October 30, 2010

Fantastic Feathers.

Photo Credits: via Fashion Gone Rogue; Victoria & Albert Museum, The Golden Age of Couture; The Cherry Blossom Girl via Simply Seductive.

There is something so glamorous and feminine about feather detailing on a dress, a clutch, or a ballgown. The dress in the middle was part of an exhibit at the Victoria & Albert museum in London. So pretty!

Do you own something with feathers on it? What is it?

October 29, 2010

Happy Weekend.

Photo Credits: Gemma Comas via Once Wed; Annie wearing flower costume; Martha Stewart Weddings via Cupcakes Take the Cake.

Celebrate. Have fun. Enjoy your weekend.

My friend's dog Annie is featured wearing her Halloween costume - a flower. It was too cute to pass up. To see Martha Stewart's favorite pet Halloween costumes, click here. Thank you to my two amazing friends who helped me dress up Annie and take her picture!

Have fun trick or treating this weekend or at your Halloween party!

October 28, 2010

Color Palette: Black & White

Photo Credits: Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011 RTW Collection via style.com; via Lonnymag.com; Patrick Shaw; via We Heart It; Oscar de la Renta 2011 RTW Collection via style.com; via Daily Cup of Couture; Isabelle Abramson Ceramics.

As much as I love color, sometimes nothing is more chic than a black and white color palette. It seems so timeless & chic. Black and white photographs capture images in such a beautiful way.

By the way, the black and white bowl pictured last is available for purchase here.

What black & white image inspires you?

October 27, 2010

Blackbird Design House

Photo Credits: Blackbird Design House, available at etsy.

Make your clothing and/or home a little cozier with these handmade scarves and home accessories. Blackbird Design House's pieces are completely handmade - hand knit, then hand felted. The line is modeled by Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame, who is a close friend of Blackbird Design House designer Tamara Mello. The ivory color looks so lovely.

1. Blackbird Design House Shibori Style Felted Scarf- in ivory, $138
2. Blackbird Design House Hand Knit Felted Bangles, $45
3. Blackbird Design House Wedding Favor Cozies, $18

Which one of the items do you like best?

October 26, 2010

Spotlight on Berman: Exclusive Interview with Accessories Designer Alexis Berman, Promo Code, and lots of Crystal Headbands!

Designer Alexis Berman dreams up exquisite, feminine headbands and hair accessories with some serious sparkle. Now, you can look oh-so fabulous by wearing one of her absolutely beautiful crystal headbands from her line, Berman. This LA-based designer knows what her customers like (shiny, sparkly, pretty) and delivers glamorous accessories. I asked her what inspires her creations...

1. What inspires your line?

Love and adornment. I make each headband by hand as if it were a crown for a princess bride. I love the notion of fantasy. The Cinderella Stretch headband, for example, was inspired by Cinderella and the classic Disney story. Cinderella wore lots of hair accessories!

2. Before starting Berman, you worked as an artist. Do you still paint when you aren't designing?

Yes, painting is a huge part of who I am and I continue to have art shows and sell my work. I studied and practiced fine art at UCLA for 5 years while I was there getting my BFA. Painting is a deeper more complex part of my creative expression. I also write. I have a fun little blog called Once Upon A Shine. I have different mediums and outlets to express myself, but designing jewelry and hair accessories is the most fun.

3. You are the creative force behind Berman, while your sister runs the business aspects of Berman. What is it like working with your sister, Sari?

My sister, Sari is the smartest person I know. She is extremely driven and business minded, where as I am artistic and tend to focus more on the product and pieces in the line. We work really well together. I am the creative force and designer, but at the end of the day, Sari is the boss.

Designer Alexis Berman (on left) with her sister and business partner, Sari.

4. Where do you like to shop in LA?

I love Fred Segal - I think it’s the best shopping destination in LA. I just bought Fiorentini Baker leather boots from there! I also like Intermix on Robertson - they have great shoes and dresses. For cheap thrills I shop at Forever 21 or StyleExpress in Culver City.

5. Where can our reader’s buy your gorgeous headbands and hair accessories?

You can buy our accessories online at www.LoveBerman.com or at Fred Segal in Santa Monica.

Berman Russian Doll Headdress

6. What do you like to do when you are not designing fabulous headbands and hair accessories?

I love to travel. I can never stay home for too long! Just this summer I was in England, France, Italy, Morocco, and Spain. All those places largely influenced my 2011 collection. Last month my sister and I took a girls only vacation to Hawaii. Traveling is a huge part of who I am - I’ve been to 40 different countries and have been inspired every step of the way.

A peak inside the Berman studio.

7. Any future plans to expand your business? What’s next in line for Berman?

My dream is to expand the line into a complete lifestyle brand which would include costume and fine jewelry, beauty, and home.

Photo Credits: Photography by Harper Smith, via Berman (first and last photos on post); Courtesy of Berman.

More sparkly and stunning headbands - the Mouna, Flower Garland, and the Crystal Bow headbands are dreamy and unabashedly feminine.

Use our exclusive promo code Young20 for a 20% discount on your Berman purchase from now until midnight on Friday, November 5.

What do you think?

October 24, 2010

Sweet Treats

Photo Credit: Bon Appetit

Halloween is just around the corner, celebrate in style by making some caramel dipped apples, pumpkin whoopie pies, or chocolate candy corn truffles.

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

October 22, 2010

Sunburst Mirrors

Photo Credits: Scott Laslie Design via Decorpad; via thelennoxx.com; Jan Showers via Decorpad

Gorgeous Sunburst mirrors and similarly spectacular Starburst mirrors - so glamorous and lovely. Perfect new addition for your bedroom, living room or bathroom.

See the Young Sophisticates' picks: here (for US readers) and here (for UK & European readers).

What do you think?

October 21, 2010

Accessories for less than $25

Photo Credit: Rent the Runway

With only a few more days to use our exclusive promo code for a 10% discount Rent the Runway, now is the perfect time to wear one of these fabulous accessories for less at Rent the Runway. Get more info about RTR here.

Type in SOPHISTICATES as the promo code from now until midnight on Friday, Oct. 29, and receive 10% off.

[Prices on accessories featured, before discount applied]

1. Cara Accessories Bling It On Necklace, $15 rental at RTR
2. Bagley Mischka Crystal Cluster Earrings, $25 rental at RTR
3. Lee Angel Etienne Necklace, $25 rental at RTR

What accessory style do you like best?

October 20, 2010

Anne's Breakfast at Tiffany's Moment

Photo Credit: Mario Testino in Vogue, November 2010

The first image is so incredibly reminiscent of the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

These photos were taken in Paris and every single look is glamorous and chic!

The ballgowns, the diamonds, Paris...

Anne Hathaway looks amazing in this shoot.

She really is the modern day Audrey Hepburn.

What do you think?

October 19, 2010

The Camel Coat

Photo Credit: Harper's Bazaar, September 2010 via We Heart It.

Camel coats are so big for fall this year! They were all over the runways for Fall 2010 - for example, see these luxe looks at Chloe and Michael Kors. The look is classic, luxurious and timeless. For more affordable options, check out the Mackage Trench Coat as well as this Wool Blend Camel Toggle Coat. Also, J. Crew has a simple & chic camel coat. For our readers in the UK, the Coast Alia Coat is sure to make you swoon - so elegant.

Which camel coat fits your style?

October 18, 2010

Organize your Work Space

Photo Credits: via Lonnymag.com

Organizing your office at work or your home office can be a daunting task. These photos of gorgeous home offices are sure to inspire and get you motivated to create an organized work space.

And if you need some accessories
to make your office a little bit prettier,
look no further:

What do you think?

October 15, 2010

Cute Little Purses

Photo Credit: Bagatelles & Co available for sale at Etsy.com

Bagatelles & Co designs cute handmade coin purses and clutches with a vintage feel. These retro clutches and coin purses are made from gorgeous fabrics and handcrafted in the designer's London studio. The coin purses are perfect to store your jewelry in while traveling or to put beauty products or other accessories in when you are carrying a larger bag during the day. And, the clutches are so adorable and affordable.

1. Bagatelles & Co Highlands Gigi Purse, $46
2. Bagatelles & Co Butterfly Medium Lili Clutch, $76
3. Bagatelles & Co Japanese Flowers Gigi Purse, $46

Which cute little purse do you like best?

October 14, 2010

The French Country Table

Photo Credits: Jodi Miller photography with JM Flora Design, Sunshowers and Rainshine Design via Snippet & Ink

The vintage glass jars, the loaves of bread, the blackberries... perfection.

Would you want to sit down at this table?

October 13, 2010

Autumn Inspiration

Photo Credit: via the thinking tank

With the falling of the leaves, comes fall fashion and all things autumn! Check out these fashionable finds.

What is your favorite thing about autumn? Favorite fashionable find?

October 12, 2010

Ethereal Gowns

Photo Credit: Elie Saab dresses featured on Little Plastic Horses.

These dresses are beautiful and ethereal. So lovely!

See more of Elie Saab's couture creations here.

Which dress do you like better - the one on the left or right?

October 10, 2010

Apartment in Paris

Photo Credit: Roger Davies, featured in April 2009 issue of Elle Decor.

Photos of fashion designer Cordelia de Castellane's Paris apartment.

Which room do you like the most?