Cherish the Rarity

Treasured designer Miriam Haskell was born in 1899, at the height of Art-Nouveau Vanguard; she was one of four children, and the daughter of small-town merchants in Albany, Indiana. Some 30 years later, Miriam Haskell would have tea with Coco Chanel while selecting the upcoming season’s beads at Madame Gripoix’s- the finest source in Paris. While Miriam would bring her young design artist, Frank Hess, Chanel was alone. They would talk. Share ideas. Trade fashion celeb secrets. They were among a new class: independent women who began their careers designing jewelry to complement high fashion clothing in an exclusive boutique.

Haskell's creations are still made entirely by hand. The value of a Miriam Haskell piece was, and still is, a reflection of this workmanship and meticulous detail. One piece may take as long as three days to create. Miriam Haskell was simple elegance. Her friends were ‘the’ New York and Hollywood glitterati. She opened her first boutique in 1926, Le Bijou de l'Heure. She created collections for the society women of her day, the lavish productions of Flo Ziegfeld, as well as the couture of Coco Chanel. Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, the Duchess of Windsor, were among her greatest patrons.

Vintage jewelry remains a cherished trend that compliments style, grace and shows appreciation for uniqueness and rarity. You can never go wrong.

Flipping Fantastic Find

Summer is upon us and it is time to refresh our existing wardrobe with a whimsical but practical treat. Check out Flipped Bird. I stumbled upon this fantastic summer find at La Grande Orange Grocery.

Recently featured in AZ Magazine, Flipped Bird reversible bags were created for those who have their own unique perspective and style. Their eco-friendly reversible bags, floppy hats, headbands and yoga or beach bags are fantastically funky and chipper.

With great attention to detail, each piece is made in Phoenix, AZ. Handpicked unique, fun, durable and eco-friendly fabrics for limited production so your purchase will be special and allow you to reflect your personal style that can be changed up with a quick flip. I am a fan of this easy-fun style and suggest you become one too.

Freedom = Resistance

While in Bikram Yoga class this week, I felt as though I was hitting a wall with my practice, in fact, I felt as if I was digressing. I was becoming frustrated, thinking I was having some spiritual blockage or resistance. Then teacher said in a zenful voice "... the price of freedom is resistance."

It was like she threw a monkey wrench into this giant machine full of cogs, wheels, belts & pulleys in my head; all my spinning came to a crashing halt. Her words resonated as if in a empty hallway... echoing. "The price of freedom is resistance."

Freedom is that mental & physical place we all desire to be in. How do we know if we are there, have it or lost it? With out the turmoil or resistance we become complacent & take for grantit what freedom we have or could loose. So as life starts to throw things against you, sometimes with no reason, persevere... freedom is on the other side.

Put Up Your Cuffs

I see a lot of cuffing of jeans right now - single cuffs, multiple cuffs, skinny, wide, & high cuffs. Even cinched or pegged like I did in high school. So what is up with the cuffs now?

Cuffing started out of necessity, but then became an ever evolving trend... to look stylish with little effort.

The Ankle-Baring Cuff of a slimmer pair of jean is effortless with ballerina flats or slides; maybe even higher than normal for that summer flare. OR with boots (NOT cowboy boots) during the winter months to add detail the top of your boot, tucked in or out. The Low Cuff of your straight or wide leg denim will complement the casual style of sneakers and other laced footwear. This is a no-nonsense, casual look that works perfectly with your slower paced, “Boho-Chic” kind of day. The 80’s have cycled back around with that Pegged or Tight-Rolled Cuff. Try them with heels, gladiator sandals & slides for a cool edgy, downtown look. CAUTION: if you did it the first time around... don't do it again. With a dark pair of indigo jeans the Skinny Cuff is carefree, clean & classic. For that Could Careless Cuff, fold your jeans up only once to show the selvage and leave it at that. Choose the best height cuff for your mood & shoes of choice-- heels can either get a super high, ankle-baring cuff, or a medium-height one that teases the heel from underneath.

Avoid cuffing cargo jeans (really you shouldn’t be wearing those anyway.) Fussy or overly embellished shoes with the cuffed look can be hazardous. Do not tie strappy sandals over the cuffs of your denim, it looks over worked & sloppy... no matter who does it. Also, some denim-cuff combinations can give you an over all shorter appearance. If this haunts you simply avoid cuffing that particular pair of denim & have them tailored properly.

Good luck & put up your cuffs.