Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My fifth grader is having a holiday celebration party in his class on Friday. This past Monday night, the room parent sent out an e-mail to request help and some extra items for the party. One of the things she needed help with was for some people to help coordinate two or three crafts for the kids. Although I am a creative person, I've never contributed an idea for a craft before. I do show up at all holiday parties, though, and help out with crafts. So I thought that maybe I'd offer out an idea this year. My idea: gumdrop pops!
The idea came from Martha Stewart's website, and the candy figurines looked really cute and easy to make. "Piece of cake", I thought. Wrong! I could not find gumdrops anywhere. After going to the candy store in the local mall, Walmart, Smart and Final, Michaels (where I did find a container of small ones), I still needed large ones. After all, the gumdrop pops needed to look like the examples on the paper. Yes, I will claim the perfectionist title. : )
The next day, I continued my journey to find gumdrops, and went to See's Candies. See's had to have them. Wrong again! I perused the store, in search of red and green gumdrops. All of the store clerks were busy ringing up orders. Finally, I got in the short line where you pay for pre-packaged boxes of candy. When I got to the cashier, I asked if they had gumdrops. She looked at me as though my question was unheard of. "No, we don't have them", she answered. I responded, "didn't you carry them in your store before? I thought for sure you had them in plastic bags with a bow on them." I guess I must have stated my question really loud, because in just that instant, the whole store made a roaring sound, and the discussions began. One lady answered, "the gumdrops can usually be found at Easter". You could hear others also claiming that red and green gumdrops once existed. Another lady answered, "try Walmart. I needed gumballs for my store, and I found a big box of them there, in all colors." Now, how did we go from gumdrops to gumballs? Anyhow, I left the store, amused at how gumdrops and gumballs became the topic of discussion just that quick!
My gumdrop dilemna was resolved, after spending at least 20 minutes at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, another mall store. The woman working there, who appeared to be the owner told me, "just go down to Long's or Sav-On Drugstore, and look for the off-brand candies. You will find gumdrops." She was right! I found at least three brands of them! Usually, I frown at the off-brands, but I've never been happier to see those off-brand gumdrops! My search was over, two days later. The funny thing about it is, the kids won't even care where they came from!
Monday, December 8, 2008
So much for the focus being on the handbags-- at age 50, Madonna is in great shape! I'm sure she's open to finding any means to distract from all of the negative publicity she's been getting in her personal life, lately!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
You have to check out this amazing Chanel Mobile Art Exhibit, which opened today in New York's Central Park!
The 2,300-square-foot structure — the Greatest Handbag Pavilion Known to Man — designed by Zaha Hadid, houses art inspired by Chanel's iconic 2.55 quilted handbag with the chain straps.
Also included is a pit inspired by the depths of a woman's handbag, an S&M-inspired room, a giant handbag, and more.
I wish I could personally visit this exhibit-- If you're already in New York, you don't want to miss this one!
(Source: NY Magazine)
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The beautiful, stylish handbags are impecccably crafted in muted brown tones, ranging from caramel and copper, to sage and chestnut. The handbags reflect the everyday lifestyle of women who want to purchase items that can be worn for years, and aren't necessary looking to dress seasonally, which was stated by the designer extraordinnaire, Tomas Maier, in a backstage interview at the show.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
In an effort to show their support, and help Barack Obama become the next President of the United States, prominent designers in the fashion community designed their own item to be added to the campaign’s merchandise.
Many designs feature Obama's campaign logo or his message of hope. From t-shirts to tote bags and sweaters to scarves, their designer wares will be available in exchange for contributions to the Obama campaign.
Runway to Change launched earlier this month in New York City in order to raise critical funds for the campaign. There are over 20 extremely esteemed and talented designers who have sent in designs for this project.
Of course, I was drawn to the really cute handbag designs!
Check out these totes:
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I am truly proud of my fellow sister because there are very few big-name "real" designers of color out there. Tracy Reese is one of the few who actually studied and worked in both New York and Europe. Even in my own experience of working in the apparel industry and teaching for many years, I personally saw very few people of color working in a design or creative capacity, or even studying to become a designer, for that matter. I always found this to be interesting because I know there are many talented people of color out there who can either sketch, sew, or create. One thing that I know for sure is that Tracy Reese has a gift for designing.
Check out these gorgeous dresses from her Spring 2009 collection:
Flirty and flowing-- Love the purple!
For someone who really loves her designs, I only own one item with her name on it - a scarf that I purchased about four years ago. At the time, I didn't even know who she was! I was going out with my husband to a black-tie affair, and needed a scarf or shawl to accessorize my dress with. I found the scarf in a local boutique and remember cringing when I looked at the price tag. It was around $200, but I had fallen in love with the floral silver metallic pattern on the scarf, and it was large enough to use as a shawl. It also had long fringes that gave the scarf its own individual personality.
Here it is:
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The only problem was that no one has any new music out right now, so instead of promoting themselves, the entertainers paid tribute to music legends, like Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Etta James, the Rolling Stones, and producer-songwriter Timbaland.
Here are some of the photos from the event (courtesy of In Style):
"The Dutchess" Fergie with 80's sensation Debbie Harry
Thursday, August 28, 2008
These purses are all handmade, and totally functional! In addition to keeping your cell phone securely in tow, these purses have a small pocket in front where you can put some cash or a credit card inside. The front flap has a magnetic snap that holds everything together! The handle even has a detachable swivel hook with a key ring that can be re-attached to your purse or a belt loop or buckle on your clothing. Easy access to your phone is important!
Ladies, I had you all in mind when I chose the prints for these adorable little creations, if I should say so myself! Who wants to display a boring purse with no pizazz?
The purses come in many styles and colors, and yes, more colors and styles are on the way! Some of the styles are adorned with crystals-- nothing like a little bit of *bling*! There is also a contrasting print on the inside-- I thought I'd might as well allow the inside to look as good as the outside!
These purses made their debut at the Pasadena Bead and Design Show in Pasadena, CA earlier this month, where I exhibited my handbag collection.
They were a hit-- and not just with women. The young girls who accompanied their moms to the show were purchasing them as well!
You can check out my collection of cell phone purses by visiting my online boutique, Designs To Infinity.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Vance has taken his art to a new level with his "Carry-Art" handbag collection. In his "Premier" collection, he has created for the Spring and Summer of 2008 eight handbags, the likes of which no one has ever seen before. He has literally created an evolution in the designer handbag industry. He has taken classic styles and updated them in his own creative way.
These bags are absolutely beautiful, and a great way to express your love of art. However, they do carry a pretty hefty price tag, so toting them around would be the equivalent of carrying around an actual painting! I would only carry a bag like this around for a really special occasion.
Great concept, though!
To view the entire collection, click here.(Story courtesy of 24-7)
Sunday, June 29, 2008
For instance, the museum combines articles from their collection to broaden the exhibit beyond the purse; creating vignettes of life during that time. In the twenties Women were getting a taste of freedom and in the thirties that taste grew to a healthy appetite. They were starting to work outside of the home. They were starting to go at night.
I can tell you more, but why not just read it for yourself...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Even a presidential election creates opportunity for fashion designers. If Barack Obama wins the bid for President and moves into the White House, what better opportunity could there be for a designer to be able to take credit for all of the compliments that Michelle Obama receives for her impeccable taste of style and fashion sense? Not to mention all of the dollars pouring in from sales of dresses and gown orders from women who want to be just like her.
Sometimes a little nostalgia is good-- those Jackie Kennedy days feel like they're coming back again...
When opportunity knocks, you'd better be ready to answer!
(photo courtesy of New York Magazine)
Monday, June 23, 2008
Donnatella Versace is so inspired by Obama that she dedicated her Spring-Summer '09 menswear collection to him at her show in Milan this past Saturday evening.
Donatella Versace considers him the "man of the moment" and "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power." Believe me, she isn't the only person who feels that way-- many of us are in total accord with her!
To read the entire story, click here.
Source: New York Magazine)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The clutch, designed by Timmy Woods, currently retails at Nordstrom for $415; however, more than 3,000 Swarovski crystals were added to the original Eiffel Tower design to create the Carrie-worthy, $2,500 Paris-themed showpiece.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Even though most of Iman's collection is made of faux leather and suede materials, it looks like high quality merchandise. I would wear it!
All of the bags shown here are priced under $100:
I love the color combination and style of this fuchsia Global Chic Glamour Evening Bag with a touch of metallic shimmer. It retails for only $54.95-- how can you pass this one up?
I really like the look, as well as the size of this Global Chic Red Patent Tote-- I don't like squeezing all of my personal items inside a bag, so this one would be perfect for me! At a retail price of $89.95, I feel this is a good buy!
You can check out Iman's entire Global Chic Collection by clicking here.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
New York has to be the last stop-- you have to save the best for last...
It's time to get the blender ready for the "cosmos"!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Being a handbag designer myself, I can tell that the designers of these bags really put some thought and effort into trying to come up with something unique from what's currently out. I personally love anything that's lacy or frilly, so these bags really stand out for me!
I love the simple embellishing when working with beautiful lace fabrics in white - a nice, clean touch that's classy!
You can read what Neiman Marcus fashion directors have in store for Fall 2008 by clicking here.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Check out this video of their in-store appearance in Harlem on behalf of their successful line. Young fans came out in droves to show their love for these two sisters!
If you haven't heard of the Pastry line, chances are that your kids have (if you have them!)
To view the entire Pastry collection, click here.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
How does the idea of adding to both your handbag collection and your home library sound to you-- all for free?
The SAK is a brand known for using signature textures and textiles, and has been featured in fashion and lifestyle magazines like People Magazine's Style Watch, Allure, and Self.
To read more about this great promotion, click here.
(Source: PR Newswire)
Monday, May 5, 2008
Looking to add the ultimate "It Bag" to your collection?
Check out this video (courtesy of NECN.com) where Michael Tonello talks about how he was able to locate and purchase hundreds of these much sought after "status symbol" bags, and re-sell them to high profile celebrities and fashionistas, who have waited on lists for two years or more to get one of these Hermes creations. Two years or more-- hard to believe!
He's even wrote a book about his experiences, called "Bringing Home The Birkin".
This is completely baffling to me... all for this bag???