Accessories are all the more appealing to me if they walk that fine line between apparel and jewelry. Take, for example, the staggeringly gorgeous Spider Gloves from Perrin Paris, a family-owned house with roots stemming back to the late 19th century. Comprised of lusciously soft kid goat leather, these gloves are somehow (inexplicably) both demure and a bit sinful all at once and would likely pair equally as well with a ball gown as they would with nothing at all.
Learn more about Perrin Paris online - the Spider Gloves retail for $285.
If shoes are the ultimate accessory (and I do believe they are), then fragrance is a close second. Marry a fragrance created by one of the world's preeminent shoe brands - e.g. Jimmy Choo's new Flash - and you've piqued my interest.
Billed as an-ultra modern white floral, Flash is sweet, effervescent and above all, high-energy. The juice is suited to a young woman, with notes of pink pepper, strawberry, tuberose, jasmine, and white lily, with heliotrope and white woods at the base; while the faceted bottle feels ultra-glam, and in fact, its inspiration came from a modernist chandelier from the 1970's - the perfect harbinger for the perfume itself.
Jimmy Choo Flash ranges in price from $75-98. Shop it exclusively at Nordstrom.
In just a few weeks, I'll be headed down to Atlantic City to fete the 30th birthday of a friend. And while I prefer a sure thing, knowing myself, I won't be able to resist the allure of the casino floors. In short? A lucky charm is in order, and I knew it when I saw it - a Vintage Poker Chip pendant ($155) by designer Miranda Frye.
Available as an ultra limited edition, each Vintage Poker Chip necklace boasts a vintage 1920's poker chip, made of precious Mother of Pearl (as opposed to the plastic or clay chips used today) and set on a silver or gold chain. Miranda's simple, modern jewelry is perfect for layering and with most pieces under $100, it's definitely tempting to splurge on multiple pieces. There's also an appealing earthiness in the collection, a la the ultra lightweight and glamorous Pointed Paisley Earrings, $40, also seen above.
Learn more about Miranda Frye and explore the collection online at MirandaFrye.com.
Last night, my friends at Style Coalition hosted an Art of Fashion-themed viewing party for what remains one of TV's most stylish shows - Project Runway. Presented by PR sponsor HP, I was challenged to both color block myself (ahem, unsuccessful) AND to create a look inspired by last night's Project Runway episode, which centered around mid-century art at The Guggenheim.
While I was pretty proud of the Grecian-inspired dress I draped, unwearable as it may be (uh, there was only one arm hole), the best 'design' of the evening went to dastardly Jenni of I Spy DIY, who took hom the latest HP ENVY X2. You can't win 'em all, kids!
What I wore to fail:
- J.Crew Chambray Shirt (similar here)
- Three Dots Silk Cargo Pant (no longer available)
- Schutz Cap Toe Pump
As a woman perhaps best known for her shoes (for better or worse), I was PUMPED (pun intended) when my friends at Sole Society asked me to curate a selection of 'Insiders Picks'. You see, Sole Society is easily one of my few standbys when it comes to affordable shoe shopping. Their assortment of styles, ranging from just $49.95 - $69.95 includes all that's on-trend - be they flats, strappy sandals, pumps or wedges.
There's a full page of selects for your persusal on site, but these are my very favorite of the bunch:
- Lana - I often say that I couldn't live life without a platform, and the Lana's generous boost makes these pumps as practical as they are lovely.
- Kaylie - Rich-feeling and ladylike - yet still fun, particularly in one of the pop colors!
- Ophelia - I live for a fun, colorful shoe, and the contrasting piping on the Ophelia adds just the right element of interest.
- Jeannell -In any of the colorways, this heel is downtown perfection; I'll pair with a sleek, skinny cargo.
When shopping Sole Society, I recommend investing in the genuine leather or suede styles (there are plenty on site) as they're a killer value. To shop my current faves on site, visit my page of Insiders Picks!