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Hits of 2017




The year of 2017 has flown by and is slowly coming to a close. Fashion has been ladylike and ever so classic.   Hopefully, 2017 has been a memorable adventure for everyone.  Of course, ups and downs are always part of the grand scheme of life yet with a positive outlook all does seem to end on a high note.  If a fan of history, one knows that the human condition remains intact and the craziness of yesteryear is always forefront.   Never fear, those with grace, smiles and a zest for life enjoyed the blessed year of 2017.   After all, why not?   As for fashion, there were a few numbers that remain key for a timeless wardrobe. As noted style mavens have been adorned in ladylike and classic apparel sending a nod of hope for this year and beyond.  Yes, bargains are very attractive for a "moment" but spending money wisely is a prudent approach.  By the way, in this delightful holiday season we spent $800B according to Mastercard which equals the highest purchasing period ever in American history.  The advent of online shopping is now king of the land.  So, let's get started on the hits of 2017!  And, yes, I do have links attached to all of these beauties.  Click away my friends. 



The Ultimate Jeans





Drum Roll Please! - AG The Farrah High Waist Skinny Jean is the best jean on the planet.   These fit beautifully, never sag, stretch out and are long which creates a polished appearance.  Seriously, these make all other jeans fade away into the background. 


Dark Blue Denim is Classic & Slimming


AG The Farrah High Waist Skinny Jeans




Black!




AG Farrah High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans



Holiday





AG The Farrah High Waist Velvet Jeans

"Fashion is mysterious, as a rule.  Why are blue jeans a classic?  You just hit on something that happens to be timeless and right." - Dianne von Furstenberg



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The Basic Waterproof Boot




Catherine, HRH Duchess of Cambridge 




Next Up! Aquatalia Boot Brand -  These boots are well constructed, waterproof and are super comfortable right out of the box.  There is absolutely no break in time.  They are my "go to" bootie, or knee high boot for any occasion.   You will not be disappointed for years to come.  So, stomp in puddles all you want!



Bootie






Aquatalia Franca Weatherproof Bootie


The Riding Boot - Slim Fit




Aquatalia Genna Weatherproof Tall Boot


"A shoe is not only a design, but it is part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you are going to move is dictated by your shoes." - Christian Louboutin

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The Pretty Pajamas







Do I hear a Bell? - PJ Salvage Stretch Modal Pajamas are Top of Mind:  Be sure to order ONLY the Stretch Modal pajamas.  The fabric is super soft and sublime.  The patterns are sophisticated and polished which equals pretty and everlasting.  The challenge with many pajama sets are that the designs are childlike and made of flannel or cotton. If you are child - then perfect but for us fashionistas we need a bit more ageless appeal.   PJ Salvage with Modal is the only brand to buy when it comes to pajamas. 







PJ Salvage Stretch Modal Pajamas and Eye Mask


"Always wear pretty pajamas to bed. You never know who you will meet in your dreams"  


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The Cozy Cashmere




Gigi Hadid


And the Award Goes too - Everlane Cashmere Sweaters:  Everlane has the finest cashmere sweaters on the market. The cost is lower than competitors since Everlane extends the savings to you.   How? They use excellent manufacturing plants and cut out the department stores which in turn is a savings to the customer.   Nordstrom highlighted Everlane this fall for a brief period in their pop-in shop.  Of course, savvy shoppers made a beeline to Nordstrom and purchased cashmere sweaters, The Boss Boot and so many more items.  Everlane was so popular that Nordstrom ran out of stock within days.  Never fear - Everlane online is where you can find the coveted cashmere sweaters and much much more. 

PS:  I love The Boss Boot and highly recommend them. They are crafted in Italy and do not require any break in time. Another winner in the world of boots.   Yes, I love boots and yes - I own The Boss Boot. 




Lots of Colors! Use my Link!


Everlane Women's Cashmere Crew

"Put on a sweater and really great sneakers with a big scarf, and you'll look so stylish.  For me, they are an everyday essential." - Meghan Markle. 


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The "Must Own" Sneakers










Game, set match point. Game Over Man. Game Over:  Treasure and Bond Merrick Perforated Sneaker:   You will need these all leather sneakers this spring and summer.  Mark my words.  They are comfortable, retro and extremely elegant.   Don't be left on the sidelines with just plain ole sneakers.  No, step it up and wear a sporty pair that are sure to stop traffic.




Treasure & Bond Merrick Perforated Sneaker



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Anything Longchamp!







And, the Emmy Goes To:  Longchamp Handbags:  Longchamp handbags are essential for every fashionista.  The styling is ageless with exceptional functionality finishing with classic lines.  After-all, Longchamp is French.  Need I say more....



Elegant Tote





Longchamp Penelope Tassel Drawstring Leather Tote




Go to Tote - Nylon & a Plethora of Hues



Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote


"The joy of dressing is an art." - John Galliano


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Hollywood Retro Makeup





Charlotte Tilbury




The Finish Line Winner - Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Line:  Tilbury is a world-renowned makeup artist for celebrities, photo shoots and Fashion Week.  She knows the secret of applying makeup to look absolutely glamorous.  In 2017, I have become obsessed with this beautiful line. The lipstick, blush, highlighters are glam stopping fabulous.  The packaging is retro Hollywood of the 40's.  Whip out your lipstick and take a ride backwards to an era of breathtaking beauty.  The lipsticks are divine. 

PS: Don't be fooled with the "no makeup" trend.  It is a trend.  Lipstick, mascara and light foundation will make you happy, glow and self confident.  You are respecting yourself and those around you.  

Holiday Red


Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick - Carinas Love

Pink Toned Matt - Winner of Allure magazine's 'Best of Beauty' award for Neutral Lipstick for Light Skin shade Pillow talk, 2017



Charlotte Tilbury Matt Revolution Luminous Modern-Matt Lipstick - Pillow Talk




Highlighter - New Favorite - Add Shine to the Face for a Dewy Look








Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand


"Darlings, I always say lipstick empowers confidence.  It's happiness in a tube!" - Charlotte Tilbury


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The Magical Mascara









The Finale for Mascara - MAC Extended Play Lash Mascara:  Bar none Extended Play is the finest mascara in the industry.  With a flick of a wand one will have beautiful defined lashes that flatter. The mascara does not clump, smear, flake and it is waterproof.  This is the mascara to own. 





MAC Extended Play Lash


"Makeup is an art.  Beauty is spirit" 


Thank You Reader!


As 2017 comes to a close, I want to thank all of you for taking time to read my fashion reports.  I enjoy putting them together and sharing with you.  May you bring in the New Year with joy, happiness, laughter and smiles.  And, may 2018 be a dazzling year for each and everyone of you.    Let's end with a quote by Audrey Hepburn which all can live by in the coming year. 

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn. 


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style
















Last Minute Small Gifts - 2107




Sparklers! 






Christmas Day is in exactly one week from today.  Are you ready?  Most likely you are racing around while picking up a few last minute jewelry or sparkling gifts to shower friends and family.  It is indeed a wonderful time of the year.   Here are a few more jingle bell presents to spread good cheer.  Enjoy the moment!


Opulent Necklaces 






Necklace with regal style.  Comes in many hues and is elegant and magnificent with any outfit.  













Nadri Imitation Pearl Collection Necklace


"Jewelry is the most trans-formative thing you can wear" - Iris Apfel


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The Cell Case Cover - Readiness for iPhone X










Recover Gemstone iPhone X Case




kate spade new york glitter snowflakes iPhone X Case





Rebecca Minkoff Crystal Embellished iPhone X Case




kate spade new york baby it's cold outside iPhone 7/8 X

"Elegance is the only style that never fades" - Audrey Hepburn


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Exquisite Diamonds








Nordstrom Precious Metal Plated 2ct  tw Cubic Zirconia Earrings




Lafonn Simulated Diamond Stud Earrings



The Real Deal!



Mikomot Morning Dew Ayoka Cultured Pearl & Diamond Earrings

"Diamonds are a girls best friend" - Marilyn Monroe



Fancy the glitter glow everywhere this season.  Select a shimmer piece and watch the eyes light up with joy.  Ho! Ho! Ho!


Happy Shopping!
Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style


Cold Weather Apparel 2017



Baby It's Cold Outside!




Angelina Jolie Touching Down - New York - December 14, 2017



The snow is falling, the wind is blowing, the rain is pouring or crisp air with blue skies are covering the land.  The elements can be fierce while navigating last minute holiday shopping, attending festive gatherings, cookie exchanges and everything cheery in December.  While stepping mightily towards events, it is required to be extra cautious, bundled and ready for anything.  After all, this is not the time for stiletto's, flip flops or super high heeled boots unless very nimble and flexible.  Here are a few numbers to help maneuvering the winter wonderland. 



The "Winter It" Coat








Canada Goose Rowan Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim


Several Hues!




Canada Goose Kinley Insulated Parka


Love this Brand!



Mackage Hooded Asymmetrical Down Coat with Inset Bib






Mackage Hooded Down Parka with Genuine Coyote & Rabbit Fur Trim


"Glamour never takes a day off" - Iman


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The Signature Hat





Jennifer Lopez




Dozen of Colors

Kyi Kyi Genuine Fox Pompom Hat






Free People Happy Trails Faux Fur Pom Beanie


"A snowflake is winters butterfly" 


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The Luxurious Scarf





Jennifer Lopez

Love this One!





Toria Rose Genuine Fox





Jocelyn Solid Genuine Rabbit Infinity Scarf



Over the Top - Dream A Little







Max Mara Genuine Mink Fur Color


"Life is too short to wear boring clothes" 


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Cover Thy Mitts!




Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge


Cashmere Lined! 





Fownes Brothers Basic Tech Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves





UGG Classic Leather Tech Gloves with Genuine Shearling Trim



"Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect, mirror what you admire." 


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The Regal Boot










Aquatalia Genna Weatherproof Tall Boot






Aquatalia Joanna Weatherproof Tall Boot


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


There you have it.   A few warm apparel pieces to delight for years to come.  Also, choose a few whimsical treasures that brings smiles to self and others.  Sparkle, shine and glow with warmth, love and friendliness to one and all.  Build internal strength, convictions, walk tall and exudes happiness.  After all, it is the jingle bell time of year! 


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style