Posts Tagged ‘Accessories’

Ten Girly Gifts Under $100

Monday, December 6th, 2010

(Click to Polyvore for pricing, details and where to buy.)

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.

Real Life Fashion Series #005: T

Monday, September 27th, 2010

T is my fashion friend against whom I measure all others; when in doubt I ask myself, “Would T wear this…?” Born and raised in Manhattan, she has an inherent sense of timeless chic that can only come from spending your entire life in just such a city. Mind you there was her four year foray at art school with yours truly, where we became besties at dirty warehouse parties clad in Betsy Johnson and swilling Paul Masson straight from the carry-out carafe. Some things never change. Psych.

(Calypso metallic knit dress, SMITH Sunglasses, Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard platinum necklace, Prada handbag, Michael Kors chronograph watch, Lanvin patent leather ballet flats)

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. )

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. )

Jewelry Designer Farrah Dragon Talks L.A. Boutiques, Vintage Cartier and Cheap Secret Weapons…

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Farrah Dragon Silver Poppy Ring $667

Farrah Dragon Silver Lotus Earrings $863

Farrah Dragon 18K Gold Orchid Necklace $1,062

How cool is the name Farrah Dragon? I know. It’s like a Bond girl or something. Actually just an amazing jewelry designer whom I met through a mutual friend. Farrah’s sensibility and aesthetic are not only stunning and spot on, they’re also deep-rooted with inspiration from ancient artisans, as well as being eco-friendly and socially responsible. Here – I’ll let her tell you…

LASM: How did you become a jewelry designer?

FD: When I decided to do something different from interior design, I narrowed my dream job down to creating stylish baby slings or a conscious jewelry line. Ultimately I chose what I thought would give me the quality of life I was striving for, plus the most creative expression. By quality of life, I mean something that I could do while starting a family and something that I felt did not harm anyone or anything during the manufacturing process. I also thrive on business strategies and problem solving, so I wanted to be sure to go out of my way to choose something that forced me to make time for creativity. I chose to design and make an eco and socially responsible jewelry line. Since I had taken a jewelry making class in high school, I took a refresher course to learn soldering again and some other techniques. I then self-taught the rest at home.

LASM: Where do you derive inspiration for your pieces?

FD: Mostly in nature. I also love looking at ancient jewelry, because I hand-make nearly everything in metal and I have a lot to learn from artisans who were really only armed with fire and primitive tools.

LASM: Who are your personal favorites when it comes to jewelry designers/brands?

FD: Anything and everything Indian. Indian jewelers have techniques that are just mind-boggling. Their 22K jewelry takes my breath away. I had originally intended to do most of my line in 22K, but the price of gold doubled the year I was launching so it wasn’t realistic. I already have a 22K Indian necklace picked out for my fantasy stroll down the Oscars red carpet! For a surprise birthday present, my husband went to a few jewelry stores in Little India outside of L.A. and asked if their behind-the-scenes jeweler would mentor me; I think they were mostly confused and alarmed and shooed him out….but it was a sweet thought. I also love jewelry by Jar, Line Vautrin, Ted Meuhling, Hanut Singh, Gabriella Kiss, Tony Duquette and vintage Cartier.

LASM: How about clothing designers?

FD: My favorite brands/labels are, Antik Batik, Allsaints Spitalfields, Oscar De La Renta, Naeem Khan and Alexander McQueen.

LASM: Where do you like to shop online?

FD: To be completely honest, I usually only shop places like Victorias Secret, Delias and Alloy for trendy tops, dresses and swimwear. Apparently I’m a slutty teeny bopper at heart! Aside from jeans, I really only tend to like most of my clothes for less than a year, so I try not to spend a lot on them these days, then I can pass them on guilt-free when I’m on to the next thing. I window shop at 1st Dibs, Graham and Green and Vivre.

LASM: Any secret weapon cheap-chic jewelry picks for those who can’t afford the real thing?

FD: I have to admit that it sort of kills me to give away good secrets, but I’ll get over myself. African metalwork jewelry is a personal fave. African artisans create such beautiful, affordable pieces out of bronze, some of which have a color similar to gold, and the craftsmanship is amazing. It’s just so completely different than Western jewelry. Their brass beaded strands are particularly interesting, since they come in all shapes and sizes and layer well. On a totally different note, I think Sundance, J. Crew, Banana Republic and Forever 21 sometimes have great, affordable, stylish jewelry. Also, a cheap trick – Google a local gold plater and mail or drop off a pair of your own cool silver earrings; once gold-plated (under $30), your earrings will look like a totally different fancy new pair.

LASM: Love this idea! What are your favorite off the beaten path L.A. boutiques?

FD: Lost & Found on Yucca is my number one, no doubt; awesome clothing, jewelry, textiles and Moroccan cutting boards – everything is special, unique and stylish. I also love Bazar on Abbott Kinney and the women’s Ralph Lauren store in Malibu – just walking through makes me happy! Broken English and Arp are my favorite jewelry stores…they are both truly inspired.

(You can see the entire Farrah Dragon Jewelry collection at farrahdragon.com or visit Broken English both online and in Los Angeles to purchase.)

Recently Purchased Bargain Of The Week

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Newport News Black Satin Ankle Bootie $25

Yes, really. I went back to these on the Newport News site countless times, only to bail pre-Add-To-Cart thinking, “It’s freaking Newport News…” And then I’d go back. And then I got over myself. I figured that for twenty-five bucks (plus one of the eight skillion discounts codes they send you, which brought them down to like twenty-three, including shipping) if they completely suck I’ll just send them back, not to mention N.N. has been cropping up more and more in the ‘Editor’s Picks’ section of my mags.

So what gives? They’re actually pretty damn cute for what they are. Yes, they have the dreaded (in my world) black PVC bottoms, but it’s not like the upper part is vinyl – it’s satin and velvet. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I removed them from the box, and even more so upon trying them on. Keepers from Newport News? Who knew…?

(Sidebar: There is an outside chance that between these and the numerous Target collabs, I’m potentially developing a creepy cheap shoe fetish. Perish the thought.)

Target Summer Essentials Under $40!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Zac Posen for Target Pink Sailor Dress $39.99

Miss Trish for Target Black Coral Flat Sandals $24.99

14K Gold Over Silver Pearl Drop Chandelier Earrings $49.99

Liberty of London for Target Multicolor Billboard Bag $29.99

Liberty of London for Target 'Dunclare Black' Floppy Hat $24.99

LASM’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide Under $100!

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Nimli Mad Imports 'Marielle' Raffia Clutch in 'Punch and Apple' $75

In God We Trust Brass 'Tied Up Heart' Cuff $100

Calypso Orchid Scarf in 'Papoose' $95

Marc by Marc Jacobs Vintage Inspired Oversized Sunglasses in 'Blue/Blue Gray' $98

Laura James Jewelry Oval Tag Vintage Necklace $88

LASM Styles The Hollywood Housewife!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I recently styled The Hollywood Housewife for an upcoming event, and she decided to write her take on a day spent being ‘Styled By A Stylist.’ Here is her account of our lovely albeit busy day spent shopping on a budget!

Styled By A Stylist

(Originally published on April 21, 2010 at Hollywood Housewife)

I have always styled myself. Doesn’t everyone? I have often envied celebrities or women who have someone to help them look their best in clothes, but it has never crossed my mind to seek out this service. I wouldn’t even know where to find such a person. And then I met L.A. Stylist Mom on twitter. By sheer coincidence – and the odds of this are so slight – we discovered we live in the same neighborhood. The same canyon, practically a stones throw away from one another. It was clear we must become best friends immediately.

Coffee and lunch dates kept getting postponed, but when she posted about offering her style consultations, I just knew we had to get together. As it happens, I have this event coming up and I want to look my best. I’m always willing to shake up my personal style a little bit. You don’t have to be completely style-clueless to benefit from using a professional stylist, I’ve learned. A refresher course, or just someone to force you out of your personal style box, can be an advantage to your wardrobe. After I took a deep breath and told her INeedSpanxThisWholeThingMakesMeNervousIWantToFeelPretty, she agreed to style me for The Gorilla‘s documentary screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. Let the neuroses begin.

In our email exchanges, I told her that “I’m kind of a Blair in real life, but for this event I want to be a Serena.” She got my reference with no explanation (Blair and Serena are characters on Gossip Girl, please keep up) and started shooting me ideas. I started feeling comfortable that she understood where I was coming from, so I said calming things like, I can get over-stimulated much like an infant. You may have to hold my hand through some of this. Tapering scares me. There’s a cookie place in the mall in case I melt down. She couldn’t wait to meet me!

'Serena'

We met at a coffee shop in our neighborhood.  I pulled up five minutes late eating Oreo cakesters and drinking my morning Dr. Pepper.  I think first impressions are so important. We started jabbering before LASM even physically got in my car and we didn’t stop for the next four hours.  As a person, she is beautiful and open and easy to talk to and as a stylist she made me feel beautiful and not stupid.  Which, in this scenario, was a fete of large proportions. Our first stop was a large, discount designer chain that I had previously ignored on shopping expeditions.  What a mistake that was!  LASM showed me the truth behind this store.

I set a budget before we tackled the styling.  For a special event, I like to buy something new.  My habit is to splurge on one major item (the dress, a pair of shoes, etc.) and stay very reasonable for the other items. This means I usually have one high quality thing, while the other pieces might only last a season or two. My budget for this event was $500.

LASM started pulling stuff off the racks for me right away.  I stayed with my own shopping M.O. which meant I wandered, and felt the fabric, and checked my phone a lot.  A few minutes in, LASM mentioned that the dressing room in this particular store was community. A community dressing room. So then I started dreading, and sweating, and nodding distractedly at everything she held up for my approval.  I’m not particularly modest, but a community dressing room on a day that was already giving me hives, was almost more than I could handle. For the record, my nervousness had nothing to do with LASM.  This control freak just finds shopping to be a very personal thing, so letting someone else take the reins is what was putting me on edge.  But I wanted to do this, and I was thankful for her help.

'LASM'

Here’s something the LASM does that was so interesting to me: She pulls everything for the outfits. Into the community dressing room we go with shoes, necklaces, jackets, and heaps of clothes to try.  LASM had a “look” in mind for me from the start, so the different outfits she pieced together were sort of similar, but each had their own pros and cons.  While I changed into the first option, she arranged neatly on the wall each complete style (accessories included), so we could evaluate them before I put them on. I couldn’t believe the shopping difference with those two techniques: bringing in every piece to try at the same time, and arranging them for evaluation and for easier mix-and-matching. Before I even tried on the first thing, I had learned a ton from LASM about shopping and style.

The “look” she had chosen for me was a little rocker-chic.  I was going to an outdoor BMX event, after all. The look included leggings.  One pair was stretchy denim.  Those are called “jeggings.”  These jeggings had stirrups.  I almost died when she handed them to me.  But, they were actually cute on.  Another huge benefit to using a stylist: I was trying on things I would never, I repeat never, have picked to try on for myself. And here’s the kicker: they looked good.  I thought I looked cute.  Different than my normal self.  And that’s what we were going for, right?

LASM was so complimentary.  She never once made me feel foolish or ugly. Her attitude was not, “You need as much help as you can get!” but more that she wanted me to look and feel my best.  I asked her to help me step out my fashion box a little, but I got the impression that if you wanted to stay with your own style, she would also be really good at enhancing what you’ve already got going on.

At this first store, we got everything but shoes. My splurge was a buttery soft gray Marc Jacobs leather jacket.

'The Outfit'

The other pieces were black leggings with small buttons at the ankle,

'The Leggings'

a black racerback silk shell with a detailed pocket,

'The Racerback Shell'

and two chunky necklaces to be worn at the same time.

'The Necklaces'

(I’ve always like that multiple-necklaces-at-a-time look, but never had the guts to pull it off. LASM picked two necklaces that were similar in length and style and layered them expertly.  She advised me to wear the simple black earrings I already owned.) The cash register read $520, just over my budget.  We had planned to go to the mall in search of shoes, but now that the numbers were in we scrapped that and went to PF Changs.  All this crazy shopping can make a girl ravenous.  We decided on shoes I already owned to complete my outfit.

It was a successful day all around.  After just a few hours with a professional stylist, I had a complete outfit for my special event and had picked up new ways to shop and style myself for the next time. *BONUS* that I felt as pampered as a celebrity and made a new friend. It’s not reasonable or necessary to use a stylist daily, but for a wardrobe overhaul or a special event, I highly recommend it.  If you’re interested, you can get more information on LASM‘s style consultations here.  If you don’t have a budget for something new, she can consult using your current wardrobe.

Check back late Saturday to see me in my new style for the film festival.  I’ll be the one in the leggings trying to look breezy.

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