Saturday, September 13, 2014

Joan Rivers Jewelry Continued

I thought fans of Joan Rivers might like to see more photos of some of the jewelry from her Classics Collection.  Many are vintage from her early years selling on QVC.  I read that with all of the products she sold on QVC during her 24 years appearing there, sales totaled 1 billion dollars!  She was certainly a great business woman and she knew what her customers wanted.  Enjoy!

Lorgnette necklace
Two enamel pins
Stackable rings and a sparkly ring with chain link band
Multi colored pastel pearl necklace

A selection of watches.  The large one is a favorite of mine.
Pearl necklace with interchangeable heart clasp
Interchangeable heart earrings
Pearl necklace with star clasp
Star pin and earrings
Blue enamel heart earrings
Pink polka dot flower pin.  One of my favorites.
Bangle bracelets in red, blue & green enamel
Puffed heart necklace and bracelet
Bracelet & necklace in shades of black, gray, gold and white
Large pearl drop earrings with bows
Honey bee pin. 
   Joan Rivers made these bee pins in many colors. 
The name Melissa means honey bee in Greek & Hebrew. 
Melissa is the name of Joan's daughter.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Tribute to Joan Rivers and her jewelry: The Classics Collection

I was shocked and saddened about the death of Joan Rivers last week, as many people around the world were.  I have been a fan of hers since I was a child.  When she would sub for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show my mother would watch and I would beg to stay up to watch, too.  Something about her just captivated me and I thought she was hilarious.  Years later when she started selling her costume jewelry line on QVC my mother got hooked and then got me hooked.  She bought me a couple of pieces and I loved them.  I was young and just starting my career and costume jewelry was in vogue. Joan Rivers' collection was relatively inexpensive so I would watch when she was on, both to see the jewelry and to enjoy her presentation and the jokes.  She was always joking and making people laugh and she was outrageous, which is what I loved about her.  She also had great style and was always put together and well accessorized.  She dressed for a woman her age and she dressed the way people expected of her: glamorous, sparkly and larger than life.

One day in the late 90's when I was on my way to work and wearing a Joan Rivers Classics Collection matching necklace and bracelet a woman in my elevator who had gotten in after me, kept turning around and looking at me.  There were only the two of us in the elevator and it was starting to get a little odd when she finally asked me where I'd gotten my necklace.  I told her it was Joan Rivers and I had gotten it on QVC.  She stuck out her hand and said "hi, my name is Dorothy and I'm her manager."  She had recognized the necklace as part of the Joan Rivers Classics Collection!  As soon as she introduced herself I recognized her from seeing her on tv with Joan Rivers. Dorothy Melvin was her manager for many years.

I ran into Joan Rivers herself a few times over the years, most recently about a year and a half ago at a Christmas luncheon at a club in NY called Doubles.  I wanted to tell her how much I admired her, but was too shy.  I hoped that one day I would have the opportunity to speak with her, or even interview her for a blog post, but sadly that day will never come.  My love of accessories started as a child and it has been fueled and encouraged by smart, successful women like Joan Rivers, who made it fun to dress up and to generously adorn themselves with pretty baubles, just because it made them feel good.  I loved watching her many shows over the years including Fashion Police where she would critique what the stars are wearing on the red carpet.  When I got an assignment to start covering accessories people are wearing at social/charity events in NY for The New York Social Diary I was thrilled.

Last Thursday, my first column "Accessories On Display" appeared in The New York Social Diary. It was also the day Joan Rivers died.  I was devastated to hear the news and the irony was not lost on me.  The woman who had been such an inspiration and a trailblazer, who had paved the way for so many women and who had turned herself into a fashion entrepreneur and become my personal patron saint of accessories had passed the day my version of her famous "what are you wearing?" was published.

That night I had an event to attend and in honor of Joan Rivers I wore two pieces of her jewelry from my personal collection:  a pin and a bracelet.  As soon as I walked in two women commented on the pin and how pretty it was and I told them it was a Joan Rivers piece and then showed them how the stones are interchangeable.  They were enchanted, and for a moment I felt just like Joan Rivers on QVC.  Thank you Joan Rivers for making the world a more beautiful place.

Joan Rivers Classics Collection bracelet & pin

The pin has two sections with interchangeable parts 
to create all different color combinations

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Guest Blogging for the New York Social Diary

This summer I started guest blogging for the New York Social Diary ( about accessories.  I am very excited about this opportunity and having a lot of fun.  My first piece, a special feature about enamel bangle bracelets, ran on Tuesday ( and my first column on accessories worn on the New York social scene appears today (

I will post the links as my columns and features get posted, but please check out all the other great features on the NYSD as well.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Politics of Fashion With Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio, also known as "America's Toughest Sheriff" is the sheriff of Maricopa Country, Arizona.  He is known nationally for his hard line stance on illegal border crossing and crime in general.  And, he is also famous for making the inmates in his county wear pink boxer shorts.  Pink is probably not the color of choice if you're a bad guy, especially in the underwear department, but it seems that pink boxers are the accessory of choice at the jail and if you don't like it, well...don't break the law.

What many people don't know about Sheriff Arpaio is that he's also tough on people who abuse animals and that he runs an animal shelter for animals that have been confiscated from their abusers and rescued by the Animal Crimes Investigations Unit.  The shelter, called MASH, is located in one of the jails no longer used for humans.   And, while the evil animal abusers sweat it out in the AZ heat in their pink panties, the innocent animals are housed in the air conditioned jail and tended to by some of the inmates.  The shelter is a no kill shelter and once the animals are taken away from their abusers MASH adopts them out to new homes.  You can read more about MASH and how to donate money to help care for the animals at

I think Sheriff Arpaio is a hero for helping the animals and I've long been a fan.  When I recently got a hold of his cel number and called him up and asked him to send a photo he was kind enough to oblige. 

Sheriff Joe Arpaio holding a pair of the infamous pink boxers
(photo courtesy of Brandon Jones)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pineda Covalin Preview

Inside the SoHo boutique

Yesterday I attended a preview of Pineda Covalin's Holiday 2014 & Resort 2015 accessories collections.  Pineda Covalin is a Mexican luxury brand for men and woman that specializes in fashion and lifestyle accessories.  I had heard of Pineda Covalin, but it was the first time I had been to their store in SoHo and I loved all the colorful patterns and designs that incorporate both symbols of nature and Mexican history into their accessories.  I studied Mesoamerican culture and archaeology in college and it was really refreshing to see some aspects of pre-Columbian societies reflected in the scarves, ties, bags and decor.

This guy is standing guard and welcoming guests to the store

For men there is a collection of colorful bow ties and neckties decorated with whimsical patterns, including turtles and skulls.

A selection of fun bow ties.

Brightly colored neckties

The men's collection also includes modern day necessities like ipad cases, accessory trays, swim trunks and even a domino travel set.

Feather patterned ipad case for men, but pretty enough for a woman to use as well

This accessories tray makes a nice gift and is perfect for safeguarding 
items like cuff links, watches and key rings.

This travel dominoes set is adorable

The women's collection includes beautiful bags, jewelry and silk scarves.  The bags and scarves are all made in such vibrant colors and great patterns and there are both handbags and clutch bags.

A pretty bag with a monarch butterfly design.  
Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico in the Winter.

A selection of stylish clutch bags. I love the patterns.

This green clutch is my favorite because of the Aztec symbols 
and I love the camouflage green shades 

This pretty pink one has a little sparkle to it

I also love the blues and greens of this turtle pattern

This evening clutch is covered in sparkle and 
perfect for spicing up a little black dress

Mexico is known for its silver artisans and the pretty earrings caught my eye:

Delicate danglers

Silver with pearls

The silk scarves are gorgeous and come is such a variety of colors and patterns.  Several were made to benefit specific charities, including a United Nations philanthropic endeavor.  And, one was worn by Lady Gaga to promote diversity.

Lovely silk scarves

More fun patterns

The scarf on the left was made to support a UN charity, 
the scarf on the right is the diversity scarf like the one worn by Lady Gaga.

Pineda Covalin generously gave each of us who attended the preview a scarf.  I got a beautiful one called Olinala, decorated with animals, flowers and plants.  

A section of my Olinala scarf

There are other accessories for women, such as wallets, coin purses and ipad cases, all with pretty feminine patterns.

A selection of wallets, coin purses, and make up cases

ipad case

Finally, I have to include photos of some small figurines from Mexican and pre-Columbian folklore that were part of the decor.  I thought they were very creative and interesting.

I like her dress and the tiny artist's palette

 I loved these guys.  I believe they are dogs, which feature prominently in pre-Columbian culture because they were thought to help transport the deceased to the next world.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sole/Society Preview

A few days ago I attended a preview of Sole/Society's Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Sole/Society is an on line accessories company that specializes in very affordable and stylish shoes, bags and jewelry and makes it easy to put together accessory ensembles. I had heard of Sole/Society, but wasn't that familiar with their accessories before I attended the preview, but I'm now a big fan.  They have a lot of really cute, work friendly shoes, perfect for girls on the go who want to be stylish and comfortable. The collection includes all the basics:  booties, loafers, ballerinas, wedges, etc in the best colors and patterns for Fall.  Below are my favorites in the new collection.

The camo wedge and large wristlet are perfect for women who love camo, but don't want to go head to toe GI Jane.  I think these would look really sophisticated with black pants and a black turtleneck.

Fabulous Camo wedge in suede

Large camo wristlet

 I really liked the pumps and flats in great styles and colors:

Suede d'orsay pumps in blue and leopard

Rich jewel tone loafers with tassels

Essential ballerina flats

Low heeled pumps in luscious ruby red suede

A girl can never have enough animal print....

Booties are key for Fall and Sole/Society has a stylish and functional collection:

Perforated booties in great Fall colors

Speckle print zip up booties

Blue suede lace up booties.  
(Navy can be a hard color to find so if you like it, I suggest getting them this season.)

My absolute favorite of the entire collection are these blue suede booties

The high boots also come in a variety of serviceable styles and colors:

A boot for everyone

The traditional handbags for work are large enough to fit a day's worth of supplies in understated colors that are both professional and on trend.

Dark green handbag

Basic black bag

The color blocked bags are a nice shape and come in neutral combinations of color:

Black and gray with bright blue suede side panels

Burgundy and brown

The duffle bags in playful patterns add a little whimsy for those Fall weekend drives in the country:

Decorated with bicycles

Tartan plaid

If you love hats, Sole/Society has fun ones for Fall:

Animal print beanies

Plaid newsboy cap

And, of course, there is a selection of trendy jewelry to complement your favorite Fall outfits:

I love this cage ring

Deco statement necklace

Electric blue stone necklace

Fan necklace

Some examples of the chic ensembles that can be easily pulled together:

Shades of blue

Black & red

Tan & brown

Check the Sole/Society site, for the styles above.