I am in Berlin! Loving the city - Today I saw the Brandenburg Gate, shopped at Galeries Lafayette and ate a wonderful meal at Michelin star restaurant Fischers Fritz. Tomorrow more restaurants and museums but first here is my outfit for the fabulous NYE party I am attending here in Berlin. More on that to come!
Happy Christmas. Joyeux Noël. Feliz Navidad. Buon Natale. Frohe Weihnachten. Krismas ki subhkamna. Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I hope you are having a fabulous day where ever you are spending it and thanks for following me.
I went to Barneys New York yesterday in San Francisco to do some last minute shopping and came out with a nicely sized Electric Holiday shopping bag (the current holiday campaign between Barneys and Disney). However, it wasn't apparent to me the relevance of Barneys Electric Holiday campaign with Disney until later on in the day when I watched this video. Barneys is a luxury department store and Disney is the creator of our childhood stories and fantasies. What is to gain by these two companies efforts in the key gifting period of the year except maybe to support Barneys childrenswear division?
How wrong was I! The partnership is clearly aimed at adults. It is a playful representation of the fashion industry and an innovative change from the more serious and exclusive image usually portrayed by the fashion industry. Watching Minnie Mouse take the catwalk in Paris modeling Lanvin with Suzy Menkes, Sarah Jessica Parkera and Glenda Bailey to name a few in the audience is so much fun! So many more surprises so push play above and enjoy the current fashions with the magic of Disney.
Every woman owns a pair of flats but are they these super-stylish Tod’s Optical Geometrics Gommino loafers? I think not as these are a special holiday limited edition! What a perfect last minute gift if you are all out of ideas for the extremely difficult to shop for “Woman-Who-Has-Everything." Tod's has always been at the top of my list of go-to shoe brands as I am a lover of the classic loafer they do so well (case in-point here)! I am off last minute holiday shopping in San Francisco tomorrow and will be definitely stopping by myself to pick up a pair. See more at Tod's and available in stores now.
I am so pleased to announce that my first contribution post with
MFS sponsor Fashion Parkway is up and ready to view. My outfit post, titled Holiday Red,
is timed perfectly in the midst of this holiday season and couldn’t come at a
better time as I make the trip back to the States today to spend the holiday
with family and friends (and with this look packed with me).
For today's Talk the Talk Thursdays, I have decided to showcase my go-to websites for my daily fix of fashion news, beauty trends, shopping, food and travel. Hope you find new discoveries and inspirations! And please share, what go-to sites are on your list?
I am obsessed with San Francisco-based Everlane. By cutting out the middleman, the budding luxury clothing design and manufacturing company offers high-quality products at unconventional prices. The company started by producing a luxurious version of the classic t-shirt for just $15. It has now evolved its product offerings to silk blouses, wool scarves and backpacks to name a few. How does Everlane achieve such prices? See the value chain below:
By cutting out the middlemen and overhead prices incurred by brick-and-mortar stores, Everlane is able to offer the lowest prices to consumers. Why not not-splurge and try out Everlane for yourself. My guess is you will be very pleasantly surprised.
Luxury 360 is a new and recurring post where I will examine the current luxury goods market trends and recap the main highlights. I personally like to know the big picture of the industry and sometimes find it difficult to get this information in one place. In this post I will share my most recent luxury business learnings with you as your one-stop post for a luxury market overview.
2012 has proven a good year with sales for a third year in row showing double-digit growth. Globally, luxury goods sales are estimated to reach 212 billion euros in 2012, a 10% increase from 2011. Sales for 2011 were 192 billion euros up 11% from 2010.
Accessories (leather goods and shoes combined) are the champion category of 2012 with sales up 14%. For the first time accessories are the largest piece of the market overtaking apparel.
At 27 billion euros Greater China (Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau) is now the second largest luxury goods market behind the United States, bypassing Japan. However Greater China, which accounts for half of luxury spending in all Asian markets, is slowing with projected growth of 20% in 2012 versus 30% in 2011.
Men are gaining share in luxury spending accounting for 41% of all sales. In 1995, men accounted for 35% of luxury purchases.
Hope you found this interesting! If you want a more in depth look into these highlights, see the Bain & Co. luxury goods market report here.
Winter Wonderland: A great holiday festivity I highly recommend if you are in London or planning a visit. Amusement park meets carnival, the ultimate playground for children or adults who just want to feed their inner-child. A childhood favorite, I love carousels! What is your favorite childhood activity?
Today instead of the normal Talk the Talk Thursdays post, I am hosting one of my favorite style and lifestyle bloggers Mindy from the blog Mindy Erazo. I have asked her to share with us one of her Blogger Crushes (a recurring post of hers that I always love). I hope you enjoy and a big thanks to Mindy for today's guest post!
Hello Mouthful of Style readers, Mindy here from Mindy Erazo curating a guest post about one of my Blogger Crushes!
May I introduce you to the beautiful Andy Heart, a fashion and style blogger whom I have been following for about a year now. Her and I have very similar taste which is why I just love her blog. Her style is very chic, incorporating simple pieces with statement pieces all with a masculine edge while still keeping her femininity. Seems like a difficult thing to do but Miss Heart achieves it so effortlessly its brilliant.
Her color palette doesn't have the widest range but something about tone on tone and all black outfits doesn't bother me whatsoever, I mean, half my closet is black so I'm not one to judge! She's great at mixing designer pieces with more affordable ones which I love.
C'est trés chic, no?
Miss Heart's blog is filled with not only amazing outfit posts but she also includes many product reviews. I've bought quite a few products from her recommendations and none have disappointed. If that doesn't have you searching for her blog yet, she ALSO has some fun beauty tips and tricks like this great one for an edgy, yet sophisticated nail.
Huge fan of hers and I hope I've inspired you to check out her blog here.
Thank you so much to Mouthful of Style for asking me to do this guest blog. I had a lot of fun and I hope you all enjoyed my Blogger Crush!
Holiday gift guide wish list. I am sure you have all overdosed on holiday gift guides by now. So instead of creating my own gift guide, I am showing you what is on my holiday wish list to inspire you through this holiday shopping period. We did find from my previous post here that we like things that people we know/admire like and are more inclined to purchase these items. So here is what I want from Santa. Fingers crossed I have been VERY good this year.
There is nothing easier to wear than the classic white shirt. We all have this piece in our closets (or definitely a male in your household does)! But even though we all own or have easy access to the classic white shirt, I for one sometimes forget it is in my closet. Maybe this is because it is such a simple staple piece I take it for granted. My style tip: Just go oversized and your done! So throw on your white shirt (or grab your brother, husband, boyfriend, guy friend or whomever's) over really whatever for a clean, sharp look.