If I had my way, I'd be packing up and preparing to head off to passport-required destinations to luxuriate in my holiday time off with Luxe City Guides as my insider tour guide. Pro-shopping in London and Paris, epicurian feasts in Milan, art and culture in Rome. After all the hard work—shopping and traveling burns lots of calories—I'd end my expedition on a warm private island with head to toe spa treatments. A perfectly happy holiday in my book.
<font size=6>T</font>hough I haven't actually penned one since I was about six, it's interesting how my list of Christmas wishes has evolved since. Back then my list consisted of Lite-Brites, Easy-Bake Ovens and full wardrobes for my dolls. Now, as an adult who still very much enjoys pretty lights and cupcakes, my list is full of very classic and very chic Chanel pieces that compliment the personal wardrobe I've collected over the years.
<font size=6>A</font>s we continue our progression toward the autumn season, I’ve been compiling a list—a wishlist of sorts—of the items I want to add to my wardrobe. It was becoming pretty lengthy so I decided to edit it and noticed an unexpected color trend: the color purple. While it’s not usually a hue I reach for first, when it comes in a leather and cotton blend crinkle leather jacket or thigh high suede platform boots with lace detailing, or, dark gray-violet nail lacquer that is subtle yet shimmers—how can I not have a color crush?
While perusing my current issue of Bazaar—love their Buy, Keep, Store and Hottest, Newest, Latest slugs—item #6 on the HNL list, Tommy Hilfiger’s high heeled duck boot, reminded me of the fall 2010 footwear I practically salivated over. Of course there are many, many more but here are (say this fives times fast) five fall footwear favourites...
~Utilitarian luxe with a bit of sass was served up by Julien Macdonald. Love the simplicity in style, the mixology of leathers and the belting and snap detail. I’m going to pair these with a super chunky knit dress—both tight and bulky—and belt the waist. Obsessories will be kept to a minimum.
~Many questions chased each other in my mind when I spotted these… Seriously? How could I rock those? Would I want to? When would I wear them? Answers came just as quickly: Um, yes. However you want. Yes, yes you would. We do have a rainy season here in Southern California. *Smile* I know you all remember the Manolo Blahnik Timbs—I still have my inspired-by pair from Steve Madden; but these are more fun in the sense that you won’t worry about walking in puddles and ruining your shoes. Plus, the over-the-knee height makes them sexy and fun. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the rain…
~Architecture meets style meets detail and creates a platform I L-O-V-E. One thing I adore about So Cal weather is that you don’t necessarily have to put things away as the seasons change—you simply shift wardrobe staples around. Ports 1961 (via Finsk’s Julia Lundsten) delivered an amazing pair of all-weather platforms. For fall/winter I’ll simply do as seen and wear these with fun colored or printed tights or socks. And by the time spring/summer comes around I can shed them and I’ll still have an amazing sandal to rock—these are going nowhere near the back of my closet.
~What color’s your sole? I want mine red for fall. No, there’s not much better than Christian Louboutin for 3.1 Phillip Lim—you had to know a pair would somehow make my list. I have only three words: Stone. Cold. Fox.
~Roll or get rolled over… it can be a stressful situation. But, Jill Stuart proves it can be a fashionable one as well. Distressed leather boots with what appear to me as 3D tire marks that twist up and around the shaft and over the knee—I’m going to fashionably roll with these for fall.
<font size=6>A</font>s seen on many a spring/summer runway: denim dominates. However, while it’s a definite “Do” this season, no heavy duty workwear-inspired denim allowed. Go with breezy, lightweight pieces that speak to the warmer climate. This time-honored sportswear staple goes beyond the sporty casual and gets soft and feminine in everything from denim chambray to linen blend denims.
<font size=6>O</font>f course—being the wardrobe essential that it is—we all have several batches of denim in myriad washes and silhouettes—skinny, boyfriend, trouser, cigarette, boot cut… the list goes on. So I’ve shopped for pieces that would be standout additions to your denim arsenal. Denim tube dress, anyone? Shop my list of favorite denim picks.
<font size=6>O</font>versized watches and stacks of chunky bracelets have restrained my wrists—quite fashionably—for several seasons now. So I was instantly intrigued and delighted when I came across Links of London's new collection of Sweetie watches which showcase their talent of creating watches as jewelry. Inspired by their beloved Sweetie bracelet, the Sweetie watch is of timeless quality making it an instant classic—a piece that’s, well, timeless.
<font size=6>S</font>leek, modern design and understated luxury are expressed in the twenty pieces that make up the Sweetie watch collection. Priced from $490 - $10,500, I guarantee you will find one—or two, okay several—that you will love. Myriad options include pave diamond or black, pink or white mother of pearl dials, cases in sterling silver or coated with black PVD or 18ct rose gold, and bracelets available in colored ceramic (pink, white or black) or encrusted with pave diamonds. Whatever your choice it’ll be the ultimate in wrist candy.
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LINKS of LONDON Sweetie Watch Rose Gold GP - black mother of pear dial w/18ct rose gold plated stainless steel case & bracelet. ($590)
LINKS of LONDON Sweetie Watch Black PVD - black mother of pearl dial w/black PVD coated stainless steel case & bracelet. ($590)
This week's list endows us with a heady dose of rock-chic; tough love via Sonia Rykiel's studded flap bag, Lauren Urstadt's cropped chain leather gloves, Diego Dolcini's studded and stoned platforms, Swarovski's Oscar cuff and Nordstrom's braided chain necklace.
I love to give my ensembles a hard, edgy vibe to them and any piece from this selection of accessories injects instant edge.
Diego Dolcini's stoned and studded sparklers with front zip unleash your inner rock chick--no band necessary.
Created using eel skin and a motif set with Pointiage® crystals, Swarovski's Oscar cuff is the perfect balance between edginess and elegance.
A mixture of different size chains are braided together to form Nordstrom's chunky necklace of high-shine brillance.
Supple leather make sure Lauren Urstadt's chain-embellished moto gloves maintain the perfect level of femininity.
Stud crazy or perfectly rocker? It won't matter when Sonia Rykiel's slightly textured and heavily studded leather bag is draped over your shoulder carrying all your can't-leave-home-without items.
While reading.... Marc Jacobs is manning the DJ booth as Diddy mixes Ciroc cocktails and Karl (Lagerfeld) greets the guests. Naomi, Heidi and others strut around in Herrera and Armani Couture while balancing sumptuous hors d'oeuvres. A fashionable feast commences when John Varvatos serves his Colaloo Soup. Derek Lam follows with his Yellowtail Crudo and before we can argue that our frocks have been stretched far enough, Mark Ecko melts our reserve--and peeks our interest--with his "Adults Only" Chocolate Chip Cookies. ...At least that's what went on in my head while reading the Council of Fashion Designers of America's American Fashion Cookbook, published by Assouline and with a forward by Martha Stewart, a big treat that shares more than 100 recipes and original illustrations from fashion's designers. "...here are all the recipes a stylish soul needs...from the flirtatiousness of Strawberry Shortcake to the minimalism of Chocolate Ganache to the zip of Andalusian Gazpacho..."
Who says you can't wear your frock and eat food to? No need to ponder. Designers dish--on fashionable food--in American Fashion Cookbook.