From left: Versace’s animal punk bright fur; Fendi’s brightly hued tribal bags; Jimmy Choo’s crystal-studded high-heel pump; Dolce’s deliciosly decadent cardinal-red lace finale; Dolce’s saintly handbag (photo & caption credit)
This Fall/Winter 2013, it seems like bright colored fur prints and bags will be all the latest fashion. Versace showed off an electric-yellow zebra stripped coat perfect for catching anyone’s attention on a gloomy day. If you don’t feel like attracting too much attention with a zebra yellow coat, how about toning it down with an animal print bag like Fendi’s pictured above? This would be a fabulous accessory to make any neutral outfit stand out. If brightly colored animal prints are not your thing, than you can still be glam with studded shoes and bags . Studded bags have been around for quite a while, but now the fierce decorations are going to be seen more on shoes. Jimmy Choo’s black pumps feature crystal studs giving the shoes some sparkle without completely going over the top.
It was only a year ago that the band members of Imagine Dragons were couch surfing and surviving off of Del Taco before exploding onto the music scene. The indie-rock band was first recognized nationally in November of 2012 when their single “It’s Time” was certified platinum by the RIAA. “It’s Time” gained the attention of Hip-Hop producer Alex Da Kid, who then got the band their first deal with Interscope Records.
So what kind of sound results from an indie-rock band mentored by a hip-hop producer? You get an album meshed with various genres where every song is interwoven with different beats, percussion and guitar melodies. Their album “Night Visions” can be described as a cross between Lil’ Wayne’s lyrics and Coldplay’s electro beats!
The bands’ unique sound can be credited to the city of Las Vegas, where it was formed and developed its musical style. Frontman Dan Reynolds explains he and his three band mates had to compete for attention against show girls and slot machines -forcing them to get creative.
Even the band’s name, Imagine Dragons, is creative. It is actually an anagram in which every letter stands for a phrase that only the band members know!
Listen to “It’s Time” below:
Based in Berkley, CA, Claflin Thayer &Co., is a unique leather goods and accessories line created by leather goddess Liz Thayer. This all American family business was inspired by Liz’s father, Edward Claflin Thayer, who opened a leather shoe shop around 1820.Some of the most popular items the line carries are the adorable baby booties and “JoJo Lips” bags. Each leather hide has a history based on the animal it was taken from, no leather will be identical. Claflin Thayer &Co.’s website states that blemishes, scars and marks on the leather will only add to the uniqueness of the item.
Perfect for a night out, the “JoJo” lips are made in different colors and are also offered in metallic or suede. We definitely see these bags being used for carrying ID’s, phones and make-up on a night about the town!
Although the website only lists the “JoJo Lips” and baby booties for sale, Liz Thayer has made some other really cool items listed on her blog. In the past she has designed studded leather bags and jackets, this woman has an eye for fashion!
All items are designed, cut, and constructed on a made-to-order basis; make sure to check out some of Liz’s work.
This past month, Rihanna was spotted wearing our Alice Skinny jeans in Vermillion after leaving My Studio Nightclub in Los Angeles! She paired her skinny jeans with a black and white patterned jacket and animal print sneakers! Her plum lipstick definitely completes her fabulous look! The “Diamonds” singer will also be performing at the Grammys this Sunday with Bruno Mars and Sting- a very unlikely trio. We can’t wait to see this performance!
Based in sunny SoCal, Gili Rashal Niv is the Editor-in-Chief, Founder and resident shopaholic of The Tip Jar, a site that gives daily tips for the best beauty products, fashion finds and store openings. No stranger to the fashion biz, Gili majored in Merchandise Marketing at FIDM, worked at LA’s top boutiques and has been featured in WWD, The Wall Street Journal, C Magazine and more. Now you’ll find Gili putting all of her fashion finesse into styling the well-heeled of the West Coast, as a personal shopper and stylist to many celebrities!
Gili is also a new mother (see photo of her and her daughter below!) and we were so lucky to ask her our favorite five questions and get best tip about styling this winter…
New York or Los Angeles, and why?
I’m definitely an LA girl and always have been. But I’m in love with NY and find whatever excuse I can to head east on mini trips a couple of times a year (as long as it’s not January or February…this West Coast girl can’t handle those temps).
Give us a sense of your personal style?
I haven’t really come up with a “label” for my personal style but certainly does have a So-Cal vibe mixed with a stand out piece to keep it looking different and my own. I could really live in a great pair of jeans and a good t-shirt, then mix in a cool jacket, great shoes and the most important part of all- a REALLY good handbag.
You’re best known for being a fashion and beauty expert, but what do you consider your greatest talent?
Not to sound cliché but I’ve discovered in the last year and a half that being a mom is truly my greatest talent and accomplishment thus far. I’m really good at it! My daughter is 20 months old now and I absolutely love my time with her. The first year was filled with more sleepless nights than I could’ve ever imagined being able to withstand and it is by far the toughest job I’ve ever had. But there are no words to begin to describe how amazing every little moment is.
What’s your daily habit?
I stopped drinking coffee when I got pregnant two years ago and never really had any interest in going back. But I went to NY last month for a couple of days and couldn’t resist a Starbuck’s soy latte with the chilly weather. So since I’ve been back, it’s been an (almost) daily treat I’ve gone back to. And everyday while at my computer I always go to TheSartorialist.com for fashion inspiration, One Kings Lane for home finds, and Shopbop.com or Net-a-Porter.com and add things to my wish list!
What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?
I may never be able to give up my giant Celine leopard tote. I carry it everyday and know that it will still be cool in ten years from now. My go-to piece is definitely my Isabel Marant quilted cotton jacket. Obsessed with it and I find any excuse to wear it.
BONUS: Can you give us your best tip for styling this winter?
Pick up a leather piece! Leather leggings and pants are huge this season but if wearing leather pants isn’t your thing, get a nice leather jacket or a top or dress with leather detail. Make sure though to keep it simple and you really don’t need more than one piece! If leather pants are out of your price range, a great alternative is buying a pair of coated jeans that look just like leather. I love, love, love the Eve High Rise Coated Skinny Jeans from Habitual.
And invest is a great pair of shoes! I prefer cute cropped boots with my winter looks. They go with just about everything and because they’re so big right now, you will find lots of different options to choose from.