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Kate Spade - Fall 2015 - Apparel & Readers





Coats, Skirts, Satchels, Loafers & Readers Oh My!




Kate Spade Fall 2015 Ad Campaign

Fall 2015 is definitely on the way with the trees leaves beginning to turn ravishing red and a glorious yellow while the rain falls and sun comes out between the storms.   Mothers are rapidly organizing children's clothes, pencils, backpacks and so much more for school and secretly sighing with relief.  And, a chill vibrates through the air as summer dissipates.   However, Fall 2015 is indeed an Audreyesq year with warm coats, skirts, satchels, loafers and readers.  The classic ladylike beauty is ever so popular.  Recently, overseeing a tennis meeting, this wrist broken (from tennis in June) yet recovering writer whipped out Kate Spade readers which are wonderfully crafted and very chic.  Oohh's and Aahh's ensued with friends examining my readers and others clicking away on iPhone's to Nordstrom online website. Over the years, my collection of Kate Spade readers have grown with a pair placed conveniently in every room.   The quality is superb and the vision perfection.   Thus, an idea to showcase Kate Spade Fall 2015 apparel fashion along with Kate's must have readers for fashionistas everywhere.


"Style is the sum of so many things - beginning with a sense of who you are and having self confidence" - Kate Spade


Coats!


Kate Spade Fall 2015 Ad Campaign


I. Polished and Rich:  Wrap up in cozy red and black or white and black plaid patterns signaling old world refinement.  Think castles, horse riding, hot chocolate and of classic apparel that is never trendy and stands the test of time. 



kate spade new york plaid poncho




kate spade new york "woodland check" check bow coat

 

"You can wear a crown, even if you're not royalty. Hepburn knew that every woman should be treated like a princess." 




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Dresses & Skirts!


Kate Spade Fall 2015

"She makes the day brighter, she leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes" - Kate Spade


II.  Dreamy Dresses and Skirts:  Be screen-siren glamorous wearing a precious pink in a dress.  Additionally, a pencil skirt is sophisticated on every fashion maven. 



loula dress - kate spade new york




kate spade new york 'woodland twead' pencil skirt

"One got a sense that Audrey Hepburn didn't know how beautiful she was. There was never another movie star like her" - Isaac Mizrahi







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 Satchels!


Kate Spade Fall 2015 Ad Campaign

"I think playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends" - Kate Spade




 III.  Ladylike Satchels:  Satchels are by far the best handbag on the market.  The shape and construction creates space for a magnitude of items as it sits magnificently queen-like on display.



kate spade new york 'emerson place' - margot' satchel




 "Audrey had an angelic quality about her.  She didn't act like she was better than everyone, she just had a presence, an energy a sort of light coming from within her that was overwhelming." - Kevyn Aucoin



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 Loafers!

 
Kate Spade Fall 2015


"She is quick and curious and playful and strong" - Kate Spade


 
IV.  Preppy Chic: Tailored, classic, comfortable and cosmopolitan are the words that describe the professional yet demure loafer.  Invest in a pair and wear forever.   The black pair that this maven owns is about fifteen or so years old and still scream "in-style".  Audrey, Grace and JFK were on to something!


kate spade new york 'karry' crystal embellished loafer


OR - Tod's Forever Classic




Tod's 'Gommini' Driving Mocassin



Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, President John F. Kennedy

"They had that rare thing, audience authority, that makes everybody look at you"



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Readers! 





"I adore pretty things and witty words"



kate spade new york  'jodie' 48 mm reading glasses




Grace Kelly


kate spade new york 51mm reading glasses

Fall 2015 is bound to be another incredible season. Kate Spade beautifully captures the essence of ladylike and classic apparel.  And, images of classic icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly remain forefront and center.  Stay focused, remain upbeat, smile and enjoy the scenery as the landscape becomes a burnished red and gold. 


Kate Spade Fall 2015




Kate Spade Fall 2015 Ad Campaign


"I don't believe in collective guilt, but I do believe in collective responsibility" - Audrey Hepburn







Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style

Movies - Top Five Fav's - Summer 2015

"Let Me Entertain You!"





Summer 2015 refreshingly released a number of flicks with incredible sets, actors and memorable scripts.  Hollywood is on a roll with summer enjoyment for the moviegoer.  Here are the top five favorite movies by this Forever Chic Style writer.   Added in will be a splattering of apparel for an evening out at the cinema.



The Top Five




 Can you believe this is Tilda Swinton as Dianna - A crazed magazine editor! 

Makeup and Hair Make Quite a Difference! 





V. Fifth Fav - Trainwreck (2015) - Amy Schumer; Bill Hader:  Written by funny gal Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow guarantees a fun time at the theater. The  story is about Amy who was told as a little girl that monogamy isn't probable or possible by her father, Colin Quinn.  Now as an adult, and a magazine writer, she is a trainwreck when it comes to relationships and commitment.  Enters stage left  Bill Hader as Aaron Conners , a charming and successful sports doctor whose best friend is LeBron James.  Can love be in the air? The movie is downright laugh out loud comical, witty, warm and a coming of age film.  Additionally, the cast of characters create a brilliant ensemble.  Worth every theater penny!




 What to Wear to the Movie?  

Why Amy Red Of Course! 

Joie 'Marlo' Silk Blouse

"The Four Levels of Comedy: Make your friends laugh, Make strangers laugh, Get paid to make strangers laugh, and Make people talk like you because it's so much fun" - Jerry Seinfeld



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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

 IV. Forth Fav - Mad Max: Fury Road - Tom Hader, Charlize Theron:  Fans of Mad Max will be in for a freaky jaw dropping visual ride of a post-apocalyptic action adventure.  The fourth film in the Mad Max series is basically an edge of your seat, heart pounding chase with Tom Hardy, Max and Charlize Theron, Imperator Furiosa stealing all the thunder on screen.  The film is raw, bold and extremely violent with fire and brimstone and not for the faint of heart.  Memorable and a definite must see.





What to Wear to the Movie? 

Something Dark - Black Jeans

 

"I tend to think of action movies as exuberant morality plays in which good triumphs over evil." - Sylvester Stallone



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III.  Third Fav - Jurassic World (2015):  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio:  Fans of the Jurassic Park series best buckle up for an adventure roller coaster with Pratt, as animal trainer Owen Grady and Howard as Claire Dearing as a fussy overseer, D'Onofrio as a control freak mastermind mingled in with of course the Tyrannosaurus rex and other prehistoric larger than life dinosaurs.   The movie fan will be riveted to the screen and entranced from opening scene until the finale.   The familiar theme consists of a fully functioning dinosaur theme park that takes a turn into chaos with a genetically modified creature the Indominus Rex. The film had the highest grossing opening in history of film $200M + and has grossed to date $1.6B worldwide.  Jurassic World is exciting, hair raising and the best to date of the Jurassic series with an exceptional cast, sets and spot on script. Hold onto your hats, watch the water tremble and be entertained.








 What to Wear to the Movie? 

Capture Last of Summer Days - Invest in White






Rachel Zoe 'Maud' Bell Sleeve Blouse


“Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.”-  Micheal Crichton - Author Jurassic Park


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Best Action Thriller


Who in their right mind would hold onto a door of and airplane and fly into the sky? Cruise did with a few hidden safeguards not seen.  Utterly amazing and terrifying!


Mission:  Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)




II. Second Fav - Mission:  Impossible Rogue Nation - Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson,  Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin:  This flick is the BEST action thriller movie of Summer 2015.   The cinematography and action packed scenes along with Cruise doing his own stunts are downright mindbogglingly combined with the premise of the film.   The IMF is disbanded and Tom Cruise, Ethan is on his own, yet now the network faces evil special operatives from the Syndicate.  The corrupt and diabolical rogue nation agents have terrorist attacks on the mind.   Thus, Cruise recruits a team along with British agent Rebecca Ferguson, Ilsa Faust on a mission to restore good to the land.  The cast is perfect, script clever with a mantra of  hold onto your hats, grab your seat and be riveted to the big screen.  Well played.  Well played indeed.







What to Wear to the Movie? 

Dress it Up a Bit - Suit Jacket





Elie Tahari 'Darcy' Stretch Wool Jacket



"I love what I do. I take great pride in what I do. And I can't do something halfway, three-quarters, nine-tenths. If I'm going to do something, I go all the way." - Tom Cruise




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Favorite Film of Summer 2015

 "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."


The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)







I. Favorite Film - The Man from U.N.C.L.E. -  Harvel Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alica Vikander, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki:  This 1960's television series lights up the big screen with fresh eyes directed by Guy Ritchie.   The story line flashes back to the Cold War with CIA agent Henry Cavill, Solo and arch enemy KGB agent Armie Hammer, Kuryakin. The cat and mouse game between the two is soon stomped out in order to infiltrate an international criminal group and protect the world from nuclear weapons and technology.  The only lead is a daughter of a German scientist.   The outstanding cast includes Alicia Vikander as  GabyJared Harris as Sanders and Hugh Grant as Waverly.   The movie captivates the audience from start to finish with the beautiful international sets, 60's funky fashion and a clever and brainy script. The repartee between Solo and Kuryakin is brilliant and fun. And, Grant adds a bit of the usual charming self that is ever appealing.  The cast is simply the best ensemble of the summer.  Furthermore, the moviegoer is pleasantly surprised by the yesteryear time frame, manners and elegance of the period.  Of course,  bottom line The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is pure entertainment with refined twist. 







 What to Wear to the Movie?  

Diane Von Furstenberg - 1960's Wrap Dress





Diane Von Furstenberg 'New Jeanne Two' Print Silk Wrap Dress



"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." - Coco Chanel


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style









How to Color, Create, Relax at Summers End


Summer's March to Finale

Is it okay to relax? Why yes - it is imperative!




Moonrise Kingdom (2012)


The crazy days of summer are winding down with a drop of rain here or there or once blue skies suddenly filled with more pillowy clouds floating down yonder.   With efforts to squeeze in last minute vacations, camping, swimming, gardening or driving madly comes a time to state "enough" and unwind and relax.   In an age, where chaos and activities reign supreme it is forgotten how to find ways of filling the soul with simple pleasures.   There is a movement in the land to stop and smell the roses, to stop running around like a chicken and to stop catering to everyone dancing around with agendas and instead take a minute, look back towards childhood and play a bit.  Turn off the cell phone, let children entertain each other or let the last minute piece of work wait until tomorrow.  Here are the top five ways to relax for the end of summer and the coming months.


1.  Cell Phone:  Put on vibrate and leave in another room.  No texting and no calls.  Seriously, put the phone down!

 

Doodling Dreams for Grown-Ups


Sarah Jessica Parker - Vogue Magazine (August 2011)



I. Coloring Books:  Yes, coloring books for adults are the "in" way to relax and soothe the mind after a day of insanity.   Think back to childhood where rooms were filled with toys, mess everywhere with lots of colors and freedom to do as pleased.  Today, there are coloring books that flash back to a simpler time where the rain pounded, the wind blew and imagination was set free all with a box of crayons and paper.  



Secret Garden - An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book


"Secret Garden - An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book" by Johanna Basford - Sold over 1.4M copies.  Filled with intricate designs that delight the mind when adding a bloom of colors across the pages.

“Colouring can be a form of self-care, dedicating some time to yourself to do something you enjoy. For some people that might be exercise, reading, or doing something else they enjoy. But for a lot of people, turning to art is a wonderful form of self-care and self-expression.”






The Crayon - Better to Color With!



Diane Von Furstenberg - Desk




Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils 72



Faber-Castell 'Art Grip' Colored Pencils (Set of 12)



Ellepi 'Duroplast' Double Pencil Sharpener





The Reader - Better to See With!





Lily Pultizer - Sandpiper '52' Reading Glasses



"Actually, all education is self-education. A teacher is only a guide, to point out the way, and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you education. What you receive is like the outlines in a child’s coloring book. You must fill in the colors yourself." ~Louis L’Amour


2. Peace:  Find a quiet place to relax.  No television, cell phone, computer or technical gadget.  Listen to the quiet around.



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Summer Camp - Or Just Camping



Moonrise Kingdom (2012)


Believe it or not  adult summer camps are the hottest trend of the moment.   Perhaps adults have run the gauntlet of getting into the right college, creating the right resume's, doing the right community service gambit, landing the right jobs and the list continues on of being so perfect and so right with every move.  Yet, after all the studious and enlightening prep of becoming the best at anything and everything maybe a crack of wisdom comes pouring forth of what does it take to "relax", turn it down and play again?  Thus, adults from all industries and walks of life are putting the cell phone down and heading off to summer camp.  Just maybe the youth are on to something!  Check out the internet and find the nearest adult summer camp.  Or call friends, take a tent, sleeping bag,  camping utensils and head on out into the wilderness or chose a local lodge and relax under a Camp Ivanhoe atmosphere.  Of course, leave the cell phone and outside distractions at the bottom of a purse or in the room or tent.  After all, picture taking, Instagraming, Facebooking, Tweeting, Texting and taking calls leads to missing out on the beauty of the world around.


What to Wear?




Moonrise Kingdom (2012)




Patagonia 'Nano Puff' Vest

Cover Up Princess


Erik Javits 'Hampton' Straw Sun Hat

Shades Please! 






Warby Parker 'Crossfield' 59mm Polarized Titanium Aviator Sunglasses

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein


 3.  Play Yourself: Stop watching others at play!  Instead step up to the plate, pick up a sport, join a team and enjoy the benefit of play with others rather than be a forever spectator. 


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Let's Start Playing!

 

 

Bridesmaids (2011)

 

Playing a sport is becoming a national obsession with adults.  After watching kids or others participate in activities for years, the time has come to also participate and enjoy the aftermath of getting in shape, meeting people and having good ole fun.  Sitting on the sidelines is the way of the past.  Take up a sport but remember the goal of a new endeavor is not try to compete with a 20 year old.  Many injuries happen to adults 40 and up when trying to keep in pace with a 20 something.  Seriously, take a sport slowly and build up expertise.  Most importantly, grasp the sport and have fun with others around the same age. Of course, a latte afterwards seals the venture!

 

 Looking Good!

 

Nike 'Pure' Stripe Dri-FIT Tennis Tank

 

Maria Sharapova

 

"It's not whether you get knocked down; its whether you get up" - Vince Lombardi



4.  Read:  Take time to read a book.  Yes, a book.  Not a text, nor a blurb here or there.  Learn something, share something and understand something to broaden the intellectual scope of understanding the universe and humanity.


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Women Who Read are Dangerous!





 
In the land of technology and gadgets galore, reading is available to all willing to take a moment and begin absorbing words, thoughts, stories and opinions.  However, often the technical gadgets disrupt the "art of reading and enjoying the moment".  Perhaps pick up a book, put the cell phone away, gadgets etc., aside and enjoy the freedom and wisdom of imagination combined with learning through reading.  Open a hardcover book and flip joyously through the pages free of interruptions!

 


The Nightingale

"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book" - Marcel Proust






5:  Paint:  Pick out a favorite hue and paint nails.  Pick out a favorite hue and paint lips. It is an action that results in a polished and pretty effect.


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Painting is a Pleasure - Nails & Lips



Taylor Swift - Blank Spaces Video


Add sparkling hues to nails and lips.   The end result will feel fabulous and look stunning.  Enjoy the beauty of color against skin and enhanced with apparel and accessories!



Dior, Dior, Dior







Dior 'Vernis' Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer


Dior 'Rouge Dior' Lipstick


Yes, stop and relax during the last days of summer.  Pick up a colored pencil and draw, go camping, start a sport, read a few more books, paint nails or buy a new lipstick and basically enjoy and embrace the last days of  the golden summer.  Going forward - take a moment everyday to hear the quiet, watch the world, notice the wildlife and ignore the cell phone now and then while making every day count.  The world is ever changing and learning to evolve and accept is important for mental health and well being.  However,  remember to feed the soul and grasp the joys of creativity and play as an adult. The reward is worth the effort.



Moonrise Kingdom (2012)


"My mission is life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some humor and some style."  - Dr. Maya Angelou

 Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style