Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lulu Frost Store Opening

On a unseasonably warm Tuesday night LULU FROST hosted the grand opening of their first retail store in New York City. Housed in an all white second floor loft, the space was filled with baubles and custom art work including a piece by one of my favorite Fashion artist, Donald "Drawbertson" Robertson. Decorated with fresh green moss and succulents, the studio smelled of balsam and grapefruit candles. As customary, there was plenty of fancy champagne and colorful number shaped cookies, but I, was there for the jewelry. Walking the store and inspecting the wares felt like sifting through a sunken treasure chest. There were just so many beautiful things... 

Lisa Salzer caught the design bug early on from her grandmother who was in the antique jewelry business. After college, she created LULU FROST, jewelry big on mixed metals and lots of sparkle. The majority of the collection is made in NYC and the company offers custom made options with vintage and antique pieces. I love the idea of creating one of a kind pieces that can be passed down. For me, collecting jewelry and accessories is all about the adventure and the memories they create. 

During the course of the evening, I was able to snag a few minutes of Salzer's time. We talked about the mossy decor and she told me her favorite collection was the fine jewelry line, LULU FROST CODE. Precious stones are paired with letters and numbers allowing one to build combinations that are significant to you. Salzer has provided a fashionable way for you to create your own story on your hands, around your neck, or in your ears. The possibilities are endless.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Smashing Pumpkins

It's fall in New York City and the air is now a little crisp, but that hardly stopped me from wearing a cute dress. Enter my STELLA MCCARTNEY snake jacquard tunic from 2014 Resort; It was look number 2. The dress features a narrow v neck and wide skirt with pockets. (Dresses with pockets are just so perfect...) This snake print featured heavily in the collection paired with florals and satins. For inspiration MCCARTNEY said that she was "looking at the type of woman who would have a snake tattoo". While I'm not opposed to tattoos, I think I'll skip the inked serpent and stick to the silk and cotton jacquard variety.

What initially drew me to this dress was the golden color and the detail, but then immediately I knew my FENDI Liberty pumps would pair perfectly with it. The brown leather and suede played well against the python and the subtle lurex thread. In the never ending pursuit to build a respectable wardrobe, I am conscious of every single purchase. I strongly consider whether the garment will have a place in my collection and if I already own something that can be paired with it. This piece was unique and definitely unlike my other frocks. It stole my heart and so, I had to have it.

We found these orange gourds on a quiet street in the Meat Packing district. It seems they had survived Halloween and were well on their way to Thanksgiving. Perhaps as a pie. I promise no pumpkins were harmed during this photo shoot.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New In - Rick Owens Leather Jacket

The leather jacket has long been an iconic wardrobe staple and I've been on the hunt for one for some time now. Over the past several months, I've tried on more than a few styles, but none of them seemed to be quite right. I was looking for something classic, but edgy. Something with a rockstar sensibility and a slightly rebellious undertone. I was looking for perfection and I found it in this black Nappa leather RICK OWENS biker.

This particular biker is from the 2014 SPRING / SUMMER collection entitled Vicious. It features a silver asymmetrical zipper, a funnel collar, and extra long sleeves with ribbed paneling under the arms. The lamb skin has an incredibly soft hand and as soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one. It felt like something that was meant to be. I love this piece worn open or closed, but when it's zipped up, I feel like I'm ready to take on the world. Like a soldier of Fashion. When it comes to leather, it just doesn't get much better than RICK.

Natural leather breathes and molds to the wearer's body. It literally feels like a second skin. This jacket feels like it's mine and mine alone. Now that I've worn it, it has become a part of me and my wardrobe. I can't imagine that it would fit anyone else the way it does me. RICK OWENS leather is truly meant to be lived in and I intend to do just that.