With Love From Shop Design Spark and Henri Lou

Are you ready?  Valentine’s Day is only one week away.  If you’re missing a few accessories for your love-day outfit, or if you need a last-minute gift for that special someone.  Or you can splurge on yourself, really it’s okay,  then check out ShopDesignSpark.com and ShopHenriLouJewelry.com.

Shop Design Spark pieces radiate a boho-chic style that is both timeless and contemporary with designed inspired by trends throughout the world

If you want an edgy look, Henri Lou offers womanly pieces made of leather, saddle rings, gold filled chain and real plated leaves.  The idea of powerful yet feminine pieces is the backbone to the creative process at Henri Lou, where all pieces are handmade.

Which style do you prefer?  Check out some pieces from both sites below.  Then be sure to LIKE the Shop Design Spark Facebook, LIKE the Henri Lou Facebook, and following the Twitters for Shop Design Spark and Henri Lou.

Pink and Black Heart Scarf from Shop Design Spark – $19.99

“Love Me” Studs from Shop Design Spark – $14.99

Purdy Bracelet from Henri Lou – $60

Heart Ring from Henri Lou – $50

Devora Libin Jewels

Looking for gift ideas for Valentine’s Day?  Take a look at Devora Libin.

A self-taught designer, Devora Libin has a gift for blending her craftsmanship skills and fashion sense into something every woman would love to own.  Devora turned her passion for creativity into a unique hand-made jewelry collection of eclectic pieces designed to inspire personal style.

Devora Libin Jewels are made of quality gemstones and materials with statement-like details combined to create bracelet, earrings and necklaces.  To keep the creativity flowing and make sure her pieces are as bold and up-to-date as ever, Devora creates two new collections per year for sale.

Check out some of the pieces from Devora’s collections.  You can learn more about the Devora Libin line by doing a LIKE on the Facebook page and following them on Twitter.

Brass Bar Bracelet available in multiple colors – $90

Pistol Earrings – $115 

Crystal Branch Macrame Necklace – $350 

Hot Trends “Spotted” at Unique Vintage

It’s no secret that polka dots are trending now.  Even celebrities like Cameron Diaz was spotted this past week at the Couture Fashion Week in Paris.  Diaz was wearing a fifties-style polka dot ensemble designed by Christian Dior.  If you like this adorable look you can have for a more modest price thanks to Unique Vintage.

Take a look at the rest of the timeless classics and let us know what you think about them.

Cameron Diaz and her Christian Dior dress

Folter 50’s Polka Dot Girl Next Door Dress – $52

Folter 50’s Black and White Polka Dot Bridget Bombshell Dress – $64

Stop Staring Navy and White Polka Dot Fitted Celebrity Wiggle Dress – $170

Black and White Polka Dot Dead End Wiggle Pin-Up Dress – $88

“Getting to Bow You” Polka Dot Strapless Swing Dress with Removable Cropped Jacket – $68

The Golden Globe Look for a Better Budget

The 2012 Golden Globes ceremony was held on January 15th, but there is still talk about what the celebs were wearing that evening. For those of us who love to mimic the look of the red carpet glams at a modest price look no further Unique Vintage has given us the styles we seek.

Kate Winslet, winner of Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Mildred Pierce”

Mignon 2012  Black & Champagne Elite Keyhole Dress from Unique Vintage -$258

Mila Kunis

Mignon 2012 Black & Nude Sweetheart Gather Regal Dress from Unique Vintage – $478

Rooney Mara, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

2011 Faviana Taylor Swift-inspired Black Sequined Mesh Prom Gown from Unique Vintage – $398

Reese Witherspoon

Flirt by Maggie Sottero Red Elegant Sweetheart Corset Prom Gown from Unique Vintage – $348 

Sofia Vergara, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for "Modern Family"

Flirt by Maggie Sottero Peacock Blue & Black Pleated & Gathered Taffeta Strapless Sweetheart Rosette Prom Gown from Unique Vintage – $378

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PROJECT NY is the world’s preeminent contemporary fashion trade event.  The trade show features the most directional brands and is designed to drive commerce, creativity and connectivity.

January 16-18th marked the launch date of PROJECT New York, the first of the two bi-annual trade shows. Overall, the show was an absolute success.

President of PROJECT NY, Andrew Pollard took great lengths to ensure the event was purposefully in an area that stimulates creativity and inspires retailers.

So, what makes PROJECT NY stand out amongst other fashion trade shows?  According to Brett Fahlgren of  Style Ledger, “It’s not a trade show. When I think of trade shows, I think of the big ones where you see automobiles and cars. This is much more like a gallery.”

Many of the vendors described PROJECT NY as a show with unparalleled aesthetics, cool brands and good buyers.  Brands have presented themselves in a completely different way, creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the retailers desires and needs.

“It was really something kind of unique,” designer Todd Snyder claimed.  “I really liked the idea of breaking kind of the rules of designers showing at a trade show, and for me it was really kind of getting out there and selling my stuff to real people and real buyers.  PROJECT really brings in the best buyers and the best audience for what we’re doing.”

Other designers enjoyed the brands on displayed.  There was something new on every corner.

“I think what’s cool about PROJECT is that it keeps expanding its demographic.  There’s the more established brands, and then there’s the indie designers and there’s a lot of cool locally sourced talent from New York and Brooklyn,” stated Kristian Laliberte , senior editor of Refinery29.

PROJECT NY was more than just a showcase where people could display their products in their most creative way, attendees felt as though it was the sort of place where you could just sit down and hang out for a while.  Countless comments about the dynamics of the show.  The buyers added a certain ambience to the show as well.

“The vibe’s great, and very, very helpful staff.  We’ve had a lot of motivated guys helping us out.  The buyers here are taking their time, no one’s in such a rush.  We’ve been having a good time with the buyers,” remarked Ben Schubert of Consortium Distributions.

“I feel like we’ve done what we’ve set out to do which is to create a different kind of market place,” Andrew Pollard concluded.  “A place where you bring technology with great craftsmanship, with interesting ideas, with different ways of presenting products, and at the end of the day a place where people can communicate and start to discuss and talk about the industry.”

Congratulations to the PROJECT NY team for an outstanding show.  To learn more about PROJECT, NY, you can check out this video of highlights, or take a peek at their YouTube channel.  You can do a LIKE on their Facebook Fanpage, and follow them on Twitter.

The next event is PROJECT Las Vegas which takes place February 13th-15th 2012.

The CW Gets “Remodeled”

If you know your models then you know the name Paul Fisher.  Fisher is well-known for launching the careers of various models including Naomi Campbell, Carol Alt, Carrie Otis, Kimora Lee, Nicky Hilton, Brooke Burke and many more.  Fisher has created more stars than any other agent in the history of the modeling industry.  Over the past quarter-century, Fisher’s clients have appeared on thousands of magazine covers, headlined fashion shows around the world and some have even gone above and beyond.  One of Fisher’s clients has been nominated for an Academy Award, and another serves as the First Lady of a European country.

Now Fisher is making sure agents in small towns don’t get taken advantage of and he is also encouraging models to take control of their careers and have healthier lives.  This mission lead Fisher to create a new series called “Remodeled.”

Airing on Wednesdays at 9pm on the CW, “Remodeled” brings together hundreds of small agencies around the world into a group called The Network.  Fisher came to realize that small agencies were finding talent and then quickly losing it to bigger agencies.  His goal, with The Network, is to create the largest agency in the world.

The Network uses “the average-size woman” for their models, promoting the ideal that extreme thinness is no longer a trend in the fashion world.  The goal of The Network is to transform the perception of beauty and how it is marketed worldwide.

“Remodeled” just started airing on the CW in mid-January.  Be sure to catch up on the latest episodes and learn more at the official website.  You can also LIKE the Facebook Fanpage and follow the official Twitter for the CW.

Unique Vintage with SAG Style

On January 29th millions of people watched the SAG awards.  Congratulations to all of the winners, but now it is time to highlight the fashions of the evening in Unique Vintage style.   Which one of these gowns is your favorite?  I love the Emma Stone look and Unique Vintage has create a similar look but for a much sweeter price, only $148.00.

Emma Stone

Something Borrowed Black Floral Rhinestone Swing Prom Dress from Unique Vintage – $148

Sofia Vergara

Flirt by Maggie Sottero Valentine Red Gathered Satin Beaded & Floral One-Shoulder Sweetheart Prom Dress  from Unique Vintage – $348

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JC Penney’s New Look for 2012

With the new year in full-swing, isn’t it time for one of America’s favorite department stores to start something new?  The J.C. Penney Company has announced a new business plan and a new look for its brand for the year 2012.

Ron Johnson, CEO of J.C. Penney plans to transform the store’s shopping experience by implementing new changes.  Johnson made a statement at the company’s launch event on January 25th announcing that J.C. Penney will begin these changes starting February 1st.  These changes include a new logo, a new pricing strategy called Fair and Square pricing, and a constant flow of new merchandise on a monthly basis.

According to the blueprints, the entire process to change every single shop in the nation will take until the end of 2015.

With several celebrities in attendance the launch event provided guests a look at the evolution of the company along with previews of what’s to come.  J.C. Penney design partners Cindy Crawford, Olsen twins, Martha Stewart and Nanette Lepore were in attendance.  J.C. Penney also announced TV host Ellen DeGeneres as their newest design partner.

So if you haven’t shopped at J.C. Penney for a while it might be a good time to check out their new look.    You can also do a LIKE on the J.C. Penney Facebook Fanpage and follow them on Twitter.

Be sure to stop by the J.C. Penney website and learn more about their big sale starting on February first.

Here are some photos of the event…

jcpenney CEO Ron Johnson and President Michael Francis announce the new jcpenney strategy in NYC on Wednesday, January 25th (Photo from WireImage)

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen attend the jcpenney launch event in NYC on Wednesday, January 25th (Photo from WireImage)

Cindy Crawford attends the jcpenney launch event in NYC on Wednesday, January 25th (Photo from WireImage)

‘Tis the Season to be Fashionable

TheRealReal.com is a destination for women who love designer brands, but don’t want to fight the crowds or their budgets.  The RealReal.com‘s team of stylists works hard to provide insider access to the world’s finest previously-owned jewelry, accessories and clothing at up to 90% the retail price.

Members have 72 hours to take advantage of great deals, occurring five times per week.  The RealReal.com also offers opportunities to members who want to get rid of items in their closets Consignors can call TheRealReal or visit the website to schedule a pick-up of unwanted clothing and accessories.

Did you know that most women only use 3% of the items in their closet?  So, what can you do with all of the additional clothes and accessories?  You could keep hoarding your unwanted clothing/accessories for a few more years for the ‘just in case’ syndrome, or you can visit stylerecovery.com.  Then after making more room in your closet go to The RealReal.com become a member and add a bit more flair into your wardrobe.

Stylerecovery.com is the first website and community of its kind where the true focus is on reselling high fashion products and making sure they go to good homes. Members can run their own personal online boutique for their items, assuring that the purchase of their items is at a fair price.  Members also can find designer products up to 80% off of the original retail price.  A win, win scenario.

Now, if you’re looking for something phenomenal in a plus-size, head on over to OneStopPlus.com.  OneStopPlus.com is considered to be the world’s first and largest plus-size web mall for all styles to satisfy your needs.  Right now if you use the code OSPSHOLIDAY12, you can receive 20% off of any order over $60 and receive free shipping.

Make sure you’re following TheRealReal.com on Facebook and Twitter, Stylerecovery.com on Facebook and Twitter and OneStopPlus.com on Facebook and Twitter to learn about more great deals and receive the inside scoop on new discounts.  Check out the pictures below and see what kind of pieces you can pick up from these sites.

From TheRealReal.com

From Stylerecovery.com

From OneStopPlus.com

Buchanan & Zavala

Buchanan & Zavala offers a stylish collection of luxury knits for the woman of today, a collection that embodies her needs and desires.  Founded in 2010, Buchanan & Zavala line offers a fusion of the latest knitting technology innovations and the finest yarns available worldwide.

Soo Buchanan, the Founder and President of the company, has a vision of keeping Buchanan & Zavala a sophisticated, stylish yet simple fashion that is comfortable for today’s woman’s fast-paced lifestyle.

On November 1st, Buchanan and Zavala enhanced that ideal vision by launching a new collection of clothing for Neiman Marcus On-line, a feat that’s practically unheard of for new companies in the fashion world.  The B&Z Resort Collection consists of 48 styles starting at $345.

“We are very excited by the reaction of customers to our initial launch and to have the rare opportunity as a newcomer, to launch our next collection with such a prestigious retailer as Neiman Marcus is extremely encouraging,” Soo Buchanan said.

The benefits and new features of this collection include a fresh and new approach to modernize luxury knits fashion and staying ahead of the technology of luxury knits manufacturing.

If you like the Buchanan & Zavala collection, do a LIKE and a comment on the Neiman Marcus Facebook page.  You can also follow them on  Twitter.