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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.


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!


DESIGNONLEX block party, October 13, 2016

I am excited to tell you about next week’s fabulous event, DESIGNONLEX, taking place on Thursday, October 13th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm on Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue.

The Event:

The one-night block party, stretching from 65th Street to 75th Street, will be hosted by merchants and entrepreneurs representing the area’s shops, galleries, florists and restaurants. In addition, each vendor will host a variety of special events, from book signings and product launches, to special guest appearances and food tasting.

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I can’t wait to visit some of my favorite stores like Creel and Gow, purveyor of chic gifts, home decor and accessories, and Hayward and Hopper the mecca for luxurious accessories for men and women.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening’s events will benefit The New York School of Interior Design Centennial Scholarship. The school’s President, David Sprouls added; “The New York School of Interior Design is delighted to participate in the inaugural DESIGNONLEX. We are proud to call this ten block stretch of Lexington Avenue and the surrounding blocks our home and the shops and restaurants our good friends and neighbors. This year as we mark 100 years of providing outstanding educational opportunities to aspiring designers and working professionals alike, we are especially grateful to the evening’s participants for their support of the NYSID Centennial Scholarship. This award will help students reach for their dream career in interior design.”

DESIGNONLEX showcases the best in creativity and good taste that New York has to offer.


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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

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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.


September 11: Never Forget

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

 

 

 


Katherine Page Shoes at the Hampton Classic

This week I went to the Hampton Classic, the annual horseback riding show in Bridgehampton. It’s one of my favorite events out here, not only for the riding aspect but also for the great selection of vendors selling lovely things.  Ever year I look forward to walking around admiring the beatiful horses and riders and, of course, discovering new vendors.

Though I saw a few that caught my eye, the prize this year goes to Katherine Page’s  gorgeous shoes. What first caught my eye was the pretty booth she created to show her wares. She is a horseback rider herself so her collection is inspired by the equestrian world.  The shoes – Ballerina flats and sandals are lovely and beautifully made.  I was very impressed!

 

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Katherine Page’s booth at the Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton

 

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A lovely painted well to showcase her shoes and sandals

 

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Ballerina shoes in fabulous colors come in suede and leather, $340

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Capriole in Blazer Blue $340

 

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Menlo Brown and linen sandal $375

 

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Fairfield Bridal Sandal, $375

 

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Newmarket Brown and linen sandal, $375

 

Please visit her website and happy shopping!