Trend Report: Embellishments

Fall/Winter rolls in and so do the beads, and sequins. The opulence in fashion surrounds us in the collections from Louis Vuitton, Versace, Nina Ricci, Ralph Lauren, and Valentino. Nice to know there are make believe places in the world that don’t have budgets or recessions. Ahh the life…

If you’re not adding an embroidered, beaded or embellished piece to your wardrobe you can pick up on this trend by piling on the pearls and big bold jewelry. Tis the season to be lavish and over the top. Screw minimalist.

Trend Report: Lace and Leopard

Two consistent elements of fashion that remain relevant and timeless are leopard prints (or any animal print) and lace. Together or separate they bring a sense of luxury and rawness.


Lace has always been associated with femininity  which is why it works so well with menswear type fabrics, and leathers. You can make any outfit work simply by paring either a vintage lace camisole, scarf with a strong anchor fabric. Every top designer this season from Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Michael Kors, Dolce &Gabbana showed these elements in their collections.

What makes these fashion elements so strong is you can bring together a  fresh new look, and It’s a look that can be done on any budget. This is going to be a  season where it’s easy  to be fashionable. Lace and Leopard are wardrobe staples, these pieces are equivalent to the little black dress. These are building blocks on which to build a wardrobe on.


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Nothing transitions from summer to fall as perfectly as the motorcycle jacket. It’s definitely one of my MUST HAVE’S in any wardrobe. I’ve worn one over a giant Chanel Tulle skirt to a black tie. The great thing about this is they can be found in plenty in many vintage stores and flea markets. If I had a certain allotment of money to buy a designer item, this is where I would put my money.


My Two Jackets- 

Christian Dior and Dolce & Gabbana (see I put my money where my mouth is!)

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The Minx foil nail trend started 4 years ago and it’s still going strong- Now it’s more design oriented with reverse foil french. WARNING!!! WARNING!!! These nail trends require time and maintenance. 



It takes “TIME” no matter how you look at it to look properly “maintained.” For some reason when i’m meeting someone new my eyes automatically gravitate to their fingers and toes. Chipped/ outgrown manicures definitely send me a signal and it’s not a good one. If you busy life doesn’t allow you to schedule in regular manicures pedicures use your common sense and apply colors that are sheer and don’t scream “I’m Overdue.”

-Lisa Gastineau

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I’m feeling like we are gravitating more toward nail trends and designs. Going retro- Back into the 80′s where it seamed everyone had a french manicure with a thin gold stripe. It was always a bit more popular in the burbs and boroughs then it ever was in the cities. Do you think the movie Working Girl with Melanie Griffith had anything to do with that?

-Lisa Gastineau