HSN launches The Help-Inspired Collections w/ Lela Rose, RJ Graziano & Cynthia Rowley

One of my favorite books and the summer movie I’m most looking forward to is Katheryn Stocket’s The Help, a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship. In fact, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Chastain who plays Celia Foote on a recent red carpet appearance and I asked her about working on this movie. Well, thanks to HSN and three leading designers – Lela Rose, RJ Graziano and Cynthia Rowley – we will soon have access to clothing and accessories influenced by the film’s sixties theme. Inspired by the movie’s charming southern flare, HSN is launching retro accessories with all three designers including floral patterned flats, jeweled brooches, feminine pearls and patent leather purses that will all be available in August.

RJ Graziano updates the classic pearl necklace and earrings with a chic modern twist


Cynthia Rowley created standout accessories like the “Helena” Patent Leather Flap Bag and duo stacked Resin Bangle Bracelet Set featured below that are sure to delight any woman

Lela Rose created a line of floral skirts, a-line dresses, fur shrugs and long evening coats that enliven’s the femininity of the 60’s Southern woman’s ladylike demeanor.

You can shop the collection online August 1st and see all the products available on-air August 5th – 6th. The Help hits theaters August 10th. 

SRS Labs iWOW 3D for iPod, iPhone & iPad – Enhance Your Music

Drowning out the everlasting noise of NYC to fully enjoy your music usually takes some epic skills and one hell of a pair of amazing headphones but even then, you still don’t get to experience the best that the song has to offer – true melody, nuance, base, etc. SRS Labs will help you achieve hearing the true brilliance of your favorite songs and artists with their SRS Labs iWOW 3D Adapter

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The iWOW 3D Adapter is a small device that attaches to your iPhone, iPod or iPad which immerses you in an engaging listening experience unlike any other with a push of a button. The iWOW 3D delivers a truly authentic, natural and uncompromised entertainment experience for all of your music, videos, and movies.

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This little powerhouse gadget delivers sound with deep, rich bass, locates and restores audio details buried in source materials (so goodbye to not so great download recordings). It even comes with a free downloadable app* that lets you adjust the audio settings. So when you want to lose yourself in a song whether it’s while jogging, soothing a broken heart or to pump you up or calm you down – enhance the sound and your enjoyment and hear music the way it is meant to be heard with the iWOW 3D. Imagine what new discoveries you might hear in your favorite song.

BONUS: SRS Labs announced a new relaxation Mobile App for iOS and Android users called Relaxation Portal, that allows users to escape to some of the world’s most popular vacation destinations and unwind to the sounds of that environment. This app is extremely interactive, and unlike any other relaxation applications out today, Relaxation Portal allows users to fully customize the sounds featured at their chosen location. Additionally, the app features SRS’ latest 3D audio engine and is able to accurately place sounds in 3-dimensional space over headphones. Learn more about the app by visiting the following link, or zapping the QR Code below. http://srslabs.com/content.aspx?id=2278

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*Only iOS 3.1X or higher

LOFT’s Summer 2011 Preview

My LOFT card has already gotten a lot of mileage on it and some this summer…. I’ll be breaking a new record, and it looks like I’ll keep on breaking records thanks to LOFT’s Summer 2011 Collection. I also think I’m going through a floral phase because all of my favorite pieces from the LOFT’s Summer 2011 Preview had floral designs or accents.

My three top favs are below. The gorgeous pencil skirt with the bold pink flowers is of course my favorite.

Looks from LOFT’s Summer 2011 collection was inspired by everything summer has to offer- the warming sun, caressing wind, refreshing sea and cooling shade. All evident in the cool blues and vibrant pinks and oranges. Though I may be goingthrough a floral phase, several other pieces caught my eye. The nautical inspired looks for example
and the various pops of color which were mixed with prints or bold colored accessories paired with muted colored looks.
And speaking of accessories, LOFT offers some great footwear for under $30 – perfect for the beach and with just about any summer outfit.
LOFT’s Summer Preview also highlighted the capsule collection with Lela Rose, who offered her take on the perfect summer dress. And again, my favorite piece? The floral print sweetheart dress

Designer Collaboration – Rory Beca for Forever 21

Designer Rory Beca was on hand at Forever 21 Times Square to introduce her exclusive design collaboration, Rory Beca for Forever 21, with the retail giant. My days of shopping at Forever 21 are long gone or so I thought. Fashion does indeed take flight as the young designer introduces such gorgeous pieces as the Splatter One Shoulder Dress and the Splatter Drawcord Dress – my favorite print from the collection.

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Other great pieces that are sure to be key in your wardrobe include an adorable Satin Swing Skirt, which goes great with a tee or a not so basic top, like Rory Beca’s Embellished Knit Top (seen paired below).
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and another favorite, the very comfortable Beaded Collar Dress, which can be layered under a hot pink cardigan for a burst of color, worn with leggings or alone. It was quite a popular piece as you can see in the photo below.

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I got a chance to speak with Rory Beca in between meeting/greeting the eager young girls patiently waiting to get insight into her design world and experience. She kept them entranced with her approachable and easy going personality.

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But back to my interview – her story is an interesting one. Her whole business is literally a family affair. Her brother makes her wonderful prints, her dad  (a Dentist) made her deliveries, etc but I’ll let Rory tell you her story in her own words.

This wonderful collection is available both in-store and online but it won’t be forever. All items are while quantities last and judging by the numerous purchases I saw, it won’t be for much longer. Don’t you love these Rory Beca for Forever 21 pieces? What items from the collection collaboration are on your wishlist?

Attention Shoe Addicts – Enter to win LOFT’s MUST-HAVE BOOTIE!!

And I must have it (so you know I’ve already entered). LOFT’s has announced a fabulous Spring Sweeps (ignore what’s going on outside). One of us (hope its me) will win a pair of LOFT’s MUST-HAVE BOOTIE, a stylish peep-toe.

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 Recently seen in the pages of Vogue magazine, this flirty, lace-up pair combines the sturdy coolness of a chunky heel with the feminine allure of a peep-toe. So whether your life demands pencil skirts or denim leggings (or both), this Bootie is a shoe-in to become your chicest, most versatile mainstay.
Visit LOFT’s Facebook Fan Page to enter and to receive more information but hurry—the contest ends Sunday, February 6th!!!

PORTS 1961 Debuts Menswear Collection

Tia Cibani has answered the prayers of men everywhere by finally coming out with a Ports 1961 Menswear collection. The collection, which debut in Milan during Milan’s Men’s Fashion Week, was influenced by classical sculpture. “These are clothes molded to the man and sculpted like a second skin. We dress the self-aware urban gladiator, a man who chooses pure and noble materials to express his inner nature, a man who needs his clothes to be tough and ready for action, but relaxed and comfortable when he rests“, says Tia and Ian Hylton.

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The mood is über-masculine and fueled by the spirit of the renaissance, inspired in turn by classical art with its values of everlasting beauty, perfect proportion and harmony. Ports 1961 updates that mood with an exquisite freshness and a sophisticated contemporary feel. This season, Ports 1961’s menswear throws down the gauntlet to declare: from now on, only the best of everything…is good enough.

Grand Re-Opening of H&M Soho I and Soho II

H&M has give their two Soho Locations a fresh new look. Both H&M Soho 1 (558 Broadway bet Prince and Spring sts) and H&M Soho 2 (515 Broadway bet Spring and Broome sts) stores have been given all new interiors and fixtures with Soho 2 expanding by getting an entire new level. “This location will now feature the young trend department, an exclusive lingerie section, and the casual sportswear collections for both men and women in addition to the Ladies’ and Men’s collections!”.

To celebrate of both grand re-openings, H&M Soho 2, along with Nylon Magazine, held an unveiling event last night a packed crowd who were more than ready to enjoy the 25% off H&M’s already affordable prices, cocktails (courtesy of Svedka Vodka), some yummy hors d’oeuvres and giftbags (I missed out on the giftbags because I was too busy shopping, so I couldn’t tell you what was in it)

Unfortunately, I didn’t walk out with much (I’m not talking about the giftbag) – my only purchase was a pair of Dark Denim Trousers. I had two basic Tunics but my friend proceeded to take both out of my hands and told me NO (I’m paraphrasing) and I saw this beautiful medium heavy double breasted jacket (see below)

but unfortunately, they were all size fours which is when considering the size of my “girls”. This gave birth to a was a slight temper tantrum….mostly a lot of “damning” – don’t you just love the pockets but there are other H&M’s so the hunt is on.

Anyway, to continue the Grand Re-opening celebrations, both H&M Soho locations offered an H&M T-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass valued from $10 to $300 to the first 200 shoppers in line at each location. One lucky winner at each location received an All Access Fashion Pass allowing them early entry to the store to shop before doors opened to the public.

Both store locations will be open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

H&M was established in Sweden in 1947. Today there are around 2,000 H&M stores in 37 countries. H&M has a wide product range that is divided into a number of different concepts for women, men, teenagers, and children.

Cynthia Rowley for Roxy

Amazing designer and Author, Cynthia Rowley, teamed up with junior line Roxy to create a very sporty beach chic collection for the ultimate Betty (surfer girl in non-California speak), Cynthia Rowley for Roxy, which was showcased at CO-OP Barneys.
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The collection consisted of  colorful apparel, shoes and accessories with many apparel items made out of wet suit fabric aka Neoprene. I got a chance to speak to some of the models wearing the apparel made out of Neoprene and they all said that it was quite comfortable and breathable; and the did feel quite soft to the touch

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I tried to get a quick interview with Cynthia Rowley but I’d have a better chance of talking to the Pope, she was completely surrounded from the time I stepped into the event until I left – I’m surprised I got a photo of her but I took a chance and snuck in while someone else was interviewing her (she’s in the first photo for those who are not familiar).
Will you be grabbing some pieces from the Cynthia Rowley for Roxy collection?