Monday, December 31, 2012

Purge Your Closet

It's a new year, time to get down to business
 


Every New Year I go through this weird little ritual. I gaze into my closet and wonder how it got so packed with clothes. Then I also come to the realization that I wear only two thirds of them. This is when I begin the ritual of trying to get some of those worn out, tired looking or just plan ugly clothes out of my closet. If you’re anything like me this is a hard thing to do. I hate the idea of getting rid of any of my clothes or shoes, even the ones I don’t wear anymore. What if I need them at some future date?

 

I have a little trick that has been working for me for years in purging my closet. I take the items that I don’t love so much or have gotten too worn out to wear for anything but painting a room and put them in a bag. I then transfer the bag to the garage. Yes, I know this doesn’t accomplish what we were intending, getting rid of things. But it does reduce the number of clothes in my closet. I keep the bag in my garage for a couple of months and then go back to it. If I still find the clothes distasteful I then load the bag into my trunk and take it to Goodwill.
 

 This is what it should look like
 

This little ritual gives me an out. I don’t have to actually get rid of the clothes on the same day I take them out of the closet. It gives me a little time to think over my disposal choice. If I go back to the bag in the garage I usually find that I lived without wearing or thinking about this item for two or more months so why keep it? If you don’t miss it don’t let it clutter up your closet and your life. When you come to the realization that you don’t want this bag of clothes it’s the perfect time to get rid of it.

 

Since its New Year’s Eve we will all be thinking about things that clutter up our lives and changes that we want to make. It’s the start of a new calendar year and a fresh start so why not make the best of it? Go through your closet and find those core pieces to keep and those weird choices to throw out. You might even find an awesome party dress to wear tonight or some beautiful accessories you forgot about. Just remember that cleaning your closet doesn’t have to be painful. Besides it will make room for any new purchases you make this coming year.
 
I can always dream...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Now and Later

A cute winter trench look


No, I’m not talking about those weird candies, I’m talking about clothes that you can wear now and later. There are pieces that are suitable for the colder months and with some quick changes and a few new accessories can become springtime appropriate. Now not all pieces can perform this magic trick. Even if you try your hardest a fur coat won’t translate from winter garb to springtime fun, unless of course you live in Minnesota and winter lasts until July.

 

One of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe is the trench coat. Not the long James Bond spy trench coat, but the lightweight, beige or khaki version that is shorter. They make wonderful toppers over jeans and boot with a thick sweater underneath during the colder months. Add a scarf and some gloves and your winter ready. I of course mean states where winter consists mostly of rain. A short trench is also perfect for spring and can be worn with dresses or lightweight slacks and sandals. Color is important; a black trench doesn’t look as spring ready as a light colored trench.
 

 The perfect trench for winter or spring
 

Another versatile piece is the leather skirt; yes I said a leather skirt. You just have to remember that color is once again key to the outfit. Keep the color light, such as tan or light grey. During the winter months a leather skirt can be worn with a loose nubby sweater with leggings and booties. The same skirt can be worn in the spring with a sleeveless tank, bare legs and sandals. If you skirt is tan you can wear blacks and dark browns during the winter and then yellows and reds in the spring. Remember heavier fabric in winter and light and breezy in spring for those tops.
 

Leather skirt winter look, maybe a slightly lighter color
 

As we head into winter our first thought is to bundle up and while it’s a good thought, it doesn’t always translate into the most versatile wardrobe come spring. I find my beige trench is perfect for those light rainy days although I have to replace the belt. I dislike those cloth belts that come with most light coats and jackets. If the weather isn’t too harsh you can leave it unbelted for a casual look. This is what I do most of the time. While out spending those Christmas gift cards keep in mind the seasons, you want to get the most bang for your buck and a piece that works now and then later is the best bet.
 
Leather skirt spring look, go longer for more coverage

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Year in Fashion

Street Fashion New York
 


I could write a blog about the past year in fashion and the people who made a fashion statement. Pippa Middleton’s Maid of Honor dress comes to mind. So does anything Lady Gaga wore in public as well as at a concert. Those are the easy picks, the fashion statements that stand out. Even my hubby can recall those fashion moments. The real hard fashion moment picks are the ones that changed our lives. I’m talking about the fashion trends that became staples of your own wardrobe.

 

It’s really hard to say which fashion trends appeared relevant this year. I know I became a fan of the skinny jean or legging tucked into a pair of boots. Although I remember a time eons ago that was very similar, the boots may have been taller, with a heel and form fitting, but you still tucked your jeans into your boots. That’s the funny things about fashion, it’s cyclical. Trends come and go and then come around again.
 

 Street Fashion Stockholm
 

Jewelry has had a tough year. So many styles have become trendy and others never took off. I have a few pieces that I loved but didn’t seem to appeal to anyone else. Organic looking jewelry with rough edges and asymmetrical shapes took off and there was even resurgence in pearls, a jewelry standby. Colored gemstones were hot and so were fancy diamonds. Think La Vien and their multitude of colored stone rings.

 

No matter which way you slice it a fashion trend that you found and loved this year is your own fashion moment. It could be that one piece you bought or those shoes you couldn’t live without, these are the pieces of our own year in fashion. It doesn’t matter what some celebrity wore to a gala or the size of the stone in their ring, real fashion is the clothes real people wear every day. So forget about the rich and/or famous, be your own trendsetter and wear what matters to you and make every year your year in fashion.
 
Street Fashion Korea
Fashion is universal!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Everything You Wanted for Christmas

David Yurman cuff
 


Now that the presents have all been unwrapped you can ask yourself if you got everything you wanted for Christmas. It is typical for shoppers to hit the stores with full force the day after Christmas. I usually avoid this debacle because it can be worse than a Black Friday sale where they’re selling 55” LED TVs for $20 bucks. If you thought the people pushing and shoving for cheap prepaid phones at Wal-Mart was scary, try the after Christmas sales.

 

The after Christmas sales have the added bonus of people who received gift cards and/or are returning items that didn’t fit or wasn’t what they needed. It seems as if there are twice as many shoppers on this day. There also appears to be quite a few sales. My email took a breather for a day or two leading up to Christmas, only received half as much spam, but today my box is full. Everybody and their brother are trying to get me to buy from them.
 

 I need one of these in my size
 

I have to admit that some of the sales are pretty good. If you’re interested in purchasing inexpensive Christmas decorations now if your time to accomplish this task, but do it fast. I’ve kept my eye out for a pre-lit Christmas tree as my current tree was purchased in an after Christmas sale over 20 years ago. It is amazing what you can do with florist tape and imagination. The old tree is ready to completely expire and it’s time to buy a new one and I know the inventory won’t last long.

 

If you didn’t get exactly what you wanted for Christmas now is the time to head to the stores and do some serious shopping. Just be prepared for long lines and limited inventory. Stores are not only trying to get rid of those Christmas decorations but the holiday sweaters and maybe even outerwear. If you feel lucky I say go for it. I will try and find my after Christmas buys on-line since I don’t want to chance the stores. Nothing like shopping from the safety of my home.
 
Maybe just some gemstones

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Morning

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas
 


There is a wonderful sensation when waking up on Christmas morning. My children are of an age where they don’t bound out of bed, jump on my head and declare that Santa has been to our house. In fact it has been quite a few years since that has occurred. My children don’t actually live at home anymore since the last one moved out around Thanksgiving of this year. I am officially an empty nester.

 

This is my first Christmas waking up with just my hubby and me. Now Christmas morning, like many holidays, is quiet. When you walk out to get the morning paper in the driveway there is a silence you don’t experience during a normal week. No traffic noise, no hum of the freeway off in the distance, just a subtle silence. It’s the perfect time for reflection. No hustle or bustle to mar our thoughts. It is the perfect day to sit by the fire and read a favorite book.

 

I enjoy these quiet morning without the need to rush and get ready for work and fill orders. No delivery people, no post office and no one asking any questions. It is truly a wonderful day off. This Christmas dawned grey and cold with a forecast of rain which makes family visits in my home that much warmer. My children are coming to the house in waves. First a group for brunch than another for dinner, it is a day to spend time with loved ones. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and remember to eat, drink and be merry with your family and enjoy the day as Christmas comes but once a year.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Are We Done Yet?

It's not Christmas without Santa's Village
 


The shoemaker’s children have no shoes. The holiday season is now coming to a head and for those of us in retail; it has been a bumpy ride. If you’re doing well you have little time for your own family or even yourself. If you’re like me you are taking those little lulls between each storm. As a firm believer in on-line shopping I’m waiting today for two final packages to arrive. I am hopeful all will be here on time. Then the shoemaker’s children will have shoes.

 

If they don’t arrive on time I have the luxury of older children who understand my demanding job during the holidays and will patiently wait. It’s not as if there is nothing under the tree for them. Although I’m sure there is a feeling of satisfaction when everything is ready. I personally don’t know what that is like since I’ve never gotten completely done in time. As the years go by that sense of accomplishment gets farther away.

 Reindeer training
 

I know a person who have boundless energy and has everything done by the first week of December but that’s not me. I’m lucky to get it all done by the first week of January. But I figure what’s the rush? Isn’t this a time of year to savor the season and everything it has to offer? I enjoy Christmas lights decorating my neighborhood and wish we could keep them up and lit till after February. Winter brings us cold dark nights and colored lights are so festive.

 

For some the holidays are a goal to reach, an event that happens then is over, for me it’s a time of year. We all have extended family that live in faraway lands, or at least Reno and New Mexico. While we may not be able to be there on the exact day we can make plans for visits later in the coming year. When it comes to having your family close to you you’re never done and that’s a good thing. So on this Christmas Eve take the time to savor the season, enjoy the moment and don’t worry about what you’ve yet to accomplish, that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for.
 
 
Mining for rock candy
 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Doomsday Goals

Probably why the calendar stopped
 


If you’re reading this then it means that the world didn’t end. There has been a lot of hullabaloo about the world ending on 12/21/2012. Apparently that was the end of the Mayan calendar. Most people forgot to mention that the Mayan calendar was designed to start over again at zero. This is a lot like our calendars. When December 31st rolls around it is followed by January 1st the next day. Hence we are all sitting here looking at our computers.

 

There are actually a few people who believe in the apocalypse and the Mayan calendar prediction. About 10% of the population according to Seth Shostak, a scientist with the SETI Institute in Mountain View California, apparently it’s about the same percentage of people who believe in Santa Claus. The only problem is those who believe in Santa Claus are mostly about twelve years old and under. Just as people need to learn logical reasoning we need to learn skeptical thinking. You might be more of a cynic but at least no one will pull the wool over your eyes and you won't get caught running around screaming "we're all going to die," dressed only in your underwear.
 

 Pick your perfect jeans
 

If you thought the world was going to end you may have made a bucket list or a doomsday goal list. These would be things you wanted to complete before you died. In my doomsday goal list I would have mostly fashion related “to-dos.” These would include, get a Hermes Kelly bag, buy a pair of Chelsea suede boots, and find the perfect pair of jeans. Since the world would be coming to an end I wouldn’t have to pay the credit card bill the following month.

 

Alas the world didn’t come to an end so I still have my list and thankfully no credit card bill. I will probably continue to work on my list, after all, who wouldn’t want to have the perfect pair of jeans. I will just keep looking with my budget in mind. I will also keep looking for those boots and maybe a used Kelly. A girl can always hope! On the bright side of the world not ending, at least we still have Christmas and then New Year’s Eve to celebrate because who would want to miss those fun days.
 
Marc Jacobs Chelsea boot, love it!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

32 Days of Shopping

The People of Wal-Mart are in the Christmas spirit
 


I saw an interesting statistic today; apparently there were 32 shopping days between Black Friday and Christmas. This is the longest interval of shopping days possible on the calendar. While this is the longest interval possible I still haven’t gone Christmas shopping. I did go to the mall yesterday and bought myself a cheese on a stick treat. I was trying to get myself into the Christmas spirit but the call of hot melty cheese wrapped in deep fried dough got the better of me.

 

I still have no idea what to get my kids for Christmas or my husband for that matter. I never seem to have a problem with those who are twelve and under. Toys of any kind are always a good fit. Kids love toys, dolls and even candy. You can send a big box of candy and just about any kid will love you forever. That’s the beauty of being young, everything is totally awesome. The older one gets the harder it is to find the perfect gift or at the very least something they want and will use.

 They've even decorated themselves

My kids are actually adults now so finding the right Christmas gifts is a little tricky. While my son who just purchased his first place probably wants something practical his sister has been out on her own for a while now. As a woman she might want something impractical, that’s just how we girls are. She is a chip off the old block and loves jewelry and accessories. I have never gone wrong when I’ve given her a piece of jewelry as a gift.

 

So now that our 32 days of shopping is reaching its end, unless you are one of those incredible people who starts shopping the day after Christmas, you will be like me and hitting the stores. There is nothing wrong with waiting until the last minute to decorate your home, buy presents and bake cookies. It’s actually a tradition in my house. My husband doesn’t begin his shopping until 12 noon on Christmas Eve. Why break from tradition when it actually works? Besides by totally ignoring our “to-do” list we have zero stress, at least until 12 noon on Christmas Eve.
 
Don't forget the family car

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

When it Works...

Meet me here


When things work everything is good. When things don’t work, what a headache for everyone involved. Most of my business is conducted over the internet. I am unfortunately reliant on the sites working and processing orders. During the Christmas season things can get a little hectic and overwhelming. The problems come about when the technology that I am so reliant upon doesn’t work and a stray order falls through the cracks.

 

I’ve probably processed over a hundred orders in the past month if not more. This may not seem like a lot but it is to me. I may also be completely off in my number and probably processed 500 orders. It just starts to blur into one big order after weeks of packaging and shipping. I’ve also have to keep track of stock on this end. No easy task when things seem to be going out as quickly as it comes in.

 Don't think I will achieve this...

Things are beginning to slow down and we are reaching that point in time when it is not possible to receive a shipment prior to Christmas. There are those who will hold out hope that they can order something and receive it in time for the holidays. I have placed orders for stock and I’m not sure I will receive it before the holidays. I have friends who are now posting on Facebook that their orders from various retailers may not arrive in time because there are delays with UPS and FedEx.

 

Like that old saying “The cobblers children have no shoes,” I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet. I still need to figure out what my kids what for Christmas then try and get it. I know, I’m going to be shopping at the busiest time of year. I’m dreading this task just as I’ve dreaded going grocery shopping for the past month. I’m not sure where everyone comes from but how can a grocery store get so busy? Don’t people shop for food all the time? I’m truly looking forward to the new year, hopefully things will get back to normal.
 
This may work as a last resort

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gold Rush

Sutter Gold Mining Company's first pour


California is having another gold rush. After thirty years of trying to obtain the 40 environmental permits needed to open a gold mining operation in California, the Sutter Gold Mining Company is starting operations. The company has already spent around $20 million on construction of this mine located 50 miles southeast of Sacramento. That’s a lot of money, but with gold prices so high the company is sure they will be able to recoup their investment.

 

The company believes it can produce 2,000 ounces of gold each month once they get production into full swing. The company is also estimating that there is 682,000 ounces of gold in the mine just waiting for them. That gives them about $1 billion based on gold pricing today. That is a lot of money! I thought this mining operation would be using advanced technology to get the gold out of the earth but it appears that they’re still using good old fashioned manual labor.

 We put miners on our commemorative coins

The gold rests in narrow bans of quartz deep in the ground. It takes a dude with a drill and some explosives to break apart these bans of quartz only two and a half feet wide that contain the gold. The miners are still digging in the dirt old school. They follow the vein of gold through the earth underground. Drilling deeper and deeper until it poops out. Apparently there has always been gold in California the regulations have just made it harder to get at.

 

This is an interesting development in California. I’ve visited many of the gold country tourist attractions over the years. I’ve actually panned for gold, strictly for fun, in Columbia, California. I’ve read all the stories about miners and even took a hike once where a tour guide explained how the miner’s lived. Let’s face it; our football team is named after the miners. It should be interesting to see if the mine produces a bonanza. Good luck to those who have the dream and gold fever.
 
Gold can be made into a beautiful pocket watch

Monday, December 17, 2012

I Dream in Fashion

Dreaming about fashion is a sweet dream


I had the weirdest dream the other night. I was wearing a simple dress, one that I love and I had put on my usual black ballet flats with it. I have to say that I go for these shoes more often than not because they are comfortable and go really well with most of my dresses. In my dream I wasn’t happy with my usual flats and decided to put on a pair of heels. Thing was, I didn’t own a pair of heels like this.

 

The heel has a peep-toe with cool black gathered leather. The heel, while solid, was tampered towards the bottom. The shoe was pump style and had a small top knot for interest right above the peep-toe. It had a retro feel and look and went well with the flared skirt of my dress. It gave my outfit a “Mad Men” kind of style and I liked it. I never thought to wear this dress in that way. It was a really nice look and now I have to find those shoes.

 I like how the leather is gathered, it adds interest to the shoe

I don’t know if I should be happy that I dream about fashion or weirded out. I have dreams that I’m wrapped in my warm fur coats, wearing a fabulous handbag or even that I’m trying on rings. I never thought about this before but I guess women are more apt to dream about their clothes and homes than men although I could be wrong. To tell the truth I really haven’t taken a poll to see what other women dream about or men for that matter. I could just be odd and dream about what is in my closet or what I can buy.

 

Maybe this is how designers work. They dream about a shoe or a dress then sit down with paper and pencil and draw it out. Maybe I’ve missed my calling in life and should have been a shoe designer. At the very least dreaming about fashion is a pleasant dream. In my dreams I have a huge closet filled with unlimited clothes and shoes. Everything fits perfectly and I always have the right color. Maybe this is why I dream about fashion, it’s always just what I want in my dreams. Something that is hard to find in reality.
 
Mad Men style by Banana Republic

Friday, December 14, 2012

Guilty Pleasures

Indulge in a new lipstick
 


This is the time of year to indulge in guilty pleasures. It’s those little things that make us happy. Your guilty pleasure doesn’t have to correspond to another’s guilty pleasure. It can be unique and as individual as you are, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact many guilty pleasures are free. Listening to Christmas songs on the radio or any other artist that is deemed sugar coated can be a guilty pleasure, think Barry Manilow or Taylor Swift.

 

Some of my favorite guilty pleasures involve food. Peppermint bark, peppermint ice cream and sugar cookies all top my list. Some of these things are only available during this time of year. Sometimes it’s just the freedom to indulge without all the usual guilt associated with having a treat or two or three. There are also a lot of free treats hanging around. I went to my dentist’s office for a teeth cleaning and they had a plate of chocolate covered cookies in the lobby, yum!
 

 Have a special treat
 

For the fashion conscious the addition of a bright lipstick color or nail polish can fulfill their guilty pleasure list. These little items are generally inexpensive and make us feel extra special. What girl doesn’t want a new lipstick? It’s even more fun when the lipstick comes in a deep hue. Something that says “I’m party ready,” bright red or deep burgundies are all the rage this time of year. Why not try one out?

 

So have some fun this weekend and indulge yourself a little. Whether it’s trying a new lipstick color, having an edible treat or maybe sitting by the fireplace and reading a free romance novel you downloaded on your e-reader, take the time to do something that you truly enjoy. We’re all so busy right now it seems like we place ourselves on the back burner of life.  Don’t get sucked into the rat race of the season, slowdown, indulge a little and take some mental health time, find your guilty pleasure.
 
Try some bright nail polish

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Leather Versus Pleather

Everyone loves a leather jacket
 


Leather is the “it” fabric right now. It’s being used in just about everything in fashion and in ways that no one really thought of a few years ago. Leather is being used in the usual way, belts, handbags, shoes and boots, but it is also being used to make tops and to accent a piece of clothing. Entire dresses are made from leather and they’re not the super slinky skintight garments we are used to seeing. Leather dresses have full skirts and supple bodices or draped collars.

 

The way the leather is made has a lot to do with this new usage. Leather is thinner yet surprisingly lux. It has a useable weight. Leather is now used to make t-shirt and peplum shirts. The addition of leather to cloth jacket, while not new, is used right beside cloth to add strips or checks to a garment. Leather is no longer reserved as an accent on a collar or patches on the elbows of a jacket. Leather is now an intricate part of the garment and its design.

 Diane von Furstenberg leather dress
 

This leads to the age old question of using leather versus a synthetic leather or “pleather.” There are many who believe that pleather is a much more environmentally friendly fabric. It is true that you don’t have to kill anything to get the basics. It is also true that the tanning or preparation of the leather is not an issue in pleather. But what about the actual chemicals that goes into making pleather? Since I know next to nothing about the process I’m wary.

 

I just recently found out that Whole Foods sells salmon, at absorbent prices, because they use a guy in Alaska. He fishes the waters and uses a line and hook, catching one salmon at a time, cool. But then the salmon are flown by jet to their distribution center and then trucked to each store, not so environmentally sound anymore. This is why I’m probably sticking to leather. I at least know how it’s made. So until those pleather makers tell us how this synthetic is made, I probably won’t change my mind. Besides, leather can last forever, not so sure about synthetic leather.
 
I need this leather t-shirt

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Would You Wear a Jumpsuit?

Not sure if they pull off this look...


For some bizarre reason designer keep pushing the jumpsuit. There have also been many famous people sporting this attire. Not that some of those who don a jumpsuit aren’t super cute in them, it’s just that a majority of those who wear a jumpsuit look odd. Let’s face it; no one wants to look odd unless they intend to look odd. Halloween costumes aside, the jumpsuit just lends itself to looking out of the ordinary.

 

I personally equate jumpsuits with mechanics, skydivers and clean room workers. How many times have we seen a guy or gal wearing a jumpsuit in the movies? They are always the one that remains nameless and faceless. A group of cogs doing their job for some sinister government agency or the down to earth person trying to help out, their jumpsuit is a symbol of their attitude. They care more for others than themselves, hence the jumpsuit is a utilitarian uniform meant for service and comfort, not style.

 Jumpsuits on the runway
 

The celebrities that walk at events who wear a jumpsuit wear them strictly for style. They are trying to impress us with their taste and of course their ability to pull off a really hard sell. Some look fabulous, the fit is correct and the colors perfect. They have accessorized just right, not too much. A jumpsuit can get overwhelmed quickly with accessories. Then there are those who wear a jumpsuit that is ill fitting and they lose the battle right away. Apparently fit is critical. You actually don’t want to look like a clean room worker.

 

For me the jumpsuit is way too much work to try and figure out. I don’t need another complicated outfit to wear. In fact, I don’t have too many complicated outfits, it’s too much work. Besides, what a pain every time you want to go to the bathroom. You have to get completely undressed? If I want a jumpsuit look I’ll just buy a pair of pants and a top in the same print or color, way easier and if you need to use the restroom it’s a snap.
 
 
The gang in the clean room, yes those are jumpsuits

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wear White This Winter

Boots and white jeans, love the jacket!


Yes it is possible to wear white during the winter. It’s actually quite a striking look and while totally doable, it does need a little tweaking to make it winter ready. Nothing says summer faster than a white light fabric that floats. Whatever white piece you choose to wear during the winter it must match the season. That means fabrics that are made for cold and damp weather. Heavy tweeds, leather or denim are perfect for winter.

 

Now it’s not that you can’t pick a fabric that is lightweight. There is nothing wrong with wearing a sheer blouse with a black leather skirt during the winter. Just make sure that there is something underneath that sheer blouse, no flashing allowed. Keep in mind that this outfit can be worn with tights and boots for a true winter feel. A cute tweed or denim jacket over it all doesn’t hurt either.

 White jeans and black leather

The best look for white during the winter is white denim. We all have a pair of white denim jeans in our closet that we would love to get some mileage out of but aren’t sure how to wear them. You can wear white denim jeans with a bulky fisherman’s sweater in cream or ivory. Pair it with some brown or tan suede Chelsea boots and top it off with a blue denim or black leather jacket. A cute, fun and casual look for any winter day, perfect for going out shopping or sightseeing.

 

White is a difficult color to pull off even during the summer let alone winter. Did I mention grass stains, mud and cranberry sauce? It is a look that you can wear after Labor Day if done right. Those old fashion rules don’t really stand tall anymore. Eclectic fashion and creativity are on trend and why not be creative with the color white. If you’re not as daring try a very light ivory or beige and mix it up with other colors, after all, white goes with everything.
 
White jeans go out for cocktails

Monday, December 10, 2012

Is Black Still Your Color?


Catherine Zeta Jones is hot in emerald green


I know, black really isn’t a color, it is the absence of color, or at least that’s what I’ve always been told. Every year Pantone Color Institute comes up with its color of the year. The hot color that seems to flood the runways and what designers all love to use. The hot color of the year 2013 will be emerald or green. Now this isn’t the first time that greens have had their year, back in the 80s greens were all the rage for almost a decade.

 

According to many designers greens can be used as a neutral when you pair it will tan, black, blue or yellow. I’m not so sure it’s a neutral in my book. Black is a neutral and so is tan, but green? I don’t really have anything against green. It is a soothing color. It’s also the color of money and nature, two things I like, but I have a hard time wearing a lot of green or even using it in my house. I guess I’m just not a green gal.

 Pantone Color Institute's color for 2013


It’s not that I don’t understand or even like the concept of a hot color for a particular year, it’s just that sometimes that hot color isn’t my color. I don’t like it, it doesn’t look good on me or it’s such a bright or weird color that I feel out of place wearing it. I see a lot of green suits and personally I think those models look a little like leprechauns. Green is such a powerful color that it takes a certain person and look to pull it off, it’s not for everyone.

 

For now I think I’ll stick with my usual standbys, black, tan, blue and red. I know this is a little boring but one of the nice things about fashion is there is so much variation. There are not as many rules and we can indulge in what we like as opposed to what is trendy. Besides, what we like might actually be trending at the moment. So while emerald is the hot color of 2013 I’ll probably only use it as an accent, maybe an emerald ring?
 
Leprechauns love green!

Friday, December 7, 2012

I Like Starbucks but...

You can have an exclusive Starbucks gift card, for only $450...



I know this has nothing to do with jewelry, fashion and accessories, but it does happen to be connected with business or maybe gift giving, besides I just couldn't resist. Starbucks coffee is the largest coffee chain in the world and yes I have a Starbucks card. It is registered and I’m gold level member. That means that I actually buy coffee on a fairly regular basis. Since I buy coffee and snacks regularly I get emails whenever Starbucks has a special offer or event.

 

Yesterday I got an email advertising their new etched steel Starbucks gift card. It is available for a limited time on Gilt.com and there will be a limited number, 5,000 available for purchase. Way to create some buzz about a pretty mundane and ubiquitous gift. What is really special about this card is the $450.00 price tag. I thought I was reading this wrong but upon further inspection the card cost $450.00 and comes preloaded with $400.00. Now that’s a lot of coffee.

 It won't even get you coffee that looks like this...


Not only is it a lot of coffee you become a gold level member automatically, big whoop! You can achieve gold level member status with just 30 purchases in a calendar year. That’s like two and a half visits a month. What they should have offered is a platinum level membership which allows you access to the front of the line. Now that might be worth shelling out $450.00 for a gift card, $50.00 of which goes to the steel card.

 

What is even more amazing is the fine print. The purchase of the etched steel gift card doesn’t extend your gold level membership or change your anniversary date. So basically if you’re a gold level member now, you just have a limited edition steel card and a lot of money to spend on coffee. I know these cards will probably go fast because there are people out there who will buy into the exclusiveness of any limited edition product. They also might try selling them on EBay a month from now. Any way you slice it, I’d rather have the $450.00 in my pocket, I don’t need to drink that much coffee anyhow.
 
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