Spring into Leifsdottir: 2011 Picks

February 20, 2011 at 7:37 am (Casual, Luxury) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Spring into Leifsdottir

Feminine. Classic. Modern. A soft color palette of cream and lilac sets the tone of our look to ultra-femme while the snake skin wedge sandal paired with a classic tailored leather jacket and modern leather clutch finishes the look.
Spring into Leifsdottir by impressnu featuring silk tops

Capirona Blouse
$228 – leifsdottir.com
Silk tops »

Water Boa Leather Jacket
$1,395 – leifsdottir.com
Snakeskin jacket »

Sunwashed Denim
$188 – leifsdottir.com
Leifsdottir »

Katja Wedges
$428 – leifsdottir.com
Platform shoes »

Rebecca Minkoff Lovers Retro-Style Leather Clutch Purse: Shoes
$295 – amazon.com
Rebecca minkoff handbags »

Lilac set of three bangles
10 GBP – debenhams.com
Lilac jewelry »

Chiffon Corsage Earrings – Sale – Sale – evans
Earrings »

Retrosun Vintage Gucci sunglasses
$300 – net-a-porter.com
Gold sunglasses »

Colorama HOLLY 1 x 1.3m Colormatt PVC Background : Teamwork Digital…
11 GBP – teamworkphoto.com


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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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Pugnacious Affectation: Balmain

September 6, 2009 at 8:13 pm (Business, Casual, Day to Evening, Luxury, Paris, RTW (Ready to Wear)) (, , , , , , , )

As the arbiter of the chic tough-femme look, the label has done an excellent job in their interpretation of the strong shoulder trend for this season. Pierre Balmain established the design house post-war in 1945 to return Fashions’ focus to glamorous dressing. After his death in 1982 the house struggled creatively & financially until 2002 when the appointment of Christophe Decarnin – formerly the designer for Paco Rabanne – brought new life to the failing label as a result of his slight alteration of the houses design direction. (1) Now, the label is currently a fave for celebs such as Beyonce & Kim Kardashian who have been spotted on many occasions wearing pieces from the collection. A perfect way to balance this silhouette is to pair it with a fitted top and bottom such as skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. But, if you feel like a line backer in the look then leave it at the store.

Black Leather Crop Sleeve Jacket, Fall 2009 (RTW)

(2) Black Leather Crop Sleeve Jacket, Fall 2009 (RTW)





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Simple Sophisticate: Aquascutum

July 22, 2009 at 6:19 pm (Casual, London, Luxury, RTW) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Pronounced ak-wuh skyoo-tuhm (1) (2) and Latin for water shield, this luxury label was originally established circa 1851 in England for outerwear that is fondly known today as the trench coat. As a perfect example of their “Understated British Elegance” this simple white blouse with a bishop sleeve & fitted cuff has been tastefully paired with the plaid tab front slim pants for their Fall 2009 collection(3) (4). This is an ideal look for doing lunch with other sophisticates.

White Bishop Sleeve/Fitted Cuff Blouse & Plaid Tab Front Slim Pant

White Bishop Sleeve/Fitted Cuff Blouse & Plaid Tab Front Slim Pant

(1) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/aqua

(2) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scutum

(3) http://www.aquascutum.com/aboutus/

(4) http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2009-RTW/AQUASCUTUM/AQUASCUTUM/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/5/(play)/false

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Convincing Coquetry: Alvin Valley

July 17, 2009 at 3:48 am (Cocktail, Luxury, Miami, New York) (, , , , , , , , , )

Cuban-American designer Alvin Valley has been known as the King of Pants because of his famed fit and celebrated style (1). Subsequently, I have to appoint him King of Romance for his refined execution of a soft feminine silhouette as seen in his collection for Fall 2009. This dress with a pleated V shaped neckline is perfect for a cocktail party (2). Add some sparkle to your wrist & ears to draw all of the attention in your direction.

Pleated V Shaped Neckline Silk Dress

Pleated V Shaped Neckline Silk Dress

 (1) http://www.alvinvalley.com/

(2) http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2009-RTW/ALVIN-VALLEY/ALVIN-VALLEY/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/17/(play)/false

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Polished Precision: Amanda Wakeley

July 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm (Business, London, Luxury) (, , , , , , , , )

This self taught award winning London based designer exhibits the precision of her tailoring season after season. (1) I made a special exception to my “keep it current” rule and pulled a look from Amanda’s 2008 Fall-Winter collection. (2) This funnel neck half sleeve dress paired with black accessories is the look you will find next to the word polished in the dictionary. Simple is sometimes best – especially in clothing. For your next boardroom affair you should leave the legs bare, add an amazing cocktail ring, & a simple skinny belt and proceed to the tall chair at the head of the table.

Womens Fall 2008 RTW

White Funnel Neck Dress (RTW)

(1) http://www.amandawakeley.com/web/aboutus.html

(2) http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2008-Ready-to-Wear/AMANDA-WAKELEY/AMANDA-WAKELEY/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/15/(play)/false

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Poetic Flair: Afshin Feiz

July 14, 2009 at 6:54 pm (Casual, Luxury, Paris) (, , , , , , , )

I have pulled this remarkably gorgeous bishop sleeve chemise dress with a bateau neckline from the Spring 2009 Collection of Afshin Feiz courtesy of Elle.com (1). This is a very simple, elegant, & comfortable look for day time wear. Iranian born & American educated, Afshin launched his first collection in 2004 after leaving college where he studied literature in an effort to make his parents happy while suppressing his need to design. His inspiration by poetry & love is artfully translated in his collections along with the cultural influences gained from his many travels. And, be still my heart! As he is fan of Tom Ford, Proenza Schouler, Alex McQueen, & Stella McCartney – only a handful of my favorites!(2)

Womens Chemise Dress w/Bateau Neckline & Bishop Sleeves

Womens Chemise Dress (RTW)

(1) http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=100655608194&h=byBXB&u=Xu-Eo&ref=mf

(2) http://www.myfashionlife.com/archives/2008/08/04/an-interview-with-afshin-feiz/

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Orange Crush: Agnes B.

July 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm (Business, Casual, Luxury) (, , , , , , , , , , )

A lovely colorful printed shirt dress with collar that I pulled from the Agnes B. Spring 2009 collection courtesy of Elle.com(1). You can tone this down with a pair of silver opaque tights or simple bare legs. Keeping it belted will define your silhouette so stick with an orange-red or shiny black patent. Either way this tailored piece will surely get you noticed.

Collared Womens Shirt Dress (RTW)

Collared Womens Shirt Dress (RTW)

(1) http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=108451080881&h=p_46B&u=fYrvE&ref=mf

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