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.