The design team medaled again. This blouse is fabulous. I am not kidding when I tell you this. I was in the garden after dinner doing some therapeutic weeding in my cream denim lucy pant, the ones you see here, and I thought to myself, the lighting is fantastic, I need to share how great that gold blouse is now. Hurried upstairs, stripped the tank, sweater, and flats, pulled on the gold charmeuse blouse and grabbed my Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch and pleaded with my admin Booie to take a few shots before she headed out for the night. The result? A few photos in my backyard of this exquisite piece: the company I sell and recruit for designs couture quality collections seasonally and this is from Summer 2012. I have dressed women in size 12 and women in size 2 in this blouse with equally excellent results. Don’t you love the opening in the back? Just enough sexiness. My nineteen year old has tried to snag this one for her night’s out downtown. I would even send my mom out in this at the age of seventy-three. Can’t say enough about it. Also has hidden lingerie straps. I love it and can’t wait to wear it again and again. It is super easy and luxurious.
Chanel lip and nail colour has been my go-to since the age of nineteen. With coming up on almost two and a half decades, omg, of daily wear, here are my top picks for the month of July and all festivities revolving around the 4th: Le Vernis Nail Colour 617 Holiday, limited edition, Rouge Coco 76 Sari Dorè – great pop of color that looks good on all skin tones, Rouge Coco Shine 72 Effrontée – for your downtime when you still want a finish, Le Crayon Lévres Precision Lip Definer 38 Pêche – this liner works with both lip colours, and Lévres Scintillantes Glossimer 337 to finish it all off. I am wearing these now because once August hits I usually head back over to the dark side. One of the most modern ways to wear colour on your nails? Keep them short.
As it took me 13 hours to get from JFK to Buffalo on Friday and I didn’t arrive home until 3 am on Saturday, I have been a bit behind the eight ball with reporting back from my trip. Also hosted two dozen seventh graders yesterday for hotdogs, hamburgers, pool and pond swimming, kickball, and a pinata. Oh, boy, I miss my work. So, for a bit of calm here are some more photos from the Worth New York Fall 2012 runway show. Enjoy.
The clothes were modern, elegant, and sophisticated. Color, fabric, texture, cut, and shape all came together to enhance the beauty of women. While these models are paid to look beautiful, each being about 5’10” and size 0 or 2, the clothes they were wearing on the runway made me want to know more about them. Height and weight aside what they wore invoked images in my mind of possibility- life, family, work memories being made while wearing clothing that was easy to put on and luxurious. Bravo design team and company.
Back again on JetBlue flight #1, 5:40 am to JFK. This time I hit default with respect with what to wear while traveling. Michael Kors knows a good thing. Black summer weight cotton stretch skinny jeans, black tee with mesh circle cutouts, black cork wedge shoe and soft suede jacket make it quick and easy for me to get out the door and through the security checkpoint. Miscellaneous jewelry is kept in the carryon.
Here I am in midtown for national meeting and preview of Fall 2012. One of the trends for fall after seasons of color is a return to black. The company I recruit for has named one of its’ color groups just that- ‘back to black’. As for me I couldn’t be happier. Even though I work at incorporating color into my wardrobe I always feel the most at ease when dressed head to toe in black. When your day is super crazy busy it sure helps to have a uniform.
As the next few days unfold I will report back with updated posts. Finally my last two posts are looking better. Sorry for the delay. Tech smart college student admin took off for a few days to see Drake in concert. Lucky girl.
Stay cool. Record heat expected here in NYC for the next few days.
Father’s Day, June 2012. Husband requests full menu minus Fried Oysters with Remoulade from this month’s issue of Wine Spectator. Of course I oblige. Note to self: do not repeat Pork Ribs recipe or make darn sure I don’t burn them all again. 23 and 22 year old son’s both say Tejas Coffee recipe is a keeper. Recipe below. I was so busy all day only had time to put hair up and finish with a swipe of lipstick, Chanel ‘Sari Dore’. Makes you feel dressed even when your hair is still wet form walking the dogs and a very quick swim. Worth New York blouse, unironed, in navy voile with mini stars made me feel festive even after cooking all weekend for 14+. Happy Father’s Day. Back to work tomorrow in the city- looking for a woman of influence in Upstate New York that would love a career in fashion. Rochester, Syracuse, Saratoga, and Albany are ready to launch. Email me for more information. Finished dinner with target practice for soda cans off of the split rail fence…
Tejas Coffee, from Wine Spectator, July 31, 2012
1 ¼ ounces Republic Reposado Tequila
1 ounce patron XO coffee liqueur
1 ounce cream
1 ½ ounces espresso
¾ ounce simple syrup
2 dashes Fee Bros. Aztec Chocolate Bitters
Place all ingredients in the mixing glass of a shaker.
Add ice to the mixing glass.
Place mixing tin over mixing glass and shake vigorously.
Add fresh ice to a 12- to 14- ounce serving glass.
Strain drink over ice.
(Note: Recipe makes one drink.)
Or, you could do what I did and multiply the recipe times four, pour in a glass pitcher over ice, repeat, and store in the fridge until ready to serve. Your crowd will love you.
As husband is golfing tomorrow dinner will consist of leftover Summer Tomato Salad and Blue Cheese Coleslaw. Delicious, healthy, and easy.
The lighting is great, location divine, food and wine have been delivered, and everyone is dressed and in a good mood. It’s time to break out the camera to take a few shots for the new fashion and lifestyle blog. We’re ready to smile and wouldn’t you know? The battery pack needs a charge.
No problem, iPhone camera to the rescue. Not quite like the digital camera I am learning to use but it will get you through. These photos were taken last night with the iPhone at the Buffalo Yacht Club.
What’s the fashion lifestyle correlation? When getting dressed for the evening I discovered my Hermes scarf ring was nowhere to be found. Immediately text daughter two and ask her if she took it with her on her road trip to Boston for a concert. She texts back ‘maybe’ which really means ‘yes’. Her next message begins ‘duh, mom, just use a ring’.
Okay, backup one for lifestyle? Keep your battery charged and carry your cell phone. Backup two for fashion? Listen to your daughter when she has an easy solution for missing wardrobe items. Just use a ring when you want to wear a scarf as a halter.
Worth New York 54” scarf & Worth New York White Linen Pants
So you are headed out the door to a great sample sale. How to navigate to prevent regret?
Buy if you can walk out the door wearing your desired purchase that minute. If it looks and feels great and needs no or minimal alterations it is an absolute yes. Adjustment of pants length is okay, resizing the piece in any way is not.
Pass if you think you are going to lose 5 or 10 or 2 or 20 lbs to get into it. Trust me on this one. It is just not worth the stress of thinking about losing the weight.
Pass if you feel any sense of hesitation at all. No matter what you think you are saving it really comes down to how much you spend. Spending on clothes to wear today or tomorrow at sale prices is great, spending on clothes that will just sit and take up space in your mind and closet, is not.
Here’s to your success with sample sale shopping.
Essie ‘Orange It’s Obvious’ Nail Color.
Okay, I have to admit, sometimes when working from home I can get so lonely I dial in for training calls to hear other voices other than my own. Today was not one of those days. When I meet certain sales criteria I get to host a sample sale and sell unbelievably beautiful clothing at half off. It was a great day and I made many women happy.
The plans for the evening were to go hear Ellen Goodman speak on behalf of the Western New York Women’s Foundation. Took daughters two, three, and four with me under duress.
As a perk I got to shop my ‘sale rack’ because I had all of these great clothes in my dining room and picked this gorgeous rosewater silk cold shoulder dress for a very cool 50% off. Manolo Blahnik cork shoes and Chanel handbag purchased in NYC in 2010 complete my look. Sample sale continues through this Monday early afternoon. Email me for more bargains and happy shopping.
Yes, there are applications out there that allow you to stream live content to your WordPress site and keep your blog visitors totally updated. Have I figured that out yet? No. So, here is the report from my day in the big city yesterday: I wore a super long navy silk shirtwaist dress with the sleeves rolled up and the front unbuttoned so you could see just a hint of my beautiful La Perla bra (gift from my husband, he has great taste). My favorite thin metallic belt and high platform wedges finished the look. In my bag I had a pair of flat sandals stowed away and a lightweight cashmere wrap. This was a day trip for professional purposes so the outfit had to do double duty- it had to travel well and look good. My trip has been met with half success so far. I have not yet heard back from the two women I presented to after two emails and a phone call. I did however get a compliment on the street, ‘I love how you are wearing that dress’ which is a pretty major thing in what Wikipedia calls the 6th top fashion capital of the world, New York, USA. One tip from the day’s adventures would be to carry something cashmere. While the city streets can be hot the airport can be downright freezing.
Pictured within at the Worth New York design showroom is my blog admin, Sarah. She is working with me this summer on making this blog a better site so I took her with me for the day so she could see me in action. She wore my Pale Banana cashmere sweater over a white silk blouse and my JCrew skinny jeans. You see her in the photos in a new short dress from Bergdorf’s because she didn’t quite like her outfit for the day. My second tip from the day of travel would be to invest in yourself and your admin’s wardrobe beforehand so that it doesn’t cost you $200 on the spot to get the day’s clothes right. Business expense, not.