Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Let the holiday festivities commence!  And with that, you’ll need a hearty arsenal of day-to-night looks.  Start with this stunning yet simple Lela Rose dress.  For daytime, pair with more conservative pumps (admittedly snake platform pumps are not very conservative but the color is!), diamond studs, and a monochromatic belt like the one pictured here.    For nighttime, add some color to your feet and have fun with your earrings, bracelets, and rings.   You’ll soon be viewing life through rose-colored glasses.

Saks of Gifts

I’m not sure I subscribe to the whole idea that it’s better to give than receive but Saks is making it easy with their holiday gift giving guide.  Choose from over 100 designer gifts with something to suit everyone.   My obsessions are the Chloe cross-body bag and the Trilogy fox fur neck muff pictured here. (Note:  even Santa could not get me to use the word “snood.”)

Loehmann on the Totem Poll

Daffy’s, Filene’s Basement, Century 21 and other discount retailers might get the holiday gift they’ve been wishing for – more customers.  That is if direct competition, Loehmann’s, closes up to 15 underperforming outlets as has been reported.  The story goes that it could not convince lenders to extend its debt.   Head’s up bargain hunters – if this happens the retailer will be selling off its inventory over the next year which means even bigger savings!

Bittar Sweet

I’m not sure that obsessed is a strong enough word for my feelings regarding Alexis Bittar’s lucite pieces (actually, all of his pieces).   Witness the above mercury gold wavy disc earrings.  Pair with one of his amazing lucite rings and you have instantly and irrevocably upped the chic factor of any outfit.

Son of a Stitch


Designers (and twins!) Ariel and Shimon Ovadia are demonstrating the value of family business.  In December, the Brooklyn-raised team will launch (via their website) an impecibly tailored (and decidedly preppy) line of suits, shirts, ties, and footwear.   The beauty of the  Ovadia and Sons brand is that it mixes old-school quality and craftsmanship with a modern sensibility and fit.   The brothers’ sense of timing seems to equal their creativity considering the fashion world’s current obsession with all things preppy.

H&M and Lanvin Sitting in a Tree

H&M is going luxury!  Today the international retail chain unveiled their Lanvin collection online and it’s stunning.  The ruffled, flirty dresses and sexy satin shoes make me want to attend scores of holiday parties.  The men’s line is equally as amazing.  Fortuitously the holidays are approaching so I can grab as many jackets and blazers as possible for my husband.  The only caveat is that the launch is not until November 23rd.  Perhaps REI can assist as I prep to start queuing now.

You Can Never Be Too Rich or Too Skinny

The old adage remains true as evidenced by this Piaget white gold ultra-thin mechanical “Dancer” watch that measures 2.1 mm thick.  At almost $19K you’d have to be too rich to purchase it.

Take from the Rich, Give to the Poor

Apparently Nordstrom is stealing a page from Robin Hood’s play book.  Next fall the Seattle-based chain is slated to open a store in SoHo which will donate all of its profits to charity.  Like R.H., Nordstrom will attempt stealth; The 11,000 sq ft store coming to 350 West Broadway will reportedly not be called Nordstrom.  No news yet on either a name or on whether they will sell tights for men.

Weekend at Barneys

barneys coop

Barneys Coop has finally come to its senses and opened a store in the actual place its clothing is meant to channel – BROOKLYN!  Not sure that Cobble Hill is the neighborhood that best embodies the edgy sensibility that the Coop has become famous for, but beggars cannot be choosers.  The good news is that the atmosphere is decidedly less pretentious as it has been overrun with the mommy/baby set.  I even heard Simon Doonan (Barneys Creative Director) is talking about installing a ramp to accommodate the wee tots.  Welcome to Brooklyn!

Watch Your Temper

Aurora Shoe Strings_Temperley

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  Temperley proves you can with these ingenious Aurora Shoe Strings.  Take last winter’s favorite pump, wind these around the heel and cross in front, and be prepared for your temperment to change.

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