The Fashion List: Must-Have Madonna & Co Finds to Buy in Early 2018

Next month marks two things, New York Fashion Week and the time when many Spring 2018 fashions begin hitting retail stores. But while February is the “month of fashion”, January is that unpredictable transition month. The first few months of a new year always brings up one issue – do you shop the sales and leftover items on markdown or do you think (and shop) ahead for Spring items. With the crazy weather conditions during the first three months of the year – what is a fashionista to do? Why not let NYC Upper East Side boutique Madonna & Co help you with this difficult fashion decision! Madonna & Co have come up with a cheat sheet of the best finds and fashion essentials for this interim period (a period they like to call – “the 5th Season”.)

1. A Faux Fur Vest

Faux fur vests are the perfect item to buy and wear now through the warmer months to come! The versatility options are endless & we love that this piece is as practical as it is stylish! Here are multiple ways to wear your fur vest:
▪ Layer it over your coat for a stylish & chic look or when it gets really cold, put it on under your coat for some
seriously luxurious-feeling warmth.
▪ Add long leather gloves and go sleeveless for a chic statement look.
▪ Team it over a cashmere sweater & jeans and turn into a sophisticated glam gal.
▪ Throw it on over sweatpants and suddenly be transformed into a glamorous, vaguely intimidating version of
yourself.
▪ Layer over a Second Skin Seamless knit tops for a match made in heaven!

2. Seamless Second Skin Tee

These one-size-fits-all tops are ideal for this season. These form-fitting, seamless tops work under another top, at the gym or alone to dress up your day or night wear.

3. The Micro-Purse

Now that everything you could possibly need fits inside your cell phone, why lug around that huge hobo? It’s all about the Micro Purse in 2018.

4. Sunny Shades

Sun or no sun – sunglasses transcend the seasons, and can really finish off the perfect outfit. 2018 sunglasses trends have made shades hotter than ever from cat-eye to pearls and rhinestones.

5. The new Sock Boot 

In early 2018, it’s all about the fit, novelty heels, and comfort! From the sock boot to the stretch boot we’ll keep you walking in style through the spring!

6. Knit dresses

Knit dresses inject a little fun into your wardrobe for this time of year. Versatile enough to wear with sneakers for an urban vibe or with heels to that special event.

Madonna & Co is both a fashion boutique and a beauty bar all under one roof at their Upper East Side location. An affordable luxury for fashionistas of all ages, Madonna & Co is completely, and uniquely about the customer, offering a variety of products & services from fashion advice, beauty experiences, makeup and skin care needs and beautiful apparel collections.

Holiday Gift Ideas: The Ultimate Cuff for Your Apple Watch

While getting an Apple Watch as a Christmas gift this holiday season is an amazing thing, it’s overall look may not reflect your personal style or even fit with what you may be wearing on during an evening out. What if you can style up your new ultimate piece of technology with a variety of very chic and very stylish watch straps to enhance your everyday style? Look no further than The Ultimate Cuff to style up your Apple Watch.

The Ultimate Cuff for Your Apple Watch

 

Created by founder and CEO Anne Zacharias, together with Creative Director Tiffany Castillo, The Ultimate Cuff range is 100% nickel free, so they’re perfect for people with sensitive skin. The fashionable cuffs are made out of brass, which is then plated with either 14k Gold, 14k Rose Gold, or Silver Rhodium. The Ultimate Cuff is available in eight straps styles that range from thin to wide, and come in two sizes – 38mm or 42mm, so you can accurately match and fit the Apple Watch series 1, 2 and 3. These stylish Apple watch bands include the Mia, Catalina, Artemis, Cleo, Lola Mini, Diana, Coco, and Coco Mini. All boast adjustable closures that features a chain designed to make resizing to your ideal fit a breeze.

  • The Mia Cuff ($98.00) is a classic design with a streamlined look to enhance your everyday style.
  • The Catalina Cuff‘s ($122.00) tropical design of the Monstera leaf will pair perfectly with your vacation wardrobe.
  • The Artemis Cuff ($98.00) is designed after the Greek Goddess for which she was named. The cuff represents the goddess known for carrying a bow and arrow. Its double arrow design will surely make your inner goddess stand out.
  • The Cleo Cuff‘s ($116.00) scalloped design offers a softer look while being both stylish and feminine.
  • The Lola Mini Cuff ($112.00)adds a little extra jewelry to your everyday smartwatch. The cuff is dressed up with beautiful white and turquoise Howlite stones (each cuff is set with 8 stones – Silver with turquoise dyed, and yellow and rose gold with white Howlite).
  • The Diana Cuff ($116.00)was named after the original Wonder Woman. The new Diana cuff was designed with sleek and modern lines to make a statement whether worn with your own jewelry, or on its own.
  • The Coco Cuff ($116.00) is a cool statement piece on its own. It has hammered detail and high shine polish.
  • The Coco Mini Cuff ($98.00) is the sister to our original style, only half the width. It makes for a very cool statement piece with its hammered detail and high shine polish.

What are your thoughts on these stylish offerings from The Ultimate Cuff? Are they going to be on your holiday wish or gift list?

SHOPPING NYC: PONO by Joan Goodman Holiday 2017 Sample Sale

Raise your hand if you love receiving gorgeous things as gifts. Take, for example, the gorgeous jewelry from PONO by Joan Goodman, the statement pieces are conversation starters and always elicit compliments. What better to show how much someone means to you than to give them something beautiful. The best part, you get to save money on the gift.Pop into the PONO by Joan Goodman Holiday 2017 Sample Sale where baubles galore are 50-80% off. As you shop, take a tour around the tables with designer Joan Goodman, and learn all about the amazing jewelry you’re picking up.

What great deals can you get at the PONO by Joan Goodman Holiday 2017 Sample Sale? How about the Dancing Flower Necklace formerly $425, now available at a novel $150. Why not make the holidays glisten with a Petal Resin Choker in Stardust – originally $415, now all yours at an accessible $100. For those who fancy something fierce and fabulous, select a stack of Metallic Animal Print Bangles, originally priced at $80, currently collectible at only $25 apiece. Go bold with the Big “O” Choker reduced to $75, from its original price of $275. For your deal shopping finale, finish at PONO’s bangle bar, where 3 bangles are $25, 5 bangles go for $30, and 10 bangles can be yours for only $50. All the PONO by Joan Goodman bangles are originally valued at $30-$45 each.

The PONO by Joan Goodman Holiday 2017 Sample Sale takes place from Dec 6th – Dec 15th, from 9am–6pm (please note it is closed on Sunday). The sale is located at 224 W 30th St, Suite 304, between 7th and 8th Aves. To indulge in all the pretty things, get the following subways: B, D, F, M, N, Q, or R to 34th Street/Herald Square, or the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station. For more information, call 212-216 0044 or visit www.ponobyjoangoodman.com. Will you be stopping by the PONO by Joan Goodman Holiday 2017 Sample Sale?

Melissa Pochete: This Season’s Must-Have Accessory

You may have noticed that fanny packs have been enjoying a major resurgence this year. No longer is it the dreadful accessory of unstylish tourists or uncool dads. And while we’re seen a few that have caught our eye, the one fanny pack that we’re totally in love with is the Melissa Pochete (also known as the Melissa Bum Bag). The returning trendy bag makes its debut this season in the Melissa Shoes Fall/Winter 2017 collection, the Flygirl Collection. The Fall/Winter 2017 from Melissa Shoes looks to inspire girls and women – of all genders – to fly with freedom. Women and girls that celebrate their uniqueness, and are more self-confident and self-affirming……a message we wholeheartedly agree with.

The Melissa Pochete is Melissa Shoes’ version of the fanny pack, but in a cool, modern shape and availability in bold, and interesting colors, such as black, neon green, neon pink, antique gold, and silver with glitter. The Melissa Pochette joins the growing list of the brand’s must-have bags, including the Melissa Sac Bag, Melissa Satchel + the Cambridge Satchel Co (which we’ve highlighted on this blog), and the Pupila + Vitorino Campos Bag. We love our Melissa Pochette. We fell in love with the silver with glitter and receive compliments whenever we rock it.  The best part, the Pochete coordinates wonderfully with several styles of Melissa shoes, including boots, sandals, and heels.

Our silver with glitter Pochete pairs perfectly with the Melissa Flox Unisex Sandals, the Melissa Stellar Boots, the Melissa Aranha Quadrada, the Melissa Grunge + Vitorino Campos Shoes, all of which are from the Fall/Winter 2017 Flygirl Collection. As with all their products, the Pochete is made from Melissa’s signature Melflex plastic, you a cool a vegan alternative to leather fanny packs.

Are you a fan of the returning fanny pack trend? Will you be rocking the Melissa Pochete bag? Which color would you go for?

Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear: Eliminate Tired, Puffy Eyes in Style

When it comes to our writing, you can find us up late almost every night updating our blog, setting up drafts, or editing our photos. This nightly ritual comes at an expense of course……..tired and puffy eyes. Naturally, we try to combat this with eye creams, cold compresses and cucumber slices on our eyes, and of course, a chic pair of sunglasses. Ever wonder how effective it would be if you could combine two of those solutions, without looking silly of course. We’re here to let you know, you can eliminate tired, puffy eyes while looking stylish, with Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear. Freeze Frames provides the benefits of an ice eye mask through the ease and stylish look of sunglasses.

Say goodbye to tired, puffy eyes through this, innovative and never-before-seen unisex range of sunglasses. Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear, invented by LA-based specialty nurse Alison Read, is the first conceptualized fashion accessory that is a dual-purpose device providing both 100% UVA-UVB protection, and cooling eye therapy. Boasting reusable Gel-Pads that magnetically clicks into place on the Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear casing, you are free to discretely target zone-specific problematic eye areas while looking as chic as ever.

Up until the introduction of Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear, the only solution for “puffy eye” days left you limited to messy ice packs and dripping compresses. No longer will swollen eye sufferers forced to remain indoors, cowering out of sight, feeling unattractive and unable to do anything else. The patented Gel-Pad attachments that come with the Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear soothes your puffy and tired eyes with a gentle cooling compression similar to how a nurse might apply ice to swollen, symptomatic eyes.

The Gel-Pads first go in the freezer or a cup of ice for a recommended 20 to 60 minutes before use. Place each gel-pad attachment in the designated areas of your Freeze Frames targeting your lower, upper eye and/or nose-bridge areas. Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear are ideal to wear after a spa or medical treatment to decrease pain and bruising while also increasing the healing. Use them to soothe allergic puffiness, PMS inflammation, computer and dry eye strain, or revitalize your eyes after a long flight. Our favorite benefit of Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear is the fact that it works wonders in relieving headache and migraine symptoms.

The Gel-Pads remain cool for 15 to 20 minutes and can be repeated throughout the day at 20-minute intervals. Be advised that cold therapy applications to sensitive tissue areas should be limited to 15-20 minutes at a time. Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear is available exclusively online at www.FreezeFrames.com for $89.95, with more styles and colors to follow soon.

Fall 2017 Accessory Preview: Knomo London Smart Bags and Tech Accessories

There are many cool, innovative, and fashionable cases for your smartphones but when it comes to your bags and cases for your laptops, the selection isn’t as impressive. Knomo London is changing that with their very stylish offering of smart bags and tech accessories. We had the opportunity to check out the British accessory brand’s Fall 2017 collection of stylish, high-quality bags and accessories; a collection which brings classic elegance together with bold new colors and designs, offering maximum utility and digital convenience features.

Personally, we’re bored of the basic black nylon laptop bags and welcome some fun with our function, in the form of bold colors and prints such as hot reds and formal grays, and of course, luxury materials. The Knomo London Fall 2017 Collection has design options for both men and women, with styles that challenge traditional gender roles with a slightly androgynous look.

Geared towards the traveling “Digital Knomad,” each Knomo London bag from Fall 2017 collection offers modern style, simplicity, and utility. Style-conscious users, sophisticated city dwellers, and globetrotting backpackers will have everything they need to stay organized and prepared. Thanks to the addition of more organizational compartments and pockets, you’ll be able to keep all your mobile devices secure, charged and organized.

The specially designed pockets on the Knomo London bags not only organizes your belongings, it protects your tech devices thanks to its RFID blocking feature to safeguard your digital information, the uniquely valuable Knomo ID, so you can register your bag and if it’s lost, the founder, Howard Harrison, can return it to you through Knomo’s portal.

We’re really excited about Knomo London’s collaboration with the world-renowned Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The graphic collection uses an original 1920’s print from the Museum’ s archives. The unique 5-piece collection of accessories comprises 3 bag styles: a Totepack, a Backpack, and a Briefcase, along with a Carry-all Pouch, and a Foldable Shopper. Each design is available in two colors, Night Forest, which boast tones of blue and green described by some as an “abstract camo” print, and Monochrome, shades of white, gray and black.

Inside each of the Knomo London x Victoria & Albert Museum collection bags, there are a number of organizational pockets and compartments, ready to hold all travel essentials such as your passport, Knomo portable battery, and Knomo travel adaptor, your laptop or tablet, and other belongings.

Both the regular and Knomo London x Victoria & Albert Museum collections are available in the UK, Europe and USA stores in August 2017.

Meet Costume Designer Dan Lawson at the DL for PONO Fall 2017 Event

Calling all fans of The Good Wife, it’s sequel series, The Good Fight, BrainDead, and all things jewelry and accessories. Emmy-nominated Costume Designer Dan Lawson, the man behind the fabulous fashion for these three tv shows, is hosting a special event to launch his DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection of handcrafted Italian resin jewelry and accessories……..and you’re invited!!

If you love the fashion from his shows, this is the perfect time to preview the stunning DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection with Jewelry Designer, Joan Goodman (before they make their television debuts), and perhaps pick his brain on all thing fashion and costume design. This event, which will be held next Thursday, June 15th at the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle, promises baubles, bubbly, and even appearances by Good Wife VIPs. The event also allows you to shop the pieces from the luxury jewelry collection, available at the Museum of Art & Design.

There are many inspirations that help to forge the beautiful pieces from DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection such as the stunning dark green hue of malachite, represented in an eye-catching two-sided necklace, the cool blue, white ice hues, and raw look of an iceberg, and metal etched by fire. The bold jewelry collection is not for the timid fashionista, DL for PONO loves wearers who love to make a bold statement with their style. We love the mix of colors and textures (many times this mix varies from piece to piece, making the jewelry pieces one of a kind), and love the idea that they embrace those of us who love to stand out. We promise you’ll love it too.

So if you are free next Thursday, June 15th and want the chance to see some gorgeous jewelry, speak with a renown Costume Designer, and Jewelry Designer, and enjoy a glass or two of wine, head over to the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle between 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Hope to see you fellow jewelry lovers there.