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Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Old & The Beautiful:Vintage Vixen

While browsing the web for inspiration for my next "Old & Beautiful" post, I came across the Vintage Vixen site and decided to see if the site lived up to its fabulous name. It does. Vintage vixen is full of beautiful pieces from yesteryear that are beautiful to wear and relevant to fashion today. There are so many categories to choose from such as Womens, Mens, Childrens, Maternity and Jewelry. View a few of the gems that I chose from the site. When your done head over to to find a few treasures of your own.

Ecru pucker stitched 1940's swing cape - Size 4 - Condition: Excellent - $65.00

        1950's Black Ballerina Cocktail Dress/detachable lace jacket - Size 1/2 - Condition: Excellent - $95.00

1970's Gold Lame Skirt - Size 4/5 - Condition: Excellent - $75.00

       1970's Peach Chiffon Estevez Strapless Evening Gown - Size 8/9 - Condition : Good - $145.00

LUCKY FABB Experience: September 7th, 2011

As someone who has been a loyal subscriber to Lucky mag from the moment it debuted it was a great experience to see some of the people that make the magazine what it is in person. My experience at the conference was what I expected x10. Of course there was the initial anxiety of finding something to wear and making sure I packed a complete "just in case kit". Even though I managed to  pack everything I needed there was one thing that I could not prevent; the rain and the wind blew into town with a vengeance. My hair was no match for it, but I still managed to get a few glam photos in in spite of my hair debacle. While every panel was a great one, I have to admit that I was most excited to see Diane Von Fursteberg and Rachel Roy,  as they are both two women whose clothing I wear and business standards I admire. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you the love I  have for the DVF brand. Whenever someone asks for outfit recommendations or dress options DVF is one of the first designers I recommend. Rachel Roy has become one of my favorite designers over the past 4 years because she truly knows how to dress women at every price point. There are pieces in her Rachel Roy New York collection that can be combined with the Rachel Rachel Roy line. Each woman shared their keys to owning a business while balancing a complete life. I also really enjoyed speaker Scott Galloway, NYU Professor of Marketing, Founder of  L2. I almost wanted to ask him when his next course would be taught. Galloway had lots of great tips to offer and ways to network and build relationships.
- Know the kind of woman you want to be - "I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be....a woman who has her own..her own company..and can pay her own bills...."
-"Establish a dialogue with your consumers", she uses her collections to "Speak through fashion".
- "Every woman should have children".

Rachel Roy
-"Pick a passion and stick to it".
-"Pursue a great quality of life" not money and things.
-Always surround yourself with kind people, especially those you have to work with.

What I wore: Antik Batik Zanon Cardigan $520.00, Jcrew No.2 pencil skirt in double serge wool $120.00, Topshop gold belt $80.00,  Pedro Garcia Snakeskin Pumps

Monday, September 5, 2011

Gem Drop No. 3

"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things".

                                              Albert Einstein, German Physicist  March 1879 - April 1955

On Trend: Backpacks

As school begins again one of the things on many parents list's are backpacks. This year they can also pick one up for themselves as backpacks seem to be making a comeback this season. No not the kind decorated with Dora the Explorer, apples, glitter or cars, but grown up versions. I have to admit I have never been a fan of these two strap carriers, even when they were hot in the 90's. The structure and chic designs of the backpacks hitting the scene this season have me reconsidering. Take a look at some of my favorites below.
ITEMS: Black And Tan Back Pack $52 -,Jeffrey Campbell Rizzler In Navajo $268, Alexander Wang Marti leather backpack $850, Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Backpack $458, The Row Alligator Bag Price Upon Request, Olivia Harris by Joy Gryson Harness North/South Tote $472.00, Botkier 'Misha' Frame Flap Backpack $635 -, Pierre Hardy Leopard-print suede backpack $1,650, Badgley Mischka Cherise Metallic Backpack $498

Screen Gem: Pam Grier

Who: Pam Grier
In: Foxy Brown (1974)
Why: Grier’s character Foxy Brown is a no nonsense ass kicking no name taking chic that looks super bad while fighting crime. The plot, while similar to other flicks Grier has starred in during this time period (such as Coffy (1973), in which Grier goes undercover seeking revenge for a loved one), keeps you entertained. As you watch her use her street smarts and know how to get closer to the “Man”, in this case the Woman, you cannot help but notice her costumes. Even her adversary’s, affectionately referred to as “Ms. Katherine” by her goons, wears are to die for. As I watched the film I made mental notes of certain looks to try and pieces to get. So far I need a fedora, a midi dress, a sleek black leather jacket, a gold belt, a medallion…….the list goes on.

A beautiful head wrap paired with simple gold hoops and a Saturday night special.
To top it all off,  a face to die for.
I love it.

How chic and simple are these navy blue pants paired with a gold belt.

Look at the necklace. This piece has so many endless possibilities, a fitted white tee, cashmere sweater
with fitted blue jeans or a beautiful dress.


All  film content courtesy of MGM Entertainment (1974)

Shoe Talk: Charlotte Olympia Paloma Platform