The lovely ladies of Adornia, an amazing luxury jewelry site you should totally check out, featured me on their blog recently, where I share my my top picks from their site, which was very hard to narrow down because they have so many amazing pieces. “Hip” and luxury jewelry don’t usually go together, but it’s happening here at Adornia. Black and pink diamonds, turquoise and gold: it’s all droolworthy. I also share a bit about my two very favorite pieces of jewelry: one from the husband, one from my grandmother.
This way for the discount info!
Posts that give long explanations about why the blogger hasn’t blogged for so long are kind of annoying, right? I mean everyone knows people get busy with kids and jobs and blahbity blah. Still, I just kind of wanted to share the latest in the Stylenik world and I will do my best not to be annoying about it. About a month ago, I started a new gig as the San Francisco editor of Racked. Yay! I’m super excited. What is Racked, you ask? It’s a blog about shopping, retail, and fashion. I KNOW! That’s not a job, that’s a fun thing to do during the day, right? I launched the site in early December, and it has indeed been extremely fun so far.
It feels like a good start to 2013. I think it’s going to be an amazing year, don’t you? What you’ll find on Stylenik in 2013: some outfit posts if I can get the husband to pick up the camera (like he did here, bless him), lifestyle stuff, like stories about being a mom, travel, food, wine, and fashion topics that don’t conflict with Racked. Any local news on the fashion beat will go on Racked SF first. But I’ll post here about general trends or national/international fashion stuff.
A quick word about the sweater I’m wearing here: it’s possibly the best wool sweater ever. It’s by Mina + Olya, a sustainable luxury brand out of San Francisco that launched in 2011. I typically cannot wear wool against my bare skin. Even the softest cashmere makes me so itchy. But THIS, this sweater is fully lined in silk satin. It is a dream come true.
So there you have it, my Happy 2013 update. I hope it’s a successful and stylish year for you!
Oh, and if you’re wondering, this is why my baby girl’s face is not in the photos.
I encountered this “Untouchables” post on Eater about Melissa Perello’s “Lumberjack Cake” at Frances in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood. First of all, how freaking delicious does that look? Second, doesn’t it make a fabulous outfit? I included lots of wood jewelry as a nod to Mr. Lumberjack. I thought the gray leather pants invoked the lovely earthenware plate Frances is serving it on in the photo. The sweater is very Lumberjack Cake-ish, no? You’ll also notice a touch of powdered sugar and Humphry Slocombe, and some shiny, sparkly touches for the holidays. Enjoy!
· Helmut Lang leather leggings, $902
· MALO brown knit chunky pullover, $925
· Miu Miu suede ankle boots with glitter trimmed heel and sole, $850
· WeWood Odyssey watch, $119
· MADE Nyota gold-tone ring set, $40
· Boots Botanics lip color in plum, $8
· Saskia Diez big wood bead necklace, $79
· Pamela Love laser cut wood necklace, $124 (similar to above)
· Dior ‘Diorific Vernis Le Grand Bal’ nail lacquer, $26
· Chloe Marcie shoulder bag, $1,265
The busy holiday party season is heating up, so I hope you guys will save the afternoon of Saturday December 1, when I’ll be co-hosting a little shindig with the founders of luxury jewelry website Adornia! Co-founder Bex is a former accessories editor at Lucky and Redbook magazines, and her partner Mo is a former buyer at Catherine Malandrino and Diesel. Together they created Adornia, where they design and sell gorgeous, high quality baubles. It’s fine jewelry—diamonds, rubies, gold—with all the fun and charm of the costume variety. And at a lower price point than you’d find at a stuffy brick and mortar store. These are not wear it once and toss it pieces. They’re intended to last a lifetime, and hopefully your daughters’ and granddaughters’ as well. This way to peep some Adornia designs…
The smoldering love affair between Richard Burdon and Elizabeth Taylor is well known, but we’ll get even more intimate with their romance this month when Liz & Dick, starring Lindsay Lohan, airs on Lifetime on November 25.
But all anyone has to do is take one look at a photo of Ms. Taylor during that time to see why Mr. Burton was desperately smitten. Liz’s smokey stare, her silk satin dresses playing up her assets of which she had many, red lips and voluminous hair–it all added up to unprecedented Hollywood glamour and one of the most gorgeous women to ever grace the screen. Shop the look below!
Image via Vogue.com
If you wish to splurge
This leather-sleeved silk maxi
Is your dreamy dream.
Photos by Elizabeth Bevil
Styling by Kristen Philipkoski
Model: Kristina Brockman
Luxury clothing made and designed in California that’s also environment and labor friendly? Does not exist. At least that’s what I would have thought before I met Lucia MacDonald, the force of nature behind Civerné, her brand spanking new luxury clothing line. MacDonald asked me to style some of her hot-off-the-design-floor pieces, and I was super excited about it. Initially, anyway. Then I got nervous. The clothes seemed so… proper! So beautifully tailored and a touch conservative and I wasn’t sure if I was the right woman for the job, what with my bohemian tendencies and all. But part of the beauty of the line is that it looks just as lovely with an over-the-top statement necklace as, say, Mikimoto pearls. The more I looked at Civerné the more I realized that the clothing was the perfect backdrop for Shourouk’s colorful baubles and (also recently-debuted) Freda Salvador shoes and boots. And I knew exaclty where to get all of these things under one roof: the beautiful La Boutique: L’Art et La Mode in Jackson Square. The icing on the cake was that Elizabeth Bevil, my new photo intern, signed on just in time for the shoot. I thought it all came together quite nicely, do you agree? And most importantly, it was an exceptionally fun day.
MacDonald is in the process of launching online sales for Civerné, which should be available in December. To find out lots more about how this former model, lawyer, and new mom has crystallized her life experiences and passion into this new brand (and for more pics), check out our Q&A below! [click to continue…]
If Rag & Bone’s latest runway show is any indication, minty verging on neon green and powder blue will be huge come spring and summer 2013. Not that you really probably want to think right now about what you’ll be wearing in the spring? It’s always kind of a confusing to get bombarded with spring collectionns when we’re just beginning to organize our fall wardrobes. But such is fashion biz. Retailers need to plan way ahead, and fashion show season is when buyers decide what they’re going to make available to the masses in their stores. Orders need time to process, etc. But that also means that the masses are bombarded with images of clothing that is totally not for the season their thinking about at the moment. [click to continue…]
Everyone is talking about deep reds, maroons, purples and such for fall. I’m definitely not complaining; these are my colors! With all that in mind, this Helmut Lang dress ($290 at Bergdorf Goodman) caught my eye, despite the fact that Bergdorf’s claims it’s made of wool (wool makes me itchy!). The description, however, says it’s made of MicroModal, which is not wool but a newfangled eco-friendly fabric comprised of European beechwood. Confused, I called customer service and they told me the dress is indeed made of MicroModal, which is good news indeed! Plus, this dress is perfect for the transition from summer to fall. And it’s versatile. Wear it with booties for a cool-girl undone done look or go with chic pumps for work. When it gets cooler, a blazer will keep you warm and professional looking, or a fun cardigan can keep it more casual. We’ve got a winner here, folks!
I know it’s New York fashion week and all. But this morning we’re going to talk about my mom’s delicious potato salad—a carb and calorie-laden dish that perhaps not many fashion-week attendees would actually eat. But I would! She made it in the summer for picnics and special occasions when I was growing up in Pennsylvania, and I miss it intensely. So in honor of Labor Day this past weekend, I’ve created an outfit reminiscent of my dear mother’s potato salad. Can’t you just taste the yumminess? And how cute would we all be in this outfit at end-of-summer parties?
Red converse high tops, $45; Diane von Furstenberg bow-embellished stretch-silk blouse, $285; M Missoni wide-leg cotton-blend twill pants, $117; Christys’ Hats lemon straw boater, $110, this one is similar and cheaper for $36, Zariin ‘The Spirited One’ earrings, $110; Maison Martin Margiela dirty white clutch, $1,095.
Photo by Richard Philipkoski, my dad, who thoroughly enjoyed decimating the photo subject.