‘Downton Abbey’ season ended but costumes exhibit opens March 1 at Winterthur

How to avoid “Downton Abbey” withdrawal, now that Season 4 ended Feb. 23? No need to wait for Season 5 for your next dose.

Lady Sybil’s harem pants; Lady Mary’s engagement dress; Lady Edith’s wedding dress; tea dresses of the three sisters; tuxedos; as well as servants’ uniforms and livery from “Downton Abbey” will be shown at the 175-room manse, now Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

Meanwhile, back at “Downton Abbey”, will Lady Mary re-marry? If so, which of her suitors? Will Lady Edith find, and maybe marry Gregson? Will she get back their baby she gave for adoption? Did Mr. Bates avenge Anna’s rape? If so, did all the evidence go up in flames?

Fortunately, no need to wait for a “Downtown Abbey” fix. Get thee to Delaware while awaiting Downtown’s Series 5.

150 Years of Premier Design Jewelry and Luxury Watches

It all started when Falicien Chopard, an experienced farmer started encouraging his three sons to step into the watch making business. Louis-Ulysse his second son thus became a renowned Swiss watchmaker and founder of Chopard. He was against mass production so each watch was a fine blend of blend of artistry and functionality which obviously got noticed and won accolades for their amazing attention to detail. Winning a large number of happy customers Chopard moved to Geneva in 1937.

They set themselves as a high precision watch manufacturer specializing in pocket-watches and chronometers. In 1963 however Paul-Andra Chopard, the grandson of the founder, had to sell the company to Karl Scheufele III a young and promising goldsmith and watchmaker, as his sons decided to pursue other careers.

Karl Scheufele III quickly took over and started modernizing the company and also initiated the jewelry range into the Chopard watch production. In 1974 they started manufacturing ladies jewelry timepieces and embarked on a new horizon. New boutiques were established in other parts of the world attempting to open the doors of Chopard to all.

In 1985 Caroline Scheufele was appointed as vice president who was passionate about drawing jewelry models, she casually created a sketch of a clown with tummy full of diamonds and colored stones which gave birth to the concept of happy diamonds and brought the brand to spotlight.

Their present day jewelry collections are diversified as temptations, classics, the animal world, solitaires and the red carpet collections. There are many popular pieces like the ‘happy diamond collection’ with free floating diamonds. Chopard has many diversified collections; Happy Diamonds, Imperiale, Chopardissimo and La Strada with each having their own distinct features and looks setting themselves apart from the other, and each have a story to tell.

Celebrities have fancied upon wearing Chopard and created ripples with time. A latest achievement of the brand is showcasing it through the upcoming movie ‘Diana’ starring Naomi Watt. It has already successfully involved itself with a number of other feature films too like “Midnight in Paris,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and “Nine.” But this project was particularly challenging, considering the fact that late Princess of Wales’ had extraordinary taste for fine jewelry and capturing that would not have been easy.

The ‘Temptations Haute Joaillerie Collection’ is an array of precious stones in charming colors; it has necklaces, earrings and rings in the collection. The ‘Classic’ introduces detailed pieces with exceptional stones like diamonds and sapphires, rubies or emeralds, displaying a sophisticated blend of contemporary and traditional which has taken Chopard to new heights.

The animal world collection was started to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the company. It explores the world of fauna around us. Be it the beautiful dainty butterflies or the bolder expressions of leopards and other animals, they come in diverse forms all too perfect to fit the brand name.

For several years, Chopard have been keenly involved in the world of cinema. As the official Cannes Film Festival Partner and maker of the Palme d’Or, we also find young talent through the Chopard Trophy, an award that shines the limelight on the stars of tomorrow.

Solitaires have been a love of Chopard for some time and they have penetrated into the scope. It is the celebration of a lifetime when something so precious as a diamond solitaire is gifted, and Chopard makes every occasion very memorable and cherishable.

The ‘Red Carpet Collection’ is an ensemble of fire and passion and the reds that define the occasion. The jewelry is made to fit the style and stature falling nothing short of the ‘celebrity’ status. The emerald and diamond collection has found wings in this section, all beautifully sketched and translated to fine exquisite jewelry.

Melissa McCarthy plans to develop a clothing line

Actress Melissa McCarthy is going to be entering the fashion world. With her name now linked to side-splitting comedy, the excitement cannot be contained with her announcement of creating a clothing line.

The cover model of this month’s, Redbook, McCarthy explains why she decided to develop a collection:

“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed. Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”

McCarthy was a clothing and textiles student at Southern Illinois University. She dropped out to pursue comedy. The interest in pursuing fashion took to the back burner as her acting career took off. In 2011, she had plans to take on a fashion line with her Emmy’s gown designer Daniella Pearl, but her acting career continued to explode.

Melissa’s on the cover of the current issue of Redbook, out in newsstands today. Let’s hope she lets out a bit more about her fashion endeavor!

Beaded Jewelry and Watches in Fashion Now Days

Buying the items through the wholesale saves the money of the retailers because they can buy the items in bulk from them. This even helps the retailers to enjoy the jewelry at lower rate and make profits by selling the purchased items at higher rate to the customers. You can easily take the advantage of these whole sellers buy purchasing the wholesale jewelry from them. For getting the jewelry, what you need to do is to find out a wholesale outlet for jewelry near your area and then compare the prices as offered by them. You can even check out the travelling jewelry shows as these shows mostly offer the jewelry at lower prices. By these few methods, you can get jewelry from the whole seller.

Make a little search without buying jewelry

When you have decided to buy the jewelry then you should be a little careful, among the wide variety of jewelry you can get the pearl jewelry, which is in fashion. However, before buying it or before paying price for it just compare the prices as offered by different sellers for the jewelry and then get the one, which you find suitable. This is so because if you buy in without comparing prices you may suffer a loss by paying more to any of the seller.

Get the stainless steel jewelry

The stainless steel jewelry comes with the magnet, titanium and the germanium, which gives a very distinct look to the single piece of the jewelry. These jewelry items are mostly considered as the healthy and fashionable jewelry items. You can easily get the jewelry at affordable rates or at wholesale price and they will lie just in your budget. You can select among the wide variety of these jewelry, as these are available in very wide range and unique designs for matching the needs of all the customers.

Get the watches and jewelry for men

One can even get the stainless jewelry for the men, as they are even available in various designs for the men. This jewelry is available in rings and pendants for men in most trendy designs. Other than the jewelry accessories, men can go for the very stylish watches, which can give their personality a perfect match with an exclusive watch. One can get the wholesale watches through those who do wholesale business in this area. One more option available in jewelry for men is pocket watches which are very much in fashion and popular now days among people.

Get fashion and beaded jewelry

One can get the beaded and fashionable variety of jewelry, as now day’s beads are very much in fashion. The beaded jewelry can make a very stylish collection in your jewelry box. Here comes a wide collection of the beaded watches for men and women, which are liked by many of the people. You can also get this amazing design of watch as they can easily match with any of your outfit. Get the most fashionable jewelry through online service providers and sellers.

Spotted: Neck Cuffs

Adorning necks in a procession of avant garde statements, neck cuffs infiltrated the spring runways with flashy intrigue, making it the latest trend to top the list of spring accessories.

Neck cuffs are a combination of choker meets statement necklace and perhaps the next ‘it’ statement necklace if you take any hint from the Balenciaga, Celine and Altuzarra shows.

Here are a few neck cuff styles that make for a bold statement piece this spring…

1. Balenciaga Rain drop bead embellished choker $705 matchesfashion.com

2. Pamela Love Choker $575 barneys.com

3. River Island Black Deco Draped Choker $83 riverisland.com

4. Topshop Multirow Beaded Collar $30 topshop.com

5. Acne Studios ‘Carena’ Silver Necklace $750 acnestudios.com

6. Idriss Guelai Atelier ‘Valentina’ Choker Necklace $727 luisaviaroma.com

7. Gemma Lister Studded Cuff $70 farfetch.com

Fashion Trend: Sandals

Happy Sunday!
Sandals have never been as popular as they seem to be these days. In stores, there are several materials and plenty of styles to choose from. There are various colors. Some have chains and
jewels, or some have extra straps (sometimes bracelet-like) around the back of the foot. Whatever the occasion is this summer… extremely relaxed, casual or a little more fancy; sandals cover most of these events.

You may remember my article from last year about preparing your feet for sandal season. Do not forget to clean, exfoliate and lather up – for soft, healthy and beautiful feet. Spongeables for also a great option for that. Finalize your look by adding some nail polish to your toenails afterwards.

Have you bought your sandals yet? Which ones are your favorites?

Dadeland style event hits the runway at Dadeland Mall on March 22‏

Fashionistas are invited to the Dadeland Style event, a free, dynamic celebration of style, which will hit the runway at Dadeland Mall on Saturday, March 22 from 3 – 6 p.m. throughout the mall.

Spotlighting must-have spring trends for men and women from fashionable mall retailers, Dadeland Mall is bringing the excitement of fashion to stylish shoppers in Miami. During the spring fashion show, parents will also have the chance to scope out the hottest trends for all the little ones.

Get in on the fun with beauty demonstrations from your favorite brands like Georgio Armani beauty, Bobbi Brown, Aruj Salon & Spa, and OROGOLD to name a few, shopping specials and style stops that will allow savvy shoppers to revel in the fabulous stores offered at Dadeland Mall.

Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in trend talks and a fashion Q&A with Dadeland Mall’s personal stylist, Kim Rodriguez. Stop by and see the hottest fashion and accessories available at Dadeland Mall!

COST: Free and open to the community.

WHEN: Saturday, March 22

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dadeland Mall – mall-wide

7535 Dadeland Mall. Miami, FL 33156.

Top 5 best resale shops in St. Louis

Looking for a place to buy and sell old clothes, shoes, and accessories? With an impressive resale market, St. Louis has plenty of shops to do just that, and more. From consignment, to on-the-spot buying, selling, and donating, there are many options in the area. These shops are not your typical thrift stores. There is no trash, only treasures. You may luck up and find some recycled styles that you can feed right back into your closet.



Clayton: 8211 Clayton Rd. St. Louis, MO 63117, 314-725-3456; Webster Groves: 7930 Big Bend Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63119, 314-961-2525; scholarshopstl.org

This unique resale shop offers upscale fashions for women, men and children. Everything from designer apparel, jewelry, handbags, shoes, ties, scarves, hats and fine collectibles can be found inside the ScholarShop. With two area locations (Clayton and Webster Groves), collections are varied. ScholarShop has many sales and promotions throughout the year, ensuring that shoppers will find great bargains. This store is great for those who are looking to donate and shop for a cause. Donations are accepted at both locations and donators will receive a statement at the end of the tax year, itemizing the value of their salable donations through the year. All purchases made support students in the area through the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.

Avalon Exchange

6388 Delmar Blvd. 
St. Louis, MO 63130, 314-725-2760; avalonexchange.com

From the on-trend and in-season pieces, this is a great shop to buy, sell and trade the latest fashions. Offering clothing for men and women, its collections include vintage pieces, designer labels, denim and leather. One-of-a-kind styles that cannot be found anywhere in St. Louis lay hidden on the racks. If in the market for a bold statement piece or a costume for a themed party, this is arguably the best shop in town, attracting a diverse group of sellers. Those with piles of gently worn trendy clothing should definitely give Avalon Exchange a visit. Store credit or cash is offered for items that the store chooses to buy.

Women’s Closet Exchange

Women’s Closet Exchange

11575 Gravois Rd St. Louis, MO 63126, 314-842-8405; womensclosetexchange.net

Coined one of the best resale shops in the country, Women’s Closet Exchange is the focal point of the television show, Resale Royalty. The show is produced by Coolfire Originals. The shop is owned and operated by resale guru, Sue McCarthy and her two daughters, Diana and Laura. These fashion savvy ladies take on a style conscious clientele who are looking for the best designer buys in town. They are committed to authenticity, and they typically buy items that are recently purchased. This is the perfect shop for socialites to take their luxury fashion items that may have been slightly overphotographed in hopes to sell them and score some new pieces for their closets. Buying guidelines and seasonal windows for those interested in selling are available on the store’s website.

Back On The Rack

2535 S. Brentwood Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63144, 314-963-7575; backontherackconsignment.com

Featuring a variety of designers and popular brands for women, Back On The Rack is centrally located in Brentwood. The collections are constantly changing; one can be sure to find some well-known brands in women’s fashion here. This shop will pick up your unwanted items, appraise them, and pay you, leaving you free of worry of what will sell. As far as consigning items, there are a few guidelines listed on the shop’s website.

Upscale Resale Boutique

Upscale Resale Boutique

10042 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63122, 314-821-8161; upscaleresaleboutique.com

Owned and operated by Willows Way, a local nonprofit organization serving people with mental and physical disabilities, Upscale Resale Boutique offers a warm shopping experience. The shop is known for its personable staff. Consignments are by appointment only, so be sure to call in advance to sell. Upscale Resale Boutique carries designer names such as Prada, Juicy Couture and Chanel. Shop with a piece of mind knowing that all proceeds from purchases and consignments go to helping those with disabilities by creating opportunities.

Joan Smalls covers Glam Belleza Latina’s spring issue

Joan Smalls, the modelo of the moment, opens up to Glam Belleza Latina’s spring issue about everything from cultural pride, to chasing her dreams, to finally making it big.

To pick up a copy of the spring 2014 issue, out March 18, check out select newsstands in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami or visit http://glamlatina.com/get-your-issue/ to request one.

Check out quotes from Joan’s interview:

Joan on whether she dreamed of modeling when she was little:

“Oh no. I grew up on a farm in Puerto Rico and wanted to be a veterinarian. I was always playing with animals! But…people would tell my parents that I should model.”

Joan on feedback to her appearance in Beyoncé’s “Yoncé” video:

“Some were like, ‘I didn’t know Joan could move like that!’”

Joan on her heritage:

“People don’t realize that when you’re Latin, you’re so diverse. I am black. I am Latin. I am Spanish. You know? It’s a little bit of everything, and that’s beautiful. So, everybody, claim me. I’m fine with that!”

Joan on signing with Estée Lauder:

“It was an affirmation that Latinas were beautiful and worthy of being represented. I’m their first Latina model, and it felt like a sisterhood with [Estée Lauder models] Constance [Jablonski] and Liu Wen. I felt like the contract represented my beliefs.”

Joan on beauty tips from her mother:

“Well, to this day she still says, ‘Tu no te vas a poner lipstick?’ She always wears it, so even if I’m wearing lip gloss, she’ll ask if I plan to wear color.”

Connecting the Dots

The fashion trend is back in vogue again, the array of circles of equal size and space are showing up all over the place. Polka dots are seen on scarfs, tops, dresses, handbags, jackets and shoes. This season is the perfect time to connect the dots. Look for fun and fashion forward pieces to add to your wardrobe.

More and more, I am attracted to the whimsy of this fashion trend and in some small way I feel carefree when I sport one of my dotted outfits.Of course you must be mindful that a little can go a long way! You can style yourself in a high fashion ensemble of dots or just add polka dot accessories with a solid color dress and make the creative process easier.

Invent your own glam and discover the beauty of connecting the dots. If you just can’t phantasm wearing dots, check out some of the fashion bags and high heel shoes.

So enjoy your summer and don’t forget to connect the dots.

Francine Humphrey,Virginia Beach Fashion Writer

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