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Multicolor Story for a ‘Pastry-Themed’ Bridal Shower March 31, 2011

Filed under: design,fashion,Lifestyle — Deb Johns @ 7:42 am

Bridal showers are always fun, so dressing for this occasion should be much less stressful than dressing for its subsequent counterpart (the wedding!) and therefore demand more from your creative side… this is why we love the idea of a ‘pastry theme’ paired with a multicolor dress code!

DRESS OPTIONS (SO YOU CAN TOTE OUT YOUR SCOUT IN STYLE!): like spring, wedding season has sprung, so what better way to celebrate the multitude of colors currently set to re-style tree branches and gardens than by re-styling your wardrobe! Leave the patterns to Scout and shoes, this time, and opt for a bold hue when attending a ‘pastry themed’ bridal shower… your sophisticated edge will no doubt assert your ‘spring siren’ influences!  















SHOE OPTIONS: thanks to creative minds behind the shoes designs of Betty Mueller, Manolo Blahnik and Kate Spade, you needn’t look further than a nearby department store to try your most colorful and spring-inspired options… we suggest Barneys, Nieman Marcus, or Saks Fifth Avenue for crafty displays in a variety of color stories that showcase spring’s heels, pumps, slingbacks, wedges, platforms, sandals and flats. In the shoes below, the key ingredient is smaller details, such as the bow on Mueller’s kitten heel, the broach-effect on Blahnik’s heel, or the stripes on Spade’s pump. 









FOOD ‘NETWORKING’ FOR THE GOODIE BAG: we find that one of the most fun parts about being a guest at a ladies luncheon (in this case, a bridal shower) is seeing what your hosts or hostesses have picked for you to tote out the door. Perhaps they’ll use Scout’s Goodie Bag in multicolor pattern ‘LSDaisley’, and gift you with pastry’s chief resident, the cupcake! We love Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Cupcake Mix, as well as NY Cake’s decorative dresser-uppers, including your very own diamond ring topper and vibrant hues in sanding sugars. The standing ovation for this goodie bag idea goes to a cake stand from Fish’s Eddy, in a sleek design that will continue to support your sweet tooth!     


Navy & White for a Destination Wedding March 30, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:32 am

For a destination wedding, we love the idea of a navy, white and red color story, all the way from your dress to the bride & groom’s guests!

DRESS OPTIONS: inspiration for these weddings stems from the ‘New England beach wedding’, with red, white and blue as an increasingly popular color story for summer weddings. We love patterns that range from classic to geometric to texturally inspired, from ikats to simple dots and stripes. Solid, navy, or red are dramatic yet classic… we recommend you avoid white, however, since the bride will be carrying that theme.














SHOE OPTIONS: we love platforms and ultra-high heels to add a little sex appeal to a classic dress choice. The Mary Jane is refreshingly updated in cherry red, while a burnished metallic silver with a coral accent works with day-to-evening ensembles, and the blue and wood platform heel is cleverly detailed with a graphic navy & white ‘scarf’ for the ankle.










GOODIE BAG OPTION #1, THE ‘JUST CHECKING IN': we think your out-of-town guests will find their ‘by the sea’ goodie bag irresistible and terribly useful. Mix treats with unique destination accessories for the most inviting wedding ‘booty bag’ ever!



GOODIE BAG OPTION #2, THE ‘OFF TO THE BEACH': you never can tell how you’ll wake up feeling the morning after wedding events, so we’ve designed the perfect ‘get your groove back’ health bag… a little medicine and a little sun goes a long way towards restoring youthful glow!



Color Stories to Go with Wedding Stories March 29, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:48 am

There’s buzz in the air about the Royal wedding about to happen in London… and buss about your friends’ weddings! Let’s toast one another in anticipation of the official ‘wedding season’, spring/summer!

For many of us, the first signs of spring bring stacks of party invitations and spring/summer wedding invites… the dilemma? What to wear! This week we’d like to focus on great ideas and tips for how to dress yourself for all kinds of weddings, beginning with the most opulent and luxurious, silver and gold-themed weddings… perhaps taking place in the evening, in a rareified ballroom… do you wear long or short? Tuxedos or a white tie and tails make dressing for a guy a piece of cake, but for girls, finding just the right ensemble can be daunting. We recommend these irresistible choices for the most scintillating of spectacles, as well as gift ideas to tote to the reception!

DRESS OPTIONS: it’s clear that an a-line shape on the skirt of your dress translates through silk, chiffon, and lace, so stick with a classic frame while pulling ideas from your contemporary style… beaded detail, a slinky belt, or a corseted bodice reminds you and the guests that you’re there to have fun!

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SHOE OPTIONS: with a metallic dress, it’s best to keep the shoes in line with your color story (it’s more formal this way), but we still suggest trying to find color where you can! …instead of a simply silver or gold shoe, we’ve decided to break out in form and in hue; as you can see in the slingback at left and the platform at right, blush tones appear to have been brushed with a metallic sheen.

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 BAG & GIFT OPTIONS: for a silver-and-gold theme, choose Scout’s Mini Deano in Priscilla Paisley and our Original Deano in French Twist Gold. For the perfect gifts to tote inside, opt for luxury and comfort in the home… one idea that we love is folding up a Mongolian Fur Throw from Adrienne Landau in the Mini, then placing two Neheva Pillows in the Original; the other idea we love involves two of our go-to designers for gifts of any occasion, Jonathan Adler and John Derian! …from Adler, wrap up one of his Charade picture frames and stick into the Mini; from Derian, we love his ‘Home Sweet Home’ decoupage tray, or his ‘Faience Cherubs’ plate. 

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London: Our Favorite Stores to Shop & See March 28, 2011

Filed under: fashion,Travel Log — Deb Johns @ 7:37 am

Expect the unexpected in the world of London shopping, which features the best of the best and edgy street fashion on the King’s Road. Here are our favorite spots to shop, featuring fashions all the way to home furnishings, and always with a twist:

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Dover Street Market is a remarkable collection assembled by Rae Kawakubo from Comme de Garcons, quickly becoming one of the most directional concept stores in London, and features a variety of edgy designers with product especially designed for this outpost, at 1718 Dover Street, 44 020 7518 0680… don’t miss the Rose Bakery on the top floor for an afternoon snack or lunch!

Paul Smith, the original bad-boy of ladies fashion, with a terrific menswear following as well, continues to delight and amaze us in his various stores in London… our favorite is at 122 Kensington Park Road, 44 020 7727 3553… don’t miss his furniture store, located near the Dover Street Market, mixing carefully edited antiques with whimsical gift items at 9 Albemarle Street, 44 020 7493 4565.

Cutler & Gross, the original rock n’ roll sunglass guys (FYI, check out the ground floor of the Dover Street Market for vintage Cutler & Gross eyewear!), located at 16 Knightsbridge Green, 44 020 7581 2250.

Jigsaw, a chain of womenswear and baby boutiques, with a ‘boho’ look featured in a wide array of locations… one of our favorites is 91 Fulham Road, 44 020 7589 9530. 

Aubin & Wills, located at 188 Westbourne Grove, it features ‘preppy with a twist’, for men and wome… then if you want something a little more ‘British’ for the men in your life, try Hackett, at 137/138 Sloane Street, 44 020 7730 3331.

Celia Birtwell, at 71 Westbourne Park Road, 44 020 7221 0877, produces and designs whimsically-edgy wallpaper, textiles, RTW and scarves, inspired by her bohemian life in the sixties and seventies in London.

If you’re in the mood to get a quick fashion overview featuring the best designers from across the globe, don’t miss:

Selfridge’s at 400 Oxford Street. 

Liberty Great Marlborough Street, 44 020 7734 1234.

Harvey Nichols 109-125 Knightsbridge, 44 020 7235 5000.

Brown’s 23-27 S Molton Street, 44 020 7514 0000.  

Joseph combines private-label merchandise with of-the-moment designers, located at 16 Sloane Street, 44 020 7235 1991.

Butler & Wilson an iconic costume jewelry resource with a giant crown on the roof of the building, filled with faceted gems, tiaras, and vintage fashions upstairs, located at 20 S Molton St 44 020 7409 2955.

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London: Our Favorite Places to Eat March 25, 2011

Filed under: Local Flavor,Travel Log — Deb Johns @ 6:45 am

Gone are the days of sub-par pub food in London. It is fast becoming a destination for well conceived eateries from across the globe. Here are some of our favorites:

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Villandry, at 170 Great Portland Street 44 020 7631 3131 features continental fare in the midst of a white-washed food market.

Ottolenghi, at 63 Ledbury Road, 44 020 7727 1121, is a Mediterranean gourmet market with some eat-in and lots of take-away options… Ina Garten recently featured this on her London special! and be sure to check out the gargantuan meringue cookies in a variety of flavors.

Rose Bakery, located on the top floor of the Dover Street Market, at 1718 Dover Street (its sister bakery is in Paris), featuring Commes de Garcon clothing & homewares, and healthy yet somehow decadent food, 44 020 7491 8460.

Arbutus is a memorable dining experience, before or after theatre, located at 6364 Frith Street, 44 020 7734 4545.

Carluccios, an eat-in or take-away featuring modern Italian food with a variety of locations… our favorite is at 1 Old Brompton Road, 44 020 7581 8101.

if you have a hankering for cupcakes away from home, the Hummingbird Bakery fills the bill, located at 47 Old Brompton Road in South Kensington, 44 020 7584 0055.

Daylesford Organic, located in the Westbourne Grove area—a stone’s throw from our favorite Paul Smith outpost!—the food is “crunchy London”, delicious and healthy, with a refreshingly spare farmer’s market inside, at 208-212 Westbourne Grove, 44 020 7313 8060.

Fifteen London, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, at 15 Westland Place, where the restaurateur/chef employs young chefs with trying upbringings… you’re served delicious food and a wonderful experience.

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Milan: Our Favorite Stores & Designers March 24, 2011

Filed under: fashion,Travel Log — Deb Johns @ 7:03 am

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SHOPPING, OUTLETS: two outlets located in the middle of Milan are Etro and Marni… both worth the trip:

the Marni outlet looks like a low-rise apartment building from the outside, but inside, is filled with boutique-quality displays of seasonal Marni merchandise at great prices, located at Via Tajani 1, 39 02 70009735;

Etro features mens- and womenswear, as well as home furnishings, items, and fabrics—never a disappointment, and goes by the name of OUTETROLET, located at Via Spartaco 3, 39 02 55020218.

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Milan just may be our favorite shopping destination, as it features timeless clothing and furnishings with an unusual twist… the following are some of our favorites: 

Fornasetti features the graphic artwork of Pietro Fornasetti on ties and scarves to gifts & furnishings, newly located at Corso Matteotti 1/A, 39 02 89658040… don’t miss the museum of Fornasetti antiquities located in the basement!;

Toy Watch, quickly becoming a cult brand of affordable yet distinctive timepieces, Toy Watch is located in the midst of luxury shopping in Milan, Via Monte Napoleone 25/3, 39 02 76005996;

Sermoneta Gloves, filled floor to ceiling with the finest, most vibrantly-colored kid gloves in the world, a must-stop shop, located at Via Della Spiga 46, 39 02 76318303;

Pellini Bijoux, a treasure trove of fanciful jewelry designed by Donatella Pellini, and featured in hundreds of tiny wooden drawers in this magical shop, located at Via Morigi 9, 39 02 72010199-213;

Aspesi, distrinctive RTW and outerwear for men and women in this whimsically designed space… stock up on classics with a twist, not found in the USA, at Via Monte Napoleone 13, 39 02 76022478;

10 Corso Como is without a doubt the most important fashion collective in Milan—and perhaps in Europe (features its own outlet store around the corner!), don’t miss private-label product, as well as a well edited collection of trendy designers from around the globe, located at Corso Como 10, 39 02 29002674;

TWO innovative boutiques NOT TO MISS for original Italian and international fashions are Wait and See, with youthful, undiscovered designers and original gifts, at Via Santa Marta 14, 39 02 72080195; Rossana Orlandi, with luxurious and edgy fashions, located at Via Matteo Bandello 14, 39 02 4674471;

for shoes, Tod’s, the originator of the iconic driving moccasin, is now featuring its men’s and women’s product in two storefronts—located side by side, at Via Della Spiga 22, 39 02 76002423… don’t miss this flagship store that features footwear and handbags in more depth than most.


Milan: Our Favorite Places to Eat March 23, 2011

Filed under: Local Flavor,Travel Log — Deb Johns @ 7:25 am

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MILAN’S GOOD EATS: An iconic restaurant for lunch or dinner filled with cartoon images from ages gone by (drawn by starving artists in exchange for meals), Bagutta Ristorante at 14 Via Bagutta, 39 02 76002767… don’t miss the profiteroles!; Obika, a refreshingly contemporary mozzarella bar located on the rooftop of Rinascente Department Store, near the Duomo, with outposts in other cities, 7 Piano La Rinascente, Via Santa Radegonda 1, Piazza Duomo, 39 02 8852453… don’t miss the amazing rooftop view—especially dramatic at night!; 10 Corso Como Café, an open air eatery located at the infamous Corso Como concept store, an ideal spot for tea or a light meal, 39 02 29013581… a bonus here is watching fashion ‘victims’ from across the globe saunter in and out of the shop; Ristorante a Santa Lucia, traditional Italian eatery with a warm, inviting atmosphere and a tasty menu. Conveniently located on a side street off of Corso Victorio Emmanuel, near the Duomo, filled with Italian families and stylish foreigners, at Via S. Pietro all’Orto 3, 39 02 76023155; Princi is a stand-up eatery featuring the best focaccia pizza you can imagine… cut with scissors in a size to your liking, located throughout Milan, our favorites are at Largo La Foppa, 39 02 6599013, OR, Piazza XXV Aprile 5, 39 02 29060832. Also on the hit parade is the newly conceived Maison Moschino, a hotel designed to pay tribute to the irreverent style of Moschino, featuring a number of restaurants and an all-white palette, located at Viale Monte Grappa 12, 39 02 29009658.

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