Boots With + the Furs

      A fashion vest quest:  It's Haute for hibernation....
Theory Rabbit Fur VestJean Paul Gaultier Mongolian Fur VestHalston Heritage Long Faux-Fur VestValentino Fox Fur Vest

Metallic shines and new heights.   It's about the hardware!bootiesMinnetonka Fringed Tall BootSam Edelman 'Zoe' Ankle BootOTBT 'Ashland' BootChristian Louboutin - Gazolina Suede Over-The-Knee BootsBellville BootsHybrid Suede Cut In Wedge Ankle Boot by Acne
Take a gander at the latest boots for this season with updated soles and higher skins.  Furs are back, although they never really left for some of us... Wearing your favourite vintage fur (or faux fur) this season in sophisticated styles, and sheer blouses will add a touch of dimension to a simple top; transforming your ensemble into a dramatic dream even for a daytime look!

Stained Lips & The Messenger

What's the latest word? Rouge, you say?
T.V. programmes, commercials, and magazine ads lately have been inspired by the oldies. We have recently seen the return of the "red lip," more so now, as if it were the 30s or 50s for that matter.  Some precious stones are rare but, a ruby red lip? --Let's have a go shall we?
Today, the true gem of it all is the simple fact of being able to achieve those wanted reds from the stupendous shades provided by your favourite cosmetic brand. Our thank you beauty guides such as, Revlon, Cover Girl, Bobbi Brown, and CCB-Paris, plus a few others have invited us in the lustrous secret on how to wear these new hues within the red-lipped fashion realm.

On the Streets: There are also accents of the messenger bag in wrist-forms, and briefcase-like styles for handbags this season. Boxy is back in an abundant of ways!  New colours, new styles, as well as new hardware with a nostalgic glow is what's making these bags an absolute buy.  Nothing goes better with your new lustrous lips other than the latest boxy, envelope, or chain styled bag.  Now go out and choose wisely girls!
 How to Pick the Perfect Red Lipstick
Try Bobbi Brown or Cover Girl's new 3D Lip stain!

See more Bags like these here: Prada


Style Notes Vol. 2

I'm so happy to know that despite the latest rants and raves on new technology; that somewhere in the world of art and design I am not the only one to carry a notebook around.
Pocket Notebooks (not day-planners) are back in lighter weight and more compact styles.  An inexpensive and great buy, check it out!
Where to Buy: needsupply

Pssst! Hey there, if you really love notebooks check out these trendy book earrings on Etsy!
Definitely a conversation starter... if needed.

photo: needsupply(Top),  Etsy (Above)

Your Type...Your Style

Have you figured out what your style of dress is yet? What's your type? Do you even have a unique sartorial style to call your own? Well, fret not, there's plenty of items to choose from-- For the downtown city girl and flirty femme gal, to the career sophisticate.   This season try to splurge on a grand handbag in your favourite colour and pair it with a statement shoe, something with an eye-popping detail or an unusual heel. The time is now, to step out in an explosive OR subtle-chic ensemble with full confidence to carry you out through the day.  Here are a few top picks for you to try-on.
Your favourite fashionista,

Fashion Thinking?

     A Tom Ford for Gucci Ad for eye-wear!

    In the mind of Patrizia Pepe.
Is this a flattering Ad?

    Lastly, I was a bit disappointed in the 2010 Prada Ad, I mean it's okay, in a vampire sort of way... I've seen much better Prada Ads. 

Small NYC Brand, Rapid Evolution

Adriana Marie, of the eponymously named New York based women’s T-Shirt brand, takes a break from her busy schedule to sit and chat with me a fellow fashionista, to share the story of her young brand, ready to take on high volumes of mass production, multiple store openings and even Ralph Lauren?  Well, maybe not entirely in that order, but the Adriana Marie brand plays hard when it comes to getting the word out and guess what? So far, it’s working! 

Marie, wearing her favourite go-to item, (a flowing blouse with a boho-chic appeal), seems quite calm given her already penciled-in appointments for the next few months.  We exchange greetings and she starts by telling me about her new collection.
She has already worked with clients within the music industry and several ladies from America’s Next Top Model, who only need to be introduced by their first name. (Remember the infamous Jade, Camille, Nik, and Bre)? 

Marie is the head designer, PR manager, and key distributor for her apparel line, which caters to the independent city woman that craves comfort in her clothing.  
The customer "is confident, and ambitious... she knows where she wants to go and who she wants to be," says Marie.  

The brand designs T-shirts with emphasis on happiness and creative content that touches women from diverse backgrounds. The collection is a line of Tees that you could easily see in your favourite Urban Outfitters catalogue, yet it could also be placed on the racks in the likes of a Target, Macy’s, or Nordstrom’s store.

What’s attractive about this brand is the fact that millions of women who routinely wear corporate attire generally change their clothes into a staple ensemble after work.  Needless to say, this ensemble would be the key item T-shirt and a favourite pair of jeans.  Who doesn’t like wearing a T-shirt? After all, mere comfort alone is the best quality to look for when purchasing a garment.  

The Adriana Marie collection is versatile for any wardrobe and screens positively uplifting messages such as, “A dream without action is an illusion.” Marie prides herself in keeping the brand local. “I would like to keep my production domestically based,” said the designer, which is why she stays true to making her garments in the USA.  Fit, feel, and aesthetic are key elements to Marie’s customer, hence the use of soft cotton and cotton-blended materials with modern techniques to achieve the highest quality in producing a great Tee.

Marie also supports Dresses for Haiti, a non-profit organisation, which aids women who have been subjected to domestic violence, poverty, laissez faire, and financial encumbrances induced by natural disasters.  This cause produces a fashion show where they sell 30 dresses and then donate all of the proceeds to KOFAVIV in Haiti.   

So, what’s the next appointment on Marie’s agenda? She is currently producing her Winter collection and also envisions the Adriana Marie brand to compete with Ralph Lauren one day.  This confident young woman may be an owner of a small brand but, one thing is certain, she is definitely going places and will stop at nothing until she gets to her destination.

Marie plans to expand her company by adding accessories and handbags to her collections. Don’t fret fashion students! There will be slots to fill for employment soon.  However, at the moment, this “Jane of all trades” wears infinite (and very fashionable) hats in her daily responsibilities. At the rate that Marie is going, the hopes of her brand becoming a household known diffusion line may be just right around the corner.

For more information or if you are interested in ordering your very own custom fashion Tee, visit:  AdrianaMarie

*Check out Adriana Marie at the upcoming 2010 MAGIC show in Las Vegas this month. 

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Fall Jackets: The Absolute

Whilst pondering about what knee-high boot to purchase for the approaching seasons why not, decide on what jacket you should wear first?
This Fall season comes with boundless amounts of hi-tech, new hued, texture driven and multi-functional styles of "the jacket." With uses of fabric qualities (and modern variances) of lace, velvet, brocades, and leather;  designers are bringing in the 'new' with inspiration from old fashions of even the "S-Jacket," amongst other things.  You can also, be prepared to shop these sumptuous threads in only a few colors per style, but, choose wisely, these are pieces that refuse to be hung into just any closet.  Here are a few favourites of mine!  For the ladies and gents!


Designer Spreads Fashion Love with Big Heart

Erica Varize, a women's wear designer from Berkeley, Calif., has the complete sartorial bliss package for you to taste.  It includes the style, colour of choice and custom measurements to your body type; all you need to do is sit back, relax, and take a big sip of fashion from the EV(fashion) cafe with zero calories.
 Read more here...

Photo: Courtesy of Evarize


The Bahamian Beauty:
Whilst she
SAT in the
SUN on
MONday at
2 P.M.,
sipping on an ice cold beverage of choice, she was immediately inspired by the tranquility and palm trees that encompassed her. 

Perhaps it was also because she didn't have to ponder about her chaotic work schedule or other weekly happenings back in the reality of that "the routine work life." The nine-to-five.

This photo is a content moment that's shared to remind you of the necessity of quality time.  No matter how your day goes, whether it is good or bad, give yourself at least 15 minutes of a bit of rest. Your mind, body and soul will thank you later. 
Here are some inspiring garments to wear when you are resting, playing, or merely lying around in any comfort zone.

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