Sunday, August 17, 2014

My August Obsession - Veronica Beard Blazers

While most people I know are in beach/vacation/bathing suit mode right now, I'm in a full-blown-fall-fashion state of mind.  Call me crazy, but it's in the stores and ladies, NOW is the time to start shopping!  Especially for the hard-to-find transition outfits for fall.  I am trolling websites, stores, and trunk shows looking to fill the gaps in my wardrobe.  And as you all know, blazers have been a complete obsession for many years.  With the perfect navy blazer snugly hanging in my closet, my attention turns to finding the perfect black blazer.

My August obsession actually started back in May when Lisa and I had a 36-hour mini-break from our families, which really is a 36-hour shopping fest.  Just saying.  At any rate, we were in Viola Lovely in Boston's South End, when I happened upon a Veronica Beard blazer.  These are not 'normal' jackets.  These are super-cool and edgy jackets.  These are AWESOME.  
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Blazers with faux hoodie linings (and sometimes, faux cuffs!)!  Ok, they call them what they are: dickeys.  (And I hate that word - almost as much as I hate m-o-i-s-t.)  But think of the possibilities?!  Neat black blazer sans dickey for a cleaner look; black blazer with cool hoodie over jeans while running around town.  The options are limitless!

Here's why I'm obsessed:
1.  I need a black blazer desperately.
2.  I love the idea of a cool, multi-purpose jacket.
3.  They sell different dickeys separately, so you can change your look whenever you want.
4.  Viola Lovely didn't have my size at the time, so I'm DYING to try one on!

Basically every day, I've been going to their website waiting for the classic jacket to be in stock (pre-order only now).  And I'm waiting for the lovely ladies at Viola Lovely to call when they receive their shipment of blazers.  And I wait and wait and become more and more obsessed.

So while you are sitting on a beach reading this on your mobile device, I'm at home contemplating when I can get my hands on a Veronica Beard black classic blazer, with a grey, sweatshirt hoodie dickey.  Stay tuned. ~ JH

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

W2WW Around Town - Loving The Street's Additions

I'm not sure what happened at The Street this summer, but I LOVE it.  When we left, The Street in Chestnut Hill had a couple of good things going - Shake Shack, a huge Calypso St. Barth, Splendid (daughter's favorite), and Pinkberry.  Today, my daughters and I ran down there to have lunch (Shake Shake) and check out back-to-school stuff at Splendid.  Quick trip - an hour tops, right?

WRONG.  I'm going to have to allocate MORE time for future visits.  As I pull up to make the turn across Route 9, I see that some stores have filled in.  Helmut Lang?!?!  Vince?!?!  Holy cow.  My personal favorites all lined up.  Huge stand-alone stores.

I dutifully did lunch and Splendid with the girls.  Seeing that I had about 30 minutes left in them, I chose to visit Vince.  They have only been open 2 weeks.
This Vince store is the biggest stand-alone I've ever been in, including some of the New York stores.  It makes the Copley store look like a kiosk.  The depth of the line was so impressive to see.  I couldn't wait to dig in.  But really, I couldn't.  Why?  Because the kids were digging in!  Yes my friends, Vince has a kids clothing line.  Good news:  It's fabulous.  Bad news:  My kids LOVED it.  Small but great selection of classic mini-Vince pieces (no, they did not get the leather jacket).
But, my older daughter got a sweater and top, and my younger daughter loved a t-shirt.  Oh dear, what does this mean to me and MY clothing budget?!

As I was checking out and explaining how I would have to come back without my dear children to really dig in, they had one other trick up their sleeve.  Turns out Vince is launching a HANDBAG line this fall!  Yikes!  I can't even imagine how cool these bags will be.  The assistant manager, Chrysten (on a first-name basis already), showed me a picture of one of the bags that will be out.  Kinda love it.
Image from Chrysten Fahey, Asst. Store Manager Vince, Chestnut Hill.
If you find yourself near The Street, beware.  I'm scared for myself. ~ JH
Unless noted, all images from Jennifer Houston.

Monday, August 11, 2014

An old friend, rediscovered.

I had some time to troll around Newbury Street before a hair appointment last week and wandered into Steven Alan.  Thank goodness!  I always forget how much I LOVE this store, and I hope that by writing about it, I'll remember to visit every time I'm close by. 
Images from Jennifer Houston.
Why do I love it?  They describe themselves well:  "Steven Alan is a multi-brand retailer carrying a curated collection of clothing, accessories, apothecary, and home items for both men and women".  VERY well curated at that.  They carry some of my favorite designers - Clare Vivier, Band of Outsiders, Isabel Marant, and their in-house brand, Steven Alan.  They carry lots of designers that are new-to-me - which I love.  They have great basics.  It's a very cool vibe.  Clean lines, great materials.  Fantastic staff (at least at the Newbury location).

What did I check out this visit - these brogues by Rachel Comey.  I didn't think I was a brogue shoe girl, but maybe I am?  They are hunting for my size and I hope they find it.
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This cool dress.  It was a little short for me, but oh how I loved it.  With the shoes. 
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Next time you find yourself on Newbury, wander in.  You'll be glad you did. ~ JH

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lisa takes to the high seas for fashion!

Not one to let a small thing like the Atlantic Ocean stand in the way of a good trunk sale,  I ferried over to Martha's Vineyard 2 weeks ago for the Sisco + Berluti trunk sale at the very vintage/modern/funky home store Brickyard in Vineyard Haven.
These are my new favorite stacking bracelets this summer.  Think turquoise, pyrite, red coral, white coral, antiqued bone, blue sodalite, brass porcupine - the semi-precious gems and bead combinations are endless - punctuated with sparkly gold stardust or pave beads. I could easily create an elbow-length stack.  Their trunk show was full of their amazing signature bracelets and since I'm in full-blown summer mode, my choices were true to the season:  White coral, double wrap turquoise, gold pave stack, plus an unusual brown bead speckled with gold as a transition to fall.   Lucky me the lovely Lisa Sisco was on hand to customize each bracelet for my tiny wrist and voila, perfection!  

Best of all was a sneak peak at some gorgeous - and I mean GORGEOUS - necklaces for fall.   Each was handmade by Lisa or sister Carolyn Berluti and were unique, one-of-a-kind creations.  I love, loved the tassel theme, especially the brown beaded one you see here.  Layer a few over a simple sweater and you are done.   I was on a mission for bracelets and did not shop the necklaces as hard as I should have.  Lisa Sisco told me that we'll see more necklaces for fall and a trunk show at Impulse in Wellesley this fall.  Hooray! 
Lisa and Carolyn were troopers about the littles creating stacks.  Kids bracelets are the rage at Impulse. 

~ LB
All images from Lisa Bida.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Text Conversation #5

Fashion doesn't rest, even in summer.  The following text arrived the other morning, directed to Lisa and me:
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The item in question?
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Lisa and I didn't really have to confer on this one.  Lisa texted back while I called our friend directly:
Images from Jennifer Houston.
Whether or not we love them, these thong Birkenstocks are hot and actually, can be cute with the right outfit.  Think white linen pants and a red pedicure.  Actually, all linen pants wold be fabulous.  Think jean jacket over tank-top with long skirt.  Think maxi-dress with jacket.  Here are some Pinterest images for inspiration:
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Stick with the silver, white, or graphite colors of the Birkenstocks and change up your casual summer looks! ~ JH

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

W2WW News Flash - Trunk show on Martha's Vineyard!

Ladies on Martha's Vineyard this week: get the sitter lined up and head over to Brickyard in Vineyard Haven on Thursday night (5-7pm) for the Sisco Berluti Trunk Show with sister founders Lisa and Carolyn.  There will be lots of one-of-a-kinds and new necklaces which are GORGEOUS! 
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I may have to pack up the kids and take the ferry over. ~ LB

Friday, July 11, 2014

Reflections from a trunk show...

I happily found myself hosting a trunk show this week - a Stella & Dot show - in Maine.  Dear husband was away, I had a sitter for the kids, and I had planned to host a 'ladies night out' ANYWAY, so why not mix it up with a little jewelry and new beach-friends?  I mean really, who doesn't love a little shopping on the side of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres?!

I've hosted trunk shows before - Worth New York, Orient Expressed (children's clothing), Little Follies (children's clothing) - but never 'accessories'.  At a beach house.  In the middle of summer.

Let me tell you - so fun!  

Amongst my purchases?!  Something I've looked for for YEARS.  A long, silver pendant necklace.  Simple to find, right?! WRONG.  I've been looking for a long time, and this one fits the bill.  I needed to have it.  For so many outfits that just needed a sparkle down the front.  (And of course, yes, Lisa has it too.)
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And what I was most surprised with?!  The new 'Engravable' collection.  If anyone knows me, they know if it's not nailed down, I try to monogram it.  I'm still deciding which one I want...there are WAY TOO MANY OPTIONS.  Do I do the bar necklace?
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Do I do a traditional round?
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And what ever do I put on it?!  My initials?  My children's initials?  Decisions, decisions.  Any ideas?!

Other things that caught my eye?  This gilded arrow bracelet.  Looks GREAT stacked with my other summer bracelets - adds a new dimension and texture.
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At the last minute, while Stella & Dot rep Kristen Weiss was packing up, I tried this on.  Big mistake.  Kinda love it, looks great with a tan, and goes with ALL of my navy and white summer clothing.  And, you can wear it 5 different ways, removing the large chain (on the bottom of the chains pictured) to wear either separately or all together OR making it long or keeping it at this length.
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Overall, a fun evening with the beach ladies!  Thanks to Kristen for spicing up a cocktail party.  We had a blast!  (Look, I almost got away with 'borrowing' the sample silver rebel pendant necklace!)
Image from Kristen Weiss.
Happy summer!  Click here to check out the Stella & Dot summer line! ~ JH