Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Menswear Spotlight: Eddie Bauer

Recently holding an event called "Blogger Day" in cities throughout the country, Eddie Bauer has been on every blogger's radar. Also, walking through the mall yesterday, it was hard not to notice their post-Christmas 50-60% off of EVERYTHING sale. I had never really known much about the brand, but while waiting forever in line yesterday at the store, I began to educate myself. Typically, I'd overlook anything I wasn't interested in, but yesterday I played personal shopper and found some good buys for my boyfriend! I would always associate Eddie Bauer with a mountain man-esque, grunge look, but it's a lot less outdoorsy and a lot more stylish than all of us critical fashionistas would think. Dress shirts, trendy plaid flannels, and sweaters galore. And the fact that the savings were so significant made everything seem better!
Half zips, button ups, sweaters, flannels - you name the winter essential, Eddie Bauer had it for half the price of anywhere else! But as I've said before, it's not just about appearance, but quality comes into play. The clothing is guaranteed to "work" and not tear, shed material, or rip on its own. Yeah, yeah. So we've all heard this before. But even if the clothing becomes damaged, in any sort of way, Eddie Bauer will replace it no matter when you bought it. Sound appealing? I wish every designer brand was that flexible with its customers! But over all, the experience was pleasant and the clothing was actually a pleasant surprise. It's far away from fast fashion apparel and certainly not formal wear. It's everyday menswear, the kind of clothing a man wants to wear.
And who doesn't love to style their guy?
xx, ZM

Harper's Bazaar [heats up] España

 You may or may not recall her from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show or various VS ads, but in Harper's Bazaar España's January issue, Candice Swanepoel steals the spotlight. Modeling black and gold tones reflect upon Fall 2011's "go to" colors while highlighting her beauty.

Beautiful? I'd say so.
xx, ZM

PHOTOS COURTESY OF http://www.harpersbazaar.es/

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Pre-Fall Fantasies

It's a bit early, maybe even too early, to think about Pre-Fall 2012 collections, but the fashion industry is all about fashion forecasting. With the recent launches of just about everyone who's anyone's collections, there's so much style to sift through. Some standout labels who are bringing a lot to the racks next Pre-Fall season are Honor, Diane von Furstenberg, and Catherine Malandrino. All three brands provide exquisite looks for fashion lovers. Take a look for yourselves...
Besides the bright colors and standout textures, it's hard not to take notice of the tailoring behind Honor's Pre-Fall pieces. Designer, Giovanna Randall, turned away from typical and aimed straight for tailored. The collection is made up of structured blazers, skinny stretch trousers and tailored dresses which adds dimension and gives off a modern feel. Randall went for a graphic look and her outcome was a big hit. Color, silhouette, accessories and details separate fashion from fabulous. And this right here, is fabulous.

Catherine Malandrino's Pre-Fall collection is perfect for cocktail hour, or even perhaps a night on the red carpet. Jewel tones, lace overlay and chic shoes are fit for any formal event. The modern peacoat shown above is more casual than the other items presented in the collection, but it's still "dressed up." The draping and neckline of the floor-length gown just scream [sexy]. Malandrino's collection lands as one of the most elegant Pre-Fall collections carried by its silks, satins, and sheers.

Runways are full of potential, and Diane von Furstenberg is always one to impress. Starting off her fame with a simple, wrap dress, it's no wonder DVF's Pre-Fall collection is full of fun frocks and sequined skirts. Usually staying away from edginess, DVF is pushing limits with some new, youthful aspects of her collection. It's nice to see a change up in this designer's pieces. DVF is known to stay away from redundancy and always do her own thing. The collection was inspired by modern fashion and 70s looks, as well [as seen in the geometric prints.] Overall, the collection is one with an edge -- an edge always makes it more interesting.

I bet now you have Pre-Fall on your mind. It's never a bad thing to plan ahead, though. Right? These are just three out of the many designers who have chosen to switch things up for the Pre-Fall season. But Diane von Furstenberg, Honor, and Catherine Malandrino sure to stand out with tasteful textures, colors, fabrics and sheers. Hats off to these wonderful labels! 
Indulge in Pre-Fall Fantasies!
xx, ZM



Dreaming Of...

Ever have one of those days where you can't get fashion off your mind? I don't think I have a day that isn't like this! Whether I'm thinking of Pre-Fall runway collections or fashion week street style, I always go to NET-A-PORTER to see the latest styles... The latest and BEST styles, that is! Featuring the best clothes in high fashion, NET-A-PORTER displays and sells the most gorgeous garments in the luxury market. Whenever I peruse the sight, I style certain things together in my mind. Here's one of my favorite outfits I've put together for a resort-esque look...

A girl's allowed to dream, right?
xx, ZM

A Very Tiffany Holiday Season

For those celebrating a "first Christmas" with a baby or as a couple, for the man in your life, for the fashionista, for the potential fiance, for the daughter who already has everything, Tiffany & Co. is introducing their beyond chic Holiday Collection. With everything you could think of for everybody on your gift list, Tiffany & Co.'s special collection has it all. 

  • For those celebrating a first Christmas (baby or couple)- Tiffany’s sterling silver charms with Tiffany Blue® enamel finish: Snow hat charm, Stocking charm, and Reindeer charm. [Also perfect for mom or grandma to cherish warm holiday memories]
  • For the fashionista- Tiffany’s Bracelet bag in burgundy velvet performs beautifully on all occasions, from cocktails to black-tie galas.
  • For the man that has everything- The Atlas® timepiece represents the best of the jeweler’s and watchmaker’s art. An icon of style, the watch features Roman numerals that contrast with a black and gray lacquer dial. Stainless steel chronograph with black rubber and Swiss-made mechanical movement.
  • For the fashion forward daughter- The beautiful and fun Tiffany’s Locks Bangles in sterling silver, 18K rose gold and yellow gold.
  • For the man planning to propose on Christmas Eve- A Tiffany Soleste diamond ring defines charisma with a dazzling cushion-cut stone and a diamond-encrusted setting in platinum.
The real question is, what isn't in the Tiffany's Holiday Collection? A few other items that every women would love are also in the collection. I adore the charms for the classic Tiffany & Co. silver "Return to Tiffany & Co." charm bracelet. That's definitely got to be my favorite thing on the list! A dazzling Christmas list, eh? I absolutely love everything listed! Indulge in Tiffany's this Holiday season.
Your dazzling diva
xx, ZM

Saturday, December 10, 2011

For The Love of December

Introduced by the ladies of Mimi + Meg, this spirited calendar for December has made its way onto many agendas... Including my very own. Indulge in the wonders of the month and have yourself some fun! What are you looking forward to the most? Besides Christmas, Chocolate Covered Anything day is most definitely landing #1 on my list of favorite December days.
No wonder Taylor Swift goes back to December all the time!
xx, ZM

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Wayward Winter

The weather may not seem it, but it's December now. It's time for us to recognize a New Englander's most treacherous season, wintertime. But with winter comes a few upsides such as new sweaters, booties, hats, fur, and LF Stores' Wayward Winter collection. If you love boho chic clothing and you're from Boston, your favorite shopping destination is 353 Newbury Street. Indulge in this season's LF collection and find yourself falling in lust with fashion.

 So what do you think? I like to call it winter with an edge. LF Stores does it just right with this collection. The colors, the textures, the patterns... They nailed the big three! Check out your local LF store and experience the style for yourself.
Your LF loving lady-
xx, ZM
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