Virtual Runway, Instant Buy


Badgley Mischka Spring 2011

While I may be stuck in Florida for the time being, thanks to Neiman Marcus I can now watch a handful of Spring 2011 runways from seasoned designers like Oscar de la Renta to the younger set including Thakoon, a Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund finalist starting today. Neiman Marcus is streaming the shows scattered between now and Thursday. The exciting part of this for me? Not watching the girls stride down the runway or the few on camera mini-terviews from collection designers, makeup artists, or hairdresses. No. The fun part for me is idea that the these runway pieces will go straight from the runway to sale online. NM is making this happen on the fifth day, Friday. The time consuming middle men including fashion editors, buyers, and so forth are eliminated with this availability. Also, props to NM for making their homepage a gigantic splash ad for the five day virtual fashion fete. While I live and breathe for magazines (I honestly have 10 subscriptions, 9 of which are fashion and lifestlye magazines), being able to watch the shows and then purchase what you wish (if you can) shortly after makes the whole process seem so much more real and instant.

Today, several Herve Leger pieces caught my eye. The collection full of slim silhouettes with amazing lines were particularly interesting to me. It’s all a bit ladylike tongue in cheek – especially the one pastel colored dress adorned with thigh high straps at the hem. The minimalist makeup and carefree hair make all eyes on every detail, stitch, hem, and design of the pieces. Watch this show, it will be worth it.

Another favorite of Monday: Badgley Mischka. Be sure to watch for the intricately detailed backs and shoulders on many of the dresses and shirts. The romantic hued palette and structure of this collection is sure to translate well commercially. I’m waiting with baited breath for Carolina Herrera tomorrow and especially for Thursday’s hosts including Chloe and Zac Posen.

Picture from here.

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Animal Instinct – bling, baubles + more

I absolutely loved seeing some of the animal-inspired bling from the 2010 haute joaillerie collections. There’s nothing I love more than the effect a nice statement piece can add to any outfit, and from the Bollywood-inspired creations at Dior to the clean yet always elegant pieces at Chanel, I’m quite enamored. Some of my favorites:

Diamond-laden brooch from Chanel

Love the serpent at the top of these Bollywood Dior earrings

Elephants are a personal favorite – heart what the elephant is holding in his trunk too! Van Cleef & Arpels

I saved the best for last!! This is heaven. Dior’s Rose Bagatelle ring

A girl can dream, right? Besides, just looking at those gems just makes the day seem brighter. I really am loving the whole animal vibe though, so in search for a more budget-friendly (or realistic!) price, I scoped out what Etsy had to offer, and found a few fab Etsy store with some animal bling. (I swear one of my new favorite things is to go on Etsy and just search through everything they have. Their offerings make Ebay look likes childs play – and I’m not a huge fan of the whole bidding thing anyways.) Dirty Rice is a great shop for unique pieces, with a dash of Southern fair. For an even lower price point, Forever21 never fails to deliver and with their most of their jewelry at ten dollars and under, it’s practically a steal. You do get what you pay for (in my experience at least) but it’s perfect for those specific pieces that will make a certain outfit go far for the night.

Dirty Rice crab claw earrings + necklace

Etsy alligator earrings + crab ring from here.


Forever21 insect ring, sparrow necklace, feather connector ring + owl necklace









Love of the Moment: Emerson Made’s fabulous flowers

So a few weeks ago, I re-blogged this lovely style picture on the left from The Farmer’s Trophy Wife at her fabulous blog. I mean, who doesn’t love cardigans + flowers?! I wanted to know where her fabulous flower cardigan could be purchased from badly, and thankfully my friend of a friend Dyan helped me out with that discovery – Emerson Made is the company that makes these gorgeous flowers that you can pin/use/wear on literally everything (cardigans, clutches, shirts, shifts, heels, jackets…you name it). Actually, the lady with the fab flower cardigan is one half of Emerson Made (her hubby is the other!) and their website is really something to check out…. All of the photographs on there they take themselves, and they are opening a clothing line very soon (like this stunning lilac shift right below). They offer a few different kinds of flowers, such as the aptly-named Dahlia, Dandy, and Rose. I love their photographs, and it’s amazing how many ways you can use their flowers for that Emerson Made seems to come up with. Some favorites: small flowers for mens wear, flower ropes for decor, and even flowers made for that special occasion. Yes, Emerson Made makes one of a kind flowers for Will You Marry Me? and Happy Anniversary… pretty romantic/creative if you ask me. Below are some of my favorite (I have a lot of favorites, if you can’t tell) flowers that Emerson Made sells on their website. I can’t wait to see the rest of their clothing line that they have coming out! I’m beyond happy that Dyan told me about E Made – Even just one flower that can be used for every cardigan would give it that much more flair.



All photographs from Emerson Made.

The Sweet South: Jack Rogers

With a big girl paycheck in hand (finally!), I’m about to make my first adulthood, post-graduate purchase… and since I was able to score a glass top dinning room table fo’ free, I want to buy a non-apartment item. Jack Rogers sandals a la Jackie Kennedy it is! A little background: Jack Rogers= the epitome of South Florida beach chic fashion (as in Palm Beach, not so much Miami) that was made uber-famous and cemented it’s place in the halls of fashion when Jackie Kennedy wore them in the summer of ’61. While still staying true to their classic style, they have evolved with time – wedges included! My mother (and boyfriend) being the Practical Paulas that they are might tell me that it’s a tad frivolous to buy sandals as my first ticket item as a working girl. But I was convinced this was the right choice after a) I’ve wanted my own J Rogers for a while now, and patience is a virtue so I should reward myself, right? b) they’ve been chic forever and always will be and, finally, c) I’ve heard they last forever, for years – so clearly they are a sound investment item to purchase! Plus, this is such a summer type purchase and I didn’t buy a new bikini this season, so add that to the validations of this purchase!

Now I need some help…. I am very indecisive when it comes to picking one color, and I have no idea which ones would be better to own!? A black pair seems the most logical, but I looove their metallic platinum color (and in either flats or wedges, how can one decide?!) and at the same time, their bright pink ones just seem so… appropriate. Almost an homage to Palm Beach, summer in Florida, and all things Lily Pulitzer.





After thoroughly exhausting their website, I discovered their clothing line also…. so very beach-y and Palm Beach Garden-esque. I really like how Jack Rogers offers both bright, floral/bold designs and lighter, more neutral designs too. Am in love with this white top and bright tunic- and their dresses are perfect for a summer garden party/beach wedding reception. Happy shopping!

Pictures from here and here.

Around the Globe: First Lady Style

I know I’ve said (on facebook, so it’s official right?) that my dream job would be the social secretary for a White House administration, but honestly I don’t think anything would be better than being a First Lady. Well, the 2000s kinds of First Lady that is – not so much the 1980s/1990s Tipper Gore outfits, but that’s a whole other post entirely! I’ll never forget that 2008 Vanity Fair issue with France’s fabulously stylish (and slightly past-life scandalous) first lady, Carla Bruni, on the cover. This was before I had a subscription and I bought this issue in particular simply because of her cover. From Carla to Michelle Obama to Jordan’s Queen Rania, to England’s new PM leading lady Samantha Cameron to Spain’s Princess Letizia, they all embody different kinds of style and I love seeing what they wear next (sidenote: Huffington Post’s Style section does an excellent job of posting on various royal fashions/outings.) Not to get all historically cliché, but the deep jewel purple keeps coming up in First Lady/royal outfits (see at least 3 below), reminiscent of the purple royalty wore a really, really long time ago in ancient Greece/Rome/Egypt. Guess some things in history don’t change!

Michelle gave J.Crew some presidential press (she even has a style blog dedicated to her – you can’t get more legit than that! As an former model Carla Bruni always looks incredible, whether its classic style or laid back chic. Queen Rania especially has some gorgeous dresses and Princess Letizia’s nickname is “Princess Fashion Plate.” Samantha Cameron is newest to the bunch, and while I like what I’ve seen so far, time will only tell – she does have some fashionably stiff competition. Forgot a fabulous First Lady or royal? Let me know!


Carla Bruni (France)





Michelle Obama





Queen Rania (Jordan)





Princess Letizia (Spain)





Samantha Cameron (UK)





….. Lastly, I really didn’t feel the post would be appropriate without ending it with the First Lady that began everything, Jackie O. I don’t think there will be a time when people stop emulating her classic style (at least I hope not!)

picture from elle.com

Bow-a-holic

I have a slight confession. I am addicted to bows. Anywhere. Any size, any color. I almost bought these bow-tastic Paris Hilton heels when I spotted them at T.J. Maxx(My favorite girl, T. Swift also shops at T.J. Maxx says this months Marie Claire– even another reason to go there for a quick shopping trip!) the other day – alas, my foot wasn’t going to fill the 7.5 size they only came in! I didn’t even care that the edges of the bow would probably get ruined in a night out on the town (And the fact that Paris Hilton-or her company- designed something I really liked was the surprise of the day for me) Something about the how adding a bow to an article of clothing or accessories just really makes it all much better to me for some reason. And it’s pretty addicting to start buying! Going home over Christmas break to Japan I was in bow heaven – the Japanese girls love bows probably more than I do, and the size of them on headbands were pretty big – although nothing outrageous like Lady Gaga, unless you were in Harajuku that is. I compiled some of my favorite bow-apparel items from three different stores that always offer amazing styles (and brands), using low, middle + high price points. And since choosing between items was harder than picking between another margarita and extra gym time or no marg at all, this is going to be one very long lists of pictures indeed. Enjoy!

Low price point bow love: J.Crew





Middle price point bow love: Kate Spade




High price point bow love: Net-a-Porter

A cause for summer wedges

I’ve been considering joining the wedge trend this summer, I mean it’s practically the only style of shoe in my closet that I don’t have. What officially sealed my commitment to purchasing a pair of wedges was seeing these cute, in a classic kind of way, wedges from TOMS shoes of all places. So for just under $70 you can get your pair of perfect summer wedges and also give another pair of shoes to a child that needs them in less developed parts of the world. You can read more about the TOMS movement, documentary, blog (where they just delieverd around 7,000 shoes in Ethopia this May!) and more here. Definitely guilt-free shopping!I love the nautical-y navy and white striped one, but it’s a hard decision over the traditional black wedges (I’ll buy anything black) or even the sea green wedges that seem to be the perfect nod to summer…

Oh, and I also couldn’t help but post my personal favorite – the fabulous silver glitter TOMS. Philanthropy doesn’t get much brighter than this.