Monthly Archives: January 2009

Event Alert: Recycle at Uniquities Mix

Locals, take note:  now through Saturday, Uniquities Mix at North Hills is accepting your gently worn sweaters in exchange for 15% off a single item in the store.  The best part is that the collected sweaters will be donated to the Wake County Women’s Shelter.  

What better way to score yourself a discount and help a worthy organization at the same time?

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Bag Yourself a Bendel

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Henri Bendel.  So it’s no wonder I immediately took a liking to this lovely bag ($395) featuring an off-kilter version of their iconic stripes.  

Image courtesy of Henri Bendel

Image courtesy of Henri Bendel

At 14 inches across and nearly 12 inches tall, it’s big enough to fit your essentials for a weekend away but since I’ve been known to lug around purses that could just about double as laundry bags (cue the Chloe Edith and the LV Neverfull GM and the MbMJ Totally Turnlock Faridah), I’d probably use this as a regular ol’ day bag.  Especially in my London days…  Toss in a book for the tube, an umbrella and an A-Z street guide (every Londoner’s BFF) on top of all the usual suspects – makeup pouch, sunnies, phone, mints and wallet and suddenly my Neverfull was… well… nearly full.  So I think I could certainly make use of every square inch of available space in this tote.

The Bendel bag features gold tone hardware and python trim for an extra-luxe feel.  Not that you need it when you’ve already got the Bendel stripes on your side.

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I Need It: Alice + Olivia silk dress

Well, I’m in love again.  And this time, it’s with a dress.  I guess the 65 degree temps in Raleigh today have gotten me gearing up for spring.  This Alice + Olivia silk dress ($375) needs to be in my closet now.

Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter.com

Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter.com

 

 

 

And since I’ve been missing London lately, I’ll imagine myself wearing this to high tea at Fortnum & Mason on a gorgeous May day.  And even if London skies were grey, this floral print would never fail to cheer me up.

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I see London, I see France

These are so gorgeous I couldn’t resist sharing them.  Your Slip Is Showing offers undergarments so lovely you’ll want to show them off.  And with luxe trims like pleated organza, chiffon rosettes, beaded silk and ostrich feathers, that’s exactly what they’re made for.  Pump new life into your closet by letting one peek out from under a dress or skirt you’ve had for a few years.  

Image courtesy of Your Slip Is Showing

Image courtesy of Your Slip Is Showing

 

 

 

Show as much or as little as you want of the Juliet’s Smile mini slip ($295).  With layers of organza and eyelash lace, your hemline with be the star of the show.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Your Slip Is Showing

Image courtesy of Your Slip Is Showing

 

 

 

The Pink Roses knee-length slip ($350) has a  four-inch velvet band and a layer of silk chiffon roses separated by a beaded trim.  Just the right amount of sparkle to liven up your daywear.

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Not just for us girls

Looks like the guys are taking a cue from the newer denim silhouettes that have become available to women over the past couple of years.  No longer just a bootcut world, men’s denim is moving towards the straight and narrow.  

Take, for instance, the Brixton by Joe’s Jeans ($158).  With a slimmer tailored leg, the Brixton cuts a very nice shape.  Nicole, of nv clothes for men here in Raleigh, says this style has sold pretty well.

Image courtesy of Bluefly

Image courtesy of Bluefly

I think it’s great that men are giving more thought to their jeans these days and I hope the days of the baggy faded pair are behind us.  Perhaps a gift to consider for your valentine, ladies?

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Sprouse + Jacobs = Love

In memory of late designer/artist Stephen Sprouse, Marc Jacobs has masterminded another collection of inspired accessories and ready-to-wear.  While I’m not a fan of the grafitti bags (I didn’t like them the first time when Jacobs and Sprouse collaborated in 2001 either – one of the very very few times Marc has failed to flip my switch), I think this rose motif, shown here on the iconic Speedy 30 ($1,310) and also available on the Neverfull MM ($1,360), is really lovely.  

Image courtesy of eLuxury

Image courtesy of eLuxury

Admittedly, I prefer my Louis Vuitton in the simple and classic Monogram or Damier.  In fact, my two favorite LV bags are my Speedy 30 Damier and my Neverfull GM Monogram and I like them just the way they are.  But I recognize the power of a limited edition, not to mention commemorative, design.  And I recognize the power of Marc Jacobs.  

Fashionistas everywhere are scrambling to get their hands on a piece of this fashion history. Last week, both the Louis Vuitton website and eLuxury were sold out of the bags, but eLuxury seems to have been replenished as of this morning.  And local ladies, take note:  I was at the LV boutique at Saks in Triangle Town Center yesterday and they have them in stock.  So get on over there on your lunch break and snap one up if you are so inclined.  (And maybe pick up a Neverfull MM Damier just for me while you’re at it?)

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Stylish Stars: Keri Russell

Keri Russell is featured in the January 2009 issue of In Style magazine and I especially loved this ensemble:

Image scan courtesy of In Style

Image scan courtesy of In Style

I think the beauty of this look is how it’s so put-together, yet it comes off incredibly relaxed.  The most striking elements are the red in the shirt which adds a punch of color to the otherwise neutral palette and the chiffon embellishment on the cardigan which lends a romantic aura, offsetting the structured look created by the shirt and jeans.  Beautiful, simple and comfortable.

(J.Crew cardigan, Cacharel shirt, Rebecca Taylor cami, Earnest Sewn jeans, Tom Binns chain, Kria bracelet, Annette Ferdinandsen ring, Dolce Vita shoes)

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