Our First Sale Ever

Post from Julie:

Steve is in charge of our inventory and he has decided that before he will unveil our newest creations for the Holidays, we should clear out a few of our seasonal summer jewelry.  Theses are still one of a kind pieces – but may have a bit of a warm weather vibe.  So if you live in a warmer climate, or will be travelling to the tropics during the winter – now is the time to check out our Inventory Close-outs!

There’s No Place Like Jamaica

Post From Steve:

I recently traveled over to Jamaica for a vacation. I really didn’t do very much research on the island other than I’ve know some friends that have traveled over to Jamaica; some love it others found it to be just ok. I can’t pinpoint why, but I too found it just ok. One reason for the soft review was the crazy amount of humidity. Yes, I know it’s an island but I really haven’t experienced this level of humidity and heat on any of the surrounding islands I’ve visited.

Post From Steve:

I recently traveled over to Jamaica for a vacation. I really didn’t do very much research on the island other than I’ve know some friends that have traveled over to Jamaica; some love it others found it to be just ok. I can’t pinpoint why, but I too found it just ok. One reason for the soft review was the crazy amount of humidity. Yes, I know it’s an island but I really haven’t experienced this level of humidity and heat on any of the surrounding islands I’ve visited.

Another item to note if you visit Jamaica, they travel in the opposite side of the road from us in the United States.

Now on the fashion side, I saw just about every conceivable range of clothing. From shabby t-shirts and shorts to dress to kill, it just depended on at what time and where. In Montego Bay, there’s an area of clubs called the “hip strip” where the younger crowds visit. Here it was the women showing off as much skin as possible. If you read that women’s dresses are getting more conservative and longer; that is not happening in Jamaica. Wish I could tell yout here was some common theme, there just wasn’t one other than less is more. You can almost say the same thing if you had the body, it was wear whatever shows off your assets.

I am by no means suggesting you not visit Jamaica, it’s really pretty and the people are really friendly.

Post from Julie

When we went to Jamaica last year we had a wonderful time – there was some humidity but the afternoon rain cleared it out, so the evenings were beautiful. Maybe the difference is that I have lived in South Florida, so perhaps he humidity didn’t bother me as much. I do agree with Steve that with so many visitors from so many places, in the way of fashion, anything goes!

I also agree with Steve, you will not go to many places where the people are friendlier or happier to have you there.

Summer’s winning swimsuit

Post from Steve:

Swimsuits

Summer has hit. It’s time for the beach or a swimming pool to beat the heat. Wondering what hot in women’s swim wear? It’s an old spin on the one piece that is being brought back by the resurgence of the Bay Watch TV series and the new film with the same name that is showing in theaters. Any one of the you fans of the old TV show would know what I am speaking about immediately…….the High cut Leg, red one piece. This one style made Pamela Anderson a star almost overnight. While maybe not a style for everyone, it’s still going to be a fan favorite for those of us that were fans of the TV show.

Fashion in Austin

Post from Steve:

Think fashion is different in the city you travel? I think most people would say yes, but at the same time not realize how drastically fashion can change just a few hundreds of miles away. Take for example my trip to Austin TX. Austin has always been known to be the “different” and “unique” city in Texas. Austin goes by the motto, “Keep Austin Weird” and they do honor their motto.
Being the State Capital as well as housing one of the largest universities in the country, there is a social economic mix there that is unique to just a few places in the U.S. You’ll likely see a billionaire and a student frequenting the same bar or restaurant. Talk about extremes, from high fashion to college grunge.
While some establishments would frown on this diversity, it’s actually embraced in Austin. I think they may have something going here….maybe other place should adopt.

Hairstyles for Hot Weather

Post from Julie

Post from Julie

I have been trying to find a fun new way to wear my hair for the summer – and so I did what everyone does – I did an online search – I found suggestions on Cosmo, elle, Harpers Bizarre and Hot Hairstyle Pro.com

Seems like there are quite a few trendy options to choose from:
A Single Fishtail Braid (my hair is not long enough – but really cute!)
A Sleek, voluminous pixie -good for anyone with a lot of natural hair texture – again – probably not for me either!
A French knot – who doesn’t like a quick & easy french knot?
Half up half down? – the perfect nonchalance style
How about long with layers – undone beach waves or pin back the front pieces – if only I could!
A low bun – a really chic, sophisticated classic!
There is always the high pony tail – never goes out of style
A tossled shoulder length bob – just the right cut for heart shaped faces who have lightly wavy, medium textured hair
Or a medium length, angled bob – for anyone with round or high cheek bones
AND finally – a slicked back, cropped cut – excellent for fine, short hair – probably the best option for me – wish me luck!

Make the Best of it

Just about anyone would recognize the fashion expert Tim Gunn from the long running “Project Runway” television show. Tim isn’t just a invented fashion celebrity, he’s been involved with fashion and it’s design for most of his life. It was only recently I heard him interviewed and was impressed with how knowledgeable, common sensed, and kind he was to everyone.

His trade mark saying, “Make it work” goes way back and is commonly used in his Fashion Project show. Tim’s who intent here is to steer the contestant to not just keep trying an idea, working a little on it, and then abandoning it to start a new design. It’s more of a life lesson to work with what you have, come up with solutions, and whatever the end result, make the best of it.

This is a lesson that I think all of us can use at times.

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Pair of Flared Pants?

Post from Julie

I just found 2 great pairs of over-sized flared pants or in earlier times, bell bottoms. Of course, they are a little out of my budget – but in case they fit in yours – I wanted to pass them on.

The first are by a young designer with ties to Bogata, Miami and Paris – Esteban Cortazar – the pair I saw first, were in white (with a great frayed hem) and then I found another pair by CE – this pair with a high waist, in a nice denim fabric.

The other really fun pair I found was by Loha Vete – I saw these in a black jean, with a very wide bell. Their website is a bit out there, but I did like that pair of jeans!

All of them were in the $400 plus range – but still – I can wish!!!

Hot Weather Here I Come!

Post from Julie

Hot weather is just getting to Colorado, but most everybody else is in Summer weather Mode.

So I went to one of my favorite places to get my fashion questions answered – StitchFix to get a few tips on layering for summer heat.

The wrap dress is back – this time paired with a denim jacket – which is great for Colorado with its cool nights. Wrap dresses look great on everyone. Pair that with a strappy block-heeled sandal, some really fun drop earrings, and you ready to go – work, play, whatever.

They are also recommending a wide-leg linen pant – not something I’ve had great luck with – I agree they are breathable, but I tend to look slightly limp by the end of the day. And Flutter Sleeve blouses – in a bright color – feminine and cool! Guess I’d better get back to the gym to work on those arms!

EBay Fashion?

Post From Steve

Yes, Ebay is now moving to be your on-line clothing store. I was aware they were planning for this new segment and I just saw my first Ebay Fashion commercial on the TV. It’s another assault on the brick and mortar stores most of us grew up shopping. Our American society is changing to one of shopping from home. I do a fair amount of shopping myself from home. I thought the concept of home delivered groceries was too foreign in the past, but my wife has us set up on Blue Apron and it’s been a wonderful experience. My fear is in 20 years’ people will never leave their homes!

Post from Julie:

I think you could be right! I’ve been a loyal StitchFix customer for almost 2 years!

I will definitely show my age on this one: I can remember when my mom would take us to the City just before school started for our first day of school clothes – best part – we got to have lunch at the department store’s restaurant!

The Business of Scent

Post from Steve

One industry that just seems to constantly be evolving, or at least creating, is the Perfume Industry. All you need to do is skim through a fashion magazine and see all the new perfumes that are out. It’s hard to guess how much goes into creating a new perfume and then the large budget behind the promotion. What I don’t understand is what happens to the prior perfume launches. I guess you either get a following, or the line slowly gets discounted only to be reinvented in a couple of years.

Post from Julie

I’m afraid I’ve switched loyalties from the scent I used for about 5 years to Chanel’s Chance – as you can tell, I don’t change scents easily, but this scent is so nice and light. I love it! I hope it stays around for a long time!