Archive for ‘shopping’

May 6, 2011

Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? La Maison du Chocolat

While channel surfing a few years back I ran up on a panel discussion which included Karl Lagerfeld. The topic was “what is luxury?” No one but Karl was honest about the matter. I remember and quote from memory: “Most people are only touched by luxury.”

And he should know. It’s not the couture Chanel dress you can afford, but rather the $250 pair of sunglasses you bought on

There is at least one true luxury that we can all definitely afford: chocolate from La Maison du Chocolat. I was recently given a gift box full of their chocolates and I must say I have never had better. Neither have you.

With shops in Paris, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York City as well as an online boutique, you can do so much more than be touched by luxury. You can indulge in it.

And so can mom. Choose next day delivery and you’re still good to go!

The plain truffles are like biting into a bubble of chocolate.  I dare you to eat just one. The dark chocolate bar with bursts of roasted almonds will disappear completely only minutes after you unwrap it.

Click here and thank me later.

April 16, 2011

Must have of the season: The J Crew trench motorcycle jacket

One of the best designed items at any price for spring?  Take the best of two outerwear icons—the motorcycle jacket and the trench coat— and you create this fresh  must have  hybrid jacket with neon orange zipper tape accent. If you can’t fully commit to wearing orange this spring and summer, this is a knockout! $168 at

April 16, 2011

Dress Bargains: Rachel by Rachel Roy dresses exclusively at Macy’s

Looking for reasonably priced hip dresses that wont break the bank this spring?  Skip the overhyped Mathew Williamson  and head straight for Rachel by Rachel Roy at Macy’s. The spring 2011 collection is particularly strong on great inexpensive dresses for partying and just looking pretty. All for under $120 and many on sale for as low as $40.

Run don’t walk. Click here for what’s available online. But be aware, the selection is far better in stores! I recommend you snap up the silver sequined mini dress, ASAP.

April 15, 2011

What to shop for now: The Sardinia wedge espadrilles from J Crew

Combine two of the season’s trends–the wedge and stripes. Wear with your favorite pair of jeans and you’ll revitalize your look in a snap. Super comfortable on your feet and on your pocketbook, $118, available in store or at J

April 13, 2011

Bochic: The Lady from Shanghai

One of the great joys in my line of work is meeting talented people whose artistic vision I respect. David at Bochic is such a person.

Here is  an exclusive short film featuring his new designs,  inspired by the cultural cross-roads of 1930’s Shanghai. The production captures the zeitgeist of a city whose eclectic styles easily mixed east and west.

Just let the film and the jewelry transport you. No need to complain about the prices. One does not go to a museum to complain about prices, now does one?

And with today’s political landscape who knows if you too may be coveting the Erickson Beamon earrings I bring to your first magazine cover shoot only to find yourself wearing Bochic at your first State Dinner as First Lady. Could happen. Just ask me.

If you need me to hook you up, I’ll be more than happy to do so.

Click on the image below to start the film.

April 12, 2011

Your Beach Desination Wedding Tuxedo

The notch lapel, single button jacket suit. Light chene cotton silk stripe suit, Bottega Veneta, $3,850. Tan cotton/linen suit, Banana Republic, $505.

Bottega Veneta

Banana Republic

April 11, 2011

I’m All Over All That

An unabashed seeker of truth and unrepentant free spirit, Shirley looks squarely at a world that can irritate, confuse, and provoke her, but that can also delight her with its beauty, humor, and future promise. Reading I’m Over All That will make you feel you have been reunited with an old friend who tells it like it is but never takes herself too seriously.

Buy this book.

April 9, 2011

Givenchy Fall 2011 Trunk Show at Barneys Los Angeles and San Francisco

Those of you that have seen me on NBC5 in Chicago already know what a huge fan I am of Givenchy Couture.

If you are on the west coast run, don’t walk, to the Givenchy Collection trunk show at Barneys in San Francisco, Monday April 11th, and Los Angeles, Tuesday April 12th and 13th.

The printed skirts are  to die for.  And so is a market collection black dress that  I ordered. Ask Fiana to show it to you !

April 8, 2011

Seeing Red: Christian Louboutin sues Yves Saint Laurent

Just recently, Kathy Horyn reported that Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler weren’t too happy with Target for selling a purse that arguably looks like their PS1 bag, but their ire did not translate into litigation.

Christian Louboutin’s did. Claiming he “owns” red soles, he files a trademark infringement suit against The Gucci Group and Yves Saint Laurent.

April 7, 2011

It’s This Erdem

The prettiest floral dress of the season?  It’s this Erdem shown here, available at Barneys New York or Neiman Marcus, $1,370.

If it’s not in your budget, don’t despair. Visit your local Macy’s and check out  Rachel by Rachel Roy. Great vibrant prints  like this and this for under $120.

Or click here and here for two you would definitely buy from Ann Taylor.

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