Some of you might not know, but I am a jewelry Merchandiser for Chloe+Isabel. I love what I do, and one of my favorite parts about working for C+I is finding out what jewelry is in the newest collection. I can’t wait to see what the Fall’13 collection looks like, and this beautiful little teaser is off to a great start! I was so excited when I heard that the collection is inspired by Paris. I lived in Paris for a Summer, and absolutely fell in love. I’m not the only one who is enamored with the “City of Lights” though; Cartier recently unveiled it’s amazing new, Paris Nouvelle Vague Collection. I’m curious to see if our collections will have any similarities in color or construction. However, Paris is a fabulous city that can provide endless inspiration, and endless directions for creative minds, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they are nothing alike, yet equally beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing what parts of Paris will be highlighted, and what direction C+I will take. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the early September Launch, and you’ll be the first to know! In the meantime, check out my online boutique and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to set up an online pop up this August!
This Summer the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the stylists are buzzing over honeycomb. The intricate hexagons can be seen in home styling, fashion, jewelry and more. I love how delicate and realistic the gold honeycomb jewelry looks. The geometric pattern is beautiful, and the added gems make these pieces playful and yummy. Jewelry is the perfect way to try out a trend without having to sacrifice your wardrobe, and with Chloe+Isabel you won’t have to sacrifice your wallet either.
As a recent graduate I am in the midst of finding a “real” job and let’s be honest, it’s about as fun as a trip to the dentist. I can’t stand how online applications are so impersonal and so focused on keywords instead of key people. After months of juggling internships and applying I am finally getting enough response to make me think, “Oh my gosh! What would I wear to an interview?!” For my past interviews I wore a trendy Zara blazer, wax coat skinnys and low leopard pumps. It was understated, classy and I landed the job. Unfortunately, I don’t think that outfit would be appreciated in front of every HR rep, so I had to go back to the closet. What I found was surprising and slightly disappointing. If Stacey London and Clinton Kelly had been there with me, they would’ve presented me with a check for $5,000 and sent me shopping with a list of rules describing what I should and should not buy. Turns out after 23 years of picking out special items that I love, I have completely forgotten to invest in nice business basics. Despite my overflowing drawers of everyday skinnys, trendy tops, work out clothes, formal wear, and costumes, I couldn’t piece together a tasteful business outfit if my life or my job depended on it. It was pretty obvious that I needed to remede this problem before my first interview and ASAP. So, I headed to the nearest mall with the gusto of a doomsday prepper that forgot to stock up on water, batteries and toilet paper. Now you may find it hard to believe that a fashion enthusiast like yours truly would be underwhelmed during this shopping adventure, but let’s be honest I wasn’t trying on anything that seemed fashion forward or fun. My biggest dilemma was deciding between black and navy trousers (which I didn’t decide; I just got both). It’s a good thing I wasn’t on WNTW because as I stared back at myself in pencil skirts and collared blouses I felt my identity slipping from me and turning me into the Roomba woman with the tight bun. It wasn’t until I was mixing my practical skirts and pants with different heels, flats, belts, tops, and sweaters that I finally drank the cool aid. Okay, business interview attire isn’t my favorite look, but the pieces I bought fit well, are classic and I’ll be able to incorporate them into my wardrobe for ages. Something about that felt so French, and so right.
If you look in your closet and find your missing these classic pieces too, head over to Banana Republic like I did, where the staff is super helpful and honest about fit and functionality. Plus there are plenty of cute things to help spruce up the practical bits. Happy Shopping!
I was craving a little fashion eye candy, so I recently bought The Devil Wears Prada on iTunes. I am always inspired by stylist Patricia Field’s work, and this movie is no exception. Even though The Devil Wears Prada was released in 2006, the fashion is still inspiring, innovative and current. I adore the montage when Andy Sacks (Anne Hathaway) finally dresses to her potential, and is seen in over six coats on her way to work. Although the clothes speak for themselves, Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, give the story more depth than just a closet. If you haven’t read the novel by Lauren Weisberger I suggest you take it to the pool/beach this summer. Otherwise you can watch the movie, drool over the fashion, and get inspired to walk in some stylish threads.
Yesterday, was a sad day for fashion when ‘Queen of Prep’, Lilly Pulitzer passed away. Her name is and always will be synonymous with the bright, fun, preppy, prints she is famous for. What most people don’t know is that her fashion success was accidental. Lilly’s first business endeavor was with juice instead of fashion. Her husband Peter owned a few citrus groves in Florida, and she decided to set up a juice stand in Palm Beach. While working at the stand, she found her clothes constantly stained and ruined by juice. As a result Lilly made her smartest career move; making a simple shift dress in a tropical print. The popularity of the dress was instantaneous and she began selling the newly dubbed, “Lillys” at the juice stand. It soon became evident that she could squeeze more money out of “Lillys” than oranges, so in 1959 she founded Lilly Pulitzer, Inc. A few years later, fellow high school classmate, Jackie O wore a “Lilly” on the cover of LIFE in 1962, and everyone had to have one. Lilly Pulitzer became the hot new trend in fashion, and has been a success ever since. Her story, and her prints have become my perfect spring into summer inspiration. These Lilly Pulitzer Pashminas are the epitome of a summer scarf, and would be a fun and colorful way to brighten a simple outfit. Check out Lilly Pulitzer to learn more about this amazing fashion icon, and get walking in her threads!
Growing up I idolized Mary Kate and Ashley, and desperately wanted to be a twin. There is something amazing about identical twins, especially when they are beautiful and talented. The Olsens have since become fashion icons and designers, but they aren’t the only double act in the fashion scene. Turkish designers and identical twins Hande and Duygu have designed for many prestigious Turkish labels. They finally took a risk to start their solo, or rather duo career in women’s clothing line 2wins. The clothing they have designed is a blend of classic silhouettes with interesting applique and beadwork. The inspiration for 2wins comes from the sisters’ childhood, making the clothes playful and charming. I found 2wins in a Los Angeles Showroom, and hope to find it in stores soon!