I have always thought of Bloomingdale’s as my go-to department store – my store for my entire life. But today, I was truly shocked in Bloomindale’s. As I paid my bill I asked the young sales person if she could point me to the Diane von Furstenberg department (I was intrigued to see more after my last post). She looked at me as if I had three heads and asked me who that was – a designer? “Yes, a designer,” I said. She then suggested that the department might be found upstairs on the 3rd floor. I looked at her, seriously dumbfounded. And said, “No!” Still shell-shocked, I asked another salesperson where I could find DVF, and she told me that Bloomingdale’s hasn’t sold the Diane von Furstenberg line for at least two years. That came as a surprise to me but it wasn’t the shock. The real shock was that the first sales person didn’t know who Diane von Furstenberg was. Really? Are you kidding me?? Shame on you Bloomingdale’s for letting this happen!
I just had to share …
As more people embrace the athleisure fashion trend it is good to remember that there was an original – the Juicy Couture tracksuit. There can be no denying that this velour staple was the first to take the concept of casual-as-day-wear to the next level and it took off like wildfire – with celebrities leading the trend. Even though it reached its peak of popularity in the 2000s, there is news that it is making a comeback; in fact, the Juicy Couture tracksuit is alive and well. Last July, Bloomingdales introduced the Juicy Couture Black Label for an exclusive capsule collection of the classic tracksuits – famous J-zippers and all. And just as it was in the early 2000s, celebrities have embraced the comeback with a vengeance. Celebrities, and me …
I purchased a Juicy tracksuit in classic pitch black. There is something so cozy about wearing velour and I love the simple high style of this casual go-to which I will wear for exercise and beyond. Says Brooke Jaffe, Operating Vice President, Fashion Director, Women’s Ready-To-Wear at Bloomingdales, “Current fashion trends are about elevating casual sportswear…and velour is velvet’s casual antidote.” Go Juicy!
Photos by Abrina Hyatt
Nothing says Spring to me more than my vintage Kate Spade New York straw handbag. I can’t remember where I bought it – Bloomindale’s, perhaps? I can’t remember how long ago – at least 15 years. None of that really matters to me. I do know that I bought this handbag before I had ever heard of Kate Spade, and certainly before she became the well-known designer that she is today. That could be one of the reasons that it is a favorite of mine and the first thing I pull out when the weather warms. The combination of the colors and the texture are at once classic yet modern. It carries a timeless quality that translates to every occasion and every opportunity to take it out for a stroll.
I bought this handbag simply because I liked it. And that is what really matters when we buy and certainly keep, our treasured pieces.
Photos by Lauren Hagerstrom