Google+ November 2012

Sponsorship and Makeover

November 30, 2012

This has been a very exciting week for MFS.  Firstly, you may have noticed the new Fashion Parkway badge on my main blog page. Yes, Fashion Parkway has sponsored MFS and I am thrilled to be joining the incredible team as their newest fashion contributor. Fashion Parkway is everything in fashion covered by select fashion bloggers, writers and photographers.  Keep a look out for my first contribution in the upcoming week.

Secondly, I am so pleased to announce that MFS will be receiving a total makeover in the very near future.  A little sneak preview above but keep checking back for the complete new look!  Tomorrow I will be posting one of my favorite photo shoots so far, Classic White Shirting.  Happy Friday!

Talk the Talk Thursdays

November 29, 2012

Talk from me
Which celebrities do you find stylish?
I really like the styles of Nicole Richie, Victoria Beckham, Leighton Meester (not Blair Waldorf), Olivia Palermo, Rachel Bilson and obviously SJP.  I am constantly googleing (is that an official verb yet?) them to see new outfits.  

What did you learn today?
I actually just came across a US-based study revealing "80% of smartphone owners shop on their device."  Think about that impact on this past Cyber Monday sales.  See full article here.

Talk from you
"I thought this super subtle sheer hem was so chic." - The Sartorialist

"As you can probably guess I am an avid reader of MANY food blogs. I love them! And right now most of my favorite food bloggers are posting about healthy recipes ... But me, well, I just want to bake cinnamon rolls." - A Beautiful Mess

You know the drill by now!  If you would like to be a blog I feature or ask me a question, please see here for more information and email with the subject line "Talk the Talk."

Nails by Alex at Neville Hair & Beauty, London

The Curator, Tastemaker, Style Influencer ...

November 27, 2012

The curator, tastemaker, style influencer, fashion ambassador and celebrity.  Call them as you like as they are changing the scene of online shopping.  There are so many new ways to shop nowadays with new online fashion shopping sites emerging left and right. Exciting as it is, I see one consistent trend: the use of curators (or insert any of the above titles) in recommending products. Marketing research has shown that we as consumers like recommendations from people we know and/or admire and are more inclined to shop these suggestions.  So is the curator the new online marketing strategy of today as was the flash-sale of previous years?  I'll let you be the judge by presenting below four unique online websites that have adopted the curator-based business model.

AHAlife is an online discovery and shopping platform that offers unique handpicked products by the likes of Donna Karan, Daniel Boulud, Tina Brown and Tim Gunn.  Definitely some heavy hitters here!

The Coveteur offers a look into the closets of tastemakers, celebrities and fashion elite with the ability to actually shop pieces from their closets.  Right now Sophia Bush and Hugh Hefner are amongst the closets you can peruse and purchase.

Vaunte recently launched and is also offering up fashionable closets by redesigning the world of online luxury consignment shopping. It is currently by-invitation only with some of its members including fashion designer Lela Rose and fashion stylist Ann Caruso.

The Cools is a social network and an e-commerce site.  In addition to hosting brands, boutiques, bloggers (hint!) and individuals, its tastemakers include Erin Fetherston, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Agyness Deyn and the granddaughters of skin-care legend Jacques Courtin-Clarins.


November 26, 2012

(rag & bone sweater, jeans and headband, Barneys New York CO-OP boots, Theory gloves, Ray-Ban sunglasses)

First off, I would like to clarify that I am NOT a matchy-matchy girl.  I actually really discourage it in styling.  I love mixing different prints and fabrics.  But, in this case, it kind of really looks good!  Rag & Bone's matching sweater and headband were never pieces I bought to wear together intentionally.  I just really liked the pattern and it is so uncommon of me to purchase two items with the same design.  So glad I went beyond my comfort zone and did!

Emmanuelle Alt's rise (and style) at Vogue Paris

November 25, 2012

Emmanuelle Alt is the editor-in-chief at Vogue Paris, aka "A Big Deal." She joined as fashion director of the magazine in 2001 and became editor-in-chief in February 2011.  Ms. Alt's entire career has been in fashion journalism starting at French Elle at only 17 years old.

Ms. Alt is refreshing. She smiles, has a definitive style and minimalistic approach to beauty.  All around laid-back chic.

Besides being smart and insanely good at her job, Ms. Alt obviously has a very keen eye from which she has driven her success.  This most glaringly can be seen in her style: Jackets paired with t-shirts and skinny jeans.  Years in the fashion industry and she knows what look's good on herself (and in magazines)!

Photo credit: The Cut, Fashionologie

Guest Blogger: tone saravia on American Holiday Fashion

November 23, 2012

There is nothing more American than Thanksgiving and nothing more New York than than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Covered in thick coats and warm colors, friends and families gathered together along the West Side apartments this morning for mimosas, coffee, and pastries overlooking Central Park and the parade. We were lucky to be invited to one of these special gathering. Magic occurs in the small spaces of this city, where dark colors, thick furs, modern leather cuts, and vintage style come together to embody what is the epitome of American holiday fashion. 

Hope you enjoyed today's guest blogger!  For more on tone saravia see here

Talk the Talk Thursdays

November 22, 2012

(rag & bone sweater and headband, Ray-Ban sunglasses)

Talk from me 

What is your favorite restaurant in London?
London has all the major restaurants like Nobu, Zuma and Hakkasan.  While these are good my favorite is actually a small, rustic French restaurant in Pimlico called La Poule au Pot.  The food is great and the ambiance is even better - so warm and cozy!  

Your hair looks so long and healthy.  What is your secret?
Aw, thanks! Trust me it wasn't always this healthy and I tend to color my hair a lot.  I actually have curly hair and used to straighten it everyday.  But nowadays I try to not touch my hair with any hot tools every other day.  This in combination with a really good shampoo and conditioner (I use Fresh products) and a bit of Argan oil on the ends has shown a huge difference. 

Talk from you

"Yesterday I bundled up the little cookie and headed into Covent Garden to Dust PR's press day where the lovely ladies were showing the SS13 collections for some of my favourite brands – WildfoxRebecca Minkoff (accessories), BarbourFalke and Irregular Choice (shoes)." - STYLONYLON

"I'm so excited to see the family and have some amazing food (especially pie!) this Thursday for Thanksgiving. For this special occasion I have purposely put together this outfit. I found this shirt in my sister's closet, loved it, and just had to wear it!  The deeper colors of this floral top make it an easy transition into Fall." - The Urban Lioness

If you would like to be a blog I feature or ask me a question, please see here for what I am looking to feature and email with the subject line "Talk the Talk." Looking forward to hearing from you and sharing your "talk" in the next post.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall leaves

November 21, 2012

What better way to enjoy the auburn leaves of Fall than in a gorgeous gown and carrying an intriguingly elegant yet modern handbag? Um...many ways!  Dreamlike yes, practical no.  I was so excited about shooting my Theyskens' Theory gown and favorite handbag from M2Malletier, I didn't realize how difficult walking through leaves would be!  But I succeeded in giving you my vision and really, that is all I wanted with two pieces so distinct they deserve the fantasy. 

Photo credit: Shariq Siddiqui Photography

Designer Spotlight: Lady Grey

November 19, 2012

New York-based Lady Grey is one if not my favorite upcoming jewelry line.  And I swear I am not biased by having met the line's ultra-sweet designer and co-founder Jill Martinelli.  The jewelry speaks for itself.  I find fascinating the balance between hardness and femininity in each piece.  This duality in design is probably due to the fact that Jill and her design partner/co-founder Sabine Le Guyader both have degrees in metalworking.  How cool is that!  Above are my favorite pieces from their Darklands FW'12 collection available at Elizabeth Charles and Lady Grey online

I sat down with Jill to discuss Lady Grey as well as her style inspirations and learnings as a designer.

Tell me about the line Lady Grey.
The line is named after Lady Jane Grey with whom we found inspiration from her doomed story as the short-lived Queen of England from July 10-19, 1553 ("The Nine Days' Queen"). After graduating from school, Sabine and I decided to create a line together that combined a fashion-forward approach to jewelry with our conceptual ideas about adornment.

Who are your style icons? 
Crystal Gayle and Lizzy Mercier Descloux.

What skill do you believe is necessary for success as a designer?
Perfectionism, but let yourself get a little weird once in a while.  Don't take yourself too seriously.

Photo credit: Lady Grey

Trend: Gothic Black

November 17, 2012

We all know burgundy/oxblood is the new black this season.  But let's not forget about black as the classic, chic and sophisticated color we all can wear and this season's new take on it: Gothic.

Photo credits: Pinterest

Living a girl's dream

November 16, 2012

(Emilio de la Morena dress and belt, Rag & Bone long sleeve tee, Christian Louboutin heels, Tom Ford sunglasses)

Last week when I visited London Fashion Week designer Emilio de la Morena's design studio to get a real-life glimpse of his SS'13 collection (see post here), I also got a hold of this FW'12 dress.  A beautiful exotic digital print I can only describe as destructured flowers meets leopard.  It is so refreshing for Fall/Winter.  Emilio is known for making women feel feminine and pretty and this dress made me feel just that with the little peplum detail and flouncy skirt.  So easy to wear, I loved shooting it in a beautiful garden in London and living every little or big girl's dream.  

Talk the Talk Thursdays

November 15, 2012

(Maje sweater, Kimberly Ovitz dress, Alexander McQueen clutch, Tom Ford sunglasses)

Talk from me
Who is your favorite designer?
I have to say Chanel.  Everything I own from Chanel I wear no matter the season or year.  The craftsmanship, design and tailoring of each ready-to-wear piece or accessory is exquisite and I know I will pass down my pieces as they are truly timeless.  I also do love Rag & Bone and can wear any of the pieces from their collections!

What camera do you use?

I use a Nikon D3100 14MP DSLR camera for my own personal photography and I work with photographer Shariq Siddiqui on most photo shoots. 

Talk from you

"It's party season! The only time of year when you can wear sparkles obsessively and not be judged!" - Behold This Beauty

"I ended up carrying Charlotte Olympia's signature Pandora Perspex clutch box, with its intricate enamel and crystal spider clasp..." - Liberty London Girl

If you would like to be a blog I feature or ask me a question, please see here for what I am looking to feature and email with the subject line "Talk the Talk." Looking forward to hearing from you and sharing your "talk" in the next post!

Photo credit: Shariq Siddiqui Photography

Designer Spotlight: Anthony Vaccarello

November 14, 2012

I adore fashion designer Anthony Vaccarello and seeing these photos shot by David Roemer in Harper's Baazar Spain confirmed what I already thought: What a bad a** designer!  "I test the limits and I am obsessed with a woman's figure.  Less is not enough and more is too much," the Italian-Belgian designer told Vogue Paris.  His designs are unarguably provocative and evoke images of the modern femme fatal.  He previously worked at Fendi where he excelled as designer for the fashion house's fur line and in 2009 launched his first ready-to-wear collection.  I have my eye on you Mr. Vaccarello and I can't wait to see what is in store (pun intended) next.

Photo credit. Anthony Vaccarello, The Vogue List


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