it has taken me an excessively long time to reveal the rest of my preview of henri bendel's spring/summer collection and for that i have a bucket full of apologies to give you. before you do with it what you will, check out all this goodness.

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if you dig a muted color palette and relaxed shapes, then you’re going to salivate over the spring collection from club monaco. more information and images to come, but follow along on instagram as i tease some images from this morning’s preview.

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last week, my friends at sorrelli opened a new brick-and-mortar location in the heart of monclair, new jersey. as a loyal wearer of the family owned-and-operated jewelry brand, i felt it was my obligation to stop by. the spacious boutique displays a ton of the latest collections, but even more styles are hidden in the antique furniture. 

  • location: 20 church street
  • telephone: 973-860-1005
  • hours: sunday to wednesday (11-8), thursday to saturday (10-9)
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last night played host to the opening of journelle’s first “atelier,” an intimate setting allowing women with a passion for panties to get properly fitted, experience a wide array of styles of lingerie, and just chill. in addition to this new opportunity, journelle has three boutiques, all of which are based in manhattan, but those of you not in the new york area can click over to journelle.com to check out the well-curated selection.

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in addition to the stand-out handbags and clothing at rebecca minkoff's preview, the baubles were pretty impressive. the designer has definitely been stepping up her game with regard to her statement pieces, which focused heavily on claw and feather motifs.

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i had the loveliest time last night attending a dinner hosted by vogue and brahmin, which brought select attendees together to surround them in cocktails, tasty eats, and some really beautiful new handbags. this was the first time i’d personally interacted with brahmin, so i was excited to meet the company’s ceo (also the son of its founders — family-run brands are awesome) and hear about its creation. though it is just over 30 years old, started in 1982, i would absolutely consider brahmin a ”heritage” brand; only materials of the utmost quality are used, styles are classic in shape with subtle nods to of-the-moment trends, and the price-point is muy accessible. i felt extremely honored to have received an invitation to such an intimate event and commend the brand for introducing its latest collection in such a thoughtful way.

did you know:

  • the brand’s name came about after a conversation that its first designs should be so beautiful that the boston brahmin would have worn them.
  • the shoulder strap on bags like the “ophelia" was inspired by that of a guitar, which is thick enough to be worn comfortably but not add bulk. 
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the footwear seen at rebecca minkoff’s spring 2014 preview was…eclectic. as you can tell, styles ranged from bad-ass motorcycle owner who could cut a bitch to patchouli-loving hippie chick. so, basically, there is something for everyone.

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yesterday, i gave you a peek at rebecca minkoff's spring 2014 ready-to-wear, but now we get to the good stuff — the bags. this is definitely the category where minkoff shines and this extensive line-up of styles is clearly the bread and butter of her collection. there are pops of color, floral print, subtle studding, and even a little fringe.

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earlier this week, i attended the rebecca minkoff spring 2014 collection preview, which allowed me to get up close and intimate with the designer’s upcoming wares. while i didn’t have the patience to sift through the racks of clothing (undiagnosed adhd?), minkoff’s standouts had to be her moto jackets, located front-and-center. the pastels colors with subtle studding gave the classic piece of outerwear a funky twist.

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continuing my yellow-tinted coverage of bendels' spring 2014 collection (so sorry about that, by the way), it is mandatory to highlight the extensive range of handbags and small leather goods shown at the presentation. the specialty retailer is really impressing me lately; known as “the accessories capital of the world,” it is nice to see less trend-driven, of-the-moment pieces and more wear-them-everywhere classics with a modern twist. think: photofloral, sherbet shades, and slightly youthful hardware. 

click here to view the rest of the collection, particularly the baubles.

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