If you’re like me, you’ve got that mid-winter shopping itch. However, I don’t want to buy heavy winter gear – got all that – and it’s not time for spring looks. Here are some great items to buy now, wear now, and many are totally seasonless and make for great gifting. . Happy Shopping!
Sexy, pretty lingerie can, and should, be worn all year long. Check out this sexy Strappy Heart Push-Up Bra by Lascana with easy front closure. (love that!) It’ll give you a great shape
and make you oh-so-irresistible. No need to hide it – the sparkly crystal heart in the back looks great peeking out from a V-neck back sweater, or through a sheer or lace blouse. Get the coordinating panties to really make him pant. Talk about heart’s desire…this is it!
When a camera strap can be worn as a necklace, or a belt, you know it’s an it-girl piece. And who better than it-girl herself, Lara Eurodolian of Pretty Connected Shop to come up with such a clever idea? Buy the Patricia Silver Chain Strap and then can have it customized with charms if you wish. I’ve been wearing mine – customized with a wine glass and a palm tree (in remembrance of my mom) for months and getting lots of compliments. And if you do carry around a real camera, as opposed to us cell phone camera users, you’ll certainly have the most stylish one around!
Available: Pretty Connected
These great looking Zenyu Chandelier Hoop Earrings by Missoma are right on trend, and are a perfect accent for chunky winter sweaters as well as floaty summer linens. These beautiful fan shaped earrings are inspired by traditional Columbian arts, and thankfully, aren’t too heavy to wear all day. The British brand, owned by two sisters and their mum, create popular looks which can be layered, and their website suggests some suitable pairings and layering options. The jewelry collection is made from sterling silver or 18K gold plated on top of brass. Oh and Bella and Gigi, Emily Ratajkowski, and Cindy Crawford are amongst Missoma’s biggest fans.
Getting a piece of jewelry from a place you’ve visited is always a lovely way to remember a trip. Dune Jewelry has turned this concept up a notch…a big notch…by allowing you to customize your jewelry with sand or other earth elements collected from around the globe. Dune’s creators have hand collected natural elements from beaches, parks, golf courses and trails from around the world and store them in their sandbank for you to choose from when you customize your jewelry. These sterling silver Sandrop Gradient Earrings were made with turquoise found on the coast of Maine. Travelling and want to collect your own sand or elements? Send them to Dune and they’ll incorporate it into your custom made experiential jewelry. What a lovely – and not expensive – way to keep a memory forever.
Available: Dune Jewelry
So many of us forget to bring our own bags to the grocery store, and fortunately, Tembo NYC is on a mission to keep us from forgetting. They’ve created great looking, functional, fashionable and sustainable tote bags made from lightweight, but strong, beautiful African fabrics. Additionally, Tembo bags are fair trade and made by immigrant women who live here in NYC, and can’t take regular jobs due to either a language barrier, or child-care constraints. So the Artisan Sewing Cooperative partnership offers flexible employment hours and economic independence. The bags are well made, attractive and practical. There’s a pocket for your phone so you don’t have to dig for it, and there are 3 interior loop pockets that will keep your wine bottles (or other beverages) standing upright. They’re available in a nice array of fabrics, and fold up small for travel. So help save the planet from plastic, look good while doing it, empower immigrant women and help put them on a path to economic independence. Win win!
Available: Tembo NYC
While you might think it’s a stretch to put a denim jacket into an accessory collection, I think it deserves its place here. Seems no matter what we wear, a denim jacket will almost always be the perfect piece to finish it off – hence I’ve declared it an accessory. The Lalah Dark Wash Oversized Denim Jacket from Lulus has been a go to piece for me all through the fall and winter, and will be worn all spring as well. It’s slightly oversized, has nice seaming down the front, buttoning pockets & cuffs, and adjustable sides. It’s one of those wardrobe staples that’s worn over and over again and gets better with age and through many washings.
Ask any fashionable French woman, or man, and they’ll tell you they’d never leave the house without a beautiful scarf, winter or summer. It’s why they always look so chic. Whether you’re in denim or velvet, the right scarf in the perfect color and fabric ups your fashion game in a matter of seconds, and with very little effort. This Kinross Cashmere scarf is called Barcelona Brushstroke Print and is woven from 50% silk and 50% cashmere and is a perfect way to add pizzazz to even just jeans and a white shirt. And the predominately blue shade is right on target with this season’s Pantone Blue color of the year.
Available: Kinross Cashmere
Looking to make a statement about yourself or looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person? Check out Cloozz, the charms which fit on to your glasses and add a look of whimsy and style. Cloozz charms are made from sterling silver, 14K gold or 14K rose gold plating and are adorned with Swarovski crystals or beautifully colored enamel. The choices are endless – over 100 designs to choose from. Musical themes for your favorite rock fan, kittens, puppies and butterflies for the animal lover, and dozens of charms for hobby enthusiasts – from photographers to weekend sports stars. Your favorite socialite will love the wine and martini charms and the new mom will love the enameled sweet little baby carriage. The charms attach to the arm of your glasses with a patented elastic which won’t harm your frames. Choose Chooz charms for your guy or gal pal birthday, graduation, or for your bridesmaids gift bags.