Ali’s List 9.19.14



CURRENTLY INSPIRED BY Vita Fede’s Innovative Rings

This week I attended ENK’s Coterie trade show here in New York, where many of our designers showcased their spring 2015 collections. While there was something inspiring about each collection, the vast variety of ring styles at Vita Fede were particularly compelling. Among the designers’ offerings: high-sitting midis, low-sitting midis, caged styles, rings joined by chains, and, most interestingly, nail rings, which cap your finger tip and showcase your mani.




CURRENTLY COVETING Delpozo Patent-Leather Bow-Detail Sandals

I’m not one to stash away whites after Labor Day, so I’m all for adding these creamy Delpozo heels to my fall wardrobe. I absolutely love the contrast of the whimsical bow with the shoe’s sturdy heel. I can see myself wearing these unexpectedly for evening.




CURRENTLY DOING Celebrating My Birthday!

Today happens to be my birthday, so I am enjoying a much-needed day off from work! On the agenda? A deep tissue massage, followed by some shopping and a delicious dinner with my husband at Blanca in Brooklyn. This past year was another memorable one, as our company celebrated our 5th birthday and looked back on a half decade of success. I look forward to seeing what this year brings!




CURRENTLY FOLLOWING @evachen212

Lucky Magazine’s stylish EIC is always a must-follow, but it’s been particularly fun to see how she’s been outfitting her baby bump this fashion month. Plus, her infamous #evachenpose is an amazing showcase for must-have bags and shoes.


CURRENTLY WEARING Lele Sadoughi Pearl Pinball Ring

Pearls have swiftly risen through the ranks to become fashion’s must-have gem, and I’m all for the trend. I love the simplicity of a single large pearl on a piece of jewelry, like this Lele Sadoughi cocktail ring. It’s the perfect accent ring to work into a gold stack.

Jewel-Spotting: New York Fashion Week SS15

Ah, Fashion Week. Seven days of endless style inspiration from the runways and presentations, to the show-goers themselves. While we love to see what the designers have in store for next season, it’s the latter who inspire our immediate tastes by showing us what to wear right now. Check out how our fellow fashionistas adorned themselves this past week and how to snag their style now.


aimee song via fashionista
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beckerman twins via grazia
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photo via wmagfinds
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aimee song via song of style
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photo via collage vintage
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liz cherkasova of late afternoon via facehunter
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photo via the cut
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leaf greener via refinery29
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Ali’s List 9.12.14

  

CURRENTLY INSPIRED BY Thom Browne Spring 2015 Collection

Out of all the shows this New York Fashion Week, Thom Browne’s presentation was easily the most mind-blowing. The witty workwear designer brought tailored women’s looks to another universe by embellishing them with surreal details like floating feather plumes and psychedelic swirls—think Sergeant Pepper’s meets Pleasantville. Best of all, each look was topped off with a crazy hat, each of which milliner Stephen Jones rendered to resemble a dress, suit, handbag or some other exaggerated shape. Many fashion reporters are declaring this Browne’s best show yet. I’d have to agree.




CURRENTLY COVETING Ralph Lauren Gold Soft Ricky Bag

I’m constantly on the go, so my everyday bag needs to be large enough to hold all the items that make my multi-faceted days possible. This gorgeous gold handbag by Ralph Lauren is ideal: roomy, chic and, best of all, goes with my accessories. I love how the gilded leather updates the bag’s classic shape, transforming a simple silhouette into a truly statement-making bag.



CURRENTLY DOING Grouplove, Portugal. The Man and

Typhoon at Central Park’s Summerstage

Next Tuesday evening, you’ll find me in Central Park taking in some great live music from up-and-coming bands Grouplove, Portugal. The Man and Typhoon. My love for discovering new talent doesn’t just stop at jewelry designers—it extends to music (among other creative categories), as well! I’m very excited to see these musical acts and what’s to come for these talented artists.




CURRENTLY FOLLOWING @chrissyteigen

One scroll through her Instagram feed and you’ll see that Chrissy Teigen is not the average model. Unflattering faces, strange hand dances and goofy moments on set all accompanied by snarky captions have me laughing to myself daily (and wishing we were BFFs). If those shots aren’t enough to induce your girl crush, she also shares casual photos of her Grammy-winning husband John Legend and snaps of her mouth-watering culinary pursuits. In short, she’s the best.



CURRENTLY WEARING LIzzie Fortunato Bianca Earrings

Large gold earrings are always a great go-to piece, as they have this wonderful ability to bring warmth to one’s face. These oversized, textured studs by Lizzie Fortunato, which are gold plated and adorned with jewel-tone and iridescent stones, are just plain cool. To me, they’re a great example of how geometric forms can transform into a wearable work of art.

Ali’s List 9.5.14



CURRENTLY INSPIRED BY Fashion Week Street Style

I’m always amazed by how much of our designers’ jewelry is spotted on the streets of Fashion Week. From the parties to the presentations and runway shows, we constantly spot the industry’s finest in designers like Shourouk and Mawi. It’s exciting to be in an environment where people actually appreciate the talent of the designers we carry and see how they wear the jewels.




CURRENTLY COVETING Del Toro x Edie Parker Slip-On Multi Glitter Sneaker

I love Edie Parker’s pearlescent and glitter-flecked acrylic clutches, though I don’t wear clutches often enough to justify the purchase. My desire to own an Edie Parker creation has been answered in the form of these slip-on sneakers, designed in collaboration with Del Toro shoes. The leather stripes on these shoes are an exact replica of the textures found on Edie Parker’s iconic bags. They’re the perfect casual shoe for running around on the weekends!




CURRENTLY DOING US Open

I look forward to seeing Roger Federer at this year’s US Open. Last year, I saw Djocovic play, so I’m hoping I’ll get to see the two face off. The US Open is also a great excuse to enjoy the lovely post-Labor Day weather and indulge in a couple Honey Deuces, the event’s official cocktail.




CURRENTLY FOLLOWING @psimadethis

Are you following Erica Domesek of P.S. - I made this… yet? Her feed is flooded with colorful shots of her DIY adventures coupled with the wittiest captions on Instagram. This DIY diva is a jewelry designer in her own right, as she regularly crafts fun baubles for her site. Plus, I’ll always feel a connection to her through our shared entrepreneurial spirits and love of the same East Village wine bar where we first met.


CURRENTLY WEARING Doloris Petunia Oslo Necklace, Ombre Purple

It’s no news that I prefer an oversized statement piece above any other style of jewelry, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that lately I’ve been flaunting this handpainted necklace by new-to-Charm & Chain designer Doloris Petunia. I love how the ombre seamlessly fades from dark plum to lavender and gives the illusion of wearing multiple vintage necklaces. Plus, at under $300, this stunner is a no-brainer purchase.

Ali’s List 8.29.14



Currently Coveting: Tibi Gold Taffeta Jumpsuit

Although it looks like a dress, this gilded garment by Tibi is actually a jumpsuit! Unexpected and oh so chic, it’s the ideal piece for nights out during this upcoming Fashion Week.




Currently Doing: Boating and Beaching in Martha’s Vineyard

Labor Day weekend calls for four days spent lazing about in Martha’s Vineyard with friends. On the agenda: renting a boat, visiting the beautiful New England beaches and enjoying last days of summer.




Currently Inspired By: Flash Tattoo Styling by The Glamouri

The flash tattoo trend took off this summer as beach and festival-goes adorned their bare limbs in silver and gold designs. While I’m of the belief that these shimmy body adornments can’t replace real jewelry, I was blown away by our friend and The Glamouri blogger Kelly Framel’s flash tattoo styling in this recent editorial. Kelly skillfully decorated the model’s body in such a beautiful way, turning a trend into a true work of art.




Currently Following: @lisaperrystyle

Lisa Perry’s penchant for bright colors, geometric shapes and a mod aesthetic has solidified her as one of my favorite-ever designers. In a sea of brands incorporating these elements, she’s developed such a stand-out point of view based on her dedication to minimalism and clean lines. Perry’s Instagram account gives her followers a joy-filled peek into her colorful world. The best posts? Snaps of her vibrant, pop art-filled NYC apartment!

(P.S. If you’re in the Hamptons this weekend, be sure to stop by her East Hampton shop!)


Andaman Microphone Glove Handpiece by Lionette

Lately, I’ve been channeling my inner Michael Jackson (whose birthday happens to be today!) in this crystal and opalescent stone microphone glove. I keep this statement handpiece grounded by pairing it with a flirty skirt, simple top and my favorite jean jacket.

Designer Spotlight: Sarah Magid


We are so excited to introduce Sarah Magid’s line of bold baubles to Charm & Chain! Inspired by everything from modern art and graffiti to her grandmother’s over-the-top ensembles from the 1960s, Sarah’s designs incorporate everything we love to see in jewelry: color, shine, shape, quality and the ability to make a statement.


After designing jewelry, footwear and accessories for over 15 years for such major brands as Coach and J.Crew, Sarah decided it was time for her to bring her own visions to life and launched her eponymous jewelry label just last year.


We sat down with Sarah to learn more about her inspirations, motivations and favorite pieces:

C&C: Describe Sarah Magid Jewelry in three words.

SM: Bold, Colorful, Chic

C&C: After years of designing for major brands, how did you finally decide to take the plunge into designing your own line?

SM: I did not want to be in my 50s and regret that I never took the chance to have my own collection. I have worked for corporate and smaller fashion companies for over 15 years, and feel like the success that I created with them can one day be my own. I feel proud to be an example to my children that anything is possible.

C&C: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?

SM: I am guilty of making cactus neon earrings out of clay that you could bake in the oven. I wore these to 4th grade everyday. Please burn any picture you may find of these creations!


Images from Sarah Magid’s “Prankster” Collection Mood Board

C&C: Your latest collection incorporates a gorgeous mix of vibrant colors and patterns plus your signature geometric shapes. What served as your inspiration for this motif?

SM: I draw inspiration from Modern Art and a mashup of history, music, humor, and cultural references. The “Prankster” collection is a blend of Picasso’s Harlequin paintings, neon brights from the 80’s, and the activist art of Sister Corita. (Oh, and the song “Electric Avenue” was playing on repeat in the studio.) There will always be a geometric undercurrent, but I aspire to find ways to make it feminine and playful.

C&C: We love that you draw inspiration from your grandmother’s wardrobe. (Don’t we all!) Are there any outfits in particular you can recall that inspire your line?

SM: My grandmothers was a jazz singer in the 1960’s and performed in a turquoise brocade gown with gold paisley motifs. At the time, I thought it was the most important and perfect article of clothing created. There were pink mules with fluffy feathers that completed the look. She had a giant drawer filled with jewelry and allowed me to dress in all her clothes. This was in San Diego where everyone was not as adventurous of a dresser, and sometimes I wore her things to school. When I think of her outfits, I dream of patterns upon patterns in bright colors, and that always excites me a bit when I design.

Double Ingot Lariat (left), Large Recon Malachite Stud Earrings (right)

C&C: Which piece or pieces do find yourself wearing most often?

SM: I tend to grab samples and try everything on in different combinations. I like the balance of metal and stone to keep things feeling mixed in a cool way. Lately I have been wearing the Ingot Lariat because it can be worn different ways depending on the neckline, and the Malachite Studs for a pop of vibrant color. I try to flow the collections so that you can wear different pieces from the seasons year round and they can always sit together.

Click here to check out Sarah Magid’s latest collection on Charm & Chain!

Ali’s List 8.22.14



Currently Coveting: Fabulous & Baroque Victoire Balloon Chair

This fuchsia balloon chair is essentially me in furniture form: bold yet elegant, with an avant garde edge. I’m dreaming of adding one of these to my living room arrangement.




Currently Doing: Colorado

I’m currently in Colorado for a much-needed long weekend of rest, relaxation and family time. On the agenda: spending the weekend in Aspen, dinner at a dear friend’s newly-open first restaurant CO Chop Shop, and lots of fresh air.




Currently Inspired By: Pineapples

It seems like this fruity motif has been popping up everywhere lately—from prints on clothing and wallpaper to costume jewelry and as props in editorial shoots. It’s such a fun shape and I’m a total sucker for the color yellow. Plus, pineapples are one of my favorites fruits to eat!




Currently Following: @tthblooms

As a former intern of style icon Taylor Tomasi Hill during her fashion assistant days at W Magazine, I’ve enjoyed watching her career blossom over the years. Her latest venture as florist to the fashion set has resulted in daily inspiration via her Instagram, where she posts snaps of her whimsical—and highly covetable—arrangements of buds including pink peonies and wildflowers.



Currently Rocking: Kinetic Gold Thin Metal Collar by Alexis Bittar

The ideal collar necklace, this sleek gold choker is an office-wide addiction (myself included). It’s simple yet so cool, plus it lays just right.