Seeing Stars & Snowflakes

Impending snow storms normally freak me out – note wonky facial expression in photo…

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unless cute hand-knit star adorned hats are involved…

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Especially at 15% off when you enter “stay warm” – click the link, shop and save and look ridunculously cute walking the dog, meeting the school bus, sitting at the game etc.

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reversecommuter profiled this hot home spun business back in 2013 (click here) and I predicted beautiful wooly greatness

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Now 5th Avenue behemoths Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman are fighting over themselves to get the Boston bred Third Piece goddesses to bring their wares to NYC trunk shows throughout the year!

 

 

Scarves & Car Singing

The little things in life really do make me ridiculously happy.

Case in point, my scarf that throws in some much needed sunshine at a time when the weather is dipping into scary-frostbite-freezing-zone (and yes, that is an actual made-up meteorological term!).

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Don’t let the cold win. Grab a bright accessory that makes you sing in the car with wild abandon.  Click the pictures to get a bright scarf worth singing about!

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Etro Scarf

 

Click here to visit the hermes scarf store – cannot post their pictures but trust me it is SO worth a visit!
It’s totally okay, the windows are up – it’s freezing out!

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O.W.O. (One Weekend Outfit) all about keeping warm but not too warm!

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Vortex Schmortex.  Weather radar had predicted a freezing cold weekend and didn’t deliver.  reversecommuter was not disappointed, although running around prepping my little princess’ birthday party (complete with photo booth props that I clearly had to test drive!) kept me so busy I barely noticed the weather!

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Shearling, fur and denim made for a perfect weekend outfit.  Layering a long sleeve t-shirt with a boyfriend cut sweater under a cropped jacket can carry you through the day.  J Crew has some great boyfriend sweaters at budget friendly prices – did you know that their cashmere sweaters are made with the same wool as Loro Piana?  Psst – 25% off the regular price today with the code “SHOPNOW”.

 

Warm Spumoni

How is it already happening?

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It is cold enough that burying your face in the clean clothes fresh out of the dryer feels like a spa treatment.  A stretch I know, but reversecommuter really hates the cold!

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A solid plan is needed to make it through winter 2014/15, and this plan is called “Operation Bright Coat“.  How bad can a snow storm really be if my coat is a fashionable bright beacon?

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Can a polar vortex play havoc with circulation if my coat is screaming happy-color-coded-cashmere thoughts?  I think not.

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Scattered throughout this post are some of the semi-final contestants of the “I’m reversecommuter’s new spumoni inspired winter coat!“, (really exciting big contest in some parts).  Just click on the picture to go shopping, and try not to focus on the ice cream reference.  🙂

Budget Friendly Tip of the Day: don’t forget to check out the daily deals on some of the shopping sites such as Gilt.com and RueLaLa.com.

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reversecommuter did a quick search at Gilt.com and found this awesome Oscar de la Renta cashmere coat, originally $3690 now $1499!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Polar Vortex and unlimited snow storms will not lessen the level of AWESOMENESS that accompanies Friday!!!!!!!!!!!

OOOH LALA!  Paris Fashion Week has begun and so far so fabulous!  Lanvin delivered reversecommuter’s current favorite collection for Fall 2014, with a sea of luxury, fur, satin and predominantly all in navy blue (my favorite color!!).

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Alber Elbez designs are oozing with sex appeal, feminine grace and the structure of a true Parisian fashion house.  Purrrrr!

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Isabel Marant brought forth a Mayan influenced patterned in knitwear, as well as military green – which interestingly is quite the trend across most runways for Fall 2014.

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H&M delivered it’s very first PFW show and it was rockstar clothing appropriate with plumes of ostrich feathers, lots of leather, studs and thigh-high boots.  Fingers crossed these looks are readily available!

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Nicholas Ghesquiere’s inaugural show for Louis Vuitton is scheduled for March 5th, and noone is getting to him before that – la maison du Vuitton est tres calme (which means “quiet” not “calm” in French!!).

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reversecommuter is SO curious to see this collection, as Balenciaga’s loss of Nicholas was one that I felt personally!

Chill the champs for Sunday’s Oscars – the red carpet is a fashion watching must that is best accompanied with bubbles!

xo reversecommuter

Fruit Salad & a Python

Navy python?

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Raspberry?

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Tutti Frutti?

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Blueberry?

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Shan is reversecommuter’s absolute favorite swimsuit designer – click here if you don’t believe me!    

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A small selection of reversecommuter’s Shan collection

Please don’t undermine the intensity of my decision making process.  The wrong selection could deeply affect my beach time…(not really).  

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The navy blue python tassel bikini it is!  Although the raspberry is still calling my name…

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Shan delivers variety in every collection, with material, cut and style but fit is never an issue, always exactly as expected.  Hit the blue to go to Shan.ca and take in all of the 2014 Collection – both men’s and women’s, fyi!

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I haven’t tried Shan’s full piecers yet – at what time of your life do you bid adieu to the bikini – or do you? But that alas, is an entirely different conversation to be posted some other time!  😉

Snowy Happy Valentine!

Rainbows are not black and white.

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Winter shouldn’t be either.  Color is an instant form of happiness.

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Companies even study color to see how it influences our shopping – click here for more on that cool fact!

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Winter 2014 is a wicked long cold one, no argument (as this posts yet another storm is spanking New England).

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Splash a little happiness into your outfit and feel a little happier instantly!

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Happy Valentine’s Day (tomorrow)!

xo reversecommuter

Not The Boss of Me!

You (winter) cannot make me (reversecommuter) wear a coat anymore!

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How low the temperature goes…I am powerless.  😦

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How much snow falls on the ground…again, completely devoid of any say.  (Needless to say, that hurts!)

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Number of snow days where me and the bambinos are trapped indoors – apparently I am powerless on that count too!

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Whether I wear a coat or not...HA! THE DECISION IS MINE ALL MINE!!!!!!  

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A vest with a couple of layers underneath allow the bobble-head-chauffeurs of the ‘burbs (aka mommies) to bounce around in style even in the deep dark days of winter!

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

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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