MULE-ing It Over…

reversecommuter is resting & recovering her tootsies (click here to see why).

Tibi Mules

Tibi Mules

In the meantime what else would I be obsessing over…SHOES!

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Specifically White Mules.  Nothing says “mama gear” more than white shoes…but you only live once, so buy the white ones!  :)

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Tibi heel mules

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Seriously, deliriously happy it is Friday!!!!!!

Celine is growing, and I for one am deliriously happy about it! There is an outlet recently opened at the Woodbury Commons just outside of NYC. (Insert extremely high pitched squeal of happiness by reversecommuter here!!!!!). Celine has also just opened the brand spanking new doors of their new flagship store in London on Mount Street (neighbors to Lanvin, Azzaro, Balenciaga and Goyard!).  Phoebe Philo is also going to fill up 15 additional new shops internationally including Tokyo, Soho, and Las Vegas.  Ahem….Boston please?!!!

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J Crew might be going public.  Looking for a cash king to come riding into the sunset but not having a happy ending with Japan’s Fast Retailing Co (parent company of J Brand, UNI QLO, Theory and a few others).  Talks ended earlier this week in which J Crew was possibly going to be bought by Fast Retailing for $5 BILLION.  That is a whole heck of a lot of sushi so the Japanese company went Sayonara.  Rumor has it that Mickey is now gearing up for an Initial Public Offering with Goldman Sachs.

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Alphabetically very exciting – an IPO for J Crew!  Tee Hee!  :)

Spring has Sprung so slap some tulips in a vase, fill up the champs flute and dress up in something colorful to celebrate!

xo reversecommuter

O.W.O.

O.W.O = One Weekend Outfit.

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Went into Boston’s South End yesterday for a little promenade, lattes and a red velvet cupcake for the little dude (big siblings out at various play dates).

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The THAW has officially begun, which in Boston means the snow begins to melt and the salt is still inches deep on the streets – do not wear the good boots out!

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Now that winter is on the way out, reversecommuter is getting all reved up about Spring Collections and a big ol’ dose of retail therapy!!  Jonathan Simkhai’s quilted pony hair bomber from Fall ’13 reminded me of his incredible Spring Collection.  There really is no simple explanation of how reversecommuter’s mind works!  :)

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Bought an awesome new cookbook on my walk – have to share as it is meatless Monday, and this cookbook is vegetarian deliciousness!  Click here to get it!

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Speaking of vegetarian…Don’t forget to like reversecommuter’s FaceBook page to be entered into the KALE sweatshirt giveaway – click this blue phrase for all the details  - contest over tomorrow!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

What is it about Friday that instantaneously adds a big smile?!

NYFW is over, LFW is began today.  Snow to rain, fabulous fashion to fabulous fashion.

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Marc Jacobs ended the shows in NYC, and he did not disappoint! Rich luxe colored furs, caramels, winter whites, mod patterns sequins, a little lace, some hand stitched organza and quite possibly some of the most beautiful dresses presented in a long time.  Almost like a celebration of his emancipation from other lines (Louis Vuitton) to give his line the love it demands!

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Ralph Lauren’s collection was dreamy and rich, a line up of soft grey and purple and cream floated down the runway, dripping in cashmere, satin and wool crepes.  reversecommuter was hoping Ralph would end the show in one of those INCREDIBLE U.S. Olympic uniform sweaters, but alas his only nod to the snowy sports celebration was to be found on his feet!

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Tod’s owner and all round favorite Italian patriarch (click here for why) is having a little spat with Fiat, or to be more specific with Fiat heir John “Yaki” Elkann, grandson to founder Gianni Agnelli.  The two “gentlemen” are throwing insults at each other in the media (click here to have a giggle), in a war of words that starting over soccer (football in the rest of the world except the U.S.).  The luxury Italian leather maker is also the owner of a soccer/football club in Italy, and it happens to be the main rival of the Fiat owned team.

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I rigazzi sono rigazzi – that’s “Boys will be boys” in Italian!

On that note, pop some prosecco while wearing your cutest weekend get-up and celebrate love over this Valentine weekend!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday

Everybody do The Happy Dance!  It’s finally Friday!!

The CFDA offers it’s winning contestants mentoring as part of the package.  NYC’s Public School won this year, and they are now going to be guided by the President of Alexander Wang (who by the way, is not actually Alexander Wang, but rather Rodrigo Bazan).  This year’s runners up are Marc Alarv and Juan Carolos Obando.  Marc is going to be mentored by Tomas Maier (OHEMGEEEE) and Juan Carolos will received industry guidance from the CEO of Proenza Schouler.

 

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reversecommuter thinks that in this instance coming in second wasn’t so bad!  :)

Travel is a great fashion influencer.  Whenever reversecommuter travels, a new look is discovered.  Recently in Miami (click here for more on that little bit of sunshine) I noticed a serious love of boots & shorts put together.  It ranged from sequin shorts and a plain tank, jean cutoffs with over the knee suede boots and even khaki shorts with a leather hiking boot.

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reversecommuter loves the opportunity to take a look and translate it into my own style – that is what fashion is all about!

Victoria Beckham is a busy designer jetsetting all across the Pond.  Recently in NYC for a whirlwind 2 day visit, looking dynamite in reversecommuter’s all time fave color – navy blue.

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Victoria recently announced she will be setting up a NYC based office for her label, and will be opening a stand alone boutique for her line in London.  Stating that after building the brand for the past five years, she is now ready to deliver a shop catering to her clients’ tastes and needs.  LOVE!!!

Wishing you a weekend filled with bubbles, fun outings and perhaps even a fab outfit combining shorts & boots!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

YAY!!!!  WHOOP WHOOP!!!! HELLO FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

As if reversecommuter needed yet another reason to LOVE Tom Ford (click here to see an additional 10!).

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Tom (as I like to call him) explained the Men’s Winter 2014 Collection’s casual pieces as a reflection of his new lifestyle as doting daddy to his son, Jack.  Shearlings, cable knit  sweaters, pinwhale corduroys, high top sneakers (!!!!), trench coats, and all in rich colors including blackberry and ginger.

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Tom (sigh) said that he needs clothing he can go to the park in.  HE IS JUST LIKE reversecommuter!!!!!!!  All consumed with the proper fashion wardrobe in which to hang in the burbs with his children.  Tom, call me, I can TOTALLY relate!  Let’s have a playdate!

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Pantone has released the Spring color chart (actually it has been out for a bit but that Polar Vortex nearly pushed me over the edge so reversecommuter is just padding this post with warm colors!!!).

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MBFW NYC has announced it’s lineup for February, and reversecommuter thinks rollerblades might be THE fashion statement of the shows.  Major designers have opted to present at off-site locations as opposed to the Lincoln Center tents.

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Big Dogs such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs (is that not THE BEST PIC of him?!?!?), are all going off site which is SO exciting as to see what the venues will look like, and how creative architecture will influence these incredibly talented creative designers!

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awesome hilarious picture courtesy of manrepeller.com

Not to mention the inevitable traffic woes to succumb to all the fashion crowd.  Buckle Up!

Enjoy the weekend – do something to thaw out…like strap on a pair of fantasmic heels and pop a bottle of champs!

xo reversecommuter

Birkin’s Baby

Hermes named it’s iconic Birkin bag after her mom, Jane Birkin.

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Judging by last night’s concert at ICA Boston, there could be a new “IT” bag named the Lou!

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This posting is more suited to Fashion Soundtrack, a fab blog I follow and use to develop my playlists (click here – they have the best music!!!).  Lou Doillon is not just fashion blue blood but a musical star in the making.

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Decked out in her uniform of studded booties, skinny jeans, pocketed black t and cheek bones that go on until tomorrow, she is the epitomy of rock star cool with a hint of Jagger.

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reversecommuter wants to be a little bit her, she is just divine.

Bamboo You?

Did you know the Gucci bamboo handle was introduced in 1947 because of a leather shortage?

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This is my Gucci bamboo handle shopper, but based on the new line I clearly need/want a newbie!  Shop the new collection by clicking here.  Frida has once again knocked the bamboo & leather right out of the park!

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photo courtesy Gucci

Have you seen this Bamboo Confidential video yet? Übercool music, fashion and the Savoy looks as divine as always (best people watching lobby bar ever in my humble opinion).

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Bought these three lovelies for an instant source of Spring!  The beige is “Crumpet”, the pink is “Fruit Machine” and the Miami green is “Fiver”.

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butter London is a fab line of nail products, based on runway trends.  The collection is like a crayon box of heaven!  See for yourself, just click the blue and shop away!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Only 7 more sleeps till NYC FNO!  And it’s Friday!  Gotta love a double combo of happiness!

J. Crew is getting ready to expand internationally.  This is a bold move considering international and domestic economies are not exactly healthy.  J. Crew is already up in Canada, with one store in Toronto (where reversecommuter has it on good authority you can get a much better selection of the highly coveted and hard to find J. Crew Collection.

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And net-a-porter (LOVE LOVE LOVE all things Natalie Massenet & net-a-porter!!!)) carries a considerable amount of J. Crew (which reversecommuter found quite surprising at first but now warmly embraces).

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Now the retail powerhouse is preparing to open up stores in Hong Kong and London in the next two years, and will begin to ship internationally to 107 countries!  Mickey Drexler is doing a great job – not a big surprise (click here to see an earlier reverse commuter.com posting on the retail Midas, Mickey Drexler).

DuJour Magazine (click the blue to take a look at this fab new mag) – the magazine that will only be delivered to readers whose homes are over $1.5 MILLION and have an average income over $250K – is truly a gorgeous magazine (in print and online – the interactive digital version is phenom).

Jason Binn, publishing guru and founder of DuJour Magazine is also chief advisor to Kevin Ryan, Gilt’s CEO, among other projects including Niche Media which publishes 13 magazines scattered across major US cities such as Boston Common Magazine, Aspen Peak and Gotham to name a few.

reversecommuter is very excited to let you in on a little secret…I am going to the DuJour Magazine launch party on Wednesday September 5th….KIND OF EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a brilliant, fabulous, fashion filled LOOOOOOOONG WEEKEND!

XO reversecommuter