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New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

Valentine’s Day is just about a month away — and some of us might expect a beautiful bouquet for the occasion, as 37% of flowers purchased are given as gifts. But before February even arrives, you could treat yourself with an even more fashionable kind of present. Now that Loewe, a Spanish luxury fashion house, has finally debuted its much-anticipated capsule collection based on the beloved animated film My Neighbor Totoro, the world may seem just a little bit brighter. That said, you’ll need to save up if you expect to splurge on one of these pieces.

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

A Japanese animated film with a cult following, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters who relocate with their father to the countryside in order to care for their ailing mother. After wandering into the forest, the sisters befriend some local spirits — including Totoro, a large creature (resembling a cat or rabbit, depending on who you ask) who helps the girls and goes on adventures with them. The film is easily one of Studio Ghibli’s most famous, as Totoro acts as the studio’s mascot, though films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Magic Castle have also seen widespread acclaim. While art therapy has been around since the 1940s, Studio Ghibli has been delighting audiences since the mid-1980s. And for many, the studio’s films have brought a sense of comfort during difficult times.

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Those who are familiar with the work of Studio Ghibli or who have an eye for Japanese influence will be enchanted by the most recent capsule collection from Loewe, a fashion brand helmed by designer Jonathan Anderson.

According to a statement Anderson made to Vogue, “…There are the values that My Neighbor Totoro as a whole stands for. I believe certain ideas the film conveys, such as the environment seen through the eyes of children and the concept of adventure, are very significant, especially in these times of uncertainty.”

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

The collection is now available on Loewe’s official website, as well as the Selfridges website and in select stores, and includes ready-to-wear garments and accessories all designed with the iconic characters in mind and featuring images plucked right from the film. There are casual sweatshirts, stylish leather bags, ethereal blouses, quirky shoes, and even biker jackets available for purchase; despite the fact that motorcycle accident fatalities reached 5,172 nationwide in 2017, many fashion-forward consumers enjoy the look of a leather jacket (even if they’ve never been on a motorcycle themselves).

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

While the collection perfectly captures the essence of childlike whimsy, it also comes with a steep price tag. Pieces start at $350 and exceed $9,000 — so if you’re simply seeking Studio Ghibli merch, it might be better to look elsewhere. But if you’re a lifelong fan and you’ve got a stimulus check to spare, you might be able to snag yourself something special from this in-demand collection.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Everyone knows that 2020 was a tough year for New York City. As the first major U.S. city struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, NYC saw its streets empty, subways go dark, and hospitals quickly overwhelmed. The city that never sleeps seemed to suddenly enter a months-long slumber, that is until the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests in the summer. The days and weeks after that saw thousands upon thousands march against police brutality in New York, often facing more violence from the NYPD. The turbulent presidential election closed out the year, with many New Yorkers working hard to get out the vote and ensure that our country’s democracy continued.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Through all of these ups and downs in 2020, the people of New York City prevailed. They stayed strong, supported one another, and helped pave the way for other cities across the country to also overcome these issues.

To celebrate this courage, Go Dash Dot has debuted a limited-edition bag inspired by New York City and its residents. The New York Lenten Rose Tote is a sophisticated, modern bag that speaks to the classic NYC experience. The design of the bag features leather trim, a glossy black finish, and compartments for laptops, phones, and water bottles. The bag also has a separate shopper tote that is compacted in a key chain and expands to a full-length nylon bag. It’s both functional and stylish, echoing the key characteristics of the iconic city it honors.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

“I wanted to create something that celebrates the strength of New York while reflecting the humanity we showed during the worst of 2020,” said Hannah Fastov, the founder of Go Dash Dot.

Fastov also says that the limited-edition bag symbolizes the New York Lenten Rose, a dark flower that starts blooming during the last six weeks of winter. The bag also comes with a charm depicting the flower. This rose signals the beginning of a new season and, to many New Yorkers, the start of a new chapter as they look towards life after the pandemic. While quality content can boost a company’s blog’s traffic by 2,000%, this type of hopeful symbolism may also work in bringing more attention to Go Dash Dot and its community-driven approach to business.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

This past year, Go Dash Dot made international headlines when it donated a significant portion of its inventory to New York healthcare workers. Not only did these healthcare workers have to handle New Yorkers’ typical medical issues, such as UTIs, which are the most common type of healthcare-associated infections, but they also had to fight the coronavirus. As a new virus causing a pandemic, this was no easy task. Fastov herself delivered many of the donated bags to emergency rooms throughout the city. Strapped around the waists of doctors and nurses, her bags assisted healthcare workers by allowing them to carry all of their essential tools and belongings as they saved lives.

“As a young, female entrepreneur with a small business that was just starting to gain traction, the COVID-19 outbreak was not only devastating to the business but my confidence as a leader. It was up to me to be strong for my team, who inspired me with their commitment, loyalty, and resolve. We got each other through it, which is what New Yorkers do every day,” said Fastov.

To save her own business, Fastov had to innovate on the services Go Dash Dot provided. The worst of the pandemic prevented many fashion brands from creating, producing, and selling their usual products, and Go Dash Dot was no different. The company started offering make-up tutorials, cooking classes, and fitness workouts. These types of services were in high demand during the strictest times of the COVID-19 lockdown, so Go Dash Dot helped people trapped at home learn how to cook in their kitchens and supported some of the 80.2 million Americans who are physically inactive to get some movement into their daily routines. Go Dash Dot also created summer cocktails and sponsored flash sales of their most popular bags by collaborating with other media platforms.

A completely unique accessory, there are only 100 New York Rose Lenten Totes for sale. You can now purchase this stylish bag that allows you to keep up with your fast-paced NYC lifestyle by visiting Go Dash Dot’s site. Honor the resilient city that we all love, and treat yourself to a bag you’ll use for years to come, by checking out the New York Lenten Rose Tote today.

Kent Stetson Handbags: The Artistic Side of Fashion

While attending an event during the winter season, we spied one of the event’s attendees with a clutch so fabulous, we had to stop her and inquire.  We found out that fabulous holiday designed clutch (it was accented with working small c7 Christmas lights) is from Kent Stetson Handbags. Although it took some time, we’re happy to bring you more of the stunning collection from the fun, whimsical, and extraordinary handbag label.

It will come as no surprise that Kent Stetson’s background is in art. His signature asymmetrical and non-asymmetrical clutches (they all come with a handy crossbody strap), and larger day bags are fun conversation pieces. As we previously stated, the clutch we saw was so eye-catching, we were compelled to find out more about it.

The Kent Stenton Handbags has a wonderful variety of design options made from luxury-quality coated canvas, and we wish we could highlight them all but this would end up being extremely long. We are, however, sharing our favorites with you today.  The shoe addict and those who love adult beverages will love the following clutches, the Heels Clutch ($208.00), Cosmopolitan Clutch ($205.00), Rosé Clutch ($205.00), and the White Wine Clutch ($205.00).

For you metal heads, and by that, we mean metallic fashion; you’ll love the following rich metallic and textured styles: the Disco Ball Clutch ($298.00), Ivory & Gold Paillette ($198.00), Gold Paillette Clutch ($198.00), and the Silver Paillette Clutch ($198.00).

For those looking for bold and memorable color and prints, you’ll love the Peacock Clutch ($198.00), Cherry Blossom Clutch ($212.00), Celestial Clutch ($208.00) –  complete with battery powered lights, and the Dripping in Gold Clutch ($198.00).

Last but certainly not least, for those of who loves the natural beauty of geodes, the Kent Stetson clutches featured above are perfect for you, most of which are accented in crystals and agate. Going clockwise, we have the Black Geode Clutch ($230.00), Aqua Geode Clutch ($230.00), Topaz Geode Clutch ($230.00), and the Tropical Geode Clutch ($230.00).

All Kent Stetson handbags come with a removable cross-body chain, logo dust bag, clear vinyl inner pocket, and are individually signed by the designer artist himself. So there you have it, your new bag obsession. To get to know more about Kent Stetson and their amazing collection of bags, visit www.kentstetson.com.

 

PHOTOS BY KENT STETSON

California Dreaming: Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection

On the East Coast, we’re all dreaming of the upcoming warm, sunshine filled days we’ve been praying to experience. The West Coast is enjoying double our temperatures and we want to be in a warm weather state of mind. For their Spring 2018 womenswear collection, Nautica channels some of that West Coast magic.  The Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection is California dreaming! The modern American classic lifestyle brand explores the scenic coastlines of California for their Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection.

From the rugged coastline and mountain views that is Big Sur, (the longest and most scenic stretch of untouched coastline), to the sandy beaches and vast mountains of Santa Cruz, all to the tranquil desert oasis of Palm Springs, Nautica highlights its heritage in a mix of performance-wear, classic prep and traditional nautical style that will get you ready for the warmer months ahead.

Whether you are cruising down the coast for an adventurous expedition, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery, Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection has you covered with its heritage-inspired sportswear. The collection features the classic and beloved Nautica silhouettes, and a color palette filled with primary colors, bold patterns, and stripes. Some of our favorite pieces included all the striped chambray pieces, mini anchor embroidered jeans, the green sailboat-inspired printed shorts and coordinating blouse, and an eye-catching vintage-inspired floral print dress.

Get ready for effortless and smart casual dressing that will seamlessly take you from spring to summer, not just from the fashion collection, but with accessories as well. The bold floral print, knotted rope design, and Nautica’s colorful, signature stripes are just a few of the prints and patterns you can expect this spring.

The East coast boating season begins next month, whether you sail or not, Nautica has just the women’s fashion you need to enjoy the best the California coastline has to offer.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on the Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection? Any favorite pieces?

It’s In the Bag: Christopher Belt and Harrian Launch New Handbag Line

Multiple Independent Designer Awards winner, Christopher Belt has teamed up with Seoul, Korea Handbag brand Harrian to launch a new affordable luxury handbag collection and we had the pleasure of attending the launch event. The Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag line features a collection of mid-tier to high-end handbags created with inspiration from the world of architecture, furniture, and fashion. Handbag designer Christopher Belt is a fan of angular lines and details that are prevalent throughout the collection.

What started out as a small Manhattan boutique in 2014 is primed to become one of the most sought-after ranges of handbags. Each item in the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag line is carefully created to reflect wit, elegance, and style while maintaining a “go anywhere” functionality. Chic and street-sensible, the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag collection features something that will appeal to virtually every woman.

Every handbag from the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag collection is beautiful but we do have our ultimate favorite styles. Top design choice for us is the hexagon shaped Galeforce Tote (the first handbag pictured). The minimal style handbag features short handles and a long shoulder strap in a two-way style that screams luxury. The circular Ticktock Crossbody (featured below in red) is inspired by the concept of time. The bag features Hermes embossed leather in a trendy circular shape with a triangular bar decoration to represent the hand of the clock, a short handle, and a removable long shoulder strap. The chic Cherry Bomb Retro Mini Cross Back boasts imported Italian leather, is decorated with gold cherries all over the front, and features an adjustable shoulder strap.

For those who love classic and minimal styles handbags and purses, styles like the rectangular shaped Empire, the rounded bottom Velocity, and trapezoid-shaped Scamper bags are perfect fits for your sophisticated and timeless tastes. We love these stunning bags and look forward to seeing more from Christopher Belt and Harrian New York.

What are your thoughts on this new handbag line? Which styles are your favorites?

Spring 2017 Accessories: Mother’s Day Jewelry and Handbag Gift Ideas

We’ve seen many mothers receive numerous types of gifts for Mother’s Day over the years and one thing we’ve noticed is accessories are always a big hit with moms (including our own). Whether its handbags, jewelry, or even accessories for the home, moms around the world love them. If you’re looking for great accessories to give mom for Mother’s Day, we’ve got some great options for you from  PONO by Joan Goodman, Joanna Maxham, Carrie K Jewelry, Marie Odile for Soltek, and Very Very.

PONO by Joan Goodman

Celebrate mom with a stunning statement necklace from PONO by Joan Goodman, we admit we’re completely biased when it comes to these gorgeous pieces, we love the jewelry pieces from PONO. Can you blame us? These luxury pieces celebrate originality in their design and fresh materials such as horn, wood, metal, shell and Italian resin. We’re loving so many styles from their Spring/Summer 2017 collection and we know moms will too. Notable pieces from the collection include the reversible Gemini II Resin Necklace, the versatile and springy Azores Resin Necklace, the Ice Angle Resin Bracelets,  their classic Granite Ana Resin Chokers, the bold Pietra ID Resin Chokers, the Dancing Flower Resin Chokers, and Reef Resin Chokers. When you gift mom a PONO piece, you can be sure she’ll be happy.

Carrie K Jewelry

If your mom’s sense of style is more on the playful side, she will love the playful and alluring artisan-crafted jewelry from Carrie K Jewelry. The provocative jewelry brand has a stunning collection that moms will immediately love. From its Morse Bling collection, a delicate morse code inspired collection, to its Disney-inspired Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beauty jewelry collections that are perfect for the modern Queen in your life. Some of our favorite pieces for Mother’s Day are the ordinary items that are reborn into fantastic, extraordinary jewelry pieces, such as the Reborn Safety Pin Ring, and Hoop Earrings, the Nut and Bolt Earrings, and Razor Ring.

Joanna Maxham

Brought to you by a team of skilled artisans, this luxury handbag brand offers classically-styled handbags, totes, clutches, cross body bags, and clutches, that any mom, actually, any woman, would love to receive as a gift. The modern, sustainable leather Joanna Maxham handbags are designed in New York, handcrafted in Europe, and they make perfect Mother’s Day gifts. From her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, we think mom will especially love the structured and geometrical Saturday Mini Bag, the contrast textured Dew Drop Hobo, the chic and structured Runthrough Crossbody, and their Flapper Mini Crossbody, a mainstay in the collection.

Marie Odile for Soltek Handbags

Looking for more adventurous styles for Mother’s Day, then try the handbags from Marie Odile for Soltek. For the Spring/Summer 2017 season, Soltek offers elegant and stylish briefcases, shoulder bags, clutches, and wristlets such as the Isabella Cocktail Clutch, Calvi Shoulder Bag, and the Mathilda Satchel. The best part, Soltek is a collaboration between the designer and NYC area craftsmen from the heart of the Fashion District, so you’re supporting New York artisans with every purchase.

Very Very Accessories

Moms have always taught their children to be bold, brave and fearless, why not return the favor and celebrate how bold and epic your mom is with these cool accessories from Very Very. For those not in the know, Very Very is the go-to for both human and pet accessories; a brand that celebrates friendships, unique and the special relationships we have. They offer totes, pillows, mugs, and accessories, and if your mom has a furbaby, Very Very has great pet tags that coordinate with their super cute necklaces.

What do you think of these Mother’s Day gift ideas? We think your mom be happy to receive any of these, we know ours would. Until next post, see you soon.

Defy Mother Nature with these Stylish Accessories

Thanks to Mother Nature’s some indecisiveness on the weather, we sometimes find ourselves unable to decide what exactly to wear. That tricky time when the weather transitions can be a frustrating one when it comes to clothing selections. Thank goodness that’s not the case when it comes to accessories. No matter the temperature or weather condition, you can just throw on a fab bag, or belt, or jewelry piece with nary a thought of mother nature’s shenanigans. We’re highlighting our fall must-haves from some of our favorite accessories brands, PONO by Joan Goodman, Joanna Maxham, Carrie K Jewelry, Moro Tran Luxury Bags, The M Bag, and Starling Jewelry. Join us as we indulge in some gorgeous jewelry and accessories.

CARRIE K

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It was love at first sight when we first laid eyes on the playfully, provocative artisan-crafted jewelry that is the Carrie K jewelry brand. The Singapore-based jewelry company offers stunning pieces, transforming ordinary items and ideas into fantastic, extraordinary jewelry. From the paint-dripping, Jackson Pollock-inspired pieces from the “A Beautiful Mess” collection, to the genius metallic-looking leather spokes and gears from the “Heavy Mettle” collection, you can’t help but be mesmerized. There’s so much to love from the Carrie K jewelry brand, you’re sure to find several gorgeous jewelry pieces to edge up your fall looks.

MORO TRAN LUXURY BAGS

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We were introduced to Moro Tran, a luxury range of handbags made in NYC, only this year and we’re already huge fans. The range of classic bags boasts premium aniline dyed Italian leather with fully lined leather flaps and pocket collars, as well as handmade, artisan hardware pieces made by the designer, Linda Moro, herself. The timeless silhouettes, crossbodys, wallets, and totes for women, can be found in short-haired Italian suede and Italian calf hair.

PONO by JOAN GOODMAN

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If you read this blog, then you’re very familiar with the jewelry brand PONO by Joan Goodman. We love the bold details, colors, and design aesthetic from this Italian Resin jewelry maker. The fall 2016 PONO by Joan Goodman collection blows us away like it does every season. We love jewelry that makes a statement, and every single piece from PONO could write a book. The colors, shapes and exquisite details from this jewelry brand say so much without you uttering a single word. Take your pick of any of the above necklaces, you won’t be disappointed.

JOANNA MAXHAM HANDBAGS

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Joanna Maxham is another luxury accessories brand we’ve highlighted on My Life on and off the Guest List. The brand doesn’t disappoint when it comes to classic luxury bags, especially since so much goes into making one bag. Did you know it takes seven people and 4-6 hours to make just one Joanna Maxham handbag? The stunning bags are hand cut to the smallest detail and assembled by a team of skilled artisans, assuring perfection from beginning to the end of the bag’s journey. This season, we’re loving the spacious convertible top handle Castaway handbag (pictured above) with the double zipper closure, and the oh-so-chic Flapper Mini (not pictured), a compact crossbody that doubles as a clutch and boasts fringe details on the front.

STARLING JEWELRY

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Delicate and sweet, Starling jewelry continues to offer pretty, barely-there pieces that celebrated subtlety. For those who love more understated jewelry that you can wear every day, no matter your outfit, the Starling jewelry brand is for you. The timeless and affordable fine jewelry is owned and operated by three women who use the highest quality materials to offer you the delicate jewelry pieces you see, without the standard markups.

THE M BAG

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Is your handbag a disorganized mess? Do you need help getting and keeping it from becoming a cluttered nightmare? The solution is one of the many bag options from The M Bag company, coming very soon. The M Bag is inspired by the organizational principles of Feng Shui and thoughtfully designed to foster a sense of peace, ease and beauty within you, and your handbag.

SHOPPING NYC: Oscar de la Renta Sample Sale

Urgent news fashionistas, are you ready to get some amazing, luxury designer goods at a great discount? Get your bank accounts, closets, and shopping reflexes ready, there’s an upcoming Oscar de la Renta Sample Sale happening soon. Make room in your wardrobe, shoe closet, jewelry box, linen closet, etc for the wonderful finds you’re sure to score from this fab sale hosted by the good people at 260 Sample Sale. Keep reading for all the details for this great five-day sale.

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Your fall wardrobe will never look so good as the Oscar de la Renta sample sale returns for the fall 2016 season. The anticipated sample sale will offer both stock and samples from the Oscar de la Renta ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, jewelry, childrenswear, bridal, and home collections. 260 Sample Sale is known for having amazing samples sales and this one is no different. Mark the following dates, October 25th – October 30th to your calendar, as you do not want to miss out on this sale.

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As stated above, the Oscar de la Renta Sample Sale runs from Tuesday, October 25th – Sunday, October 30th at the following location: 151 Wooster Street, btwn. Houston and Prince streets. Opening varies by day, see the full schedule below:

Tuesday: 10am-7pm
Wednesday-Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm

Because this will be a very popular sale, we highly recommend getting there early. Lines for popular sample sales tend to wrap around the block. We also recommend you go with just your wallet if you don’t want to get caught up in the bag check line. The more time you have with the actual sample sale merchandise means the more time you have to find some great finds.Unlike many sample sales, 260 Sample Sale accepts both cash and credit cards, so no need to worry if you have enough on you to shop.

Will you be stopping by the Oscar de la Renta Sample Sale?