Fall Color Therapy at the Grand Opening of Michal Golan’s Studio Boutique  

I love fall for its vibrant colors, crisp air, cozy sweaters and the anticipation of holidays to come.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with severe jet lag and post-travel blues after coming back from a one-week family reunion in Istanbul, Turkey. I have to tell you that it was an absolute joy and tremendous source of inspiration to discover the visual richness of designer Michal Golan.

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Last week, I attended the grand opening of her Boutique Studio located on the edge of Garment District and Hell’s Kitchen. I loved the down-to-earth vibe of the event. (If you are a frequent jewelry shopper or event hopper, you probably know how intimidating some of those places and events can be!) And, of course, it was a pleasure to meet the designer in person, her assistant and some of her family members.

Michal’s inspiration comes from galleries, museums and street style. She also has a deep fascination with archaeology and ancient civilizations, as demonstrated by her use of symbols and hieroglyphics. Her collections include stunning eye-catching hamsa hands, crosses, evil eyes and other religious jewelry within the price range of $38 to $150 that could be a unique budget-friendly gift idea. I also loved her adjustable beaded necklaces, statement earrings, and pendant pins. Designer’s Earth Collection with its warm color palette is one of my favorites. Inspired by ancient Tribal Art, it’s made of African turquoise, carnelian and 24K gold electroplated over brass.

Handcrafted in New York City, each piece Michal Golan jewelry marked with designer’s signature and come with a lovely colorful pouch that will keep your jewels safe. I recommend checking her website for the more detailed design process and care guide. 

My post would not be complete without mentioning the designer’s mosaic artwork and home decor pieces.  From intricately designed vases to miniature jewelry boxes, they surely will liven up your space this holiday season!

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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.