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Friday, December 31, 2010

Zara Shearlings Will Keep You Warm

Check out my write-up on Zara’s shearlings on IDOL Magazines blog.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Inspired or Knocked- Off?

I read New York Magazine's fashion blog The Cut religiously and when I logged onto their site I noticed a very familiar railroad spike ring and cuff by Club Monaco on their Best Bet post. The railroad spike ring and cuff in question is by Club Monaco and is knocked- off or shall I say inspired by Giles & Brother. I am an avid fan of Giles and Brother and have blogged and used their pieces in my editorials. The railroad spike ring and cuff at Club Monaco is roughly half the price than the ring and cuff offered at Giles & Brother.

It's funny I see this post today because I planned on going to the Philip Crangi store on Little West 12th Street to buy myself a belated Christmas gift. Anyway, do you see any resemblances between the Club Monaco and Giles & Brother railroad spike ring and bracelet? Which do you prefer?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ted Baker Packs His Bags For The Meatpacking District

Since 1988, Ted Baker has grown from a small shirt- specialty business in Glasgow, England and converted it into an international brand with over 100 locations all over the world. Kelvin, the CEO and Founder of Ted Baker, has crafted a company that evokes quality and distinction, while still delivering something unique and a little out of the ordinary. No ordinary designer label, Ted Baker offers menswear, womenswear, accessories and everything in between, each of which embodies an eclectic use of pattern and color. Today, Ted Baker will open his newest and second New York location in one of the city's trendiest areas, The Meatpacking District, which is located on Little West 12th Street. In addition to, fun and cheeky apparel for men and women, you may also expect to find bespoke furnishings. The ultimate Englishman in New York is how one would describe the aesthetic of Ted's newest location with the store being filled with wooden crates with bespoke, leather-upholstered interiors, which all contain home comforts of Ted.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Victor Glemaud's Neck Warmer

If this winter is anything like last winter we better pull out the cold weather heavy artillery. This charcoal herringbone snood by Victor Glemaud is perfect for those intolerable New York winter days and is also a great Holiday gift. I figured, since, stores are already putting up those awful Holiday garlands I guess I'd start giving good gifting ideas....

Victor Glemaud @ Colette
Price: $438.39

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Morning After The Night Before

I would like to invite you to view, 'The Morning After The Night Before,' photographed by Jeff Hahn featuring Sam Thompson of Models 1. 'The Morning After The Night Before,' was photographed using film and Polaroid cameras for a vintage effect to capture the essence an old but modern London. To see more images from the shoot click on the above link. This was my first trip to London and I am looking forward in returning for fashion week. These images capture this idea of London that I had in my mind and I reckon I got it right!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Store Profile: MiN New York

Several weeks ago, I was invited to visit a new apothecary in Soho called MiN New York. I love anything new and I am a total sucker for beauty products, but when you have been to one apothecary you have been to them all, right? Wrong, which is why I like MiN New York. Their philosophy is, "The world does not need more products. It needs better products." Better products and an even better experience is what MiN New York has to offer. For me, the worst part about entering a beauty department at stores is the obnoxious spritzer girls that attack you with these obnoxious, alcoholy scents that leave you smelling like a whorehouse because you have been sprayed by 5 different scents. Thankfully, that is not part of the experience at MiN New York. Everything from the vintage rolling ladder and vintage airplane propeller, to their signature brand Linari, to the mounted set of horn straight razors- all meticulously curated, like a museum, to better serve you, their clientele. It is a destination for refined, global-minded individuals with savvy style, basically, for someone with exceptional taste who knows what they want. One of my favorite products offered is the Taylor of Old Bond Street, lavender shaving cream. It is offered in 10 wonderful different scents and is manufactured in a continuing family tradition since the reign of Queen Victoria. The luxury shaving cream creates a smooth a creamy lather while protecting and moisturizing your skin.

You will find exclusive fragrances at MiN that you will not even find at Bergdorf's. One of MiN's exclusives is Linari Fine Fragrances, which as been one of Germany's sought after luxury scents. It offers clients a range of fragrances, everything from: Eau de Parfum's, candles, diffusers and room sprays. The Buona Notte scent by Linari is one of my favorites.

Another MiN exclusive is their own line of men's hair strengthening products that rebalance the physical properties of the hair and scalp. The cleansing system removes impurities using all natural ingredients essential for healthy hair and scalp.

117 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ferragamo Launches Ferragamo WORLD

Ferragamo WORLD, is a new chic and casual line of men's shoes, which supports Acumen Fund a non-profit organization actively involved in projects that address global poverty in South Asia and East Africa. Italian City Casual, is the motto that sums up the essence of Ferragamo WORLD. Less formal, relaxed, sophisticated and representative of an urban lifestyle. The collection if made up of 6 models in select leathers with a rubber sole: desert boots, moccasins with or without signature hardware and sporty models with a college and tennis feel. You are probably wondering leather, suede and rubber does not sound very 'sustainable,' but there has been much attention paid to the procedures and materials used to minimize the impact on the environment during its manufacturing process. The selected leathers use the latest generation water tanning processes and water based adhesives are used which minimize any kind of harmful waste.

Acumen Fund is a non-profit venture that invests patient capital in entrepreneurial approaches to deliver life-sustaining affordable goods and services to the world's poor. Acumen Fund brings together philanthropic donors and business experts to invest in sustainable enterprises that grow to reach hundreds of people. Through Acumen Fund, the line will aid enterprises in India, Pakistan, and East Africa that deliver goods and services such as safe drinking water, clean energy, agricultural tools that improve income, vital healthcare interventions and affordable housing.

All footwear is available in stores now and retail between $275-340. For more information on Acumen Fund's activities and investments, visit

Thursday, October 14, 2010

IT Sample Sale

Thursday, October 14- Sunday, October 24
Monday-Saturday: 11 AM-7 PM
Sunday: 11 AM- 6 PM

17 Battery Place South, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Between West Side Highway and Washington St

Credit Cards ONLY
Visa, Mastercard, Amex
For additional info call:

Happy Shopping!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Shoot Down in London Town

Image courtesy of Photographer Jeff Hahn

Here is here a sneak peak of the shoot I styled and creative directed for IDOL magazine whilst in London during London Fashion Week. I figured I kill two birds with one stone- look at the spring/summer 11' collections and produce a shoot once fashion week was over. I found it impossible not to shoot in London while I was there.

Brands Featured: Topman and Super Eyewear
Model: Sam Thompson for Models 1

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wake Up Alone

One of my fall stories for
IDOL magazine entitled, Wake Up Alone, just went live on the IDOL site. I was inspired by Wake Up Alone on Amy Winehouse's Back To Black album, which still is one of my favorite albums.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Afghan Hands Fundraiser

I am back from London fashion week and completely exhausted. Between prepping for my men's shoot for IDOL magazine and the men's shows I am almost cracked out. Needless to say I needed a day off to decompress.

Today, I wanted to bring to your attention an organization dedicated in empowering Afghan widows by offering them independence in the form of an education and a decent wage. When Celebrity makeup artist Matin Maulawizada founded the organization in 2005, there were five women in the program and now Matin has been able to personally change the lives of over 200 Afghan widows. On September 30, 2010, Afghan Hands and Orlane will hold a cocktail in memory of Naz Toloui—former Vice President of Orlane, Paris, the first board member of Afghan Hands, and the New York Launch of the Nazaneen Toloui Foundation—to raise money for Afghan Hands and increase awareness of the dire situation endured by many women in Afghanistan. Because it takes $10,000 per month to maintain the Afghan Hands program, we hope to raise $30,000 to help the organization expand and include even more Afghan widows in the program.

The event will be held at the Longchamp store in Soho hosted by Claire Danes and Cynthia Nixon. Individual tickets will be sold for $125 and group tickets for 10 will be sold for $1,000. The purchaser of a group ticket will receive one of the following gifts:

o Private makeup lesson with celebrity makeup artist Matin Maulawizada

o Orlane, Paris gift basket

o Cut and style with Ted Gibson

o Gift certificate for a treatment with Isabelle Bellis

o Styling session with Jacqui Stafford, Executive Style Director of Shape Magazine

o Chef's 5-course tasting menu dinner for 2 people at SD26 Restaurant & Wine Bar

o Emanuel Ungaro gift certificate

o Longchamp gift certificate

o Three private Pilates-based fitness sessions with celebrity trainer Andrea Mitchell

If anyone is interested in purchasing a ticket please let me know. It's for a good cause. See you there!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

London Here I come...

In 5 days, I leave for London and I am so beyond excited. I have never been to London before and the fact that I am going to there fashion week is even more exciting. I can't wait to see what London fashion has to offer. Not to mention the stores! Selfridge, Harrods, Harvey, oh my!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

YSL Sneaker Video

Yves Saint-Laurent has produced a video featuring their sneakers for fall/winter. I do not wear sneakers too often, but these YSL kicks are amazing. Remember the all silver high-tops? KILLER! This season they have been updated and completely on trend- of course. Notice the camel high-tops? Must have! What I like about them is their classic and clean aesthetic. They can be worn with almost anything and are fantastic in every color- camel, burgundy, or black. They make me not want to pay the light bill. Who needs light anyway? Light a candle and have a romantic moment with your new YSL kicks.

Price: $410-$595

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It Feels Like Fall

It really has been feeling like fall has arrived these past few days in New York. It's a bit weird to have 67 degree days in August but I am not complaining- fall is my favorite season. Several weeks ago, I purchased this AMAZING leather jacket from Yigal Azrouel I couldn't fathom purchasing it because it was 90 degrees out. Nonetheless, sweating like whore in church, I walked out of the Yigal store with the jacket. I just could not resist, plus I got such a great deal on it. Everyday since the purchase I was hoping for a cool day to wear it and finally I can. I planned on waiting until fashion week to wear it but waiting for September to arrive was like Chinese Water Torture.

Monday, August 16, 2010

All About Boots...

Unless you have been living under a rock, or perhaps a bolder, you would know it's all about boots for guys this season. Last week, I was shooting a fall editorial for
IDOL Magazine and pulled the above boots from Heuthcy (pronounced HI CHI). I have used Heutchy in prior editorials and what I like so much about this brand is the balance between classic and contemporary. I guarantee these boots will go with anything and everything you have already- from suits to jeans to jackets. If you want to add a pop of color to your outfit- the oxblood is perfect. They are also available in black and look just as good. I cannot wait to place an order on them.

The Standard Boot
Price: $425

Monday, July 19, 2010

Patrik Ervell Sale

Tomorrow, at 12 Noon, GILT Man is having a sale on Patrik Ervell's spring 2010 collection. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to have a sneak peak of the sale and their are a few things I plan on purchasing. The best part is that you will be shopping the current season at killer prices.

If you are not already a GILT member click here to become one.

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Doc Martens for Tim Hamilton

I'm excited to shoot these Doc Martens for Tim Hamilton shoes this weekend for IDOL Magazine's Fall Issue.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ferragamo Launches New iPad Case

I tend to like my accessories clean and simple, which is why I fell in love with Ferragamo's new iPad case. The beautifully crafted, envelope style case is available in two styles: Beige canvas with a brown leather trim and an exterior leather strap and in black, mandarin, and moss green leather. Farragamo's iPad case was designed to look good and protect it from everyday wear and tear. The magnet closure is covered by a piece of metal that acts as protection for the magnetic force and the Alcantara lining inside the chic envelope case prevents scratching.

Ferragamo's iPad case is scheduled to hit Ferragamo late June and early July and retails between $290-$390.

655 5th Avenue
New York, NY

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Giles and Brother by Philip Crangi Sample Sale

Today is the first day of the Giles and Brother Sample Sale. Unfortunately, it's cash only but you can grab some really cool things. Last year I pick up the Railroad Spike Ring at the sample sale and it was priced better than retail. The sale is definitely worth checking out.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Antonio Azzuolo Sample Sale

On Friday, June 18th Antonio Azzuolo is hosting a sample sale in the L.E.S. I really love his collections. At his last sample sale, I picked up a really special piece that I used in IDOL Mag's Forever Young editorial and it was such a steal! I recommend everyone to swing by and check out the sale. Perhaps, I will buy myself a birthday gift!

139 Norfolk Street- (bet. Rivington & Stanton)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

GO Smile...

There is nothing worse than stained teeth- I skeeve it. Yellow stained teeth are on The Most Horrible Things To Happen To Your Mouth List next to cavities and halitosis. Although, I have never had my teeth whiten professionally I am a MAJOR sucker for teeth whitening products. When I visit the dentist for my cleaning and check-up I always ask, "Are my teeth white enough?" Just for proof and confirmation I make them bring out a chart with these little fake teeth with different shades of white and not-so-white teeth. I always make it to the whitest on the chart (YES!) but my teeth never seem to be as white as say Whitney Houston. Who, by the way, has to have the whitest teeth on the entire Universe. Google image a picture of Ms. Whitney Houston's teeth if you don't believe me. I'm sure they're veneers but I still love them.

I remember going to a Yigal Azrouel show, back when gift bags were de rigueur at the shows, and receiving a teeth whitening product by GO SMiLE called FlashLiTES. It was like hitting the jackpot! But I was never able to find them again or perhaps I never looked hard enough. One day, the Legendary GILT GROUPE had a sale on GO SMiLE and I ordered two Flashlites packets. In each packet, comes 7 single use touch-up viles. If you are waiting for the answer to the magical question- Do they work? Yes, they do! I'm kind of obsessed. Not only do they whiten your teeth but they also freshen your breath- perfect for that special first date, or after drinking coffee or red-wine or a smoke. Red stained teeth and cigarette breath are never in fashion! If you are going to use them on a first date do not, I repeat, do not use them at the table. That is if you want a second date. GO Smile Flashlites motto is Anytime-Anywhere, but make sure it's an appropriate Anytime-Anywhere.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Eco-Friendly Undies

Since, today is Earth Day I wanted to present to you Piado, an eco-friendly line that focuses on the basics: underwear. Piado's undies are made from Bamboo, which is the fastest growing plant on Earth. Bamboo is lighter, softer, cooler and more comfortable than cotton. It also helps to reduce carbon dioxide gases that contribute to Global Warming. From undies to the packaging Piado makes eco-friendly decisions using packaging from recycled paper and is committed to green business practices, which is great, do offices really need fax machines anyway? Other than being a waste of paper the idea of faxing is so 80's and archaic.

When my Piado undies came in the mail I was curious of its fit and how they would wear after several washes. I must admit they are one of the most comfortable undies I own and are very light- as if you had nothing on. The fabric does breathe better than your average cotton undies, which keeps you cool, because bamboo wicks away moisture keeping the body dry. Piado's undies are in fact very comfortable and wear well. In honor of good undies and Earth Day everyone should purchase a pair of eco-friendly undies.

Prices range from $20 for briefs to $24 for the boxer-briefs.

Monday, April 19, 2010

My Antonio Azzuolo Spring Must-Have

One of the major advantages of being a fashion stylist is getting your hands on items that you would only be able to purchase if you were in, say, Japan. Which was the case with this black Anorak from Antonio Azzuolo's spring collection. It was only sold to retailers in Japan, which is a shame because I can so see this selling out in Barney's New York. Barney's or Bergdorf get with it! I first saw it on Antonio's website and had to pull it for IDOL magazine's 'Forever Young.' When I saw it in person at Antonio's studio I knew I had to have it. Thankfully Antonio Azzuolo's sample sale came around and I was able to purchase it. I just had to have it! It's so chic you could wear it casual with jeans, tee and high-tops or with a button-down, cropped trouser and lace-ups. Perfect for spring days like today when you only need something light to throw on and you just don't want to wear a leather jacket.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

IT Sample Sale

Hi Everyone,

Tomorrow is the last day of the IT sample sale. I'm upset I forgot all about it, but the last day is when you get the best deals! Good luck!

17 Battery Place South, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(Between West Side Highway and Washington Street)
(4 or 5 train to Bowling Green or R, W, 1 train to Rector Street )

(Visa, MasterCard, and American Express)
All sales final.
For more information, please call 212.636.0865

Monday, April 5, 2010

Behind The Scenes of IDOL Magazine's 'Forever Young'

Here are some behind the scenes images of IDOL Magazine's 'Forever Young,' which was shot in Williamsburg. Although I had a model drop out and had to send another one, home, it turned out really well. Jase, our model, was such a trooper I cannot wait to work with him again. Thanks to everyone who worked hard on this shoot. I will keep you updated when the shoot goes live on IDOL!

UPDATE: Click here to see 'Forever Young on IDOL Magazine's site.

Do we have it yet? Nope! Keep shooting please...

In this pic I was over all the behind the scenes images.

Manfredi shooting the lovely Jase in Williamsburg.
I love that blue Timo Weiland sweater!

Are they short enough? Never too short!
I live for short shorts!

Ms. Tricia working and organizing that's why I hired her!

My other assistants, Edwin and Marlene, "working..."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

What to Pack...

This evening, I leave for South Dakota. I bet your head just tilted to the side and your eyebrows arched with a confused face that reads, “Why are you going to South Dakota for?” Well, to answer that question, I am going to meet the Parents. Huge step, yes I know, but what the hell am I going to pack? Of course that would consume my thoughts! As I write, I have a bed covered with folded clothes and I do not have a clue what is actually going into my carry-on. A co-worker of mine said she likes to dress according to her atmosphere, i.e., if you’re in Miami you bring something more cheese-a-rella and if you go to LA you bring more casual. I get it. So, if I take Erin’s advice what do I bring? ‘Brokeback Mountain’ inspired apparel. So not me! The closest thing I have to mountain or hiking anything is a lined flannel and its Marc Jacobs from Fall 09. So, obviously, that’s def being packed, but what the hell else? Hiking shoes? Don’t own! Closest thing is perhaps suede Pierre Hardy desert boots. Since, the weather might be a bit shady I’m thinking knits. Maybe Yigal? Anything from his first men’s collection never fails me. I need to hurry up and get packing! Wish me luck!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Antonio Azzuolo Sample Sale

One of my favorite up and coming New York designers, Antonio Azzuolo is having a sample sale on his fall/winter and spring/summer collections. I just purchased his hooded anorak from spring, which is exactly what I went there for. He has beautiful things- recylced fur trimmed collared suits, shorts, sweaters in vibrant colors with leather trimmings and stripped cashmere tanks. Get it while you can. Pieces are very limited.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Psycho Bunny Sample Sale

On March 18th and 19th West Village Select Shop, Leffot, is hosting a Psycho Bunny sample sale. Find Psycho Bunny ties, scarves and polo's and more at great prices.

10 Christopher Street, NYC

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Alexander Wang Men's Tees Available Online

You cannot walk down the street in an Alexander Wang tee without someone excitedly saying, "I have the same tee how comfy are they!" They have a bit of a cult following. If you have ever wondered why it's because they are indeed really f-ing comfortable. I wore mine yesterday while returning samples-I wanted to feel light because my trunk filled with samples was definitely not feeling very light. Back in January, I wrote a post entitled, 'Sheer Madness,' about how sheer is a big trend for spring. If you are not in the mood to hustle your body for one of those Dior button downs the Wang tees are a great way to stay on trend, which is also offered in a tank version-great when you are really feeling yourself and want to show off all the hard work you've been putting in at the gym. They look so awesome with a leather jacket or under a blazer with jeans and high-tops. As we transition into summer, Wang's tees are perfect for those carefree summer days when you are sweating like a whore in church waiting for the train. They are so soft and light as if you have nothing on, which is exactly how you want to feel. I always say New York is the last place I want to be in the summer because the humidity is so out of control or OOC, as Rachel Zoe would say. I guarantee you'd survive this summer in one of these light and airy tees.

Price: $76

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bondage Obsessed for Spring

I've been sort of obsessed with the bondage strap tee by Burberry Prorsum for spring. It was all the rage when it debuted on the runway. Christopher Bailey, Burberry's Creative Director, definitely knows how to create a must-have piece every season. Did you see the shearling jackets for Fall 2010? Enough said!

Price: $420

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Antonio Azzuolo Fall 2010

Check out my post on Antonio Azzuolo's Fall 2010 presentation on IDOL magazine's blog.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Robert Geller Announces the Opening of the Key Shop

Robert Geller announces the opening of the Key Shop, a collaboration with Greg Armas of Assembly. Located at 129 Rivington Street in New York City, the Key Shop will carry the full Robert Geller line, limited edition Robert Geller items created specifically for the shop and the debut collection of Assembly New York. An additional assortment of vintage jewelry, artwork and literature will also be offered.

The genesis of the Key Shop was a conversation between Robert and Greg in which Robert expressed a desire to showcase personal favorites from his collections that weren't picked up by stores. They selected the location based on its accessibility and because of the role Rivington Street has played in shaping New York City's musical heritage.

Robert and Greg hope to engage shoppers by hosting a series of interactive workshops. Upcoming programs include sessions on crafting boutonnieres and creating eclectic cocktails with a local mixologist. Additional programming will be announced soon.

The shop is currently scheduled to operate until April 15th and is open seven days a week from 12 to 9 pm.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

When He Speaks His Suit Bespoke

IDOL magazine, a new lifestyle mag from London, covered a story about English Bespoke tailor The Canterbury Tailor. A story entitled, When He Speaks His Suit Bespoke, captures The Canterbury Tailor's sleek and modern Bespoke suits. Read all about The Canterbury Tailor's story discussing his craft in Bespoke suiting and why he believes, "every man should own a good-fitting suit." Who can argue this!

To see more of The Canterbury tailor yummy suits and his story check out IDOL magazine.
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