A Fruitful Purchase

Clothes do many things: they give us a sense of power when we are making a presentation or need to take control of a situation; they give us calm when we are in need of relaxation and peace; they provide comfort at the darkest times in our lives. And when we are feeling a little low, clothes can provide the whimsy we need to lighten our mood. That is what this strawberry cross-body bag and flea market fashion find does for me. Not only does it transport me instantly into the warm summer months, but the colors make me happy. The bag makes me happy. If you have a chance to dress with whimsy, I say yes! Do it, and lighten your load, too!

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Fashion icon Loehmann’s liquidates and my heart breaks

Loehmann's, January 10, 2014 - liquidation has begun ...

Loehmann’s, January 10, 2014 – liquidation has begun …

After 93 years in business and over 30 years as a personal favorite fashion destination, retailer Loehmann’s is closing its doors in all 39 locations nationwide. Liquidation sales began yesterday, January 9th. My love affair with Loehmann’s started when I was in high school, shopping with my mom. It was a significant part of my life with my mom, who has always been my favorite shopping buddy. We would enter the store in Florham Park, NJ, together, and quickly separate as we shopped our separate ways. Ah – my first taste of fashion freedom! Continue reading

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Braving a New York fashion experience : The sample sale

Open the door to a NYC sample sale

Open the door to a NYC sample sale

Writer Ingrid Steffensen is living in New York City for the year, and we, in turn, can live vicariously through her. Her latest fashion experience? Shopping a sample sale. Let’s hear more …

Ever been in a room full of girls wearing thongs? It’s not as much fun as it sounds. Actually, it’s a little awkward. But that’s what you have to be prepared for if you want to brave a New York City sample sale.

Let’s start with what a sample sale is: a particular designer has a little extra merchandise, not quite up to its high-end retail showroom standards. Maybe the items are a little out-of-season for the ever-earlier fashion cycle (don’t get me started on that! – I mean, who wants to be trying on woolly sweaters in August?) Or maybe they’ve been on display or have been through trunk shows. Maybe they’re a little wrinkled. But in any case it’s comforting to know that designers’ closets fill up as fast as mine do. Continue reading

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Channeling Carolina Herrera

Channeling Carolina Herrera: Wearing a shirt from the CH Carolina Herrera White Shirt Collection and a vintage Carolina Herrera sweater vest

Channeling Carolina Herrera: Wearing a shirt from the CH Carolina Herrera White Shirt Collection and a vintage Carolina Herrera sweater vest

Jury Duty isn’t all bad. Sure, there is a lot of waiting, but much good came from my day: I met two new friends, Donna and Maalika, with whom I shared the hours of waiting; I made headway reading Billy Crystal’s new book, Still Foolin’ Em, which had me laughing and crying the entire time (I highly recommend it); and on my chair I discovered an old Elle Magazine, which contained fashion treasures and inspired me to channel one of my all-time favorite designers, Carolina Herrera.

In the spring of 2013 Carolina Herrera introduced the CH Carolina Herrera White Shirt Collection. She has been designing classic white shirts since her first collection debuted in 1981 and has featured at least one white shirt in each of her collections, since. Continue reading

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