29Aug

Fall Travels: Seattle

I’ve never been to Seattle, and as a West Coast Resident this is unacceptable! I hear it’s beautiful in the fall…

Things to see in Seattle:

- The Space Needle (that would be my first stop!)
- Original Starbucks (it would be nice to see the original culprit that feeds my daily caffeine addiction)
- Bill Gates’s House (66000 square feet!)
- Seattle Art Museum and the Hammering Man outside
- The Exotic Meat Company? I don’t know about that one… I mean, they have lion on the menu – can they really be trusted?
- Smith Tower Observation Deck
- Seattle Waterfront Garden
- Woodland Park Zoo
- Public Market Center
- Shopping in Downtown Seattle

Seattle Public Market

Seattle Public Market

Seattle Fall Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront in the Fall

Seattle sailing and skyline

Seattle Sailing and Skyline

Seattle Fall Fashion

Seattle Fall Fashion

Seattle Fall Fashion

Keep the scarves coming!

Seattle Fall Fashion

Military Jacket + Fedora + Cute Booties + Umbrella, of course

25Aug

Fall Travels: New York City

New York City is always buzzing, but there is something special about the fall. Just like Boston, the foliage changes and the temperature cools down. Summers in NYC are hot and humid and the cool air is a welcome change. As the nation’s fashion capital, nothing compares to NYC’s Fall Fashion Week. New Yorkers take fall fashion very seriously and bring the chic from runway to sidewalk.

Central Park is a must during fall. You can take a boat out on the water and walk around and people watch. I love doing things like that when i go back home to NY, even though they’re touristy. NYC is one of those places that makes you feel like you’re in a movie. There are amazing restaurants everywhere, stylish and interesting people, some of the best shopping in the world, and an extremely fun nightlife scene! It’s easy for east coasters to travel between NYC and Boston, and if you’re planning a fall trip to either city you should consider extending your stay for a few days and visit both!

Fall in New York City

Fall in New York City

Central Park in the Fall

Central Park in the Fall

New York City in the fall

<3 walks like this

New York City in the fall

Major Sex and the City moment

Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington

Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington at Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week Street Style

New York Fashion Week Street Style - Don't forget your camera!

25Aug

Fall Travels: Boston

Fall in Boston is my favorite time of year. The foliage, crisp air and fall fashion are the best things ever! I’ll be going the second week of October, when the leaves have changed and the air has gotten colder. I can’t wait to stroll down Newbury Street, ride in the swan boats in the Common (a touristy thing I never did as a resident), and have a picnic on the Esplanade along the Charles River. The up-and-coming Waterfront neighborhood in South Boston has gotten tons of buzz so I will have to check that out too!

Boston in the Fall

Boston in the Fall

Boston Commons in the Fall

Boston Commons

 

The swan boats in the Boston Commons in the Fall

Boston Commons Swan Boats

Boston Esplanade in the Fall

The Boston Esplanade along the Charles River

Sonsie on Newbury Street in Boston

Sonsie on Newbury Street in Boston

Boston's North End

The North End is the perfect place for Italian food and coffee after a night out!

I plan on packing plenty of cozy sweaters, boots, jeggings, giant wedges, a leather jacket, tights, and faux fur leopard coat! I love fall fashion because of how comfortable and warm everything is, plus you get to layer and wear lots of pieces at once, which means more shopping!

Fall fashion

Trench and Boots

Fall Fashion

Toggle Coat, Leopard Bag and Knee Highs

Fall Fashion Tights and Shoes

Patterned tights make these shoes fall appropriate

Fall Fashion

Love the sweater with elbow patches

4Aug

Celebrity Airport Stylewatch

Leather, cozy sweaters, tees, and sunglasses

Rosie Huntington-Whitley at the airport in leather pants.

Rosie Huntington-Whitley in leather pants and cozy sweater

Cheryl Cole at the airport.

Cheryl Cole in a chic fedora, sunglasses and leather jacket

Penelope Cruz at the airport.

Penelope Cruz looks casual chic in bootcut jeans, tee, and blazer

Jennifer Aniston at the airport.

Jennifer Aniston with a cozy sweater vest, tank, and white denim

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12Jul

Resort 2012 Trend: Black & White

Classic BLACK & WHITE can never be wrong. Designers put a fun, modern spin on this timeless color combo. Alice + Olivia, Versace, and 3.1 Philip Lim created some of my favorite BLACK & WHITE outfits! The Versace dress and almost all of the Alice + Olivia collection managed to combine this trend with another – NEON!

This outfit from 3.1 Philip Lim followed the popular black and white trend for Resort 2012.

3.1 Philip Lim Resort 2012

This white and black dress from the Versace Resort 2012 collection was a popular trend.

Versace Resort 2012

The black and white trend continues with this dress from the Versace Resort 2012 collection.

Versace Resort 2012

This white skirt and black top from the Alice + Olivia Resort 2012 collection follows the pouplar black and white trend that was predominant throughout the Resort 2012 shows.

Alice + Olivia Resort 2012

12Jul

Resort 2012 Trend: Neon

NEON was another fun Resort 2012 trend. From full on neon outfits to pops of color paired with neutrals, neon was all over the runways! Lots of fuschia, yellow, bright blue and lime green brightened up traditional white lace and khaki-filled resort collections. I think my favorite is the lime green dress by Elie Saab.

The Elie Saab Resort 2012 collection included a neon dress, one of the Resort 2012 trends.

Elie Saab Resort 2012

The Giambattista Valli Resort 2012 collection included a neon yellow maxi dress and jacket.

Giambattista Valli Resort 2012

This neon yellow outfit from the Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collection was part of the Resort 2012 neon trend.

Christopher Kane Resort 2012

This outfit from the Celine Resort 2012 follows the Resort 2012 neon trend.

Celine Resort 2012

12Jul

Resort 2012 Trend: Lace

Another favorite Resort 2012 trend was LACE.  The BCBG and McQueen are great for summer parties, but you can definitely pull off the Behnaz Sarafpour at the office!

One trend for Resort 2012 was white lace, like this BCBG Max Azria dress.

BCBG Max Azria Resort 20212

One Resort 2012 trend is lace, like this top and pants outfit from the Bahnaz Sarafpour Resort 2012 collection.

Behnaz Sarafpour Resort 2012

This white lace skirt from the McQueen Resort 2012 was a popular Resort 2012 trend.

McQueen Resort 2012

White lace was a big trend for Resort 2012, including this dress from the McQueen Resort 2012 collection.

McQueen Resort 2012


12Jul

Resort 2012 Trend: Red

Over 200 designers presented resort collections this year, and they did not disappoint! One of my favorite trends was bright red. Most were sleek and structured, like the Elie Saab and Valentino pictured below. Those are perfect choices for a cocktail party, dinner, or night out on the town in whatever glamorous destination you find yourself this summer. The more bohemian BCBG Max Azria dress is great for day or night at a beach bar or pool party.

One of the top Resort 2012 trends was red, like this Elie Saab Resort 2012 dress.

Elie Saab Resort 2012 Red Dress

One of the top Resort 2012 trends was red, like this BCBG Max Azria Resort 2012 dress.

BCBG Max Azria Resort 2012

This red Valentino Resort 2012 dress was part of the popular red dress trend.

Valentino Resort 2012

This red Valentino Resort 2012 pantsuit was part of a popular red trend.

Valentino Resort 2012

29Apr

Chic Luggage

A basic black Swiss Army suitcase will do… but why? This chic luggage will make your travel experience more fashionable.

The Tumi Vapor is a great carry-on suitcase.

Tumi Vapor

Let’s start with Tumi – well made, not too expensive (as far as well-made luggage is concerned), and has stylish pieces for men and women.

The Tumi Vapor is my trendy pick. It features a hard shell, made of a lightweight, 3 layer alloy of ABS and polycarbonate. I love the colors this suitcase comes in – gold, gray, black, floral print, blue, and khaki.

The Tumi Vapor is a great carry-on suitcase.

Tumi Alpha Bravo

For a more utilitarian look, I like the Tumi Alpha Bravo McConnell International Carry-On. It’s made of soft and durable ballistic nylon and has wheels, top and side handles. It comes in black and khaki.

The Hideo Wakamatsu Tarapulin carry on is flexible, water resistant, and adjustable.

Hideo Wakamatsu Tarapulin Carry On

 

Hideo Wakamatsu makes fun carry-ons in bright colors. Half the collection features a hard shell, and the rest are made out of Tarapulin, a flexible, water and shred resistant material.

What I like about this piece is the adjustable straps that allow you to expand the deepness of the bag (great for people like me who have to stuff all their shoes into one carry-on). There are no heavy metal frames, which means it’s super lightweight.

J Crew collaborated with British luggage company, Globe-Trotters, to create this sunny yellow suitcase.

JCrew Globetrotters Yellow Suitcase

The collaborative collection from J.Crew and Globe-Trotter caught my eye. Specifically, the bright yellow trunk-style suitcase. Each of these bags are handcrafted in England by Globe-Trotter and are made of Vulcan Fibre, which they claim can withstand the weight of a 1 ton elephant! I probably won’t get to test that theory, but it sounds like it should travel just fine. This heirloom quality suitcase features leather trim and straps, wheels, and cotton lining.

The Louis Vuitton Pegase 65 is a classic piece of luggage.

Louis Vuitton Pegase 65

And last but not least, the classic, Louis Vuitton. The Pegase 65 is a great carry-on and will last for years. It’s made of the durable Damier canvas and includes several zipper pockets, a removable pouch, and garment bag. You can even monogram it!

25Oct

Most Digitally Intelligent Luxury Brands

Second annual Luxury Brands Digital Intelligence winners by Luxury Lab.

Luxury Brands Digital Intelligence

Thanks to Luxury Lab for posting their second annual Digital IQ Index of luxury brands!

Taken into account: 72 luxury brands and their websites, digital marketing strategies, social media initiatives and mobile apps.

And the winners are…

1. Coach
Appreciated: Their “Poppy Project” connected 468 blogs and readers through a web of poppies –> with each hashtag tweeted, the poppy tag grew on blogs, like a public art show.

2. Ralph Lauren
Appreciated: They developed a popular and easy to use mobile app and shoppable children’s video storybook.

3. Louis Vuitton

4. Gucci
Appreciated: Launched digital flagship this fall and debuted Gucci Connect.

5. Hugo Boss

6. Burberry
Appreciated: Launched artofthetrench.com; enlisted The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman to create a social networking blog based around Burberry’s iconic trench coat; readers could “like” it, comment, or share photos, just like on Facebook.

7. Dolce & Gabbana

8. Giorgio Armani

9. Swarovski

10. Tiffany & CO.

Scott Galloway of Luxury Lab explains that the emergence of Gen Y consumers plus the profitability of digital leadership led to a greater investment in this area. Brands are engaged in a race to aquire fans and followers online to raise brand awareness.

Those that displayed the lowest digital intelligence were mainly fine watch and jewelry retailers, such as Rolex, Chopard, and Cartier. They do not have Twitter accounts, and barely have any presence on Facebook, essentially ignoring social media altogether.

Do you think it’s a good idea for luxury brands to ignore social media like Rolex, Chopard, and Cartier have done?