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Friday, October 30, 2009

That's new!

Michelle Obama is known for her use of accessories, belts being one of her main staples. Here, we see her harvesting the White House vegetable garden in one of her favorite Azzedine Alaia belts. Don't mistake it for the black studded belt she usually wears though. In this photo, she is switching it up and wearing the purple version, for the first time, over a purple cardigan, lavender tee and matching kicks. Now that's chic gardening! Love, Kelie
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Best of InStyle magazine: Power dressing

I am glad this day is coming to an end. I don't like to look at the glass as being half empty but today was just one of those days. I am sure you know what I am talking about. But now that I am in front of my computer everything is getting back into place. And I must say that it brings me great joy to finally tell you about this month's InStyle Power Dressing segment.
In this article InStyle presents a how-to to dressing in modern American style perfect for the workplace. To do this they used staples found in our own Michelle O's closet. As you know we have been following the First Lady's fashions for over a year and so has InStyle. Here is what they had to say:
Long Coats: In an airy neutral tone or bursting with color, a clean-line coat that comes to the knee makes a tasteful statement. Combine it with a matching dress or skirt for pulled-together polish.
Bold Cardigans: The new business chic swaps restrained suit jackets for spirited sweaters, often belted. Crewneck or V-neck, worn open or closed, solid or patterned-these lively knits look both approachable and office-appropriate. Plus, they're comfortable.
Textured skirts: The knee-length silhouette may be simple, but the fabrics are quite the opposite: rich brocades, nubby tweeds, and dazzling metallics. Instead of offsetting the skirt's sumptuousness, play it up with a bright belt or an embellished sweater.
Bright sheaths: There's something inherently optimistic about a vibrant dress, especially when it's in a solid hue-and this classic, body-skimming shape is a figure flatterer. Anyone can pull off these juicy tones, as long as they're worn with confidence.
Key accessories: Pearl chokers are the jeans of the jewelry world-they go with absolutely everything. Wide belts give definition to boxy jackets and unstructured cardigans. A cluster of oversize brooches adds oomph to classic blazers. And a pair of low heels in snakeskin or metallic leather are in step with any occasion.
I read it all so you don't have to!
Love, Kelie

Monday, October 26, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Donatella Versace for charity!

You might not know this but, Donatella Versace as fabulous as she may be is also an absolute sweetheart. She has a real heart of gold. This summer, she launched the Art Unites program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan. But that's not all. She also partnered with Starlight Children's foundation to create her next IT bag. In fact, several children from the foundation had the chance to try their hand at handbag print design. Their mandate was to draw pictures on the theme of friendship.
Each of their illustrations will then be made into a Versace tote. Each tote will be sold for $250 with all the proceeds from the sales going to Starlight Children's Foundation who caters to sick children in America and to Jet Li One Foundation, which helps 2008 earthquake victims in China's Sichuan province.
When can you get one, you ask?
Well, the totes are now available online exclusively through Gilt Groupe. And, if you make your purchase by December 1st, you will receive %20 discount at any Versace boutique in the U.S. Now that's really sweet!
Love, Kelie

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Best of Harper's Bazaar

There is nothing worst than being unable to fall back asleep after waking up in the middle of the night. Well, actually there are far worst things, like being stuck in an elevator with a men with uncontrollable flatulence, but I think you understand the point I am trying to make.
You can feel the fatigue all over your body but cannot find a single z. That was me last night. Imagine the joy I felt today when I stumbled upon an article on how to fall asleep and stay asleep. I was actually reading this month's Bazaar for the second time during my morning commute, tearing out interesting articles like the one on Donatella Versace and going over this fall's hottest trends. This article did not catch my eye the first time I glanced over page 206 but this morning was different. Here is what it said:
FALL ASLEEP AND STAY ASLEEP
- Reveille repetition: "Going to bed at the same time is good, but it's better to have a set rising time,"says J. Kirby Pate, a Nashville sleep specialist.
- Don't panic if you wake up: "We sleep in about 90-minute cycles, and it's not unusual to rise after the second," explains Pate. "After four to five hours, sleep is not particularly restful. You may wake up a few times, but you'll typically go right back to sleep."
- Keep dreaming: Find yourself half awake at 2.00am? Woodson Merrell, chairman of integrative medicine at New York's Beth Israel Medical Center, advises, "As you are coming to consciousness, hold on to your dream. Don't let other thoughts come in." Or take a few Boiron Quietude homeopathic tablets ($10.79), which won't make you drowsy later.
-Passing out isn't sleeping: Alcohol may help you conk out, but you're likely to wake up and not be able to get into deep slumber.
- Take a dip: At least an hour before bed, take a bath with scented salts or calming lavender oil. Try Origins Calm to Your Senses Lavender and Vanilla Milk Bath ($17.50) or Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Bath Oil ($65).
- Save the meds for jet lag: "It's safe to say that prescriptions (the big three: Lunesta, Ambien, and Sonata) aren't chemically addictive, but you can become psychologically dependent," notes Pate.
- Check out Valerian: "It's like an herbal sleeping pill," says Merrell.
Hope one of these can work for me tonight. I read it all so you don't have to!
Sleep tight.
Love, Kelie

Monday, October 19, 2009

Spotlight on The Sartorialist

It is safe to say that we are obsessed with The Sartorialists work and invite you to visit his blog. Here is a photo posted last Saturday that caught our attention. October 17th post called: On the street...Olivia P, London.
The mixture of patterns and proportions make for a very eye catching outfit! Wouldn't you say so?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Feel good shopping: Pink ribbon for your home.

It's been a while since we've shopped for a cause. October is breast cancer awareness month. What better way to show our support than by bringing you a variety of items that are as cute as they are helpful. Plus, they are pink! What more could you ask for? Ten percent of sales of these pretty nesting bowls goes to Continuum Cancer Centers of New York. They are exactly what you've been missing in your kitchen. Floral sculpted nesting bowl, Zak, $32/4. Purchase here. Why not bring some life to your office and join the fight? Every time you look at your orchid you'll feel good knowing that ten percent of the net sales benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Pink Ribbon Orchid, Pro flowers, $50. Purchase here. Organize your recipes with style. Ten percent of sales goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Gold label recipe box, Sugar Paper Los Angeles, $96. Purchase here. Love, Kelie

Friday, October 9, 2009

Just because we love it! Boot edition.

Winter sneaked up on us but this doesn't mean we should be sad about it! The best is yet to come. Boot season is officially open and we should celebrate! Here is one of our faves this season by Juicy Couture. Juicy Couture, "Izzie" ruffled ankle boots. $395
Be on the look out for many more it this "Just because we love it! Boot edition."
Love, Kelie.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Septashion - Part 2

With September behind us we reminisce on how good it's been to us, fashion lovers.
Coco before Chanel, the film:
If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Released on September 25Th, the film depicts the life of the legend showing both her professional triumph and personal tragedy. I refuse to spoil this movie for you so this is all I am going to say.
London Fashion Week Sept. 18 - 23: We give our hat to London Fashion week for making all it's shows available on video. You should definitely take a look. It's like you were there minus the airfare. If you are really into it, dress up and invite some friends over for a night of fashion a la London! View shows.
Milan Fashion Week: Milan is by far one of the best dressed cities in the world. For your viewing pleasure, here are some of the looks seen on the streets of Milan during fashion week.
Photo credits: Thanks to The Sartorialist for the FAB pics!!
Love, Kelie

Just a thought...

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in other; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

- Audrey Hepburn