Category: Season’s Lure

Valentine Style

Ladies and Gents, wow what a day this has been. Lots of exchanges: flowers, candy (Godiva, Jacques Torres always favorites) or from Fort Greene at Gabriela de la Vega a no brainer COMBO gift for the men that strive to please (gorgeous bouquet, artisanal chocolate plus 18 carat earrings of choice). Or did you lean toward an artiface from the Art of Shaving, a Tie, His & Her Massages,  a classic Tiffany locket, or a modern sculptured ring from Meghan Farrell. For those “oh so trendy” maybe Barton Perreira sunglasses from Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan.  SO many choices, so little time — what pressure!!!! THe expectations  great, budgets blown, what ever happened to ” it is the thought that counts”. :)

Then their are those expressions that are priceless.  The grandson that sent his grandmother a bouquet of roses hoping it would assuage the loss of her late husband, the friend that awoke at 5:00 to drive her best friend to the hospital for support and reassurance. The doorman that awarded the buildings’ single ladies a single rose.  The IT business that sent his clients an article about “Search Secrets” reading  ” thinking about you ….”  It is all heartwarming and fills me with the essence of Valentines Day. Here is thinking about you .….. Brandastyle


Snow, Snow and more Snow!!! Ok, but on a positive note what a great opportunity to take advantage of great seasonal sales.  Recently worked with a customer who was very eager to purchase a leather jacket.  The leather jacket has been a very strong trend & this customer is always interested in investment purchases so I knew it had to be special. After checking out many specialty stores in Dumbo, Fort Greene, Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights we found a “forever” leather jacket by Proenza Schouler — Asymetrical, trapeze shape, layer or stand alone item in a gorgeous quality Italian leather.  The best part was the price,  along with a Helmut Lang Fold blazer (amazing detail for work or play stretch wool double breasted with asymetrical pleats) also at a steal of a price.  How better to endure the snow, sleet, rain then to go shopping or have someone like me shop for you!!!! Brandastyle.


Ok, the holidays are here and wanted to share some of my treasures : for unique and interesting finds, for the Balenciaga exhibit,  Christoph Niemann  for his blog “Let it Dough”  Abstract City,  Tamarind Tribeca for delicious Indian cuisine, JCrew’s 79th and 66th street store for amazing signature wardrobe treasures, and of course Holiday parties. Celebrating with Suzanne Corso the author of  Brooklyn Story, family and friends. Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays. Brandastyle.






In my attempt to capture the best of Summer’s sales (Saks, Stuart and Wright, Alexander Wang to mention a few)  I can’t help but be tempted with the freshness & richness of Fall.  Today at Saks I marvelled at the ACCESSORY WINDOWS — visions of Color, Texture, and Style in handbags, shoes, & scarves ( a definite most see even if only for inspiration).  Inside I found the Devi Kroell handbags to be the star (interesting color, shape, texture and hardware). The real powerhouse was Elie Tahari’s well merchandised line that magically appeared as the elevator door opened on the 4th floor. It looked like October foliage —-Rust, Camel, & Aubergine colors  in beautiful painterly abstract floral patterns & VIVID solids. The dress silhouettes were sexy and womanly – very Mad Men Styling . The sweater knit vests were WONDERFUL especially the black tweed. The other knits with detachable strands and feathers were very fun.  I also browsed M Missoni, Rivamonti, Red Valentino and Hugo Boss which are all very promising.  More on Fall at a later date but had to share this with you!

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