Step into Spring with a Romantic Wardrobe

When I first moved to NYC, I worked for an emerging French designer. If I had to characterize her design, I would say that it was quite romantic and free-spirited with few conservative pieces sprinkled into the collection. Most of the pieces were made from silk. Her mini-flared, ruffled skirts were the key to her overall collection and design style.
 I‘ll never forget her saying that we should target business women and encourage them to wear our line.
At that time, I thought her ideas were crazy and impossible.
We all know that business women value practicality and time. Long hours in the office, frequent travel and business meetings require practical fabrics that won’t wrinkle.
Fine silk skirts and dresses prove to be a nightmare in terms of creases and wrinkles. Not only are they impractical, they also usually don’t fall into the company dress code criteria.
Nevertheless, we all know that focusing on practicality and niche market demand does not always lead to success. What makes great designers “great” is more than quality tailored pieces, beautiful color palette and an impressive logo.
What sets them apart is their unconventional thinking and ability to challenge the status quo.
In particular, I encourage you to check out the new collections of Lan Yu and Denibi, offering us amazing soft hues and exquisite details. Just in time for spring!
Here are some ideas to spruce up your wardrobe.
Chandeliers on! 
I absolutely love these 24-karat yellow gold-plated earrings.
Featuring lacy filigree frames, French wire, mixed carnelian and dyed blue jade beads, these earrings fit nicely in the smallest purse. 
They can transform your plain office ensemble into a chic, romantic look for dinner.
Step Into Spring

 

 

Let’s ruffle things up!  

The ruffles on a classic shirt or blouse will add a charming twist

to your overall conservative look.


Let's Ruffle Things Up!

 

Add loose waves to your hair for a modern, romantic look.
Depending on your hair’s natural texture, use textured sprays to create instant waves or sleep on braided hair. Volumizing sprays such as Living Proof “Full Dry Volume Blast” will maintain softness and shine of your hair. It’s one of my favorite products from Sephora so far. 
You can also create natural-looking waves with a flat iron.  I have medium-length, thick hair and it takes me around 10 minutes to create a natural-looking, wavy look by twirling and pulling. 
If you have other recommendations for achieving this effect, please, share in the comment section below.
 
 
Personalize your hat
Add a chic lace trim to your fedora hat for a delicate, classy touch.
Find your color inspiration, play with textures, experiment and have fun!
 
Tied up
Consider classic bow knots, ladies!  These blouses are so appropriate to wear to work.
Elegant, feminine, chic. Your keys to success.
Bow Neck Tie

 

Share your ideas about adding a romantic twist to a conservative style.

In Bloom: Spring Perfume

In Bloom: Spring Perfume

From Paris with Love: Review of the Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2017 Collection

At last, we’re in spring and I know that you share my enthusiasm.
To celebrate the beginning of the season, I headed to Paris — city of light, love and haute couture. I just got back.

While there, I took in Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2017 Collection, which was previewed in the Tomorrow Ltd. showroom in the heart of the city. 

If you love velvet, you’ll certainly appreciate this New York designer’s collection. Purses, accessories and simply adorable flats made from this beautiful fabric. Velvet is a hot trend that won’t go away for some time. I particularly love velvet mules.

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I adore the designer’s wide selection of jeweled guitar straps to customize handbags. Very. Clever. Idea. Chic suddenly becomes practical in that you may have one bag and simply change the straps to match outfits. This is particularly useful for travel. All you have to put in your suitcase is ONE bag and few different straps for different looks.

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You can also accessorize your bag with a Power Puff Pompon D’Alimentation, which has a USB and iPhone cord designed into it. You can give your phone a charging boost wherever you are.  Perfect accessory for every city fashionista! It certainly saved me in Paris, given my constant use of social media, Google Map and Uber ride applications. I highly recommend to to visit Rebecca Minkoff’s website for more gadgets and tech accessories. 


In signing off, I’d like to reiterate that the Minkoff collection is exquisite. It’s romantic, yet it has an edgy vibe. I think every woman can find something exciting that fits her personal style and taste from the new line. What do you think of it?

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Lan Yu Fall / Winter 2017 NYFW: A Dreamlike Nostalgia for Suzhou

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 10:  Lan Yu Fall / Winter 2017 RTW: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)

NYFW Fall / Winter 2017 : Diversity, Futurism, Modern Romance and More…

 
 
Hi everyone!
It’s finally getting warm here, in New York City! It’s been a tough month for me, as I’ve been trying to recover from bad cold, while balancing my job and freelance work.
Lately, I’ve been also debating whether I should change the name of this web page and focus on writing reviews about fine jewelry (the industry in which I work) or start anew with a photography blog focusing on fashion and design.
That said, attending the ready-to-wear fall/ winter 2017 New York Fashion Week and appreciating the diversity of amazing emerging designers, inspired me to return to this blog. Also, I find myself coming back because of the community I have here with all of you. I’m so grateful to my followers for supporting me on my journey. Without you, everything would be meaningless.
So, here are the highlights from fashion week that I’d like to share with you: 
Hakan Akkaya was on point this season. Predominantly consisting of black, his collection questions freedom and celebrates sexual, racial and gender equality. hakan_akkaya_nyfw_fall_2017_all_black
The aesthetics of Mémère’s premiere collection by Sarah Julia LeBlanc satisfy the exquisite taste of any romantic fashionista. Featuring thousands of white roses scattered throughout the presentation space and ethereal-looking models, the collection was inspired by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which is centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. 

 

Photo Credit: Dan Lecca

Photo Credit: Dan Lecca

A dreamy vibe and feminine looks were also predominant at Lan Yu’s runway show.  She is one of Asia’s most influential designers. The opulence of fabrics and soft mint hues of the collection were particularly striking. Please, check out my next blog post for details. Lan Yu Fall 2017

Berenik, founded by a Swiss designer and painter, featured 50 diverse artists performing contemporary dance, which reflected its overall diverse nature and the freedom of dance improvisation. The blend of Scandinavian aesthetics, classics, athletic fashion and contemporary streetwear incorporated into the design make the collection accessible for women of any age and sizes. 

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Denibi, a fashion house based in Barcelona, presented a striking collection featuring futuristic minimalism and African heritage. Denibi symbolizes a utopia for creatives. A place is created where individuals are able to push themselves to the fullest of their artistic ability with like minds and limitless possibilities.Denibi Barcelona Fall Winter 2017 NYFW

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Faves

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Faves

STRONG BROWS

STRONG BROWS

Spring Summer 2017 Men’s Fashion Week: Nick Graham, Kenneth Ning and More!

I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying your summer vacation breaks to the fullest. I am a bit late with New York Fashion Week: Men’s SS17, due to my crazy, unpredictable schedule. Yet, better late than never!

I’ve always been attracted to certain men’s jewelry and accessories and once in a while I like to borrow from the men’s section. I think a strong masculine piece such as a structural blazer, men’s briefcase or men’s watch can add an effortless edginess, chic, and conservatism to the overall feminine look.

So, here are my favorite moments from New York Fashion Week: Men’s SS17.

1. I’ve loved Nick Graham’s innovative approach to creating a fashion show. The dazzling event allowed attendees to dive into the glamorous, prerevolutionary 1950s world of Cuba. Its world-class cabaret and club, Tropicana, was especially highlighted. Nick Graham Cuban Theme Summer Spring 2017

The use of a striking visual presentation versus a traditional runway show was intriguing. It provided bloggers and editors with more time to analyze details, so they could create better content, while fully enjoying the 1950s Havana vibes. One of my favorite looks: effortlessly chic rolled pants, camo scarf, and retro sunglasses.

Nick Graham SS17 fashion week Cuban theme Summer spring trend Cuban rolled pants

Nick Graham ss 17 Spring Summer 2017 men's fashion Cuban theme
2.  I also found the Artistix and Andy Hilfiger “Equality” line to be quite inspirational. In particular, I liked the abstract prints by Artistix founder Greg Polisseni. I’d like to see more of these elements and prints incorporated in women’s clothes.

Artistix Andy Hilfiger Prints Art and Fashion Abstract Spring summer 2017Photo Credit: Jason Konrad

3. Designed in New York and handmade in London, Passavant and Lee briefcases have such a sleek and modern look, combined with traditional craftsmanship. Functionality and timeless style are the key of this brand. I’d certainly recommend checking their website for product details.

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Passavant and Lee NYFW: Men’s SS17 Presentation

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4. Refreshing hues of navy and red and unexpected tropical prints in Parke and Ronen collection were a breath of fresh air during the men’s fashion week events. I also found checkered shirts tied around the waistline a la the ‘90s quite exciting and worth stealing.

Parke & Ronen tropical prints ss 17 Summer 2017 New York fashion weekPhoto credit: Getty Images

5. Also, I loved Kenneth Ning’s innovative designs and military chic inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 British-American war film, “Full Metal Jacket.” The contrast between models’ emotionless faces and the rebellious deconstruction of designers’ garments was particularly striking. Three words would describe Kenneth Ning’s Men’s SS17 collection: edgy, innovative and effortless.

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Kenneth Ning ss 17 Spring Summer 2017 military chic camo print full metal jacket

Circle Clippers

Circle Clippers

Eat Your Hat: 10 Amazing Straw Hats To Wear This Summer

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img_7581Straw hats! Traditional French, vintage fedora, Marrakech-style wide brim, the boater with extra tall crown and colorful tassels. There are so many styles for your personality, lifestyle and budget! In case if you are still looking for an amazing summer straw hat under $50, here are my treasure finds:

1. I simply adore this black, wide-brim hat with a geometric pattern for only $9.95!

Yoins Simple Summer Beach Straw Floppy Sun Hat


 

2. Channel your inner sailor with this charming nautical-inspired hat for only $26.40!

Betmar Striped Straw Sun Hat


 

3.  Fedora  with braided band and wooden badge will add an effortlessly chic touch to everyday look: 

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Outdoor Research Ixtapa Fedora

 

4. I also like these  chic frayed-edge straw hats from the Evan-Evina online boutique in Australia. They  come in natural and beautiful, burned amber colors.

 

 5. This African treasure for just $30 will certainly spice up your summer outfit! African_straw_hat_made_in_ghana

Straw Sun Hat

6. SONOMA Goods for Life classic fedora features lovely geometric print:

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Sonoma Goods For Life Hat

7. If you are concerned about sun exposure, or you just love ultra-wide brims, check out this stunning  floppy hat from luxurydivas.com:

Tan & White 8" Wide Brim Straw Beach Sun Floppy Hat

8″ Wide Brim Floppy Hat 

 

8. Fun and chic crocheted bucket straw hat is currently on sale for just $20: 

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Chaps Crocheted Bucket Hat

9. Charming straw boater hat will add some edge to any casual summer look.

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Boater Straw Hat

10. This wide brim floppy hat will offer fashionable protection from the sun while its adjustable chin cord  will ensure against loss of your hat in the wind: 

Affordable fashions for men and women

Wide Brim Hat With Chin Cord

What are your treasure finds? Have a fun and safe summer!