New Year, New Things

I am so identifying with this, as a collector of things and especially when you are in cramped quarters of a Paris or NYC apt this is so relevant. This coming from a girl with beautiful rolls and rolls of French 1930s ribbons, glassware bursting from its cabinets and boxes, vintage Ungaro pieces that I just can't part with. Letting go is so hard but mostly for the best, no? We make room for the new.

Happy New Year all.



Photo montage of Michael Stipe and Thomas Dozol's NYC Loft

A very inspiring photo montage of Michael Stipe and Thomas Dozol's Loft. Love it. We live in a loft-esque flat, but this is what I truly aspire to. The original wood floors and such. Beautiful. Also features furniture from the delightful BDDW.


Barneys 'Recession' Sale.

Just a little note.

The Barney's sale is a-mazing. At least the recession has provided more equal access to fashion ;).

I picked up the most beautiful Lanvin boots from Fall 08 (remember those highly coveted flat ones that LL and Nicole Ritchie were sporting?).

Sign. Heaven.

Get thee to Barney's. And, hey--just think of it as a safer investment in these trying times. Ha.



Pretty Things to Drool Over for Summer...

Chanel's new limited edition Gold polish. Over-priced? Yup. Gorgeous? Definitely! Get it while you can, it seems to have sold out in many places already.
Great new color option for the all-American, urban cool Converse Treads. Love these!!

Chantecaille lipstick in Quasar. Sheer deliciousness. Perfect plum for day or evening.

Get organized for summer! Trish McEvoy's makeup organizers are always a favorite. And you can customize and change up the contents every season to stay current. Get it here.

High waist shorts from Seven. You know how I love the high waist...

Marc Jacobs 'Tote'. Love the neon. Carry it all. Get it here.


Eccentric Glamour: Pick up your copy and meet Simon Doonan in person!

Pick up a signed copy of Simon Doonan's (Barneys resident style guru) new style manual and meet him in person this Sat at Barneys NYC location; 2-5pm!


Equal Fashion Access For All: Bergdorf Ships to Canada now!

Wahoo. Very exciting!

Shop With a Conscience at "Samples for (eco)mpassion"

Samples for (eco)mpassion invite you to experience a sample sale that promotes conscious consumerism. Samples for (eco)mpassion is a carbon neutral sample sale where you will find merchandise marked at up to 90% off retail prices from such name brands as Citizens of Humanity, Del Forte Organic Denim, Lauren Moffatt, Seven Jeans, C&C California, QI Cashmere, Philosopher Garden, Alice and Trixie, Raven Denim, Big Drop, Julie Brown, Caravan, Rebecca Taylor, Young Fabulous and Broke, and many others.

Shopping bags provided by Bio Bag are 100% biodegradable and compostable made from corn starch. Five percent of of total sales will go to support Trees for The Future.

Fri-Sun 11am-8pm
201 Mulberry St. (between Kenmare & Spring Sts. in Soho)
Cash/ Charge - No Checks


Love It: Perfect for Paris in the Springtime!

Oscar de le Renta Ikat Strapless Bubble Dress. From the new Spring 2008 collection. So Incredible. You will feel all at once elegant, light, glamorous and fresh in this perfectly tailored piece! Its practical too, with pockets and all.

• Ivory/red/green/yellow pixel print.
• Strapless.
• Side slash pockets.
• Bubble hem.
• Cotton/silk.
• Dry clean only.

And in keeping with the artistically themed, look at this scrumptious bag! What a wonderful flash of bright!
Raspail Cascade-Print Tote from Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2008.

• Red/off-white cascade print with red leather trim.
• Red piping.
• Top handles.
• Open top.
• Handing ID tag.
• Made in Italy.

The look to match the dress can be found with Laura Mercier's Seduction kit, the easy way to throw together a flawless face, and this is the perfect shade of lipstick to complement, subtle and sexy!

Now we're off to Paris!

Two great boutique hotels:

Hotel Montalembert

"Interior designers go ga-ga. Writers and their agents love it for lunch. It's neither Seventh Arrondissement baroque-ornate-stuffy, nor is it one of those faded, low-ceilinged haunts so prevalent in the Latin Quarter. Located just off the Boulevard St Germain, the Montalembert manages to be timeless, fashionista, high-tech, and Left Bank — all at the same time. It's the perfect place to be spotted with your BlackBerry and your best black, drinking sherry and reading Simone de Beauvoir. Needless to say, during fashion week, while the models are eating strawberries at Hotel Costes, their editors are at the Montalembert comparing notes. Since it first opened in 1929, the Montalembert has been a hot spot for the Parisian literati. Thanks to Grace Leo-Andrieu and Francois Champsaur, the hotel has changed—better food, better décor—but the crowd has not. "

and Hotel Mayet

"In this case we’re not talking about the kind of haute-luxury minimalism that fills the pages of the interior design magazines. The Mayet is perhaps brighter, more cheerful, more colorful and eclectic than what we’re used to seeing; there are options around Paris if you’d like to stay somewhere more sober and grown-up, and pay twice as much while you’re at it. From the lobby, bedecked with graffiti by a local Parisian artist, you know what you’re in for. Cheaper and a very fun modern vibe."




Antique Week in NYC!

It's Antiques Week in NYC and there are shows and auctions all over town!

None more varied than
Antiques at the Armory downtown at the Armory on Lexington @ 26th Street.
100 dealers bring their best and although Americana and Folk Art are WELL represented they
are by no means the only categories in abundance. There will be garden antiques, fabulous jewelry,
silver, 20th century furnishings, African art, majolica, ceramics, paintings, prints,
decorative arts and more.

Plus - it is
Free shuttles to and from the venerable Winter Antiques Show uptown and The American Antiques
Show on 18th Street. Then from those shows you can shuttle walk or cab to and from
other events and then back to the hub - The Armory on Lexington & 26th.

Download or view a show program here. You can view the list of exhibitors, floor plan,
all Antiques Week events at a glance, a shuttle schedule and even a few local
restaurant recommendations.

Show info at or call 212-255-0020
Phone during show hours 212-532-0490

Show Hours: Friday & Saturday 11-8, Sunday 11-5
Admission: $15
Location: The Armory on Lexington Avenue @ 26th Street, NYC


Great Shoe Sample Sale

Now this sale is always majorly crowded and there are plenty of duds amongst the hidden gems, but it is most worth it for the great staple boots and shoes you can find, especially boots. I frequent this sale every year and always manage to find fantastic Italian boots and heels at crazy cheap prices. The trick is that as the sale peters out (the last 2 days) the prices drop. So by the last day you can find incredible Italian boots and Frye's and Ugg's for less than 50$ a pair. They also usually have a great selection of Marc Jacobs styles which we all love!

Happy Hunting!

Shoe-Inn 11th Annual Warehouse Sale

Shoe-Inn's 11th Annual Warehouse Sale features over 10,000 pairs of women's designer shoe and boot collections by Stuart Weitzman, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Burberry, Pedro Garcia, Robert Clergerie, Zalo, Miss Trish, Roberto del Carlo, Acqua Italia, Chloe, Celine, Michael Kors, Pucci, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Puma, Cynthia Rowley, Donald J. Pliner, Calvin Klein, Beverly Feldman, Miss Sixty, Converse, Frye, Technica, Lilly Pulitzer, D&G, Castraner, Charles David, Moschino, Steve Madden, Kenzo, Isabelle Fiore, Betsy Johnson, New Balance, Uggs, Fieramosca, Minnetonka, and many others.

All shoes are $19-$149. All boots are $50-$199 (valued up to $1250). New merchandise is added daily. "The Ultimate Shoe Sale" -- FOX News 2006. Please note Shoe-Inn's new location for this sale.

Event Begins: 1/7/2008
Event Ends: 1/11/2008
Event Times: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm
Location: 311 West 34th St.
Manhattan Center Studios (Btwn 8th & 9th Ave.)
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York, NY 10018
Payment Types: Cash/VISA/AMEX/MC

Welcome Back!

Welcome back from the holiday bliss and chaos!

The holiday had lulled us into a eggnog and shopping coma but we have returned.

The weather here in the city has turned wonderfully warm for the next few days which is putting us all in good mood.

I hope your holidays were wonderful and 2008 is even better.



Hanky Panky Sample Sale: Get Your Thong On!

Everyone's favourite everyday lingerie Hanky Panky (or at least all the girls in the know!) is having a sample sale. Apologies for the late notice, I was too busy fighting in with the masses for my share :)!

You've still got 2 days to pick up some new pieces.

All bottoms are 10$ each including their low-rise thong, a perpetual favorite for good reason (it allows us to still wear underwear with the impossibly low-er trend of jeans...) and they have cami's for 15-20$ as well as an assortment of other accoutrement's.

Be careful girls, its wild in there!

Gossip Girl Back on Track.

Ok, for a while there, my interest had been waning, but last nights episode was gooooooood. I'm back in.

We all love a little old-fashioned class war drama.

And how hot were those final scenes between Nate and Blair????


French Fashion Focus

I have been meaning to mention that FIAF is focusing on fashion this month (other than the fashionable crowd that routinely attends their functions). Besides featuring wonderful french films of Fashion Icons at their Tuesday Cinema screenings they also have three fashion talks with: Véronique Nichanian of Hermès, Bruno Frisoni of Roger Vivier, and Olivier Theyskens of Nina Ricci. I attended the Hermes talk and it was great, get your tickets now.

I highly recommend!

I recently saw:

And God Created Woman (Et Dieu créa la femme)

Roger Vadim, 1957.
With Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Color. 100 min. In French with English subtitles.

and it was so so wonderful. If you haven't yet seen it, do!

Read This:

Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade
by Snyder, Rachel Louise.

From Azerbaijan to New York City, a human-scale view of global trade.
In the business of making and selling clothes, "Made in" labels do precious little to convey the constellation of treaties, countries, and people at work in the assembly of a simple pair of jeans. In "Fugitive Denim" journalist Rachel Louise Snyder reports from the far reaches of this multi-billion-dollar industry in search of the real people who make your clothes. From a cotton picker in Azerbaijan to a Cambodian seamstress, a denim maker in Italy to a fashion designer in New York, Snyder captures the human, environmental, and political forces at work in a dizzyingly complex and often absurd world. In a disarming and humorous voice, she ponders questions of equity, sweatshops, and corporate social responsibility through narratives of individual people, making an often academic subject accessible and compelling. Neither polemic nor prescription, "Fugitive Denim" captures what it means to be at work in the world in the twenty-first century.

Get it here.



For Fall, in love with...

THE DRESSFrom Chloe, Trapeze Dress. Absolutely Amazing.
• Black.
• Bateau neckline; three-quarter sleeves.
• Front angled welt pockets.
• Button detail on back.
• 56% wool, 44% cotton.
• Dry clean only.
• Made in Italy.


Chloe's stunning and versatile Quilted Ankle Boot. Yes I know I profiled this before, but what can I say it's perfect! We don't always have to be chasing after the next new thing.
• Black leather.
• Quilted shaft and quarter.
• Back zip.
• Platform sole.
• 2 7/10" heel.
• Made in Italy.

Raccoon Fur Hat from Intermix. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love a big, dramatic (and very warm) hat. Ah, the statement piece!

THE BAGS (because a girl can't have just one)

Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk Small Flap Bag. This is just stunning. So chic.
• Black quilted patent leather.
• Tonal topstitching.
• Gold-tone hardware.
• Shoulder strap.
• Front flap.
• 7 1/10"H x 9 1/10"W x 2 2/5"D.
• Made in Italy.

Prada Chevron-Quilted Nylon Dome Bag. Very classy and quite practical.
• Gold-tone hardware.
• Chain and leather shoulder straps; 9" drop.
• Zip top with combination lock.
• Signature logo on front.
• Metal feet protect base of bag.
• Dark brown logo-detailed fabric lining.
• Inside: front slide pocket, 4"H x 5 1/2"W; back zip pocket, 5 1/2"H x 8 1/2"W.
• 10"H x 14 1/2"W x 6 1/2"D.
• Made in Italy.


Wolford Satin Opaque 50 tights. These are wonderful with a bit of sexy shimmer and come in six great colors, navy and anthracite being my personal favourites!

Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66. The perfect absolutely matte tight in black.

Wolford Mat Opaque 80 tights. For some variety in matte tights, these come in five colors, isn't the fuchsia-like 'India' exciting!!

P.S. If you are looking for Wolford tights in the US, they can be found at nearly every high-end department store, boutique, and lingerie shops as well as these free-standing locations.

Bottega Veneta Swing Coat. Ummm, this is buttery luscious and something to bring a little light to the black-heavy fall and winter collections (but, hey I'm not complaining!!).

Alexander McQueen Cashmere Swing Coat. A shorter swing in a traditional black. LOVE IT!!! I have a very similar vintage French one from the 50's and I can't tell you how wonderful it is. If the prices of these jackets scare you, look for similar pieces from the 40's and 50's at a higher end vintage store or show. They are easily found and much, much cheaper! Happy hunting.

Sorry for the slowness in posting on my end, a lot going on here, including a big move. We'll be back into the swing of things soon enough though!


Gossip Girl Update

To see where in the city GG will be filming, check out the interactive map of the shooting locations.


Gossip Girl Premiere


What did you all think?

Was there enough drama and cattiness for you? Do you love that a gossip blog is the main fodder of a hot T.V. show? How great is the styling?

What about the cameos? Bendel's much? Love that this is filmed here in NYC!

Love it!!!

P.S. How hot did S look in that gold dress. Very Sienna.

P.P.S. To see a good portion of the show, check in here.



Christina Aguilera, Poppin'

Spotted: A very cute and preggers Christina Aguilera, out for dinner in Brentwood, Ca. last night.

We love her t-shirt, it sports a print of one of our fave paintings, 'Lips' by Andy Warhol. We've seen this before!


Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop: Dies.

This is so, so, so sad. I was alerted this morning by Mrs. Fashion that Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop, had passed away. What a great loss, Anita was an inspiration to women everywhere. She not only established herself as a dynamic successful WOMAN in business, but she was a pioneer in the field of environmentally conscious beauty products, especially fair trade. If you've never visited her website, please do, it has been listed as a link under my 'Girl Power' section since this site's inception and is an invaluable resource for progressive thought in social justice.

Anita died unexpectedly from a brain hemorrhage. She was just 64.

The Star, reports:

Roddick began her beauty and retailing career in 1976 in a little hippie shop in Brighton, England. But the 33-year-old entrepreneur set herself apart by underscoring the ethical properties of her formulations, created with natural ingredients, often sourced from the developing world.

Roddick pioneered ethical beauty long before it was fashionable, long before Dove campaigns and Stella McCartney.

Adrian Bellamy, chairman of The Body Shop International, said in a statement that "Anita was not only our founder but she was also the heart and passion of The Body Shop and with her we achieved so much, whether on animal rights, human rights, Community Trade, or through the founding of organizations like Children on the Edge. It is no exaggeration to say that she changed the world of business with her campaigns for social and environmental responsibility."

Roddick pioneered ethical and environmental beauty decades before it became fashionable, earning the royal title "Queen of Green." In 2003, the Queen made her a dame in recognition of her contributions."

Anita you inspired others to do good with your actions.

You were HUGE, you were one of my hero's. You will be missed.

Making the Front Page of The New York Times Today: The Fashion Copy-Cat Outrage!

Left, a dress from the Versace Spring/Summer '07 collection, which retailed for $1,685 when it was offered by Neiman Marcus this spring. On the right from Bebe, which sells their most expensive comparable dress for about $130. Forever 21 also sold a similar dress later in the summer.

Adding to the copyright debate....on today's front page of the NY Times and coinciding very purposely with New York fashion week:

"Before Models Can Turn Around, Knockoffs Fly'

Having worked deep within the depths of this issue (particularly in how items are manufactured for big department stores private labels), I've seen first hand how the 'copying' process goes down, and it ain't' pretty girls. New York is a mecca for companies whose sole purpose it is to dissect emerging trends and translate (aka copy/steal) them into affordable pieces carried by large mainstream stores and small alike.

The NY Times article does a great job of revealing the process behind the scenes. Oh, and however which way you feel about the issue, I couldn't leave out this fantastic quote from the copycat designer they focused on:

"She sees her work meeting the needs of the vast majority of consumers who cannot afford designer prices. “Especially the younger girls do not have so much money,” Ms. Anand said, “but they want to wear fashionable clothes.”

“They want to look fabulous,” she said. “It’s their right to look fabulous.”

Love it.



NY Fashion Week and the High Holiday Debate. G-D Wins!

Oh and speaking of NY Fashion week, I had been meaning to post this, one of the myriad reasons I love NY. Came across this upon my return from vay-cay, yay for being back in town!

In case you missed the raging scheduling debate that occurred after last years fiasco with Paris Fashion Week being scheduled on top of the High Holidays (only the most religious holy days for Jews), here's a little primer.

Now, the biggest question remains? What am I going to do for the High Holidays??

Ciao, Dahlings.