Vintage Finds Vol. 2

July 31, 2014
When you start your morning with a leisurely breakfast and the perfect vanilla latte, you're destined to find the perfect... Vintage Find

And just like that I found one of my new favoritvintage storesGrape in the Shade!

Incredible selection of hats!

Look at the beautiful merchandising

Fantastic selection of costume jewelry

I made friends with one of the customers in the store. We even exchanged digits!

With  JoAnna Lombardi, owner, in her amazing turban with my special purchase. You know it's a great find when you buy it even when you're pregnant and cannot wear it until next season!

Up close of my dress purchase. Looks so similar to a recent Oscar de la Renta dress I saw.

1960's Emerald City clip-ons that we made into real earrings. 

It’s no wonder that Grape in the Shade was voted best vintage shop in Connecticut in 2011 and 2012 by Connecticut Magazine (As an aside - there must be a rule against winning three times in a row or something because this places is amazing).  The store is located in Washington Depot, Ct. Take your pick from Givenchy, Schiapparelli, Christian Dior, Valentino and many more incredible designers. It truly is a treasure.

Go for the Gold!

July 29, 2014
For all the entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs out there remember to always go for the GOLD!

Photo Credit: me

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DIY your summer scarf into a shawl!

July 24, 2014
In the summer especially when you're preggers I find you get hot/cold/hot/cold etc. Here are some of My Tips for taking your favorite summer scarf and making it quickly into a cocoon shawl. Enjoy!

1st step: Pull your scarf apart like below so it is a big piece of fabric

2nd step: Tie both ends of your scarf together

3rd step: Slip your hands in the area where you tied your ends together

4th step: Enjoy your new shawl and the beauty around you

Kate Moss & Johnny Depp...Johnny Depp & Kate Moss V10

July 21, 2014
You would think after so many posts featuring Kate Moss & Johnny Depp I would be out of photos and content to feature. NEVER. These two will never go out of style. Their effortless past and current styles will continue to inspire me. I wish I could find that picture where I met them in NYC as a couple at the Gilda's Club event back in the 90's. That picture was so iconic. I promise if I find it I will post it. This was before the days of social so I think it was taken on my Polaroid camera. However, the incredible photographer Annie Leibovitz was at the event shooting and I am sure she has some incredible photos of them from that event. I was fortunate to have photos taken of me and my family by Annie. When I find those I will be posting for you all to see too.
The incredible Annie Leibovitz
photo via google

Kate & Johnny
photo via google

 the iconic Gilda Radner (far right)

Gilda Susan Radner (June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989) was an American comedian and actress. She was best known as an original cast member of the hit NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1978. She lost her life to Ovarian Cancer in 1989 at the age of 42. She is someone everyone should know about and remember.

Kate & Johnny
photo via google

Entrepreneurship: Patience is a Virtue

July 17, 2014

I was contemplating all different new posts for my Entrepreneurship section from this #boss #bosslady #coolboss (what my Djs thankfully call me lol!) to you! I thought this one would be very apropos for all of us including me! We all go through different times in our lives where we repeat this saying "patience is a virtue" 100 times in our heads. Right? One of traits that is least often talked about which entrepreneurs must nonetheless possess is patience.  It’s not as sexy as grit, guile or determination… but its just as important.  So today, I want to do a shout out for just a little patience… yeah, yeah (Axl Rose, I still love you).

Think about it....
1) that first time you took your first step. You didn't know it then but you were definitely being patient with yourself
2) or that time when you really wanted that snickers bar but your parents made you eat your healthy meal first. It was worth the wait! 
3) How about getting into one of these:  nursery, middle school, high school, college, grad-school, business school, etc. You get where I am going with this. Either your parents or you in one of these scenarios had to believe that what was to be would be the right decision and your patience had to be at one of your bests!
4) Then there is getting your first internship or your first job. How long did you wait to hear back from the HR team or the employer?

Many of you have asked me How did you get into such and such department store?  How did you learn all the things you learned? How did you find your partners? How do you get chosen to be in a NYFW show? How did you get that licensing deal? How do you manage your team? The answer, at least in part, to all of these questions is you need to be patient.  For example, when I've done everything I can to seal a large order, I try not to go overboard and badger the buyer too much.  Instead, I:

- go for a run
- do yoga
- work on other projects
- don't constantly check my email
- listen to inspiring music
- breathe
- paint my nails (!)
-enjoy some retail therapy
- cook
- read books about anything but the fashion business

And I ....

Vintage Finds Vol.1

July 15, 2014

From time to time, I get interviewed.  A couple of weeks ago I was walking the red carpet at the CLIO Image Awards and a reporter for Us Weekly and Architectural Digest asked me “What is your favorite vintage store and vintage piece?"  I went blank!  I’ve been asked some difficult questions and this was NOT one of them, but I literally couldn’t come up with anything.  I felt like that Miss America pageant contestant. Pregnancy brain I guess…. Any who, I am an avid (some might say reckless) vintage collector and shopper so I feel the need to redeem myself.  Therefore, I’m introducing Vintage Finds, which will be a section about my favorite vintage and consignment stores around the world and my favorite pieces that I found within them.

For our first installment, check out this killer Geoffrey Beene suit that I bought in a vintage store in New Orleans. The [second] photo is a skirt I bought for $1.99 (!) at one of my favorite vintages stores that no longer exists called Juju & Moxie that I frequented at least once a week in college (Wisconsin – go Badgers!). I don't think I have found a vintage store quite like this one ever since, but it’s not for lack of trying. I have made some amazing finds over the years so stay tuned for more Vintage Finds!

*photo credit in Suit Amanda De Cadenet
*photo credit in Skirt Wire/GettyImages by Steve Mack

Midnight Inspirations: Meet our July Muse of the Month!

July 10, 2014
Introducing our July ‘14 Muse of the Month, Naomi!
I got the chance to work with Naomi this past September at the Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl® NYFW show. Our first meeting was during my fitting with her. Thankfully, the dress I made for Naomi fit like a glove and Naomi was just excited as me! We clicked right away. Naomi has a beautiful vibe and is uber talented multi-tasking many roles as an actor, a host and the list goes on. See why I have chosen her as our July Muse of the Month below and get to know her if you don't already! P.S. She did rock the Runway! If you missed it check it out here and here.

1. Name and Social media channels: Naomi Kyle actor, IGN host, & YouTuber

2. Favorite charity to support and why? 
My favorite charity to support is BAFTA. It's a British independent charity that develops and promotes the arts of the moving image. I have a particular interest in their Young Game Designers division in which young students with a passion for games develop skills that can lead to careers in the industry. It's a charity I believe is needed so that students can begin their pursuit of games at a young age and feel truly supported in the process. Working in the games industry isn't an unrealistic aspiration, it's a real goal to have, and BAFTA is there to help you realize and attain that goal. I only wish such an initiative as the YGD initiative existed when I was growing up.

3. Favorite Boy Meets Girl® item and why? 
The Drip Tee is my favorite Boy Meets Girl® piece. Not only am I a fan of grey cotton shirts, I'm also a lover of tops that are bold and unique. The drip tee nails that idea perfectly with the half tank, half t-shirt concept. A statement piece that can by styled in multiple different ways and worn for any occasion from a chilled out evening playing video games, to a red carpet event. It's the kind of shirt that breeds style inspiration and I'm excited to watch that unfold. It's a definite, the drip tee will get multiple uses out of me, I may even need a back up!

Who is your muse or the person who inspires you most? Could be anyone! If you would like to be considered for Boy Meets Girl®'s Muse of the Month see the rules here!

My tips: Saving vs. Splurging Vol. 2

July 8, 2014

My tips: Saving vs. Splurging Vol. 2

1. Splurge on great button downs and classic bags
-I said it in my last post but I feel a great button down is worth the splurge. This particular Suno button down has has a great fruity print which can take you from this summer into the fall. It is fun and fresh and can be worn with your denim, printed skirts and shorts.
-As Chanel said, "a girl be two things Fabulous and Classy." I think splurging on a classic quilted vintage Chanel bag is worth it. You know you will take care of that bag as if it was your pet and you will find a place to wear it with everything. I am certain of that!

2. Save on trendy items-
Try Vintage shopping for the latest trends. As we know trends get recycled and they once started somewhere else! Fruity items are so hot this summer but they were also hot back in the 50's too!

1. Splurge on classic & basics staples-
Find items that you know you will wear all the time and will have forever so this will justify the spend. 
-Black cardigan
-Black blazer
-White blazer
-Great pair of jeans
-Classic white tee shirt and white button up
-Tan Trench coat
-Classic handbag
-Nude patent leather heels
-Black booties

2. Save on trendy items-
Loving the peplum trend that you have seen in every magazine and/or runway and on every celebrity? Great! Forever 21, H&M, and Target have great and affordable trendy tops that won't break your bank and you won't feel like your out of a lot of money when it makes its way to the back of your closet next season!

3. Splurge on something you REALLY REALLY love!
The saying goes "If you love something then let it go," or something like that! And I believe sometimes this can be true when you're shopping including shopping vintage. If you see something in the store and you're like I gotta have it, maybe don't buy it right away! Walk around the rest of the store, check out other stores for similar styles, maybe even go home and come back a week later! Think about it some more. "What can I wear it with?" "How many times can I wear it? And then you should have a clear answer on if it's going to be worth it!

What do you like to save and splurge on?

Ali MacGraw 4th of July Style Vol. 3

July 3, 2014
If you follow the blog religiously or are just stopping by you know that I am a big fan of Ali MacGraw as seen here in past posts 201020122013. I find myself posting about her style always around 4th of July. She embodies such an iconic style that is truly effortless. So to get us all excited about this Independence celebration here are more shots of Ali mixed in with my growing belly :)

photo via tumblr

photo via tumblr

Have a safe and Happy stylish 4th of July!