe to say the blues wouldn’t be what it is today without him. He will be greatly missed.

B.B. King

 

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Sarah Flint’s Milanese Sandals

Sarah Flint  Madeline Saddle Vencchetta Sandal

Sarah Flint  Grear Saddle Vencchetta Sandal

Their simplicity and attention to details (delicate embellishments and intricate leatherwork) is what made me stand up and take notice when I first spied these Sarah Flint sandals. Both the Grear and Madeline are classic silhouettes that you will be able to wear for years to come. And, after studying under Richard Siccardi, an artisan known for working with luxury footwear’s most accomplished names (Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik) at Ars Sutoria, Sarah learned a thing or two about quality, making her shoes endure just as long.

Flint’s lifelong dream of creating shoes became reality with the launch of her collection in the Fall of 2013. After realizing they had the exact same thoughts on what constitutes a luxurious, beautifully designed shoe, Siccardi joined Sarah Flint as head of manufacturing.

For inspiration Sarah turns to her travels, art, and the vibrancy of the NYC city she calls home. Flint also has a yen for the elegant world of celebrities of the 1940’s and ’50’s, seeking inspiration from the glamorous lives those stars inhabited.

Catch all of Sarah Flint’s Spring Collection here.

Sarah Flint Madeline Saddle Vencchetta Sandal // Sarah Flint  Grear Saddle Vencchetta Sandal

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This Week’s Wish List

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This week’s wish list started off with my dreams of bangles, and the need for a new pair of sunglasses. From there I added pieces every girl needs for spring: a macrame and lace little white dress, a chic lightly colored hobo bag, espadrilles (I love Aquazurra’s suede black closed toe ones), Miss Chung’s cutoff denim shorts for AG, and the perfect tuxedo jumpsuit to wear the delicate bracelets and bangles with — Zimmermann’s drape version is the one to have!

It doesn’t need to be spring to covet Maje’s suede biker jacket, and the cognac color is one we all need in your wardrobe for spring!

1) Maje Basalt Suede Biker Jacket 2) Aquazurra Belgravia Suede Closed-Toe Espadrille Sandal 3) Smashbox O-PLUMP Intuitive Lip Plumper 4) Alexa Chung for AG Cut-Off Denim Shorts  5a) Mizuki 14-Karat Gold Diamond Arrow Cuff 5b) Monica Vinader Open Kiss Diva Bracelet 6) Goen J. Macramé Shift Dress 7) Saint Laurent Sunglasses 8) Coach Soft Wallet Embossed  9) Gucci Light Blue Jackie Soft Leather Hobo Bag 10) Arcona Eye Serum 11) Zimmermann  Seer Drape Tuxedo Jumpsuit

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California Inspired Louis Vuitton Resort 2016

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Nicolas Ghesquière visited the Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs 15 years ago, and it’s impression must have been huge as he staged his latest collection (Resort 2016) at the estate. The John Lautner-designed house (which is for sale with an asking price of a cool $25 million) is 23,00o square-foot of a future vision – it resembles a grounded space ship- with home decor that Ghesquière  described as a “sweet ’50’s style. “The paradox of the brutalism of the architecture and the refinement of the interior was quite inspiring to me,” he said. “I love the idea of sweet and hard at the same time.” After viewing the 51 piece collection one could indeed see how the vision of that home stayed within the recesses of his mind.

The show started at 6:15 on the nose, timed perfectly to coincide with the setting sun, casting the ideal glow on the models and the breathtaking valley views. Gone were the a-line mini skirts of the last few seasons, replaced with a collection made up almost entirely of  flowing skirts and dresses supplemented with a few hot pants — high-waisted and cut high on the thigh. The 70’s influence was still present in the soft and billowing dresses/skirts, yet a few of the them brought to mind days of Camelot with their medieval chainmail-resembling embellishments or grommeted-leather shoulders.

The collection began with maxi skirts on desert boots paired with blousy cropped tops crisscrossed by leather belts that exposed a triangle of midriff; followed by skirts topped with futuristic looking leather jackets, cropped bomber jackets and a perfect black-tie beaded scuba jacket worn with loosely tailored pants.

The hot pants were worn with everything from an army sweater to zip-front silk blouses (my standout and must have) to a boxy suede jacket. Ghesquière  finished the collection with magnificent laser cut leather dresses, a prairie dress cut with studded harnesses and ones fashioned from embroidered leather in tan and in black. The most perfect unique blending of romantic and rebel!

A Happy Mother’s Day shout out to all the fantastic, amazing mothers I know, and to all you wonderful mothers reading this!!

Mom, Grace, Jill, Maryann, Wendy, Michelle, Mimi, Alexandra, Laurie, Chelsea (soon to be), Doneille, Kim, Barbara, Jeannie, Cynthia, Pam, Allison, Erin and Maria. I love you all, and you are awe-inspiring everyday!

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Cynthia Desser Pop-Up Shop

Cynthia Desser Pre Mother's Day Sale

Join me and designer, Cynthia Desser, at her Pre Mother’s Day pop-up shop/sample sale, at Daily Dose in downtown Los Angeles’ Art’s District area. The sale is one day only, Saturday May 9th, from 10:00 to 4:00, so come early to get the best pieces at incredible prices.

Cyndee is offering 30% to 50% off sample pieces, and 20% off her current collection. To see a sampling of her work, check out her website cynthiadesser.com. Hope to see you there, and bring an appetite, Daily Dose’s menu looks healthy and scrumptious!!

Daily Dose // 1820 Industrial Street Unit 104, Los Angeles, CA 90021  213.281.9300

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In Love With Jerome

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There is something about A Jerome Dreyfuss bag that always captures my fancy. Seems lately when I fall for a bag it turns out to be designed by him. My latest crush is on his Victor bag, and the slightly larger Nestor bag. Love their roundish silhouette and simple hardware. And, I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention the high quality leather. This bag will be a classic for years to come.

I also covet his fringe detail key chain (below). If you have a mom with flair this will make her a great Mother’s Day gift!

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Jerome Dreyfuss Victor Satchel Black // Jerome Dreyfuss Victor Satchel // Jerome Dreyfuss Key Chain // Jerome Dreyfuss Nestor Bag

Saint Laurent

The movie opens Friday, May 8th in Los Angeles and New York. It will be interesting to see how it differs (besides YSL going into broader depth of his life and relationship with Pierre Berge), and fairs to the Weinstein movie YSL ( which I loved) released late last year.

Saint Laurent, directed by Bertrand Bonello, focuses on Saint Laurent’s life from 1967 to 1976, and highlights two of his most famous collections —  The Liberation collection from 1971, and the Russian Ballet collection from 1976.

Click on picture for a trailer.

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Best Dressed At The Met Gala Influenced By Asian Theme

Bee Shaffer Alexander McQueenAlexa Chung ErdemSienna Miller ThakoonEmily Blunt PradaGeorgia May Jagger in GucciRihanna Guo Pei

The red carpet of red carpets is, for me, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition, otherwise known as the Met Gala. This year’s theme - China: Through the Looking Glass hosts the largest exhibition so far with a 140-plus-piece show which extends beyond the Anna Wintour Costume Center into the museum’s Chinese Wing.

To Style.com, Thomas Campbell, the director and CEO of the Met, “emphasised that the exhibition was meant to be a “cinematic journey”. That is clear from the trippy, multi-story, maze-like design which is meant to bring to mind Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland – hence the “looking glass” element of the exhibition title.” The fashion, compromised the China portion, inside the gala, and on the red carpet.

My favorite gowns were the ones which were influenced by the Asian theme and took it to heart. Well done ladies!!

Keri Russell AltuzarraLizzy Caplan Donna Karen AtelierLady Gaga BalenciagaKendall Jenner Calvin Klein CollectionAnne Hathaway Ralph LaurenKaren Elson in Dolce & Gabbana

Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen // Alexa Chung in Erdem // Emily Blunt in Prada // Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karen Atelier // Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection // Kendall Jenner Calvin Klein Collection // Karen Elson in Dolce & Gabbana // Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren // Lady Gaga in Balenciaga // Keri Russell in Altuzarra // Georgia May Jagger in Gucci //  Sienna Miller in Thakoon

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