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Coach 1941 proves this American Brand is ready to fly out of stores again

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There was a period of time where I wouldn’t be caught dead with a Coach bag. I mean, I know that sounds ridiculous, but I was a huge fan of the glove-tanned leathers and classic American designs of the bags until around 10 years ago. It was like a Coach logo volcano exploded all over every piece in the brand. It was overdone, overpriced and then overproduced and left to rot on clearance tables in Macy’s and outlet stores. I either sold the majority of my Coach bags for a pittance on eBay or I simply gave them away. The brand frankly made me feel depressed. It was hard to watch an American classic choke itself out like that.

Thankfully, everybody loves a comeback and no one does a comeback quite like an iconic American brand such as Coach. I recently walked passed my local Coach store and did a double take. I was in awe of the solid leather handbags calling to me from the store’s windows. Then I did something I hadn’t taken seriously in years. I walked inside and was very taken aback by the merchandise.

Stuart Vevers joined the brand in 2013 and has breathed new life into it as Executive Creative Director. Formerly the Creative Director of Mulberry, Vevers worked with coveted brands such as Bottega Veneta, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton before landing at Coach where he’s been hitting home runs with his research and return to the original qualities and designs that made Coach such a sought after brand.

Coach’s 1941 collection is an exquisite homage to the unique craftsmanship and iconic design that put this brand on the map in the first place. From vintage Western-inspired shirts, dinosaur-themed sweaters, leather varsity jackets, studded saddle bag handbags, pebbled leather bags and cutting-edge glove-tanned leather totes emblazoned with T-rex’s, Vevers is proving that Coach is ready to trample its competition in the handbag and accessories market this fall. The brand is also selling its 1941 collection at Neiman Marcus now. This is a huge indicator of just how high fashion Coach is willing to go again. Put me in Coach, I’m ready to play today.

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live was Grr-ific

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Every morning, my son’s face lights up with delight when the cheerful theme song to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” begins to play. The animated spin-off of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” has gained a loyal following of fans since it debuted on PBS stations in 2012.

Daniel Tiger is a wonderful role model for children teaching them important life lessons from the value of sharing to washing your hands and cleaning up your toys.

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” rolled into Coral Springs Center for the Arts May 19 and the show was nearly sold out. Watching the characters of this beloved children’s show come to life on stage through live actors was nothing short of magical. The audience roared as the actors sang the best hits from the series. Ciarah Amaani shined as teacher Harriet and the adorable Miss Elaina and Evan Teich dazzled as Daniel’s Father, Prince Wednesday and Mr. McFeely.

I attended this show with my one-and-a-half-year old son Jack, husband Greg and Jack’s godmother, J.D. Danner. It was so thrilling to watch Jack clap his hands to almost every song and really stay engaged for the entire show. I have to admit, at first I was scared at the thought of taking my toddler to a live show. I mean, what if he didn’t stop screaming? What if he didn’t want to sit in his seat? The best part about taking your toddler to a show designed for toddlers is that everyone’s kid is acting a little wild and you don’t have to worry about anyone turning around and telling at you to get your kid to stop! This was the best feeling. Jack mostly wanted to stand up and jump and dance along to the music.

My only regret is that show didn’t have more than one stop in South Florida. I know there were plenty of children in Palm Beach and Miami who would’ve loved the chance to see this. Hopefully Daniel’s trolley will roll back to South Florida soon.

The tour will continue throughout North America. Visit Danieltigerlive.com for show dates and other updates.

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Bold gold rings, necklaces and bomber jackets rule the runway this spring season with Ken Downing at Neiman Marcus

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Ken Downing is not a minimalist. It’s an art form he says he learned from his mother. The fashion director and senior vice president of Neiman Marcus came to the Neiman Marcus store in Boca Raton April 6 to share the spring trends with some of South Florida’s most fashionable women.

“More is more and less is a bore!” Downing proclaimed at the begining of his runway show that featured opulent fashions for both men and women.

“Ladies, go home and take every ring out of your jewelry box and put them on,” Downing declared. “Diamond rings and colored gem stones are a big look now.”

While Downing pointed out other essential spring trends such as lace, the cold shoulder baring look and embellished shoes worn for day time, one of the more intriguing looks is a gender-bending thing that’s happening now. Blouses for boys, bomber jackets for girls—it’s an anything goes sort of vibe at the moment.

“I love what’s happening with men’s fashion right now,” Downing said, as a male model made his way down the runway sporting a Chanel blouse, broach and navy blue blazer. “Women and men are borrowing each others clothes. Men are carrying these gorgeous, detailed Gucci gym bags.”

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My favorite look of the show was a bright orange Stella McCartney gown paired with costume chandelier earrings and a gold, sparkly clutch. The off the shoulder gown was stunning and wearable.

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Downing said chokers will be an important look this fall season and in addition to bomber jackets and blazers making a comeback, there will continue to be a ’70s inspired vibe. This spring, cat eye sunglasses by Fendi and the color red continue to make bold and very current wardrobe statements.

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Kendall + Kylie spring collection hits Neiman Marcus stores today

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I’m not a big Kardashian fan, but there is something undeniable about the fashion forward style of the youngest siblings, Kendall and Kylie Jenner. The sisters just launched an #OnlyatNM collection of clothing and accessories that are sophisticated, detailed and most importantly different than many other celebrity clothing lines.

“The collection is sophisticated, clean and beautifully tailored,” Kendall stated in a press release. “We wanted to widen our range of customers by introducing a more premium clothing line. We incorporated a lot of sophisticated and versatile pieces that were simple yet chic.”

From a black and white gingham halter top and cropped trouser set to waist tie silk skirts, unexpected denim pieces and off the shoulder dresses, Kendall + Kylie is a solid collection for the trend-conscious consumer. There are also several eye-catching shoe designs in the collection including strappy cutout heels and a pair of fringy flat sandals I couldn’t resist. At 5-foot-11, I’m always on the hunt for flats that don’t make me feel like a grandmother. Kendall + Kylie’s Tessa Fringe Suede Sandals in black are a fashionable find for $125. And they came in a size 11 to make my big feet happy! The sandals are extremely well made offering a plush, padded in-sole and a buttery, soft suede exterior. I very much wanted to own some part of the collection and this footwear was the perfect option since I was unsure of what size I might take in the clothing purchasing it online.

Although the collection was available in an advance sale to Neiman Marcus customers, it’s now available on Neimanmarcus.com and at Neiman Marcus stores beginning April 7.

From lace to the cold shoulder trend, the Jenner girls have demonstrated they have a true sense of fabrics and feminine style for not just a teenage following, but for a variety of style-savvy women. As a bonus, customers spending $500 or more on select women’s apparel and accessories will score a pair of Kendall + Kylie sunglasses.

To shop the entire collection, visit Neimanmarcus.com/KendallandKylieSnap up a piece of this collection before Kendall + Kylie break the internet.

 

 

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Going insane for Balmain x H&M…arriving Nov. 5

The Balmain x H&M collection is an earth shattering collection of feathered jackets, stunning beaded evening blouses, fitted color block skirts and velvet tuxedo jackets. I have never been more inspired to drop half my body weight just to fit in a line of clothes! Priced $34.99-$649, it’s one of H&M’s most expensive collaborations ever.

The French fashion line also includes striking accessories such as strappy heels, blinged-out head phones to up your iPod game as well as a few pieces of jewelry and clutches. For more on the line, visit HM.com. The collection will be available at H&M stores Nov. 5 and should sell out faster than a Taylor Swift show so get there early and prepare to do battle with other Balmain-hungry fashionistas.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Mean Girls Candy?????? It’s so fetch!

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But one of my most favorite pieces of in the line is the “I’m not a regular Mom, I’m a cool Mom” plastic wine tumbler. I definitely know I’ll be getting that.

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Can you still be fashionable while battling a summer cold?

I am still getting over the summer cold from hell. I would post a pic of myself except I don’t want to scare my readers away. Instead, I will post a shot of the lovely box of tissues that has been helping me through this stuffy time.

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The limited edition Kleenex collection offers four bold patterns by Johnson featuring tissue boxes covered in flowers, kiss prints, rock ‘n’ roll zipper images and animal prints. There was also a hand towel edition I snapped up for my bathroom to keep washing my hands throughout this ordeal.

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While many of the tissues have sold out of Target stores, you can still purchase them on https://www.kleenex.com/expressions.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

My space: Eddie Borgo for Target takes flight from Target’s shelves and Target.com with interplanetary designs

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Eddie Borgo for Target launched in Target stores and online July 12. The collection is selling well in stores and on the web but in a far less frenzied fashion than notorious Target collaborations like the recent Lilly Pulitzer debacle and several years back, Missoni. I visted my local Target in East Deerfield Beach the afternoon of the launch and the entire in-store collection was available save a necklace or two. The collection is highly futuristic and very fashion forward. I’m not convinced the average Target shopper will be connected with the modern fashion world enough to appreciate it or fully understand it. This is true innovation and unharnessed fashion. There is no motivation to scoop this up like an animal and hurl it on eBay for three times the price. Borgo wants to give fashion fans a shot at using their own creativity to put together an accessory that truly speaks to them and represents their own individuality. This is something the Lilly hoarders just wouldn’t be able to handle.

Borgo is a geometric design genius who has been commissioned to create jewelry to grace the runways for Marchesa and Proenza Schouler. His jewelry sells at Neiman Marcus for several hundred dollars.

His collection for Target offers customizable necklaces and bracelets priced $7.99 to $49.99 in addition to earrings, handbags, wristlets and backpacks. 

 Poppy Delevingne and I both fell for this $29.99 gold choker with removable charm. It sold out online but still available in select stores. 

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I don’t buy a lot of costume jewelry anymore but this piece is unlike anything else in my jewelry box and it was must-have for me to rock this fall. To shop the entire collection, visit Target.com.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Style Spy: Realist fashions for a mom on the go

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I realize wet hair is not a “look,” but it’s a daily reality when you’re a mom running through the day on a hectic schedule. Sadly, I don’t have access to a hair and makeup team daily like a Kardashian or Kate Middleton. I’m a real mom who really takes care of her son and works a full time job. I lost all the weight I gained during my pregnancy but some of the clothes I wore before I got pregnant fit me again but just don’t look right anymore. My aunt Maryann lost a bunch of weight and gave me a stockpile of awesome jeans from I.N.C. Lauren by Ralph Lauren and Jones New York. I was thankful for the donations.

In the above pic, I’m sporting a Lilly Pulitzer for Target  Coral Tunic, a Kate Spade Morrocan Marketplace crossbody bag I purchased at the Kate Spade Outlet at Sawgrass Mills Mall and jeans by I.N.C. My sunglasses are by Tory Burch. I don’t wear earrings or necklaces much anymore because my son likes to yank them out. I’m proud to be a real mom, who still loves fashion and has a perfectly imperfect body.

Living in South Florida, we definitely have some wardrobe challenges due to the constantly humid and sticky climate. I don’t feel comfortable in shorts or anything above the knee so I opt for jeans, linen pants or maxi dresses or skirts most of the time. I think dressing for your body is so important and comfort is key. Lately I’ve been loving bright, bold colors such as orange.

 

 

 

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Don’t beat yourselves up darlings…the logo is a no go with millennials

 

 

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I read a very interested article on Washingtonpost.com this morning about Louis Vuitton and Gucci’s nightmares coming true and shoppers rejecting the once-coveted monograms on designer bags. Here is a link to that article.

The piece was very well written by Sarah Halzack and touches on the new “less is more” trend. While shoppers once sweated it out on waiting lists for limited edition bags from Louis Vuitton and Gucci, shoppers seem to be opting for less logo and more individualism when it comes to handbags. The big question I have for luxury fashion lines such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci is why are the prices of handbags the equivalent of a decent down payment on a car?

About 10 years ago, a Louis Vuitton Pouchette bag was $145. This was the first Louis Vuitton bag I ever bought. This very same bag is $500 now. In 2002, one could still purchase a leather epi Louis Vuitton bag for $700. I thought this was a lot of money back then but honestly, this seems like a bargain now. I’ve watched the prices of these handbags soar into the $1,500 range and then the $2,500 range. And anything limited edition is typically $4,500 and up.

I don’t think the issue is that people don’t want to carry labels anymore. I think many people are choosing to travel with that money and spend it on experiences rather than carrying it on their arm. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of, Eventbrite, millennials would rather spend money on experiences than things. This poll, which appeared on Digitalmusicnews.com within an article, also stated that  “Millennials live for the moment. They don’t care about flaunting wealth. Fancy cars aren’t as important as reliable ones. Or even having one at all.”

The article also stated this:

“Because of the Great Recession of 2008 and the subsequent Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011, millennials aren’t gravitating towards professions focused around greed.  Unlike their parents, they understand that nothing is for certain. There’s no such thing as a secure job anymore. Facebook and Twitter have brought a worldwide interconnectedness that was never truly felt or understood by generations past. Millennials care more about humanity than personal wealth.”

This new generation of shoppers is clearly more tech savvy than ever. And this year, the millennials are projected to overtake the Baby Boomers according to Pewresearch.org.

While I still enjoy the European designer bags I purchased in the past, I too, have moved on. I’d rather carry a Kate Spade bag and get the iWatch now. I want the latest MacBook instead of a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes that will kill my feet and my wallet. As a recovering shopaholic and now a more fiscally responsible mother to a 9-month-old, when it comes to shelling out thousands on a handbag, the thrill is gone.

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