Ali’s List 9.26.14



CURRENTLY INSPIRED BY Jenna Snyder Phillips

I quickly fell in love with this budding artist when I first saw her work on Jonathan Adler’s Instagram. Many of her strong, gestural paintings feature brightly colored wildlife (flamingos, peacocks, zebras) and other things found in nature, a theme than I am forever drawn to. Our whole team is coveting one of her works for our office!




CURRENTLY COVETING Midas iPhone Charger

Just in time for the iPhone 6, this sleek gilded charger is ideal toting around in your bag for stylish recharging on the go.




CURRENTLY DOING Marcela Gutierrez’s “Faction” Exhibit at Melet Mercantile Gallery

If you’re a fashion lover in New York City, this exhibit featuring paintings and drawings of Diana Vreeland is not to be missed. Artist Marcela Gutierrez drew inspiration from the legendary editor’s tendency to fuse fact and fiction in her storytelling (hence the exhibit’s name), and each work represents one of Vreeland’s fantastical stories from her autobiography "D.V.: Diana Vreeland." Due to its overwhelming popularity, the show has just been extended through the second week of October!




CURRENTLY FOLLOWING @advancedstyle

This blog’s Instagram account provides me with my daily fix of eccentric style inspiration. The subject of this project is fashionable older women who have been collecting ornate jewelry and clothing for decades and know how to put together looks better than anyone else. I can’t wait to see the Advanced Style movie, which debuts this weekend in New York City!


CURRENTLY WEARING Lulu Frost Journey Statement Earrings

These multicolored, deco-style earrings scream Times Square. The tall coral stones resemble mini skyscrapers while the colorful pavé rhinestones look like lights on a billboard. They’re like little city scapes!

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.