Archive for April, 2007

The Thrill of Frill

This season, frilly fabrics have exploded onto the fashion scene like a supernova. Straight off the runways from designers like Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta and Matthew Williamson, the sweet styles are flying off the shelves and racks of our favorite stores and chic boutiques.
Here are a few fabulous frilly finds:
Lace Peasant Blouse (above), $665, by Matthew Williamson is reminiscent of the poet shirt that was popular in the 80s. This blouse has many frilly elements including lacey fabric, scalloped edges, floral embroidery and pearl beading.

The silk Smokescreen Cami, $128, at Anthropologie has a flirty combination of an empire waist and flowing fabric capped off with a coordinating sash that can easily ties into a bow.

J Crew’s belted Emmeline Blouse, $78, is made of sheer woven cotton, with a little blend of ramie, giving it a soft linen look. The ruffled collar and loop buttonholes make this feminine blouse all the more pretty.

The Banana Republic Cotton Embroidered top, $78, has a tank style with a trapeze shape. It is made of soft cotton with an embroidered trim.

ABGs of Style: April

This spring and summer is all about the glamorous life. Go for shimmery, luxurious and bold looks.

This Calvin Klein gray sleeveless dress, $650, with poncho top and self-tie belt will accent your curves with class. Made of a light-weight knit, it is a great way to add classic chic to your wardrobe for summer.

Ralph Lauren has the trademark on luxury and nothing is more exemplary than his Pure Turquoise Crystal Parfum, $350, with an exotic floral blend of cassis, cereus and patchouli.

A bold and shimmery way to display your ipod mini, the metallic silver Lodis Disco Diva case, $32, accented with rhinestones, gets kudos for a stylish mode of carrying your tunes.

Go Green With Organics

During Earth Day month many retailers are featuring eco-friendly products. Here are three products you can use that are good for you and the environment.
Origins, 100 percent organic Nourishing Oil for face, $30, body, $28.50, and hair, $22.50.

Lotta Jansdotter, 100 percent cotton Lisboa coin purse, $14.

Patagonia, W’s Swell Slide, $80.

Is Orange the New Pink?

“Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed.”
When Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) made this outcry in the 2001 fashion-forward film, Legally Blonde, it may have had a ring of truth. But today, despite Elle’s sartorial wisdom, I must disagree — with all its vibrancy, this fresh cheery color is popping up in a range of hues from pale to bright and mandarin to rustic — proving that it has enough appeal to share the spotlight with it’s pink counterpart. Below are just a few head-to-toe trends that are sporting this brilliant color. They’re all available at
Olive Peoples Orange Wrap ‘Heroine’ Sunglasses, $159, are just the right choice if you are looking for oversized shades in this eye-popping color.

Nancy Cohen Circle Carnelian Briolette Earrings, $135, with just the right amount of dazzle to complement any outfit, these tangerine-drop dangle earrings are Parisian-inspired.

Generra Orange Crochet Cotton Deep V-pullover, $59.99, is a stylish way to incorporate this energetic color into your wardrobe. The crochet sweater has a drawstring v-neck and rolled-edge hem.

Versace Orange Satin Jacquard ‘Biker’ Hobo, $912, is a contemporary spin on the hippy hobo bag. The peachy-orange satin jacquard fabric makes this chic bag a must for stylish fashionistas.
Tocca Rust Circle Voile ‘Paloma’ Pleat Skirt, $129, is a rusty-orange cotton voile circular skirt with navy trim. This skirt is a style do for transitioning your spring wardrobe to summer.

Susana Monaco Orange Stretch Corduroy Pedal Pushers, $69.99, are made of a fine wale cord. these sleek mandarin orange cropped pants are accented with silk trim.

Dolce & Gabbana Orange Terry Logo Shiny Slides, $316, will jazz up any ensemble with it’s bright orange on orange terry cloth trimmed in leather accented with the DG logo in rhinestones.

Designer on the Rise: Mia Bossi

Label: Mia Bossi
Product: Designer diaper bags
Debut: 2005
Designers: Angie Chun, Janet Lee and Caroline Kang

Style feature: Handcrafted of Italian leather and fabrics, the Mia Bossi diaper bag is a multi-purpose designer bag that includes a detachable diaper bag insert that can be replaced by a computer bag insert (sold separately). Can also be used as a handbag or travel case.

Fun fact: Mia Bossi is sported by celebrities including:
Jennifer Hudson-shown above and Christina Aguilera (Maria in Tangerine)
Brooke Burke (Alisa Green Apple-shown below, Alisa Licorice)Madonna and Katie Holmes (Audrey in Sand-shown below)
Kate Hudson (Maria in Exotic Pink)
Nicole Kidman (Reese in Sahara)

Styleology 101: What is the source of inspiration when creating a new design?

Angie Chun: With anything in the fashion industry, we try and predict or keep a closewatch on what the upcoming trends will be by traveling to Europe twice ayear. We also incorporate our 3 individual styles to create somethingappealing for each and every mother.

Styleology 101: What sets Mia Bossi apart from other diaper bag and handbag designers?

Angie Chun: Mia Bossi was the first to come out with stylish diaper bags that do not look like you’re carrying a diaper bag. We know there are mothers outthere who don’t want to lose their sense of style by carrying around allthose other “cutesy” diaper bags with plastic covering. Our bags are alsosuper multi functional! You can use it as a diaper bag, travel bag,handbag, and a business/laptop carrier (laptop carrier insert soldseparately). Another great feature about our bags is the zippered liningyou can zip-in or zip-out depending on if you’d like to use the bag withall the great pockets or just as one huge tote bag.

Styleology 101: How do you come up with the names for your bags?

Angie Chun: We all collaborate and imagine what name would best represent each style. You could say it’s almost like naming your baby!

Styleology 101: If you could design a custom bag for anyone past or present, who would it be?

Angie Chun: Gwen Stefani because she embodies a great sense of individual style and
(Photo credits: Mia Bossi)

Vitamin-rich Body Oil

Too often body oil is overlooked as a moisturizing solution to dry skin. It is categorized as part of an aromatherapy or massage treatment or something used to soften a baby’s chafe bottom. But we too can reap the benefits of this skin soother, especially those oils enriched with the antioxidant, vitamin E. My all-time favorite body oil at the moment is Burt’s Bees Apricot Body Oil, $9-$14. With the sweet aroma of apricot, this 98% natural and noutishing body oil includes apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, wheat germ oil, vitamin E and rosemary extract. Add to a warm bath or apply to excessively dry areas like the elbows, knees and heels of the feet.

Beds for the Boudoir

There’s no room in a living space more essential than the bedroom. It can be a peaceful sanctuary to rest your weary head, an entertainment center for late-night movie watching, a home office for working on projects or a special retreat when you need some alone time to relax or catch up on a book. Whatever your bedroom offers, it should do it in style, that’s why choosing just the right bed for this space should be top priority. Here are four beds that go above and beyond in delivering style and comfort for your boudoir.

The East Street Bed by Z Gallerie, $795-$895, will bring an air of luxury to any bedroom. With decorative tufting on both the head and foot board, this bed ts avaialable in pearl or brown leather and has wood legs with an espresso finish.

As part of the Ibeds Collection by Innovations, the Suite Platform Bed, $689-$1010, was created in Denmark and has a frame covered in black vinyl ulphostery, accented with white stitching with black metal legs.

The Ethan Allen Iron Scroll Bed, $1,099-$1,299, is modern with a touch French country flair with decorative scrolling and an aged pewter finish.
The Dodu Bed by Blu Dot, $1,099-$1,499, has style and function. It is uphostered in felt with French seams for a soft sleek look. It is available in aqua, charcoal and wheat.

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