Saturday, September 26, 2015

If You Can't Get Ahead, Get A Hat

I had a British boss a long time ago and he had some interesting expressions including "if you can't get ahead, get a hat."  I'm guessing someone, maybe me, had worn a hat to work and he said it. Anyway, any occasion to buy a hat is okay by me!  I wear a winter hat because it's cold, but when I was in TJ Maxx yesterday I decided that I needed to incorporate some Fall hats into my wardrobe, as accessories vs necessities. TJ Maxx is the perfect place to experiment with new looks, because the prices are inexpensive.  I ended up buying a men's style fedora in gray felt and a floppy hat in beige for $20 each.  Both are 100% wool.  I think they were worth it!

Foppy hats are vintage Fay Dunaway from the 1970's and since 70's style is in right now I'm loving this look.  Oversized sunglasses or a pendant necklace go well with a hat like this, but keep it modern lest it look too costume-y.

D&Y ( wool hat

Fedoras come in a variety of styles.  I like this one with a skimpy brim.

Calvin Klein fedora

I love this hat, but it also needs to be worn with modern pieces.  No trenchcoats, or you could end up looking like Harriet the Spy.  

Friday, September 11, 2015

Guest Blogging For The New York Social Diary

Please enjoy my column in today's New York Social Diary and see all the fabulous fashions at the Fashion Institute of Technology's Couture Council luncheon honoring Manolo Blahnik.

The Manolos and Erwin Pearl bracelet I wore to the luncheon 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Beautiful Gift from Harrison Morgan Accessories

Earlier this summer I received this beautiful necklace from Harrison Morgan Accessories. It's a very cool pendant necklace with black beads and a goldtone bamboo pendant. I love pendant necklaces and they are very 'in' right now.

Harrison Morgan bamboo pendant necklace

Harrison Morgan has been designing soft accessories since 1990, but only recently started designing jewelry.  It's exciting to have a piece of a new collection!  I've enjoyed wearing my new necklace during the summer and it's going to look great with all of my Fall outfits, too.

Harrison Morgan soft accessories are sold at Saks and Neiman Marcus and his jewelry collection is available on his site

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sneak Peak At The Accesories Collaboration Between Erwin Pearl & The New York Botanical Garden

A scarf, sunglasses & bangle bracelets with the Rudiments motif

Erwin Pearl is in the process of creating a collection of accessories that will benefit The New York Botanical Garden.  The motifs are:  Orchid Evening, Jeweled Foliage, Winter in the Garden, Rudiments and one line inspired by the NYBG's Frida Kahlo exhibit.  A few prototypes from the Rudiments line are at the Erwin Pearl office (where I just started working part time) so I get to borrow them to wear to a big event next week.  I'm so excited to be the first person to take them for a test drive!

The gorgeous enamel bangle bracelets

Back view of the sunnies
A percentage of every purchase benefits The NYBG and the price points are very affordable, which means everyone can take a piece of the Garden home to enjoy year round!  The collection will be in "full bloom" in Erwin Pearl stores in November. 


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Philippe Ferrandis

I "discovered" a new jewelry designer yesterday and I'm already obsessed!  I was in between appointments and had a few minutes to kill when I passed by a jewelry store. In the window was a pin that I had photographed the night before for my NYSD column. The pin's owner had told me she got it on Lexington Avenue and I went inside to see if that was, indeed, the same store.  It was and now I have store information for my column, which is good.  But, the store itself is an amazing little gem!  It's called Baron De Limoges and they have very unique costume and sterling silver jewelry, and almost all of it statement pieces.

Something else I noticed in the window were two colorful bugs pins.  I really do not like most bugs (except the butterfly and lady bug types) and consider myself quite bug phobic, but for some reason I do like bug pins.  I asked to see the pins and learned they were made by a jewelry designer named Philippe Ferrandis, who previously worked for Givency and Nina Ricci.  I ended up buying one of them to add to my little collection of animal/nature pins.  It's some kind of flying bug, because it has wings.

Philippe Ferrandis flying bug pin

I liked the other one a lot, too, but one bug at a time......

Philippe Ferrandis crawling bug pin

The pins were made in France and are marked, which is important if you are a collector.

The tag

Designer's mark

They had a book about Philippe Ferrandis and I asked if it was for sale, but unfortunately it wasn't. I'll have to find it somewhere else.  I'd like to learn more about him and his designs.

The book

Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, has a massive collection of pins and when she was in office as Ambassador to the United Nations and later as Sec of State she used to wear various pins as a diplomatic tool to communicate her mood and send messages to the different world leaders with whom she had to meet.   For example, after the government controlled Iraqi press called her a serpent she wore a serpent pin to her next meeting with Iraqi dignitaries to send a message.  (I'm guessing the message was "go to hell," but she doesn't say that.)  And, Vladimir Putin apparently told Pres. Bill Clinton that he would check Albright's pins to see what message she was sending.  So, if you see me wearing my new bug pin the question will be if I'm trying to tell the world "don't bug me!" or if I just wanted to wear a colorful piece of jewelry.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Style & Law

Who knew I would get "re-blogged" on a law firm's fashion blog?  Very cool that they mentioned me and my column in The New York Social Diary!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Guest Blogging For The New York Social Diary

Please enjoy my recent column, Summer In The City, in The New York Social Diary and see accessories from events to benefit The Museum of the City of New York, Doubles, the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and more.

Oscar de la Renta clutch bag