Accessories, JewelryLet’s Be Friends


At a young age and as an early lover of accessories we learned that the best way to express your friendship was with jewelry. Jennifer Elizabeth brings us the Baby Elephant Friendship Necklace ($37) that you can pick up for both you and your BFF. You will instantly be deemed friend-of-the-year because not only are these necklaces charming but they give back too!

10% of the proceeds will be going to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to help protect and preserve Africa’s Wilderness and its denizens, particularly endangered species such as elephants and black rhino. Available in Antique Gold, Oxidized Silver and Rose Gold and is 8 1/2” long (longer chain available by request) at www.jenniferelizabeth.com.

 

Accessories, Home, Lust List, ShoesLust List: March 2011

Fashion, New YorkPsyched for “All on the Line”

Behind the scenes with Dana-Maxx, courtesy of the Sundance Channel.
OK, it’s been a while since I was into a reality show (I know, I’m a TV snob). But after reviewing the preview episode of The Sundance Channel‘s “All on the Line,” which premieres tonight at 10 p.m., I’m really looking forward to getting hooked. It’s like the network has tapped into my psyche and the psyches of fashion lovers everywhere!

But before I go on, I must give full disclosure: One of my best friends is an executive behind the show — which means I hope she and the show’s creators really did tap into my psyche and the psyches of all of their fashion-loving friends. It also means I’m scrutinizing it way more.

What strikes me about “All on the Line” is that, despite the sped-up timing, staged scenarios and showcased quips that have become a reality TV norm, it is still in that shiny, new, documentary-style stage of exploring a fascinating subject with a fresh perspective. What happens after you taste success as a designer, then lose your mojo? I love that instead of being all about the manufactured drama (which is of course unavoidable, especially in fashion), it also focuses on the actual work that goes into reinventing a fashion brand from concept to showroom floor. We also get to sit in on major moments of pride and disappointment as each designer stresses about the details, struggles to look at the big picture and learns to accept the importance of taking risks — lessons that are important no matter what business you’re in.

Featuring Joe Zee, the charming yet brutally honest creative director at ELLE, this episode takes on Kara Janx, the season-two Project Runway contestant who was behind an impressive kimono wrap dress, and the challenges she’s had since with developing her business. More episodes explore the challenges of even more emerging designers — and give us more chances to see some fascinating behind-the-scenes footage.

Check out a sneak peek online.

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Beauty, MakeupAre you Fun, Feminine or Dangerous?

Urban Decay has three new palettes out for the spring, and they fall into three distinct categories – Fun, Feminine, or Dangerous.  Each palette comes complete with six different shades of eye shadow, a mini 24/7  Eye Pencil, and a mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion, to make sure whatever look you’re going for stays on all day.  READ MORE

Dining & Nightlife, Hotels, New York, TravelTDO First Look: Mondrian SoHo

Equal parts fairy tale, opulent opium den, and downtown high-rise the new Mondrian SoHo brings an eclectic mix of fantasy and luxury to the edgier part of the neighborhood.  The 25 story, 270 room hotel is the third Morgans property to be branded under the Mondrian name- joining its LA and Miami counterparts, delivering a signature sleek, trendy and exclusive vibe.  I had the opportunity to tour the hotel during its soft opening. READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupLight Up the World

Stila‘s new Light up the World collection for Spring 2011 hit stores recently and it’s definitely worth the trek down to your nearest Sephora.  The look is perfect for spring – it’s all about fresh, glowing skin with makeup in shades of pinks and bronze, with touches of gold thrown in for some shimmer.  (I so covet the look of the model in the ad campaign.  She just looks so naturally pretty and her makeup would be appropriate for almost any occasion).

So far, I’ve tested out a couple of the products (my goal is to pick up a few more of the pieces this month).  Coconut Crush is the newest addition to Stila’s cult favorite lip and cheek stains.  It’s a rosy bronze-gold shade – very pretty on my fair skin, but I think it would also look great with a tan during the warmer weather.  (Fake, of course!)  Like all the stains, it’s long-lasting and it smells deliciously like coconut.  I have it on my lips right now and I keep getting a whiff of it at different moments and it’s making me crave a pina colada.  (And a tropical vacation to go with it!)  READ MORE

AccessoriesIntroducing Katherine Kwei

I’d like to introduce TDO readers to the newest handbag designer that I have my eye on: Katherine Kwei, whose refined, luxurious bags seamlessly blend Chinese tradition and modernity.  Many of Katherine’s designs are inspired by Chinese knots, an art which she learned as a girl from her grandmother.  In my childhood, my mom, in a show of Amy Chua tiger-mom behavior, forced me to go to weekly Saturday Chinese school and signed me up for Chinese knot class as an after-school cultural activity.  As I learned from creating many lopsided, flimsy knots, Chinese knot-making is an intricate process, with many of the most beautiful knots requiring upwards of  50+ steps.

A better student than I ever was, Katherine Kwei has perfected the art, and incorporated many of the shapes into her own designs, preeminently the Chinese eternity knot.  Using her former training at LVMH and as an intern for Zac Posen’s accessory line, she’s created a line of exceptionally unique everyday and special-occasion clutches that speak of custom touches.  The Clea clutch (top right) is one of my favorites, a delicately-crafted clutch in an elegant box style, that reminds me of a professionally-wrapped present with its fastidious ribbon detailing.  It looks like the type of clutch that would catch Blair Waldorf’s fancy.

Blair Waldorf’s counterpart, Serena VanderWoodsen, carried a modified version of the Donna sling bag (top left) on a Season 1 episode of Gossip Girl.  The metallic fringe adds a touch of bohemian glam, and I love using it as my downtown party bag, with soft buttery leather, easy to close magnetic snap, and perfect size (just enough to hold a small wallet, phone, and makeup touchup.  Check out Katherine’s new Spring promotional video here, a short, dreamy schoogirl-style video vignette featuring her classic Lulu bag and some of our favorite  bloggers including Sara Zucker and Bianca of Small Girl PR.

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Beauty, Los Angeles, Nails, Spas & SalonsTake a Walk to the Nail Garden

I’ve been in dire need of some down time and pampering lately, so I headed to the Nail Garden salon in Sherman Oaks for their Indulgent Bliss treatment.  The Nail Garden is a chain of four salons in Los Angeles – branches can be found in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Burbank, and their newest location, Brentwood.  It was started by Reham Bastawros and her husband Fady because Reham, an admitted spa junkie, wanted to develop what she calls “an urban retreat,” where people could relax and indulge without paying a huge price tag.  (Exactly what most of us are looking for, right?) READ MORE

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