Criss Cross Apple Sauce

Friday, December 17, 2010

We used to say this to my 2nd graders en lieu of sitting "Indian Style", which has been banned from use in the public school system.  I thought it only appropriate to introduce my topic of discussion--the cross body bag.  Now, growing up as a kid, I distinctly remember my grandmother and other older motherly figures wearing these PURSES.  I detest the word.  It makes me think of those horrendously unattractive bags of the '80's and '90's.  Yet here I find myself blogging about a version of a bag that I once found repulsive.  

I hate carrying things.  Aside from my Louis Vuitton Speedster, all of my bags are shoulder hobos, which still requires you to occasionally readjust as they tend to slide down your shoulder.  Enter the cross body.  No more worrying about holding things or slippery shoulders.  They're coming in all sizes these days, even teensy tiny ones like this studded out badass one from Gap.

Black and gold have to be my favorite color combos when accessorizing, but who can resist a little silver and brass thrown in there as well?  All the mixed metal makes coordinating your jewelry that much easier.

Comparable to a mini-sized wallet, there's just enough room in there for your cards, iPhone, and chapstick.  What's not to love?

Aside from this unique cross body, my other craving comes from the one and only Marc by Marc Jacobs collection.  The 'Petal to the Metal' cross body is a great staple, and slightly more toned down in a bigger size than the Gap bag.   With great detailing like the gold dove and highlighted stitching as well as a bold zipper to accent the dove, Marc has simply created yet another understated bag that will last a lifetime.

Lions and Tigers and...Boots? Oh MY!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

So I have to say, boots happen to be really versatile.  I mean, dress them up with a skirt, dress them down with a ripped pair of jeans.  Nowadays, they're coming in all different styles: ankle, mid-calf, slouchy, thigh-high, well worn, suede, leather, etc.  The latest trend in LA at least, have been these amazing pair of distressed leather Steve Madden boots with a fun zipper back that gives them a little extra pop of color.  Lately I've been diversifying my wardrobe by adding pieces that are a little more edgy, and these certainly fit the bill.  They have a toned-down motorcycle type of feel, and not too much distressing so as to make you look like a homeless person.  My favorite aspect is the wide variety of colors--they have a beautiful green leather, which to be quite honest is the direction I would go in--and they would look great with my black leather jacket!  Now while I like to set the trends rather then follow them, these boots occupy a soft spot in my heart; if I could, I would own every color. 

And if you're not willing to shell out 2 Benjamin's for them, Target is selling the look for less at a mere $34.99:


Friday, December 10, 2010

Located in NY on West 4th St., the ginette_ny jewelry bar houses delicate pieces that will easily become an everyday stable of your wardrobe.  

Jewelry has to be my favorite accessory, and you'll be seeing a lot of great pieces on my blog.  When it comes to style, I'm a fan of sticking with the basics, and revving up any outfit with an eye-catching flash of gold/silver/bronze, etc.  Designer Frederique Dessemond has created a unique spin on monogramming, creating beautiful laced emblems of your very own initials.  It may not be cheap, but its certainly going on my Wish List for this Christmas!  

Check out ginette_ny's 2011 Fall Collection here:
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