When I first heard of Fifth Ave Shoe Repair, I literally thought it was a shoe mending company on Fifth. But now I'm obsessed with the Swedish label that was found in 2004 by Astrid Olsson and Lee Cotter. I love their innovative designs. Something about their pieces are basic yet so beautiful at the same time, like you just woke up and threw these clothes on but still look good.
Perfect black top
This dress can easily be a staple
Want these, I mean... need these.
Black Flats is what I'm looking for- and these add bit of height!
Everything that is going on in the world makes an affect on the fashion industry someway somehow- whether it may be politically, economically or socially. And lately I've been thinking about what the world is going through today. Recently, we found out that the earthquake that hit Japan has left over100 people dead and 600 injured. Natural disasters are never good news, its heartbreaking to even hear about.
In small ways, reaching out can be easier than you would have thought. Many companies are realizing the importance of coming together to make a difference. Soles4Souls has one simple concept...to procure shoes and get them to the needy. They started in year 2004, when a tsunami hit Southeast Asia. Wayne Elsey, the Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, came up with the idea to start a non-profit to send over millions of pairs of shoes down to the gulf coast communities that were affected. Companies can donate their shoes easily from their customer returns and overstock. If you or anyone you know are willing to donate, please do so at http://www.soles4souls.org/donate/
If you know me, or read my blog often- you know one thing is for sure...I love to shop! In store, online, catalog-you name it. I'm the girl who is obsessed with accessories and clothes, but wouldn't mind peeking into Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel once in a while. I was looking up office desks, and came across a great selection through CSN Office Furniture. When I am actually home, I spend most of my time at my desk writing or researching. The South Shore Axess Small Desk in Chocolate is perfect for the amount of space I have- which isn't a lot, thanks to living in New York. Need this!
If you're a New Yorker, you've probably finally settled down just a little bit from crazy NYFW. But hey, Fashion Week really isn't over; it's going on this very minute in Paris! And I can't say I wish I wasn't there. But thanks to our technology today, I can view the latest collections online. Looking at some Paris shows on WGSN, it's interesting to see the same trends implement among American collections.
Some of my favorite A/W'11 Trends seen in the following collections:
-Cropped Pants -Lamés and Cloqué
Every season we look forward to new trends. But if you're fashion educated, you know that none of these trends are really new. Fashion is a cycle that repeats itself over and over again. Designers update these trends of course, and add their own style to the collection. The other day while working on a project, I found myself surrounded by designer goods. To my right, I saw large hats and berets...where did we see these worn before? Oh yeah, the 40's. And upon my left, I found huge platforms, chunky ones. Hmmm...they totally have the 1970's written all over them.
Looking at this A/W'11 trends, thanks to my savior, WGSN many trends show obvious glimpses into the past. Let's take a look!
My latest obsession....MAXI SKIRTS a la 70's.
Plaids...when were they NOT in?
Rag & Bone
Lamé...look out for these burnished metallics to last all holiday season!
And the list goes on...but you get the drift! The lesson here? Go crazy- look through your mother or even grandmother's closet...you just might find a stylish hidden treasure!
I was at work the other day when I spotted a woman wearing a gorgeous cape, it was forest green with large buttons with a darling hood. I stopped and asked her where it was from, she received it as a birthday present from her best friend at Asos.com. When I got home, I went on the website and it's probably one of the best online shopping sites I've been to in a while. There was a great selection of merchandise at surprisingly affordable prices, carrying their own "Asos" brand to designer brands such as Michael Kors and Paul Smith. And to the girls who love online shopping, you'll love this- Free Shipping! On everything...no minimum purchase amount. How perfect- another brilliant reason to shop! I need all of these pieces for spring: