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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Decor Favorites

Another threat of snow is approaching just in time for the holidays. I'm sure that some will love the idea of a winter wonderland. I, however, prefer snow on a postcard and ice in the "fridge" ... So I decided to pull down one of my favorite decor books, "Seaside Interiors".

What I really love about this book is the mixture of global style. My favorite rooms show hints of the owner's personality, are functional and have that "lived-in feel".

Here are a few examples...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Watch the Pre-Fall 2015 Fashion Show of Emerging Designer Jacques Isaac

The Jacques Isaac Pre-Fall 2015 Collection was presented at the Fashion Show for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which was hosted by the National Council of Women US and Sri Lanka Mission to the United Nations.

David Isaac, the brand's Creative Director, shared this about his inspiration...
"The inspiration for this collection was contemporary meets the future. Think about the Jetsens, but with sophistication. The collection fabrication consists of brocades, jacquards, taffetas and wool, since this is a fall collection."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Insider Access with Award-Winning Costume Designer, Stylist and Fashion Designer: Mina Kaye

I was instantly drawn to the striking designs of Mina's collection, Maria Queen Maria. I envisioned her eye-catching creations on the runways of London or Paris. I wanted to see more of Mina's work...and found plenty. She has worked on numerous creative projects including film, music videos, TV, advertisements (print and broadcast), magazine editorials and interior design.
Two of the films that Mina styled were participants in the Cannes Film Festival. She was nominated in 2004 and 2005 for stylist of the year in Sofia (the capital of Bulgaria), by the Pantene Beauty Awards. Mina's work on the British-Bulgarian movie "Mission London", won her the Woman of the Year 2010, Designer Award; the fashion and lifestyle award from Grazia Magazine.

Mina was kind enough to answer my questions...

Q: How did you get started?
A: Ten years ago, I spent a few years in Asia, where I really got hooked on deconstructive fashion. Coming home in 2007, I started a teen brand called POPPY QUEEN and, in 2009, the Maria Queen Maria Fashion Label.

Q: What is your inspiration; drawing a design, fabric, color, external sources?
A: My inspiration is a reflection of the urban realty - the city shapes, colors and shadows.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Four Tips to Curb the Urge to Splurge

The holiday season is quickly approaching. There will be plenty of temptations for you to suddenly develop a case of "budget amnesia". Now is the time to get your tendency to splurge under control.

Below are some signs that you might need to rein it in:
  • You often "find" items in your closet that you forgot you bought.
  • The sales people know you, by name, at several stores.
  • You will eat PBJ for lunch 'til your next pay if necessary to score a fab piece that you just have to get.
  • You've become very good at justifying every purchase, no matter how frivolous it is.
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