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What? Grey?

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Grey, summer’s surprise color!

In a fashion show yesterday we showed the idea of grey as a spring color.

“What?” I heard someone say “Grey?”

Yes, it’s true. Grey can be a lovely new way to wear a neutral that is not black. It is a bit dressier then khaki, yet casual and classic.

I love to travel with a grey color pallet, add it to a pastel, dress it up with black, and add it to white…..

A grey scarf is an elegant accessory.

I have grey walking shorts that I pair with a sweater and wear on the plane.

Grey, summer’s complimentary color!

Grey Shorts: Pure Amici // Grey Top: Lilla P // Grey Dress: Calypso 

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Your Worry, My Joy!

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On mornings like these, breezy… cool… stunning mornings, it makes me so grateful to live in Florida.

The silence of the night quickly disappearing and the music from the birds filling the air.

On days like these, I sit quietly before work and read…. Sipping rich black coffee and planning my day.

Soon I must hurry out the door and become a merchant. (My chosen vocation for over a decade.)

 I will host a fashion show, argue with a vendor who never shipped his goods and fit a new mother for her baby’s baptism.

Her worry over fit will become my joy when she looks beautiful in a new dress.

Moments like these are gone to quickly.

Soaking in the mornings seem to be only a dream as I hustle out of the house with arms full of paper work, spare shoes and a small packed lunch.

My job? To sell things?

Not one bit. My job is to solve a woman’s worries. To make her feel fantastic at her special event.  To find her something that will pack easily when her husband insists on carry on luggage.

It is to give her confidence when she is 10 pounds over her goal weight.

Oh moments like these…

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"The Look"

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I love this look!

Sleek white pants, a flowing top and..

 The shoes, of course I am crazy about them… although they are not really everyday shoes.

The trick here is the fit of the pants, and yes everyone can wear white pants. It may take time to find the perfect one for you. But it is possible!

I often hear women use the excuse, “I don’t want to look fat or pregnant,” for not wearing flowing tops.

Do you think Charlize Theron looks pregnant or fat?

Ah… No!

It’s because of how she puts the look together…

Slimming pants that fit.. A top that flows (but not too much)… and shoes that say WOW!

So what if you can’t wear these shoes… and really, who can?

Add a pair of wedges or sparking flats. It’s the little surprise that makes this outfit work.

What’s the surprise in your outfit?

Schedule time to find the right white trouser. Find one cropped and one full length.

Look in your shoe collection, do you have some surprise shoes?

You can have this look….Just make it yours!

 

White Jeans: Red Engine // White Pants/Trousers: Peace of Cloth // Shoes: Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo 

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Natural Beauty

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This look… it’s almost a feeling.

A feeling of effortless beauty, confidence and elegance.

I wish I had this look every day!

Is this simple look a learned skill? Or are some women just born with this talent?

I think it’s something we learn. We learn to find items that fit us perfectly… Choosing accessories we know will complement our lifestyle.

Perhaps it’s as simple as paying attention to the items in our closets, those items we love… and building on that look.

A pair of white jeans that fit “just right.”

A jacket that always seems to finish every outfit.

I have learned that if I pay attention to what pieces in my wardrobe I truly love and what styles I choose over other styles…

I can repeat the look and feel of outfits that really work for me.

It is a learned skill. Just like cooking a exquisite meal or writing a poem.

Take a moment in your closet, think of the items you have felt the best in, now follow that lead.

Each day you will find the you YOU want to be.

Jeans: Red Engine // Jacket: Joie // T-Shirt: Calypso

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Shoe Works

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I have never been one to wear jeans…. Until last year, that is.

It was quite by accident, my friend and colleague made me take a skinny cropped pair home for a casual event.

Casual is some times a challenge for me.

(I have a terrible habit of over dressing.)

So with that in mind, I take the jeans.  Fussing with them in my closet, I fall in love!

The trick?? Shoes! Beautiful feminine shoes… Colorful fun shoes… Shoes that make the outfit.

So now I am mad about jeans, I wear them several times a week, pairing them with colorful heels, interesting wedges and, on occasion, flats.

My thoughts is this…. trying a new style and making it your own takes a bit of a willing spirit.

The fun of fashion is just that… reinventing your self each day, styling yourself, showing the world a new page of your life’s book…

For me it is a more casual page. I want a simpler lifestyle.

I can show that now when I wear jeans.

Red Engine Jeans // Jimmy Choo // Manolo Blahnik

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Yellow... The color to brighten up your day.

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When spring arrives with its new leaves and soft rain I fall in love with Florida all over again.

If there were a color that could match with these spring days it would be the color yellow.

Yellow makes me so happy… It’s cheerful brilliant and yet simple…

At the top of my list of yellow favorites are yellow dresses… of course. 

Yellow hand bags area a close second. They seem to finish a outfit with ease.

A yellow bag says, I am confident and ready to take on the world!

So brighten up your day and slip into something yellow!

Paperwhite // Ecru // Calypso

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Some Things Never Get Old

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Throughout the years Audrey has shown us how casual can be beautiful.

Ahh the joy of an easy “go-to” top.

The everyday look, absolutely stunning, the neck line… the stripes… the stripes??

This spring we see the emergence of stripes again.

They say crisp, summer fun.

Stripes remind us summer is almost here.

I often hear women squeal about horizontal stripes. “Oh no I could never wear that stripe.”

It’s all about the distance and width of the stripe.

Look for stripes that are more spread apart or are graduated. This creates a very slimming illusion.

Also stripes in a dress with a dark background are very flattering.

So… before you panic at the thought of stripes take a quick look at what they may do for you.

Nothing shouts fun like stripes!

Saint James // Gretchen Scott // Calypso

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A Day To Remember

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There are few days in your life that are “high” days…

Days when the world stops and the joy of that day sears into your soul.

Seeing Emmaline make her grand entrance into this world was one of those days.

She is my third grandchild, a tiny pink perfect little gem… Reminding me what a gift a new baby is.

Her big sister and brother are mesmerized by her presence in their lives.

It seemed as if the whole world stopped for just a moment to celebrate.

I have returned to work. Life is back to its wonderful routine, and baby Emmaline will now take her place in our family.

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Steps Of Our Lives

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Each day we step into our favorite shoes and walk through our lives.

Lives that are busy and filled with work, children, etc.

The shoes we choose make our outfits shine and are chosen for a very specific reason.

They carry us to joyful moments and support us through hard days… It is the shoes that tell our story.

Spike heels from earlier years, flats from a vacation abroad and dazzling, sparkely shoes just because you wanted them.

I remember my first pair of really great shoes. They were a concrete color and way out of my budget.

I splurged and purchased them with giant guilt… that guilt didn’t last very long.

The color was perfect with everything I owned. I wore them and re-soled them twice.

I had officially become a shoe girl.

As we open the boxes of shoes that come into Hutton,  I am always thrilled to see and sell shoes that will make others happy.

Shoes… they can tell the stories of our lives…. And I want my story to sparkle.

Splendid//Kate Spade//Jimmy Choo//Underarmour

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If Only For A Moment

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I absolutely love this photo… the simple sexiness of the model… her nails, short and red….

This dress has so much passion, I wish I were the lucky woman showing it off at some fantastic event.

 The length is the longer, sleeker look being shown for summer and fall. The collar shows the new neck lines (only in a runway extreme).

How is it possible for fashion to move us? Does it provide the imaginary life we do not have?  Is this me in my pretend life?

Children pretend, and it creates so much happiness for them…

Can it be that photos like this inspire us like children?

I will dream of a dress like this one on me, with short well manicured nails, red lips and a bust line that shows all the right lines.

My own little fairy tale…

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Things I Could Never Live Without

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After 4 days of working in the city we landed back in Florida.

Ahh the thought of the warm Florida air makes me smile inside.

I review the trip in my mind as we drive home in the drizzling rain.

First, I could do without ever hearing someone berate the clerk at the lunch counter for being slow… Patience is truly a virtue.

I could live forever without a sick stomach in a hotel room (bad fish I think).

Security lines and pat downs are on this list.

As are tights that work their way down as you walk to dinner in the cold.

But I could never live without the  joy of dinner with the girls…

The laughter, the banter, the wonderful discussions on business and politics.

I love returning home to a partner I love.

A great soft cashmere scarf in off white, the perfect accessory.

The overwhelming electricity when you first arrive at this fashion event, Coterie!

What are somethings you could never live without? Or somethings that never would be too soon, if you came across them again?

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The Best Way To Start The Morning In NYC

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The city is quiet this morning as we head out the door to start a long day at market.

On our way we stop into a quaint little french bistro to grab breakfast.

 This bistro is situated on 44th ave next the cutest little boutique hotel.

 Surprisingly this french bistro is open at 7:00 a.m. on Sundays!

 The smell of freshly baked bread when you walk in is mouth watering.

The coffee is thick, dark, and rich… The spinach omelet, divine… it also happens to be the Sunday morning special.

There is nothing like sitting back and enjoying a quiet breakfast at a cozy, french bistro.

It is a ritual for me when I come to the city. A fashion ritual of some sorts…

France and NYC all rolled into one.

Cozy French Bistro: Saju Bistro

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To market... to market...

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I am off to market in NYC this morning.

With all my essentials… mini ipad (for photos), purchase orders and business cards… nestled away in my bag I am off to catch my flight.

Packing for this trip to the city is always quite a challenge.

One day is spent visiting showrooms through out the garment district. The street level store fronts are full of fabric stores and button showrooms, high above those are the design studios and showrooms. In and out of buildings all day.

The next day will be spent in a misc market showing summer goods. Afterwards we will probably have to walk to dinner and to the hotel after a long day of work…

Shoes are a big consideration for this day.

The next two days are spent on the piers. The fall collections fill three warehouses.

Ooo the piers… the wind whips from the east river and surrounds you as you hike from one warehouse to the next.

Then there is the fashion, spilling out at every isle, filling each nook of the giant old buildings. Year after year, season after season…..New fashions for us.

Can’t wait to share what we find with you!

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It's Fashion Week!

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It’s fashion week in NYC. All the designers appear with wildly dramatic shows featuring the newest styles and latest creations.

We read and see snippets of the most outrageous trends. The colors will be shown with fabrics from the fabric show already completed in Paris.

Though most of us only dream of dressing in what’s shown at fashion week… the styles… the colors… the fabrics… They all trickle down to us. 

They will all slip their way into our lives and influence what we buy next year, what colors we will decorate our houses in, and what fabrics we will adorn ourselves with.

As retailers we will go to the largest and most extraordinary show in this country next week, Coterie.

We will get the privilege of seeing what designers have produced for fall… in the “land of the real” that is.

The new and upcoming designers as well as the faithful and true will all converge in a large warehouse situated on the east river.

Each company will create a small vignette to show off their most recent creation and their interpretation of the show that happened the week before.

We as buyers will take it all in and return with the hope to bring this experience into our neighborhood.

I will keep you posted with what I find next week. 

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The Place We Find Ourselves Each Morning

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Each morning we make the journey into this space, whether big or small, this is where we begin our day.

The place we come to design ourselves… Where we store and organize the looks we plan to show the world.

Our “architecture” is designed in these spaces.

Some mornings it is easier to work in this space…

You walk in and there it is, the item that you love…and for today will love you back.

Other mornings the items you love don’t love you back. These mornings dark clouds can form in this space.

My trick is to keep a small section of “go-to” outfits, four of them, that I know will always work.

Those days when you are a bit too tired or running a little late this section is my redemption.

But most days, this is my private space, my sanctuary, the place I come to pray.

Quite, alone, and at peace, each morning I am reminded of my many blessings… I have been given so much.

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