Archive for February, 2012
GQ.com recently featured a collection of must-have bags for fall 2012. But we’re thinking in terms of a more transitional fashion sense, like from winter to spring. Taking inspiration from GQ writer Matthew Sebra, we’re proud to feature the coolest, most functional bags this season (and next). The best part is, the all seem to be made impeccably, and many are classics, ensuring your purchase won’t be short lived.
Here are the Best Bags from New York Fashion Week:
Nothing is better than a beat-up, vintage inspired rucksack (nothing beside, let’s say, cufflinks of course…) This season we’ll be seeing a lot of canvas/wool blends mixed with leather accents. The great thing about this is it keeps the weight of the bag on the lower scale.
Fun, playful, and still latching onto Spring and Summer, these no-hassle, yet elegant, totes from John Bartlett are perfect for the seasonal transition. It came go to the office, as well as the beach, and we love the little details consisting of red and white stripes. Reminds us of our own fun accessory we like to call the Red Mint Cufflink…
As we reported in our earlier blog, entitled “Three Designers We Adore,” Joseph’s Abboud’s fall collection is stunning. He may even take the prize for NYC Fashion Week’s Best Runway show (in our book anyways). And as always, pair Abboud’s collection with anything from Aymara this fall season. The juxtaposition of light airy Butterfly Cufflinks and sturdy canvas bags will fit the aesthetic season.
Bastian’s collection also made our blog pages last fall, featuring orange James Dean inspired looks. Remember our “Fall Trend Report 2011: Numero Dos”? Now we couldn’t help feature his 70s meets French Decadence inspired bag for this year’s new Fall collection. And pair this decadent bag with these Chainsaw cufflinks:
“Our Idiot Brother” Photo Shoot with Emily… by vanityfair
So the morning after Valentine’s Day, you may have woken up, looked to your left or right, and been somewhat disappointed with the looks of the lady next to you. Don’t worry, this happens. Positively normal. All women can’t be spectacularly beautiful, especially when rising with the sun in the early morning hours. The following women have all woken up on the wrong side of the bed, had mascara run down their dimpled cheeks, and alas, also morning breath. BUT they happen to be some of the world’s most beautiful women of 2012. Because, you know, this list changes every year to make room for someone younger, chiseled, and a better lipo job.
“Sexy is a state of mind.”==Miranda Kerr, Victoria Secret Model
According to askmen.com and our personal poll of patrons, we’ve come up with the Top Five Most Beautiful Women list. Of course we could’ve made a Top 99 List, but who wants to go through a pointless list of the other 94 possibly-mediocre women? (If you would like to see the other candidates, check out askmen.com and see what they think). So without further ado, let’s start with number 5:
Askmen.com says: “How does the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue still compete with all of the sexy photo spreads and porn found online these days? By featuring the most gorgeous bikini beauties in the world. And Kate Upton was 2011’s best find. Upton’s classically curvy body and face full of girlish charm make her an easy choice as a breakout model. Even a video of her doing the Dougie at a Clippers game went viral. If she can make the dumbest dance craze in years look sexy, just imagine what else she can do”
“Not to be outdone by the Dodge Challenger SRT8, Chevrolet’s hottest Camaro packs a 580-horsepower supercharged V8 shared with the Cadillac CTS-V. It’s said to lap the Nürburgring in 7:41—but considerably more relevant, we suspect, will be how long a patch of rubber this 21st-century pony car will leave in front of your local pizzeria.”
“Buick’s image has been liberated by parent GM’s deep-sixing of Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Saturn, and by the brand’s runaway success in China. Together, they’ve created the need to occupy greater psychic floor space, so it’s no surprise that the Verano—the smallest Buick in ages—was crafted from the underpinnings of Chevrolet’s best-selling Cruze, or that Buick’s goal was to build a supremely quiet appliance that could help shift its traditional Perry Como-listening customers into something more fuel-efficient without alienating potential younger, hipper customers. With a 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder among the available powerplants, everyone’s image of Buick, not just its own, may have to change.”
Unusual Flowers and/or Plants
1-800-FLOWERS.com has a wide variety of Valentine-appropriate flowers and gifts, all of which can be delivered directly to her home or workplace.
The Scoop: “Satsuki Azalea bonsai have been grown in Japan for centuries and are widely considered the premiere variety for this use. They bloom later in the Spring than other types, producing generous quantities of bright pink blossoms. Satsuki Azaleas are easily styled and their glossy green leaves deliver an attractive presentation even when the trees aren’t in bloom. These trees prefer an outdoor location with filtered sun to partial shade.”- from 1800flowers.com
From 1800Flowers: “Make their day glamorous and elegant–send an exotic surprise their way with this truly original bouquet of long-lasting, deep purple Dendrobium orchids. Send a 15-stem orchid bouquet or double their surprise with a 30-stem gathering oftropical beauties.”
Burberry Brit Sheer is a fresh, fruity-floral fragrance that is playful and vibrant, embodying the youthful spirit of Burberry Brit. Young and charismatic, the Burberry Brit girl embodies understated elegance and individuality. With a fresh, natural joie de vivre she has a passion for adventure and romance.
Notes: Bright Yuzu, Pineapple Leaves, Litchi, Mandarin, Grapes, Pink Peony, Peach Blossom, Nashi, White Musk and Creamy Amyris Woods.
Style:Seductive. Hypnotic. Sparkling.
Radiant, sensual, sophisticated, J’adore is a fragrance that celebrates the renaissance of extreme femininity and the power of spontaneous emotion with a brilliant bouquet of orchids, the velvet touch of Damascus plum, and the mellowness of amaranth wood.
Dior J’adore is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.
Notes:Mandarin, Champaca Flowers, Ivy, African Orchid, Rose, Violet, Damascus Plum, Amaranth Wood, Blackberry Musk.
Style: For the confident, sensual woman who celebrates her femininity – this is Dior’s golden girl.
And what to wear on your special night out together? Try these Pink Pearl Silk Knot Cufflink Trio
Spa Choices, Pampering Gifts
Askmen.com says: “Help turn her own bathroom into a relaxing spa experience by getting her everything she needs to pamper herself. Start with some smells-good-enough-to-eat bath and body products. Don’t forget some candles, an essential oil burner or a reed diffuser to set the mood. You can get everything you need at The Body Shop.”
“This glamorous balconet bra makes its point with chic polka-dot embroidery and a sparkling center bow. Inspired by iconic Parisian fashion and crafted with a nod to European couturiers, this padded push-up and the rest of our Designer Collection pay homage to Victoria’s Secret’s seductive heritage.”
Self explanatory. Go with your gut.