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Street Smarts

2 Mar

I can’t believe I’ve been out of the blogging world for almost two months – not good.  I’ve been so busy packing/unpacking, moving across country and familiarizing myself with my new surroundings that I’ve forgotten that blogging is a selective hobby of mine.  Well, now that I’ve settled into my new home (NJ) I can finally get back to blogging my little heart out of things I like and not-so-like.

Being on a cross country road trip makes you think about things you might have never really thought about before.  New places, new people, new beginnings, old places, old people, old resolutions.  As your new journey beings, you start to prioritize certain things that are important in your life.  A New Years resolution you might say.  Things that are most beautiful (in their on way) – take note.  I’m becoming more observant and more alert of what is around me.

As I peruse through my daily reads, I came across a section from Style.com by Tommy Ton that jogged my thought process. I must have gone through the slideshow about a dozen times, dazed and far from confused.  I’m charmed by the woman he captures through his lens.  Your every-day-woman that strides through the streets of your neighborhood, bold and luminous, makes me appreciate how women’s fashion has developed over the decades.

Simple and sweet; for your viewing pleasure, I give you Tommy Ton’s eyes through a lens…

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Ra Ra Shish Kum Bah

28 Dec

Take the shish kum bah out and add the Avis.  What do you get?  RARA AVIS.  Lately, I’ve been coming across things that don’t necessarily make sense but that we accept and deem fashionable.  I have to remind myself that not all things fashion, makes sense.  So to the eyes that see weird, strange and ugly, others see beautiful, trendy and for lack of a better word, cool.  Who better to represent the Rara Avis phenomenon than the rare bird herself, Iris Apfel.  Anyone who knows anything about Iris, knows she is a prevailing innovator that has put her mark on the fashion world as we know it.  Pretty remarkable to do if you ask me.  With her ever growing empire of make-up, jewelry and handbags, she is now launching a shoe line with HSN.  We as fashion forward goers/thinkers have ways to influence each other in our own right.  Some might not realize, that (as we virtually tweet, instagram, Facebook, pinterest, style tag, etc) we put our mark on the fashion world.  We give and take from others sense of fashion/style to create interpretations we see fit to oneself.  It is inspiring even thinking about it let alone actually doing.  Iris Apfel created an avenue that would lead every fashion conscious consumer to be a little more daring, to be a little more out-of-the-box and that much more fearless in risk taking.  So, I dedicate this post to Ms. Iris Apfel because if it wasn’t for her, the word ECCENTRIC, would have no substance within its terminology, now would it?

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“When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t think like everyone else.” – Iris Apfel

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[Rara Avis Collection: Blue and White Beaded Stretch Bracelet]

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[Rara Avis Collection: “Gator Glamour” Bypass Ring]

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[Rara Avis Collection: “Owl on Branch” Goldtone Ring]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Crystal Black Matte Bird-Design Ring]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Crystal Heart Goldtone Cutout Pin]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Geometric Wood and Gold-Color Foil Beaded Drape Necklace]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Gold-Color Foil Sculpted Bangle Bracelet]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Resin “Bug” Bangle Bracelet]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Smoking Loafer with Sequined Bird]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Pointy Toe Flat]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Snake Moccasin]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Suede Sequined Smoking Loafer]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Suede Cone Heel]

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[MAC make up collection by Iris Apfel]
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[“Extinctions” Collection by Iris Apfel]

(Mus)Stache ’em

20 Dec

Forget the razors and clippers for awhile.  It seems everyone is casting their five o’clock shadow … and more, all over the place.  At first, I didn’t know where and why all these mustaches were popping up.  That ah hah moment hit me when a girlfriend of mine reminded me of when everyone and their brother use to put their finger horizontally under their nose.  Then I got it.  It appeared out of nowhere, yet someone, somewhere had that ah hah moment themselves and translated the action – literally – into an image.  Raw genius.  The trend is virtually everywhere.  There is really no escape, even if you tried.  In that case, we all know how the saying goes, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,”  but in this case, “Stache ’em.”

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The Perfect Wrapping

13 Dec

Yep.  It’s that time of year ladies and gents.  This is one thing I love about winter time, scarves.  Not only does it keep you cozy and warm but it decorates the “tree” it’s on – you!  Even though I am in the land of stars and sun this holiday, it’s no excuse to leave out the essentials for the season.   If I can’t find an accessory piece to throw around my neck, the next best thing would have to be my scarves.  An impressive thing about scarves; they can be used for different variations of style.  For instance, head wraps, shaw-like covers, etc.  Make sure your wardrobe has the winter’s favorite and express yourself in many ways you see fit to wrap!

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*Bulky knit Forever 21 scarf
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*Silk Deloom Scarves

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*Leopard twist head scarf

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*H&M infinity knit scarf

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*Alexander McQueen silk scarves

Not Your Average Jo

8 Dec

Hello miss Jo.  Dannijo that is.  When I first laid eyes on Dannijo’s jewelry line, it wasn’t by accident.  A dear friend of mine who worked for the line, sat me down to show me – what I like to call, the BOLD and the BEAUTIFUL, collection.  I was taken back on how intricate and costume-like all the pieces in the collection were.  There is nothing dainty about Dannijo’s line and thank God for that!  We all seem to choose outfits to build a look around but with the accoutrements Dannijo provides, we should all be building looks around the jewelry piece itself.  With their first ever pop-up shop now open in Nolita (North of Little Italy, NYC), we googly-eyed wishful consumers can purchase our very own Dannijo piece!

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[“Costella – Oxidized brass plated necklace. Made with Swarovski Elements.”]

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[“Viv – Wood beads entangled with oxidized brass chain.”]

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[“Traina – Made with Swarovski Elements.”]

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[“Pammy – Oxidized brass or silver plated cuff.  Malleable.  Made with Khabarovsk Crystals.”]

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[“Alamo – Oxidized silver plated cuff.  Malleable.”]

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[“Daniela – Malleable.  Made with Swarovski Elements.”]

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[“Esme – Made with Swarovski Elements.  Oxidized brass plated earrings.”]

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[“Radley – Oxidized brass plated earrings.  Made with Swarovski Elements.”]

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[“Mariella – Made with Swarovski Crystals.”]

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[“Spilk – Oxidized brass plated ring.”]

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[“Lucas – Made with Swarovski Element.”]

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[“Vix – Made with Swavorski Elements.”]

The More, The Merrier

3 Dec

Talk about a cluster … well, you know ;). If you have a free arm this holiday, use it. There is nothing more eye catching than light reflecting on your gold, silver and (my personal favorite this season) rose gold accessories. I’m a big fan of piling it all on when it comes to bracelets, so I’m definitely going all out for the 24th and 25th this year. I can’t decide if I want to wear the gold, silver or rose gold accessories though. But then again, what’s the point of limiting yourself to just one arrangement of metal? The more the merrier!

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Dripping In … Pearls?

2 Dec

Diamonds might be a girls best friend or even forever but move aside sparkling lights, hello pearly whites. The pearls are making their way to center stage and not just as accessories but as accents on garments and even for your nails! A pearl represents beauty, purity and above all femininity.

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I love the softness this piece exudes. Beautifully soft white cashmere with drops of white pearls to accent the shoulders. It is the perfect Christmas/New Years sweater.

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Look at this detailing! Gold and white pearls? Please and thank you!

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Now, I’m not too crazy about the straight all-pearl-necklace (though it’s growing on me) my respects to Ms. Chanel. But I love how bold the pearls are in this piece. It creates a dramatic feel with both chains and pearls intertwined.

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Cute! So dainty and precious. They’re like little dot candies for your finger nails :).

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When did decking out your hair go out of style? I’d like to see it come back…in a big way. These pearl pins are such a cute number to top off a look.

Gold Rush

26 Oct

Gold, gold and more gold!  The 2013 RTW (accessories) Paris fashion shows were topped up to the brim with gold accessories.  From earrings to handbags, and handbags to shoes, gold was definitely in stock.

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Aurelie Bidermann makes me want to dress up like a royal Greek Goddess this Halloween!  Can you picture it? A head full of gold.  Yes, I can definitely picture it.  Aurelie Bidermann?  You mean, King Midas.  Because this season is all about turning things into gold.

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Eddie Borgo has the capacity and eye when it comes to making engaging and alluring pieces.  Borgo’s  pieces are bold and alive with geometry.  I can see it now.  A whole raiment built around a rubik’s cube shaped necklace.  Nothing screams BOLD like having blocks around ones neck.

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LANVIN!  Ah, my favorite.  On point I see…once again.  These handbags have to be my favorite, I must say.  OK, OK, I am a tad biased but can you blame me?  Each piece from his accessory line makes a statement in and of itself.  With these pieces, there is no need to dress up…you dress DOWN!  You make Lanvin front and center.  You are a canvas and Lanvin is your painter.  Pose.

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Oh, Mr. McQueen.  It is never a dull moment when surfing through his collections.  Pure insanity, illusion and radical thoughts within his lines.  GENIUS.  A designer that needs no intro, for his pieces speak for himself.  A magnificent knuckle clutch that puts the badass in cute is something every girl with a little hint of daring needs.

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The epitome of fine tailoring and structure, I present to you, Yves Saint Laurent.  With the simplicity of well crafted art, Laurent knows how to keep things elegant with a slight edge.  What’s so great about all four elements? You are able to group them together without going over board. Keep true to the Saint and paint yourself with the basics while piling on all the necessities!