Chic Threads

Dream Team Wednesdays

Posted in Life As a Fashionista by skapla7 on November 5, 2009

Over the last four months I have been interning at a top PR agency in NYC that represents the best of the best brands. I am surrounded by the most desired clothing, jewelry, and accessories in the industry. Brands that I would dream of wearing! But, I am only a very poor intern so it is far out of reach!

The day is filled with various tasks including compiling look-books, sending FedEx (most popularly to London and Milan),  keeping track of invoices, and checking in and returning merchandise.  But the most dreaded of them all,  the “runs” from photo shoots, to magazines, to showrooms, to designers, to stylists, to celebrities, and back (multiple times in one day). I have definitely kept in shape!

Although this may seem overwhelming I get to share these hectic days with the best crew! We call it ” Dream Team Wednesday’s” (well, because it is!). We are the best intern crew- dominating the copy room also known as our “office”. The majority, like myself, are recent college graduates or soon to be graduates struggling to find a full time job in the industry during a rough economic time.  We work so great together we could start our own business. Since we know the ins and outs so well it would for sure be amazing! (Just an idea guys!) Each time we are together we discuss our strategy for our nonexistent intern blog that has yet to hit the Web.  It would definitely be an entertaining read for all!

Today, all squished in our mini office we put together 4 boxes of clothing and shoes to be shipped to various locations spread from California to Milan in 10 minutes. (Record time, what TEAMWORK) The samples are treated like gold, because they are equivalent in value, are folded perfectly like gifts. Just in time for the FedEx delivery guy to show up for pickup.  A great dream team way to end a very hectic and stressful day, as always.

Below are some photos captured by a fellow intern for her school project on life as a NYC intern!

office

Our messy office, the copy machine room!

Packing

Packing Station Deep at work!

Packing all Over

Packing clothes on tables, chairs, and floors.

Packing on the Floor

I am going to start posting the entertaining things we do all day because they are truly out of a movie.

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Chain Reaction

Posted in Trend Report: Top Picks by skapla7 on October 27, 2009

This season chains are everywhere. Layer chain necklaces or bracelets with any outfit. I always prefer gold but buy two tone chain jewelry as well. Chains come in all shapes and styles and be sure to mix and match. (Top 5 simply wasn’t enough, here is top 11 picks)

Chain JewelryLeft to Right:

Citrine By The Stones Chain Wire Ring

Dirty Librarian Chains Trilogy Ring Set

Giles & Brother Multi Chain Bracelet

Leila Thin Chain Bangles

CC SKYE Dynasty Chain Cuff Bracelet

Sogoli Multi Style Gold Chain Necklace

Kenneth Jay Lane Chunky Chain Bracelet

Giles & Brother Multi Chain Bracelet (Alternate View)

Rachel Leigh Interlocking Chain Ring

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Link Bracelet

Philippe Audibert Gold Plated Chain Link Bracelet

For an investment chain piece visit David Yurman. Jewelry Designer David Yurman is known for his twisted rope and chain designs. Below is my personal favorite and a piece from my very own collection.

David Yurman Extra Large Oval Link Bracelet

‘Clutch’ Me If You Can

Posted in Trend Report: Top Picks by skapla7 on October 8, 2009

Clutches are one of my favorite accessories. I prefer clutches to handbags any day of the week. I am constantly surfing the Web for new clutches to add to my collection.

It’s all about the sparkle.  Currently, sequin and sparkle apparel are of the most popular trends. Clutches should be no different. A metallic clutch is perfect for this fall. Don’t be afraid to mix metallic gold or silver with animal print. Animal prints and patterns are always in season.

Metallic Must Haves

Metallic ClutchesFrom top to bottom, left to right:

Lauren Merkin Caroline Metallic Leather Bubble Clutch

Nancy Gonzalez Large Silver Crocodile Clutch

Nancy Gonzalez Gold Crocodile Clutch

Betsey Johnson Simply Chic Clutch

Gustto Padua Metallic White Old Silver Snake (on sale!)

Lauren Merkin Diana Metallic Bubble Leather

Since I was home sick today from work I decided to play around with my own clutch collection (pretty good for an unemployed girl).  These clutches have certainly accumulated over the last six years. In my opinion, the older the better!

Personal Clutch Collection

Left Row:

Goldenbleu Black Patent Leather Fold Over Clutch

Goldenbleu Black Plastic See Through Clutch

Gap Inc. Straw Buckle Clutch

Lauren Merkin Green Pattern Clutch

Unknown Brown/Green Suede Buckle Clutch

Right Row

HOBO International Pink Ruffle Clutch

Emilio Pucci Multicolor Pattern Fold Over Clutch

Cynthia Rowley Snakeskin Buckle Clutch

Unknown Gold Ruffle Clutch

Kooba Tan Zipper Clutch

My next clutch purchase will most likely be from Lauren Merkin. I have always been obsessed with every piece she makes.  XO

Fashion Frenzy, Zara.

Posted in Life As a Fashionista by skapla7 on October 8, 2009

Zara has always been one of my top five favorite stores. That is until recently when Zara made a VERY big screw up. Zara put a handbag on shelves that displayed a Nazi swastika. BBC reported that the handbag has been pulled from shelves and apparently the symbol went unnoticed.

Although this has gone on the last few weeks, I have only heard about it within the last week. As a young Jewish woman who shops very frequently at Zara I was shocked. I will definitely be hesitant in making future purchases. I hope it was a genuine mistake in design. Have a look for yourself at the handbag.

Zara Handbag

Zoe, Head to Toe

Posted in Life As a Fashionista, Trend Report: Top Picks by skapla7 on September 30, 2009

It’s all about Rachel Zoe! Each morning I look forward to reading, The Zoe Report. The Zoe Report has fashion tips or personal product picks by the genius herself. I recommend every fashion junkie to sign up @RachelZoe.com. Why not receive free fashion advice from the most well known and loved stylist?

I die” for all of her over-sized jewels and handbags! Zoe’s petite frame is always draped in gold, layers of bangles, enormous cocktail rings, and my personal favorite snake serpent rings & bracelets. Zoe gave a new meaning to wearing your grandmothers jewelry. Vintage is always the best way to go. I truly admire her style.  Here are some of my picks that reflect Zoe’s most recognizable style.

Rachel Zoe's Look

J Brand Wide Leg Jeans

Rachel Comey Traveler’s Fur Vest

Cecelia Crocodile Envelope Gold Clutch

Yves Saint Laurent Over-sized Patent Leather Bag

Gold Bangle Bracelets

Calypso Moto Leather Jacket

Issa Silk Print Maxi Dress

Top Five: Oxfords a.k.a “Man Shoes”

Posted in Top Five, Trend Report: Top Picks by skapla7 on September 27, 2009

A cool new trend for you risk takers out there are oxford flats. I am truly obsessed with these Michael Jackson look-alikes. Definitely don’t be afraid to sport a pair of fun oxfords in the style of wedges or heels. Rafe New York makes an adorable pair of heels. For an affordable and feminine oxford check out BC Footwear Thunder Oxfords in yellow (my personal favorite).

Michael Jackson Oxford FlatsTop Row:

Joie Bordeaux Lace Up

Christian Louboutin Silver Sparkle “Fred” Lace Up Shoes

Repetto Black Patent Leather Zizi Femme Flat Lace Up

Bottom Row:

Max Kibardin Black Sparkle Lace Up Oxfords

Authentic Michael Jackson Patent Leather Flats

Steve Madden Brown Tuxedo Oxford Flats

For some more alternatives check out Aldo’s take on the trendy oxford! My pick would be these bad boys!

Top Five: Patent Leather Booties

Posted in Top Five by skapla7 on September 27, 2009

High gloss patent leather accessories add flare and sophistication to any basic. For day pair with some ripped jeans and a tee. For night a simple dress would look perfect with patent booties.

Top 5 Patent Leather Booties

Top Row:

BCBG Max Azria Dan 2 Black Patent Leather Booties

Christian Louboutin Moulage Platform Ankle Booties

Bottom Row:

Newport News Black Patent Lace Up Bootie

Christian Louboutin Robot 120 Ankle Bootie

Burberry Black Patent Leather Degrade Lace Up Ankle Booties

For an inexpensive alternative don’t hesitate to wear faux patent leather. Also, choose a large black patent bag for everyday wear. Remember, the glossier the better!

Top Five: Snake Rings

Posted in Top Five by skapla7 on September 21, 2009

Trend Alert! Snake rings are showing up everywhere..Here are my top five picks of the latest trend.

Top Snake Ring Picks

From left to right:

Top Row:

Roberto Cavalli Crystal Embellished Snake Ring

Cleo’s Gold Snake Ring

Bottom Row:

Erica Anenberg Snake Twosome Ring

New York Gold Designs Snake Ring

ABS Sparkling Snake Ring

Top Five: Over the Knee Boots

Posted in Top Five by skapla7 on September 19, 2009

See my top five picks of the latest trend: Over the Knee Boots

My Top Five Over the Knee Boots

From left to right:

Free People Desert “Eve” Over the Knee Flat Boot

Matisse Footwear Black “Buccaneer” Over the Knee Flat Boot

Pelle Moda Grey “Venn” Over the Knee Boot

Seven for All Mankind Taupe “Galley” Suede Over the Knee Flat Boot

Free People Taupe “Vamp” Over the Knee Boot

Phi

Posted in Life As a Fashionista by skapla7 on September 19, 2009
My favorite look of the collection

My favorite look of the collection

The PHI show took place in PHI’s very own in-house studio.  It had an industrial feel and an intimate setting. I would love to add these pants to my closet! I was lucky to snag a seat front row at this show!