2012 January 13

Lost & Found at The Beverly Room!

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Embroidered Mexican blouse, $68 Embroidered Mexican blouse, $68
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Three cheers for The Beverly Room! Founder Mauri Weakley is back post-holidays with a trove of poppy-colored treasures. Without further ado!

Winter and her 20 degree temperatures has finally arrived in New York. I, however, keep jetting away--via day dream--to lands of sand and sun, cabanas and coconuts, and large sweeping bodies of water. Perhaps my daydreams (and the resort collections!) are influencing my vintage purchases which seem to increasingly consist of these beautiful, bright handmade ethnic pieces.  

Embroidery? Check. Volume? Check. Ruffles? Check. Flowers? Check. Strange little pictorial scenes? Err...check. All so feminine and each has their own unique story to tell. After all, they did belong to another woman before they came into my life, and will soon be passed on to another.

This is perhaps one of the biggest draws to vintage for me, and I assume to many who collect. Imagining the woman who wore this before you: who she was, what she did, where she traveled. In fact, traveling is one of the most fascinating things about previous generations, and more importantly how and what they bought and brought back with them when they did. They went to Japan and came back with authentic kimonos, to Italy for beautiful Italian leather goods, and to Mexico for hand-embroidered blouses. Often times I get to see a woman's collection as a whole, and it always warms my heart to see these one-off pieces--like little punctuations, bought on honeymoons, family vacations, and business trips around the world.  

This week I bring you several pieces from a well-traveled woman with an inspiring story to tell. A woman who moved to New York City from Atlanta at the age of 85 after her husband passed. She sold her house and bought an apartment in Manhattan. She said to me in her thick deep southern drawl, "I'd always dreamed of moving to New York, and figured what the hell. There's only one life to live and if I'm on my way out, I might as well go out with a bang." Needless to say, I LOVED her, and what a wonderful story to tell!

To shop the entire collection online, go to TheBeverlyRoom.com or visit Mauri at The Beverly Room inside the Garage on 25th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues every Saturday and Sunday.


2012 January 13

Retailer Report: With Neapolitan's Kelly Golden

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Keep cozy in Prada! Keep cozy in Prada!
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Neapolitan owner Kelly Golden is back with her best bets to keep you warm and stylish during the brutal months of winter.  

"Colder temperatures don’t mean having to sacrifice style. Invest in a coat that’s modern yet functional. Moncler and Prada consistently make chic down coats and Ferragamo had some great ones this season, as well. Etro showed long coats with removable fur collars, which become perfect for wearing casual or dressed-up. Add life to a darker coat with a colorful scarf. While cashmere scarves are always cozy, silk scarves will keep you warm too. Loewe and Dior make vivid-colored classic shapes or you can opt for a trendy McQueen version.  For another idea, skip the necklace and tie a scarf over a dress or sweater. For snowy weather, Chloe’s rubber bottom wedge boots are ideal. The buckle detail and yellow stitching add stylish elements and the rubber soles provide traction.  You can also add rubber to the bottom of your favorite boots to improve their life during winter. Most of us love leather gloves. This year we saw an update with leather and knit combinations, which are some of my favorites. Hopefully, these tips will help brighten your mood during these dreary months!"


2012 January 12

Chic Book Club

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Color! Color!
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Golf, anyone? Karlie Kloss and Simon Nessman appear in Americana Manhasset's (Long Island's destination luxury shopping center) upcoming book, I Love Americana (dropping in early Feburary) as the quintessential 1950s family with a little girl, twin baby boys and a collie named Saddy. Their kitchy campaign for Spring was shot in Los Angeles at Cadillac Jack's Drive-In, two '50s homes, and on the Malibu coast line. Too cute. 



2012 January 12

Say It Ain't So: Calvin and Nick, Over?!

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Work it out, boys! Work it out, boys!
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We're sad to see that The Daily News' Gatecrasher is reporting that Calvin Klein and Nick Gruber are dunzo. A source tells them that the couple, who started dating in 2010, are "on a break" and "want to get back together, but who knows?" Earlier this week The Village Voice reported that nightlife promoter Daniel Nardicio recently had a meeting with Gruber to discuss his future and a potential Playgirl spread, but the magazine couldn't see the value in featuring him. "I told them the value is in the interview, not the pics, although the kid's back in shape and looking great," Nardicio told Michael Musto. We also learn a little more about the boys early days in love: "He's been very open with me about how he and Calvin met (he was a serviceman and would sneak off base to meet Calvin). He was pretty open about his sexual past, and is thinking of becoming a trainer/nutritionist." Let's all hope for a happy ending for these two! 


2012 January 12

What a Dolly

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Hello, Dolly! Hello, Dolly!
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Dolly Parton chats with Derek Blasberg for V's The Music Issue and reveals her favorite line from her upcoming (and unappealing) movie, Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah: "Who cares if I've had a few little nips and tucks? God didn't make plastic surgeons so they could starve." That's our Dolly! 

 

 


2012 January 12

Channing Tatum Pouts, Courtesy of Details

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Details, February 2012 issue Details, February 2012 issue
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A perfect pre-TGIF treat, courtesy of the lads—and ladies—of Details! Feast your peepers on February cover boy Channing Tatum, who rocks a chunky cream knit and fiercely furrowed brow and chats about (and presumably whips out mid-interview) bourbon and bullets. Delish! Speaking of Details, the mag is hosting a black sheep-themed soiree in the wee hours this Sunday night during Milan's men's shows. Are you joining the debauchery-loving fray for the glossy's fourth annual bash? Buddy up to your fave Details dude (oh hey, Dan Peres!) for an editor-delivered invite to the shindig, DJ-ed by Mia Moretti and housed this year in a private villa, in lieu of the typical hotel suite set-up. Chic has but one question: will Tatum and his pursed pucker be on the premises, too?

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