Friday, December 23, 2016

Bill Blass Has Class!

Many thanks to the Bill Blass company for sending me a lovely gift this holiday season.  It's a nice sized navy blue leather pochette and perfect for toting around my camera, phone, notepads, etc as I cover my beat as Accessories Editor!

Bill Blass Pochette

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Kate Spade Via

I'm so excited, I won the styling contest and this beautiful pair of Kate Spade shoes! They arrived yesterday and are even more adorable in person.  Very Audrey Hepburn from the move Sabrina and perfect for the holiday season to dress up my cocktail outfits!

Thank you Apprecier and Kate Spade!

Kate Spade Madelaine Too

Friday, November 11, 2016 Style Contest

It's been a while since I posted anything and I have a lot of catching up to do.  My mom hurt her leg and we had too many sick pets, but I'm trying to get back in the groove.  Currently I'm a finalist in a style contest on and I would so appreciate your votes!  Here's the link on the button for voting and that will take you the the Apprecier Facebook page where you can Like my style.   Thanks so much!

Alison's style!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Sunnies From Colors In Optics!

When I wear sunglasses I like them over-sized and love the ones with a vintage vibe like Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany, so I was delighted when the nice people at Colors In Optics sent me a pair of their new style called "Theresa."

Theresa by Colors In Optics

I've been wearing them everywhere for the past week and getting lots of compliments. I'm going to have to keep a close eye on them this holiday weekend, because I think there's a little sunglass envy going on around here.  Luckily they came with a nice, well padded leather case where I can hide and protect them in my bag when I'm not wearing them.

Casa Theresa

I also love that inside the arms is a cool marbleized pattern that's a secret feature for me to know is there and for other people to see when I take them off.

The chic inner arms

All in all, very flattering glasses and I'm relishing the attention!  If you love them as much as I do you can order them directly from Colors In Optics at 1-866-393-3374. The model # is:  CS 321 OXM. 

Ready to make a splash!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Who's Who In The Zoo With A Vintage Elephant Bag & Vintage Barry Goldwater

I was at the Central Park zoo last night for their annual gala and even though I was there just as press this year I decided to dress in fun zoo themed clothes.  I've been going to this event for years, but as one of the paying guests.  This time around it was strictly for work.  I wore a zebra print jacket and carried a vintage wicker bag shaped like an elephant.  I thought if I looked the part I might attract the attention of other people with zoo themed accessories that I could photograph and my strategy worked. I had so much fun talking to people about our mutual animal accessories. Some of them even took my picture, including the director of another zoo who was at the gala.  She and I both had thematic bags.

My vintage elephant bag

My elephant bag had a little surprise inside that thrilled everyone I showed.  I bought this bag on Ebay about fifteen years ago and it came with two political buttons inside from the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign in 1964.   That was before I was born, but many people in the crowd at the zoo gala were a bit older and they remembered well and got a real kick out of seeing the pins.  The bag was a convention souvenir or accessory that was carried by a Goldwater supporter.  

Political pins that came with my bag

I've been thinking of selling this bag in advance of the Republican National Convention this summer and funny enough someone last night offered to buy it from me (not at the zoo gala, but when I met up with some friends afterwards).  But I think Donald Trump should buy it for Melania to carry in July.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

What I Wore: Turquoise

I like the color turquoise and this is the time of year for it.  Even though it's been cool in New York, we're getting closer to summer so I decided to break out the turquoise colored accessories when I went to an event earlier in the week.

Shoes:  L.K. Bennett
Ring:  from QVC
Necklace:  from T. J. Maxx
Earrings:  unknown origin

Ring close up

The next day I wore shoes that I would call more cerulean or azure than turquoise, but still in the same color family.   My scarf was also a turquoise mix.   These colors remind me of summer and the Caribbean Ocean and all that's good in life!

Shoes:  Manolo Blahnik
Scarf:  Ann Taylor Loft

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hermes Gangsta Girl

I love Hermes scarves, bracelets, bag, etc.  Nothing disappointing can ever come in one of their orange boxes.  I have several of their beautiful scarves, some were gifts and some I bought myself, but I rarely wear them, because I just don't know how to tie a scarf to look lux and not matronly.  I'm much more likely to wear one of their enamel bracelets that has the same scarf patterns.  I recently decided that I need to learn to tie scarves, so I've been practicing with a scarf tying book I bought.  I intend to become an expert at this in time!  But for now I've mastered tying a long rectangular scarf into a bow, which has gotten me quite a few compliments and I'm ready to make my headscarf debut with an Hermes triangular scarf.

Yes, you can fold a square scarf into a triangle, but in 2007 I was in Hermes and they had a triangular scarf.  I thought it was cool and unusual so I bought it.  The box is a special triangle shape, too.  Of course I never wore the scarf, but now it's going out to a party in a couple of weeks.  Here is what it looks like and photos from one of my practice sessions.  I think I look a little bad-ass and I'm okay with that!

Triangle scarf from Hermes

This has to be the coolest box at Hermes

Hopefully I will look like a bad-ass and not just an ass at the party, but I think it's fun.

I need a little more practice to get the top flat, but getting there

Getting into the spirit of it