Friday, November 22, 2013


 Manhattan House, NYC
Style expert and TV personality Lilliana Vazquez shared her insights  and acted as host alongside Accessories Council Prez Karen Giberson
Creative and founder of Lilliana Vazquez shows a  Armitron Watch…classic styling, case and bracelet are finished a shiny warm gold plated, dial is a rich brown mother of pearl outer zone w/ unique champagne colored crystal zone- w/ Swarovski Elements $80  
Hosted by the non-profit Accessories Council, media reps were treated to refreshments, fab views from a spacious event/penthouse we all wished we lived in…and some remarkable gift ideas from smaller brands that often were are in the USA…and/or benefitted those in need with sales proceeds.
Anne Woodman bangles ($24-$38) are available in 15 beautiful colors of leather or vinyl- with a signature copper wrap-an inexpensive way to add to an arm party. At Henri Bendel's + @AWjeweleryNYC

Eco packaging that is 100% biodegradable, enclosed with a wildflower seed paper (plant, water, violà), 5% of proceeds to breast cancer charities…and of course-makeup-here-blush…Jing Ai Sierra Glow Duo w/ Kabuki Brush $35 @JingAiSkin...

Donna Cristino-founder of Jing Ai ('pure love" in Mandarin Chinese)-eco-chic gluten free, vegan, cruelty free- beauty brand-and an homage to a beloved family member. Sold on QVC. BTW 'they' approached her---we asked.

founded by 2 engaging guys from Kansas who we met at a NYFW event-the Trellie phone light alert system connects to cell via bluetooth-and lights up when a call is incoming…$49.99 available on

nothing like a live demo for wearable technology!

Italian fabrics, made in France-guys will love the options…get measured 1x and about 2 weeks later…a shirt that reflects the wearer
Custom made to measure shirts-from France-a luxury not priced luxuriously-available at Tribeca's Manuel Racim (pictured above) from $125 +

Made in NYC-stunning-no wonder chi-chi Bergdorf Goodman's carries the collection-double sided Rotenier Cufflinks-here in sterling silver, mother of pearl, black obsidian/Pothole (ha ha better to wear than get a flat from…) $495 Custom designs available-think saxophone cuffs for former Pres. Clinton. @RobinRotenier

Made in the USA-MASS. since 1972-fyi  Randolph Engineering- has always on trend Concorde aviators-the classics-with other metal and size options too. Everyone looks good int his shape…here in the on trend Rose Gold 23K plate with AGX polycarbonate lenses. $169 @REsunglasses 

new to us-Jack Rogers is a massive emporium chocked with accessibly priced accessories…including charm necklaces and silk scarves…

 Protect iPHONE 5s with Style Strap by David & Young-these are GENIUS…and at $20 per-go all match match for oneself too. PLUS doubles as a stand. So smart-we hope an Android size is in the works.

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doubles as a stand

Another addition to an arm party-Andrew Hamilton Crawford Dragonfly Fly Cuff $298-translucent resin w/ 18k plate overlay-magnetic closure with a hinge-makes for easy on/off. Rings, necklaces, earring too...Available at

thought these =ethnic beauties- hand woven in Guatemala have been featured in top magazines…IX Style Haurache Sandals $89--keepers too made of durable leather, cotton and rubber outsoles…many colors/combos…and 15% of profits go back into charities. 
Available at, Anthropology, Asos, and Holt Renfrew February 2014.
@ixsandals @ixstyle

Angels and Emeralds Designer-based in NYC
Angels and Emeralds-Sterling Silver bracelet-pictured-has an inscription on the inside "Guardian"…w/ a tiny emerald gem -a jewel that represents the balance between love and trust.Also inscribed-a positive affirmation I am guided, guarded and protected always-that is personal too…also rings, earrings, necklaces
 The bracelet retails for $169.95 and is available at 
From $159-$219-two widths with snaps closures…dazzling and crafts…we have won and wear it all the time-Caroline Rocha bracelets -
 are available at many retailers, along with an online store, can be viewed at 
Hand crafted leather cuff-hand painted with inlaid Swarovski Crystals---no two alike---
Caroline Rocha

BINDYA NY cashmere and wool-heavenly warmth and soft soft soft…in lush flower print and some spring to colder wearing weather that's coming soon.  Available on    

Thalé Blanc is the next luxury handbag label that's already captured the attention of those stylists who dress celebs. Gorgeous clear Clutter of Hope clutch $985-with 20% of proceeds going directly towards research at children’s hospital Los Angeles 
 (www.Chla.Org)---and how much we love designer Deborah Sawaf's entire collection? Read an entire blog post devoted to her creations. 

Glam hair accessories for adults-this gold and Swarovski laden trio is beautifully presented -by  Evita Peroni (which resembles the name Eva Peron-a woman who certainly knew how to dress). 
 The set-an Esther Hair Band -a tribute to old world opulence; style with accessories of similar style... the Eugenie Hair Clip - a chic day- to-evening piece; wear with a messy chignon or a sleek undo  and the Fernanda Bobby Pin -a welcome addition to any hairdo; easily wearable with anything from jeans to a LBD…
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Bling+watch=fabulousness that's fashionably ontime. For the elderly who cannot be bothered with putting on an arm party---and for the twiner who gets it going every morning-everyone swooned at this SARA DESIGNS EDITOR WRAP WATCH $330.

Men's inspired design that makes a bold feminine statement-and a modern classic that even we would wear all the time---various chain textures and different shades of gold-this timepiece works with a lot of wardrobe options…carried

wraps around-lobster claw and magnetic closure styles abound

the Sara designs creative gal here---a bit camera shy-but hey-she had on another one of her terrific timepieces.

GUY GIFT OPTION ALERT-give a gift card if clueless-ILOHRI SOHO actually a retail empire  of 48 chic- high-end sunglasses  and eyeglasses -including opticals-with labels that are coveted including the pictured above Chanel lookers- with exotic stingray temples.

LEIGH ANN BARNES employs women in domestic violent protective shelters- right here in LA/ USA-and trains them on how to make her refined and reversible cuffs of Italian leather

Available online at online at and in stores at Nicole Miller Boutiques in Philadelphia, Chloe's Closet Boutique in Florida, and Checkmate Shoes in Canada 
reversible and with a good luck coin charm and cuff link that fits into the punched hole….

This Holy Bauble necklace adorning the owner-made int he USA-with St. Christopher medallions…admits the chain and pearls. 

St. Christopher cufflinks-safe travels while wearing -hand pressed and hand enameled in sterling silver $98Available on

vLeve headphones -on ear bliss $199

artist designed accessories-that clip right on are sold separately $39.99

Wearable technology-there is no two ways about it-wearing around the neck makes a statement even-  weighty-ish headphones are a huge fashion trend-hence the enormous popularity of Beats by Dr. Dre -that are practically as coveted as iPhones. Clear some headspace for Velodyne vLeve headphones-that come with accessorize clip on ear covers-idiot proof cause we tried and accomplished-bluetooth wireless connections-                                  ...and optional wired connection via audio cable.Work with many portable music haulers.

Available on Amazon,,,, and in airport wireless stores