Wednesday, December 30, 2015


There are plenty of seemingly effortless holiday hosts...who always manage to stage a festive fare for friends/family -to celebrate the holidays.

We're not one of those people...but we certainly known how to please the givers with a unique gift of our own---that can be deployed almost as soon as the welcoming front door threshold- is crossed.

Offer up your mixologist skills La Quintinye Vermouth Royal opulent French vermouth-crafted from South West French white wines Pineau des Charentes-a fortified wine of fresh grape juice and Cognac from a single estate -plus carefully curated herbs and botanicals-aged for a minimum of 12 months in French oak barrels-yields a distinct, aromatic multi-layered sipping pleasure-that- like sherry-is growing in popularity.

Not much skill needed the way we enjoyed the La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge (16.5% abv/33 proof)...pouring 1 oz over a cube of ice-with its pretty burnt amber red color- licorice, vanilla and chocolate-toffee -caramel flavors...the slow sipper =warm and spicy-perfect for all the grey days of winter. The  La Quintinye
 Vermouth Royal  Blanc -equally enjoyed that way-with an orange zest garnish.

Our pal host-the dry martini lover-deployed the Extra Dry (17% above/34 proof) accordingly...and noted the how the plants/spices (27 in total) deftly paired with his dry style London gin.

AND fyi-the La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge(1oz) can be mixed with 1 oz G'Vine Nouaison and 1 oz Campari  (stir all ingredients with ice-strain-serve in chilled glass with orange zest garnish) for a spicy, aromatic version of the classic French Negroni-

Noshing is the way to go when recovering from filling sit-down dinners...we usually bring along smoked salmon from NY staple Russ&Daughters...and a variety of flavored cream cheeses (they deliver, fyi)...but instead of the filling-can get dried out doughy bagels accompaniments... more smaller bite perfect New York Style PITA CHIPS (available in 6 flavors)...proved to hold their own- substantial enough for dipping into creamy anything, topped off with that cured fish staple. 

WARNING-these New York Style Pita Chips-which means they're baked, not greasy-are easy to devour straight outta the bag-and are worthy substitutes for chips.

We inhaled the amazingly the Garden Fresh Ranch Pita Chips...with a subtle spice to it...fresh real tasting -makes sense since they're made without artificial flavors or colors.  Widely available.



Any Manhattan subway rider-around 3PM---will notice the influx of construction attire- wearing fellow they leave their work shifts and head home....realistically, the Big Apple will be a truly great city when it's finally built...

ALSO noticeable-the ubiquitous  rugged work wear label- Carhartt -even by those with the most outdoor physical labor task  = climbing up/down subway steps and dodging the tourists clogging the sidewalks,

insulated core, plenty of zip pockets, center zip cage, cozy wear anywhere multi-tasker-impervious to cold/wet weather 
One reason-this kind of apparel sells =classics, easy to maintain, last for years, and impart a bit of cave-dwelling swagger missing from a lot of modern lives.

Multi-tasking durable separates from growing outdoors label Wallsowned by Williamson - Dickie-featuring super tough Kevlar® fibers, Dry IQ™ water repellent finishes--- and staple Wrangler's RIGGS Workwear-recently that niche in any wardrobe...

Bonus points-future viewing of selfies won't conjure up cringes of "what the heck is that I'm wearing...?"

Vintage Duck Shirt Jacket-w/ 2 interior patch pockets- security closures, 2 front patch + 2 welt pockets- bartacks at pocket openings, bi-swing back  for ease of movement and an interior media loop along with a snap placket cuff. 10 oz. 100% Cotton Sanded Duck with Polyester Buffalo printed plaid Fleece lining

matching pants-

WRANGLER RIGGS WORKWEAR Ripstop bib overall $59-

WRANGLER RIGGS Workwear Long Sleeve Henley $22

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

SPRING'16:New- 22 Bold+Beautiful Baubles

THE BLUE LINE cluster frontal -shiny gold +turquoise, multi-beads....$85

CAROLEE New York,  and TRINA TURK, ABS by Allen Schwartz, FRENCH CONNECTION (by Carolee)

A CAROLEE media preview a few months back-reminded us of how well made 'costume' jewelry ---is no longer the has-been/ step-sister second status of accessories-but -in fact= beloved necessities of the high-low way of dressing up (and down)...mixing luxury with mass market attire-with bejeweled equivalents.


CAROLEE New York...pays homage to Big Apple destinations-with earrings, bangles, cuffs, ring, and all kinds of necklaces...from the delicate to the statement...thematic interpretations of the shapes and colors conjured up by these distinct locales.

CONEY ISLAND collection Thread Wrap Frontal 12K shiny gold with multi-colors $150

irregular stone collar $250 South Sea Port Collection
The Plaza Pearl Drop Silver/White Pearl/Crystal $50

RADIO CITY  Shower Bib -Shiny Gold/Pink+Multi $150

BOTANICAL GARDEN-in middle-Fabric Collar Silver/Crystal/White/Pearl $125-year round piece-great for brides too!

THE BLUE LINE 18 inch Drama Necklace-gold/turquoise+multi...$150

THE HAMPTONS 20 inch adjustable collar shiny gold/multi...$250
 TRINA TURK's fashion embodies the chic glamour of Palm Springs.

Trina Turk by Carolee...captures this sophisticated retro elegance with glorious gold cuffs...we can imagine the style icon Babe Paley-perched on a sunny poolside patio- think ---those glorious poolside pictures by SLIM AARONS....accessorized with a few choice shiny gold pieces... cocktail in one hand, cigarette in another. (Back in the day...),

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Spring 2016 Women's Sandals, Slides, Flats, Pumps, Booties-36+ New Looks!


New summery footwear looks from re-energized-dependable-stylish-fashion brands that won't have you tearing off your feet-the sec you get home. With notable Spring 2016 trends and retro references done well...

EMU AUSTRALIA:Say hello to beach boots when it's HOT...LORNE (l) and TARA) (and NUMERELLA pull-ons similar look)- perforated suede+leather in fun Spring bootie-treaded durable lightweight natural gum rubber outsole...practical and cool counterpoint to perforated- uppers (suede, leather)...removable insole...

logo-represents the footprint of Aussie's EMU bird +  radiating circle design is for extra traction
 EMU AUSTRALIA:Pemberton suede slip-ons- EVA cork mixed midsole and EVA wrapped footbed=cozy casual
EMU AUSTRALIA: Ibis-smooth pull-on with crackle metallic leather w/ durable rubber forefoot and heel pods +wrapped EVA footbed for superior comfort

EMU AUSTRALIA: DAWN-are made for wear and show-slim silhouette flatters, wrapped EVA cushioning footbed for comfort, and craft details, durable rubber forefoot and heel pods (nice touch), stacked 3" block heel one can stabile-y walk on

EMU AUSTRALIA: Jacana----cushioned back in multi-strap flat leather sandal...wrapped leather heel-comfort---naturally durable rubber outsole...with radiating circle design for extra traction

EMU AUSTRALIA cute kids too!!!!!!

BERNARDO-a heritage brand from the 60's-isn't stuck doing the disco that is for sure... brings a fresh look to 2016-with KAYA 70's suede fringes with woven details...on multi-strap wedges...could wear this 3 seasons...$198

Brogan block heel that chain linked suede ankle strap-refs the brand's iconic upper detail that is found on the  Matrix flats...

artisan leather flowers...pretty embellishments on dress up or down  Michelle flats-turquoise is fav color in this pic $178
in black/white-heel options-Sunflower (l) and Michelle (r)
PATENTED...that spring-loaded strap in the arch---prevents sandals from clacking-hugs the foot-engineering feat. STEPH $165

platforms are still in the mix-easy way to add height without breaking an ankle...lace-up details, hardwear grommets-dress up this style= nice...Vanessa $225

NINA ORIGINALS' showroom has walls (and walls) of styles-from dressy-bridal-to casual footwear-what really stood out in this sea of footwear fabulousness-the archival references from the company archives. Fresh take on prints, suede patchwork, and slightly altered silhouettes from decades ago-add up to elegant but not old selections.
Nina Originals...block column heel in white -uppers' pattern-a wicker print-  reminds us of our radiator metal screens on the covers in our pre-WWII apartment. LOVE! Poetry-L $148

SAIDA white rubber outsole-foxing cushions a metallic rosegold gladiator flat-trend on!$128 
Cheriann $128 finely wrought crotchet stretch elastic..holds your foot!
suede pumps with cutouts---and flats...below...ref 70's---

on left-DAY -kidsuede pump has mesh net details---sexy  $158 -on right WARD $138

suede mule-peeptoe...on a block heel with metal overlays---great sandal!
pixel florals...the darker reds and burgundies offset that interesting block heel color...Poetry $138

all American bandana---uppers-in a MURIEL wedge and flat with summery espadrille- raffia  details
NINA HANDBAGS-many styles---great prices-no wonder a Red Carpet go-to...

Lailey $70-purse with archive print

lucite bar is eye-catching-sep. with this red LUCKY-shimmer clutch $60
Broady $139-fun flatform-derby style with cut-out sides...the stripe foxing and stitch details take the nurse out of the whiteness of the upper

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Keeping The Old You-New Spring'16 Fitness Shoes+Gear


Much is made about getting in shape-but most of our pals- are athletic already-and want to keep the old self-rather just as is-makes sense, fitness wise- once hit mid 30s on up, depending on the activity.

SNEAKERS, Trail Running and Fitness shoes come in all shapes and sizes for different activities, foot anatomies, and level of efforts...short bursts vs long endurance endeavors.

Some highlights from cult brands:
Long distance fav-ALTRA adds to its no drop ZERO DROP™platform with new beefier shock absorbing A-Bound™ maximum cushioning models-for neutral or stability needs-aimed at trail runners and roadsters- Pictured: women's specific OLYMPUS 2.0 9oz trail runner 
characteristic of ALTRA-FOOTSHAPE™ toe box- allowing the toes to spread naturally...unless trained as a ballet dancer en pointe shoes...Olympus 2.0 revamped Vibram trail sticky rubber outsole for maximum cushioning...36mm stack height flexible upper, EVA top layer absorbs rugged trail bumps.

women's specific ADAPT stable light cushioning -powered by iFIT®-provides live feedback on foot strike, cadence impact force and running form via a razor thin sensor that rests beneath the insole and syncs wirelessly with iFIT wearables (like new smartwatches)...get the 411 via LED display_audio cues,,,nifty for the stat hungry-post workout analysis too.

lotsa options by ALTRA: Instinct/Intuition 3.5 softer upper, responsive ride with FOOTPOD™ outsole technology maps the bones and tendons of foot for natural flexibility+more responsiveness. Dual layer EVA midsole w/ A-BOUND™ TOP LAYER & INNERFLEX™---reflective pops

ALTRA smartly offers up a few separates that color synch with their running shoes...

packable half zip---packs into chest pocket 360º reflection, zipper garage, bonded thumbhole, armpit vents, welded zipper, chest pocket fits iPhone 6, fully welded
love this packable windbreaker---comes with run easy belt---literally can put in on without missing a stride...velcro attaches in back at waist for fit, reflective pops, 
packable windbreaker...elastic trim at waist/arms keep breezes out...unisex sizes xs-xl

packable windbreaker
featherweight racing singlet tables-front/back reflection

ALTRA running tees, tanks, singlets (women's) with Provision moderate stabile moderate cushioning shoe