Happy New Year's Eve to you, Wunderkids! Some of you lucky ducks may be partying it up on the beach. Or you might have exciting plans to celebrate on our home turf in NYC. While others might be slipping and sliding toward a festive ski weekend. Whatever your plans, I hope you are excited to ring in 2009 with some resolutions--whether big or small.
I like to set myself up with a challenging doozy of a resolution flanked by a few easily-attainable ones. My lofty goal will prove to be a bit difficult... I am going to try to be glass half-full. Ugh. What was I thinking?! In an effort to get it all out of my system, I've chosen to be glass half empty until the clock strikes midnight. Oh, and since I'm currently in Switzerland, I guess that buys me 6 more hours until NYC New Year's, right!? See, I'm already thinking positively...
As for my simple goals, I've got 2 in the bag. One is to eliminate my excessive usage of table salt on food. Easy enough. Another simple goal for me is to be kind to my feet. In my old age, I've noticed some aches and pains that unnoticeable a few years ago. And, no, that doesn't mean I'm going to wear sneakers to work. I've invested in some awesome gel cushions!
I came across an entire display of gel shoe products while on a shopping excursion at Target. Leave it to Kiwi, the makers of the age-old shoe polish, to conjure up such genius ideas! They offer anti-slip gel pads, gel heel cushions, gel heel liners, gel strappy strips, and general mini cushions (pictured). I cannot wait to test them out! A Happy New Year indeed!
With the re-introduction of cross-body and saddle bags last season, the fringe handbag was right by their side. Some people wince at the sound of such a bag, because the first thing that might come to mind is the suede, Native American-inspired look. But there is actually a wide range of fringe styles suitable for all types of women--from rocker chic to vintage flapper to bohemian whimsy.
And depending on the type of fringe bag you choose, it can also serve as a nice addition to a casual outfit, add some pizzazz to a dressy look, or provide some sexiness to an edgy ensemble. With New Year's right around the corner, perhaps you might want to give one a shot? And don't worry...innovative new styles and classic revamps will prevent you from looking dated. No strings attached.
1) Betsey Johnson Flashy Lady Clutch ($125) pictured 2) Coach Madison Metallic Fringe Tote ($1,000) 3) JJ Winters Suede Fringed Messenger ($425) 4) Express Genuine Suede Fringe Clutch ($59) 5) Urban Outfitters Fringed Clutch ($38) 6) Carla Mancini Fringe Messenger Bag ($502) 7) Hayden Harnett Wyeth Hobo ($475).
Back in December, I attended an event at Thistle and Clover hosted by Showroom New York which I wrote many flowery, positive things about that recalled my PR days, but were actually heart felt. I swear. Just received word that should interest any budding new designers out there seeking showroom representation. They are holding an open call for all designers based in the New York area that are dedicated to producing all their products locally. Local production is clearly the way to go these days, if economic and socio-economic trends can inform (rather than give us night sweats)- so if you are a new designer emerging on the market, I implore you to attend the event!
All those exciting designers I swooned over at Thistle and Clover are represented by the showroom, like Chulette (pictured here).
Showroom New York is holding an open call for contemporary RTW and accessory designers!
Designers who produce their collections in New York City can attend the open call on
January 14th 15th , 2009
202 W. 40th Street , 9th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Please bring Fall 09 samples, business plan, and price list.
Its the one color that works all year round. Blue fits into every season, unlike a canary yellow dress for Winter or a head to toe black outfit for Summer.
Little Girl Blue come make your stand,
The yellows are too bright the grey too bland.
For which shade of blue shall she wear,
The royal rich one, that will make everyone aware.
Forget wrapping yourself in a bow or wearing lingerie for him, save that for another occasion. The boys like toys, and its only fair that they get something special for the holidays too. Maybe my picks will fit the guys in your life.
Deciding to start TheRomeoReport was the most important decision I made in 2008. It involved, working on my insecurities, my fear of thinking that starting my own business will be too overwhelming to handle. I went back and forth with my ideas for months.
This is where friends and family can help you realize your strengths, give much needed encouragement and push you in the right direction. It came down to me not hoping that I can do it, but knowing it will happen once I take care of my business plan, do my research and put in the hard work. Theromeoreport.com I can see evolving into something greater than just a website.
I know where l would like my business to be in a year, even five years from now, but no one knows what the future holds. With the countless creative minds out there, including my own, I have to be able to evolve with my comrades and with the months/years ahead of us.
With less than 72 hours before January 1st 2009 is here, Im excited to see what the New Year has in store for me, Theromeoreport.com and the people that are supporting along my Yellow Brick Road.
Keep clicking those heels
New York, NY
Abdul Koroma and Andrew Jones have dared to venture on their own to launch their line, Modernist, in a London presentation during spring 2009 Fashion Week. Koroma and Jones are indeed talented craftsmen and their debut collection is certainly proving them to be visionaries. They continue to keep their day jobs with MaxMara but are looking to materialize their own concepts. The results? Pretty feminine frocks each heavy in details; some mystery with a face distorting chapeaux; and sheer pieces all in the most delicious colors.
I love the dress pictured complete with the headpiece but I'll have to travel to Paris or London to conduct a fitting of the collection as it is not yet sold here in the States. Koroma and Jones will soon join the ranks of the best in fashon. Perhaps, we'll soon be talking about their own Marc Jacob-like transformation. Meet the unsuspecting designers of Modernist who will soon be the name on everyone's lips.
The collection is part of the Top Emerging Visionaries of 2008.
I sense a weekly ritual in the works. It's far too much fun for me to be looking through the wares on the site as an alter ego. Tonight channeling Monica Vitti: Italian beauty, seething with sophisticated elegance as only Italian women really seem able to do without irony. For starters, not many people can pull off her fabulous mop of voluminous blonde locks, at times adding more than 3 inches to her height. Her slightly disheveled hair is always countered by her perfectly tailored wardrobe and irreverence for her figure baring silhouettes. Her sexy sophistication helped me navigate through the site tonight, as I thought of a few ways that we could revive her masterful style.
First, as any confident, curvy woman must obtain, a fitted knit sweater. As Marilyn Monroe made clear, cashmere is perhaps always the best, but this cream shawl collared short sleeve one could be substituted for a great look.
Also a staple of any bombshell is a properly fitted (but of course with appropriate stretch) pencil skirt. This one has a wonderful vintage inspired print that I sense is right on the mark, with the added benefit of a "sassy keyhole" below the back button.
A wide red suede belt can accentuate the waist, a trick put to use several times by Ms. Vitti and this structured white vintage Celine pocketbook looks like it could have come right out of L'Avventura.
Faux or real, fur is a must, ideally utilized in this faux fur jacket and cream fur hat. It's a classic look, and one that I would like to consider more when going for va-va-voom bombshell, rather than the looks that represent that sentiment today. Am I alone?
Tortoiseshell. A strange word of sorts if you look at it. But definitely not an odd look in fashion whatsoever. It was big in the 60s and 70s--n the form of combs, sunglasses, and guitar picks--for it's attractivness and durability. The trend has remained in existence through today--making for a beautiful, classic look.
Thankfully, faux tortoiseshell has been all the rage for a handful of decades. No need for us to worry about torturing harmless turtles simply for style. While it is technically an animal print, tortoiseshell is much more understated than throwing on a leopard print accessory. It serves as a neutral--and is a great accompaniment to blacks, browns, brights, dulls, you name it. And it looks great on most everyone.
Today, we can see this lovely print on sunglasses, eyeglasses, headbands, jewelry, purses, and even shoes! It's not difficult to weave a little bit of this look into your everyday wear.
"Come out of your shell" and give it a shot!
Shoes: 1) Hollywould Women's Tortoise Ida Slide ($247) 2) Cole Haan Women's Carma ($275) 3) Luciano Padovan Tortoise Patent Pump ($248) 4) Guiseppe Zanotti Patent Leather Tortoise Platform Pump ($298) 5) Guiseppe Zanotti Tortoise Ballet Flat ($275) 6) Cole Haan Air Sierra Flat ($185)
Accessories: 1) Chanel Gold Multi-cord Tortoise Print Buckle Belt ($820) 2) Bebe Round Enamel Buckle Stretch Belt ($49) 3) Scunci Tortoise Clasp Barrettes ($3) 4) Karine 2-1/2" Tortoise Slide ($4) 5) Aldo Cordenons Headband ($8) 6) Belissima Ponytail Holder ($5) 7) Tory Burch Kerry Resin Clutch ($365) pictured
Jewelry: 1) Vivre Tortoise Bangle ($25) 2) Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Tortoise Ring ($132) 3) Lanvin Hexagonal Bracelet ($199) 4) S. Sung St. John Necklace ($75) 5) Lauren Ralph Lauren Large Hoop Earrings ($16) 6) Lee Angel Skinny Tortoise Jeweled Bracelet ($99)
Sunglasses: 1) Louis Vuitton Obsession Square Tortoise ($480) 2) Chloe Rounded Sunglasses ($355) 3) Marc Jacobs Tortoise Shell Butterfly Style Sunglasses ($349) 4) Isaac Mizrahi for Target Oval Sunglasses ($13) 5) Max Studio Vintage C1 ($90).
Hopefully you have all taken part in as much consumption as I have over the past week and intend to until the year is officially over (at the very least I know Cindy has ;)).
I am ready to invest in a chic gym bag...right after the gym membership is purchased.
Anyone have any amazing shopping experiences this season? Things that went well beyond your expectations? Incredible customer service or simply an insanely perfect find?
As for me, I went a little crazy after a friend tipped me off about all the goodies that Mayle was offering at their boutique for the holidays. Sweater clips ($3.50!), Deco Egg beads ($5/ea and yes there's lots you can do with these I swear) and for a bit more of a splurge, small clutches and makeup bags in their signature feminine vintage-esque prints. Pictured is the Samira Soft Fold Stripe Clutch ($225).
I would stay on watch Wunders for the very last month of this store and, tear, line. For my Christmas shopping it was nearly one stop, and I bet things could be even more exciting after the holidays. At the very least, just maybe we can look forward to a massive samples sale.
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