Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Deerfield Leather Tote Bag
A timeworn vintage quality exudes from our handsome leather tote bag, exquisitely crafted in Italy from soft, supple leather.
- Two canvas handles at the top are accented with antiqued metal stud hardware and leather reinforcement panels. Signature embossed leather Proprietor patch accents the front for vintage appeal. Leather reinforcement panels at exterior corners.
- Adjustable leather tab buckle closure with antiqued metal hardware secures the top. Snap closures at top exterior sides open to create a roomier silhouette.
- Twill interior features a full zippered pocket with leather trim, leather pull tab and "Ralph Lauren"-embossed leather patch at the back wall.
- Elegantly presented in our signature purple felt duster bag.
- 17" L x 6" W x 16" H. Leather. Made in Italy.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Do you know that feeling of going shopping for shoes, while wearing new shoes? Now multiple that infinite times. That's how I imagine you'd feel if it was your dollar that finally finds the cure for cancer.
Take a look. Join my team. Donate now. And Stand Up 2 Cancer.
It's no secret that cancer advocacy and prevention are always on my mind. As much as I love fashion and the luxury lifestyle, I really live for this most worthy cause. On the 3rd anniversary of my Mother's death from this terrible disease, I began a team with Stand Up 2 Cancer to raise funds, awareness, and opportunities to really make a difference. The team is called Debbie's Dreamers. I'm trying to raise US$10,000 in one year.
When someone you love dies, you often dream of them. And I know that my Mom dreamed of a world without cancer. I share that dream. So I thought the name was fitting. We are Debbie's dreamers.
Join my team. Donate anything you can. Spread the word. Offer your time to your local hospitals and hospice. Advocate for a healthier lifestyle.
And it's only more fitting that I've started this team when I did, because the organization as a whole is celebrating it's second anniversary. Below you'll find the official press release outlining one of the many opportunities to get involved. Cancer touches us all. So join me, and Stand Up 2 Cancer.
May 27, 2010 (Los Angeles / New York) – In celebration of its two year anniversary on May 28, 2010, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) has launched the Dave Stewart “Up2 You” Video Challenge. The Dave Stewart “Up2 You” Video Challenge invites the public to upload a YouTube video in response to Dave Stewart’s powerful song “Stand Up To Cancer” which has become the anthem for the organization.
The song is featured in a PSA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yxwtsVIQSQ) directed by Jesse Dylan (will.i.am’s “Yes We Can”) and features the music and vocals of Stewart, Joss Stone and violin virtuoso, Ann Marie Calhoun. The challenge encourages everyone to show how they stand up to cancer by recording their own rendition and submitting their video entry on SU2C’s YouTube channel*. All valid entries may be eligible to be included in the September 10th telecast.
“Dave has given us a powerful anthem which is a testament to all 12 million cancer survivors as well as a moving elegy to the millions we have lost from the disease,” said Laura Ziskin, Co-Founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “For a long time, the word ‘cancer’ was taboo, you didn’t say it out loud. It was whispered. Now that Dave has fearlessly put the word in this song, we are urging the public to be more open to talking about the disease and fighting it side by side with our organization.”
“This song is something I hope will inspire conviction while also acknowledging the loss caused by this merciless disease,” said Dave Stewart. “I encourage everyone who has been touched by cancer to listen to this anthem, enter the contest and make it their own. ‘Stand Up’ and participate for those you’ve loved, those you’ve lost, and for those who are in the fight.”
Here are the challenge details:
Entries will be accepted from May 27th through July 30th, 2010 on Stand Up to Cancer’s YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/su2c).
- From August 12th-19th, the public will be able to vote for their favorite semi-finalists on Stand Up to Cancer’s YouTube channel.
- From August 23rd -27th, the celebrity panel voting committee which will include Dave Stewart, Jesse Dylan, and SU2C Co-Founder, Laura Ziskin will go through the finalists and select the top 5 winners and the Grand Prize winner.
- A Grand Prize winner will be announced on September 1, 2010 from the top five videos and will win a Takamine guitar valued at $3,999.
- All valid entries may be eligible to be featured in the 2010 Stand Up to Cancer telecast. SU2C will contact those entrants whose videos are being considered by September 1, 2010.
With a return to primetime television on September 10, 2010, at 8PM EST & PST / 7PM CT, Stand Up To Cancer will follow up its historic 2008 fundraising telecast with a star-studded appeal to build continuing public support and donations for cutting-edge cancer research that translates at a rapid pace from the laboratory to treatments and technologies that benefit patients.
ABC, CBS and NBC are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the nationally televised September 10th fundraising special, to be telecast from Los Angeles. HBO, Discovery Health, E!, MLB Network and The Style Network will also carry the show this year, and other networks and cable channels are expected to join the effort. The program will include calls to donate through designated phone lines, as well as to the standup2cancer.org web site. One hundred percent of all public donations go directly to cancer research.
The primary goal of SU2C is to raise funds for groundbreaking translational research to accelerate the delivery of new therapies to patients, getting them from the “bench to the bedside” as quickly as possible. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to work collaboratively -- rather than competitively -- at a critical time in the field of cancer research.
For more detailed information about Stand Up To Cancer please visit www.standup2cancer.org
Monday, May 24, 2010
It all started whilst waiting in the Delta Sky Club. It's only ironic, because I was just conversing with my longtime friend Janet. You see, one of Janet's biggest pet peeves is when people make sounds whilst eating. I don't just mean the natural, minimal sounds either. I mean when people chomp on crisp apples like cows eating grain. That obnoxious smashing of teeth and gums against fruit, with the sloshing of the juices, and the laboured breathing - it's terrible. A few of Janet's coworkers even weighed in on the subject with particular instances of other coworkers chowing down on apples while in close quarters in the workplace.
Well, shortly after this conversation, a woman came into the Sky Club and sat next to me. What was in her purse? Not just an apple - but a giant Asian pear as well. And she proceeded to chomp away on her fruits. Apparently my "f*** you" look said more than words could articulate - because she gathered her belongings and moved to another sitting area in the club.
As if the loud eater in the Sky Club wasn't enough - seated in the same row, but on the other side of the aisle, was a woman who feasted on TUNA FISH mid-flight. TUNA! Could you possibly pick another malodorous food option?!
So it got me thinking - maybe people don't take into account their fellow travelers before selecting their food options. So I'm saying it here, in plain language, for all to see. "Before you board your next train, plane, hovercraft, ferry, or any other form of public transportation, kindly leave all loud, fragrant foods at home."
Here are some suggestions:
-- when you travel on planes, overnight ferries, and trains, the air is often recycled and the quarters are often cramped. Avoid foods with heavy scents. This includes seafood, garlic, and anything fried. While your love of McDonald's french fries is unending, your guilty pleasure is multiplied in close quarters in the form of horrible smells. Save them for open air environments. The same goes for garlic and fish dishes as well.
-- speaking of recycled air - the environment is often quite dry on public transportation. consider packing a fruit salad. I make sure to pack a small plastic dish so the fruits don't get smashed or squished, and am sure to de-seed and cut the fruits into bite-sized pieces, as to refrain from squirting passengers with fruit juices or seeds. Small containers of mixed nuts are not only mess-free, they're also protein packed and healthy!
-- stay away from overly stick or seasoned foods as well - any food that would necessitate you washing your hands is something to leave at home. As much as I love Garrett's popcorn - their cheese flavoured variety is so cheesy that your fingers end up turning orange. Not the best travel snack.
Follow these tips, and you're sure to be a fabulous traveling companion. Arrive alive. It's always en vogue!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
It's safe to say that Harry Winston is one of the most exclusive, luxurious, and well-known jewelers in the world. The story, the romance, and the excitement associated with HW pieces is simply stellar. Most impressive, the brand continues to pioneer new techniques, new materials, and new looks while retaining their commitment to their heritage and mission.
Most recently, the House of Winston has been creating much buzz around their 'project Z' watch collection. In 2004, the project was started to create the most amazing, modern watch with classic inspiration and styling. ‘Z’ stands for Zalium, which is an aluminium and zirconium alloy. This material brings many favourable properties, including being incredibly lightweight, hypoallergenic, and producing a fabulous dark gray colour.
The Z6 collection might be my favourite of all the Z offerings and is limited to just 250 pieces. Sporty, utilitarian, and incredibly stunning - the watch features an alarm and an exclusive manual winding movement. The open face is very modern and is composed of 18 levels offering a geometric composition of surfaces. Two off-centred dials intersect, with each featuring its day/night indicator. On the time dial, the hour and minute hands are joined by a disc in the form of a shuriken—known as a ‘throwing star’, hand-held blades used by Japanese Ninjas—on which the movement shows the seconds.
Now, for those who can't afford the hefty price tag associated with Harry Winston watches, the brand has created a fabulous application for both iPhone and iPod touch. The free product features a "virtual" HW watch for your screen! The application is available at both Harry Winston's main site and in the iTunes app. store.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I hope it's a common understanding that one cannot place any metal objects in the microwave. You'd think with a collective society that can fly man to the moon, perform the most intricate brain surgeries, visit the depths of the ocean floor, among all the other incredible feats that someone would figure out how to safely allow metal objects in the microwave.
Until then, the fabulous folks at Juliska have come to the rescue. Imagine the most amazing, old-world pewter dishes, serving pieces, and drink wear, but can safely be used in the microwave, the dishwasher, the freezer, and (up to 500 degrees) in the oven. Now take away the chore of polishing or cleaning your pewter and the risk of scratching the metal.
I present to you Juliska Pewter Stoneware. Featuring a metallic stoneware glaze, these restaurant quality dishes and pieces make for the most stunning table arrangements. Perfect for everyday use, they're incredibly durable. I love the grandeur, the glitz, and the glamour of the pewter look, mixed with the handmade quality, attention to detail, and overall amazingness we expect from Juliska.
Now, for an even bigger pop of pizazz, I love the look achieved when mixing Juliska's Pewter Stoneware with Vietri's Incanto collection. De Medici dots, baroque curves, antique lace, olive branches and wildflowers combine to create Incanto - with revolutionary strength and classic beauty inspired by Italian art and history. The Juliska brings out the silver and grays hues of the Incanto so perfectly.
Fabulous dinner parties are easy to create when you have the perfect dishes and serving pieces on hand. Set the table, invite your friends, cook a simple pasta, toss an easy salad, pop the corks, and presto! - instant memories.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Q: What do amazing homes, fabulous fashion models, and Lydia Courteille all have in common?
A: They've both got great bones.
You can change your haircut, add or subtract some pounds, but you've still got the same face structure. Similarly, you can add on rooms, paint the exterior, rework the interior, and even repurpose their function - but the foundation remains the same.
In Mexican (and other South American cultures), skulls are a way to honour the dead. Unlike in North America, where skulls are either associated with Halloween or labels on bottles of poison, skulls are considered a symbol of beauty, of honor, and of heritage.
A few days ago I stopped in the Marc Jacobs boutique in Chicago. Amy, the fabulous associate, greeted me with the most delightful, warm welcome. The only aspect better than her customer service was showing me this truly one-of-a-kind creation:
The most fabulous skull earrings. They are an original design by Parisian Jeweler Lydia Courteille.
She has everything of a mischievous heroine in a boudoir, with a doll’s face and her hair, cut with a cheeky fringe; Lydia Courteille is a Parisian fairy tale reknown for her cabinet of curiosities where she pulls the strings, 100% dreamlike. (From the article by Louise Chancenet for the magazine 'Please!')
Measuring 3" long, covered with 810 incredible brown diamonds measuring 9,98 carats and gilded in 18K gold, these lovely gems can be yours for just US$ 25 000.
Honour those who came before you, remember your ancestors, or simply celebrate everyday life with these stunning skulls. When you inject your sense of self into fashion, your style comes alive! And that is always en vogue.
For more information about these fabulous earrings or to inquire about making them your own, kindly leave a comment here.
Monday, May 17, 2010
At Dior, I wanted you to touch and feel each handbag (or garments, or shoe, or eye wear, or fine jewelery piece), seeing how it looks and fits, while you taste some delicious champagne, smell the glorious bouquet of fragrances, and dance to the tunes pumped club-like into the boutique. In luxury, you experience the brand, instead of just shopping the store.
Now, Hugo Boss is jumping on the multi-sensual style by partnering with Apple for their latest fragrance. I was at Macy's in Chicago's famous Water Tower Place shopping centre yesterday and saw this display:
Paired with the latest Boss fragrance is a selection of iTunes gift cards, a 4GB iPod shuffle, and Hugo Boss branded headphones. Perfect for Father's Day, graduation, or birthdays, I love when great companies pair up for one fabulous gift. Music and fashion have always had a spicy love affair, and now both your nose and your ears will be happy!
It's only more ironic that Hugo Boss and Apple have teamed up, as there's been buzz lately in the retail industry regarding Apple being characterized as a luxury company or a retailer that appeals to the more luxe client. I definitely agree - Apple unveils their newest products and gadgets with the same fervor and excitement as Gucci unveiled the newest Jackie handbag. The presale of Apple's iPad was just the same as the presale of Dior's Gaucho. There's a cult following, an exclusive feeling generated from waiting list, "limited supplies", price, and selection. And the incredible product support, service, and warranty mirrors the same amazing service clients expect from luxury design houses. Other luxury ranges offer accessories for many different Apple products, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Prada. And music maven/designer/fashionista Gwen Stefani even created her own ranges of Apple products, available exclusively at Apple flagship stores.
When great brands join forces, everybody wins.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I love J.Crew's first dedicated men's shop, known as the Liquor Store. I've written about it other times before (just search "J. Crew Liquor Store" in the search bar on this blog, and you'll find the entries there). And right now, I'm loving their Belstaff Brad jacket. It's US$ 1495,00 and item no. 27834.
J. Crew and Belfstaff describe it like this:The epitome of rugged, authentic cool, Belstaff has been making exceptionally designed outerwear since 1924, earning a cult following among everyone from film stars to road warriors. Designed in collaboration with bona fide biking buff (and actor) Brad Pitt, this old-school motorcycle jacket is crafted from the finest Italian leather, which is meticulously washed, oiled and waxed, making it highly water resistant (so you can ride out storms in style). The highly durable, lightweight leather is ideal for spring and has that handsome, uniquely distressed finish associated with years of loyal wear (it will only improve with age). Quite simply, a collector's item, par excellence. Gentlemen: Start your engines. (This jacket is intended to fit snugly to provide protection and ease of movement while on a motorcycle. We recommend ordering one size larger than your usual size.) Standing collar with buckle closure. Two-way zip front with button storm closure. Double rear waist cinch. Flap pocket.
And I must agree. It's the perfect mix of classic and cool with modern and masculine with a dash of daring and a splash of style. Worn with your favourite white v-neck tshirt and jeans, over a button down shirt and casual , or over tailored light gray pants with a slim fitting dress shirt, this jacket takes you, not only from zero to ninety in the blink of an eye, but also to the next style stratosphere.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sex sells. Regardless of class, country, or culture -it's a simple fact that sex sells. But that's not enough for Calvin. It was time to push the envelope even further. Americans Kellan Lutz and Mehcad Brooks, Spain's Fernando Verdasco,and Japan's Hidetoshi Nakata have all starred in CK's newest campaign, X Marks the Spot. It's edgy. It's sexy. It's in you face. It's vulgar. And it sells for sure.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Secondly, I'm loving these Balenciaga shoes from Neiman Marcus.
|Exclusive Craquele Ballet Flat, Bronze|
I've always loved great ballerina flats in women's fashion - something so comfortable, yet so elegant. Paired with great skirts and dresses, or casually with denim or even great shorts. Versatile and vivacious.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Dearest Thirsty.Threads readers and guests:
Chances are, we all know someone with cancer. Maybe a family member, a close friend, a neighbor, or even yourself. The sheer number of people who bravely battle this disease is only getting worse. But together, we can make a difference.
My Mom had skin cancer for as long as I can remember. But as any brave, graceful Mother would do, my family life was never centered around her treatment. "Special trips to the beach" were really so that we could travel to other cities so she could receive expert radiation. "Lunch by the river" was really because she had another appointment at the dermatologist. Whether we were in the pool, at the beach, or out camping, Mom was standing by us, with her trademark wide brim hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen bottle nearby.
Then the melanoma spread to her lungs, brain, and some lymph nodes, too. The doctors said she only had a few months. I quit my job, moved home, and helped my Dad and older brother take care of Mom. My brother and I did things that sons should never have to do for their Mothers, but we didn't think twice about it. Caring for Mom was the most difficult, yet easy experience. The most complex, yet the simplest task. The saddest, yet happiest time.
On April 15th, 2007 - Divine Mercy Sunday, my Mom died.
This April 15th, on the third anniversary, I started a team with the "Stand Up 2 Cancer" foundation to raise money for cancer research and most importantly to spread awareness and hope. I'm trying to raise $10,000 in one year (from the 3rd anniversary of Mom's death, until her 4th anniversary).
It's not just about donating money. Volunteer your time and talents to a local hospice or hospital. Set the example to your friends and family, and live a healthier life. Eat better; move more. Regularly visit your doctor.
We all know that when we look good, we feel better. So put on your party shoes, and make the sidewalk your catwalk. Join my team. Spread the word. Stand Up 2 Cancer! And know how much I appreciate the help.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I'm loving the big trends right now from women's fashion.
(in no particular order of importance, of course) -
-- statement jewelry. still loving the cocktail rings, giant bangle bracelets, and amazingly awesome earrings. Just don't go overboard. If you're incorporating one of these trends into your ensemble, don't incorporate the others. The statement piece is supposed to make a positive fashion statement, not a negative argument that's loud and obnoxious.
-- lace. Whether it's a laser cut leather pump, etched to look like lace, a lace overlay dress, or lace accents on fabulous, flirty shirts - I'm loving the intricate, delicate features of lace.
-- the power of flowers. I'm loving floral. In prints, both large and small, on fabric. In accessories, from silk petals on necklaces to bejeweled cuffs, to accentuating shoes, bags, and the ever classic broach pins, I love the femininity and natural elements of flowers.
-- embroidery. Fashionable frocks, terrific t-shirts, and summery sun dresses, I love the embellishment and attention to detail found in embroidery.
-- I'm loving flirty flat shoes. From the casual flip flop sandal, to the comfortable ballerina, to the dependable driver, to the glorious gladiator, I'm loving flats. (but don't get me wrong - I'm still loving the super tall shoes as well!)
-- I'm loving the confident, power women who's comfortable with the juxtaposition. The flat and the heel. The short mini or the long, flowing dress. The polished, proper suit and the rugged, rockstar appeal of indie chic. The new-wave, ingenue and the classically edited icon.
-- I love rich, international inspiration. Bali. Bombay. London. Los Angeles. Marrakesh. Milano. Paris. Prague. Stockholm. Sydney.
Monday, May 3, 2010
~ I just watched the movie "The Blind Side" with Sandra Bullock, country singer Tim McGraw, and many other fabulous actors and actresses. If you haven't seen it - you must.
~ I love that Target carries Caldrea products know. They are fabulous, earth-friendly, and amazingly fragrant products for a whole new concept of fresh and clean.
~ For those who don't know, my Mom was a fabulous gardener. She loved her rose bushes. While she was fighting her terminal cancers, I assumed the gardening duties and began caring for her rose gardens. I've work really hard over the past few years to keep them flourishing in Her memory. And I'm happy to report they're really full and beautiful right now. Even the other plants are lush and lovely. And the Christian Dior roses I planted for her are simply amazing.
~ For women, I'm loving either incredibly simplistic or over-the-top indulgent. Average shoes are just not en vogue this season.
~ For men, I'm loving the attention to detail, but in a minimalistic method. Think Maison Martin Margiela. Or Michael Bastian. Killer khaki. Knock-out Navy. Youthful yellow. Gorgeous green. And wonderful, wonderful whites.
~ For both men and women, having flawless, youthful, radiant skin is the best accessory. Well, that and a dazzling smile. Fresh faces and superstar smiles are the difference between the amateurs and the professionals. Revamp your regimen and prepare now.
~ And speaking of skincare, pay special attention to your lips and hands. Have you ever seen an older person who has a fabulous face, but terribly wrinkled and discoloured hands? Paying attention to just the face, and neglecting the hands, will lead to significant signs of aging later in life. Same for the lips. Remember these steps - exfoliate at least once a week, both the hands and the lips. Cleanse daily with a moisturizing wash. Then moisturize and protect with a natural, sun protecting moisturizer.
~ I still love D&G's La Force fragrance from the astrological collection. It's #11. And I'm still disappointed that I had such awful experiences at Macy's, who apparently have the exclusive right of distribution in America for a while. So I refuse to buy the product until it's available at another retailer.
~ I have a minor obsession with skincare, bath, and body products. Sadly, I'm that consumer that buys products in advance, so I never run out of what I love. And when the product is about 1/8 from being finished, I get excited thinking about what "new" products I'm about to open, so I just might, possibly, sometimes, maybe use a little more product than I should so I can "speed up the process" and move on to the next product. So to prevent this, I've started keeping the "refill/on hand" products in a closet away from my bathroom, so I stop wasting extra product. It's my way of stretching out my mighty dollar and extending the life of my products in this less-than-stellar economy. And I can't wait to be using the Blood Orange + White Pepper soapy suds body washes from Bliss that I've stashed away.
~ I'm still loving when both men and women layer multiple bracelets. Various fabrics, medals, textures, sizes, colours, stones. Make them reflect your personality and style. Make them your own.