Fashion & Finance Friday!

Last week of January – Done & Done!  Greetings & Salutations FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here it comes….earnings season, and you know how much reversecommuter loves the numbers!

LVMH had a year of flat growth, with an profit increase of only 0.4%.  Don’t be too blue for the house that Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, etc etc. built, they still managed to rock 4.7 BILLION in profits!  reversecommuter thinks that Bernard Arnault and Salma Hayek won’t need to adjust the budget too severely!!

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But this splat flat is interesting in that it reflects China and European luxury markets slowing considerably.  Suddenly vintage is in (aka nobody is buying anything new!!).

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Breach is Bad. First Target, then Neiman Marcus and now Yahoo!  Yahoo announced Jan 30 that some of it’s email accounts had been hacked.  Neiman Marcus is working with federal investigators to provide insight into the 1.1 MILLION credit cards that were hacked over an estimated 3 month time frame.  Target had 40 million customers’ credit and debit card info stolen during the holiday shopping season.

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You know those websites that offer a grading of your password?  Maybe it’s time to start paying special attention to creativity!

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Don’t forget to enter reversecommuter’s first ever give away contest!  Deadline is fast approaching – January 31 midnight est.  Click here to go to reversecommuter’s FaceBook page, simply like it et voila, you are entered!   GOOD LUCK!!!

enjoy the weekend and remember, it is absolutely acceptable to watch the Super Bowl in heels while sipping champs!!

xo reversecommuter

Last Day of First Ever Give Away!

Want to own The Third Piece’s gorgeous pumpkin turban hat?   Midnight EST January 31 and the contest is done.

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Tick Tock  (how divine is the Hublot 5 Million anywho?!?!)

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Have you entered yet?  So simple – just like reversecommuter on FaceBook.  Click here to go straight to reversecommuter’s FB page!

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GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

Wishing you all a Very Happy Chinese New Year!!!  Kung Hei Fat Choy!!!!

p.s. keep warm if you are in the snowy southern states!

Layer it on me!

Just as the State of the Union is not just an excuse to stay up late…(anyone else tired today?),winter is not just for coats and jackets.

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Especially winters that seem to last forever! (insert *$%#&*! here)

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Start with serious layering such as silk or cotton long sleeve t-shirts, grab your favorite thick warm sweater, and top it off with a fun fur/faux vest.

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Expand the winter wardrobe while fooling yourself into thinking it is getting closer to Spring!

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FYI I found this Phillip Lim 3.1 sweater (alot of requests!) here at shopbop.com (click the blue, it’s on sale!)

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ps thank you for all the wonderful get well wishes – you totally made my day!!!!!!!!!

xo reversecommuter

Just One Stomach Flu Away from my Goal Weight

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Classic Devil Wears Prada quote…not as funny when living it. 😷
reversecommuter is taking Monday off due to a nasty flu!

Fashion and Finance Friday!

Thank the heavens above, the week is done!  Now if only the deep freeze would thaw….

Ralphie has done it again!  Ralph Lauren unveiled the US Olympic Team uniforms yesterday and they are purdy!!!!!!!  (having said that, reversecommuter is still SO UBER OBSESSED with Austria’s Olympic Uniforms from Bogner – click here to salivate!)

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This video from Ralph Lauren tells the story of a wool producer from an Oregan ranch that has been a family owned business for over 140 years.  It is a beautiful vignette and instills immediate patriotism!

In the video the narrator comments on the friendliness of the NYC Ralph Lauren design team.  reversecommuter had the pleasure of working with these designers a few years back and I can personally vouch for the warmth, design skills and energy offered from this fashion mammoth.

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Ralph Lauren should be commended for their creativity, design and vision of delivering the athletes uniforms that are completely designed and produced in the USA.

Instagram as a science project?  Instagram has been helping a tech firm named Olapic and professors at the University of Wisconsin study marketing and the relationship between photos and online sales (file under SUPER cool!).  According to their findings the colors yellow and blue increase sale.  The filters available on Instagram and other photo apps influence emotional reaction to the pictures.  

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And here you thought your favorite filter option just made your skin glow a little more!  Olapic counts Steve Madden, Bumble and bumble, Gilt, Coach, NastyGal, Veuve Cliquot and Vineyard Vines as clients who turn to them to pull Instagram pics from users into marketing data and mine it to increase sales.  

Speaking of Instagram (nice segway huh?!), please follow reversecommuter at http://instagram.com/reversecommuter (click it to go right there!).

Pop the champs, ignore the snow and wear your most gorgeous shoes and celebrate every single minute (they all really do count!).

xo reversecommuter

It’s What’s Inside that Counts

Especially when we are talking about the lining in coats!

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Etro is the KING of designers that add this little extra bit of loveliness.  Sometimes their lining is more gorgeous than the actual outside garment!  Click here to take a little visit to Italian design heaven.

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Dolce and Gabbana have their trademark leopard pattern lining most of their pieces.  Click here to drool all over their website!

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Lining is like a phenomenal piece of lingerie – your own very best secret all day!

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Dolce & Gabbana coat, Teenflo blazer, Rag & Bone jeans, Celine boots.

How do you say CashCash in Italian?

When would there be a better time to oooooh and awwwwwww over cashcash than during yet ANOTHER snow storm?!  (click here for a cashcash explanation/definition)

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reversecommuter went to Italy and discovered an incredible jewel…Chianti Cashmere.

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Nora Kravis came to the Chianti region from the US, over 35 years ago, and luckily for all of us, she and the cashmere goats settled in the most beautiful hills in a rustic farmhouse, and created “the Louis Vuitton of cashmere”.

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reversecommuter is the ridiculously lucky owner of quite a few pieces from Chianti Cashmere (quelle surprise!) and I can vouch for the luxurious softness of their scarves, blankets and wraps.  Click here to shop!  (what a gorgeous phrase that is!)

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Chianti Cashmere just gave their website a major overhaul – which in itself is amazing as Nora was over in Hong Kong at an international convention then jetted over to Iran and Kashmir to educate the farmers on sustainable cashmere practices.

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Oh, and did I mention the U.S. government contracts that she is working on in regards to sustainable farming.  Nora = Superwoman…and I am not just saying that because I LOVE her cashmere!

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First Giveaway Ever!

Welcome to reversecommuter’s VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY!

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The Third Piece has graciously provided this GORGEOUS pumpkin turban hat to reversecommuter’s blog followers.  It is the easiest contest to enter…simply click this blue link and LIKE reversecommuter.com’s Facebook page.

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I will collect the names of all the new likes starting today and ending January 31st, then pick a winner from a bowl of folded names while blindfolded.. it sounds much more dangerous than it actually is!   🙂

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reversecommuter is wearing The Third Piece’s hooded boa with pockets in citrine.  Click here to get your own (after you enter the contest of course!)

Just in time for another snowstorm / snow day / snow dump!

GOOD LUCK!!!!

Powder Hues and Powder Play!

Trying to find a ray of sunshine after your football team loses the AFC?  No Superbowl this year Patriots 😦

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Why not enjoy Martin Luther King Day playing outside?  (even if you aren’t in the US, it is a really good birthday to celebrate!)

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Bright sunglasses make a big difference in any weather.  It is like adding some instant sunshine and happiness!  Spring 2014 forecast is trending powdery pastel hues, might as well start preparing!  🙂

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Oliver People’s Sheldrake in mint is a great find!  Click here to go to Barney’s.

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Ray Ban offers a spectacular lilac Wayfarer, click here to get a pair at Sunglass Hut.

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Ope hat by The Third Piece (click here they are having a sale!!), Loewe sunglasses, Moncler jacket, Sorel boots.

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