Joan Shepp Philadelphia

I went to Joan Shepp on Saturday for a Trunk Show (The designer being showcased was John Wind of Maximal Arts jewelry - stay tuned this weekend for a post of all the glitzy and glamorous baubles plus a give-away of one of his charming necklaces) and it was like I stepped off the streets of downtown Philadelphia and into the changing room at a Vogue shoot. There was so much to look at, touch, try on, admire (from afar), oogle, photograph, covet, etc. There was a great mix of locally designed clothing and jewelry, haute couture from Paris, Japan, London, accessories from Sweden, bags from Mulberry and Chloe, fuzzy sweaters from Sonia Rykiel, and sporty separates from Y-3. It was literally the best from a big department store like Barneys comfortably nestled into a Center City boutique. I. Died.

Here are some standouts:



Some of the great shoes, bags, and hats on display.


Charles Chang-Lima Multi Stripe Coat, $875


DL&Co. Skull Candle, $85




Beautiful Leather Gloves from Imoni Stockholm. No reason why winter colors have to be dull!
Fingerless elbow length gloves, $224.


And, my Piece Du Resistance:


leather vest/belt from Sonia Rykiel - I think it may be vintage because I couldn't find it online anywhere. Anyone know what season its from? How cute/useless is that little pocket?

Rhonda from Style Shepherd was also in attendance - we had a great time together! Turns out, we're birds of a feather, and had such a lovely time goofing around and drooling over the divine jewelry and accessories.


Here she is modeling one of my own designs/creations.


(Ignore my wonky face....!)


Hand-made Body Harness, $65. Contact me if you would like one.

Had a great time, and don't forget to keep an eye out for the jewelry edition, featuring John Wind of Maximal Art!

Cheerio,
Renata

Chanel Paper Bag

This....


is what I can afford on my budget right now. What's a girl to do, short of grand larceny? I've got a holiday wish list the size of Lindsay Lohan's record, so I hope Santa Baby shines favorably upon me this year!

Cheers,
Renata

photo via thecoolhunter.net

Michelle Lamy, Rick Owens' Muse



Michelle Lamy, muse and wife to Rick Owens and all-around eccentric oddball, as seen in October's Vogue Paris (which I was lucky enough to acquire through the kindness of a world-traveler with extra suitcase space)




Spruce it up

I'm a big fan of using tights/stockings/leggings, etc to add some oomph to an otherwise plain outfit. Sometimes I just don't feel like wearing something that take's effort (especially in the dead of winter, when all I want to do is hibernate), so I can really appreciate the added effect that the right tights can produce. That being said, I don't believe in paying more than $30 for something that weighs about the same as a quarter. Here are some of my favorite tights from Jessica Simpson, TopShop, House of Holland, and more!

These Tiger Stripe tights from urbanoutfitters.com remind me of counting tree rings. $14.


Jonathan Aston Mock Suspender Tights, $16.50, figleaves.com



asos.com, $10.

These next tights are the cat's meow:

 Sheer Luxe Shapes Pantyhose, $25, American Apparel


 Gipsy Back Seam Tights, $10.11, asos.com


Pieces Alice Stripe Tights, $15.17, asos.com

Emilio Cavallini Tattoo Style Print Tights, $28, asos.com

 

  House Of Holland For Pretty Polly Bandana, $20.22


That's plenty for now, don't you think? And I didn't even get into color. Although frankly, I think colored tights don't really do much for anyone unless your 5'10" and a skeleton, or 11 years old. Agree/disagree?

 Cheers, 

Renata

 

PS - I 'm doing another Apartstyle.com giveaway in December for some Holiday shopping!!! Get ready, and congrats again to the 5 lucky winners from last time!!

Monica and Vincent sitting in a tree


 

Most beautiful couple ever - Monica Belluci and Vincent Cassel.

I guess this just proves that the couple that stars in weird, psychologically disturbing movies together (Irreversible???) stays together.

PS - Damn good DNA.

XXXO,
Renata

Matthew Williamson Cape

The worst idea ever was:
 for me to try on this Matthew Williamson cape this weekend in the Chelsea shop.

It is the single most amazing thing I have ever seen or tried on, except for that acid yellow jillion dollar ostrich weekend bag in Milan. What a perfect color, perfect fit. 
IF ONLY!!!



Anyone have an extra $1495 they can toss this way to keep a girl warm this winter??

Here's my other biggest regret, as seen on Via Montenapoleone in Milan:

Somewhere around 18,000 euros if I recall correctly...

Cheers,
Renata

DIY Safety Pin Cross

This dress is kind of a DIY - it was a plain black dress from New York and Company that was literally my summer uniform - it's so easy and breezy and instantly elegant. I decided to embellish it with some safety pins because it definitely served its purpose as a plain dress and I really wanted a more of a statement piece for winter layering.


  

So just in case your wondering, there are about 300 pins in this. I love having a project I can work on before bed on weeknights, it's relaxing! After I finished this dress, I had a couple hundred pins left over and I started pining a bunch of things. Not sure if that's healthy. I'll keep you posted. And by the way, here is the dress pre-op.
Cheers,
Renata