Nashville: Secret Designer Shopping Spot

If you have been following me on instagram this month, you know that I’m back in the my old southern stomping grounds. From Nashville to Atlanta and St. Simons. My stop back in Nashville to see dear old friends has me wishing I was headed back… I have been hearing for a couple of years about how the city is undergoing a renaissance, but little did I know to what extent.  There’s a whole new hipster crowd, some imported from Brooklyn, of course. This seems to be concentrated in the Belmont- Vanderbilt area….East Nashville.  There is a decidedly country spin on organic healthy living coupled with the way Nashville does the arts and music that I find comforting.  The historic homes all over the city are being renovated or sadly in some cases torn down. The new construction is everywhere from communities to detached modern style homes.  I will say I did not see any extremely tall buildings while there this round, also a comfort.

Some of My Favorite Neighborhood and Their Vibes:

Belle Meade:

Belle Meade is still well established homes in an appointed sprawling area welcoming us with a horse and ample roads, quietly meandering to homes with large yards. The area is a mix of mansions and older mid century as well as ranch homes.

Richland-West end:

Has an old luxurious history vibe of well established money and has attracted a mix of successful creative types.

Belmont / 12th:

This is the area I stayed in this trip. My friend’s homes are amazing, but with beagle in tow I decided to give them some personal space. My arbnb was right in the heart of the historic bungalows, with walkability to 12th Avenue south and Hillsboro village shopping.  It is a fun area with a young style and it seems to be also currently under construction, with newer homes and mostly historic renovations happening. Belmont was once the home of America’s riches woman, Adelicia. The area derives the name from that historic site.

Green Hill- Hillsboro area:

This is the sort of higher end shopping destination. Green Hills is near Belle Meade with homes starting a bit more accessibly and in the style of Bungalows and Cape Cods.

UAL (United Apparel Liquidators est. 1980)

While there are lots more area neighborhoods to explore, the point of my post today is to introduce you to one of my secret favorite spots to hunt couture and designer pieces at a mere fraction of the cost. No this is not the American Picker’s shop, but don’t forget to stop in there if you are a fan. While talking to the owner and taking pictures, one of the customers said “How fun, but don’t go letting too many people know”.  This is the general consensus about UAL. This brand is a southern staple with locations in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi… And why is that you may ask? The deep discounts on Marni, Escada, Prada, Givenchy, Zac Posen,Rag and Bone, Lanvin and frankly whatever new designer piece that comes in- which for some reason did not sell. Thus the over flow was sent to them.  Their shoe section, bags, and especially jewelry is well stocked.

You can find the Chanel bags and rarer things in the cases. New and older established high end jewelry around the counter. While there is a dig style feel to the shop in some ways, once you scratch the surface you realize what is there! The inventory and brands carried change frequently and you never know what you might find. After a close friend and Nashvillite showed me this store years ago it has been on my must stop in list every year.  What is nice is the really young new vibe to the store’s selection. These pieces somehow are not the total cast offs and bad designs. They are hip!

My online picks. Jewelry selection here is also not too shabby. I have a mind to buy those Rosie earrings right now!

How deep are the discounts: Well something that retails for 1000 maybe 200 or something that is 300 may go to 60.  Not to mention if you catch their sales on top of those prices.  They have 2 Nashville locations one in the West End and another in Hillsboro Village as well as an online site. Nothing compares to being there in person to score the deals!

So here are some images of my shopping trip to the West End location in the hopes I’ve added a secret Nashville source to your list:

 

Accessories Talk: The Shoe Lined Streets of NYFW SS 17

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New York Fashion Week Moment. Photo by Rachel Guillaume for Sarara Couture.

Every season, what I most look forward to are the accessories we see on the streets. Some of those of course are entering the shows.   Now, it is true that of a few of these are given by the designers to the wearers and represent the runways.  However, the unique interpretations we see outside each fashion week keep us smiling and inspiring. I love what the the models wear in between shows, their own interpretations, the writers, the editors etc.  It’s not about the “trend”, but about how everyone makes their own looks using these little accessories gems.  There were some definite themes and some fun inspiration possibilities this season.  Designers were mixing it up with straight off the runway fall collection availability and change was in the air. We saw metallics shoes and accents, cat eye styles and mirrored sunglasses (hail to the 80s and 90s -yes I remember these- as a baby;) #iwish #oldish), stripes, things also were a bit punk or studded, light denim was about, handbags are smaller and belts are big again, just to summarize a few things we spied. What I love about street style, is in the way everyone seems to be in a rhythm….giving us hints about fashion weeks to come….Yet showing us what can be made wearable. Yes it is a high stakes game, but there are true flashes of brilliance and realism there too.

This time we wanted to pull together some looks we spotted and coveted by accessory type, giving readers some alternatives as to where to find those piece or something similar they desire. There is always a lot of vintage used during fashion week which I applaud, so we will do our best to discuss a few options! One thing is for sure this fall and coming spring seems to be all about the shoes. Embroidered, colorful, metallic, studded, metal details…..it’s time to pamper your foot.

THE SHOE CUT:

New York Fashion Week , SS 17 street style. Rachael Guillaume.

New York Fashion Week , SS 17 street style. Rachel Guillaume shot.

Metallic tennis inspiration!

Metallic tennis inspiration and the power of a good Adidas. Knotted slip on sneaker by No. 21. See link. Rachel G image.

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See through boots by Noelle, feel a bit naughty and I know some anti toe people won’t feel that these are for them. I thought they were unique and let me say pointed heel fans will be happy as they are indeed something we see in the coming year. Rachel Guillaume photo.

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Obsessed with these velvet Prada sandals, just a tad 90s-reminding me of the good old days! Rachel Guillaume photo.

Nina Garcia rocking these bad boys. Prada velvet sandals. Photo by Rachel.

Nina Garcia rocking these bad boys. Prada velvet sandals. Photo by Rachel.

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Rachel Guillaume photo. See more of her photographs via her instagram. Link in photo.

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Gunmetal metallic boots, Spotted on the street and snapped by Rachel. SS17

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Givenchy velvet and mother of pearl boot. Sold out. Snapped by Rachel. SS17.

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Fashion work casual. Caught by Rachel.

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Street style, Givenchy Boot. NYFW SS17. Image by Rachel.

OUR PICKS:

Leather lace up Pom Pom sandals. Zara, link in photo.

Leather lace up Pom Pom sandals. Zara, link in photo.

Anthropologie sneaker. Link in image. Anthropologie photo

Anthropologie sneaker. Link in image. Anthropologie photo

Narcissa by Aldo Shoes. Their "Trezzo" version also fits the bill.

Narcissa by Aldo Shoes. Their “Trezzo” version also fits the bill. Aldo Shoe image, link in image.

Zara red leather mules. There is a saying in the south that only hookers or kids wear red shoes....However red shoes are fun if done right so have a bit of fun this year.

Zara red leather mules. There is a saying in the south that only hookers or kids wear red shoes (there I said it)….However; red shoes can be chic, just in the right dose. Have a bit of fun this year!

ROCHAS Enea Sequined Mary Jane Heels. Via Moda Operandi. Image link.

ROCHAS Enea Sequined Mary Jane Heels. Via Moda Operandi. Image link. These could be an accident waiting to happen, but the scale sequins have me all in….

Spotted on Brian Atwoods instagram (which is a fun follow by the way) Fall16.

Spotted on Brian Atwoods instagram (which is a fun follow by the way) Fall16. Brian Atwood image.

Asos has some great options like these Monki lace ups.

Asos has some great options like these Monki lace ups.

YSL Star sneaker. Image link via Saint Laurent.

Saint Laurent Star sneaker. Image link via their website.

Okay so maybe you need a star boot? Saint Laurent star boot, image link.

Okay so maybe you need a star boot? Saint Laurent star boot, image link.

Acne Studios. Adriana Metallic sneakers.

Acne Studios. Adriana Metallic sneakers.

AQUAZZURA Christy shoe. Image Aquazzura Net a Porter.

AQUAZZURA Christy shoe. Image Aquazzura Net a Porter.

Gucci metallic embellished sandal. Net a Porter.

Gucci metallic embellished sandal. Net a Porter.

Adidas Gold! This cool shoot shown via the instagram account of stylist and BHG contributor Deanna.Dewey - The shoe appears to be sold out on Asos but there is an option in the photo link!

Adidas Gold! This cool shoot shown via the instagram account of stylist and BHG contributor Deanna.Dewey – The shoe appears to be sold out on Asos but there is an option in the photo link!

Fenty Puma by Rihanna sneaker boot. Her creepers are also going to be restocked soon!

Fenty Puma by Rihanna sneaker boot. Her creepers are also going to be restocked soon!

Zara silver laminate leather ankle boot.

Zara silver laminate leather ankle boot.

Gucci crossover sandal with snake.

Gucci crossover sandal with snake. Image link via Gucci.

ELLERY Desmond Velvet Boot Via Moda Operandi. link image.

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Desmond Velvet Boot
Via Moda Operandi. link image.

Louis Vuitton Sandal, image link via their website.

Louis Vuitton Sandal, image link via their website.

Boots by Balmain.

Boots by Balmain.

VINTAGE FINDS:

YSL vintage denim shoes, on eBay. The kind of great score you can run across.

YSL vintage denim shoes, on eBay. The kind of great score you can run across.

90s Red Velvet Prada Sandals. If you can find these they are a lot of fun for the coming seasons. Image by Sarara Couture. We had them but of course they sold quickly!

90s Red Velvet Prada Sandals. If you can find these they are a lot of fun for the coming seasons. Image by Sarara Couture. We had them but of course they sold quickly!

Times Vixen 1970s Glam Rock Platforms. Available on 1stdibs. See image link.

Times Vixen 1970s Glam Rock Platforms. Available on 1stdibs. See image link.

Hell Hound Vintage, 1990s Floral Doc Martins.

Hell Hound Vintage, 1990s Floral Doc Martins. Docs in black would be a great basic for the fall as well.

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1970s Gold platforms, from Birthday Life Vintage. Size 6.

 

 

 

 

 

NYFW F/W 2016: Accessories Report on the Streets and Runways

High boots, black and a killer bag shot by Hannan Saleh on the street F/W NYFW 2016.

High boots, black and a killer bag shot by Hannan Saleh on the street F/W NYFW 2016.

New York Fashion week F/W 2016-17 brought new looks as fashion goers braved the frigid temperatures and still managed to bring lots of style to the streets.  Rachel Guillaume and Hannan Saleh captured some accessorizing via the streets for us.  We decided to post a plethora fashion accessories and “visual stimulation”. The examples on the runways certainly did not disappoint either.  We seem to be in a transition here back to black for the next season, which let’s face it in New York- black never really goes away….One could really see a sort of chic urban gender neutral and a bit punk inspiration coming from Lynn Ban for Fenty Puma. These accessories are modern and fashion based, yet wearable.  The layering possibilities are endless….. While I personally see accessorizing as finding yourself and style via these pieces daily, one can embrace their own look.  Fashion week brings themes, but also people who march to the beat of their own drum as well. I love looking at the colorful show.  The purpose here is to provide inspiration to the viewer, keep them updated on what is going on in the streets. Although, inherently I love to see someone who adds inspiration into an already understood personal way of dressing and accessorizing as well as the trailblazers  Perhaps, you’ll find something that speaks to you. Enjoy……

Lynn Ban image via her instagram account. Check it out for more styles and looks shown on the runway!

Lynn Ban image via her instagram account. Check it out for more styles and looks shown on the runway!

However, color is here as well, as is the case for Alexis Bittar’s 80s modern accessories for Jeremy Scott! While that is one of the styles shot on the street as well, the runway did also seemed to support the grey black white themes, there was plenty of color in the form of fur/faux fur scarves and accents.  Fendi brought everyone this last week in Europe. In fact Fendi’s looks included accessorized black, textured colorful coats as well as boots.  Boots will be higher, but for those who prefer extreme comfort, larger soled sneakers are still strong. In fact, a more laid back city chic look seems to be taking over as well.  Let’s see what secrets the streets are giving up:

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Street shot, Rachel Guillaume.

Fade to Black- Here I’m just going to describe the trend as having four main types (chic edgy almost goth), (street smarts-they also enjoy grey), (black and white) and the (optimist-they need a touch of color with their black).

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Rachel Guillaume photo.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Wardrobe Breakdown Stylist caught in action .Hanna Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Nicky Hilton Rothschild going to Jeremy Scott. Rachel Guillaume photograph.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume street style photograph.

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Rachel Guillaume, photograph.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

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Soon Mooj off duty after DKNY. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Zanna Roberts Rassi in a great coat! Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Zanna Roberts Rassi in a great coat, playing off the black and white/cream tones. Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Black with those colorful accessories....Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Black with those colorful accessories….Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Warm and Furzy:

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Anna Wintour walking into Marchesa. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Susie Bubble, okay so not sure this is a fur, but kind of a faux fur! Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Susie Bubble, okay so not sure this is a fur, but kind of a faux fur! Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Fashion editor/writer Eva Chen. Hanna Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Fashion editor/writer Eva Chen. Hanna Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016. Loving that Gucci bag!

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016. Loving that Gucci bag!

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

The Accessorized Coat (belts over winter wear and texture, color/pattern to the coat).

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Hannan Saleh street style photograph, NYFW 2016

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Accessorized! Love that earring....Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Accessorized! Love that earring….Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016. Color, exciting handbag and there are those high boots!

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Texture print and a pop of color via that Chanel bag! Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Texture print and a pop of color via that Chanel bag! Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Skyler Samuels. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

The Modern Miss Lauper- 

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Sita Bellan- Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

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Justine Skye going to Jeremy Scott. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

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Why not? Chiara Ferragni from Blonde Salad and her green Chanel bag. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

June super stylist marches to her own drum but I see a bit of the 80s influence here. Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

June Ambrose super stylist marches to her own drum but I see a bit of the 80s influence here. Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

How to apply these styles you love- I have to admit as an accessories gal, I like black. I like to wear it with silver and gunmetal style accessories. I also like big pieces full of color. Win Win… So as for the fashion jewelry and bag game this coming season- you have options. A bag with texture, print/pattern or color can’t be wrong. Metal bags, smaller structured sizes, embellishment seems central to the bag game too. Or you can go with a simpler style bag with black or metal details and embrace the oversized colorful scarf or “fur/faux fur” accessory with it. There are some interesting silver options in chain mail bags and such out there for the upcoming season, the vintage answer to this would be a Whiting and Davis mesh bag 1920s-70s examples.

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Jeremy Scott Bag. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

Jewelry to wear with black- chokers with silver accents, leather jewelry. Also, as we saw on the runways via Fashion Hong Kong; sunglasses with attitude and hair accessories are also an option to experiment with.

Quite frankly obsessed with this Koi fish necklace, proving the strength of a good gold and black combo.

Quite frankly obsessed with this Koi fish necklace, proving the strength of a good gold and black combo. The shape highlights another trend – animal themes in jewelry and bags. Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

I like the idea that outerwear is important this season as well- the patterns, colors and such almost make the coat a “fashion accessory”.  Great modern shaped earrings can compliment this “coat centric” look, add a chunky scarf or a belt.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

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Rachel Guillaume photograph NYFW 2016.

What about the Men?

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

Hannan Saleh photograph, street style F/W NYFW 2016.

While our focus was primarily upon women’s fashion accessories, some men are embracing a more laid back approach: fashion styles actually overall seem to be more gender neutral so to speak, but the trends still apply as we see below with Jeremy Scott. Men we know you love your jeans and it’s all about denim, but you can’t go wrong mixing it up and adding some great eye wear as well. It’s never a bad idea in terms of men’s accessories, to go with color on the foot, while embracing all these darker hues for the upcoming f/w 2016-17 season. Not to forget, the classic black and white sneaker never dies. Don’t get me started on man bags…..

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Jeremy Scott. Street style photo by Rachel Guillaume for Sarara Couture. NYFW F/W 2016.

Jewelry À la Carte, Rebecca Taylor Style

Spring/Summer 2015, Rebecca Taylor jumper. Accessories available at Rebecca Taylor.

Spring Summer 2015 Rebecca Taylor jumper, Accessories available at Rebecca Taylor. Look assembled by Sarara Couture via polypore. Rebecca Taylor online images.

When one thinks of Rebecca Taylor, designer and brand, they envision modern feminine wearable clothing. As of late, Princess Kate in her suit might come to mind. Don’t get me started on RT’s Spring and new Fall/Winter 2015 looks. Upon closer inspection, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the they have quite a collection and focus on accessories of the same make. What I love is that she sources items from New York designers, LA and abroad; curating a selection that compliments her clothing and speaks to her “it girl”. In a world where we increasingly shop online, it’s great that she has some of these available via Rebecca Taylor -the website.

Artist made wall sculptures- at Rebecca Taylor, Soho. Image Sarara Couture.

Artist made wall sculptures at Rebecca Taylor, Soho. image Sarara Couture.

 

 

However, as this fashion jewelry lover soon learned, when I stopped in her Mott street storefront in Soho, that wasn’t half the story…. Plus, there are literally more unique pieces in the drawers waiting to be put out. The store itself, has an ambiance that is quite clean, yet nature inspired. From organic jewelry style sculptures to the lighting.

Jewelry Displayed at Rebecca Taylor.

Jewelry Displayed at Rebecca Taylor.

Store manager Christina Mercurio, was lovely, showing us pieces new to the store-even giving us a peek at that mysterious drawer full of coming pieces….. The store’s collection gives one the sense that the owner understands what accessories a modern women will enjoy wearing. She has chosen easy to wear items and has a knowledge of fashion trends. Staples in the shop, but not online- included various 14k gold earrings which could be mixed or matched. A very contemporary concept that I enjoy! If I want to buy one earring I can!

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Adina Reyter Diamond earrings, Jennie Kwon 14k studs. Prices ranging from $60 for a single earring to $297 depending on the pair. Available at Rebecca Taylor, 260 Mott Street, New York City.

Examples include, Jennie Kwon or Adina Reyter diamond studs which could easily be worn alone or mismatched. The earrings were not the only items that could be stacked, new arrivals to the store and online include the cool and modern Meridan cuff.  

Meridan, In God We Trust, bangles.

Meridan, In God We Trust, bangles.

Prices ranging from 110-140 for the silver items. Most of her offerings include quality 14k gold, sterling, and also brass pieces at great price points. Possibly my favorite earrings, besides the Faris earrings (now on SALE), were the stake style Collette Ishimaya earrings, $90 in the Soho store. Collette, a New York designer, is now stocked at the shop.

Saber Earrings by Collette- available at Rebecca Taylor Soho.

Saber Earrings by Collette- available at Rebecca Taylor Soho.

Onyx Faris pyramid earrings, in sale the section now at Rebecca Taylor, Mott Street, NYC.

Onyx Faris pyramid earrings, in sale section now at Rebecca Taylor, Mott Street, NYC.

If you are in the mood for some international inspiration and some energy harness crystals, the store also stocks Krystle Knight jewelry. Look no further, with geodes-(in demand, yet again and really never seeming to go out of style) as well as stackable rings, you are covered.

Indulging in multiple Krystal Knight rings at Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

Me, indulging in multiple Krystal Knight rings at Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

Getting sidetracked in Odette Spine ring, available in recycled silver. Rebecca Taylor Soho.

Getting sidetracked in Odette Spine ring, available in recycled silver. Rebecca Taylor Soho.

The central point concerning the way Rebecca curates accessories, is that you have access to the rising jewelry stars.  Yet, they are done with an eye for what will remain classic. The pieces are unique and editorial- you won’t see yourself coming and going on every street corner. This allows you  to accessorize her clothing in a thoughtful way. Not to forget the sunglass line, Sunday Somewhere, she carries is also modern and chic.

Sunglass heaven via Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

Sunglass heaven via Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

So, next time your are in the mood for some new threads, remember the JEWELS!

Store image. Soho.

Store image. Soho.

Fashion Polar Vortex: Accessories, Street Style, Fashion Celebs and NYFW 2015

Love this NYFW-Fall/Winter 2015 street style image by Hannan Saleh. So very Fashion week meets Sex in the City.....

Love this NYFW-Fall/Winter 2015 street style image by Hannan Saleh. So very Fashion week meets Sex in the City…..

With the what feels like longest February ever, which still has not totally thawed and a freezing fashion week behind us in New York, I wanted to do a post on all of the looks caught via Hannan Saleh’s lens.  Not just the current and coming trends, but the creative looks seen on the streets during this NYFW FW 2015. She snapped the style of well known attendees, from bloggers, editors to models- like Man Repeller, Natalie Joos of Tales of Endearment, Susie Bubble, Laura Brown of Harper’s Bazaar, Eva Chen of Lucky, Gigi Hadid, as well as Zanna Roberts Rassi and Nina Garcia as they zipped in and out of the shows. Too many really, to list, but you will recognize many fashion faces below! Hannan is becoming known for her street fashion photos. She has a keen eye and is a quick shot. There are definitely lots of winter colors, coats, bags, scarves, glasses, shoes and hat inspiration. These ideas can most definitely be used as we ride out the last cold weeks of winter into spring. And the bags and sunglasses well, those are fair game all year!

Hannan Saleh, street style image.

Hannan Saleh, street style image.

 

 

 

 

Not to mention most of those accessories can be applied next winter, as the looks worn by many were in the spirit of the season being shown on the runways aka Fall/Winter 2015. Besides, The Cut, just awarded their best looks to winners and gave out the peacock award, so it seemed like there was a window to talk street style again! I’ve tried to compile a series of her images, that I know you’ll enjoy and items I’d love to wear. (*All images Hannan Saleh, rights reserved). They capture perfectly the spirit of New York fashion week -so without further ado- Who would you choose for best accessories? Hit the Continue Reading link below to see the complete slideshow!

 

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Warby Parker Eyeglasses- Different Shades of You.

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Crystal Sunglasses with Hazelnut, via Warby Parker.

I’m in a bit of a new affair with Warby Parker, a socially conscious eye glass company with fashionable and modern frame designs and a decidedly vintage appeal. Their “buy a pair, give a pair” philosophy is really quite inspiring. There is something very “American sporty” about it all! With stores in NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Nashville, Boston and beyond they are also becoming easily accessible. Their vintage roots, available colors and instant attitude are appealing to me. By instant “attitude”, I mean the designs have personality, you can use them as an accessory. To me some of the glasses say: well traveled French literature student, others speak the language of a sexy Clark Kent and in another, I see a stylish hard working accessories editor on the run…

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To celebrate their five year anniversary, they are launching their new “half decade” collection today. The 5 designs are the first ones they ever created, newly resurrected- well 5.5 styles exactly, but you can check that out on their site via this link.  Plus, I enjoy the quality of construction ( Part of the frame materials are sourced from a 150 year old Italian company) and the pricing is easier on the wallet than you would think. When they asked me to create a look to celebrate, it was  a fun challenge. Here is my favorite style from their half decade collection – the Wiloughby.  I paired it with my new dream jean, these star jeans by Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler PS1 backpack and Eva Fehren diamond earrings for a photo worthy street style look.

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Possibly my favorite accessories find from their site are the sunnies, which at times feels like Marilyn Monroe hitting the beach in the 1950s, with a bit of today’s gal. Take a look at the Banks or Reilly and you’ll get what I mean.  The best news for the opposite sex is that they have so many options for men (both sunglasses and eye glasses) and many are unisex.   Here is a taste of the various ways you can express yourself.

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Warby Parker sunglasses. Banks.

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Quimby in green via Warby Parker.com, Yes they have another color.