Friday, December 31, 2010
Rate My Look- January
Why You Should Wear Dangling Earrings- February
Wardrobe Capsule- March
From Plain to Pin-up in Five Easy Steps- April
Variations on a Halter Neckline- May
Rate My Look: Please Be Kind- June
Nature... the New Black- July
I Die- August
Etsy Item: Reversible Dress- September
How to Look Thin- Even in Winter- October
Meatless Monday: Shop Your Closet- November
My First "Wedding Gown"- December
I hope you've enjoyed this trip down memory lane. If you've been a follower for a while, I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog over the last year. I'm looking forward to all the fashions that 2011 has in store!
Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Start at The Closet. This shop has just about as many Manolo's as Carrie Bradshaw's closet. Too bad for me, none of them were my size. Chanel, Gucci, Prada- they were all there, waiting to be purchased by their next loving owner. I left with a black cashmere cardigan that I scored for $33! It is in excellent shape and aside from a bit of residual perfume that I need to get out, it's basically brand new. It is going to be an excellent basic item to have in my closet for years to come. (P.S. When buying second hand knits, especially wools, hold the garment up to the light to look for signs of moth damage. Moths don't always leave a hole, sometimes they nibble only halfway through the garment, leaving a much lighter spot that shows up in the light, but doesn't necessarily show a hole.)
After you hit up The Closet, move along to one of the THREE separate storefronts of Second Time Around located along Newbury Street. I purchased something from two out of the three shops and I'm pretty sure my mom bought something at the third one. I scored a fabulous wiggle dress for $12.50 that I can't wait to wear. It is SO Joan Holloway, you won't even be able to stand it! I just may have to dye my hair red and wear my pen on a chain around my neck all day. At the second shop, I struck gold, scoring two fabulous skirts and a super cool flower necklace all for just $51! In total, I spent less than $100 and got two skirts, a dress, a cashmere sweater and a necklace. Not a bad haul, right?
The only shop I where I didn't purchase anything was called Rescue. I loved how hipster-esque the vibe felt in that shop, but unfortunately, there wasn't anything for me on the racks that day. Ah, well. Maybe next time.
Have you ever shopped on Newbury Street in Boston? It's really fun because of the fabulous mix of high-end and second hand, and even some moderate stores mixed in. In the summer be sure to stop at JP Licks for some delicious ice cream and in the winter you can warm up at any of the adorable bistros that dot the street between all the boutiques. After our long day of shopping, my mom and I had a nice, relaxing dinner at the Top of the Hub. Haven't been there? Go immediately. Delicious food and you just can't beat the view. The scallops were great.
If you live in the Boston area and you would like me to review a second hand store for you, please let me know! Let me know what you are looking for, what you like/dislike about consignment shopping, etc. In the meantime, have a Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
1.) When in doubt, wear lots of sequins and/or rhinestones.
2.) Whatever you do, don't wear these:
We hit the road in NH at about 6:00 AM, didn't hit any traffic, only stopped once at Starbucks for breakfast and once at a rest stop for a quick potty break and managed to be in midtown Manhattan by 10:30 AM. The hotel actually let us check in early, so we had a few minutes to drop our bags off and freshen up before hitting the town for the day. We stayed at The New Yorker Hotel which I definitely recommend- it's a decent price for what you get. I've stayed there in the past and you really can't beat the location. The rooms are standard size for NYC, which means they are tiny. This one had a particularly small bathroom, but included a small desk and a seating area. Honestly, I would have gladly given up the seating area in exchange for a bit more counter space in the bathroom. One perk of the hotel choice was our view:
Saturday, December 25, 2010
BY: Hayley Raphael. guest blogger.
A few years ago, I got a job as a singing dancing snow bunny at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA.
Having just come off of two jobs playing 10 year-olds, I was thrilled beyond belief to wear a beautiful array of gowns and cocktail dresses costumed by the talented Renee Bouchard.
When Renee and I met, it was love at first fitting.
Being the only Jewish gal in the cast, I decided when in Rome do as...well, you know. I decked the halls, donned the lights and embraced everything Christmas complete with boughs of holly and a lovely blonde hair blue eyed Catholic boyfriend (I figured he was a good accessory).
When Christmas came I pulled over the reindeer sweater, sang "Oh Holy Night" at the top of my lungs and embraced all that was Christmas and holiday cheer.
Two years later, this Hebrew is back in the homeland. No not Israel, silly people. The Upper East Side of Manhattan.
So the question is, what do Jews do on Christmas?
Seriously. We eat Chinese food and go to a movie. Christmas eve comes and there are thousands of us that roll out of our apartments in droves, glasses on, Jew fro out, and popcorn we made at home to sneak into the theatre. (What, like none of you have ever done that before. Please!)
So the question is, what should the stylish Jew on the go wear when she wants to celebrate the challadays in style?
Anything she wants. Seriously, anything.
Since Hannukah is the "Festival of Lights," and the colors if the Israeli flag are blue and white, I suggest something blue with a little bit if bling. On the holidays one can get away with wearing too many sparkles and accessorizing to your heart's content. I mean, when else can you walk in a room wearing a glitter dress, cocktail rings and chandelier earrings and be greeted Billy Crystal style with , "Dahlink, you look marvelous."
Some designers that carry blinged dresses are Betsy Johnson, BCBG, and Alexander McQueen.
And for the rest of America: Target, Gap, H&M and Forever 21 always have some lovely bling-bling.
And if all else fails, just decoupage the daylights out of a sweater. But make sure to have fun!
Happy Challadays to you and yours
Now lets nosh!
Hayley aka creative sprite
PS. If you like this, you might like my lil' blog, creative sprite. Enclosed is the link aka Shamless plug.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
On Wednesday of this week I'm taking a quick overnight trip to New York City. I have a feeling this trip is what I need right now, but have no fear, I'll be sure to blog all about the shopping I do while I'm there. I have plans for extensive shopping! But that's not my point. My point is this: if you don't see a new blog post up here before the New Year, don't be offended or think I've quit or something.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The key to layering without looking too bulky is to select pieces that are light and thin, but also warm. Two of my favorite textiles for this task are alpaca and cashmere. Both are incredibly soft wools and are often made with a very fine weave so they are not too heavy or bulky. In addition, they are two of the warmest materials you can wear. For someone who doesn't like how itchy wool can be, cashmere and alpaca are definitely the best choices. Cashmere especially is SO soft and smooth, it makes an ideal textile in the winter.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
With Christmas just around the corner, I'm sure your bank account is, much like mine, feeling a tad depleted. And so in the spirit of saving money, today's post is all about the spurge vs. steal gimmick. Also known in some circles as the "Look for Less," it's a fabulous trend/price comparison for the savvy shopper. Let's all save a buck while still looking totally fabulous, shall we?
First up, these gorgeous pumps by Fendi- the bow detail at the toe is so sculptural and pretty and as for the color, well, you all know how I feel about a nude shoe. If you don't yet have a fabulous nude shoe, these would make a great choice: