During our time in NYC we had the pleasure of visiting RentTheRunway showroom at Henri Bendel. In the past we’ve worked on some cool projects with RTR, however, nothing topped playing dress up with designer labels in a dream closet that we only see on tv and in magazines (You know, that closet with all the latest glamorous pieces…yes, that one!).
As the emphasis on “green” and “sustainable” grows, the more wonderful innovations we see. Clothing is being made from pineapple fibers, blankets from wood pieces, fabric from milk (yes it is…read more here). What I love (even if they are more “pretty” than “green” at times) is all of the great wood accessories that are out!
Being a nature freak, me + wood = #purejoy …so you know these pieces send me over the moon. New mantra: All Wood Everything! These pieces add that perfect little bit of different that I love in my #STYLdLife. I will be adding them to my wardrobe one by one…watch out forest, here I come!
WeWOOD Watch – Maple
Shwood Sunnies – Zebrawood
KAYU Clutch – Acacia
Ms. Wood Wedges – Salvaged wood
A PEACE TREATY: “Ethically-produced, artisan level accessories and apparel for the luxury fashion marketplace.”
You must, must, must learn the story of A Peace Treaty. The brand started as a pact between a Pakistani Muslim and a Libyan Jew, Farah Malik & Dana Arbib. Combining their backgrounds of graphic, textile and product design with marketing for social justice and human rights they have designed beautiful collections for 9 seasons so far.
Not only are their pieces artistic and beautifully crafted, they support artisans working for fair trade wages. One of the things I love the most is that each season they travel to a different region and seeks out the local artisans there to re-define a piece. Being that these pieces are hand crafted and imported from artisans all around the world, their craftsmanship and pricing puts them in the luxury market.
If you are looking for an investment piece, look no further. Do you drool over these GORG accessories as much as I do?? Head on over to A PEACE TREATY and shop for yourself!
1. STYLISH TOTE: A stylish tote is your beach must-have! An ideal tote is durable and spacious to fit all your important beach items.
2. RADIANT SKIN: Your skin is #1 priority when laying out in the sun. Keep your tote full with Sunscreen, a refillable bottle of water and facial mist. Hydration keeps the skin healthy and glowing!
3. A FRESH FACE: For us girls that love our makeup, the beach is a perfect opportunity to let your skin breath. Instead of using concealer and foundation, bronzer powder is a lighter alternative. If eye shadow is a must, be sure to use a 24hr intense shadow. Don’t forget to keep your lips moisturized with a SPF lip balm.
4. BEACH BABE: Never ditch being STYLd! Add your personal touch of style and flair to your beach look by including colorful accessories.
STYLd PICKS: Free People Tank Dress; “SMILE” Beach Towel; Michael Kors Jet Tote; Marc Jacobs Oversized Sunnies; Marlyn Schiff Stretch Bracelet; Sam Edelman Flats; HOPE Eternal Mist; Kiehl’s Vital Sun Protection; Tarte SPF 15; Bobbi Brown Bronzer Powder; Maybelline Eye Studio
We recently had the pleasure to meet with Jen Abrams and her assistant Julie (we heart those gals) for cocktails. After chatting for a few I couldn’t help but notice their amazing arm candy. Being the handbag lover that I am, I immediately got the deets on this stylish bag- Nob Hill Evening Bag by Jill Milan!! This bag transitions well from day to night, adding a touch of sophistication to your casual denim look or as a clutch paired with the perfect evening dress.
I was hooked immediately when the bag caught my eye, but I became OBSESSED once learning Jill Milan bags are made from natural luxurious materials- No leather, fur or other animal derived materials… How STYLd is that?!
Jill Fraiser and Milan Lazich partnered in 2010 to create classic, luxury handbags. Each Jill Milan bag is a work of art, made in Italy by artisans who craft the best luxury accessories in the world! The bags are sewn by hand and the metalwork is all handmade. Every bag is created with the modern woman in mind.
We’ve seen Jill Milan in the hands of the most stylish celebrities, such as Jen Abrams, Eva Longoria, Elizabeth Hurley on Gossip Girls and many more.
Jill Milan has perfected the mix of elegant and timeless into luxury handbags that every woman could use in their wardrobe. WE ARE OBSESSED!
1. Keep it Comfy
Comfortable doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice being STYLd. The last thing you want to worry about in the airport is your feet hurting due to six inch heels. Traveling is the perfect time to do away with the heels for a chic pair of flats. Pairing your flats with a wrinkle-free pant and a bright color oversized sweater will allow you to arrive at your destination rested and STYLd.
2. Stylish Carry on
The satchel bag is your traveling confidant. An ideal satchel should be a reasonably sized bag with many pockets.
3. A Glowing Face
Traveling is an opportunity to go makeup free, with a fresh face and well moisturized skin. Makeup wipes are a must have, as they are good for removing dirt and oil from the face and eyes.
4. Mobile Maven
Having a tablet handy while traveling is a must. Your schedule, notes and entertainment all in one!
5. Fresh Scents
Every lady loves a bright scent with her stylish look. Keep your sweet scents in an travel size bottle ( Jo Malone 1 oz), so you don’t run into issue with TSA (Not STYLd).
6. Healthy Snack
To avoid unhealthy plane snacks always bring along a nutritional snack, such as dried fruit and nuts.
5. TOMS Sunnies
10. Trail Mix
We cannot allow this warm weather to sneak up on us without sharing with you our IT – BAG for spring. Season after season, buyers, designers and stylist deem what the “It-Bag” of the season will be. I was never one to indulge in such a thing, you know we are all about “do what works for you!” Well..well..well ladies, this season I have a change of heart. (FYI: There are not many trends or items that change my opinion, everything is not for everybody.) So, what is this heartthrob that D&D are going crazy over…
REBECCA MINKOFF’s MORNING AFTER CLUTCH (M.A.C.)
My love for Rebecca Minkoff began during my internship at Accessories magazine, when she was featured for her inspiring raise-to-fame story. Some may be surprised to know that Minkoff started in 2001 with a five-piece apparel line. However, it wasn’t until 2005 when the Morning After Clutch was an instant success, that the now iconic bag shifted her focus.The M.A.C. is famous for being the day-to-night handbag—-functional and versatile!
Being a lover of Rebecca Minkoff for some time now, I’ve seen the M.A.C evolve and grow in popularity and designs through the years. I totally believe this bag is a functional item for ANY woman. I’ve spotted the M.A.C on the shoulders of business women rushing into the office with their coffee in hand…clutched in the hands of stylish women standing in line at the club…hanging on the strollers while stay-at-home moms are out with the kiddies during the day. It is truly the IT BAG!
You may ask, why now? Why spring 2012 are we deeming this iconic bag the “It-Bag” of the season? Let me tell you, every bit of composure and poise went out the window when we viewed the Spring 2012 Collection. Minkoff could not have done a better job at giving us bold colors, textures, skins, studs and of course awesome hardware. No matter your style, this spring your look can be taken to the next level when adding the M.A.C. Checkout some of our favs, you are sure to be inspired!
Click on the photo above to view the M.A.C. featured in our video, “Styling a Classic White Shirt 4 Ways” on A STYLd LIFE’s Fashion Channel.
Old Navy Trench $50 oldnavy.com
Kate Spade Bangel $88 katespade.com
Madden Girl Flat $40 dsw.com
Cheap Monday Colored Denim $65 revolveclothing.com
SolidStitch Dream Collection Tee $22 solidstitch.com
H&M Blazer $50 hm.com
Dorothy Perkins Dress $89 dorothyperkins.com
August Fedora $48 bloomingdales.com
Jessica Simpson $98 jessicasimpson.com
Free People Beach Dress $88 freepeople.com
Michael Kors Sunnies $88 blomingdales.com
I want some shoes for Fall and Winter that are affordable but on trend. Do you have any suggestions? - Anonymous via Ask D&D
I have put together some options for you ranging in price from budget-friendly to spoil-yourself. I hope you will find the answer to your question below. Some of these I have to get for myself!
LACE UP WEDGE
1. Hive & Honey – Giddeon $69.50
2. Black Poppy – Lace Up Oxford $39.50
3. Montreal – The Time Wedge $88
4. KORS Michael Kors – Cassidy $250
5. Betsey Johnson – Daynaa $130
6. Dolce Vita – Payton $105
COLOR, COLOR, COLOR!
1. Dolce Vita – Briar $88
2. Steve Madden – Taangoo $80
3. Modcloth – Green of the Crop $58
5. Qupid – Strip 27 $26
6. Zara – Velvet Moccasin $70
8. Dolce Vita – Dahlia $109
1. Pour La Victoire – Larkin $220
2. Aldo – Urquiza $45
4. Bebe – Rune $120
5. Jeffrey Campbell – Zealous $170
6. Levity – Naomi $75
7. Nine West – Abalene $89
1. Sam Edelman – Uma $190
3. Joan & David – Flipp $119
4. Ego & Greed – Oxford $85
5. B. Makowsky – Neve $90
CLASSIC BLACK BOOTIE
2. Via Spiga – Cayden $250
3. Select – Chelsea $40
4. Zara – Zip Ankle Boot $99
5. Rosegold – Genie $111
6. Michael Antonio – Musa $59
1. XC-XACARET – Ballet Flat $49
2. Zara – Flat Furry Court Shoe $70
4. Black Poppy – Serena $24.50
5. Sam Edelman – Adena $150
7. H by Halston – Hope 2 $40
CAN’T FORGET THE BOOTS
2. Zara – Flat Ankle Boot $90
3. Aldo – Barberis $75
4. Call It Spring – Aeling $70
5. Report – Nichola $100
6. Boutique 9 – Jarn $203
7. Joie – Refugee $248
8. Dolce Vita – Zela $169
9. Zara – Flat Boot Fringe $189
Live A STYLd LIFE!
Etsy.com (the hand-crafted community marketplace) can be hit or miss in my opinion. There are amazing things listed and some not so cute creations… I happened to come across a few cute jewelry pieces on my latest browse session, so I wanted to share.
1. Bird Skull Necklace $28
2. Turquoise Bullet Necklace $17
3. Hyphae Spiral Earrings $30
4. Navy Leather Bangles $23
Accessories add that extra touch of style to any outfit. Find your signature pieces and you can throw them on with anything. Dress up a white tee and denim with an over the top necklace or add a subtle hint of personality to your work ensemble.
Step out and try some new accessories this Fall and wear them with any and everything!
Live A STYLd LIFE!