Pop Goes the Cherry!

Every time I return to London, my home away from home, I always find it necessary to return to my favorite wine bar as well, located off the Embankment stop, alongside the river Thames.  Upon entering this 102 year old wine bar, you will literally feel as though you are not present in 2012, but back in time surrounded in what appears to be a small, dark cave where the ceiling is only high enough for this 5’6” woman to stand up straight in certain areas.  Because Gordan’s Wine Bar attracts so many locals every day, they have created a long and private area of additional seating outside where you will almost always find me.

Gordan's Wine Bar (Inside)

After ordering our bottles of cabernet sauvignon, my friends and I squeezed into a table next to a couple of local London girls. As I sat my glass of wine down on the table next to one of our new friends, I couldn’t help but notice her beautiful leather handbag and its rich merlot color, almost identical to the shades of red in my cabernet.  As soon as I complimented her bag, we got to talking about how much we love the latest trend of rich reds and cherry colors in everything lately from dresses to tights, to bold lips more women are daring to wear.

What I love about the color red is that absolutely anyone can wear it, maybe shifting the hue a bit to fit each individual properly.  A redhead might choose to wear reds with an orange undertone while brunettes choose reds with blue undertones.

Scarlett Johansson wearing red with an orange undertone,

Penelope Cruz wearing red with a blue undertone.

While reds can be worn by all it can be difficult to pull off at times. To start off play with different shades of red to make sure you’ve found the best one for you.  These should be ones that bring out warmth in your skin color and go well with your hair and eye colors without overshadowing the rest of your appearance.

Red is for the confident individual who isn’t afraid of standing out in a crowd and being noticed.  If you’re not quite positive if that is you or not, that’s ok! Take small steps if you want.  Start by maybe adding a bit of red chunky jewelry to your outfit or wearing a pair of red flats.  Next might be wearing a cherry-hued sweater or skirt but with a safe color such as black or gray.  Once you feel you and red are one, go all out and wear that fabulously bold statement coat, red lipstick, and heels!

Yigal Azrouel Fall/Winter 2010

More often than not I hear women say that they can’t wear red lipstick but wish they could. Well, you can! I was that woman once. Unsure of whether I could actually pull it off, it took me 3 years to find the right shade of red I was happy with. Once I found it, I told myself to wear it out and be proud.  I felt like every eye in the world was on me and my merlot tinted lips but I had to remember that
whether or not those eyes were actually on me, I should be confident and wear my red pout with pride. Since then, I try to convince every woman out there that she too can wear a red lip. It just takes courage.

Sienna Miller

Whichever stage you start from, start adding a bit of red into your closet this fall and holiday season! I know I’ll continue sporting my bold lip as I travel onward to Sweden and Denmark!


Common Threads

The leaves are beginning to change, the corn starting to be harvested, and the temperature dropping quickly whether we want it to or not.

I find that I love this time of year and hate it all at the same time.  While I get to pull out my cozy sweaters, opaque tights, and tall boots, I also have to throw my
additional wool blanket on my bed and wear gloves while taking my evening jog.

However, the one accessory I am always pleased to bring back out of its’ storage container are my beloved scarves and pashminas that have been hidden away for months, unloved and lonely.  Admittedly, I own 20 scarves. Yes, yes, I actually counted them just as I counted my mother’s jeans when clearing out her closet months ago and am happy to say my scarf count has not met or exceeded the number of denim she owns.

Just like handbags and coats, I feel as though I can never have too many scarves; each one being special in their own way with a place in my heart and wardrobe. Scarves are one of the most inexpensive items out there that can instantly make your “thrown-together” look, look put-together.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing sweatpants (which I firmly believe should never be worn in public) or a dress, a nice scarf will add a touch of class to any outfit.

Jessica Alba - a scarf supporter

One of the things I absolutely love about scarves is how different each one can be, just like the customers who walk in my store.  From the 20 year old to the 85 year old, scarves are the first items to sell out of our store, sometimes within just 48 hours after being put on the floor! This is because scarves are the common
ground between consumers and fashion; not shoes, not shirts, not even handbags…but scarves.

There are heavy weight scarves for cooler temperatures, lighter weight ones for the outfits that don’t need the added warmth but only the added style (also for those of you who might be experiencing hot flashes and are realizing that layers are key) and there are the scarves which are simply for fun, adding a smile to your face just by looking at it.

I feel as though there are 3 scarves every woman should own.  A black and/or white scarf for dressier occasions, a paisley pashmina for everyday affairs, and a doughnut scarf for warmth. Pashmina scarves are different from others due to the fine cashmere wool normally used within the fibers that make up the scarf. Prices can range everywhere from $5.00 to $300.00 for a pashmina, but it is not
necessary to shell out big bucks for a nice pashmina.  They are easily found in very good conditions anywhere around $10.00-$30.00.  A doughnut scarf refers to the never ending shape, also known as an infinity scarf, not because there are pictures of tiny doughnuts all over the scarf or that they taste good (I do not suggest trying to eat one).

Doughnut Scarf

Doughnut scarf worn as a hood

This season fur is a popular trend but if you’re not committed to an all out fur lined jacket, a scarf is the perfect way for adding just the right amount of this trend into your look.  Remember, there are several ways to tie your scarves to experiment with a new method.  I suggest to Google ways to dress your scarves for some inspiration and as always, observe your surroundings and take the free ideas people are wearing on the streets. Whatever you do, it’s time to throw on your favorite scarf with any and every outfit!

Faux Fur Scarf