Well color me surprised! If you read this blog and are familiar with The Big Girl Bag, you know I endorse spending a paycheck on a handbag that will pair with everything, never go out of style, and last forever. And the math supports it: 3-4 moderately priced handbags (Coach, Marc by Marc Jacobs, etc.) equal 1 killer bag, so if you’re spending the money anyway, spend it fashionably.
My almost exception-less position on this ultimately boils down to the fact that inexpensive bags look inexpensive, and inexpensive is not a good look. So it should come as no surprise that upon learning that Philip Lim (a darling of the contemporary fashion world) was producing a line for Target, I didn’t bother to look. And this is my mea culpa.
Styling a client the other day, I saw her bag (pictured) and could have sworn it was the real thing. The typical indicators of inexpensive (floppy handles, horrible hardware, crap-looking leather) were nowhere to be seen. Somehow, a $900 bag translates beautifully into $45, and I am endorsing this bag for anyone who is looking for versatile and chic. There is, however, a catch…
Owing (I imagine) to its popularity, this bag is not available for purchase online, and I imagine the stores won’t be any different. It’s not all bad news though, because if you can stomach paying double, Ebay has the answer. Many of them, in fact. You can bid or Buy It Now in either taupe or black. Remember that even at double the price, this bag is a style steal.
Working in the world of style and surveying an almost constant stream of beautiful things, it’s unusual to develop obsessions. Simply, I see a lot and while I speak passionately about the things I love (Balenciaga Giant Work bags, antique chandeliers, J.Crew), I am rarely really impressed.
Enter The Woods Fine Jewelry. With a sensibility that reflects the organic glamour of its birthplace (Aspen, Colorado) each collection combines an earthiness (wood, metal, fossilized ivory) with the dazzle of diamonds and other precious stones. For me, this juxtaposition is its essence, its identity, its thing that makes it truly special.
Already amassing a celebrity following and collaborations with fabulous designers and artists from other mediums (Chris Benz, Regan Rosburg, Cosmic Thread), The Woods is the real deal (with prices that reflect it). Luckily, our local purveyor of all things Woods, Goldyn carries many bracelets sans diamonds that retail for under $50 and beg to be stacked amongst a chunky watch, a friendship bracelet, or more of the same. If you’re able to splurge, co-owner/founder Shawn Hecox has generously offered 20% off all custom orders (through Goldyn) for Mile High Style readers (ask for Vanessa or Courtney).
If the piggies in your bank were waiting for something special, this is it.
While doing some pro bono work for an old friend, I happened across this incredible fixture. Ignoring the awful choice of that mirror in the background*, this chandelier embodies a 70s sexiness while still maintaining a modern sensibility. It will add the perfect amount of attitude to a traditional dining room.
*Merchandising 101: don’t match foreground and background.
They’re in, they’re out. They’re back in, they’re back out. Trends are quite fickle regarding knee-high boots, so how about this: buy them if you like them and forget whether they’re ‘in’ or ‘out’ this particular season.*
If you need convincing, knee-highs are great over skinny jeans and a sweater and with a skirt or dress. For those of you who love the dress + boots pairing, this particular pair from Stuart Weitzman are available in every rich Fall color.
*For the record, they are back ‘in’ for Fall/Winter 2013.
Can you still ‘Love The Local’ (where you go out of your way to support local businesses because doing so is good for the community) even if ‘the local’ is in another city? I think you can. Supporting locally owned business isn’t limited to our Metro-area, especially when places like Jayson Home & Garden exist.
My home clients will probably all recognize this name, but for those who haven’t worked with me, let me introduce you. Jayson Home was introduced to me back in 2007 by my style sensei, the woman who took my love of fashion and directed it inside, specifically the inside of my NYC apartment. Even with the best shopping city as my backyard, Chicago-headquarted Jayson Home still offered a compelling alternative to ABC Home and the hundreds of amazing stores that pepper the city. Since moving to Boulder, the store has become the #1 weapon in my arsenol. I kept it a secret until now.
Jayson Home combines contemporary classics with flea market treasures into the very definition of the eclectic chic you see in the pages of Elle Decor. Many stores attempt this balance, but Jason leads the pack by the quality of their curation. Of the hundreds of available items, spanning seven different categories with everything from sofas and beds to serving spoons and tea lights, everything is cool, everything is beautiful, everything is special.
Additionally, their customer service, packing and shipping, accountability if there is a mishap (or if you can’t find a piece that is buried in the box) are all unmatched. They will often include small gifts with larger orders, and if all of this isn’t enough, there’s the issue of the sales tax… As in there is none. Because Jayson Home is located solely in Chicago, anyone who orders from and ships to out of state does not pay tax. On a furniture order that tops a few grand, this is a substantial savings.
For many new to the interior game, their prices can induce a bit of sticker shock. Jayson products are of the highest quality and style and these things cost; however, their prices are appropriate and comparable with other stores of their kind, and the seasonal sales slash about 15-20% off many items. After a visit to their online showroom, even among stores of their kind, you’ll see that there is really nothing that compares.