"Fashion fades, only style remains the same." Coco Chanel

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade Handbags





Calling All Kate Spade Loyalists






Kate Spade has done it again.  The new pebble-leather handbags are soft and buttery leather while designed in classic and timeless shapes.  Apparently, a new leather fabrication for Ms. Spade and it is divine.  Whereas the classic Kate Spade handbags are in crosshatched leather which is stiffer though hold shape beautifully and solidly.    It is extremely difficult to find a classic shaped handbag that is downright red carpet ready with soft supple leather all at a reasonable price point. Get ready to enjoy these lovelies! 



Baby it is Blue 









I.  The Blues of Glory:  As stated before sky blue is a must for Spring 2017.  It is soothing, gorgeous and oh so memorable.   Fall in love with baby blue and step out with confidence and joy for good times coming.




The Tote





Kate Spade New York Lombard Street Neve Tote



 Travel Baby Blue




Kate Spade New York Hopkins Street- Alannis Leather Crossbody Bag





 Pair with Shades






Kate Spade New York 'sharlots' 52mm Sunglasses



"Beauty is about having a pretty face.  It is about having a pretty mind a pretty heart, and most importantly a beautiful soul" 



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Pretty in Pink











II.  The Pleasure of Pink:  Shades of pink are abound Spring 2017.   Think softness, floral beauty and everything a dash of extra love poured into a beautiful pink piece.




The Hobo


Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Mylie Leather Hobo






Kate Spade New York Jenae 53 Polarized Sunglasses



Bluest of blues and palest of pinks are so in vogue.   Make a statement, dress for success, be proud of accomplishments, hold head high, smile and wear the favorite colors of spring.



"Don't be in trends. Don't make fashion own you, but decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and by the way you live." - Gianni Versace



Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style






Spring 2017 Makeup




The Haute List






Learning about fresh and new makeup for Spring is like dipping hands into a candy jar with so many different shades and flavors to take in and consume.   A trip to the mall can be nirvana when heading to a favorite makeup counter or an overwhelming experience. Always have a plan and a list for starters to avoid the "I am melting down" syndrome.   Recently on such an excursion a new foundation that is utterly silky and sublime on skin made it home along with a few other items.  Let the games begin.  Winter is indeed over and Spring has arrived like a lion. 


Creamy Skin










I. The Haute Foundation:  It is important to start with healthy and clean skin before adding a foundation that evens out skin tone.  Yes - you need foundation even if you hear you don't because you are using the latest and greatest miracle skin care line.   Finding a skin care routine is personal and depends on the condition of your skin.  I have tried many lines over the years and have seen a dermatologist with rashes more times than I can count from harsh and active chemicals. For me, always trial and error.  Luckily, I have found a good line of skincare that keeps my skin happy.  And, as one ages, there is a need for more moisture and other ingredients to keep the skin moist. Definitely invest in a high quality skin care line.  After the skin is cleaned and moisturized - a foundation with SPF is key.  This weekend, I happened upon  Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Fluid Foundation SPF 24.  Oh my gosh - amazing. The foundation goes on like silk and gives a dewy and beautiful finish.  And, I didn't break out!! This is top of my list for Spring Makeup 2017. Expensive - yes - but will last for months.   


Use only half a pump! 
Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Foundation SPF 24



"I love the confidence makeup gives me" - Tyra Banks


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For Your Eyes Only









II. The Haute Mascara:  Like skin care and foundations - I have tried many many mascara brands.  I received a sample of MAC 'In Extreme Dimension Lash' Mascara and was surprised at the length and volume.  Eyes will pop open with no clumping or flaking.  With the unique brush every eyelash is covered in a conditioning formula.  Absolutely a must have for Spring 2017!





MAC 'In Extreme Dimension Lash' Mascara



"The eyes are the mirror of the soul" 



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The Eye Setting








III. The Royal Eye Shadow:   Purple or lilac eye shadow is the "it" shade for Spring 2017 makeup. This Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Pallette set is essential with a combination of hues that will highlight the eyes.  Hazel eyes will appear very green and so pretty. 





Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Pallette in Lavendar Grace


That is it for now.  Until next time - enjoy the beauty of Spring 2017.



"The most beautiful makeup is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy." -Yves Saint Laurent


Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick








Yellow Apparel Spring 2017


Call it Mellow Yellow






Yellow of all shades is making a grand entrance in Spring 2017.   This hue of the moment is showering happiness to many with instant joy.  This giddy shade is a must whether worn in a multicolored top, pants, dress or skirt.  Get ready to open doors, make magic and be a yellow flower that is a magnet for good cheer.


Hello Sunshine!









I. Yellow Cardigan:  Let a pop of color brighten the day with a beautiful cardigan dripping in a shade of yellow. Pair with jeans, black pants, shorts, skirts and any other apparel color that strikes a cord of bedazzlement.





Halogen Three Quarter Sleeve Crewneck Cardigan


"Shine Brightly" 

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road







II. Yellow Pumps:  Step out with sunshine creating envious inducing potential.  The sunny color is bound to ensue smiles and happy feet. 



Louise et Cie Kota Ankle Pump




"Keep your heels, head and standards high" - Coco Chanel


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Charmingly Joyful







III. Yellow Blouse:  A lovely yellow blouse demands instant sunshine gratification.  The magical transformation is apparent creating  images of sandy beaches, pool side cocktails and everything vacation.




Free People Darling Off the Shoulder Top





KUT from the Kloth Floral Print Blouse




Halogen Modal Jersey V-Neck Tee


"Elegance is elimination" - Cristobal Balenciaga



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Fashion Point








IV.  Handsome Handbag:  A spot of yellow in a handbag is the perfect compliment to a spring and summer wardrobe.  Wear happily, confidently and smile all day long.  Yellow is the magic color of the moment. 





kate spade new york hayes street small isobel leather satchel








"Be the designer of your own destiny" - Oscar de la Renta



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Enchanting Statement








V.  Magical Moments:  Yellow brings out the best mixing a sunshine hue with confidence, intellect and sheer merriment.   Add a pair of earrings in a yellow shade and walk with a extra bit of contentment.







kate spade shine on mismatched earrings




Susan Hanover Semiprecious Stone Drop Earrings







Lafonn 'Lassaire' Canary Drop Earrings


BaubleBar Tratar Drop Earrings




"Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered."  - Giorgio Armani

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XI.  Sassy Dress:  Be the bell of the ball at any upcoming soiree with a pretty in yellow frock.  In the mind the sun will shine and rays of light will come forth. 


Easter Brunch


Milly Elle Stretch Crepe Sheath Dress


Evening Out, Wedding or Cocktail Party



Sachin & Babi Noir Coppelia Trumpet Dress

Vacation Bound



Thieves Like Us Asymmetrical Tank Dress




Spring 2017 has sunshine yellow taking center stage.  Starlets received the memo and have been wearing this beautiful and upbeat hue at recent award shows and events.  Add a vibrant yellow piece to any outfit and succumb to a joyous smile. Spring forward with grace, elegance and a dash of vibrancy that reminds the world of strength, hope and new beginnings. 




Emma Stone



"Yellow is the dance towards the future.  Looking back is folly and looking forward with hope and joy brings happiness to the soul.  Follow the yellow brick road with a passionate embrace."


Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick


Jeans - Ripped, Baggy or Classic


Trendy or Modern Classic?

Celebrate Being a Woman!


The Trends













The Classics













Something is in the air this Spring when it comes to jeans now more than ever.   The trendy rage of jeans with holes, rips and bagginess in dark and light denim is present far and wide across the land. Additionally, embellishments of glitter and flowers cemented on the fabric is rampant.  To top it off the "mom" jean from the '80's is making an ugly reappearance. The challenge with these trends is that the eye sees only the distractions rather than the entire ensemble or person.  Of course, the trends are fun, whimsical and youthful.  Yet, apparel draped on a silhouette is all about lines and proportions and when one element screams attention the overall look is lost and questioned.   In comparison, classic dark denim either in a skinny or straight leg jean creates clean lines and flatters from head to toe.   The dark denim blends in with the other hues and construction of the other pieces creating a masterpiece.  Think of buildings, architecture, great art and anything else pleasing to the eye. There is always symmetry. 

Just what is urging women to crave wearing clothing off the beaten path? Or clothing that is completely unflattering?  Is it a desire to be noticed or trying to appear youthful?  Audrey Hepburn, Nicole Kidman, Taylor Swift, Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine and Reese Witherspoon all stick with the modern classics and appear ageless. Moreover with the popularity of the rip, torn and baggy painter denim trends is the rise of not wearing a stitch of makeup.  There is a message being touted about having great skin without any help of added color. The reality is that all facial skin whether it is 100% clear needs a little infusion of color added or an elimination of color.  The only time there isn't a need for any makeup is at the gym unless plans are considered after the workout.  Yes, all are aging but why not define age with a little help?  The modern classic always puts the best foot forward.  No pun intended.

More Questions? 

The feminine strong role models for women are rare and the androgynous look is rather boring.  In nature, does the female not attract?  Why is it wrong to be attractive with beautiful clothes and a spot of makeup finishing with a bright lip?  The times are a bit mind-boggling and confusing for many. However, make no mistake, throughout history women dressed well in the classic apparel have always stood out and this mantra continues to ring true.  Embrace being a woman, take care of self and remember to be proud of the advantages women have in our society. Intelligence, grace, kindness and dressing appropriately does count.  Finally, remember actions, kind words, standards and ethics reign supreme.


Back to Jeans Please! Trendy or Classic? 

Let's get back to the trendy or classic jeans dilemma.  Of course, a choice must be made and as with everything free will is at the forefront.  The right jeans can be empowering in business and in daily life.  Think lines, proportion and fit.   The Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr is an excellent book on what looks best on three different body types.



Proportion & Lines


Perfect



Gigi Hadid - Swing Coat on Top with Skinny Jeans



Notice the Difference? 


Annette Bening

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What Jeans to Buy?



StyleWatch April 2017

Jean Mantra: 


  • Ripped, Torn and Embellished are seen & noticed first above all else
  • Never wear ripped, torn or overly embellished to work 
  • Choose only dark denim for a slimming effect
  • Light blue denim if thin
  • Rips on knees can look like eyes peering out
  • Embellishments can make jeans look dirty
  • Fringe at the bottom of jeans can get filthy
  • Also - check out photos below with ideas on how to match apparel to jean type


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Skinny Ripped


Trendy - If You Must Indulge




Olivia Palermo



Paige Transcend - Verdugo Ultra Ripped Skinny Jeans



Skinny Classic  

Clean Lines Highlighting Silhouette











AG The Farrah High Waist Skinny Jeans



"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." - Edith Head



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Baggy

Trendy - If you Must Indulge





Jennifer Aniston - Slim Apparel on Top - Baggy Bottom




Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Boyfriend Jeans


Baggy Classic








FRAME 'Le Garcon' Skinny Boyfriend Jeans


"Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live."  - Gianni Versace



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Embellished

Trendy - If you Must Indulge








Topshop Moto Jamie Embroidered Skinny Jeans







Hudson Jeans Nico Ankle


"In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous." - Elsa Schiaparelli



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Forever Classic - Straight

Can't Go Wrong Ever! 




Emma Roberts


Paige Transcend - Hoxton High Waist Straight Jeans


"Fashion is what you're offered four times a year by designers.  And style is what you choose." - Lauren Hutton


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Just Say No!  

Some may want to indulge - let's highlight the questionable that is causing quite a stir




SNL (2003) & Today Show Halloween (October 2014)


Today - 2017




Note:  Youth can get away with mom jeans 




Topshop Gemstone Mom Jeans


"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo da Vinci


Jeans are the cornerstone of America's history and originally intended for the cowboys and minors becoming popular in the 1950's.  Today, jeans are worn anywhere and everywhere, are comfortable and a staple that cannot be dismissed.  When selecting a pair of jeans, the Modern Classic loves dark denim, clean lines, stretch material and high quality.   Trendy or classic is a choice for the ages. Trends can be expensive and here today and gone tomorrow whereas a classic remains eternal. Of course, now and then a little fun is needed. So dance with flowers, embellishments and add color. Take heart, be forewarned and know that ripped and embellished jeans will be critically judged.  If happy with choice and do not care what the world thinks - enjoy the madness.  If desired to be seen as elegant, timeless and having Forever Chic Style - well then it is easy - chose denim that is dark with clean lines.   Act with grace, speak kindly and walk with a smile.  All else is sprinkles. 


"Life is about choices.  Fashion is art and style is individual.  Stand out in a crowd with simplicity and be forever remembered."  - Kim Hardwick



Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick