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Living VIEcariously: Anne Hathaway

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

We love emulating the style of Hollywood starlets and Anne Hathaway is no exception. She always appears classic and elegant, yet never boring in her style choices both on the red carpet and on the street. The star has been busy promoting her new film Love and Other Drugs and we cannot get enough of her white lace mini dress!

To recreate this look, we’ve found a few identical accessories; Anne usually keeps her jewelry minimal with a pair of drop earrings, so we chose two pairs by Carolee and Kenneth Jay Lane that are eye-catching and easy to wear. Stack one or several of these crystal Lucite bangles by Lee Angel, and complete your outfit with a neutral colored clutch like this one by Marc Jacobs. We can’t wait to see what she’ll show up in next!

(Carolee Crystal Pear Drop Earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane Black Diamond Bat Drop Earrings, Lee Angel Lucite and Crystal Bangles, Marc Jacobs ‘Eugenie Quilted Leather Fold-Over Clutch)

This post compliments of Julia DiNardo and my fabulous friends at The EnVIEd! Read more about The EnVIEd and ToVieFor, here.

Fab Find Of The Week: DANNIJO Americana Audrey Necklace

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

A chain necklace has never looked so luxe before! We’re absolutely loving the DANNIJO Audrey Necklace in either mixed oxidized silver, silver or 14K gold. The layering of the chains and organization of their assorted thicknesses are expertly arranged, and would look great with both a casual white t-shirt or a black cashmere dress. Sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder of DANNIJO incorporate a statement making sense into this piece, which also walks the line of style endurance — it will be your favorite for much longer than just a season or two! Equipped with a sturdy clasp, this shiny plated metal concoction is made in New York, and was originally designed for BENSONI’s Spring 2010 runway collection.

(This post is compliments of Julia DiNardo and my fabulous friends at The EnVIEd! Read more about The EnVIEd and ToVieFor, here.)

If This Outfit Was A Room: Alice + Olivia

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Alice + Olivia Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear (Photo Credit: Marcus Tondo/GoRunway.com via Style.com)

Shut. Up. I love this one. And her shoes.

(Details, pricing and where to buy: Jonathan Adler Red and Natural Zebra Pillow $98, Fabicadabra Cheeky Ikat Print Rouge Pillow Cover $50, Clayton Gray Home Hicks Linen Pillow in Citron $85, Clayton Gray Home Bungalow 5 Jacqui Side Table $720, The Well Appointed House Silver Pagoda Lamp $278, Williams-Sonoma Home Gramercy Bed $1,997-$4,887, Oriental Furniture Geisha Figurines $39-$59, Crate & Barrel Haily Mustard Throw $89.95)

Interior designer Krista Schrock has earned a reputation amongst entertainment industry professionals and celebrities as a designer who understands the need to create a fantastic space; one that is truly reflective of individual personalities. She is currently living and working in Los Angeles, and can be reached through her website at www.kristaschrock.com, blog www.anoteondesign.com or on Twitter @anoteondesign.

What I’m Wearing: Kristinit and Sorrelli (by Guest Blogger Hollywood Housewife)

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I’m saving the details for a full reveal, but I’m going to tease you with the fantastic brands I’ll be wearing this week to the movie premieres in both New York and Los Angeles:

KRISTINIT is the label of designer and artist Kristina Lenss.

Kristina studied costume design at the renowned Wimbledon School of Art in London and has an M.F.A. in Costume Design from UCLA. Working in various design arenas including theater, opera, film, commercials, ballet, and illustration, Kristina has designed and exhibited her award winning designs all over the world.

Founded in 2006, Kristinit was named Lucky Magazine’s “One to Watch” designer and has been featured in Teen Vogue, OK Magazine, Style.com, Nylon, Agenda Magazine, and Apparel News. Celebrity clients include Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johansson, Zooey Deshanel, Bobbie Thomas, Finola Hughes, and Julia Anderson.

Inspired by nature, history and art, the label fills a niche for inspirational and sophisticated fashion for the elegant and eco-conscious woman. A key tenet of Kristinit’s mission has always been to design with more than just style in mind: The line uses innovative organic fabrics, local manufacturing, and fair trade practices, and Kristinit continues to donate a percentage of each sale to the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Pachamama Alliance.

Sorrelli jewelry is hand crafted from genuine semi-precious stones and high quality Austrian crystals. It is designed to become heirlooms, handed down through the generations.

The Sorrelli vision, to create beautiful jewelry and bring enjoyment to those who wear it, continues today.

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Through LA Stylist Mom – who styled both me and The Gorilla for premiere week – Kristinit and Sorrelli have lent the items I’ll be wearing to the MoMA and the Los Angeles premiere. I can’t wait to show you how it all came together.

I’ll be posting all week as much as I can during this exciting week. If you haven’t already, make plans next weekend to see the movie!

(This post comes to you courtesy of Guest Blogger Hollywood Housewife!)

The ToVieFor Story: Why You Need To Check Out Our Newly Launched Site!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

We have earth-shattering news! Now you no longer have to pay retail to have the newest luxury items. Welcome to ToVieFor – a fashion website like you’ve never experienced before – guaranteed.

So who’s behind TVF? ToVieFor was co-founded by Melanie Moore and Susanne Greenfield, two smart, independent women with a love of fashion. They’re just two girls in their twenties who love looking good, just like the rest of us. They’ve created ToVieFor as a way for everyday women to own the latest and most fabulous fashion items.

Now go get your fashion fix! Head to toviefor.com and register now. There’s no cost to join and no obligation to buy credit. Browse the upcoming sales, see if anything sparks your interest, then start playing. They say life is a game, and finally ToVieFor gives us a chance to not only win, but look damn good while we do it!

- Charlotte Winter

(This post is compliments of Julia DiNardo and my fabulous friends at The EnVIEd! Read more about The EnVIEd and ToVieFor, here.)

New York Fashion Week Spring 2011: ToVieFor Accessories

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Monique Péan (Image via MercedesBenzFashionWeek.com)

Mulberry (Image via Elle.com)

Tory Burch (Image via MercedesBenzFashionWeek.com)

Proenza Schouler (Image via Style.com)

Rebecca Minkoff (Image via Style.com)

There were certainly plenty of beautiful Spring 2011 baubles, handbags, and shoes to vie for at New York Fashion Week. A few of our favorites included the rare materials spotted at Monique Péan, with a French Polynesian inspired collection of necklaces and bracelets, Mulberry’s luxurious structured bags in bright hues, a Proenza Schouler patterned clutch, and both a new shoe line as well as the amazing must-have handbags at Rebecca Minkoff…love!

(This post is compliments of Julia DiNardo and my fabulous friends at The EnVIEd! Read more about The EnVIEd and ToVieFor, here.)

Fashion’s Night Out Runway Show Video Preview

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

New York Fashion Week is just around the corner and as we’re getting ready for the madness to begin, we’d like to share a video sneak peek of behind-the-scenes of one of the most anticipated runway shows this fall. CBS took its cameras into the planning meetings for the Fashion Night’s Out runway show, for the network’s FNO live television special.

Tickets are already sold out, but as you may have heard, we’re giving away two tickets to what will be New York City’s largest public runway show ever, to be be held at Lincoln Center on September 7th at 7:30 p.m. You can enter by signing up for the launch of ToVieFor, but in the meantime, watch these two preview videos of what CBS cameras captured, as Anna Wintour and international Vogue editors prep and plan for the big night!

(This post is compliments of Julia DiNardo and my fabulous friends at The EnVIEd! Read more about The EnVIEd and ToVieFor, here.)

It’s VIEable: Oversized Roses

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Worn almost as a chic badge of honor, thanks to Valentino and Sonia Rykiel, roses are a HUGE trend in fashion, appearing on both clothing and accessories alike. Having become less camp and more luxe over the years, it’s high time to find the perfect oversized rose for you. From roses that fall in soft knit layers to stiffer petals, and even the more more ostentatious varieties found in leather iterations on a bag, there are all kinds to suit your fancy. Our picks (below) are for both the modest and superfluous rose-wearers – which is your favorite?

Arden B Exploded Rose One Shoulder Top

Kate Spade New York Striped Rosette Tank

Handbag Heaven Audra Floral Tote

Alice + Olivia Rose & Safety Pin Necklace

Silk-Look Floral Brooch Pin

(This post is compliments of Julia DiNardo and my fabulous friends at The Envied! Read more about The EnVIEd in this NYTimes.com article. )

On The Plus Side: Examining Saks Foray Into Extended Designer Pieces

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

T-Bags, Salon Z Studded Split-Sleeve Dress $230 at Saks Fifth Avenue

This feature is generously brought to you by guest blogger Sarah Conley, editor of Style It.

(StyleItOnline.com)

To preface this post, I would like to begin by saying that I have strong feelings about this news. On the one hand, I dream of wearing McQueen and Chanel, and on the other hand, I’ve been left feeling like I am the latest charity case in a company’s quest for publicity.

A week ago, Racked NY ran the news that Saks Fifth Avenue will be stocking plus size pieces from Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli. On the surface, this news sounds wonderful and seems to be a giant step forward for fashionable women everywhere.

Kudos to Saks, whose extended sizes collection, called Salon Z, encompasses sizes 14 to 24 and offers a few fashion forward pieces. The entire collection isn’t perfect (when is an entire collection perfect), but it is likely that you’ll find something worthy of taking home.

Digging deeper into the news reveals that while these brands have previously been carried through a size 10, they will now be stocked fully to a size 14 and even to a size 20 on a brand-by-brand basis. Unfortunately (though not uncommon), only one of each size will be stocked and only in the New York City location. If the test venture is successful, other Saks locations could be carrying the expanded line.

How successful will this venture be? A designer size 14 is hardly plus size. A designer size 20 is an admirable step, but how well will these pieces actually sell? If you’re putting the cash towards an investment piece, it’s wise to buy a piece that fits well – but have the brands put in the appropriate effort towards the new extended range?

The secret to a successful plus size line (outside of the conceptual designs) are the fit models. Remember when Old Navy first launched their plus size line in stores? It was okay, but it didn’t fit that well. The line was pulled from stores and disappeared for a while, but when it resurfaced as online only merchandise, the product was new and improved, due to the brand’s realization that patterns for a size 24 could be adapted from a size 2 – the two bodies simply aren’t built the same.

The skeptical industry side of my brain questions why houses such as Dolce & Gabanna and Chanel want to move forward in this way. True, both houses have made admirable strides to embrace the plus size community, both via model Crystal Renn (these days, who isn’t in love with her?). Is Chanel, including former heavyweight Karl Lagerfeld, really committed to servicing the plus size consumer, or is this similar to when a brand “donates” money to charity and reaps the benefits of all the surrounding press from their “good deed”, all the while there is a $5,000 cap on donations?

I guess the real question is, will you invest in these new pieces? How does this issue make you feel?

Welcome To ToVieFor!

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

ToVieFor.com provides every fashionable woman with what she wants most: the most coveted handbags and accessories at 40% – 70% off retail. At ToVieFor, we take the excitement and thrill of high-fashion sample sales to a whole new level.

We are currently in development – and we will be launching our Beta site this summer! Please sign up to receive an exclusive invitation to participate in all the great sales. – Sign Up Now

In the meantime, our amazing blogger, Julia DiNardo of Fashion Pulse Daily fame, will provide you with updates on the latest handbag trends, report on celebrities sporting the hottest accessories and will even give you her insider info on how to follow the latest accessories trends for less!

(This post is compliments of my fabulous friends at The Envied! Read more about The Envied in this NYTimes.com article. )

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