And I Love It!: Stone Savant Jewelry

One day I was casually browsing twitter and came across the Stone Savant Jewelry page and decided to take a peek. I clicked on the link expecting to come across the usual handmade trendy type of jewelry, but I was surprisingly greeted with a picture of an elegant, classic and quite whimsical stone necklace. I browsed through and began to swoon more and more as I came across the beautiful necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Overly impressed, I politely followed the company on twitter and sent a tweet expressing my fondness of the pieces and got an immediate response of gratitude.

Since that time I have had the opportunity to casually interact with the company via twitter, you know a few, “hey girl, heys” and things of that nature. So naturally in my mind we are totally cyber friends and the owner and designer Danielle Hinton confirmed this by an ultimate display of gratitude.

On my birthday she sent me a Happy Birthday tweet along with a message saying that she wanted to gift me a pair of her Tribeca earrings. They quickly arrived and I have been gushing over them ever since. I got a chance to wear them while on my trip to New York and they were the perfect touch to finish my simple look.

I really enjoy the simple, rustic beauty of the Stone Savant jewelry. They are designed in a way that allows the beauty of the stone to dictate the flow of the piece. Danielle Hinton certainly has a fresh take on design and I look forward to seeing the Stone Savant Jewelry brand grow into the successful business I know that it will be.

There are still good people in the world and I want to send out a HUGE thank to Danielle for these beautiful earrings! She did not ask for me to do this post about them, I just wanted to share the earrings with you guys.

I know that you are all curious to see more, so head over to stonesavant.com and check out all of the gorgeous designs. I’ve got my eye on the “Monaco” and “September” necklaces, as well as the “Is This Love” bracelet!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Farah Angsana

Oohs and aahs were heard throughout the duration of the Farah Angsana show as dramatic gowns and flirty party dresses glided down the runway. The ultra feminine presentation of each piece was apparent with shimmering sequins and bead work, as well as super girly silhouettes.

Each piece is a party girls dream. From cocktail parties to over the top balls, there donned a dress for many occasions. I enjoyed the movement of the dresses and the attitude each one presented. There were a mixture of bright and bold colors, as well as, subtle exotic prints. Although the dresses were at the forefront of the show Angsana did manage to drop a few separates in the mix, that blended quite well with the overall theme of the show.

The ultimate pearl clutching moment was certainly the finale dress, which consisted of a totally sheer fabric topped with glistening purple and feather-esc finishings. It was a show stopper, but I don’t see anyone rocking that dress as is. There will definitely be some adjustments made before we see any young socialites painting the town red in it. Overall I enjoyed the show, not only was it fun to watch, but it was certainly one of the more lively shows I attended. People just couldn’t hold in their excitement!

Check out more from Farah Angsana at farahangsana.com/

So what do you guys think? Are you feeling the Farah Angsana fall 2012 line?

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Lars Andersson

After a long day at the Lincoln Center I rushed over to view the Lars Andersson presentation. Walking into the Soho Grand hotel I had no idea what to expect. Typically, I like to do a little bit of research and view past collections of designers, unfamiliar to me, before I attend the showings, but with lack of time I did not have that luxury.

The Soho grand had a very luxe, dark feel to it, complementing the presentation quite well. Lars Andersson is a knitwear designer that takes inspiration from his Swedish background, described by him as “very dark, and the furthest thing from fancy”. For his fall 2012 collection, Lars Andersson displays an array of hand crafted knitwear for men and women.

Not going to lie I was a bit taken back by the grim reaper-esc styling and near death eye make-up at first glance, but as I took a closer look, I noticed the craftsmanship in each piece. It’s not easy to sit around and knit up full garments by hand, but Lars Andersson did it so well. I enjoyed the rustic feel of each piece and the way the hem curled at the ends of the garments making them unique in their own way. The draping effect on most of the pieces were interesting as well, as they added a bit of warmth to the over all look of the knitwear. The very rich, dark colors helped to display the idea of the “dark, urban, hippie” design aesthetic of the brand.

Looking past the styling, which isn’t in my particular taste, Lars Andersson presents some very wearable pieces. Comfy, well crafted, plush, hand-made knits, who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves in some of these pieces on a cold rainy day? I would! My only critique would be that, I would have loved to see the leather accents he brought into the collection with the addition of the belts, be displayed in some of the knitwear. Maybe as a trim of some sort or contrasting element, such as a pocket, sleeve or hood.

Overall, I enjoyed the Lars Andersson fall 2012 collection and the fact that each piece is handmade makes it even better. I’d take the draped maroon sweater off his hands any day.

Check out past collections at larsandersson.net

What do you all think? Are you feeling the Lars Andersson fall 2012 collection?

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Nomia

I made a mental list of shows that presented great ready to wear pieces and Nomia certainly made its way on to my list. Yara Flinn, the designer behind the Nomia brand, brings her love for art and fashion together in such a way that I can relate to. She uses a clean structural aesthetic to bring about a clean, sophisticated, chic and edgy point of view to her pieces. The fall 2012 line presents a strong hip woman who has a love for self, determination and all things chic.

I absolutely adore the neutral color palette with peek-a-boo pops of neon pink and muted iridescent fabrics. The no fuss silhouette and fit of the clothing are picture perfect and come together beautifully with the clean lines displayed through the collection. Flinn’s color blocking technique comes together with sporadic layered draping details and cutesy bow finishings. The Nomia collection is truly a down to earth display of the trendy girl who stands out because of her chic simplicity.

I personally knew nothing of the Nomia brand until this season, but I have ultimately become a fan. Yara Flinn’s design aesthetic is very relatable and I rather enjoy that. When a designer displays minimalistic type clothing it can become easily lost in the world of memorable patterns, logos and flashing lights. However, well done and simple pieces can and will live on from season to season and I see Nomia being around for a long time. I can not wait to see next season, Bravo!

Check out past collections at nomia-nyc.com

What do you guys think!? Are you feeling the fall 2012 Nomia line?

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Fotini

During my time in New York for fashion week I attended a few shows and presentations. A few I received invitations for and others were a mere, “hey whats going on in there” type  of situation. The Fotini presentation was one of those, “hey whats going on in there” situations. I was leaving a show and happen to walk by the studio where most of the presentations take place. I was immediately intrigued as I caught a glimpse of beautifully crafted dresses. So I glided my way in to take a peek, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Inspired by an inherited ancient perfume bottle from the luxurious tomb of an Egyptian Queen, Fotini takes us on a journey through her take on modern Egyptian royalty. Known for her feminine and soft silhouettes, she displays this well in her Fall winter 2012 collection that is complete with dresses, suits and evening wear.

I love the way that each piece gives off a luxurious feel, but the clothing still seems very down to earth. When I look at the type of  woman she is inspired by, I see someone who is confident, strong and glamorous. Although I enjoyed most of the pieces the leather trimmed coat dress seemed a bit disjointed from the overall collection. I understand the purpose of the piece, to show a stronger version of her woman, but the mixing technique of soft and hard fabrics helped to reinforce the idea of the strong modern woman, so the coat was simply not needed.

The styling of the hair gave off a more Russian than Egyptian feel to me and it felt a bit old. I would like to have seen a more sleek look to better complement the gorgeous pieces and give off a more youthful feel.

Overall, I enjoyed the Fotini presentation and I believe that many women will too. This being only her second collection I can see that Fotini is going in the right direction. There is certainly something here for the woman who wants to give off a feminine, strong and glam look.

Check out her website for more fotini-nyc

What do you guys think of the Fotini collection? Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

My Personal Style Journey: Florida Meets New York

Mercedes-Benz fashion week has been an experience that I will never forget and will look forward to experiencing each year. I came to New York with a specific goal and schedule and that all changed the minute I landed. My schedule went from tamed to deranged upon meeting some truly amazing people! Through my new-found connections and friendships I was able to attend twice as many shows and events than I originally planned.

Anywho those reviews are to come shortly. I did a terrible job of shooting the looks I wore as I beat the pavement throughout the streets of NYC, so let me apologize to you all now. I did however get the chance to take a quick shot of what I wore on one of my adventures at the Lincoln center.

I took the opportunity of being in New York to finally get a chance to wear my fur coat! Of course I wanted to show off my Floridian roots, so I made sure to keep it bright and cheerful. I pulled out my most colorful articles of clothing and mixed them with basic neutral pieces, my leather pants and wedge booties. Some may think that these colors are more appropriate for spring, but experimenting and wearing what you like is key. Wear what you feel and trust me it will all come together. I hope you guys like it!

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

CHIC Fancy Black History Through Fashion and Style: Arthur Smith

A finishing touch to any look is very important and we all choose to display this is various ways. Some may choose a hair style to finish their look, the perfect make up or hand bag. However, the most popular way to complete a look is with the perfect piece of complementing jewelry. So to all my connoisseurs of beautiful pieces of jewelry, please meet Arthur Smith.

Arthur Smith is credited to be the first successful black jewelry designer.

The modernist jeweler combined his love for jewelry making and jazz and created some of the most beautiful jewelry of its time. He created pieces for many famous singers including  the late great Duke Ellington. Arthur Smith was known for large-scale, lightweight jewelry made of copper, silver, gold and finished with semi-precious stones. He opened his very own shop in 1946 in Greenwich Village and thrived in the business through the 1970’s. Each piece of jewelry had the creativity of his artistry and the sophistication of a carefully crafted jazz piece. Many have tried to duplicate his work but have fallen short of mastering his insanely talented techniques. Catch a glimpse of some of his one of a kind pieces below:

Talent off the charts! Thank you Arthur Smith for your contributions to our black history, I appreciate you!

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique