Touch it. Try it on. Purchase it online? Yes, that’s the concept of the Guideshop for Bonobos. It’s an untraditional store, where customers try on clothes and salespeople order it online. The merchandise is sent directly to your home. The staff can even take your measurements, if needed.
I had the opportunity to visit the Bonobos Guideshop store in D.C. recently with my husband. Since he hates shopping, this works for him.
So, what will shopping be like in the future? New York Times writer Elizabeth Patton believes the possibilities are endless. Perhaps there will be robots and virtual dressing rooms. Read her article here.
Many articles have been written about the demise of the shopping malls. Personally, I love shopping at malls and looking in the windows, but I realize the ease of online shopping. My first priority is always shopping local.
What do you think about the future of shopping malls?
The Pantone Color Institute has spoken for 2017, and green will be the color trend of the year in fashion and decor. It’s neither hunter green nor kelly green, but a leafy green like nature. So don’t be green with envy. Be like Kermit — “It’s easy being green.”
Here are the thoughts from Pantone:
Want to read a fashionable, fun book? Then, I recommend Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen. I had the opportunity to meet Rosen (above, left) at Bloomingdale’s in Palm Beach Gardens and then hear her speak at the JCC lunch at the Kravis Center. The book is written like a screenplay and is a fast read. Every chapter has a different narrator with a story about the same black dress. Some of the narrators are a runway model, a movie star, a salesperson, a pattern maker, a Broadway diva, etc. The true star of the story is the little black dress which is the “it” fashion statement of the season.
I understand the audio book is just as charming as the print version with all the distinct character voices.
The book begins with this apt quote from Yves Saint Laurent: “What is important in the dress is the woman who is wearing it.”
Here I am, (far right) with my friends all wearing little black dresses.
Workout aficionados, yoga devotees and women everywhere, there’s a new bra in town. Elyse Kaye, a former Motowner, is founder and CEO of Bloom Bras. Kaye enlisted the help of celebrity corset designer Camilla Huey to develop a patented design to make an adjustable and comfortable bra. Kaye just launched on Kickstarter to lift this company to new heights. Not only does Kaye have the entrepreneurial spirit, but she is philanthropic as well. Some of the proceeds will go to breast cancer research. Look at all the support (pun intended) and check out this unique design.
I know we are in a major heatwave, but this time of year always brings one favorite annual event that denotes fall — The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You have the opportunity to purchase new, fall merchandise at discounted prices. But, come August 8, the prices go back up. There’s everything from men’s to women’s to children’s clothing and accessories. Here are some picks from Motown Savvy, because in Detroit, you can never have enough boots.
These Ugg boots are a favorite, and I love the color. Today, it’s available for $119.90 and after the sale, it’s $179.95.
As you know, fringe is in. So take a peek at these Sam Edelman boots for $99 now. After the sale, it’s $169.95
If you are feeling edgy, try these Tory Burch boots at $299.90. After the sale, it’s really $495.00.
Two of my favorite blogs also posted information about the Anniversary Sale. Check out House of Harper and A Cup of Jo.
Daniella Ortiz‘s sophisticated boutique can be found in a via on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. (That means it’s off the main road nestled in a courtyard.) Her handbags are stunning and colorful. Although Ortiz lives in the Palm Beach area, she is from Argentina where her innovative design team works. Ortiz participates in the Palm Beach charity circuit attending more than 60 events a season and donates some of the profits from her trunk shows.
So, I just purchased the powder blue handbag in the photo. I’ve been looking for an elegant purse, but one that has easy access compartments to hold my cell phone and keys. What’s your favorite handbag this season?
Style has no age. Just check out the book Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen. Cohen chronicles several seniors of a certain age who are stylish, creative and wise. As he states on his website, he roams the streets of New York looking for the most stylish older folks. I had the opportunity to see the documentary Advanced Style: A Fashionable Film based on the book. I also met one of the stars, Debra Rapoport. (below)
Debra’s fabulous hat and colorful style are unique. Debra is just a snapshot of Cohen’s keen eye.
His blog features superb photographs reminiscent of Bill Cunningham from the New York Times.
As Cohen states on his blog, “Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”
Allure magazine posted the lipstick choices the stars wore at the Oscars. The brands are varied — from Chanel to Laura Mercier to Revlon and even Burt’s Bees.
Here Priyanka Chopra wears a mixture of Laura Mercier’s Velour Lovers Lips Colour in Cocoa Pout and Seduction, available at Sephora. ($28 each)
(Photo credit: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Click here for the complete list from Allure.
Do you have a star and lipstick from the Allure list?