Best Picks of 2017



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
















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