This Week’s Wish List

This Week's Wish List

This Week's Wish List 1

My wish list for this week kept growing and growing! I had fallen in love with Loewe’s Puzzle shoulder zip bag at Barney’s when I also happened upon the Punk elephant key chain, and had to add that to the list as well. Same thing with Saint Laurent’s out-of-this-world Texan fringed jacket which led me to Saint Laurent’s Paris lace-up bootie. They both were no brainers when it came to making the cut on the wish list!

I’m still in love with burgundy for fall hence Nicholas Kirkwood’s rich Beya suede pointed toe flats, and Ulla Johnson’s Elke embroidered blouse (an excellent transitional piece). I’ve never been a huge pink fan but Rachel Comey’s blush pink Sanctuary dress is so soft and beautiful it deserves a spot on the list. It also is a fantastic transitional piece as it looks just as wonderful layered over a turtleneck.

Last but not least (of the major items) is Nili Lota’s,one of my new-found favorite designers, black stretch-cotton sateen Tel Aviv cropped pants. I could see myself wearing these like a uniform. I also fell for Janessa Leone’s Gabrielle boloero hat. It is time for a hat in a new silhouette.

1/ Rachel Comey Sanctuary Dress 2/ Ulla Johnson Women’s Elke Embroidered Georgette Blouse 3/ Christian Louboutin The Noirs Bianca 4/ Tuleste Marabou Pom Earrings 5/ Nili Lota “Tel Aviv” Pants 6/Nicholas Kirkwood  Beya Suede Point-Toe Flats 7/ Janessa Leone ‘Gabrielle’ Wool Felt Bolero Hat 8/ Loewe “Puzzle” Medium Shoulder Bag 9/ Saint Laurent “Texan” Fringed Jacket 10/ Saint Laurent ‘Paris’ Lace-Up Bootie  0/ In Case Of an Emergency Apply Mascara to Yourself Before Helping Others Exclusive Canvas Bag * /This Works Deep Sleep Bath Oil  **/ Loewe Punk Elephant Charm Key-Chain

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The Cowgirl Within Us All

Street StyleKylie Jenner

Street StyleKarolina Kurkova

Dusters were every where this past spring — showing up on bloggers, street style stars world-wide and on off duty models — with no signs of vanishing from our radar anytime soon — ValentinoEtro and Balmain were a few designers whose Fall 2016 collections included their own versions.

But, where did the duster stem from and what is the significance of the trend in today’s modern world? Dusters were originally worn by horsemen to protect their clothing from trail dust. So, it’s not out-of-place that when one thinks of “duster” coats, the iconic image of the western cowboy hero comes to mind. Kurt Russel and Val Kilmer portraying Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday in Tombstone, or Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West starring Henry Fonda. You associate this garment with men who had swagger, strength and charisma. A man who could and would save you, who would lay his life on the line for what was right and just.

What does it say about women that we have taken the duster on as our own, and in the process made it a huge trend? Is it an extension of the empowerment we presently feel? After all we did just break the glass ceiling with the first female presidential nominee. Are we saying we’re ready to embrace the cowgirl within us all and tap into our bad ass selves? In a strange way Lena Dunham and her friends have given us lessons on various past Sunday evenings. Or, maybe, we’re aware it’s time to show off our super powers (the floor length duster coats are similar to capes worn by super heroes), and become our own heroes.

Whatever the reason women are stepping up to the plate, we’re leaning in more and more, and we’re owning our place. We’re not afraid to show our muscles and use our brains. This gives me hope. Hope for the next generation of women and for the world today.

Before I go, another western comes to mind with a different kind of cowboy hero. In The Quick and the Dead, after duster-wearing Sharon Stone blows away the evil Herod, played by Gene Hackman, in a duel, she tosses her father’s old U.S. Marshall’s badge to Russell Crowe, another quick-draw gunfighter, and says, “The law’s come back to town.”


Shop the trend:

ASOS Duster Coat in Relaxed FitSilence + Noise Drapey Midi Duster Coat

Raey Cotton Gabardine Trench CoatPreen By Thornton Bregazzi Jette Gingham Twill Trench Coat

Zara Flowing Trench CoatTop Shop Contrast Panel Duster Coat

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ASOS Duster Coat in Relaxed Fit // Silence + Noise Drapey Midi Duster Coat // Preen By Thornton Bregazzi Jette Gingham Twill Trench Coat // Top Shop Contrast Panel Duster Coat // Zara Flowing Trench Coat // Raey Cotton Gabardine Trench Coat

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The Luxury Of Knits

MissoniJil Sander

Bottega VenetaALC

Isabel MarantVictoria Beckham

MissoniA Piece Apart

CelineAgnona

We all have our own personal story of when fashion trumped pain. Where the benefits of being stylish far out weighed the cumbersomeness of pain.  Priorities are priorities. Personally I always despised the tightness of pantyhose’s waistband. I was lucky enough to discover thigh highs held up by elastic. No more unyielding, oppressive waist bands to deal with. I was not as fortunate when it came to the pointy toed high heels I love. It was either suffer through or do with out.

Knits are not only luxurious with their supple fabric content and feel good touch, but there is the added extravagance of pain-free clothing that is stylish and chic to boot. Such is the beauty of knits. Plus, with all the advancements in fabric technology the styles, the drape, and the look of knits has expanded way beyond your basic tube knit dress. This fall you’ll have an array of styles and silhouettes to choose from. Above are some of my favorite selections from the Fall 2016 collections. Missoni’s artful striped layered dress upon turtleneck upon pants, Celine’s draped tunic over full-legged trousers, and Jil Sander’s delicate lilac hued skirt set are a few of my favs. What are yours?

Missoni // Jil Sander // ALC // Victoria Beckham // A Piece Apart // Agnona // Celine // Missoni // Isabel Marant // Bottega Veneta

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Going, Going, Gone!

Gianvito Rossi Beaded Ankle Cuff SandalsBarney's New York Leather Knee Boots

Alexander Wang Sleeveless Wrap Front TopAnn Demeulemeester Silky Twill Crop Trousers

Nomia Twill Shift DressSaint Laurent Fetish LAce Up Boots

Barneys New York Ankle BootsIsabel Marant E?toile Hooded Flora Sweater Poncho

Tess Giberson Fringed Sleeveless SweaterdressJanessa Leone Leather Accented Fedora

When there is a shiny new bicycle for sale it can be difficult to ponder buying the gently used, but practically the same, version. Kinda like shopping in August. With all the new fall clothing trickling into the stores it can be onerous to shop the sale. Clothing you may have been in love with in the past….. but, it’s just that, past, gone, finished, and you feel like moving on.

Yet, when the clothes, are truly special and 60% to 75 % off (gotta love that) aren’t they worth a second glance? Aren’t they really still new if you’ve never owned them before? If they’ve never had a home in your closet, or haven’t had the pleasure of being styled with your je ne sais quoi? I say, it’s worth a look-see. But hurry, all these goodies are from Barney’s sale, and it is going fast!! Sizes are limited, so if the shoe fits, you must charge it!!

Gianvito Rossi  Beaded Ankle Cuff Sandals // Barney’s New York Leather Knee Boots // Ann Demeulemeester Silky Twill Crop Trousers // Saint Laurent  Fetish Lace Up Boots // Isabel Marant Etoile Hooded Flora Sweater Poncho // Janessa Leone Leather Accented Fedora // Tess Giberson Fringed Sleeveless Sweaterdress // Barneys New York Ankle Boots // Nomia Twill Shift Dress // Alexander Wang Sleeveless Wrap Front Top

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When Will I Have My First Last?

Zadig & Voltaire Vito Flower Velvet BlazerFrame Le High Slim Straight-Leg Jeans

Hollister Drapey Easy Pocket T-ShirtRosanne Pugliese Two Tone Root Hoop Earrings

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These days I find myself wanting to buy a little something new to add a touch of zing to my summer date night looks. If I’m honest, I’d really like to spice up my dates, but for the moment I’ll settle with rejuvenating my looks. At the same time I want any additions to my wardrobe to possess longevity. Luckily, I found the perfect solution in Zadig & Voltaire’s pre-fall Vito flower velvet blazer. I’ll wear it now in the evening as a throw on to a pair of jeans and a tee, and come cooler days it will top dresses, jeans and more both day and night.

The rich, luscious look and feel of velvet adds an unexpected twist to your basic jeans, tee and sandal look for summer, while being spot on trend for fall. Expect a plethora of velvet dresses, shoes, pants and jackets on street style stars, editors and celebs this fall!

Zadig & Voltaire Vito Flower Velvet Blazer // Frame Le High Slim Straight-Leg Jeans // Rosanne Pugliese Two Tone Root Hoop Earrings // Tabitha Simmons Tallia Suede Sandals // Furla Metropolis Top Handle Mini Cross Body Bag // Hollister Drapey Easy Pocket T-Shirt

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Is It The Weekend Yet??

Is It The Weekend Yet

Please, someone tell me it’s the weekend. I want to get away somewhere where the sand is soft between my toes, and the sun shines long into the evening. Maybe you do to? I have us packed!! Where are we going?

Caroline Constas Women’s Margi Strapless Embroidery Ruffle Dress // James Perse Sheer Slub Crew Neck Tee //MLM Label Essential Top// VIX Plunge Front Swim Suit // Current Elliot Kick Crop Jeans in Sugar // Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate // Reebok  ZPump Fusion 2.0 Sneakers // La Roche-Posay  Anthelios 60 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen SPF60 // 7 For All Mankind Relaxed Skinny Distressed Girlfriend Jeans // Valia Gabriel Chloe Leather Sandals

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Mother Nature

Vogue China August 2016

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Vogue China August 2016

China Vogue’s Wild Garden editorial aligned the gentle force of floral nature against its more beastly side. Model Vanessa Moody appears in the August issue looking perfectly out-of-place in the lush green gardens in sublime floral and animal prints. Lensed by Camilla Akrans, styled by Martine de Menthon, hair by Franco Gobbi and make-up by Ignacio Alonso.

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Boutique Moschino Leopard Print Wool Blend CoatEquipment Floral Sloane Crew SweaterRed Valentino Printed Plisse? Silk Chiffon Mini Dress

Sportmax Clelia DressRonald Van Der Kamp Leopard-Print Calf Hair Pencil SkirtThe Great Ruffled Floral Print Silk Crepe De Chine Top

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Street Style From Paris Couture

Street StyleGiovanna Engelbert

Veronika Heilbrunner in Miu MiuStreet Style

Milla Jovovich in Valentino

Elisa Nalin (right)Lauren Remington Platt

Street StyleKiki Willems

Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio in Attico

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Street Style Hanne Gaby Odiele

As much as I wait with bated breath for the couture collections (and I do), I anticipate the inspiration I’ll receive from the days of street style snaps almost as much. As we all could have guessed, the streets of Paris did not disappoint.

My collage of favorite looks could have been a mile long stream, but I forced myself to keep it to fourteen. Not an easy task! The ladies of fashion can be our style muses for weeks to come.

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Zimmermann Pavilion Off-The-Shoulder DressTory Burch River Rock Suede BootIsabel Marant Etoile Anna Suede Skirt

3x1 WM3 Straight Crop Fringe JeansEssential Antwerp Sequin Embellished Pencil SkirtPlunge Slip Dress

 

Street Style // Giovanna Engelbert // Street Style  // Milla Jovovich in Valentino //  Lauren Remington Platt // Kiki Willems // Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio in Attico // Street Style  // Olivia Palermo // Street Style  // Hanne Gaby Odiele // Street Style // Elisa Nalin (right) // Veronika Heilbrunner in Miu Miu

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Dolce & Gabbana’s Fireworks

Dolce & GabannaDolce & Gabanna

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The haute couture season culminated with a bang (literally) on Sunday night in Naples. The last night of Dolce and Gabbana’s four-day Alta Moda festival (jewelry Thursday, Alta Moda couture for Friday, and Alta Sartoria men’s tailoring on Saturday) was topped off with a brilliant fireworks display over the bay of Naples.

Friday night was the highlight of the festival, with their Alta Moda Couture presentation staged on the street in the very heart of Naples, with none other than Italian screen Goddess Sophia Loren installed on her very own throne. Their muses were Sophia herself and the streets of Naples. As Gabanna professed at one of the post-show dinners, “My heart is in the street. I prefer to go there rather than to the gala.” The collection contained classic, yet sexy, silhouettes, and plenty of references to Catholicism, folk art, Baroque architecture, and food.

The lines were all about shape, the a-line vs. the curve. There were balconette necklines and curvaceous pencil skirts; sexy dresses with swishing hems; black fitted suiting and coats; richly gilded bolero jackets and lace confections worthy of any royal wedding gown, bejeweled capes and dresses along with dazzling sequined dresses. The duo even admitted to lifting a look or two from Ms. Loren’s movies.

The Best Of Fall 2016 Couture:

GivenchyAtelier Versace

ValentinoJ Mendal

Giambattista ValliArmani Prive

Elie SaabJean Paul Gautier

Zuhair MuradChristian Dior Fall 2016 Couture

Givenchy // Atelier Versace // J Mendal // Armani Prive // Jean Paul Gautier // Christian Dior // Zuhair Murad // Elie Saab // Giambattista Valli //  Valentino // All Haute Couture Fall 2016

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Let’s Meet In The Kitchen

Courtney Cox's Kitchen

Phil Kean Designs

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Mitch Wise Design, IncVintage Kitchen

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Jenni Kayne's Kitchen

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Reese Witherspoon's KitchenDiggs Designer

Kitchens are the heart of your home. It is the center of activity. It’s the room where food is prepared for loved ones, dining with family and friends, and, who knew it would be the most popular room, at anytime, for socializing with friends (though with all the delicious aromas emanating from there it’s not surprising).

I’ve always had a theory why kitchens are often the most popular room at a party: a kitchen is like your favorite old sweater — it’s comfortable, it’s warm, conjures up treasured memories, and it’s a familiar place to be even in unfamiliar surroundings.

No wonder most experts agree, if you’re going to redecorate one room in your home make it your kitchen. Especially if placing it on the market – it is the number one room to invest in to ensure a greater resale value.

For me, and a huge trend at the moment, there is nothing better than a white kitchen. Its clean, crisp, yet soothing vibes draw me in and can keep me there indefinitely. Another plus, white makes your kitchen appear larger. And, with all those people hanging, who doesn’t love that?

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Industrial Factory Chair by Angle Steel Co c1930Good Music Retro Record Album Photograph PosterMuji White Procelain Dish

Materia LuminaModern Industrial Glass Pendant LightingHilda Glass Vase

 

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