Chicago Antiques Market Highlight: 29 Palms – The Collectors Oasis

April 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm (Affordable, Cocktail, Formal, Luxury, Uncategorized)

The Chicago Antiques Market is a year round market. The admission price at the door is $10 but you can save a couple of bucks if you prepurchase your ticket online. If you plan to attend frequently, then get the season pass for $100.   

My favorite vendors are Robby Davison & Frank Barcellos of 29 Palms: The Collectors Oasis located in Rockford, IL. Their collection focuses on a variety of vintage goods mixed with some new items from North American designers. And, with a tag line that reads “Specializing in 20th Century Décor”, you will definitely walk away with something worthwhile from these gentlemen.   

The items shown below are a very small part of their collection. If you want to see more or can’t make it to the market then you can schedule a private viewing in their Rockford, IL showroom by contacting them directly at frankrob53@yahoo.com.  

New Custom Ivory Cuff w/Gold & Diamond Inlay

New Black Lacquer Cuff w/Amber Stone and Gold & Diamond Leaf Detail

These two cuffs are items made by a designer in Florida. The ivory cuff with gold & diamond inlay resembles a vintage Chanel cuff and that may be her inspiration. The second cuff with the large amber stone and gold & diamond leaf detail is equally desireable and well crafted. Each item was approximately $450.  But, it’s well worth the OTTL (over the top luxe) feel of each piece.

 

Vintage Judith Leiber Belt

 

 This vintage belt was at the same table as the cuff above. It’s Judith Leiber and I think that’s all I really need to say. $400.   

Gold Necklace & Bracelet

 

This is also from the same vendor. I was unable to get more info because I was power browsing that day. But the Cartier Panthere necklace keeps coming to mind.   

This is just an extremely quick summary & 1% of what this market has to offer. It’s worth a visit. It’s worth $10 (or even $100). The vendors are willing to negotiate. So, carve out 2 or 3 hours in your day on Saturday or Sunday for this market. It’s a treasure trove.

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Old Navy Fall 2010 Collection Recos

April 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm (Affordable, Business, Casual, RTW, Uncategorized, Under $40) (, )

To summarize…
*Fun tights that are worth the trip to add to your wardrobe for the season;
*The mustard bubble cord skirt is a fun casual option for either business or weekend;
*Colorful trench coats;
*Poncho style neutral knit top is a great versatile option;
*Faux fur vests!

I have an interesting relationship with this brand. For one, I love the pricing and their relationship to Gap. On the other hand I have a hard time with the fit of their shirts and pants and, well, a lot of the garments I find there. But, that is unique to my specific body shape and I won’t let it cloud my judgment about their Fall 2010 collection. This actually has a lot of potential.

What I love about this 3 piece look are the colors. I love color and I really love the contrast between the 3 pieces. I think this is a great option for business casual. Although the bubble skirt is short I would still see this as a potential look for non-client facing positions where attire is casual. But, I do feel that slim thighs & hips are best suited for this look. If you fall in a different category I want to encourage you to look for a different shape but the same color. No matter what shape or body type you have I definitely recommend those tights which are killer!

This is another great piece. Although I would prefer to see this in person so I could better gauge the weight & feel of the fabric. But, true to my roots, I love this again because this is a gorgeous bright red. A perfect piece for those with a bold personality.

This cowl neck wide sleeve knit poncho style top is a great companion for a pair of straight leg trousers. You can add a bold necklace & bangles to offset the neutral colors but stick with a skinny belt. A wide or thick belt can add too much bulk to your look. And don’t forget an amazing pair of heels or wedges. I love the neutrality of this piece. It can be dressed up for the office or dressed down for the weekend. To dress it down just add a narrow leg pant or jean and ballet flats.

Fur. I like the look & feel of real fur and my jury is still out on the faux fur options. But I can only form my best opinion about the quality of a fur by touching it since looking at a picture can be deceiving.

With that being said, I wanted to point out these 2 faux fur vests in their collection for those who are comfortable with the faux. Honestly, once I get a feel for the black option I may purchase this one for my wardrobe.

Finally, this is another one that I actually picked because of the tights. But, overall this is workable look with the exception of the argyle sweater. I would probably add a different cardigan. But don’t get me wrong. I like the cardigan but I think it should be worn with a different look.

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Holiday Jacket 101: The Extreme Basics

November 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm (Affordable, Business, Casual, Cocktail, Day to Evening, Fit Guide, Formal, Holiday, Under $40) (, , , , , , , , , )

Holiday Jacket: Fit Guide

Satin Lapel Single Button Jacket $29.80 @ Forever21

Holiday Jacket: Fit Guide

Velvet w/Satin Trim Single Button Jacket $29.80 @ Forever21

Holiday Jacket: Fit Guide

Wool Blend Single Button Tux $32.80 @ Forever21

This post is focusing on the jacket and how to fit it to my body. I have a slight waist with a belly so I need something that adds definition and disguises my tummy. A single breasted jacket with shape detailing, such as princess seams, can be a life saver. Yeah, I haven’t been as dedicated to working out since the baby.  And, I am on the type of  restricted budget you only find in Orwell novels. Yet, I digress.

I am going to try and make this as short, sweet, & as succint as possible. It’s the holidays and I understand that you may not have a lot of time to dawdle. I have this amazing sequin dress I want to wear to a party. A dress is only a dress (even a sequin one) if it isn’t styled properly. Don’t depend on the sequins to ferret you into the highly stylish category in one fell swoop. So, I decided to add a jacket (preferably of a tux style), some light jewelry (since the dress shines enough on its own), a clutch, & shoes.

Feel free to send some feedback or ask questions. I will be more than happy to help you find that piece to put you at the stop of the impressively styled list.

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