April 18, 2014
Wedding bells will ring all over the world but none louder then my sister's wedding which takes place today (note that I am in Tokyo and it is Saturday early morning here - so in less than 12 hours she makes it official)! With that said, I would love to share with you two events that will take place at the Aaron Faber Gallery in NYC which is entitled, The Exploration of the Bridal Affair. For two days, you will enjoy two bridal experiences starting with Grooms Night Out which will have a scotch whisky presentation and tasting by Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky. In addition, Trafalgar will showcase how your groomsmen can be dressed for the big day. The house of Alishan will have Alishan Halebian on hand to present his rough diamond bridal jewelry. Catering will be provided by Fogo de Chao.
On The Bride's Day, Simon G along with Alishan will have a stunning collection on view. In addition, Papyrus will present a display of stationary for the special events in their lives. To ensure that the bride remains in bliss, Trafalgar will share how the bride's groomsmen will look on their day. Nevaeh Lingerie will have a presentation to showcase how one should look on their honeymoon night. The Sofitel New York team will show brides how to bring this all together in order to make it a great experience. Fogo de Chao will have sweet treats on hand for this event.
During both events, Aaron Faber staff will be on hand to showcase collections that would work as perfect gifts for the bride and the groom. In addition, there will be Bridal Affair Giveaways including a Bridal Affair Honeymoon Package from Sofitel New York, Nevaeh Lingerie Bridal Affair Set and a Trafalgar Lincoln Square Duffel. To ensure that you can attend this event which has limited space, make sure to RSVP to The Bridal Affair for Grooms Night Out (April 24th 5 - 8pm) and The Bride's Day (April 26th 12 - 5pm).
April 17, 2014
For those that are avid readers as well as follow our instagram as well as my personal instagram, you know that I am in Tokyo! I have been here for about a week for my sister's wedding (The Anti Bridezilla) and there will be future features about my time here. But everyone always wants to know what am I traveling with in terms of beauty items. As I'm staying in the Prince Hotel at Shinagawa, I have brought a number of my must have beauty finds with me - some that will be used during the wedding taking place on Sat at 5pm (which for my New York friends would be 4am Fri morning).
A few months ago I shared the Konjac Sponge (a find that was made aware to me by the fabulous Shobha team. This sponge is for the face and after placed in water softens to be a great exfoliant. I have been using the Green Tea version but changed it up on this trip for the Citrus Fruit Pull. In terms of fragrance, I'm a Coach Poppy girl traditionally, but since last Sept have really enjoyed putting Downtown Calvin Klein into my routine. To keep my face moisturized whether at night (the intended time to use this) or in the day when I am feeling a little dry, I use Aveeno's Smart Essentials Nighttime Moisture Infusion. A few days on a recent Forever 21 pop in, I saw these Rose Extract Face wipes and had to test them out - the perfect way to quickly clean your skin as well as to give it a boost. As usual, I am never without my Dove Cucumber and Green Tea extract deodorant. For deep cleaning my skin in another towel form, I highly suggest Noxzema Ultimate Clear Oil Control although I do not have oily skin, this is a great cleanser. Of course, my Crest 3D White Whitestrips are a must to keep my teeth white.
For soft lips, I brought along Sarah Happ's The Lip Scrub in Lavendar. When it comes to makeup, my rotation always includes Clinique's Foundation which I wear everyday as it has great coverage and feeling light) and chubby stick lip pencil. In the world of Laura Mercier, I use their makeup brushes every day and foundations on special occasions. Nails currently rock. OPI's Russian Navy which has been my obsession. Ben Nye has a great Banana Luxe Powder that sets your face for the makeup which I use on special occasions. NP Set's eyeshadow has been a fave of mine for the past few years. Laura Geller's Baked Bronze is an absolute must and I wear this daily in tandem with Estee Lauder's blush - great combo. Finally, focusing on the eyes, Urban Decay's 24/7 in zero is my essential as well as Dior Show's mascara.
April 16, 2014
As mentioned this weekend, I attended the 4th Annual Initiatives in Art and Culture's GOLD: Design, Desire and Demand at the Grad Center at CUNY. One of the panels focused on Personalization of Gold: Form, Technique and Culture with Jack Ogden as moderator and jewelry designers Coomi, Heather Moore, Alex Woo of Alex Woo NYC and David Rees of 10,000 Things. The panel focused on the importance of maintaining their brands while offering their customers the ability to personalize and/or customize their items. It's an ability to allow customers to become brand ambassadors instantly by being able to embrace a brand that they enjoy wearing while adding a new meaning. This exchange allows the designer to also see how items they create effect those that wear it to provide an additional layer of meaning.
Although all the panelists had a number of great points within this topic, I was personally struck with Alex Woo as I have seen her previously at Accessory Council events. Her brand uses 14kt gold and sterling silver and is made in NYC and is known for its personal nature for those that wear it. She loves working within this kind of jewelry as her customers wear her pieces close to their heart and it creates an inherent value that converts this to an heirloom. She defines her pieces as those that are happy and provide a positive feeling. LIke me she loves to mix metals which is a great way to showcase visual texture.
In today's Accessory Edit, I'm sharing 5 charms from Alex Woo's line that reflect my personality and what it would mean to me if I wore them together or alone. The Little Animal Giraffe in 14kt gold (it's always good to have a pop of gold) is definitely a cute charm but to me symbolizes a striking animal that looks at things at a bird's eye view while being able to connect to things when needed. This reminds me of how I go about my work as an Accessory Expert - engaging in a number of projects always looking at things at a wide perspective and then being able to zoom in on the items that are of particular interest. Little Seasons Owl within the grouping of charms is not only cute but I love that this bird is known for being wise - an essential when you're working. As a Virgo, Little Signs Silver Lily reflects this portion of the zodiac while also being one of my favorite flowers. I'm someone who is a big believer in ideas and that you never know when they strike, thus I'm a huge fan of the Little Rock Star Silver Lightning Bolt. Finally, I have a piece that reminds me of one of the first charms I received from my mom that came from her collection when she wore it in college - the cornicello which I lost at some point in high school or college. It is meant as a good luck charm but I now see this Little Cities Horn in Sterling Silver in a different way as it reminds me of my boyfriend who is Italian and Sicilian.
Together, the charms combine all of my loves in one place. It's the combination of turning what the designer created into your own by wearing it. No matter where I'm traveling or doing TV segments, wearing this collection of charms would remind me of home, nostalgia and my own beliefs/views on life. Check out additional charms that I love by visiting Accessory Agenda's Facebook Gallery.
April 15, 2014
There are a number of ways to amp up your look this summer and focusing on a color is the perfect way to add to your accessory closet. We have 4 must have accessories within blue green hues that can make your look perfect no matter where you are off to this summer. Last July during Miami Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Columbian swimwear designers Catalina Alaverez and Mariana Hinestroza of Agua Bendita showcased their SS/14 collection which focused on safaris as a theme. This one piece suit is a bit of whimsy within the line as it has stripes as well as a graphic of a camera. The safari doesn't just reside in the jungles but anywhere you happen to voyage.
To rock this look or a number of looks there are 4 musts which happen to be available in blue green hues. Panama Jack's Ladies Straw Fedora not only protects you from the sun but adds the perfect tone to your look. Sunglasses are always an essential and as an accessory they need a pop of color as well C Wonder's Oversized Aviators is always chic from a day out and about to grabbing a bite to eat on the promenade. Stacking is never too much and whether it's one wrap bracelet or a few, Chan Luu's Aqua Fire Agate Mix Graduated in Natural Brown Leather is the visual texture that you need as the summer is all about reducing the layers. Finally, a statement ring is always a must and Alexis Bittar has a turquoise Olmeca Grand Ring inspired by the Aztecs and is Deco designed.
April 14, 2014
This weekend we spent a significant amount of time at the Graduate Center at CUNY in midtown for the 4th Annual Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) GOLD: Design, Desire and Demand Conference which covered topics within the gold jewelry industry including marketing to Millenials, designing for Millenials, sustainability initiatives, trend forecasting and more. Over the next few days, we will share this content through the site for those that are enthusiasts, jewelers and more.
A topic of great importance on Accessory Agenda within the realm of new technologies as it applies to the accessory industry took place during a panel on Saturday focusing on New Horizons: New Techniques and Their Possibilities a Conversation moderated by Peggy Jo Donahue (Director of Public Affairs at MJSA) with panelists - Steven Adler (Founder of A3DM Technologies Corp; leading supplier of product engineering services used by luxury brand in fine jewelry and fine art sculptures), Joshua St John (Director of User Experience at 3DSystems) and Mark B. Mann (Director of Global Jewelry Manufacturing Arts, Gemological Institute of America). Of particular interest was the focus on 3D Printing as it applies to jewelry and specifically an area known as Precious Metal Powders.
As a technology, 3D Printing has been around for nearly 30 years and in terms of industries, jewelers adopted this technology early on in terms of generating their designs in terms of CAD and CAM. In recent years, more designers have begun creating within this space from the creation of the design to the actual product. Our interest specifically is its use in fine metals. Nervous Systems has created a number of 3D Printed earrings, bracelets and necklaces and has upgraded the materials to silver as seen above. During the conference, we saw a gold piece that they had created which was apart of a bracelet. The movability, hinges and the fact that it was made in gold was stunning! This was produced via Precious Metal Powders which is an intriguing process to create this jewelry.
Steven Alder announced that they just launched the 3D PMP contest (put on by Gemvision, A3DM and Cooksongold) which allows jewelers and those that operate within Matrix to compete to create 3D Printed jewelry in Precious Metal Powders. Submissions are due by May 9, 2014. Those who enter will be judged within the 5 areas of thick to thin geometries, hollowware, articulation, manufacturability and aesthetic. Judging and announcement of winners will take place at the upcoming JCK Las Vegas show in the Gemvision booth on June 1, 2014. It's an exciting way to push the space forward, see the amount of creativity that can be produced and to encourage this technology in a mainstream way.