Unique Must Have Rings

I love unique earrings…same goes for pretty much anything I purchase.  I want the things that are ultimately recognizeable but never anything with names…I think personal style can not be personified by a name….

With that being said….John Hardy has always been my favorite Designer…but there are many that I admire…

John Hardy Dragon Ring...MUST HAVE

John Hardy Dragon Ring...MUST HAVE

Kerri Wilder..one to watch!

Kerri Wilder..one to watch!

John Hardy Lagos...love it!!!

John Hardy Lagos...love it!!!

House of Harlow - I actually have this...I suggest buying a FEW

House of Harlow - I actually have this...I suggest buying a FEW

House of Harlow - Everyone seems to copy the leather look on Jewelry...

House of Harlow - Everyone seems to copy the "leather" look on Jewelry...

Made Her Think - another new favorite...

Made Her Think - another new favorite...

Rachel Leigh - order a few of these as well...

Rachel Leigh - order a few of these as well...

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani

Kenneth Jay Lane - Gunmetal

Kenneth Jay Lane - Gunmetal

Rachel Leigh - LOVE THIS!!!

Rachel Leigh - LOVE THIS!!!

2009.09.20. Tags: , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Unique Earrings

Earrings are a personal MUST for completing a look. Like clothing, I only like Accessories that are not as popular as others…that are not replicated too often and look like the quality that one would expect to see on a person who has quality to offer….

Here are my MUST haves that I plan/have  purchased recently:

Wendy Nichol - Little Edgy

Wendy Nichol - Little Edgy

Elizabeth and James - Feather Set

Elizabeth and James - Feather Set

Alkemie - Spider

Alkemie - Spider

Stephen Dweck

Stephen Dweck

Kenneth Jay Lane - Double Coin

Kenneth Jay Lane - Double Coin

Elizabeth & James Twig

Elizabeth & James Twig

2009.09.20. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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2009.09.19. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Fall Must Haves: Shoes & Boots

Elizabeth & James Open Toe

Elizabeth & James Open Toe

Odanak

Odanak

Chi Mihara - Cest Magnifique!

Chi Mihara - C'est Magnifique!

Naughty Monkey - MUST HAVE

Naughty Monkey - MUST HAVE

BCBGMAXAZRIA

BCBGMAXAZRIA

Hunter Riding Boots - So Chic

Hunter Riding Boots - So Chic

Colin Stuart - Pointy Boot

Colin Stuart - Pointy Boot

Tory Burch Quilted - Winter Must Have

Tory Burch Quilted - Winter Must Have

ELizabeth & James Boots - Style Personified

ELizabeth & James Boots - Style Personified

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Burberry Splurge

Burberry Splurge

2009.09.19. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

The Chic Trendy Dress

Because you feel a bit adventurous…these would be for you…..

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Willow

Willow

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

BCBG

BCBG

Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia

Milly

Milly

Single

Single

Parker

Parker

BB Dakota

BB Dakota

Black Halo

Black Halo

MARC JACOBS

MARC JACOBS

LIA KES

LIA KES

SKY

SKY

LIA KES

LIA KES

MINK PINK

MINK PINK

TIBI

TIBI

LaROK

LaROK

Funky…Trendy….

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

ELIZABETH AND JAMES

ELIZABETH AND JAMES

SWEETEES

SWEETEES

FREE PEOPLE

FREE PEOPLE

PAUL & JOE SISTER

PAUL & JOE SISTER

LEAVES OF GRASS

LEAVES OF GRASS

3.1 PHILLIP LIM

3.1 PHILLIP LIM

BB Dakota

BB Dakota

Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia

2009.08.29. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Fashion Investment: Jeans

EVERYONE needs a great pair of jeans! A staple to any wardrobe, they are worth the splurge!

Here are my favorites:

ABSOLUTE MUST HAVES!!!

ABSOLUTE MUST HAVES!!!

Altenative to Darker Jeans (Everyone needs dark and light)

Altenative to Darker Jeans (Everyone needs dark and light)

For those Rocker Days...

For those Rocker Days...

Purple Jeans...I will be aquiring a pair...

Purple Jeans...I will be aquiring a pair...

If you must have a pair of 7s....

If you must have a pair of 7's....

If you must do Skinnys....Elizabeth & James...

If you must do Skinny's....Elizabeth & James...


2009.08.13. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Bluffing It Investment #1: DESIGNER HANDBAG

The most crucial addition to any wardrobe is the invested handbag.  It can take a bad day and make it seem just a little brighter. The first handbag I received was an oversized Kate Spade…and while I have purchased many afterwards it will always be my Touchstone.  After seeing how much pride I took in it, how it represented style and that I was worth the luxury I bought my sister a Prada bag for her birthday.  She too, loves her bag and carries it when she feels ultra chic.

When bluffing that you have more than you do; a handbag is crucial.  You can pair a $600 bag with a $10 tanktop and jeans….you will look like you just didn’t care.  Thus bluffing.  Consider your handbag the sunglasses one would wear while playing poker.  It makes it difficult to call the bluff.

I suggest you compare and have alerts sent to you regarding the one your choose. Skip meals, do what you must…but get the bag you desire the most.  No imitations.  Also, be sure to choose something without a label plastered on it.  Tacky….Juvenile…people who talk about money all of the time, rarely have it..and people who show their money…rarely have it…quality will know quality…that is all you need to know.

I have this in red...it is timeless

I have this in red...it is timeless


2009.08.12. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Prioritzing YOU

From observation I see a trend..from living I know this to be a fact for myself….YOU have to make YOU a priority.

The more love we share with other people the more we find ourselves sacrificing  wants and needs for the greater good of the other person.  In many cases, mothers will just let their dreams vanish so that the daily needs and wants of their children can be met.  I do not disagree with this; however I think that life is about balance.
To cease all former dreams for a relationship or a loved one seems like a torrid fate. It is so much easier to invest in another person when you do not want to be or admit that you could be selfish.  We conform to the Celebrity of today, the Products of tomorrow and the constant void that seers beneath the surface.  One has to wonder why.

Successful people at one time or another have to take a chance.  They have to become a “doer”   They must give into the fear of failure and conquer this head on.  Strife can make you so weak that eventually the Mad Cap Genius emerges; or the desire can become so great that you can not sleep until greatness is acheived.
I honestly think people have invested so much of their own self into a fictional world, trying to keep up with the Jones’ at all costs..and in the end have lost sight of their souls.  There is a depreciating value placed on one’s self when invested in everything but you.  This is not an example of a balanced life.
If you ever watch the Biggest Loser, every contestant has one thing in common…they have escaped their current lives, problems, issues and emotions by binging on all kinds of foods.  They are taken away from their families and people they know for one purpose; to lose weight.  If you do not have the familiar around you, you are forced to finally look at YOU.  Who are you?  What do you represent?
I am a guilty party to all of the above.  I do not have children but am a caretaker of a sick loved one.  It is very easy to let yourself get caught up in the internal conflict of another person’s world.  You forget who you wanted to be; and who you truly can be.
In order for anyone else to ever see all of the many attributes you have to offer YOU must realize them.  You can not take yourself for granted.  Here are things that I think everyone needs.  No matter what your budget.  Work them into your monthly planning.  In order to remain sane I find these things have to happen in order for you to find your way back to YOU.  They are superficial in many instances, but in the current culture that is the West, we need reminders that we are worth it.  To remind us that we are our own person, an extension of family and friends, but in the end we stand alone.

1.  Exercise:  One form or another.  A brisk walk, a kickboxing class, a Jillian Michaels DVD.  Just get up and get moving.  Now.  Not tomorrow.  Not later.  NOW!

2. Meditation: Prayer, Yoga, Reading  YOU time.  Take 10 minutes out of your day (or more) to decompress.  By yourself.  To journal, write your thoughts.  No loud music.  No phones, television, no people around.  Find your center and concentrate.  Picture yourself floating on the ocean.  Sounds, smells around you.  Envision what your life would be like in your nirvana.

3.  Money Management:  In the Recession you need this more than ever.  Money can be your best ally or your worst enemy.  There will never be enough for all of the things you want; so start deciding what you  need.  Become disciplined in your tracking and planning.  The savings will add up.  I always include Savings and then a Reward Savings.  Reward Savings are for those things YOU personally want. One thing each paycheck (no matter how small) for yourself.

4.  Grooming Appointments:  Do NOT miss a hair appointment.  Do not let yourself go.  Work with your Stylist or find a less expensive one.  Save for this appointment.  Skip meals if you must but while you sit in that chair you will find that YOU are a priority. This is not limited to just haircuts and color…waxing one’s eyebrows etc falls in this category.

5. Beauty Regime:  There is nothing that brings you closer to you than spending time on personal grooming.  Multi Task if you must, but make sure you work on you daily.  Your self respect will teach your children that they must respect themselves as well.  Good habits breed good habits.  Change anything you would not want your children to be, see or know…NOW!

6.  Dentist Appointments/Medical Appointments:  Do not miss these.  Ever.  Not your children’s appointments.  Yours.  The thing I respect the most about my mom and sister is that they consistently do things that some will not do because they have lost who they are.

7.  Hobby Day:  One day a month, whether it be a weekend or a weekday..find one thing that you LOVE to do.  Invite people along if you must.  This can come in the form of rafting, hiking, climbing, tennis, gardening, blogging, scrapbooking…anything you enjoy…do it.  Practice makes perfect.  Find your niche.  Something that relaxes you and gives you a sense of self.

8.  Something New:  Try at least one new thing per month.  Recipes, books, sports….anything.  Make a list of your fears and conquer them.  Baby steps until you find you.  Everyone around you will take notice.  If they do not, who cares? You had enough respect for yourself to do the things you could not du.  Challenge yourself to learn at least one new thing. Whether it be a History Fact or a new Language.  Do it for you.

9. Purge:  Once a month (maybe even a week) find one thing you do not need and throw it away.  This can come in the form of organizing one drawer or your purse; but find something you do not use, do not want…and get rid of it….NOW
10.  Relationships:  Your relationship with yourself is the most important.  Your relationship to your soul and not your mind will be the empowerment you need to become whole.  Many people refer to their Souls as Spiritual Entities…some even believe the Soul is what connects us to God and Higher Beings.  Work on this relationship.  The rest will fall into place.  Remember that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.  People are responsible for their actions and thoughts.  Learn how to control yours, or mold it into the things you can’t regret.


2009.08.10. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Things To Know: Books

Whether you are attending an Ivy League in your future or plan on being a companion of someone who considers themselves “intellects” you should read at least HALF of the Barnes and Noble Classics.  The books are considered to be fairly priced and they are called classics for a reason!

Title Author
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
Aeneid Virgil
Aesop’s Fables Aesop
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
Agnes Grey Anne Brontë
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll
The Ambassadors Henry James
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
The Arabian Nights Anonymous
The Art of War Sun Tzu
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man James Weldon Johnson
The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction Kate Chopin
Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope
Beowulf Anonymous
The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald
Billy Budd and The Piazza Tales Herman Melville
Bleak House Charles Dickens
The Bostonians Henry James
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Bulfinch’s Mythology Thomas Bulfinch
The Call of the Wild and White Fang Jack London
Candide Voltaire
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer
A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, and The Cricket on the Hearth Charles Dickens
The Collected Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson
Collected Stories of Guy de Maupassant Guy de Maupassant
Common Sense and Other Writings Thomas Paine
The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. I Arthur Conan Doyle
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. II Arthur Conan Doyle
Confessions Augustine of Hippo
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Mark Twain
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, père
The Country of the Pointed Firs and Selected Short Fiction Sarah Orne Jewett
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
Daisy Miller and Washington Square Henry James
Daniel Deronda George Eliot
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories Leo Tolstoy
The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
Dracula Bram Stoker
Emma Jane Austen
The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It E. Nesbit
Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson
Essential Dialogues of Plato Plato
Essential Fiction and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe
Ethan Frome and Selected Stories Edith Wharton
Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev
Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
Founding America: Documents from the Revolution to the Bill of Rights Various Authors
The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Germinal Émile Zola
The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
Great American Short Stories: From Hawthorne to Hemingway Various Authors
The Great Escapes: Four Slave Narratives Various Authors
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Hard Times Charles Dickens
Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction Joseph Conrad
The Histories Herodotus
History of the Peloponnesian War Thucydides
The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
The House of the Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthorne
The House of the Dead and Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Howards End E. M. Forster
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo
The Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky
Iliad Homer
The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays Oscar Wilde
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Harriet Ann Jacobs
The Inferno Dante Alighieri
The Interpretation of Dreams Sigmund Freud
Ivanhoe Walter Scott
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
A Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne
Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
Kim Rudyard Kipling
King Solomon’s Mines Henry Rider Haggard
Lady Chatterley’s Lover D. H. Lawrence
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
Leaves of Grass: First and “Death-Bed” Editions Walt Whitman
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Writings Washington Irving
Les Liaisons dangereuses Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Les Misérables (abridged) Victor Hugo
The Life of Charlotte Brontë Elizabeth Gaskell
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
Lost Illusions Honoré de Balzac
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Writings about New York Stephen Crane
The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
Main Street Sinclair Lewis
Man and Superman and Three Other Plays George Bernard Shaw
The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas, père
Mansfield Park Jane Austen
The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy
Metamorphoses Ovid
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories Franz Kafka
Middlemarch George Eliot
Moby-Dick Herman Melville
Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
My Antonia Willa Cather
My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
Nana Émile Zola
Narrative of Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Frederick Douglass
Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens
Night and Day Virginia Woolf
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Nostromo Joseph Conrad
Notes from Underground, The Double, and Other Stories Fyodor Dostoevsky
Odyssey Homer
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
O Pioneers! Willa Cather
The Origin of Species Charles Darwin
Paradise Lost John Milton
The Paradiso Dante Alighieri
Pere Goriot Honore de Balzac
Peter Pan J. M. Barrie
Persuasion Jane Austen
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan
Poetics and Rhetoric Aristotle
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners James Joyce
The Possessed Fyodor Dostoevsky
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
The Prince and Other Writings Niccolò Machiavelli
The Prince and the Pauper Mark Twain
Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins Mark Twain
Purgatorio Dante Alighieri
Pygmalion and Three Other Plays George Bernard Shaw
The Red and the Black Stendhal
The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction Stephen Crane
Republic Plato
The Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
The Rise of Silas Lapham William Dean Howells
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
A Room with a View E. M. Forster
Sailing Alone Around the World Joshua Slocum
Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Orczy
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
Selected Stories of O. Henry O. Henry
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
Sentimental Education Gustave Flaubert
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
Silas Marner and Two Short Stories George Eliot
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
Six Plays by Henrik Ibsen Henrik Ibsen
Sons and Lovers D. H. Lawrence
The Souls of Black Folk W. E. B. Du Bois
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories Robert Louis Stevenson
Swann’s Way Marcel Proust
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu
Tarzan of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
Three Lives Gertrude Stein
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
Three Theban plays Sophocles
Thus Spoke Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
The Time Machine and The Invisible Man H. G. Wells
Tom Jones Henry Fielding
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
The Turn of the Screw, The Aspern Papers, and Two Stories Henry James
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne
Two Years Before the Mast Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
Utopia Thomas More
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
The Varieties of Religious Experience William James
Villette Charlotte Brontë
The Virginian Owen Wister
The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
Walden and Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
Ward No. 6 and Other Stories Anton Chekhov
The Waste Land and Other Poems T. S. Eliot
The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wings of the Dove Henry James
Wives and Daughters Elizabeth Gaskell
Women in Love D. H. Lawrence
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

I personally have made it my mission to read each book; and it is amazing how inspiring most of them can be…even in the present day.


2009.08.09. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Pronunciation of Fashion Designers / Fashion Houses

The one issue I have the over exposure of fashion is the people who can NOT pronounce the names of the knock off bags they carry:

Alessandro Dell’Acqua: Ala-SAND-roe del-LA-kwa
Alejandro Ingelmo: Allay-handro In-gel-mo
Anya Hindmarch: Ahn-ya Heind-march
Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-ka
Bebe: Bee-bee
Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta
Bulgari: Ball-gah-ree
Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Pror-some
Cacharel: Cash-er-el
Carolina Herrera: Caro-leena Hair-era
Chanel: Shuh-nel
Christian Dior: Dee-yor
Christian Louboutin: Loo-boo-tin
Comme des Garçons: Comb day gar-Son
Dolce & Gabbana: Dole-chay and gab-BON-a
DSquared2: DEE squared
Ermenegildo Zegna: Er-men-a-geel-do Zen-ya
Etro: Eh-tro
Fendi: Fend-ee
Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew
Giles Deacon: Jy-els Dee-kin
Givenchy: Jhee-von-shee
Gucci: GOO-chi
Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-mahn
Hermès: Air-mez
Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay
Hussein Chalayan: Who-sane Sha-lion
Issey Miyake: Eees-Ay Me-Yah-Kee
Jean Paul Gaultier: Sj-awn Paul Goat-ee-ay
John Varvatos: John var-VAY-toes
Lanvin: Lon-vin
Loewe: Low-ev-ay
Louis Vuitton: Loo-ee Voo-ee-ton
Marithé et François Girbaud: Mah-ri-TAY eh Frans-SUAH Jeer-BOW
Marchesa: Mar-kay-sa
Moschino: Mo-SKEEN-o
Nicolas Ghesquière: Ni-co-la Guess-ki-air
Olivier Theyskens: Oli-vier Tay-skins
Pierre Cardin: Pee-air Car-dain
Proenza Schouler: Pro-enza Skool-er
Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren (as in Lauren the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)
Salvatore Ferragamo: Sal-va-TOH-reh Fair-a-GAH-moe
Swarovski: Swore-off-ski
Thakoon: Ta-koon
Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ree Moog-lay
Veronique Branquinho: Ve-ro-NEEK BRANG-kee-no
Versace: Ver-saw-chee
Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-to
Yves Saint Laurent: Eve-san-Laur-ahnt


2009.08.08. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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