Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hermes Is In the House!

An early birthday present arrived last week.....I love the ribbon charms on the petit h boxes!  I can't wait to open them on the big day :-)

Hermes gifts!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Going in Circles with Thelma Deutsch

I love looking at other people's jewelry collections.  One of the fun parts about writing a column about accessories was getting to see and learn about other people's favorite jewelry and jewelry designers.  One such designer is Thelma Deutsch.  Deutsch designed costume jewelry from about 1980 - 1995, which makes all of her creations vintage at this point.  I especially love her earrings, which are oversized and blinged out with lots of crystals.  One particular style is a circular design and those are the ones I've started collecting.  Unlike some designers there aren't as many pieces by Deutsch available on the marketplace and even fewer with the circular design I like.  I've only managed to find three pairs of them so far, but I'm hopeful to find more.  I have my eye out for a pair in red.  I can't even find much information on Thelma Deutsch, but I intend to do more research.

My small collection of Thelma Deutsch vintage earrings

I wore the multicolored pair a few days ago and got so many compliments.  I think they're my favorite now.

Multicolored Thelma Deutsch vintage earrings

The crystals are gorgeous

I also have clear crystals and black.

Stunning and sparkly

You can never go wrong with basic black

A tip for anyone who has these earrings or other oversized ones:  a little eyelash glue will help keep them on your earlobes all night long!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Green is my favorite color, which means I'm always ready for St. Patrick's Day.  My picks this year were a green beret my father got for me in Paris and a t-shirt with a bedazzled shamrock.  

Beret & shamrock tee

A little sparkle is good for the soul

I hope everyone has a safe St. Patty's day!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Target-ing Chanel

Whenever I go shopping at Target I take a stroll through the handbags & jewelry, just to see what's there.  In general, I like buying better quality accessories, but occasionally Target has something fun that looks better than what it is.  A couple years ago In Style Magazine even featured Merona wallets that could double as cute summer clutch bags.  I bought a few and gave some to friends and everyone loves them.  So, last week I went to Target with my Mom to look at vacuums and was pleasantly surpised to find the most adorable Chanel style quilted velour mini-bag.  It is a beautiful shade of fuschia with gold tone hardware. 

Chanel style quilted bag from Target

There was only one left in fuschia and there was one in black.   I almost bought the black one, too, but I have enough black bags.  Both can be purchased on Target's web site and it actually looks better in person.  Link to bag .  The brand is "A New Day" and they had a few styles that looked like they were modeled after Chanel bags.  Not saying you can pass these off as genuine Chanel, but you can "get the look for less", a lot less!  

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Ferragamo Reboot

Twenty years ago, when I was working at one of Manhattan's premier private schools, all the fashionable mom's were wearing Ferragamo Vara pumps.  They were cute and I wanted to blend in and wear the same "uniform" so I bought two pairs.  I wore them while I worked there but thought they were a little too "Upper East Side" for my next job in hospitality, so they languished in my closet.  But Ferragamo shoes have gotten a lot trendier in the past few years, so I pulled mine out only to discover that they were now a little on the tight side.  Nowadays these shoes retail for $575 a pair so I decided that I had two options:  sell them on Ebay or take them to my local shoemaker and see what he could do to stretch them out.  Luckily he did an amazing job!  The pairs were generally in very good condition so he just stretched them out about a half size and on one pair replaced part of the sole and they now look brand new. 

Ferragamo Vara pumps

I'm so excited that I shopped my closet and now have vintage Ferragamos!  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dressing For The Animal Medical Center's Top Dog Gala

I got my glam on last had been a while.   Up until a couple years ago I was going out and dressing up at least twice a week.  Nowadays, because of a series of sick pets, I'm lucky if I have time to do that twice a month.  I was one of the Vice Chairmen of The Animal Medical Center's Top Dog Gala last night.  It's an annual event and always attracts a very elegant crowd.  My friend and I organized a fun table and we had a great time.  I wanted to look holiday festive and wear some color without falling into the red & green trap so I went for a pink and green color scheme with a pink wrap top and long black skirt and jazzed it up with pink & green accessories, including some Indian jewelry touches.

My accessories....Manolo Blahnik shoes, Judith Leiber clutch, vintage 
Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, authentic Indian ring and faux pearls.

I practically live at The AMC with my pets, so always happy to help support the hospital!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Vegan Fudge

I found a super simple recipe for vegan fudge and decided to give it a try.  I made the peanut butter fudge and if you like peanut butter you're going to love this!  Rather than post the recipe I'll just post a photo and the link to the blog where I found it:  Vegan fudge recipe.   I don't know the blogger, but she's clearly the Willy Wonka of the vegan world. 

Vegan fudge 

This truly was the easiet thing to make and is perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth.  Next time I'm going to try chocolate.