Fashion & Finance Friday!

happy happy joy joy it’s Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Need a new tablet?  Can you wait until July (as today is June 29th the odds must be good!), because that is when Google will launch the Nexus 7 for a paltry $199.00, and most of your fave mags will be a staggeringly cheap .99 to celebrate the newest 7″ electronic reader!

Natalie Massenet, founder and CEO of Net-a-porter (reversecommuter’s love for this site is near legendary in status) has opened a US headquarter in NYC.  Natalie suggested that the 73% annual growth in US business may have influenced the decision.   YA THINK?!?!?!?!

Interestingly approximately 25% of all Net-a-porter sales occur on either a tablet or a smartphone.  V V COOL STAT!

Lady Gaga paid $133,075 for an Alexander McQueen dress from 2008, owned by  Daphne Guinness who parted with some of her wardrobe sold by Christie’s on Wednesday June 27th.  The money raised will go to the Isabella Blow Foundation, which aids young designers and also funds research into depression and mental illness.  Isabella Blow was a fashion editor, a MAJOR fashion personality in her own right, and BFF to the captivating Daphne Guinness, and sadly she committed suicide in 2007.  No-one wore a hat better, in the humble opinion of reversecommuter.

Fedora-ful!

Have you found yourself grooving to imaginary Cuban tunes?  MIght be your sense of style dropping not-so-subtle hints that it is craving a fabulous new fedora!


1882 brought to stage a play named “Fedora” about an aptly named princess, Princess Fedora who wore a hat.  Fast-track to 2012 and all the cool chicks (modern day princesses) are rocking’ the fedora.

You can get one at a scream of a deal at J. Crew for $9.99… SWEET!!!!   I bought mine at Joe Fresh for a particularly pleasing $12.00.

Surprisingly easy to wear (other than the obvious dreaded hat head) and versatile too!

Even seven year-olds are raiding their mama’s closet!  (grrrrrr)

Summer Simplicity

Summer allows for no-brainers in the morning.  Take my outfit for example.  Dress on, hair back, flops & done!

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Dress by Scout (I bought it last year and cannot find any current shops that carry the line, here is the only one I found at Yoox.com), FlipFlops by Havianas, Headband by Missoni.

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Speaking of Havianas and Missoni…did you know that the two fashion houses teamed up this year for a special limited edition collection of Missoni flops?  COOL.COOL. COOL!

But the price tag of $70 for a pair of flip flops…luke warm at best.

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But for now I am happy with my $20.00 flops – that way there are no tears when the inevitable blowout happens.

Slice’n’Dice

Alexander Wang is a mama’s bff!  T by Alexander Wang is a reasonably priced line that incorporates clever detail, gorgeous fabric and sleek designs.  How is that not better than being trapped in yoga clothes all day?!

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The unexpected slit in the back is SO fun!

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This pullover is a great addition to the wardrobe as it goes with everything – even cut-offs!

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Alexander Wang & T by Alexander Wang are currently on sale – BIG TIME!!!!!!  A lot of his pieces carry over well from season to season (I find that usually takes a little bit of the shopping guilt away).

AG white cut-offs, Theory tank, T-by- Alexander Wang sweater, Prada Sport wedges.

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Urban Grocs

As mentioned, last weekend was spent in NYC, and a lot of my faves were visited.

It would be rude for me to not mention the King of all Groc Shops….Dean and Deluca!

The best part of the SOHO location is the large glass windows at the front, with the stand-up cappuccino bar – is there a more ideal spot for people watching than directly across the street from Prada?

Pretty Pretty Pretty – in fact the flowers look better just for being so darn urban!

Fancy Delicious Carbs Anyone?

Everythyme (LOL) I walk into this store I drool over this spice rack display – beyond impressive!  Alas, I am now surbubanly challenged and as such I am a catalogue fan, so this is what is in my kitchen.   But seeing the real deal is still amazing!

No matter what the local suburban groc shop offers, it will never have this NYC vibe nor these adorable little marzipan critters!

See that label?  Yup, I was ALL OVER that slice!!!!!  And just to be perfectly clear, I am not a strawberry kind of girl.

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Happy Heat Wave Friday!  Anyone for the beach?

Ideeli, one of those websites that hosts limited time sales, just received a $30 MILLION investment from some investors, one of whom is Credit Suisse.  Ideeli has a great collection of designers, stylists and editors that work together and their sales are fab!

The Queen loves McQueen!  During QEII’s Birthday Honors list last week (that sounds like a stressful job), she recognized Sarah Burton and her gorgeous designs.  I love Alexander McQueen, and I appreciate the Queen’s great taste but I for one would rather the monarch leave the cutting edge designer outfits for her new daughter-in-law.  Just saying….

Have a spectacular weekend!

reversecommuter is headed back to the beach!

This little piggy….

Apologies on the late in the day posting, in the middle of a heat wave here and so it was off to the beach!

One could say I was inspired from these cool little marzipan piggies (all decked out in their finest Hawaiian), seen at Dean & Deluca in NYC earlier this week:

Here are some sun hat options on display today:

I kid you not, $ 5.00 purchase on the beaches of Cancun.  FYI, San Diego Hat Co.

Straw Beach Hats – every girls’ best friend…until you have to put it in a suitcase!

Missoni?  Nope, ZARA!  Beach Chic nonetheless!

Shamps, Hip and Ole!

Imagine reversecommuter’s delight while sitting at her fave tapas restaurant Boqueria in (gasp, surprise, and obvious sarcasm) Soho, when her Handsome Husband (aka HH) leant over the table and said “Who knew we were still this cool?”  Sitting in Soho, sipping on a mango sangria, chomping on a little serano ham and manchengo, people watching GALORE and happy as a friggin’ Spanish chorizo!

Leaving the ‘burbs for a quick NYC getaway poses all kinds of packing problems.  My goal was a carry-on.  Yeah Yeah, laugh all you want but guess what?!  I DID IT!!!!!!  I packed three dresses, a silk blouse, a tank, a pair of hot pink jeans (you never know), a pair of Louboutains, some lingerie (did I mention we were away from our children for 40 hours), 3oz flight friendly toiletries, a hairbrush, a camera, an iPad, a charger, and a Britsh Vogue (don’t leave home without it!).

So for our big night out, I chose an T by Alexander Wang navy blue dress, Louboutain nude patent pumps and a little DVF clutch.  It was a little chilly that night but nothing some bubbles wouldn’t warm up!

Dinner was done, and just when I thought we headed to snoozeville, the big surprise occurs…HH announces that we MUST hit the rooftop bar at the Paramount.   Uh, excuse me Daddy of 3, where did the hip-and-hot-must-hit-list come from?  HOW LUCKY AM I?!!!!  Heck yeah, let’s go daddy-o!

Rooftop bar hanging over 5th Avenue, clear views of the Trump Tower (complete with lit up foliage about 30 floors up), distant lights of the Louis Vuitton boutique, a hint of a view of Bergdorf Goodman and Central Park, and the delish people circulating about the bar was bananas!

After a glass or two of shamps (purrrrrrrrr) and downloading about eight songs a la Shazam (part of my new summer playlist will remind me of my uber cool NYC night out), we were leaving.  But not before I fell in love with this great painting hanging in the elevator foyer:

Here is the artist’s signature (which I still find illegible), so if anyone knows who this is, PLEASE let me know!

We got back to our hotel and put the signage on the door.

SOHO-Wholly Addicted!

The second posting dedicated to my whirlwind getaway to NYC is going to be focused on my current fave area of the Big Apple, namely SOHO.

Soho used to represent all things art, up and coming artists, uber cool art galleries, exclusive parties, ridiculously fab architecture, in summation a pre and post-Warhol way of life.  Nowhere was cooler.

Recently there has been a not-so-subtle gentrification of SOHO by the Italians (Prada, Gucci), the French (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Isabel Marant), some extremely talented and successful Americans (Alexander Wang) and even the Dutch (Acne).

reversecommuter is happy to report she shopped like the UN Ambassador, showing no favoritism to any one particular country!  🙂

FYI my all time CRAZY FAVE piece currently found in SOHO is the fur hammock hanging in the Alexander Wang flagship store!

And my second CRAZY FAVE was the blue Celine mini luggage at Kirna Zabete.

Stumbling…

reversecommuter went to NYC for a quick 35 hour trip – just her camera, her husband and her American Express card!

This is the first posting about the trip and is dedicated to blind luck – as in the kind that stumbles onto NYC sample sales (on the weekend, which almost never happens!!).

While walking through Chelsea Market on Sunday after a phenom brunch at Pastis (cannot  go to NYC and not hit Pastis at some point – interestingly learnt on this trip that Pastis is open for Supper, which by Pastis definition is midnight to 2am!!!), a wondrous discovery was made.

Imagine the sound of the squeal when walking by a glass storefront stenciled with “Rag & Bone Sample Sale” complete with a makeshift sign taped on stating “additional 20% off Sunday”.  OHEMGEEEEEEE!

Needless to say reversecommuter did not waste a gift like that!  Voila, my new dress…(my handsome husband picked up a pair of jeans – always a great thing when he goes for the “fancy designer jeans” and walks past The Gap!!!)

Soiffer and Haskin was kind enough to send reversecommuter an email Saturday afternoon trumpeting the SUNDAY opening of the Frette sample sale.  Bonjiorno luxury Italian KABILLION-count cotton bedding!!!!

Consider this a gift from me (trust me, just sign up, their sales are that good!!!)  Soiffer Haskin just hosted an Yves Saint Laurent sale and their salespeople were telling me about the 4 hour line up!

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As much fun as the sample sales were, NYC retailers were also on sale for the most part –  unplanned but a recognized bonus nonetheless.  Bergdorf Goodman started their sale Saturday morning with a decent 30% discount, Barney’s is settled into their sale at a lovely up to 60% off right now, and a lot of independent designers have initiated their sales as well.  Keep in mind that this translates well on the prospective websites too!