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Caught Being Fabulous – The purse accessory in action

Two weeks ago, I wrote about accessorizing your handbags, but wasn’t in a position to take a picture of the trend in action. Luckily for you readers, the ladies featured below are wonderful examples of how to accessorize – using the puff.  While I was out this Saturday enjoying the sun and catching up on some reading, I happened to be struck time and again by women rocking the puff purse accessory. It is the take on the Fendi Monster you see here to the left.image While the monster is out of reach for most of us, these lovely ladies have found ways to rock the look minus the costly price tag.

 

Below you will see Thana and Yajaira spotted with the trend I spoke of weeks ago.  There was no one with scarfs or key chains, but generally when I am on the upper east side, I see more women wearing the scarves as additional accessories for their handbags. That fact notwithstanding, these ladies demonstrate the puff trend in different ways according to their personal styles .

Thana of Pennsylvania showing off her beautiful Serena-esque legs while showing us how to accessorize.

Thana of Pennsylvania showing off her beautiful Serena-esque legs while showing us how to accessorize.

Yajaira of Yonkers, New York spotted demonstrating how to accessorize your accessories. In this case, she's jazzing up a Michael Kors bag.

Yajaira of Yonkers, New York spotted demonstrating how to accessorize your accessories. In this case, she’s jazzing up a Michael Kors bag. The pink puff actually pulls together the pink accents in the blouse and makes the outfit more cohesive.

 



Accessorizing Your Accessories – Part 2 Shoes!

 

Not many of us can boast of a Kardashian  shoe collection.  I personally don’t have the money or the space to truly indulge my love for shoes in that way.  But in keeping with my thoughts about adding options to the items you have, I want to talk more about accessorizing your accessories.  Not long ago I wrote about different ways to jazz up your every day bag (see http://www.silynrose.com/?p=1050).

To the untrained eye this may seem like just a row of shoes. But what I see here is opportunity.

To the untrained eye this may seem like just a row of shoes. But what I see here is opportunity.

Now it’s on to shoes.  Shoes are crucial to making an outfit look great. I am a huge fan of  pumps (especially pointy toe ones) and have them in multiple colors.

They can be great in their simple form. Check these out. A pair of Steve Madden suede green pumps, a pair of INC Concept pumps, a pair of black Miu Miu pumps, and two pairs of Aldo Stessy pumps, which are quickly becoming my favorites. (I even wrote a review on the Aldo site and asked them to please make the Stessy in orange. We’ll see what happens.)  A nice variety wouldn’t you say?

They look fine enough by themselves, but here’s where the accessorizing comes in. Shoe clips.  That’s right.  Grandma had it right.

Take a closer look. These are the same shoes adorned with shoe clips. Shoe clips are fairly inexpensive. I purchased a pair of four for $11.99 on Ebay

Take a closer look. These are the same shoes adorned with shoe clips. Shoe clips are fairly inexpensive. I purchased a pair of four for $11.99 on Ebay.

These little clips have the potential to add even more variety to your closet. I have added a shoe clip to each of these to give you a sense of how it works.

Below I have taken a closer shot and you can see where I have actually put the shoe clip on the side; they don’t have to placed in the front of the shoe.

A word of caution – don’t leave the clips on the shoes after you’ve worn them. You don’t want to risk damaging the shoes at all.

These green was suede pumps are dressed up with a simple rhinestone shoe clip.

These green suede pumps are dressed up with a simple rhinestone shoe clip.

There you have it. Another great way to accessorize your accessories, and extend the shoe options in your closet.

Try a clip on the side like you see here.

Try a clip on the side like you see here.



Accessorize your accessories- Part I Handbags

My grandmother had quite a purse selection and she would change her bags to match her shoes especially when she was going out.   Not many women change their bags to match their shoes now-a-days. Most women have a few bags and often have what is called their “every day” bag.  But what happens when your every day bag starts to get a little boring? There are ways to  add style and fun – accessorize your handbag.

  1. The scarf
This Oscar de la Renta scarf matches perfectly with this Pour la Victoire overize bag. A match made in accessory heaven.

This Oscar de la Renta scarf matches perfectly with this Pour la Victoire oversize bag. A match made in accessory heaven.

The scarf is a very versatile accessory.  A cute brightly colored scarf can jazz up an every day bag and pull an outfit together.  The colors in the scarf can pull in the shoes or the earrings or even a head band to make your total look cohesive. A cute scarf tied on one or both of the straps can be very eye catching. Also, for handbags that have very darkly patina handles, wrapping them with a scarf is a great way to hide the darkened handles.

Many times leather handles darken because of the oils in the hands. Use a scarf to mask this little problem.

Many times leather handles darken because of the oils in the hands. Use a scarf to mask this little problem.

I heard a sales woman at the Louis Vuitton on 5th Ave explaining how scarves are a great way of protecting the handles. We needn’t pay hundreds of dollars for the scarf though. You can find great scarves at places like Target, Macy’s and of course your local thrift store where they are often sold in a bundle for a few bucks.

Wind all the way to the edge or let a little remain like you see here

Wind all the way to the edge or let a little remain like you see here

A word of caution with accessorizing your bag with a scarf, however.  The scarf must be proportional.  Don’t overwhelm a small bag with a large scarf or a large bag with a small scarf. The former gets lost, and the latter just looks silly.  See below the wrong and right size (unless oversize if what you’re going for…)

 

 

Wrong. This scarf is too large and it overwhelms the bag.

Wrong. This scarf is too large and it overwhelms the bag.

 

Just right.

Just right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Puff Accessory

Fendi’s Monster purse accessories costs over $800.  Some versions top $1000, but a furry little puff of color doesn’t have to break the bank. Along 125th in Harlem for example these little key chain puffs can be bought for $2 and the larger ones for $4.  It’s about adding a little extra pizzazz – color and fun.

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3. The Bling

These little keychains are great for adding sparkle.IMG_3515 They catch the sun and literally shine bright like a diamond. The charms just demonstrate that you are a girly girl who likes girly things.  I know this is not for everyone, but it’s a nice option for adding a little fun to an everyday bag.

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Many of you having a bag is good enough, accessorizing your handbag on occasion, however, is just fun and after all, fashion is about having fun.

 



Two Unrelated Musings – SJP Jordache and #Balmainnation

There are two things that I want to write about for the first November installment. I know these are not helpful fashion tips, but I still wanted to share. The first of these issues I have been bothered by since my October issue of Bazaar, which I received in the mail late in September; the second issue is just a random “fashion” collaboration that I am not sure if my readers know about.

Jordache ad featured in Harper's Bazaar

Jordache ad featured in Harper’s Bazaar

1) Sarah Jessica Parker is now representing Jordache jeans and I must say I am not feeling it at all. I am a huge SJP fan because of Carrie Bradshaw. I liked the story between Carrie and Big and I was a huge fan of the fashion. But my feeling about Sarah Jessica Parker as the face of Jordache is very similar to how I felt about Sex and the City II. It just doesn’t work. Whatever Jordache is trying to do, however it is trying to rebrand itself, it seems strange to me that it would select a middle-aged woman (not that there is anything wrong with being middle aged – as I am also) to be the face. In addition, the photo that was selected for the ad in the October issue of Bazaar is simply not flattering.
Let me know your thoughts

2) The idea of collaborations between big name designers and mainstream retailers is not new. One of the most famous of these collaborations was Halston when the famous designer paired with J.C. Penny’s in the 1970’s to bring about Halston III. It was supposed to be an opportunity to give the everyday woman a chance of owning luxury. It was heavily critiqued and it was argued that that particular collaboration damaged the image of Halston and cheapened the brand. But if you know anything about the Balmain and H&M collaboration and the clothing which sold out shortly after being put in stores and online, you may have a different thought about what these collaborations mean to the trend-seeking consumer or the opportunist looking to make a quick buck. Items were snapped up so quickly that those who blinked – literally missed them. Now many of the items are being sold at exorbitant prices on EBay. I told a friend who hadn’t heard about it and he googled it. The news reports have called the buy-out frenzy “uncivilized”, “chaos” and “pandemonium”. I am certain that most of my readers had no idea about the collaboration or the quick sell out.

Balmain is not a brand that we hear of often because it is so high end and expensive not many people know of and certainly not one most can afford.
Well, you know now. And even though the collaboration with H&M brought the brand within reach of the mainstream public for a few hundred dollars, if you are reading this (posted on November 9th) you already missed it. Trust me. A friend and I went to H&M in Philly and were quickly told “Oh. Yeah. All of that is gone already.” But hey do a quick google search of the items advertised using top models like @Kendall Jenner and let me know what you think.
#Balmainnation #SarahJessicaParkerJordache
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Beverley Olivacce – A play-by-play of my first fashion show

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7:04 – When I arrived, the red carpet outside was empty and patrons were already seated on either side of the quaintly arranged venue – 519 madison ave in New York. It is a family owned store called Marmi that sells handbags and shoes. We are literally surrounded by handbags and shoes. Who wouldn’t be comfortable in such a layout. I presume I was among other fashion bloggers along with photographers had rsvp’d. A few models walked in, or at least very tall well dressed women who I took to be models. It certainly wasn’t the typical fashion show that you’d see on tv.

One cameraman covering the event walked the floor photographing women’s shoes, mine included – so if you see a picture of brown, beige and white L.A.M.B booties and toes painted orange, they are mine. I am seated next to Helene, who I introduced myself to after being prompted by a photographer to pose for an impromptu photo with her.

7:11 The DJ is playing uptempo jazz and people are striking up conversations. There is a bit of tension. I imagine people are, like me, making guesses about who’s who among the crowd members. Cameramen are, as usual in these situations dressed in dark colors, and jeans with the hope that they disappear. They fawn over an Asian woman clad in a bright red dress bedazzled with gold. She has earrings that are full fringe. Then enters a male with writing all over his clothing – newspaper style. He disappears into the back room, perhaps to assists the models getting ready in the back.

There is standing room only in the front near the front door. A few people make use of the waiting time and pose in front of the Beverley Olivacce backdrop.
I am actually surprised that more people aren’t overdressed. When Fashion Police covers a fashion show, it becomes clear that the audience is as much of the spectacle as the clothing donning the runway.

7:23 Jazz still playing, room slowly filling to capacity… And then it happens. The wine is passed out and two models come down the runway. I actually miss the shot because I hadn’t realized the woman coming down the runways was a model. Then a woman I thought was a model actually came out with a tray of wine. I believe the people are doing double duty. The Asian woman I spoke of earlier is prompted by a photograper to walk the runway. One of the audience members starts passing out nuts. Another audience member begins picking up the nuts that have been spilled on the carpeted runway. Helene had to literally hail for the next round of wine. We’d been passed up 3 times.

7:35 Helene asks me if I know Bev. I say no. She says she has known her for many many years. A woman in a black dress makes rounds passing a tray of cheese and cured meat. The man across from me is wearing a brightly striped shirt, which he has open revealing his very hairy chest. I am certain that the people standing way back by the door will not likely be able to see much. Two patrons greedily dig into the tray of meats and cheeses. Ohhh. cute guy to my right. Not sure when he came in. Another woman bumps into my twisted afro puff. It’s like the third person to have done so.

7:46 One woman passes out crudités – which is a raw veggie platter. One cameraman passes by and asks me to put my bag under my seat.
7:56 – Another round of wine and some fruit. One male in a gray suit takes to the backdrop to be photographed by a photographer.
My mind wanders to the fact that I need to do observations in a Kindergarten class tomorrow morning. I just notice that most of the cameramen and women are shooting with Canons.

8:05 – I find myself still waiting, but I am now recalling the wording of the press release. It is an informal showing, I am now unsure whether or not there will be a parade of women down the runway.

I think about my own outfit. It is not as cute as I thought it would be. I had originally planned to wear a gold sequined pencil skirt. I am glad I did not. I imagine I would have felt extremely uncomfortable. Instead, I have on a brown quilted circle skirt and a white button down, collared shirt.

8:09 – One of the hosts just motions to the DJ to quiet the music. The fashion show begins.

I stare intently at the clothing in the collection as they are displayed on the models’ bodies.

In order, the show was – Career wear, holiday/evening wear, spring, and a Caribbean inspired cruise/vacation wear.
My favorite pieces were in the soft but structured career wear, the short gray evening dress with fur sleeves and pretty much the entire vacation line.image
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8:45 Beverley Olivacce, the London native, came out and greeted the audience speaking in an enchanting British accent. She shared that this was the third time she’d shown a line during New York fashion week and she thanked us for being a part of this.
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More food and wine is served and I met a few designers and the man in the print clothing – a photographer named Carl.

What a wonderful entry in to the New York fashion show circuit. Thank you Beverley Olivacce. Great show!



Would you wear yellow apples?

An apple print shirt

An apple print shirt

Most of you would look a shirt that has yellow apples as the dominant print and pass it by without giving it a second look right? Well, while doing a recent thrift store haul my eye was drawn to the afore mentioned shirt (and a large wool checkered cape, which I can assume that most of you wouldn’t have ventured to purchase either). But when I saw the shirt I thought wow, what an interesting pattern. Upon looking closer I saw that it was a Dolce & Gabana shirt. I immediately imagined wearing it with a red belt, and a black pencil skirt, both of which I already have in my closet.

Now, for me wearing a crazy print shirt is eye-catching feature of the outfit. I like to downplay everything else keeping solid color on the bottom and minimizing the accessories. When I tried the shirt on the thin red belt, it did very little for the outfit. The belt got lost. I needed something bolder to accentuate my waist. So I went with the wider patent leather red belt. I leave the shirt out rather than tucked in because I like the way the blouse melds into a silhouette. If I were to tuck the shirt in, I’d wear belt lower and close to the waist line of the skirt rather than my natural waist.

So when the entire outfit was put together – yellow apple print blouse, wide red patent leather belt, black velvet pencil skirt and pointy-toe black patent leather shoes. The outfit was ok. I ended up changing the black skirt to a dark olive statin skirt and I played around with the two pairs of shoes you see in the picture. I am sure this look isn’t a-peeling to everyone (apple pun intended), but it is nice to play around with prints every once in a while.

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Your turn.
You try a printed top, and solid color pencil skirt pointy toe pumps. Use a belt to accentuate your waist.
Here is what I did with the apple shirt.
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