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Yosifa Penina Barrettes

July 13, 2006 at 11:13 am by Designer Ella

Yosifa Penina BarrettesYosifa Penina barrettes are molded out of rubber into textured, stylish hair pieces. They’re flexible, comfortable to wear, waterproof and chlorine resistant. Consumers may choose a barrette in anything from sophisticated to whimsical styles. There’s a barrette for every lover of pulled back hairdos.

One note; the barrette may not hold a full ponytail (like the picture) for women with thicker hair (like myself). We can still put up half of the hair, though. Or…

Tip: Pull your hair back into a ponytail, then clip the barrette in (some of) the hair above!

Barrettes are $8 at 3 ½” length x 1″ height.

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Random & Interesting Fashion Facts

June 21, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

These facts are via Virtuously who got various facts on numerous topics from a Hindi book.

  • Men’s button-up shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s blouses have the buttons on the left.
  • The plastic bits on the end of shoelaces are called “aglets.”
  • In most advertisements for wrist watches, the time displayed is 10:10 because the arms frame the brand of the watch.


My Treasure

June 16, 2006 at 12:00 am by Designer Ella

Those Spicy Sewing Divas are posting their results for their Carnivale round tomorrow, even though we have another on Monday to write for. Oi!

Their question was very difficult, so I took my time with this:

Each of us has memories, sometimes tender, sometimes not, of particular garments or accessories that evoke strong feelings and attachments. So this weeks Carnivale of the Couture topic is “Ritual Cloth” - tell us about your special item, the story behind it and why it transcends mere fashion for you.

Of course, I needed some time to think about my reply, but things popped up on me in the last days. It’s bad to put things off. But my item of answer was something long put off, but finally given to me with love.

Gold Shoe Necklace with DiamondsMy perfect little treasure is not old, weathered, passed down or super expensive. It is a necklace my best friend bought me just this Christmas. It was my first piece of jewelry at the high quality of gold with diamonds. It’s a shoe: he knows me; he means a lot to me; and it means a lot to me.

It’s not even exactly my staple, as I treasure and save it for special occasions. But in my closet of superficial, this is something more.

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Flatter Yourself with bebe Belts

June 1, 2006 at 6:30 pm by Designer Ella

Cinching waists for feminine beauty is not only flattering, it’s the chicest way to accessorize this season.

Bebe is all about belts worn at the natural waist, right now. They adorn the models with fabulous belts over their tops, but for a slightly more traditional/wearable look, don these belts around a short-sleeved blazer or trench coat.

bebe belts

And bebe is the one stop belt shop at the moment for fancy, sophisticated styles. Check out this Bow Belt and this Ruched Leather Belt, with genuine leather gathered on an elastic band. It can be worn with its buckle (not pictured) to the back, front, or even askew.

If you’re not yet in fit form, these belts will even help you appear as so. These belts from bebe are $54 for the “bow” belt and $39 for the ruched.


Video Killed the Fashion Star

May 28, 2006 at 1:27 pm by Designer Ella

That can-do girl from Fashion is a Verb is hosting le Carnivale this week, with the question:

What movie (/ music video / TV show) do you credit with being responsible for the biggest Fashion Don’ts? In other words- Which movie started off clothing trends that never should have been?

Madonna Like a Virgin video

My choice for a video is something I didn’t see much of the effects from, personally, being so young at the time (I don’t even know when this was, precisely). It’s Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” from the 80s.

Christine Taylor The Wedding Singer Holly SullivanI do know, thanks to The Wedding Singer and Christine Taylor as Holly Sullivan, that Madonna inspired exact clones. That’s pretty bad. (I can’t even get in to all the facets that make the look, but fortunately, this is not a current trend against which I need to make an argument.)

I do know a little more personally that those rubber bracelets really took off. Even for children, we had jelly bracelets, which were colourful. Mine were chunkier and filled with glitter—gosh, I loved those things. (They’re gone to my clothing archives of memory-only, now!)

At least this trend wasn’t something that stuck around or has come back, yet, unlike leg warmers.

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Urban Outfitters Black and White Eyelet Umbrella

May 15, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

Urban Outfitters Eyelet UmbrellaThere’s hardly a thing worse than the peak of Spring with weeks upon weeks persist with flood-out, brrr!ing conditions — especially when school has just let out. But could there be a better thing to inspire adventuring in such weather than a fabulous umbrella? This Urban Outfitters Eyelet Umbrella is as trendy as our season’s new tops and but as lovely as classic couture. The delightful features are scalloped edges of black embroidered flowers, a wooden handle, and even a cute-as-a wooden button to hold this collapsible umbrella in place. Could there be an umbrella as sophisticated as this?

This divine accessory will not only keep you safe from the heavens pouring down, but only costs $16.

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Designer of the Week: Fendi

May 9, 2006 at 7:00 am by Designer Ella

Fendi Patent Buckle SlidesMallory Road gave the the idea for this week’s featured designer: Fendi. With their IT bag’s instantly-noticeable belt buckle, accessories other than the purses with the same buckles can be just as hot.

That goes for these shoes, the Fendi Patent Buckle Slides, which she didn’t feature, but linked to. Well, I had to feature them.

They’re perfection!

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Graphic Re-Stylist: Plus Size

April 1, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

In response to a complaint, I must comply and remove the edited images that were below.

I know, it might be very wrong to take an ad from a new advertiser and “butcher” it, but I must meddle! I must tweak! I must … perfect!!!

I feel compelled to act as a stylist and edit this picture of plus size fashion:

Old Navy Natural Plus Size Ad

In the first picture, the woman’s sizable hips are accentuated with a boho belt. I labored over my Photoshop and put the belt at her waist. Her thighs are the same size, but our eyes gloss over them under a neutral, loose skirt. Meanwhile, even being a wrap, the original image’s sweater was too loose. My belt nips her in. Making it lighter defines it more (aside from showing you it’s even there :-P). Finally, a straight, hanging-vertical end to the belt helps a bit to elongate her figure, which is slimming. This works much better than, say, a bow which can add width.

(By the way, you can still reach the advertised store, Old Navy, from the image. 0:-).)

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Teen Spring Fashion Revives Boho

March 3, 2006 at 6:21 pm by Designer Ella

Delia’s Spring CatalogUpon even a glance at junior’s clothing dELiAs catalog. I was taken aback—that teen trends are taken back to a year ago, with more boho. There is not a hint of the sophistication, frills, and ribbons that rule women’s clothing. But I suggest stylish teens use this look by mixing the two. Add ribbon belts or fitted blazers over peasant dresses, pair classic preppy with earthy prints, and mix in the newest trends for shoes, when not wearing (or find updated) espadrilles.

I’ve collected scrap pages for your viewing. Visit dELiAs*cOm to shop.

Delia’s Spring Catalog

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Carolyn Koslen Jewelry

February 15, 2006 at 10:01 am by Designer Ella

Carolyn Koslen Pearl Necklaces

It’s the day after a probably disappointing Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re single, or your man didn’t deliver, now is a good time for our next discovery of an independent jewelry designer. (They have rare pieces, great style & quality, and great prices!) Now, it’s Carolyn Koslen! Her items are full of pearls or beads, full of sophistication, with trend and luxe, all mixed in.

Koslen even has some charity-donating pieces for sale, and there are bridal and children’s items. She’s worth checking out and indulging yourself, or perhaps nudging-nudging your someone.

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