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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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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.”]