What a gorgeous belt buckle by Christopher Ross. This charming buckle is HUGE just as it should be… elephants are massive creatures so it only stands to reason that a buckle honoring the beasts would be of a substancial size. He measures 8″ x 4 1/2″ and has Ross’s signature on back from 1987. We have him listed for $450.50. Check out all the fabulous buckles available at www.christopher-ross-collection.com
We thought the perfect place to nestle our friendly elephant was in the middle of an Hermes “indiennes” scarf that has a mix of teals greys and golds on a white ground. Scarf brand new with box $320.50
Jane from the blog Sea of Shoes shows how someone tiny can pull off a great big buckle and make it look easy and fantastic. Jane says she is lucky enough to get to borrow from her mom’s Ross collection.
The history of Burberry is so fascinating as it was designed before World War one in the late 1890s. During the war it was used by officers in the trenches and therefore was called…you guessed it, a “trench” coat. Burberry coats, purses and scarves have been desired for so many decades we can now say for over a century!!! I love companies that have stood the test of time and continue to deliver high quality and style all the while maintaining the integrity of the label.
A unique handbag by Mano Mano with a ultra-soft buttery feeling faux fur.The handle is plastic and has golden sparkles and is attached to a grey velvet rim and tan, brown, grey metallic knitted band. This bag is perfect for flea market shopping on a Sunday.
There is something about this bag that drives me mad and it’s not just that it’s plaid. The vibrant color combinations are striking and yet somehow soothing to me. It reminds me of the plaid, wool blanket my mother kept in the trunk of the car, just in case we were traveling and needed to stop for a bite. With a picnic packed, we would dine alfresco en route to visiting cousins upstate.
Vivienne’s color choices are a bit more radical that our trunk blanket but nonetheless I love it. The fire engine red patent adds just the perfect touch.
It’s so much fun to find a new shop that doesn’t look like all the other stores. I was in Providence Rhode Island a few days ago and wanted to check out a shop called Bananas. I follow Lizzy on Instagram with her moniker theconnoisseurofcute and I was intrigued enough hunt her shop down and pop in for a visit.
Well, Lizzy is adorable and so is her shop.
Not everyone can pull off a Snow White dress but she can. I have always loved Disney myself so it was great fun to see her dress. The rest of her store was just as cute as she and the boutique is filled with great pieces of trendy jewelry and pretty clothing.
I bought myself a paper doll necklace that comes with four frocks!
And a turquoise Nancy Drew tee shirt featuring the Case of the Twisted Candle.
The next time you are in the Providence area stop into Bananas on Broadway or visit her on-line store www.shop-bananas.com
It is so easy to let things accumulate. You see something, you think it’s quite nice, try it on, it fits, you buy it; many times that is the end of the story; maybe you actually wear it once or twice and then it languishes. Belts are one of those things that we seem to love to buy and then never really wear very much. I’m not speaking about those belts or sashs that come with a dress or blouse because those usually are not particularly good quality. I’m talking about the really nice quality, beautifully made leather belts that we purchase and then just keep in a drawer or hanging in a closet. The time has come to make a decision; just make a commitment to actually wear those lovely belts sometime soon. You might find that many of them no longer fit; eek, then you know definitely what you must do… Get them out of the way consign or donate them. It’s rather pointless to allow items to take up valuable real estate when they just don’t fit. Set a time limit, say “I must wear this belt within the next two weeks” and if you don’t, then just get it out of your life. It is such a relief to find order instead of a jumble and tumble of belts.
The Scout Guide of Northern Virginia had it’s launch party on Wednesday at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria and it was a blast. We made a lot of new friends, had fun supporting local businesses, took a few photographs and just enjoyed ourselves. If you get a chance pick up one of the new guides as there are lots of great shops and services listed. You can have your home interior designed and updated by Decorium Design of Alexandria, (www.decoriumhome.com) or seek advice on proper etiquette and your personal image by Agents in Style. You can also plan a special event with Events in the City, (www.eventsinthecitydc.com) which are now celebrating their one year anniversary. If you are looking for a great floral arrangement, look no further than The Evergreen (www.evergreenfloralgroup.com) for elegant, one of a kind creations. Planning a party and need a caterer? Go to A Thyme and Place for any occasion large or small, their menu sounds so delicious, (www.athymeandplace.com). And be sure to plan a visit to Stylish Patina (www.stylishpatina.com) for adorable home décor, furniture, chalk paint and more. The guide is filled with such a great variety of interesting and useful businesses that it makes this little entrepreneur’s heart very happy. I know small businesses are the back-bone of America!!
Events in the City
Cute bow detailing
Red and White wine along with some bright, yellow Faux-jito’s
The vintage chairs were supplied by Stylish Patina in Falls Church, Virginia
We always love a Burberry tote and a patch of plaid on a shoe
Chris Johnson and friends of the Evergreen Floral Group
Naifer and Gechi
Gechi was a huge fan of the shrimp
Sarah Steele and friend
Suzanne and Nina – Hysteria in Alexandria, Va
Sarah Steele, Gechi Robertson, Tara Zimnick-Calico and Kendra McCullough
It’s hot outside and you’re feeling nautical. So you want something that is simple yet fun and most important comfortable. This J. Crew navy blue and cream striped cotton dress is perfect. With an anchor detail, as well as side zips, in case you want to wear it as a tunic instead of a dress; you will look calm and collected as well as classy.
We also have this adorable belt with all these different, multi-colored flags embroidered on fabric with a navy ground and double silver rings for adjusting.
Little red ballet flats by Michael Kors add to the comfort factor and with that little splash of color.
To put the cherry on top, I love this dolphin ring in 14k yellow gold with little tiny diamonds that makes quite a splash.
Hearing about the death of Lilly Pulitzer was like losing a long time friend. We have been consigning Lilly Pulitzer clothing ever since we opened 21 years ago. Even though I am not a Lilly girl myself I have always enjoyed the variety of patterns that were so intricate and wonderful in their details. The colors and the patterns are whimsical as well as quirky.
I love how the edge of her hems had this lace design with the word Lily imprinted on it; talk about a signature!
I found this sweet picture of Rose Kennedy with her granddaughter Kathleen from the late 60′s in The Fashion Book. Lilly Pulitzers’ styles transcended age; whether you were 5, 15, 55 or 85 you could sport a Lilly Pulitzer outfit. Her clothing has always made me smile, it was always a joy to see, and it could always brighten my day. Rest in peace my “friend”.