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Chanel Nail Colour

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Fall's Hit-JadeI must admit that the minute I hear  the word Limited Edition when it comes to shopping, I want that coveted something even more.  One of the most usual suspects of the Limited Edition marketing ploy is Chanel Nail Polish. It started with Vamp, then Black Satin, then Blue Satin, etc. However it was Winter’s Jade that really raised the stakes for the price people will pay for a bottle of nail polish. I recently saw a bottle selling on Ebay for well over $100. So I missed out on that one, yet I recently purchased Trapeze-another LE polish. It a beautiful metallic taupe that I can’t wait to wear. Word on the runway is that  Particuliere, a taupey, purpley, gray will be the hottest shade for Spring 2010.

Holiday's Hit-Trapeze

Spring's Particuliere


Holiday Gift Guide- “For Him” Edition

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I always have a difficult time shopping for men.  Yet, I’ve managed tp round up my top picks for holiday gifts.

Superior Labor for J. Crew Bag

FOR THE MAN ABOUT TOWN-I love this rugged sturdy bag from Japanese Company,Superior Labor for J. Crew. It is the perfect bag for city life, for the gym, for yoga, for traveling.  GIFT UPGRADE– Stuff the duffel with new gym clothes or cahsmere sweaters or DVDS and a portable DVd player. The possibilities are endless.

Hermes Wallet

FOR THE CLASSIC GUY-A new wallet is a great old-fashioned gift. This one from Hermes is such a classic, yet pricey. Wallets can be found at all price points. One tip-wallets are very personal-take into consideration how many credit card slots there are-it makes a difference. GIFT UPGRADE– Fill the wallet with small gift cards to the recipient’s favorite stores or just a dollar bill. It’s considered bad luck to give the gift of an empty wallet.

The Kindle

FOR THE TECHIE-Small Electronics are always very popular gifts. I think the Kindle is great-I love it for traveling. Other ideas are IPods, Portable DVD players, FLIP video cameras, Digital Cameras, Video Games etc. GIFT UPGRADE-If the chosen electronic has downloadable media, go ahead and load it up with books and a NY TImes subscription for the Kindle and a great playlist for an IPod.

Holiday Gift Guide- “For Her” Edition

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2009 at 5:38 am

Accessories are a great gift! A women will always have a need for small leather goods, jewelry, purses, scarves, etc. Here are my top gift picks for her.

Louis Vuitton Passport Cover

FOR THE JET-SETTER-Forever chic and stylish, a Louis Vuitton passport cover will only get better with age. GIFT UPGRADE-The passport cover’s best friend? A ticket to  a far away destination.

h belle design star light necklace

FOR THE STYLE-SETTER-My good friend, Heather, has launched a beautiful new line of jewelry-h belle design. My all time favorite piece is the star light necklace on a silk cord. It’s like wearing a sophisticated disco ball around your neck. GIFT UPGRADE-A chic jewelry case to store your new baubles.

Madewell Scarf

FOR THE TWEEN-SETTER– Madewell is J Crew‘s younger, hipper cousin. If you live by a store, I strongly suggest stopping in. I live in their denim and the selection of vibrant, colorful scarves upgrade any outfit. I always receive tons of compliments when I wear mine. They make great gifts  for tweens, teens, and yes, even I wear them. GIFT UPGRADE-Madewell also carries Hunter Boots-a scarf and rain boots-a perfect combo for a rainy day.

Alexander Wang Duffel

FOR THE TREND-SETTER-Alexander Wang has set the bar for edgy, casual street style. His bags are amazing. This weekender bag is so chic and timeless, yet so contemporary. It is a true luxury gift. Available at Barneys. GIFT UPGRADE-Stuff the duffel with other luxury classics-a Moncler Jacket, Lanvin Flats-pretty much anything goes!

Holiday Gift Guide-Home Edition

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2009 at 1:14 am

Vogue People, Parties,Places

With holidays right around the corner, gifting is on everyone’s mind. Her are my picks for easy, stylish gifts for the home.COFFEE TABLE BOOKS-I love giving and receiving coffee table books. Vogue’s newest book is People, Parties, Places, which is sure to be a hit with Vogue Readers and anyone who is interested in fashion, style, home decor, travel, etc.. GIVING TIP: Consider the recipient’s interests and hobbies when choosing a suitable book. Taschen and Assouline are great publishers of beautiful books on a variety of topics.

Hermes Throw Blanket

THROW BLANKETS-Throws are another great gift. Of course, it doesn’t need to be Hermes. Some of my other favorites are Missoni for Bold Colors and Stripes, WS Home and Ralph Lauren for wonderfully priced solid cashmere throws, and T-Shirt Wiz James Perse has launched a small home collection with a great bold throw in black and grey stripes. GIVING TIP: If you are unsure about the decor of your recipient’s home stick with a neutral solid-they work anywhere.

Onyx Box

Wood Tray with Shell Inlay

BOXES AND TRAYS: Boxes and Trays work everywhere and come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, materials, and textures. Both corral and organize items that would otherwise have no home. The onyx box is from Jayson Home and Garden, and the tray is from PlantationGIVING TIP: Go a step beyond and create a theme with each box or tray. For boxes, throw in a deck of cards and some poker chips and it’s now a game box, with a tray-add a bottle of wine, 4 wine glasses, and a bottle opener and it becomes an instant bar. The possibilities are endless.

Sayulita, Mexico

In boho chic, gypset, inspiration, Jewelry, julia chaplin, Travel, Uncategorized on November 12, 2009 at 5:19 am
Pachamama Boutique

Pachamama Boutique

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A Tahitian Pearl Necklace from Pachamama

I’m heading down to Sayulita, Mexico for a friend’s wedding this weekend. It is a small, bohemian fishing/surfing village about an hour North of Puerto Vallarta. I am so excited to eat fish tacos from a street stand and shop at Pachamama, a small boutique owned by gypsy, bohemian sisters-Nathalie and Sophie Mignot.  I first read about them in Gypset-one of my favorite new coffee table books. I am hoping to come home with one of their Tahitian Pearl Necklaces.

The Lovely World of

In luxury shopping, Uncategorized on November 5, 2009 at 5:48 am


I love Hermes for many reasons- mainly because the quality of their craft is unsurpassable. They take the leather business very seriously. So I was really surprised when I began browsing the website and I noticed that it wasn’t all business. It is so light-hearted and whimsical-it really goes above and beyond an on-line boutique. Check out The Travel With Hermes Section which takes you on a journey into the world of Hermes-fun and games included. It made me love the brand that much more. So as I sit and dream of a Birkin, I could buy an ashtray or beach towel, but  for now,will settle with just browsing.

Ocean Park Blvd-Santa Monica

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2009 at 4:53 am

There is a small stretch of Ocean Park Blvd that is coming to life. Here are some of my favorite spots:

Rumba for its eclectic mix of affordable antiques

Golden State Store-for my Missoni Beach Towel Fix as well as other great clothes/home decor geared toward California’s Sunny Lifestyle

Thyme Cafe and Market-A much needed restaurant that will really take this sleepy street to the next level. It’s a great lunch spot with really affordable prices and the interior is lovely. The Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Sandwich is amazing!