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Dovima Paris: New York Trunk Show

Great news! Dovima Paris, the chic line of clothing from Paris, is in New York this week (March 22, 23, 24) for their annual trunk show at the Pierre Hotel.

Dovima Paris Invitation New York March 2017

If you appreciate beautiful fabrics, immpecable design and classics with a twist, you will love this clothing line. You can find distinctive shirt and tunic dresses in simple silhouettes, cut from the most luxurious fabrics. The styles are easy to wear, very versatile and can be dressed up or down.

Dovima Paris Spring Summer 2017 Collection

Dovima, Frankie dress, Spring/Summer 2017

Dovima Paris Tunic

I bought the above tunic design last year, but in the navy dress below.

Dovima Paris Tunic Dress

Dovima Paris navy tunic dress in wool crepe.  
I love the front pocket and extra large buttons on the neck and sleeves

A friend in introduced me to Dovima Paris last year and I bought this gorgeous navy wool crepe tunic dress (seen above on me). It is super comfortable and I love the oversize buttons on the sleeves and around the neck. It also has a pocket on the front which adds a touch of whimsy. I wore it recently to an event and I got rave reviews.

The Spring/Summer 2017 collection is fabulous and well worth checking out.

If you are interested in stopping buy, please send an email to janep@dovimaparis.com, for an appointment (its by appointment only).

Happy Shopping!!!

 

Your holiday and event decor at Jamali Garden, NYC

The holidays are here so it’s the perfect time to add some spice to your holiday decorations. A visit to Jamali Garden in Manhattan is, therefore, a must!

For Holiday Decorations

A stylish friend recently recommended this fabulous place for the best of the best in decorating supplies. Located at 149 East 28th Street, (Manhattan’s Flower District), Jamali Garden is two-story shop overflowing with affordable decor items.

 

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Jamali Garden, 149 East 28th Street

The store is paradise for event planners, decorators and people who love doing their own decor. From props to decorative wares, ribbons of every style and color imaginable, the selections are inspiring. It’s also one of the few Flower District wholesalers that’s open to the public, so the prices are great.

 

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Jamali Garden, 149 West 28th Street

It would be very easy to go crazy and overspend here, so it does help to go with a few ideas in mind so you can hone in on what you need. I went simply to explore and become familiar with the offerings.  I came out full of inspiration and ideas. The possiblites are endless!

I’m Shopping in Colombia for My Readers

Colombia Shopping spree: music to my ears!

Let me explain.

Every time I return from Colombia, I get rave reviews on the accessories and home decor items that I bring back.  This week I’m on a Colombia Shopping excursion, in search of beautiful and special items for YOU. Next year I will display my capsule collection for sale in this blog.

 

Colombia Shopping

Colombia Shopping

Don’t worry, I won’t bring back the usual touristy stuff you find at the airport, which quickly loses its charm once you get home. I can recall having one too many moments of “what was I thinking when I bought this,” after unpacking from a fabulous trip. Instead, I’m sourcing impeccably designed fashion accessories and items of home decor that highlight the best in design from Colombia. Most important, they will be Style Wise and not Trend Foolish!

 

Colombia Shopping

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Colombia Shopping

Items of home decor from the Escuela de Artes y Oficios Santo Domingo

Colombia Shopping

Dried Silk Flowers

 

 

I am energized for the adventure and can’t wait to bring back the best assortment of finds for you.

Hasta Pronto and Stay Tuned!

My Favorite Fashion and Accessory Finds this week

I’ve been blogging for six years. Then as now, my philosophy is, “keep it simple; less is more, and buy for longevity and not a quick fix and disposability.” And yet, it’s not always easy to find style and elegance that lasts and is a good investment. The middle ground between high-end designer wares and fast fashion is not easy to find. But, if you persevere, you will find it; it just takes a little more work. With this in mind, I set out to see what my favorite purveyors of style are up to. They are not the latest or trendiest brands, but ones that delivery consistent quality and style; a win win!

Here are some of my favorite Fashion and Accessory finds this week. It’s a little bit of everything, but that’s what happens when you keep an open mind! Most important, you don’t need to live in Manhattan to own them.

You can go to each site by clicking on any of the Underlined words or the Pictures.

 

M. GEMI

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A navy velvlet boot from M. Gemi, $348 an Italian on line store offering stylish well-priced shoes. It’s opened a brick and mortar store at 120 Wooster in Soho where you can check out lots of great styles. The store does not carry the inventory so you try the shoe and it gets mailed to your home.

COS

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COS is the more upscale sister brand of H&M.  Most of its clothing is loose and unstructured (very Scandinavian) so it does not always look flattering on the hanger. So do try things on.  The quality is quite good and the minimalism is refreshing. Here’s a gorgeous wool jacket from COS, $250; perfect for these balmier days of winter.

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From COS a cozy short-sleeve sweater. $115. At the store, the mannequin had a long sleeve white blouse under it, and it looked fabulous.

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Another winner from COS, black leather shopper, $175

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From COS, slip on leather shoe, $125. If you like a more modern version of the ballerina flat, this one’s for you.  Great quality, and soft leather in chic khaki.  It also comes in black.

A.P.C

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From A.P.C., the very cool French ready-to-wear brand, I love the “Heloise” mary jane.
It’s a classic with a modern twist,  $470

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For A.P.C Vanessa Seward “Cendrine boot, $705 – Perfect!

THEORY

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Theory’s “Whitney” hoop bag. The perfect accessory worn as a bracelet, $395

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Theory Standard Tote, $655 , I love it in sporty suede

FAIRCHILD BALDWIN

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For a few years I have been impressed with Fairchild Baldwin’s  successful line of necklaces and bags. The necklaces come in a gorgeous array of colors and styles. The best part is that they are super light and the strap can be adjusted for a perfect fit. $395

MERRICHASE

fashion and accessory finds in manhattan, Merrichase Rabbit bag, $500

If you are looking for a luxurious bag to instill some glamour into your life, this is it from MERRICHASE, $500 Made of the softest rabbit fur, it has two roomy compartments to fit your important stuff.  You’ll want it by your side as you stroll down Madison Avenue or head out to an apres-ski afternoon.

Happy Shopping!

Fabulous Sunscreen oil from Supergoop

This summer while at Sephora I discovered what is now my favorite sunscreen oil, Supergoop.  Since it was early summer I wanted to try a lighter sunscreen for my face, since cream-based products can feel too thick and heavy.

Supergoop oil quickly penetrates the skin and gives it a nice glow. I especially like that once I add my foundation it gives it a dewey and luminous look.  Every since I started using it I get lots of compliments on how sheer and natural my make up looks. The product is also very well priced.  I started with the smaller size, at $12 for 1 oz. The best part is that, because the oil is not thick, a little goes a long way.

My Video Supergoop Sunscreen Oil

 

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Supergoop sunscreen oil, $12

 

I highly recommend it. And the price is right!

Mark and Graham for chic leather goods

I am always in search of affordable and well made things.  Unfortunatley, when I do find an affordable item, the quality and finishing is often sub-par. This to be especially true with leather products. The good news is that I recently came across a brand that I am really impressed with. It’s called Mark and Graham and it’s part of Williams-Sonoma.

Mark and Graham sells jewelry, clothing, leather goods, housewares, travel items; and the list goes on. And it personalizes whatever you buy by offering free monogramming! I am not big on mongramming my clothing but I do love discreet initials on leather goods.

In this post, I specifically focused on their leather goods because I am always  in search of quality leather that does not break the bank.  I want to report that I love their designs: chic, functional and stylish.  And the price points are quite good, considering the impressive quality of the leather.

Below are some of my favorite leather pieces.  But check out the site for lots of other goodies.

 

Mark and Graham Leather Goods

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Chelsea Overnighter, $550, classic, streamlined and chic, for men or women

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Daily Leather Ovenighter, $375, Another unisex piece

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Bamboo Tote, $425, The bamboo handles give this bag an added polish

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Elisabetta Bag, $398, Soft and malleable, perfect to carry on a flight

 

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Westbury Tote, $450, I love the shape and design, perfect for work or weekend use

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Telluride Bag, $450, Love this for a weekend in the country

 

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Leather Charger Roll, $49, Love this for keeping your phone accessories organized and handy

 

So kudos to Mark and Graham for great gifts and leather goods that won’t break the bank; perfect for your holiday shopping.

Harper Lawrence creates the perfect leather tote

While on Instagram, I also discovered another brand which I am impressed with.  It’s called Harper Lawrence and they are making a very chic and stylish calf leather tote. A friend of mine has one and I can attest to the impecable design and quality.

The totes are made in Florence in a variety of colors with rich detailing both inside and outside each bag. And I really like that part of one’s purchase will be donated to CARE, World Vision, and other charitable organizations to educate and empower women and girls.

Below is Harper Lawrence tote: a perfect combination of clean and modern lines mixed with functionality!

 

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Harper Lawrence Tote, $545

 

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Harper Lawrence Tote, $545

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Harper Lawrence Tote, $545

Love the chocloate brown or the light blue!

Dear Frances: Classic Shoes with a twist

I recently joined Instagram and have started following a line of shoes called Dear Frances which I am loving. I also like that their Instagram posts are often just inspirational pictures with not a shoe in sight; very creative.

The London-based and Italian-made line was founded in 2014 by Jane Frances who studied footwear design in London and Milan. Her shoes are made at a family owned footwear facory where she had started out as an intern.

I love the classic feel mixed with unexpected elements like the slice of lucite running through some of the heels.

 

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Dear Frances Uma Loafer, $420

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Dear Frances Uma Loafer Suede $420

Dear Frances Marli Heels

Dear Frances Marli in Black, $495

 

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Dear Frances Spirit Boot, Navy Velvet, $550

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Dear Frances Spirit Boot Black Leather, $550

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Dear Frances Float Boot in Sapphire, $495

 

I have my eye on the UMA Loafer and the Float Boot!

Three fashionable work looks for three work scenarios

No matter where you work, whether it’s in a creative field or a buttoned-up and conservative setting, you will have work events that require different levels of formality. Some are easy to figure out and others a bit more daunting. Whether you are having a work-at-your-desk-day, or are taking a client to dinner, you want fashionable work looks that are appropriate for the particular occasion.

With that in mind, here are three work events and three fashionable options that will help you sail through your day looking professional and sytlish.  And remember that whatever you wear also needs to feel comfortable so you can concentrate on the task at hand and not worry that it’s tugging and pulling in the wrong places. We’ve all had days when we’ve worn an outfit or shoes that are just not comfortable, and that can make for a very long day at the office! So, word to the wise, avoid overly form-fitting clothing or sky-high heels.

 

A Sit at your Desk and Work kind of Day

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Banana Republic Flutter Sleeve top, $68

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Betabrand Yoga Pant, $78, In an array of colors: Super polished and comfortable

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Kate Spade two tone drop earrings, $68

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Michael by Michael Kors Pump, $145

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Massimo Dutti, Blue Suede Babouches, $120

 

The Client Meeting

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Canvas by Land’s End Bow Tie Dress, $119

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Sarah Jessica Parker mary jane, $365

Or

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J Crew Combo Tweed Dress, $168

 

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Vince Paulette d’Orsay pumps, $350

The Client Dinner

 

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Black Halo dress, $375 

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Merrichase Roxy Earrings, $250

 

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Sarah Jessica Parker teal velvet shoe, $350

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J Crew Elsie D’Orsay pump, 268

 

Or

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Alice & Olivia Brandee Dress, $395

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Via Spiga Carola pumps, $195

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Sarah Jessica Parker T-Strap, $355

Stylish options to help you look you best in any scenario.

Banana Republic revamps brand with Olivia Palermo

Banana Republic revamps their brand with the help of Olivia Palermo. This is great news because in the past couple of years, Banana Republic has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride. They, like many other brands trying to survive intense competition, set out to update their look and change their image. However, they veered too off course and ended up with looks and color selections that were simply not stylish or pretty. My first shock was when I walked into a store and noticed that the walls were painted black, and the merchandise was primarily grey and black.  Now, I like grey and black but both the setting and the merchandise felt wrong: too edgy and dark, and ultimately did not work.

Fast forward and this past year I started to see some much needed changes, like back to white walls – thank you! And more colorful and wearable selections. With Olivia Palermo as its brand ambassador the hope is that her sense of style and ability to look good in anything will bring back some allure and pizzaz to the brand.

I found lots of pretty pieces that I would purchase for work or weekend.  Here are my picks:

Clothing

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Banana Republic cropped military peacoat, $158

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Banana Republic Assymetrical pleat dress, $128

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Banana Republic Riley Ruffle Blouse, $72

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Banana Republic Knot Blouse, $68

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Banana Republic Heritage Buttoned Midi Skirt, $138

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Banana Republic Heritage Blazer, $198

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Banana Republic Aire Crew Neck Pullover, $68 (I tried this on and it supper light and fluffy!)

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Banana Republic Waxed Canvas Jacket, $148

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Banana Republic Melton Wool Classic Peacoat, $268

Shoes and Bags

 

banana republic revamps brand-cadie slingback- $138

Banana Republic Cadi Sling-Back Heel, $138

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Banana Republic Canta Heel, $128

 

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Banana Republic Blyss Heeled Sandal, $128

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Banana Republic Madison Pump, $118

 

 

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Banana Republic Canton Boot, $178

 

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Banana Republic Brown Italian Suede Accordian Bag, $178

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Banana Republic Italian Suede Hobo, $188

 

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Banana Republic Italian Suede Duffle, $168

I wish Banana Republic all they best in this venture and their efforts to make fashion accessible and stylish.