With summer just around the corner the term that’s heard on most everyone’s lips currently is, “beach-body.” I’m not one to normally openly admit this, but like most average women—I don’t have that perfect, ‘beach-body’ and abs? You can barely see an outline, I call it more of a ‘softboard’ rather than ‘washboard’—needless to say when I read a recent interview with Jessica Alba in Net-A-Porter magazine, which revealed Alba’s secret to re-gaining her washboard abs post-baby, I simply had to test this theory. Plus, never having given birth I figured I have a leg up already—a jump start if you will. I’ve heard it takes some women a full year to recover post-baby so if Alba could do this, there’s no reason why I couldn’t as well.
Alba, reportedly told Net-A-Porter, “After birth I wore a double corset for three months night and day. It was sweaty, but worth it.” When reading this I immediately thought—I’ve got to try this. So I began to research corsets and I stumbled upon hourglassangel.com, which not only offers a variety of corsets and what the company calls, ‘PowerLatex Core’ options to choose from, but also offers amazing shapewear as well.
(The Almighty Cincher by AMIA seen above)
The company’s ‘PowerLatex Core’- Almighty Cincher by AMIA’ also aptly titled, ‘The midsection make-over’ is reportedly the brands most popular style to achieve that post-baby/beach-body look. So with this information under my belt, I contacted the company to see if I could put the ‘Almighty Cincher’ to the test.
I was surprised when I learned that the Almighty Cincher reportedly slims your waist dramatically and immediately, some of the users reported that by wearing the Cincher for 8-10 hours a day for 30 days visibly reduced their midsections between 1-4 inches.
Okay, so this isn’t the ‘double-corset’ that Alba allegedly used, nor am I going to wear this for three months both night and day—-but why not test the Almighty Cincher against it’s reported statistics: 30 days, for 8-10 hours a day?
Just so were clear on the AMIA brand promise, this was taken directly from the labeling:
Immediately and Dramatically slims the Midsection.
Increases Thermal Activity for Slimming Support
Corrects Posture and Reduces Back Pain
The Cincher reportedly: “utilizes the science of compression to support long-term slimming. The Power Latex Core stimulates thermal activity and perspiration, mobilizing fat and toxins. You will see results as soon as you put it on.
Although I can’t vouch for what the brand states the product will or won’t do as of yet, I can stand behind the brand’s beliefs. “AMIA believes that great women deserve great support, donating $1 from each purchase to the charity The Women’s Alliance which provides professional attire and career training to low income women.” For that, I can get behind the brand.
(The Almighty Cincher by AMIA seen above)
All this being said, today I started my review. For the next 30 days I will be putting the AMIA Almighty Cincher to the test. In fact, as I write this I’m currently wearing the Cincher. Which I can safely report the following findings so far:
At first, to be honest—I had some difficulty getting the corset on. It was a struggle, and I had to use both hands and really, ‘cinch’ myself into that baby. But I eventually managed to slip it on. The facts are true; I immediately felt the affects of the corset against my body. I can’t attest that it ‘dramatically’ slimmed my midsection, but it definitely gave my waist more visible definition, which I really like so far.
I also felt an immediate response in my abs; it’s like a constant reminder to keep my abs and core engaged. The most noticeable core response is directly under my ribcage and as the day has progressed I’ve increasingly felt a slight burn within my midsection. It’s similar to that of doing say, 500 crunches or so.
It does provide an immediatly straighter posture, I’ve been sitting up straighter and have noticed I’m visibly walking, with a taller posture. As for increasing Thermal Activity, I’ve yet to notice a rise in body temperature. But I will continue to report my findings as the month progresses.
So far I haven’t noticed any direct negatives of the product so far. I’m sampling the AMIA Cincher in, Nude as I figured this would most likely need to be concealed under my clothing—and wearing something dark or black under lighter color clothing is a dead giveaway.
I also read that a more desirable midsection can be achieved by wearing the cincher when you work out. I might try to tackle my Yoga class this evening while wearing this baby, but I’ll let you know if that actually comes to fruition. I can tell you one thing, man if this is any indication as to how women had it back in the fifteenth century, I don’t envy them at all. However, for the possibility of achieving Abs—which is something I’ve never fully had—I’m willing to give this a shot.
If any of my lovely readers would like to try the AMIA challenge with me, you can purchase the product by visiting: http://www.hourglassangel.com/almighty-cincher-by-amia
Feel free to share your findings with me by emailing Dana@wordsfromtherunway.com I’d love to know how your acquiring your ideal beach-body or post-baby body.
And remember to check back in weekly for new details and findings about the AMIA challenge and review.
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My grandfather, who was always exceptionally well dressed, once told me; “When entering a room, always look for the man dressed in a well-tailored suit, for a man in a well-tailored suit is always in-charge.” It wasn’t until I reached a certain age, that I came to fully understand the true implication of his words. In Los Angeles, a city boasting thousands of individuals who have come to an agreement to, ‘dress-down’ for many occasions, opting to retire the notion of having to wear the daily ‘suit-and-tie’ combo and whom prefer a more laissez-faire attire, have traded in their wing-tipped leather-soled dress shoes, for sandals, and tossing out their ties, and oxford button-ups for T-shirts. Going collarless if you will has become the trend. Or it seemed that was the going trend for the last decade, and then suddenly appearing like Daniel Craig, out of a 007 film, the idea of the suit was back! Perhaps it has something to do with the up-tick in films featuring men in well-tailored suits, and ad-campaigns urging men to ‘drink-like-a-gentleman’ and encouraging men to become, ‘the most interesting man in the world…’ suddenly, dressing dapper, no-doubt in part due to television series’ like, Madmen and the ever so polished character Don Draper, have added to the resurgence.
But let’s dig deeper, let’s suggest perhaps that there is an underground revival occurring in the midst of the fashion industry, noticeably of men tired of dressing-down, who appreciate the finer things in life, men who define luxury, setting a new-standard and definition of what it means to dress the part, and dress well. That gentleman, that underground male fashioniado, if you will, is alive and well, and he opened a store not long ago in New York City. That man is named Duncan Quinn and he hasn’t only reignited the spark that has New Yorkers dressing well again, he’s taking that flame across the country.
Quinn, who’s always had a keen eye for cut, shape, color and form opened his first bespoke men’s boutique in New York in 2003, and since then the Londoner by birth, has been tailoring and reshaping men’s closets’ to their former glory by aiding individuals in acquiring the ‘perfect-suit’. He’s also been known to help those individuals indulge in a few of the finer things in life, whether he’s throwing an occasional party in-store, or hosting a soiree on a double-decker bus …Duncan Quinn knows how to have a good time, and dress-well doing so.
Everything the atelier does is a direct reflection of his time spent traveling the world, experiencing all that life has to offer. The well-traveled Quinn, relishes in learning new customs, visiting new places and his attention to detail, when creating a custom suit comes directly from those travels. A detail driven man by nature, when Quinn sets out to do-something he leaves no stone unturned, the best of the best, top of the line luxury in everything the man touches. Which is why it’s no surprise that when Quinn came up with the idea to take his store-front on wheels for a cross-country tour—I had to get a seat on board. What began as a journey to bring a taste of, ‘Savile Row’ to America, has launched a revolution in menswear, to be well suited is in. To celebrate, ‘the-suit’ Quinn took his idea and put her on wheels. Now the tastemaker is embarking on a three-city tour of the United States to share his bespoke men’s line with the world. But, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, he’s not just driving a double-decker bus around hauling clothes in boxes. Quinn and the fine mixologists at Zacapa Rum are putting together a dinner for sixteen lucky individuals to board the DQ Double-Decker bus for a night of fashion, cocktails, and tall-tales. Starting out in New York, the bus made it’s way to Miami, Florida last month, and it’s final stop is right here in Los Angeles, the bus lands in L.A. tonight and needless to say, I am eagerly awaiting the jaunt on what has been aptly titled, ‘The Cask Chronicles.’
What is sure to be a night of fast moving-cocktails, conversations with individuals well versed in ‘the finer things’ and men dressed in well-tailored suits, I’d say I’m one lucky lady. With a follow up post-dinner feature to regale all of you about my experience aboard The Cask Chronicles, I can assure you I won’t leave you high-and-dry. Follow up feature coming soon.
To learn more about Duncan Quinn and his foray into menswear visit: http://duncanquinn.com follow duncanquinn @duncan_quinn on twitter and hashtag #caskchronicles to follow this evenings festivities.
For info on Zacapa Rum, visit: http://www.zacaparum.com/ and on twitter @zacaparum
On March 24th 2013,cool kid LA shopping spot KIN Los Angeles held a charity fundraiser “The Love of Fashion” at their store on Sunset Blvd. to raise awareness for the Lupus Foundation of America. Former America’s Next Top Model contestant and Lupus Foundation of America spokesperson Mercedes Yvette, owner of Rockin Models Grace Lazenby, and KIN Los Angeles founder Darrel Adams joined forces to put on this amazing event to create funds to help find a cure for Lupus.
Guests enjoyed a night of shopping, cocktails, and giving back! Attendees participated in a live auction with all proceeds donated to the foundation. KINLosAngeles.com shoppers can continue to give back by entering discount code “lupus” at checkout for 10% off their purchase.
KIN Los Angeles Founder, Darrel Adams had this to say about the event: “I recently found out that lupus effects 1.5 million Americans, 90% of which are women. Our goal is to get KIN involved with the LFA foundation and assist them with fund raising and public awareness efforts. The KIN staff is excited to be hosting a great event with a wonderful organization.”
What a great charity to get involved with, I am always one for giving back and I love companies that stand behind charities that truly make a difference. Living with a rare disease can be hard, but it makes it easier knowing there are people, and companies such as KIN Los Angeles ready to support those living with a disease like lupus. To learn more about Lupus or to donate visit: http://www.lupus.org
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- Dana Elizabeth
Nikki Rich Clothing, the sister line of White Trash Beautiful designed by Nikki Lund and Richie Sambora showcased their latest collection this week at CONCEPT Fashion Week. The event was held at Siren Studio’s in Hollywood where Lund, was on site to deliver the collection to the public.
The line, which launched in 2010 is a favorite amongst A-list celebrities including; Carrie Underwood, Jon Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Kate Beckinsale, Miley Cyrus, as well as many others. The line is heavily focused on separates with an emphasis on edge. Nikki Rich Clothing has successfully delivered a line that bridges the gap between contemporary-chic and high-end designer labels.
Lund, whom we had a chance to speak with, emphasized the line’s price point. “It’s extremely affordable, washable and wearable. We have designed a collection with items that can be purchased for around a hundred dollars or less. Making fashion available to the majority.”
Lund wore a leather skirt from the collection, looking what we like to call, “edgy-chic” which mirrored the A/W13 Nikki Rich Collection. When asked about the over all aesthetic of the line, Lund responded: We are proud to deliver a collection that is item driven, it’s trendy but it’s also beyond trend. We think the line is for a woman who wants to feel confident and who wants to feel sexy.”
The brand effortlessly delivered impeccable craftsmanship, beautifully constructed garments that are well designed beyond the lines moderate price point. Staying true to the design duo’s aesthetic, the line was rocker-street, and still managed to offer sophisticated luxury through the lines silhouettes. The military inspired collection offers a blend of well-tailored jackets, tops and bottoms, incorporating leather into the collection as well. The line also delivered slouchy knits, washable silks and artistic prints. The color story was a mix of chocolate browns, warm earth tones adding black and touches of maroon to round out the collection.
Rich in more than color and style, the A/W 13 collection by Nikki Rich Clothing left us speechless, a true crowd favorite and was over all, a well-received collection. Lund and Sambora should be very pleased with the out come, eagerly awaiting to see what this design duo will deliver next season, we’ll be watching.
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Haven’t heard of Paulie Gibson? Well you should become well versed with the designer,he recently launched Blue Print his latest collection during Style Fashion Week in downtown Los Angeles. The designer who first showed last season, returned with a very different, very ‘moving’ performance. Blue Print is the designer’s second collection to debut during Style Fashion Week but certainly not his last.
This was such a great show to catch, having met Paulie last season I had the unique opportunity to truly see how is newest collection evolved. Gibson chose to focus heavily on the color blue, and what he likes to call, his own Blue Print for life. The 33-year old designer spoke candidly about his collection, affirming his belief that each of us has our own unique, Blue Print and delivering this collection was part of his. The designer who took some heat over last seasons debut, doubled his runway show, showcasing 50 different looks, and adding several elements of surprise.
The runway show began with a full-choreographed opening act that continued throughout the duration of the show. Male dancers sashayed down the catwalk to heart-thumping music sending the crowd into a wild frenzy. The dancers, lights and moves left the crowd screaming, as models traipsed through the choreographed segments stopping midway to strike-a-pose.
Gibson believes in his aesthetic for the line, “the collection is really taking off and I wanted something masculine but also wearable. When I went to design the collection, I really believed that we were building a blue print and I wanted it to be filled with things I’ve never done before. In this way, it would be possible for a man to pull from the collection for any occasion.
The collection was a variety of separates, everything from slacks to tuxedo jackets with contrasting lining, bright blue, and turquoise were the color mainstay of the collection. Gibson chose to incorporate blacks, as well as a variety of prints into the line. Full suits walked the runway; vibrant colors added a dazzling spark to the already illuminated catwalk. Plaids played alongside bold blues, and knit fabrics were paired with woven’s delivering unusual, yet pleasing complete looks.
So what’s next for the designer? You’ll just have to wait and see but Gibson did let us in on a little secret, major online e-commerce site, Zappos just picked up the designer’s collection launching this August. His response to all of the recent changes, “I’m super excited about the launch and feel extremely blessed to be a part of some great experiences; not only with Zappos, but on television as well. “
When we asked the designer where he pictured the ‘Paulie Gibson Customer,’ the designer said none other than Los Angeles, “I think my guy lives in LA, I’ve always loved Los Angeles and believe the Paulie Gibson man is here, in this city. But that’s not to discount other cities across the U.S. as well.” Smiling wide the designer wearing his, soon-to-be signature blue slacks, thanked us for our time and assured us there’d be more from him in the future.
If we had to surmise something tells me this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Paulie Gibson, his collection left not only myself, but the crowd stunned as well. As the lights dimmed, haunting chants of, “Paulie, Paulie…” from back stage echoed in our ears leaving the crowd, myself included inspired. Gibson didn’t just leave an imprint on the runway; he left an imprint in our minds as well, and one that is surely to last long after the final show of the season.
Note: Paulie Gibson’s show was filmed in front of a live crowd for the newest season of ANTM. This season takes a unique turn, following the journey of what it’s like to be a Male Super Model. Make sure to tune in this season.
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- Dana Elizabeth
So, I’m not sure if any of my readers read about this yet, but I am so excited to share this post with all of you. It’s from last month, I traveled with our team from The Los Angeles Fashion Magazine, to Las Vegas, Nevada for WW/MAGIC. The bi-annual tradeshow provides brands from all over the world an opportunity to descend upon the brightly-lit urban oasis that is Vegas. Split between two venues Mandalay Bay and The Las Vegas Convention Center, WWD/MAGIC and Project tradeshow’s showcase thousands of brands to hopeful buyers and media. Additionally throughout the week guest speakers and well-known industry professionals host seminars providing WWD/MAGIC attendees with a bit of insider’s knowledge.
Catherine Malandrino – Photography by: Kai He
On the third day of MAGIC the lovely Catherine Malandrino stopped by the Catherine-by-Catherine Malandrino North Hall booth, to unveil her newest venture, Catherine -by-Catherine Malandrino. The diffusion line will carry clothing that caters to the young working professional, she’s the woman who exudes sophistication, but not necessarily the price tag often associated with some other high-end designer labels.
Catherine-Catherine Malandrino Collection – Photography by: Kai He
It was such a great feeling to be able to speak with the world-renowned designer, Catherine Malandrino, she was kind enough to answer a couple of questions about her newest line. When speaking with Catherine about her inspiration for the line, the designer stated, “Catherine, is a line that is effortless. The collection is one that’s designed to be worn very easily. It’s for the young workingwoman that strives for success, a woman who is feminine yet still powerful. She is possibly a woman who will one day transition to the main Catherine Malandrino line.”
Catherine-Catherine Malandrino Collection – Photography by: Kai He
The very strikingly beautiful, and poised Malandrino, looked as effortlessly chic and put together as the collection itself. Catherine stated that the line, even though might be considered a diffusion line of the Catherine Malandrino Collection, Catherine-by-Catherine Malandrino still embodied all of the elements that make up the main collection. “This collection is more about an attitude, it’s about refinement, it’s very French, strong with a great mix of fabrics. The silhouettes are very clean, precise cuts that accentuate a woman’s figure. It’s an everyday strong type of attitude to really help propel our customer forward in life.”
Catherine Malandrino and Managing Editor Dana Elizabeth – Photography Kai He
Browsing through the collection, I gathered that it’s very much sophisticated, but still manages to portray a young-vibrant aesthetic. The color story ranged from cool grays, to bright blues. Adding varying shades of brown and mustard-yellow to the collection finished off the line nicely. With the success that is the original Catherine Malandrino Collection, there is no telling just how successful the diffusion line will be…however something tells me it’s going to do very well.
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Full Spectrum Fashion was an idea that came to me several months ago. At the time, I had been interviewing several designers some of whom design plus-size clothing lines. What I found to be so interesting and surprising was how few plus-size brands there are on the market today. Not only that, but I also became angry at several well-known brands—when I came to learn that most of their designs aren’t available higher than size 12. After debating the topic for awhile I decided something had to be done, I wanted to show the world that no matter what size you are—-fashion should not only be available in any size needed, but affordable too!
I came up with the idea to launch Full Spectrum Fashion with the desire to show women and girls the Full Spectrum, fashion should be both affordable and attainable at any size. The Full Spectrum was a great idea, and I wanted to find someone who I not only admired, but also felt believed in the same core beliefs that I do. When I met Marcy Guevara of The Marcy Minute, and Marie Claire’s - Hello Style, I immediately connected with her. Her personalty and fashion sense seamlessly clicked with mine. It hadn’t occurred to me at first to ask Marcy if she wanted to be involved, our schedules are so hectic hers especially and I wasn’t sure we would find the time.
After an impromptu cocktail sesh and a few laughs later I knew exactly who I wanted to venture on this journey with. So, after a few weeks of planning Marcy and I got together for our first Full Spectrum Shoot.
What I hope to share with all of you in the coming weeks and months is simple, Fashion should really be available to everyone, in all sizes and that’s what we hope to show you here on The Full Spectrum.
We hope you will write in and share with us your stories, have a full spectrum fashion idea? Don’t hesitate to send your images in. Please make sure to share www.fullspectrumfashion.com with your friends and colleagues and we look forward to bringing fashion to all.
With Love, Dana Elizabeth & Marcy Guevara
The California Market Center, (also known as CMC and in the company of fashion students one might hear CMC referred to as, The Calmart) is home to hundreds of showrooms. Established in 1963, CMC is located on 9th and Main in the heart of the fashion district. Thousands of trusted companies utilize CMC’s showrooms to display their lines to prospective buyers and ‘the trade’ on a daily basis, however CMC additionally hosts five tradeshows throughout the year. We had a chance to stop by last week for The Summer 2013 Los Angeles Market, the first of the year at the Calmart, and arguably the largest, (larger orders and new accounts were reported from many of the exhibitor’s and CMC showrooms.)
The summer 2013, Market took place, January 14th-17th and featured 5 tradeshows concurrently during the week, Market’s featured tradeshows included; SELECT contemporary Tradeshow, and TRANSIT LA Shoe Show. Other Tradeshows that also drew in buyers were; FOCUS apparel and accessories show, LA Kids Market and View gift and home tradeshow. The close of the first day brought upon special events for Market attendees, including an Opening Night Reception.
First time exhibitor Alex Um of Korner Runway, Inc, in suit B507 mentioned “This is our first Market at CMC and we love being here…we’ve opened a lot of new accounts this Market. Being a new business, we needed to be in the center of all the action, and the CMC has proved to be the place.”
Market, every session brings in several key retailers, this is a huge opportunity for brands to make their mark and hopefully get picked up in several stores, and boutiques worldwide. This Market included some great retailers such as; Nasty Gal, Fed Segal, The Denim Bar, Madison, Geary’s of Beverly Hills, Nicole Miller, Jigsaw London, Steve Madden, Roxy, BeBe, Guess and that’s just to name a few.
Market allows for brands veteran and those that are ‘fresh’ to the showroom floor a chance to be seen, newer brands like, Jennifer Yeh of Caste Showroom in Suite B588 also reported having a successful show: “It has been great. We have seen a lot of people and opened many new accounts, especially with specialty boutiques and large retailers, such as Nordstrom.”
Market also opens their doors to brands from the East Coast and abroad enabling vendors to conduct business more easily, this session In the Fashion Theater of the CMC’s Main Lobby; SELECT Contemporary Tradeshow exhibitors also mentionedfinding great success this Market. “SELECT has been great and very exciting. It is convenient to meet all our vendors and buyers together in one place,” said Marissa Nardone, Regional Sales Manager of Magaschoni. “We are based out of New York and it can be challenging to conduct business across the country. At SELECT, we have a great platform for growing our brand’s presence here on the West Coast.”
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Dale Pike of Deepa Gurnani agreed with Marissa, saying; “This has been the best Show I have ever had on the West Coast. We opened numerous new accounts this Show, especially from Hawaii, and resorts from all over. We also saw a significant increase in quality and quantity in all orders, which is very exciting.”
TRANSIT Shoe Show, also held Monday-Wednesday, in the Penthouse, and reported a lucrative show as well. As the renowned footwear Show running in conjunction with LA Fashion Market, the showcase was geared toward the fashion boutique buyers of Market, as well as footwear retailers of all sizes. Notable exhibitors included Pierre Dumas, Toscanella, Luisa D’orio, Shoes Like Pottery, Tsukihoshi, Modern Vice, Obsession Rules, Penny Sue, Angeles Shoes, Estee & Lilly, Bernie Mev, Medici, Calvin Klein Jeans, Lucky Brand Footwear, Cape Robbin Collection, Nicole, Madeline, Madeline Girl, Axiom, OTBT, Luichiny, ABS Allen Schwartz, Report Footwear, Vince Camuto, Calvin Klein Womens and Mens, BCBG Max Azria, BCBGeneration, Coconuts, Damiani, Dimmi, Ella Moss, Jay Adoni Collection, Envy Footwear, Jessica Simpson, Matiko, Me Too, Adam Tucker, MIA Limited Edition, Michael Antonio, Michael Antonio Studio, MTNG, Sixty-Seven, Not Rated, Naya, Olem Shoes, Old Friend, ONEX, Peace Mocs, Mixx Shuz, Report Signature, SMAC, C Label, Envy Collection, G.O. Max, Yellow Box, Naughty Monkey, Splendid, Kelsi Dagger, Frye Boot Company, Seychelles, Aerosoles, Chinese Laundry, Franco Sarto, Matisse, MIA, NYLA Shoes, Sugar, Rocket Dog, Naturalizer, Poetic License, and Betani, plus many more.
For more information or to register for Fall 2013 LA Fashion Market please visit: The California Market Center Date for Fall 2013 LA Fashion Market are Monday – Thursday, March 11-14, 2013. Market is also open to Buyers on Sunday, March 10th, 2013 for Preview.
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- Dana Elizabeth
Los Angeles, Ca. January 14th -Introducing a new line of luxury handbags, for the discerning women who believes it’s in the details; it’s in the look and feel that makes the bag. ‘Favorite-Paris-NY’ is the new ‘it’ bag of the year. A clutch in bold color, made from supple Python. What’s unique about ‘Favorite’ is the possibility of making it truly ‘your own’ with your choice of Python color, and unique flower accents that define each bag. Thus allowing a woman to personalize her bag, so each is unique as the woman who owns it.
Elodie Baude, Head Designer and Founder finds inspiration from her love of fashion and her personal experience with exclusive brands such as, (LVMH, Ines de la Fressange, Jean-Charles de Castelbaljac and Tod’s). The idea stemmed from one simple problem that always seemed to elude the designer, she never had that ‘perfect-evening bag’ the kind that easily travels well, and goes with everything. So she designed her own. Thus delivering a bag so unique, with it’s multi functionality, an underarm bag which is easy to carry wherever and goes with anything. The clutch is the perfect bag for any occassion, whether it be a shopping spree with friends or glamorous evening out, the “Favorite” bag complements any look. It offers an ideal solution for all the essential items and papers that a woman cannot do without.
For Elodie’s first collection, fittingly titled, “FIRST” the designer combined her past experience, and design aesthetic while incorporating support from the top industry professionals and players in the field. The collection is available in an incredibly wide range of colors to choose from, 16 different python skins to choose from enabling the customer to literally design the bag of their dreams.
All, “Favorite” accessories are 100% French and reflects a modern meets contemporary style. Proving that no woman could possibly resist owning her very own “Favorite” bag.
For more information please visit: www.favorite-parisny.com Twitter: twitter.com/FAVORITEPARISNY
Finding that perfect T-shirt doesn’t always come easy, there’s more to it then simply the cut, color and cost. It’s the fabric and dying process when combined with the perfect silhouette that makes for that, “ah-ha” moment. You’ve been there before, the dreaded ‘dressing-room’ standing in front of that infamous full-length mirror. At times it’s been your enemy, at others—that full-length mirror is your best friend. But once in a while there comes along a special moment when you find that ‘perfect T-shirt,’ engulfing your frame like a second skin. The drape of the top is impeccable, the fabric feels like silk and you would literally live in it if you could get away with it. After years of searching, hundreds of so-called ‘perfect T-shirts’ later, the actual ‘Perfect T-shirt’ has been designed, and the best part is? It’s made right here in LA.
Established in 2007, designer Enza Costa set out to create just that, the ‘perfect T-shirt’ one that was impeccably cut, made from the most touchable fabrics, with great attention to detail. After rave reviews her first collection not only became a cult favorite, but caught the eye of the most discerning boutiques and stores worldwide. Since it’s inception, Enza Costa has grown, evolving into a full range of essentials. Silk blend t-shirts, cashmere knits and gossamer tanks rounded out the collection. More recently, the collection has also included full-length knit dresses and maxi-skirts. The line is built around effortlessly chic, never-take-off essentials where each piece of Enza Costa is executed beautifully and handmade in Los Angeles with the finest fabrics from Italy, Japan and California.
Enza Costa’s visionary and illusory style accentuates the silhouette with cool formalism and casual expression. The classic line is guided by transparency, layering, femininity and sensuality. Which is why when I was given the opportunity to review the line first hand I jumped at the chance. At first glance one might assume that an ‘Enza Costa’ piece of clothing was nothing more than your average T-shirt, or garment. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s in the first touch, the first time you slip on one of Enza Costa’s pieces that you realize what it is that you’ve been missing.
There isn’t a single piece of clothing from the line that I don’t love, I find myself building my daily wardrobe around my Enza Costa pieces, trying to tailor each outfit to fit any and all events possible. From the full-length maxi dresses to their gauzy knit sweaters (that I simply can’t take-off) Enza Costa has won, not just my closet over, but my heart, as well.
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Los Angeles, Ca. January 9th 2013 — Thought leggings were just for ladies? Think again, B-Skinz leggings for men, or as they like to call them, ‘meggings‘ are completely comfortable, and are made from the company’s signature spandex blend that is not only form-fitting, but breathable as well. Think this must be a joke, think again–celebs like (Justin Bieber, Russel Brand and Lenny Kravitz), have been seen sporting leggings recently.
B-Skinz is introducing a bold colorful collection, available in a variety of colors including; black, navy, red and gray, and for the more daring individual, leopard, zebra, and psychedelic jungle patterns will be in stock as well.
“Our meggings are fashionable, bold and hip — perfect for any man who wants to make a statement with his style,” said B-Skinz co-founder Carolyn Sammarro. “They can be dressed up for a night on the town or walking through Central Park, and are comfortable enough to wear to the gym.” -B-Skinz
The leggings are priced at only $29.99 per pair, the new ‘meggings’ from B-Skinz will appeal to every man who’s expressive and outgoing. Not to worry ladies, B-Skinz is also available for women and kids. Sizes range from XXS (girls) to XL (adult). B-Skinz products are made entirely in the USA and can be customized for group orders. Designed to complement standout personalities, dash through the tournament of life in a kaleidoscope of over 125 indulgent colors, metallics and designs. For more information, visit www.bskinz.com or follow bskinz on Twitter and Facebook.
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- Dana Elizabeth
Los Angeles, Ca. January 9th 2013 – With the New Year in full swing the time has come to finally ‘make good’on all those ‘resolutions’ we so eloquently promised, (silently or spoken out-loud, when the clock struck midnight). For some of us, it was as simple as let’s say, ‘giving up chocolate for a year.’ For others, (myself included) I vowed to ‘give-back’ more to my community. Whether it’s volunteering at your local animal shelter or giving-back to your favorite charity, the time has come. Which is why we think there is no easier way to ‘give-back’ then by investing in, ‘time.’ We’re talking, watches and one company is doing their part to help out.
These fashionable Keep A Breast™ Vestal watches (VESTAL ZR2-KAB), with their hot pink embellishments, are perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift or for a spunky Spring accessory! The one-of-a kind numbered pieces (only 150 units produced), are available in black, gold and silver. Each one has a unique “check yourself” breast cast etch on the back of the face. The watches retail for $300 and 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to The Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB),™ a worldwide non-profit organization. That’s right, 100% of proceeds…so what are you waiting for? The watches are available online at: www.keep-a-breast.org. And for an extra added bonus, the watches come packaged in magenta wood boxes, and come with a signature, “I Love Boobies” bracelet in addition to a custom guitar pick.
We think it’s a pretty simple choice and easy one too! So give-back this year and be on time with Vestal. to learn more or see other watches by vestal please visit: http://www.vestalwatch.com/
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In 1980 the youngest daughter of the world renowned artist Pablo Picasso, Paloma Picasso—introduced her first collection of Jewels for Tiffany & Co. Paloma quickly climbed the ranks, becoming one of the worlds most sought after jewelry designers. Her gemstones introduced the world to a whole new color palette and exquisite jewelry to choose from. Fiery orange opals, shocking pink tourmalines and her now signature “X” design; combined with her use of “Scribbles,” and “Graffiti” sky-rocketed Paloma’s career and established her as a permanent fixture and force-to-be reckoned within the design world.
Paloma’s pieces have not only become a favorite amongst Tiffany collectors but have become extremely recognizable, well known and loved throughout the world. The longstanding partnership between Tiffany’s and Paloma has proven to be an extremely rewarding collaboration for both parties. Which is why, it’s no surprise that Tiffany commissioned Paloma to yet again, design a new collection. Fittingly appropriate and in-sync with the New Year, we were invited to preview the new line forTiffany and Co. “Paloma’s Olive Leaf” collection. This week we stopped by Tiffany & Co.’s Rodeo Drive location in Beverly Hills, California.
The collection is intricate, extremely detailed and yet delicately designed at the same time. Inspired by Peace and Natural Beauty, Paloma’s Olive Leaf collection is stunning. With pieces for everyday wear to evening, her collection is nothing short of brilliant. Precious metals combine with brightly colored gemstones deliver a collection that is true to the designer’s signature aesthetic.
Distinctly Paloma, the collection embodies elements of true organic design combined with whimsical elegance. A true artisans touch is seen throughout the collection. From the details seen within each Olive leaf, to the carefully placed gemstones, the collection is one that begs to be worn and captures light perfectly, drawing one’s eyes almost without notice to each piece, beautiful on it’s own, yet even more so dazzling in the light.
Paloma’s Olive Leaf collection makes use of a variety of metals and gemstones. One stand out piece from the collection is a large bib-necklace, which traces delicate leaves and stems in an openwork pattern, brilliantly placed green tsavorites and 18 karat gold come together to finish the piece nicely.
The designer used various gemstones like Rubellite and green peridot Cabochons that are woven throughout each ring setting of either 18-karat gold or silver offset with diamonds. Pear-shaped Rubellites accentuate luxurious drop earrings of gold and sparkling diamond leaves. With several pieces to choose from, there is bound to be something for even the most discerning of customers. Paloma’s Olive Leaf collection is a true work of art, one that would make even Tiffany’s founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany very proud. The collection will be available at select Tiffany & Co. locations starting, March 2013.
For more information please visit: www.tiffany.com
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- Dana Elizabeth
update: original version read: ‘Soft after’ edited for corrections on Tues. January 15th 7:04 pm to read: ‘Sought after.’ edited by: Dana Elizabeth
What woman doesn’t love a beautiful necklace or a delicate diamond bracelet? I’m willing to bet not a single one. For over 175 years one company has elated women all over the world with the treasures that are found within one of their signature, “little blue boxes,” (including myself on the rare occasion). Standing the test of time and beautiful design one company has delivered countless smiles with the gift of their jewelry. In honor of their 175 years in business the iconic jeweler, Tiffany & Co. has issued several stunning pieces utilizing their Legacy Gemstones. The stones have been used in numerous pieces, like Jean Schlumberger’s Stars and Moons necklace. The necklace comes in platinum with 587 stunning diamonds totaling over 125 carats.
The Tiffany Anniversary Morganite necklace, comes in a beautifully stunning 175.72 carats, the neckline is adorned in diamonds and platinum wire and a gorgeous 2 carat Tiffany Novo diamond is placed at the center.
I especially love this Tiffany bracelet; made of Tiffany Yellow Diamonds, white diamonds, tsavorites and spessartites in 18 karat yellow gold the bracelet is exquisite. Simplistic in its design yet adorned with luxurious yellow diamonds. It’s a true statement piece.
Big or small, delicate or intricate there is sure to be a piece of Tiffany’s fit for every woman. There are several reasons why I, myself love jewelry—one sizes fit most—being one of them. There is usually a story behind each piece, whether it was a gift, or perhaps purchased for yourself—to congratulate yourself on a job well done—or maybe the item was passed down from one generation to the next. Jewelry is usually a purchase made in deep contemplation, with much thought behind it. On the contrary to more or less items bought on a whim, like a pair of jeans. Yes, whatever the reason may be—jewelry is usually, well received and with a smile. Why not get your holiday shopping started early this year? I know of one store that makes my list—Tiffany & Co. and here’s to hoping they make your list as well.
You can find the Legacy Gemstone collection in Tiffany stores across the U.S and worldwide. See some of the gemstones up close online by visiting Tiffany’s website.
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