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Savvy Shoppers Shop at Sabbia

Jan 21 0 Comments

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When shopping for fine jewelry, there are always the go-to big wigs like Tiffany or Van Cleef and Arpels. But in a modern day where the search for something one-of-a-kind and unique is a rare come by, thankfully we have fine jeweler Sabbia to fill the gap. 
18k yellow gold pink sapphire and diamond earrings by Slyva & Cie

Sabbia offers exclusive and uncommon gems from designers around the world, all neatly presented in one of three stores; one in Chicago, one in Key Biscane, and one in Coconut Grove. These precious jewels are meticulously searched for by store owner Debra Friedmann and her trained associates. Friedmann’s tactful eye coupled with her exceptional taste, make for a warm and inviting store environment where other’s leave you feeling like a cold museum. 

22k Gold Disques Cuff by Lina Fanourakis

On display are a variance of trinkets, suitable for every price point, starting at $180 for a Bella Corda bracelet to over $100,000 for a rose cut diamond bracelet set in 18k white gold with over 100 carats of diamonds.
Blue topaz, diamond and aquamarine cuff


What remains exceptional and noteworthy is Sabbia’s sense of loyalty toward their customers. Although there has been the recent expanse with the stores in Florida, what prevails ever-true is the astutely keen sense of what the customer wants, perhaps an homage to the fact that they’ve been running strong since 2000. 

Diamond flower earrings by Eclat

For store inquires, visit www.sabbia.com
Below I have compiled a series a photographs that I have taken which feature some of my favorite Sabbia pieces. Enjoy.

 Smokey topaz disc earrings in 18k rose gold and silver by Etho
Pebble necklace in 18k yellow gold with rough diamonds by Nada G

 Mosaic earrings in oxidized silver with rose cut diamonds

 Moonstone flower earring in oxidized 18k white gold by Etho
Diamond mesh bracelet in 18k white gold with over 100k of diamonds

  Rose cut sapphire chain with matching chandelier earring a set in 18k rose gold by éclat

Three strand pyrite and 24k gold chain by Bella Corda
layered with a Mariani 18k gold chain with white diamond spheres

 Olive branch earrings and scarab ring, 18k and 22k rose cut diamonds by Lina Fanourakis

 18k gold bracelet and hoop earrings by Panini

 Charms on chords by Dodos

 Moonstone flower earring in oxidized 18k white gold by Etho. Link bracelet in 18k white gold and diamonds.


18k gold cuff with rose cut diamonds. 18k yellow gold earrings with rose cut diamonds. All by Lina Fanourakis.

Something to go Baroque Over

Jan 19 0 Comments

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The price of a dress can break anyones bank, but something to go Baroque (broke) over, or close to, is one of this season’s Baroque-themed dresses. The origin of this trend, Baroque, comes from “a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, and music. The style began around 1600 in Rome, Italy and spread to most of Europe.” (Definition courtesy Wikipedia). The exaggerated details of the periods artwork led to the accomplishment of some of History’s greatest works of art, such as Adoration by Peter Paul Rubens as seen below.
Baroque style featured “exaggerated lighting, intense emotions, release from restraint, and even a kind of artistic sensationalism”. It is also noted that Baroque art did not really depict the style of the people of the time, which is an interesting coincidence because we are once again experiencing this trend of Baroque-style art in a time in our century from which we are recovering from a depression. The trend calls for all things opulent, in a moment in History where most citizens can’t even fathom the concept of oppulence. Lucky for us fashionista’s, this trend, like trends before it and surely after it, comes in different styles and variations to accommodate all budgets and lifestyles.
Models on the runway at Dolce & Gabbana / Queen Elizabeth

Below I have compiled some of my favorite runway looks as a means of inspiration for you.


Alexander McQueen


Andrew Gn


Aquilando Rimondi


 Balmain

Dolce & Gabbana


Dolce & Gabbana


Dolce & Gabbana


Dolce & Gabbana


Dolce & Gabbana


Dolce & Gabbana


Gucci


Jason Wu


Lanvin


Lanvin


Marni


Oscar de la Renta


Roberto Cavalli


Versace

While Baroque rocked the runways from Paris to Milan, it also transpired a bevy of more ready to wear pieces available for purchase online. Below you will find a few of my favorites that I have found, that won’t necessarily leave your pockets feeling Baroque.


 Miss Selfridge $39
McQ Alexander McQueen $582


River Island $65


McQ Alexander McQueen $1195


Asos $58


Bebe $129


Daily Look $99


Dolce & Gabbana $303


Forever 21 $22


Karen Millen $250


McQ Alexander McQueen $738


Monique Lhullier $498


Oasap $119


Prada $290


Sheinside $79


Shop Akira $36


Stella McCartney $1,059


 Tarina Tarantino $68

Tarina Tarantino $115


Tarina Tarantino $135


Versace $895

Black Magic Woman

Jan 15 3 Comments
When we think of the word jewelry, we immediately associate it with glimmer and sparkle. The hottest jewelry right now though? Black. Think of it as doomsday chic, or gloomy glam. Black monotone jewelry is all about bringing the drama, with a wide gamut of styles and shapes. Pack your black for this winters most coveted looks by creating a Tim Burton-worthy homage on your neck, ears, and arms. From Victorian bibs to raucous rocks, black is back in a bold way.
The most impressionable way to wear black jewelry? With a splash of chalky black eyeliner. Compliment your baubles with a matching black manicure as well.
Bare in mind, this look is meant to be sophisticated, so keep your clothing clean and polished looking and avoid anything too frilly.
Below I have searched far and wide for some of my favorite black pieces of jewelry available on the internet.
Etername

Etername

Kendra Scott

Monique Pean

Oscar de la Renta
Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar

Annelise Michelson

Baublebar

Baublebar

Baublebar

Baublebar

Chanel

Choies 
Dannijo

Dannijo

David Yurman

Donna Karan

 Donna Karan
 EK Thongprasert
Erickson Beamon

Fallon

 Fallon
 Forever 21
Gucci

Gucci

Isabel Marant

Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott

Kenneth Jay Lane

Kenneth Jay Lane

Linda Farrow

Lindex

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Mawi

Oscar de la Renta

Proenza Schouler

Tarina Tarantino

Tarina Tarantino

Tarina Tarantino

Tarina Tarantino

Tarina Tarantino

Green with Envy

Jan 15 0 Comments
Green is one of those funny colors that often times people are just too scared to wear. It happens to be my favorite color so naturally, I have an affinity for it and want to talk about it. There are many different shades of green, and many different ways green can be worn, so my challenge for you today is to go out and try something green.
We’re seeing green all over the red carpets, from Olivia Wilde to Taylor Schilling, and what makes their ensembles work so well is that they don’t get too fussy with the accessories, they let the green do the talking so to speak and stand on it’s own.
If you have green eyes, a green eye pencil can give your eyes the perfect pop of color. Brown eyes are also complimentary color-wise with a green palette. Try using Sephora collection in color 24 Chlorophyll.
Round the eyes out with your green eyeliner, add a touch of mascara and you’re good to go.
The next thing you should always bare in mind when wearing green, is nine times out of ten, either stick to just a green garment or just green accessories, never both at once. On the S/S 2014 runways we saw glimmers of green from Etro to Bottega. The common thread between all the pieces was that they were always paired with subtle or nude accessories, they let green’s voice shout loud enough.
 Bottega Veneta (above)
 Christian Dior (above)
Etro (above)
 Marc Jacobs (above)
Michael Kors (above)
 Prada (above)
Saint Laurent (above)
Runways aside, there are also some easy to purchase green accessories you can find on the internet. Below are a few of my favorites.
 Tom Binns from stylebop.com
From akira.com

Alexander Wang from berdorfgoodman.com

Aquazzura from matchesfashion.com

From baublebar.com

From baublebar.com

From baublebar.com

Charlotte Olympia from theoutnet.com

Charlotte Olympia from bluefly.com

Charlotte Olympia from bluefly.com

Elizabeth Cole from shopbop.com

Fendi from bergdorfgoodmans.com

From hermes.com

 F

From jcrew.com

From jessicasimpsonheels.com

Kate Spade from shopbop.com

Marchesa from bergdorfgoodman.com

Nancy Gonzalez from bergdorfgoodman.com

Noir Jewelry from shopbop.com

From riverisland.com

Shourouk from netaporter.com

Anna Fong: The All American Blouse

Jan 15 0 Comments

A symbol of American modernity, the white blouse represents the quintessential emblem of fashion for the masses.  Cut from the same or similar cloths, and sewn from the same or similar patterns, the white blouse can be considered from a marketing standpoint anywhere from mass market to couture. There are a few key pieces that every woman needs in her closet, and the white blouse is one of them. Un-frivolously fabulous, the white blouse can be paired with a great pair of denim jeans for a night on the town or with a pencil skirt for a day at the office. What differentiates one white blouse from another is the love and craftsmanship put into the process of designing and creating it. Anna Fong’s take on the white blouse is a sophisticated approach; using silk chiffon and a revolutionary method of draping that creates a curvilinear bow cascading down the chest. Billowed sleeves compliment the overall silhouette, one that is rather long in length. And Anna’s use of a fabric that is sheer allows the blouse to be great for layering or along with the conventional option of pairing it with a nude bra. Anna Fong’s white blouse is available upon request by emailing sarah@anna-fong.com, and for a reasonable amount of money you’ll be making a timeless investment in your wardrobe.

The Best and the Worst Dressed of the 2014 Golden Globes

Jan 14 0 Comments

The 2014 Golden Globes was all about coming dressed to impress, and there was surely no lackluster of red carpet drama to revel in. Most of our favorite actresses brought out their A-game, but there were some who failed so miserably they made the red carpet look like the dead carpet. Without further ado, I present to you my list of the best and the worst dressed of the 2014 Golden Globes.
BEST
Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

 Maria Menounos in Max Azria Atelier

Margot Robbie in Gucci

Taylor Schilling in Thakoon

Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen

Olivia Wilde in Gucci

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad

Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive

WORST
Lena Dunham in Zac Posen

Aubrey Plaza in Oscar de la Renta

Caitlin Fitzgerald in Balenciaga
Hayden Panettiere in Tom Ford

Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera

Kaley Cuoco in Rani Zakhem

J

Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana

Paula Patton in Stephane Rolland Couture

Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung


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