The Next Season Trend you will want

At the most resent fashion weeks, there was one particular fashion-trend that caught my attention for all the good reasons, but mostly because it's quite hard to not notice a fitted feminine waist.  The Soft Leather Wide Belt fits right on your midriff to enhance the curves that either Mother Nature gave you or not.  I personally love this trend because it's very flexible in a sense that it can be worn over a simple dress, pants and blouse or even your coat. 
 Isabel Marant SS 2017
 Balenciaga SS 2017
 Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini SS 2017


Hey blogger, Vogue is mad at you

The world is definitely changing in all aspects of life.  Mostly when it comes to social media and the power that has provided to many.  The world has never been this democratic.  Everyone who works hard and consistent can get to have a voice and become an influencer in his or her own field.  Long gone are the days when only an handful of privileged could buy themselves into such level of exposure.  Many would argue if it's positive or negative, I guess that would depend on what side you are on.  Many of you may have read the remarks by Neiman Marcus and Vogue about the bad influence of bloggers.  Accoring to QUARTZ, Karen Katz, Neiman Marcus Group's CEO complained about how “Fashion shows are now blogged and broadcast all over the world via social media.  By the time the merchandise ships many months later, the newness and excitement had worn off and in many cases, the customer has moved on.”  
On the other hand Vogue’s creative digital director, Sally Singer called bloggers who post outside fashion shows wearing head-to-toe, paid-to-wear outfits to be "horrible, pathetic, and ridiculous" Going as far as saying “Note to bloggers who change head-to-toe, paid-to-wear outfits every hour: Please stop,  Find another business. You are heralding the death of style.” 
As a business woman in the Fashion/Accessory industry, I can perfectly relate to the Vogue and Neiman Marcus perspective when they blame the fever of social media and how much a brand is emphatically pushed into relying on social media influencers/bloggers to make it in the industry.  If you don't pay a blogger to wear your product you are left in the dark.  It brings up the question of authenticity, individuality and ultimately real style.  
Further I also believe that the benefit of making a name  and building a brand for yourself should not only be available to just a few.  After all, all kinds of success is the result of arduous and constant work.
Maybe it's not about bloggers or magazines, maybe it's time for spectators and consumers to sit back, consider the difference between a real life and an edited one and start trusting in their own fashion choices instead of relying on someone else's regardless of whether that's a person or a magazine.   After all, like Diana Vreeland once said "It's not about the dress you wear, but it's about the life you lead in the dress."

Tyche by Julie Paulino Unveils New Collection

I'm very excited to reveal one of Tyche by Julie Paulino new collections.   The Modern Fasteners Collection is manufactured in New York City and entirely made of Deox Sterling Silver, a more durable and tarnish resistant silver, natural stones and high quality CZs.  The unique and intricate pieces are available in gold plated, gunmetal plated and silver finish.
The Modern Fasteners Collection was inspired on regular everyday objects, exemplifying jewelry designed for everyday use facilitating layering, mixing and collecting. 
Sterling silver is considered a precious metal and when combined with natural precious stones such as Onyx, Aquamarine, Rose Quartz and others the result is classified as fine jewelry.  Tyche by Julie Paulino can customize each piece with your favorite stone and finish. 

Ines de la Fressange at home

It's interesting to see how sometimes a home becomes sort of like the opposite of its owner personal fashion style.  Ines de la Fressange's Paris home is an example of this with its trademark pink walls and very feminine side that stand apart from her more masculine fashion style.   A very bohemian laid back atmosphere.  
Ines de la Fressange dining room
A range of colorful dining chairs at the dining room.
Paris home of Ines de la Fressange
A red and white stripped sofa with linen pillows pick up the colors in the painting.
Ines de la Fressange home in Paris

Ines de la Fressange home
A more shabby decor in the kitchen. 

Ines de la Fressange home
A very feminine contrast between the pink walls and the brass sconce.
Ines de la Fressange home
A collection of perfume in Ines de la Fressange bedroom.
Ines de la Fressange home
Ines de la Fressange home
Ines de la Fressange home
images vi a A Lovely Being

Happy Mother's Day

"A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take"

              Cardinal Mermillord


The First Monday in May now available on iTunes

I had been waiting for The First Monday in May to be available on iTunes and yesterday it finally happened.
The documentary directed by Andrew Rossi, the same director behind the film Page One: Inside The New York Times, chronicles the arduous work that went into the preparation of 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibit China: Though the Looking Glass.   Every year The Met hosts a Fashion exhibition under The Costume Institute department which opens with one of the most exclusionary fashion events; The Met Gala.  In this inspiring and often funny documentary we can see how Andrew Bolton, current head Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, works hard and under stressful situations to make sure that every single detail is flawless.  Along with Andrew and a massive team from the Museum, we can also see Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and chair of the event doing what she does best, supervising every single detail of the Met Gala preparation and making sure that is at Vogue standards.  
I absolutely enjoyed the film and found it very insightful into a sometimes otherworldly world of celebrities and high fashion.  The First Monday in May is now available on demand, iTunes and Amazon video. 

Les Journées Particulières of LVMH

For the third time LVMH group will host Les Journées Particulières.  Over the space of a weekend 40 Fashion Houses in France and across Europe will be opened to the public, upon previous registration to give a behind the scene look of what goes into the excellent craftsmanship at some of the most symbolic fashion houses.

In the forms of guided tours visitors will be able to witness centuries old craftsmanship, talks and more.   Les Journées Particulières will take place from the 20th to the 22nd of May 2016 and most registrations are already open.
images via LVMH

Half-Bun, the ultimate hairstyle

Remember the days of the messy ponytail, well now is the time for the ultimate hairstyle, the half-bun, the hun or the half-up-bun.  Whichever way you prefer to call it, the half-bun is without a doubt the most versatile and latest hairstyle fashion.  A more girly version of the messy bun, the half-bun, as the name implies provides the best of both favorite hairstyles, the fresh loose hair and the more serious bun.  It can be sport for day and night and I can't get enough of it.


10 Images That Will Make You Rethink The Color Pink

Pink is the color most often associated with love, beauty, charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, and the romantic.-Wikipedia.  A.K.A Femininity.  Others describe it as having the elements of compassion, nurture and love.  All qualities associated with mother love.  Put more red in it and it takes a more passionate connotation.   

I'm a big fan of neutral decors, you know the kind that you need when you have a family with mostly men in it.  Nevertheless, every time I look at a bouquet of pink peonies or neoclassical building painted in pink, I can't help but have a soothing happy feeling.  Coincidentally Pantone's 2016 Color of the Year is Rose Quartz and Serenity, a softer pink combined with Serenity.  Enjoy
Top picture by @meganhess_official
India Hick
Sketch Restaurant London
Alessandra Branca
Jaipur, India
Audrey Hepburn

3 Outfits to Wear When Visiting A Museum

Visiting a museum is a rather casual, albeit elegant, thing to do and putting together that just-chic-enough appropriate outfit could be more difficult than putting together a more formal one.  This is because there is no rule for casual-elegant dressing.  Above all you want to stay away from looking like going to a cocktail party.  Many fashion experts advise to build an outfit from bottom up and in this case, it's more for the comfort than for the fashion side.  Whether big or small, we'll be walking and standing around so I think I would rather keep the shoes flat or low enough.

dress, bag and shoes.

Museum Brandhorst

Brandhorst Museum in Munich, Germany is one place to keep in mind the next time you have a long lay over while in route.  Opened in 2009, it holds an impressive private collection of contemporary art, mostly paintings.  Among them, the largest number of Cy Twombly's work outside the United States and more than 100 exhibits by Andy Warhol.  The museum was possible thanks to the generosity of husband and wife, Udo Fritz-Hermann and Anette Brandhorst who started collecting art in the early 70's.  After Annette passed away in 1999, her husband Udo donated the amassed collection to the State of Bavaria with the requirement that the state would give the collection a suited home.  Bavaria paid for the modern building designed by Berlin based Sauerbruch Hutto Architects.
The museum built an octagonal room specifically designed to display Cy Twombly's Lepanto, a painting composed of 12 big canvases created to exhibit during Venice Biennale in 2001.  I also spotted work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yves Klein, Christoper Wool and many more amazing artists.  Definitely a must visit.  Enjoy.
Brandhorst Museum facade

Cy Twombly Lepanto painting

Entrance to Andy Warhol room

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Triptych), 1983

Pictures via Art Magazine, Cool Cities and Art News.
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