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My Unusual Rework Project

I found this cuff bracelet on Etsy and instantly had to get it. The cuff was bold and topped with beautiful lace. I really loved the contrast.

Two years later, I realized that I've worn the cuff a total of two times. I still thought that it was striking, but it just didn't have that something extra to make me want to reach for it ... It was pretty lace attached a metal cuff.

This weekend, I decided to try out an idea to add another dimension and increase the edge factor a little. Two days later, I've already worn it. The components of the cuff are not as obvious now ... I can now see shapes and other details, when before, I just saw pretty lace. I instantly thought of the tops that I could pair it with, and that was my ultimate goal ... to up the reach factor.

Update: I also updated a rarely-worn snake-print cuff and wanted to share the results... 

Sample Sale Update

Here is a nice treat for those of you in or near London ...


Amanda Wakeley Sample Sale




Fashion in My Inbox

Keeping my inbox manageable is a constant struggle ...There are just too many, even on weekends.  As a result, I never leisurely browse emails. I glance at them (love that preview pane!) for about five seconds. If nothing grabs my attention, I delete it or mark it for mass deletion later.

Below are a few of the recent emails that I liked...

I liked the rich colors and the knot-texture clutch in this email from Bottega Veneta (I, ironically, was working on a rework project with knots last night, or more accurately, this morning.). I originally did a double-take because I thought of the wedding site, but then really looked at the clutch.

Another plus: I have always loved their slogan about your own initials being enough.

This Gucci ad caught my attention because the models look so relaxed and comfortable in the clothing ... I can imagine them sprinting out to run some errands.

I am, by no means, in a hurry to feel the cold weather that requires wearing a shearling jacket, but I do love this look.

I was quite surprised when I recieved this from Hermès. This infographic-style email is cute, modern (Who else would put an infographic in an email about fashion?), and a nice nod to the brand's equestrian roots.

Yes, I am a horse according to this ... I resisted yielding until the leather accessories statement got me.

Vivienne Westwood Jewellery: Fresh & Funky

I've had a weakness for clothing by Vivienne Westwood for some time. I actually tend to virtually drool over her funky tops and jackets. I recently took a good look at her collection of jewellery and just had to share these fabulous finds.

The details are high-end, intricate and often rebelliously edgy ... in classic Ms. Westwood-style. As the collection is part of the Anglomania line, it's only natural for it to have a funky reference to the British royal class. The bottom line; these pieces are very striking and eye-catching. See for yourself.

Reworked: Getting A Little Creative

I mentioned, in my last "Reworked" post, that I kinda lost my mind for a sec with metallic paints. I wasn't kidding. I bought more paint and did more experimenting.

I think I had flashbacks of my all-night projects for my art classes in college ... The only classes that energized me enough to pull "all-nighters" without the aid of caffeine.

Below are the latest results...

Paris Haute Couture A/W 14/15

Watch the Arrivals, Show Recaps & The Live Elie Saab Show!

Coverage includes Christian Dior, Versace, Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Valentino and more.

Update: I just added the access link to Valentino's Live Show below.

Dice Kayek

Serkan Cura

Viktor & Rolf


Global Temptations from Ten Thousand Villages

 One of my first indulgences 
I recently became a big fan of handmade olive oil soap (aka castile soap). I love that, with this soap, my typically dry, sensitive skin requires very little lotion. Last week I decided to try out a version that contains Dead Sea mud. I found this little gem at one of my favorite stores in Philly, Ten Thousand Villages.

Ten Thousand Villages is my favorite source for unique, beautiful global finds. It's where I get to indulge my love of exotic items while feeling great about supporting fair trade.

This non-profit is the ultimate resource for handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories. Their roster of products represents the diverse cultures of artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages has grown from the vision of its founder, Edna Ruth Bylar, who initially sold pieces from the trunk of her car in 1946, to an organization that sells online and via a network of more than 390 retail outlets.

Below are some of the beautiful pieces that entice me to visit often.

Paris Men SS15 Live Show Streams

The men's shows have now moved from Milan to Paris. Valentino is the hot show of the day. Below are the access links to the evites that I have received so far...

26 June at 8:30am EST

Showtime: 28 June at 8pm (Paris time)

Reworked: Adding Gilt Touches

There are times when I just think that I can still take my rework projects a little further ... to the next level. This time, I decide to try out metallic gold paint. I planned to use it on a top and a couple of necklaces ... a leather feather style and one that I made from silk scarf rosettes.

My first project (the top) turned out so well that I kinda lost my mind for a sec with additional ideas. Below are a few of the results.

Watch The Milan Men SS15 Shows

Here are the access links to a few of the Milan shows. As usual, I will add more as I receive them.

I got the Ermenegildo Zegna evite at 4:30 this morning, so that link will take you to a rebroadcast of the show (I was up 'til 2am adding final touches to a new rework project ... I will share the results soon.). Please note the times shown are Milan time unless stated otherwise.


Watch London Collections: Men SS15

Watch the Highlights ...

from each day of the London Collections: Men right here. 

The first day of shows included Agi & Sam, Gieves & Hawkes & Richard Nicoll. New for SS15, DKNY Men & Nicholas Kirkwood hosted presentations. Astrid Andersen, Matthew Miller & Lee Roach hosted NEWGEN MEN 'Pop-Up' showrooms.

Please note that the playlist player may not show all of the videos on mobile devices.

Watch the Live Streams ...

Click on the images to watch the shows.

Moschino Live Stream

Burberry Live Stream

Haute Couture Auction

Here's your chance to see and bid on authentic haute couture pieces. The prestigious French auction house, Artcurial, is hosting an haute couture event.

The auction will feature exquisite pieces from the grand couturiers including Jeanne Lanvin, Paquin, Jacques Doucet, Callot Sœurs, Christian Dior, Jacques Heim, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Schiaparelli, Catherine Noll, Prada, Pierre Cardin, Chloé and Dolce & Gabbana.

Public Viewing - Hôtel Drouot - Salle 10
The auction lots will be exhibited at the Hôtel Drouot
  • Saturday, 21 June, 11am - 6pm
  • Monday, 23 June, 11am - noon

Auction - Hôtel Drouot - Salle 10
The auction commences Monday, 23 June, at 1:30 pm.

Pierre Cardin
Christian Dior
Yves Saint Laurent

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