Monday, November 24, 2008

Vintage quilted bags

Chanel's 2.5 bags made the quilted look with a single or double gold chain a major accessory statement. There are other makers of such bags --- as for me, if I'm going to buy a version that is not made by Chanel, I lean towards vintage ones. Here's one that I just *won* from an eBay auction --- made by Bally.
My newest eBay winning!

I love this bag because there's a "B" for Bally in the lower right hand area of the flap, the chain can be used as single or double, and I *love* the off-white color. I actually can't wait to wear with a more casual outfit, something a little rougher.

There are some current auctions for similar bags going on right now on eBay...check them out!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

My coveted eBay find

I just won an eBay auction for this awesome vintage, 60s/70s, gold enamel necklace that I've been watching for days. I only spent $9.00 for it! Here it is:
My beautiful "Cleopatra" necklace for $9.00

The funny thing is while I have been watching the auction, I came across a JC Report posting of a beautiful "Tux" necklace by designer Nicole Romano which is for sale on Vivre for $215. Here:
Nicole Romano's Tux Necklace for $215.00

Definitely very beautiful, but I think my little eBay find holds up pretty well in comparison!

P.S. That all said, I am digging Nicole Romano's stuff -- not badly priced in the grand scheme of's another one that looks pretty niiiice:
Nicole Romano's Lavendar Fringe Necklace for $200

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Be an idealist for once

The Obama campaign and election results have buoyed me into a new state of hopefulness that I can't even begin to articulate. I feel like I was shivering in the depths of a NYC winter and just stepped into the warm rays of the Caribbean. In this newly inspired state, I have been all over Managed and operated by Action Without Borders, Idealist seeks to connect people and communities so that we can help each other be it through a job, a volunteer opportunity, etc. The Idealist team has three objectives for our world:
1. All people can lead free and dignified lives.
2. Every person who wants to help another has the ability to do so.
3. No opportunities for action or collaboration are missed or wasted.

There is no more noble cause than that.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Celebrating Michelle

I came across Mrs. O. over the weekend and absolutely love the following that the incoming First Lady has drummed up over the last two years. You can follow Michelle's style on this new site. Our new First Lady is 5'11", with a broad frame that the healthy and robust can appreciate. She carries herself with such ease and confidence that it intrigues people. I think her clothing selection throughout the campaign has been on mark over and over again. As most media outlets have reported, she moves between high-end and mainstream seamlessly, at once celebrating Thakoon and J.Crew. Comparisons between the last Mrs. O and Michelle are, not suprisingly cropping up. It will be an interesting four years of style in the White House!
The Obamas on Election Night - Michelle in Narciso Rodriguez
Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP via People

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

My favorite shoes

Seems like shoes have taken on a new identity in fashion conversations. They are, after all, an exclamation point to an entire outfit, and more important, the human form. Here are two of my favorites right now:

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Obama has done it!!! It is a new world --- and it starts today!