Saturday, July 19, 2014

Prison Stripes & Hair Bows

I think hair bows are adorable on little girls, but feel like over the age of about ten they're too young.  However, when I saw this bow, that is actually a ponytail holder, I thought the prison stripes made it sophisticated enough for an adult to wear, especially since the bow is neither delicate nor worn near my face.

Ponytail holder
Worn on my wrist to show the proportions
The prison stripe trend has been around for a few years now, usually in black and white, sometimes in cream and black and I have to admit that I couldn't get behind it for a long time.  I think it's a hard look for most people to pull off, especially in a wardrobe staple piece like pants or a shirt, but every once in a while I see it done right, in a lux fabric and on the right body type, and it looks fantastic.  If I personally tried to wear a prison striped outfit I would look like I escaped from a chain gang, but this one relatively small accessory at the back of my head seemed feasible.  I like that the black is toned down with the rich cream color, and the combination reminds me of Henri Bendel's shopping bags, which are always a welcome sight. 
So far my prison striped bow has gotten thumbs up from my friends and not a single comment about jail....

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A look at Jack Russell Malletier on Bastille Day

I've been saving this post for Bastille Day since it's about a French bag company, Jack Russell Malletier.  I know Bastille Day is officially tomorrow (July 14th), but in a few hours it will be July 14th in France, so I'm getting a jump on the celebration.  I have French ancestry on my mother's side, so a nod to French luxury goods seems appropriate today.

A friend of mine is a very enthusiastic Francophile.  In fact, she is at a Bastille Day celebration in NYC as I write this.  She loves everything French and if you visit her apartment here in New York there are French touches everywhere.  Of course, all of her luxury handbags are French, bought in Paris when she visited a few years ago: Chanel, Goyard and Jack Russell Malletier. I had never heard of Jack Russell Malletier until she pulled this bag out of her closet.

Jack Russell Malletier tote

She has been talking all year about wanting a white Goyard tote bag for summer and was even considering selling her burgundy Goyard tote so she could buy a white one, but then she rediscovered this bag at her mother's house and fell in love with it all over again, as did I.  But I wanted to know whose initials were on the bag and that's when I learned about Jack Russell Malletier.  I love the both the lining, which is Jack Russell terriers, and the dog bone luggage tag.  

Bag lining

Dog bone luggage tag

I love Goyard totes, but I think this is much more unique, especially for a Francophile living in New York.  Everyone in NYC has a Goyard tote bag and I can not go out on the street without seeing them.  I carry mine all the time.  But no one here has JRM bags so it's not just stylish, but also unique.  I have never flown Air France, but I understand JRM even makes travel bags for Air France.

Apparently JRM bags come in leather or cotton coated canvas (such as the white one above).  My friend also has a leather one in brown and a cotton coated canvas tote in black.

JRM tote in black

My friend is taking a trip to Paris in November and a JRM bag for moi is on her shopping list.  I just have to decide which color I want.......Happy Bastille Day to my French readers!  Vive la France!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Birthday Shoes

Today is my birthday and every year I like to treat myself to a little something luxurious on the big day. But this year I treated myself about a week ago.  Manolo Blahnik was having one of their big sales so I headed over hoping to find shoes in one of the two colors I'd been wanting:  bright blue and wine/merlot.  Well, I found both colors and because they were on sale and this was my birthday present to me I was able to treat myself to both of them.  (Plus, I've been selling some old accessories I no longer use or never used, so I can justify the indulgence!)

To quote Carrie Bradshaw from my favorite episode of Sex & the City:  "The fact is, sometimes it's really hard to walk in a single woman's shoes. That's why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun."

Birthday Manolos

Two tone blue

Love the gold tips and pointy toes are back

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Accessory Generation In The News About Cork Accessories

I was quoted by the Associated Press again and Accessory Generation was mentioned, too!  Click on this link to read all about cork accessories 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Vintage Beach Jewelry

When I was a kid my family used to take a vacation in Montauk, Long Island every summer.  We would rent a small cottage that was part of the Umbrella Inn, owned by a former co-worker of my father.  Her family had started the business as a hot dog stand and the woman, Elsa, had eventually left the firm where my father worked to run what had grown into an inn.  The Umbrella Inn was the last inn/hotel on Old Montauk Highway.  Elsa was an older woman when I was a kid and she's long since passed away and the inn is now a private house.   When I was there last I drove over and spoke with the owner who told me they had converted it to be their private home.  Montauk was pretty rustic when I was a little kid (still was the last time I was there almost ten years ago) and I don't remember too many fancy stores like they have in the Hamptons.  When we would go shopping in town I was mostly interested in paper dolls or coloring books I could play with when we weren't at the beach, but I vaguely remember a kind of general store that had some souvenir accessories for kids and begging my parents to buy them for me.  I must have worn them down eventually.  I also remember all the teenagers were wearing what they called shark repellent bracelets.  I had to have one, because it was THE cool beach accessory.  I never tested the shark repellent theory, and even as a gullible kid, had my doubts that braided rope would be much help in a pinch, but it was an interesting story.

On this most popular summer beach weekend I thought it would be fun to take a look at what passed as high fashion for a seven year old when I was a kid.

The shark repellent bracelet
Another view
Nautical knot necklace
I learned how to make these, but could never get the rope quite tight
enough to look like this one
A Native American bolo tie necklace
Beaded Native American girl necklace
I was obsessed with this because it was like a minature doll
Native American boy necklace
So many tiny beads!
I wonder if any of these are still sold at the beach today?  I don't remember seeing them the last time I was in Montauk, but then again, I wasn't looking for children's jewelry.  Let me know if any of you see these styles at the beach this summer!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Here in the USA it's the 4th of July, aka Independence Day.  Everyone has the day off and is celebrating with picnics, fireworks and/or trips to the beach.  Here are a few patriotic red, white & blue accessories I've packed up for the holiday weekend.  I hope everyone has a fabulous 4th!

Gucci shoes, Annabel Ingall raffia tote bag, headband with anchor detail (gift from a friend), earrings (sitting on the toe of the shoe) from a craft fair in Montauk when I was a kid, and cat toy, blue with white stars, for my feline babies.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Mention In Social Media

I (Alison) attended the Winter Ball for the Museum of the City of New York in February and the article below just came out in 15 Minutes Magazine.  I am mentioned as the brand ambassador for Lawless Accessories which is one of Accessory Generation's advertisers.  So exciting to share some press with a fabulous brand!