Friday, October 30, 2015

The Stuff of Dreams!!

Dreams indeed! The 2015 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out, and as usual, beyond belief! One of this year's MOST fabulous gifts is a trunk filled with accessories handcrafted from around the world! India, Uganda, and South Africa to name a few. Better still, the gift includes lunch, and a styling session with the one and only Iris Apfel! I've paid homage to her inimitable style many times, and can only hope to be as chic in my later years.

The price? a mere $80,000, and is limited to five customers. Scroll down for more details.

IRIS APFEL TRUNK "More is more, less is a bore!" is the style mantra of 94-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel. Her souk-meets-haute-couture style earned her a 2005 Metropolitan Museum of Art retrospective. This ikat-embellished trunk comes filled with vintage finds and accessories handcrafted by women globally and inspired by her own personal collection. Gift includes lunch and a styling session with Iris.

 With the purchase of the Iris Apfel for Bajalia Trunk of Accessories, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.

 Additional details:

 Trunk between 4 and 5' tall

Exterior of trunk upholstered with hand-loomed fabric from Uzbekistan

Coordinating lacquered interior

Interior compartments built to specifically house the Iris Apfel jewelry and accessories, which were inspired by Iris's personal collection and handcrafted in collaboration with Bajalia.

 Jewelry and accessories handmade in countries Iris is passionate about: Nepal, Turkey, India, Afghanistan, Tibet, Haiti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Ecuador, South Africa, and Rwanda Gift includes a personal styling session and lunch with Iris at the Neiman Marcus flagship store in Dallas,

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Star Gazing

Just a few celebrity looks from recent weeks. Two of my favorite looks are worn by Solange and Diane Kruger. I like the idea of "dressy" shorts, and a pretty blouse for evening.

Taraji P. Henson

Victoria Beckham

Alessandra Ambrosio

Zendaya Coleman
Demi Lovato

Mary J. Blige

Jennifer Lopez


Rose Huntington-Whiteley

Tracee Ellis Ross

Krysten Ritter

Kendall Jenner
Selena Gomez

Jada Pinkett-Smith
June Ambrose

Hannah Bronfman and Fiancee Brendan Fallis
Olivia Palermo

Miranda Kerr
Naomie Harri

Rachel Roy

Christina Milian
Tracee Ellis Ross

Gabrielle Union

Kourtney Kardashian
Diane Kruger

Sandra Bullock

Models and bloggers; sisters TK and Cipriana Quann
Miriam Leone

Misty Copeland

Nikki Reed
Kourtney Kardashian

Chanel Iman

Olivia Wilde


What's The Flap?

Well, that would be the flap-front handbag, the latest trend among celebrities and "street style stars" alike. After viewing many of the recent fashion week pictures, I noticed that the much coveted Mansur Gavriel bucket bag had been upstaged by the recent crop of  flap-front shoulder bags. Chanel, Saint Laurent, Chloé, Louis Vuitton, J.W. Anderson, and Gucci were the most prominent.

As we know, in the world of fashion, it's all about the latest trend. One day you're in, one day you're out, with the exception of the classics such as Gucci and Chanel. See a few well-known names and their bags, along with designer offerings, and similar styles. I've included a particular Chloé bag which retails for $1,090 on, for $799 at

Kelly Rowland's Chanel bag

Aimee Song's Louis Vuitton bag

Candela Novembre's Chanel bag
Shiona Turini's Chanel bag

Chiara Ferragni wearing Chanel

Saint Laurent bag
Louis Vuitton bag

Saint Laurent bag

Louis Vuitton bag

J.W. Anderson
JW Logo
Top Handle
Bag, $1,250

Gucci Testa Tigre Medium Geranium GG
Blooms Shoulder bag, $2,400
Gucci Dionysus GG
Supreme Canvas
Embroidered Queen
Bee Shoulder bag

Gucci Soho

Chloé Georgia Mini
Leather Shoulder Bag
Elizabeth and James "Cynnie" Mini Double
Compartment Shoulder bag, $345

Tory Burch "Britten"
Mini Crossbody
Bag, $275

Carven Mahler
Grained Leather
Mini Crossbody
Bag, $385
Rebecca Minkoff
Mini Love Watermelon
Leather Crossbody
Bag, $195

Frye "Amy" Flap
Crossbody Bag

Tom Ford TF Small
Flap Crossbody Bag
Tory Burch
Bag, $475

See by Chloe Gold-stud
Flap Crossbody Bag
Iacucci Made in Italy
Suede Satchel, $149.99

Kenneth Cole Reaction
Replicator Saddle
Bag, $29.99

BCBG Paris Chic Story
Crossbody Bag, $29.99
V19.69 Italia by Versace
19.69 Sportivo "Camilla"
Crossbody Bag, $39.99

Kenneth Cole

BCBG Paris Fringe
Story Crossbody Bag
Michaella Barri
Made in Italy
Bag, $149
BCBG Paris Rock Story
Crossbody Bag, $34.99

Chloé Mini Georgia
Crossbody, $799
Guess "Angela" Top Handle Flap Bag, $108

DKNY "Bryant Park" One Handle Flap Satchel, $248

French Connection "Izzy" Snake-embossed Flap-top Messenger Bag, $56