Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BUY || WEAR: Claire Vivier leather bags

I'm a big fan of these leather bags by Claire Vivier. She has combined the simplicity of design (and practicality of everyday use) with what looks to be soft, supple material and rich hues. I've been looking for a new bag that I can wear on my wrist and then swing over my shoulder when I need to multi-task. At $345 for the messenger tote, this is probably the best deal out there! Also love the mini-sac ($169). For a similar bag, check out my post on J. Crew's Bisbee Satchel.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

EXPERIENCE || KNOW: Beijing, where it's at!

Just back from Beijing - which explains my lackluster record of posts for the past week and a half. All I can say is AMAZING, WONDERFUL, and all around AMAZING AGAIN! So much going on in the city from a business perspective, lifestyle perspective. I will post more but here are some shots of the airport --- may seem trivial, but this is the first entry that all arrivals see. The Beijing Capital Airport is literally one of the best world airports I've been to. Blows JFK and LaGuardia out of the water. Modern, architecturally interesting, and beautiful.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

BUY || ADORN: Marni's jewelry

I always loved Marni for the easy design mixed with sophisticated presentation. But lately, I realized that the jewelry collection is pretty amazing too! Check out these items on Net-a-Porter.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

BUY || HOME: Brook Farm General Store

If you were a little girl growing up in the 80s in the U.S., then you probably loved The Little House on the Prairie television series as much as I did.  One of the best parts of the show was the General Store run by the Olesons family.  I always loved seeing the inside of the store located in the center of the town – always neatly merchandised and it felt like whatever you needed to live (especially in that time period) could be found. I got this same feeling when I came across the Brooklyn-based Brook Farm General Store. I love the design of the site; clean, welcoming, and easy to navigate. It is stocked full of goodies that have an anachronistic touch, bringing you back to a time when life was certainly more simple and livable. Here are some of my favorite picks:
 Vintage Creamware Pitcher

Aigle Malouine Boot

Lampe Gras No. 205

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

BUY || WEAR: Floral dress picks from eBay

Spring is in the air (finally)! It is time to bring those dresses back from storage. Here are a few picks that I love from eBay.

Diane Von Furstenberg floral print wrap dress - opening bid $125

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

KNOW || READ: by Yaffa Assouline

Yaffa Assouline has launched a beautiful website that celebrates the art of living well. Sign up for email updates and you will always find something super interesting to discover. Although there is no shortage of content sites focused on luxury, Ms. Assouline's depth of experience in this space shows.

Ms. Assouline's bio, courtesy of Amazon
"Yaffa Assouline is an innovator in luxury communications, consulting and made-to-measure publishing. She developed the first in-flight consumer magazine, Air France Madame, before creating customized books, magazines and advertising campaigns for leading brands such as Cartier, Christies, Dior, Chanel, Zenith, Veuve Cliquot, the Ritz and the Dorchester Group. For over 25 years, Assouline has captured the luxury industry as a journalist, creative director and custom publisher. Today she brings her exceptional insight to luxury online through the pioneering magazine, LuxuryCulture.Com, described by insiders as the bible of the luxury world."

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Monday, March 1, 2010

BUY || WEAR & ADORN: Best indie e-commerce sites

Check out the following links to my take on the best indie e-commerce sites for fashion and accessories. They are all relatively under-the-radar and for this reason probably are able to merchandise a unique set of items --- when an audience is relatively self-selected, merchandising tends to follow suit. Photos are of my favorite picks of the moment.

Need Supply
Who says sophisticated, in-season design can't be affordable? Floral dresses, clogs galore, body-con LBDS, this Virginia-based e-commerce store has it all.
Cage Dress - $98!

 Downtown Suede Bootie - just like Dries Van Noten would've done - $99!
Flat Stud Drawstring Bag - $72!

The last time I heard of SSWTR was probably from my parents in elementary school when I was just learning how to lose and share. This ever-enduring adage has been repurposed - the long URL is worth typing out. Taking a "diary" approach to merchandising, SSWTR seeks to present fresh pieces on a frequent basis so as to keep up with the true spirit of creativity --- things change. There are 20 categories of items ranging from the white t-shirt to evening to rainwear. The presentation is so unique! Rollover the forms of the items and in return you will see the item smartly worn by a human. Incredibly creative and a breath of fresh air.
Source: SSWTR
Taking a text-based approach to site design, SSU offers an eclectic assortment of fashion and home items. You navigate down a lefthand menu of brands organized into "women/men", "object", and "print". Take time to enjoy the selection, ranging from Arielle de Pinto, Electric Feathers, Elena Estaun, to Cosmic Wonder Free Press. 

Interchanegably fashion designers and artists, the L.A. label has really captured my imagination. At once delicate and gritty; willowy and strong. I have too many favorites!



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