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Missoni Condos

27 Mar

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Feast your eyes on renderings of the 1st residential building interior designed by Missoni Home!

The 52-story project, called Acqua Livingstone, is set to open in 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The common spaces, like the pool, lobby and gym, are all decked out in the brand’s variegated squiggles and stripes, but the actual residences are empty of Missoni design touches, which are offered for an additional premium. One-bedrooms start at $82,000.

“We brought our colors and our style inside. It’s a happy, positive approach: summer colors, solar colors,” Vittorio Missoni said of the 52-story building. “Coming from the outside you’re going to be surprised. … It’s like opening a box and discovering something unexpected.”
I know my Mama will love this!

Fake Bags promote Terrorism

26 Apr

Not just fake bags, but anything that is a designer counterfeit.
Child labor, terrorism, human trafficking: Buying counterfeit designer goods is hardly harmless.

It is estimated that up to 7 percent of our annual world trade — $600 billion worth — is counterfeit or pirated; that fakes are believed to be directly responsible for the loss of more than 750,000 American jobs; that everything from baby formula to medicine is counterfeited, with tragic results; that counterfeiters and the crime syndicates they work with deal in human trafficking, child labor, and gang warfare; and that counterfeiting is used to launder money, and the money has been linked to truly sinister deeds such as terrorism.

Most consumers believe that buying fake goods is harmless, that it’s a victimless crime. But it’s not. It’s not at all.

CRACKING DOWN ON COUNTERFEITERS

In the past year, there have been some victories in the battle. Among the most prominent was Louis Vuitton’s win against eBay in court in Paris this past June. (Counterfeiters have long used the Internet, particularly eBay, to sell their phony goods.) According to LVMH, the luxury-goods group that includes Vuitton, Givenchy, and Celine, 90 percent of the Vuitton and Dior items offered on eBay in the first half of 2006 were counterfeits. That’s right: Nine out of 10 were fake. Most consumers have no idea. How would you know?

HOW TO SPOT A FAKE

  • Question the price. If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably not real.
  • Know the dealer. A couple of years ago, Gucci discovered Wal-Mart was selling fake versions of its bags. To guarantee that your item is authentic, buy it at the brand’s own boutique or at an authorized retailer, like a brand’s department-store counter.
  • It’s all in the details. Is the stitching straight? Is it well made? Do the edges match up? Does it have polished rivets or cheap screws? Is there glue residue? If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.
  • Look for signature marks. Since the 1980s, Vuitton bags have been stamped with a serial number and date code that are registered at Vuitton HQ. An Hermès leather bag has stamps that identify the artisan who made it and the year it was made. Find out what your brand’s hallmarks are.
  • Check the logo. Some counterfeiters alter the logo slightly. Classic examples are the Ralph Lauren polo player without a mallet or the Lacoste crocodile facing left (fake) rather than right (real). Know exactly what the logo is and check it.
  • Beware of cross-pollinating. Counterfeiters will put any logo on any product, like a faux Prada triangle tag on a Chanel-like quilted bag. Make sure the logoed product is really the purported brand’s design.
  • Know your vintage goods. “Established designer-resale stores take precautions to avoid selling counterfeits,” says Cameron Silver, owner of Decades in Los Angeles. “However, there is no guarantee. An informed consumer should know the hallmarks and quality controls of an authentic item.”
  • Still vexed? Check with the Authentics Foundation (myauthentics.com), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers avoid buying fakes.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • If you see someone selling counterfeits, contact the STOP! Hotline (1-866-999-HALT; stopfakes.gov). If you see suspicious activity such as a clandestine workshop or smuggling, call U.S. Customs and Border Protection (1-800-BE-ALERT).
  • Support the Teacher of Ten Thousand Generations Foundation, which rescues child laborers from counterfeit factories in China and puts them in schools (confuciusfoundation.org).

New York is soon to be passing a law fining the individual that is caught buying a fake. Which would mean buyers of counterfeit products could be jailed or given a fine of $1,000 if caught handing over cash for “Guchee’s” on Canal Street. Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who serves the Chinatown district and will introduce the bill Thursday April 28th 2011, says “We don’t want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods.” (A bit late for that?)

It’s not worth it… If I can’t afford a Hermes Birkin bag, then so be it. Who wants to buy one for $100 bucks, that is crap quality, hurts people (mostly children) to get you your “high-end” product and everyone knows you can’t afford a Birkin!  So is it really worth it! No way!

Fanny Packs=Glam Packs

6 Apr

Ok, ok, I know.. Fanny Packs are for nerds. Right? I mean it’s always been a fashion NO WAY! But what if it’s Gucci? Does that help? or if you spot Rihanna rocking one? helping?

What is a fanny pack?
A fanny pack is a small fabric pouch with a zipper enclosure secured to the waist by a strap. Unfamiliar with the term, “fanny pack?” You may be more familiar with other words synonymous with fanny pack, such as bum bag, belt pack, belt bag, hip sack, hip pouch and hip pack.

Great fashion comes from the 80s …
Fanny packs took us by surprise in the 1980s. Although not your typical group of trend setters, this fashion accessory was introduced to us by mothers, fathers, tourists and anyone else wishing to simplify life with a hands-free purse. By the late 80s, everyone had one.

I personally don’t care who is wearing them in Hollywood, or if they are a nerdy tourists accessory. I love it! I think a well made, classy, trendy one can be really cute. Also not too large.. just a thin pack that semi looks like an oversized belt. There is a fine line, so you have to make sure your more fashiony then baby boomer at Disney Land with the kids. ehhhh yeah….

See, this LV one is kinda cute! A little large for me… but still it doesn’t look bad.

I dub the new term Glam packs! (Fashion Note: To be worn only in the day) ;0)

Nasty Gal

1 Mar

I am in love with this month’s new arrivals at online boutique, Nasty Gal. Founded by Sophia Amoruso in San Francisco, CA circa 2006, Nasty girl has a collection of unique vintage pieces as well as most wanted items from today’s hottest designers.

I actually wish they had more inventory! I just bought 5 dresses from Nasty Gal and will snap some photos and rate them when they arrive. I’m obsessed with this skirt! Tulip Skirts have been in and will be hot for Spring/Summer!  This is not sooo much tulip but knotted, but I love these type of skirts!

I am also loving wooden heels with cute ankle socks… Super trendy yet subtly sexy! Great for Spring! I just bought a really cute wooden heel and can’t wait to pair them with my cute AA black/gold shimmer anklets. I never got on the clog trend.. I am actually anti-clog… even if they are Chanel. So I think these are a good mix of the wood but still fashionable. Jeffrey Campbell makes a bunch of great wooden heels/wedges.

Good Luck and COME ON SPRING!

 

Soho Shopping

26 Feb

If there is one thing I love, it’s shopping in Soho. I haven’t gone in a long while due to this nasty winter. So I have been hitting up my fav online boutiques instead. (hello000 NASTY GAL.com!) Anyway the weather will soon be warming up and I can get out to my favorite spots. It’s always fun to make a day out of it. I usually start with a Mani-Pedi at Valley, and get super cute 3D Nail art done, then head out for  some shopping making a pit stop for a outside lunch/drink..(can’t forget the drinks! mmmm Sangria) and ending it with a yummy treat at a high end chocolatier or candy shop. Soho days are the best days! And if I am in the mood for hunting down the deals I head over to Canal and bargain my way at all the little booths.

Here are a few Boutiques/Shops worth hitting up:
(There are TONs more but it’s all up to your taste and you never know what you will stumble upon roaming the streets)

Sabon– It’s a high end soap brand from Israel, I always buy it when I am visiting the Holy Land, but if you are not going to be making it there anytime soon, it’s worth checking out! Excellent handmade soap, smells amazing and is elegantly packaged. Great Gifts!

Seven New York– Women’s and Men’s Clothing. Outrageously ridiculous and beautiful collections. And Outrageously expensive! If you love bold pieces in your wardrobe, you have to check SEVEN out. (Nothing to do with Seven Jeans)

Kiki de Montparnasse– Sexy Sexy Lingerie…and Adult Toys. I am impressed with this “adult themed” store.  The Kiki de Montparnasse boutique combines sex and art in a very elegant way. Not only is the lingerie sexy and beautiful, but all the “intimate tools” are gracefully displayed.

In God We Trust-There are awesome clothes for both guys and gals. For a store so teensy tiny it really packs a punch. It just exudes cool. From the clothing (small, new designers) to the accessories (rabbit fur beanies, brass stud earrings, an assortment of bowties and leather motorcycle gloves) it’s worth the quick browse when you’re strolling along Ludlow.

Kiteya– Accessories, Cards & Stationery. An adorable Japanese store in SoHo that stays true to its origins! This store offers up the kind of selection you expect in Japan. Lots of little trinkets, bags, apparrel w/ Kimono/Japanese style fabrics and designs.

Google the Store names for the locations/hours etc.

Good Luck and have a blast Shopping in SOHO!

Ettika Jewelry

27 Dec

A few years back I was in Vegas at a convention, I would go 2 times a year, once in February and once in August for a show called PROJECT. Anyway… while cruising the booths and checking out new brands, I came across a jewelry line called Ettika. Being Jewish and all, the Hamsa’s and Star of David bracelets caught my eye. At the time there wasn’t much of that on the market. The line was well executed and had a really nice polished look to it. Then the trend hit and everybody was jumping on it, and still is.. the Hamsa, Evil Eye, Kabbala type deal… in the beginning it was great to be able to find these at Kitson, online, and at every boutique store in LA, Miami, and NYC… but now there over doing it. We got it, we bought it, it’s cool… I now own maybe 15-20 of these types of pieces or more…

Sooo back to Ettika… I was reading Shape Mag recently and saw some really cool bangles, and by guess who? Yup…after 3-4 years of hard work their name is out there and not just for the Hamsa trend but they have much more than that going on.

Check out these cool bangles.. I just got one that says “Love me, Kiss me, Hug me, I’m yours to Keep” cute huh?

Or if you are more daring you can go for the “So What if I am a Gold Digger”
Whatever floats your boat. Lots more to offer on the site!

By Boe.

24 Nov

I recently came across a unique jewelry designer based out of Soho called ‘By Boe‘. Slick, modern, clean pieces… But what really caught my eye the was the Alfabet series…I was looking for a piece of jewelry I could get with my daughters first initial for some time. Something I could wear daily if I wanted, and I found these awesome studs! —a line of super-clean and simple letters (14-karat-gold filled or sterling silver) that feel like a fresh switch from last season’s piled-on necklaces. The handmade characters are available as earrings as well as large and small pendants. Each charm is presented on its own cool card displaying some of the many words your initial could stand for (Bossy, Machiavellian, and Righteous to name a few). I love that they’re unisex, too. Best part: At $18, these initial charms definitely spell steal! I bought just a single “M” earing and wear it in my right ear :)- really cute!

My Boots Arrived!

11 Nov

Here is a look at the boots I ordered.. I LOVE them!
As it gets cooler I will pair them with skinny jeans or stocking/dresses… but the last few days in NYC hasn’t been bone chilling cold so I could get away with just a hint of skin.

These are a must for this winter!

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2010

11 Nov

It’s almost here! It’s almost here!

Every year no matter what.. I always watch the VS Fashion Show…and now I make my Fiance watch it with me. Not that he’s suffering or anything! These ladies are smoking!
I used to make it a big girls night. With cocktails, food, and  just having some laughs with friends. Well I now live in NYC and am pretty far from all my long time buddies, everyone has dispersed across the USA… and also now with kids, my life is just a bit different.  So this year I plan to watch in bed with my Fiance and can’t wait!

Several catwalkers got their first pair of wings this year, which is a literal and figurative coronation of the brand’s top models. They include Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge and Candice Swanepoel. Candice is my all time favorite VS model!  Super hot and really a sweet girl, She is now the ‘it’ girl for the campaigns.

Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr sat out because they are both pregnant (Yay!) and Heidi Klum, who got the crowd going last year when she bared a toned, fit body just weeks after giving birth, recently ended their affiliation.

TV audiences get a chance to see the action when CBS televises the show on Nov. 30. Don’t Miss it!


Thigh High Boot Trend Winter 2010

9 Nov

Thigh-length, thigh-high or simply thigh boots are the ones that extend above the knees. They are also known as over-the-knee boots and are said to be a next Fall 2009 / Winter 2010 must have. And I just bought my first pair! I can’t wait for them to arrive! Black, suede, thigh high boots!

Pair them with skinny jeans, leggings, or just a plain old dress with stockings. Remember we are going after sexy and classy not Pretty Woman hookerish.. with these boots you have to be careful. There is a fine line. But if you pair it with the right outfit it can look very high fashion.

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