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Tips on alternative uses for your unworn accessories

Do you have accessories that you’re not using as you hoped you would when you bought them? If you answered yes, then you’ll enjoy my video show-and-tell on alternative uses for unworn accessories.

Unworn accessories get a new life

You buy a beautiful and expensive pair of earrings and, though you don’t regret the purchase, they are not fitting into your daily life as well as you hoped. What to do? Well, how about using them for another purpose? As you will see in the below video, with a little creativity, I turned a pair of earrings into a striking pendant and a bracelet into a beautiful necklace. I get lots of compliments and I still have the option of wearing them for their original purpose; a win win!

 

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Silver and “Coral” bracelet

alternative uses for unworn accessories

With a little creativity, my Silver and “Coral” bracelet becomes a beautiful necklace

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Alternative uses for unworn accessories

Lessson for the day: Before you give up on your accessories, figure out if you can find alternative uses for your unworn accessories!

Are your shoes too high? Your cobbler can fix them

Nothing makes or breaks an outfit more than a shoe.  It can either pull your outfit to that next level of elegance and style, or it can turn your entire look into a fashion “don’t.” I have always had a weakness for shoes and find any excuse to buy one more pair. But what happens when you buy a shoe that ends up being too high and hard to walk in? Fixing shoes that are too high has been my project this past year.

Here’s my Video Tip on fixing shoes that are too high:

 

Tip of the day:

If a shoe is too high, take it to the cobbler who can bring it to new heights of comfort!

September 11: Never Forget

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In Rememberance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

 

 

 

O HOLY NIGHT

 Dear Readers

Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases.

May all your dreams, hopes and aspirations come through for 2016.

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O Holy Night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and e’er pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees O hear the angels voices.
O night divine O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
O night divine, O night, O night divine

 

Lower Manhattan after September 11

I recently went with a friend to explore Lower Manhattan. Like most neighborhoods in the city, if you don’t visit often, you will be amazed by the amount of new construction and gentrification.

Since September 11, 2001, the tip of Manhattan has evolved from a business district into a bustling neighborhood filled with residential buildings, retail stores, parks, schools and restaurants.

Our first stop, South Street Seaport, is a case in point. The area is filled with charming stores, and pop of restaurant kiosks that are a food-lover’s paradise. I learned that further development plans for the area are to create lush open spaces, a rooftop venue and a retail environment with premier fashion brands and restaurants. The now closed Fulton Market will be reopened as a world-class market.

 

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South Street Seaport

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The Brooklyn Bridge from the Seaport

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View of the Freedom Tower

We then strolled over toward the World Trade Center site. As we approached this sacred place, we were greeted by Daniel Libeskind’s Freedom Tower and Santiago Calavatra’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The Hub was designed to evoke a bird taking flight. It has been controversial mostly because of its very high price.  I think it is beautiful and very respectful of the September 11 Memorial.

 

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World Trade Center Freedom Tower and Transportation Hub

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The marble walk way of Calavatra’s Transportation hub

Sunk beneath the structure that bursts from the ground at Church and Fulton Streets is a sunlit marble hall. It is larger and taller than Grand Central’s main concourse. “I was trying to do something very light and atmospheric,” Calavatra said, “where the sky and the firmament is real.”

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A view to Ellis Island from Battery Park

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The walkway in Battery Park with fabulous views of the Hudson

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Beautiful green spaces in Battery Park, perfect to sit and read a book

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Battery Park lawn

If you have not been to the tip of Manhattan recently, it is well-worth a visit.  Not only is it filled with the early history of New York City, but in the 14 years since the tragic and unforgettable events of September 11, it has been transformed into a bustling and vibrant neighborhood, full of life and promise.

In Remembrance

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of those who lost their lives
on September 11, 2001.

Never forget.

An Evening with Saint Laurent and Halston at FIT

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This Spring we are going to be heading back to the 70s with many fabulous looks from that era coming our way.  So the timing was perfect when a very stylish friend invited me to New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology for the opening of “Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s.” The exhibit runs until April 18.

The show includes 80 classic pieces like YSL’s le smoking and safari looks, as well as Halston’s Ultrasuede dress. Also on view are 20 accessories, including the jewelry Elsa Peretti designed for Halston and a hat from Saint Laurent’s 1976 Ballets Russes collection. While the two designers might seem to have little in common, the exhibit highlights their design similarities, with groupings like twin takes on pajamas, cape dresses, and printed gowns.

For me the exhibit brought back fond memories because during the 70’s I was obsessed with VOGUE Magazine: I knew all the designers, the models, the photographers. As I walked around taking in all this beauty, it took me back to the pages of VOGUE  where my favorite models wore these looks to perfection!

 

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Halston’s famous ultra suede dress

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Halston

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YSL and Halston

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YSL – Timeless

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Halston, dress owned by Lauren Bacall

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A fabulous exhibit and very timely since Spring 2015 is all about the 70’s!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

 

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Wishing you a day filled with LOVE,

HAPPINESS, AND GENEROSITY!

Style Wise Trend Foolish Third Anniversary

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Style Wise Trend Foolish, 3rd year anniversary

 

On January 8, 2012 I launched Style Wise Trend Foolish. Talk about learning while doing.  My first WOW moment came when I was informed that in order to launch my blog, I needed to have at least a month’s worth of stories.  I could not introduce my site with three or four posts?. Nooo, I needed to show that had been around for a some time so I had to show at least 20 back dated stories!  And then to add to the pressure, I realized that I need to have ready a bunch of new stories for future posts so as to keep things on schedule and to avoid scrambling each week.  Nothing like a little pressure.

I still vividly remember January 8 at the crack of dawn as I nervously reviewed my work, for the umpteenth time. Once I hit launch, my blog would be out in cyberspace for the world to see.  It had to be perfect.

For the first year, I was like a well-oiled machine: keeping things running very smoothly, on schedule and always with ready made posts all set to go. Then life got in the way.  Between a major career change and increased responsibilities on the home front, I could no longer be as prepared, or get out as much to discover new things.  After all, it is when I walk around and explore that I am inspired to write. But I have learned to be patient and keep calm when I fall off schedule.  After all, this is my blog and I am the boss of me.  I have learned to breath and just keep moving forward.

Readers who have been with me since the beginning know that I don’t stick to a set topic. I write about fashion, art, design; about anything that catches my eye, or provides food for thought.  The world is my oyster!

So, Dear Readers, thank you for your support and for sticking with me through thick and thin.  And for those who occasionally ask me, with good intentions, or with a hint of cynicism, if I am going to continue my blog, the answer is a resounding YES!  It may not always be on schedule but this is my labor of love. And since my motto for 2015 is PERSEVERANCE, I would not have it any other way!

Happy 2015!

Oscar de la Renta: elegance personified

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 Oscar de la Renta, 1932-2014, rest in peace

Oscar de la Renta, the man who created beautiful and feminine clothing, was as elegant and graceful as the clothing he designed; the perfect ambassador of refinement.

Here’s just a small sampling of Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 collections.

Fall 2014

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SPRING 2015

Oscar Spring 2015 # 12 Oscar Spring 2015 # 12 Oscar spring 2015 # 11 Oscar Spring 2015 #1 Oscar Spring 2015 #5   Oscar Spring 2015, #2 Oscar Spring 2015 #3   Oscar Spring 2015 #4 Oscar Spring 2015 #6 Oscar Spring 2015 # 7 Oscar Spring 2015 #10   Oscar Spring 2015 #8

Thank you Mr. de la Renta, you will be forever admired and sorely missed.