'Fashion'

New York City In June

June 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and Happy Monday!!! I hope you had a great weekend and were able to celebrate Father’s Day if it pertains to you or if your Dad is still here to celebrate. I just got home from a fun trip to New York City and I wanted to share with you what we did, where we ate and shopped while we were there. I went to NYC with my friend Donna and her daughter Bella who recently turned 16, for her birthday Bella asked for a trip to NYC with her mom and me and we surprised her and made it happened. NYC in the Spring is always fun and last week the weather was hard to beat. We did A LOT of shopping since Bella had asked for money from her family for her birthday and she loaded up on fun clothes and accessories to wear this Summer and when school starts back in a couple of months. Join me for a quick tour of the Big Apple and I’ll do my best to share all of our fun. Enjoy!!!

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Royal Wedding ~ 6 Wedding Tiara Possibilities

May 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Tomorrow is the big day and we know quite a bit, things like the flavor of the wedding cake, who the florist is, the venue of the wedding and BOTH wedding reception/parties. But there are three questions everyone is waiting to be answered, who designed the wedding dress, what does it look like and what tiara will the bride wear or will she even wear a tiara. Today we are going to take a look at some of the possibilities as far as choices Meghan Markle has in tiaras. Now, the jewelry vaults of the British royal family are VAST, Queen Elizabeth has a massive collection of jewelry at her disposal and a lot of it, especially tiaras, she loans out to other members of the royal family to wear on special occasions. In the past, she has loaned wedding tiaras to her daughter, Princess Anne and granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton, in 1986 the Queen and Prince Philip purchased a tiara for their new daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson. Today I’ve gathered images of 6 tiaras that I think are possibilities, all of them unique in their design as well as being antique pieces of jewelry. One of the tiaras doesn’t belong to the Queen but does have a strong connection to Prince Harry. So, join me for a look at the possible crowns that will grace the head tomorrow of the newest royal bride and the beautiful design that has gone into all of them. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Royal Wedding ~ Wedding Dresses

May 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The maker of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is a well-kept secret, it has been for royal brides since the press were all trying to get photos and information about Lady Diana Spencer’s dress before her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. Royal weddings dresses are always a keen source of inspiration for designers and brides alike, designers want to create something just as beautiful as what the most recent royal bride has worn and brides want to look just like her. The most recent royal wedding was between William and Kate in 2011 and the designer chose for Kate’s dress was Sarah Burton, creative director for the fashion house, Alexander McQueen. Today we are going to look at several different royal wedding dresses through history, worn by both princesses and commoners who married into the royal family. We are going to go all the way back to 1840 when Victoria married Prince Albert, so join me for a look at royal wedding fashion and Enjoy!!! (above image via) In the post, I’ve referred to the all the ladies by their titles at the time of their marriages. 

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Keds & Rifle Paper Co.

April 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love a great collaboration when two creative entities come together and make each other better. Today we are looking at the current collaboration between the Keds Shoe Company and the Rifle Paper Co. and the awesome shoes that came out of these two companies working together. I’ve talked about The Rifle Paper Co. several times on the blog before, whether it’s about their beautiful stationery, Christmas Cards, and wrapping paper or the amazing wallpapers they are now making. Keds has been making tennis shoes since 1916 and are a leader when it comes to women’s and children’s fun and stylish footwear. Join me today for a look at these fun, beautiful, and whimsical shoe creations that will be awesome gifts for Mother’s Day, Graduation, Birthdays or maybe just to treat yourself, and remember they also come in kids sizes. Enjoy!!!

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Remembering Hubert de Givenchy

March 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Sad news yesterday of the death of famed French fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy was 91 at the time of his death, he was born in February 1927 and died on Saturday, March the 10th. Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy was born into a noble family, his father died from the flu when Hubert was 3 and he was raised by his mother and grandmother, his older brother Jean-Claude inherited the family’s title. de Givenchy moved to Paris at 17 at began his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts and he did his first official fashion designs for designer Jacques Fath in 1945. Today Hubert de Givenchy is remembered for the beautiful clothes he designed for actress Audrey Hepburn, including the iconic little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Givenchy opened his own fashion house in 1952 in his twenties and quickly caught the eye of fashion elite with his embroidery, silk prints, and ball gowns. Givenchy and Hepburn first met in 1954 during the filming of “Sabrina” and remained friends until Hepburn’s death in 1993. Givenchy was also known for dressing American First Lady Jackie Kennedy, especially during their 1961 trip to France. Givenchy sold his fashion house in 1988 to luxury goods group LVHM and officially retired in 1995. Today we are remembering a giant in the world of fashion and bid Au Revoir to a master of his craft. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Marvelous Designs Of Mrs. Maisel

January 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’m not a TV or movie critic but I know what I like and when I see something that’s entertaining to watch and ALSO beautiful to look at I want to share, that’s how I feel about the new Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The show takes place in the late 1950’s in NYC and stars Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam Maisel, Midge to her friends and family. Midge is living the idyllic 1950’s housewife life, she has a gorgeous apartment in a building with a doorman, a successful husband and two children, a BOY and a GIRL. Midge’s world is turned upside and she discovers a talent for stand up comedy she didn’t realize she had. The story follows what it was like to be a woman in 1950’s America trying to climb the ladder and be successful, along the way we meet her wonderful parents played by Marin Hinkle and Tony Shaloub, they are always there for their little girl but at times she does push them to the limit. Anyway, the story is awesome but half of the entertainment value comes from the beautiful sets and the costumes worn by everyone. The series does an excellent job of portraying NYC in the 1950’s, from the clothes and decor to the cars and cabs on the street. If you love a good dramedy filled with self-deprecating humor and beautiful EVERYTHING then check out The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon TV this weekend, it’s awesome. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Ultra Violet: Pantone Color of the Year, 2018

December 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re taking a little break today from coverage of all things Christmas to look at the just-announced Pantone Color of the Year for 2018, Ultra Violet. The first thing I thought of when saw this color was rock star Prince and his love of the color purple, in both his clothing and his songs. Pantone says about Ultra Violet, “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.” I’ve said before that Purple is not my favorite color but I have to admit it’s growing on me and I do love to mix it with certain other colors, like orange, red, and green. This Ultra Violet hue of purple is gorgeous and would look wonderful as the main color of a room or outfit as well as an accent color. I’ll share a look at some images today of Ultra Violet in the design world and hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Pop Chart Lab Creations

November 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE a good chart, I always have. For me to be able to write it out and see how things are related or not related is awesome. I think that’s why I’ve always been fascinated by Family Trees, you can see where or who people came from and why they may be the way they are now. When I taught school I always enjoyed using charts in teaching and I found that the kids usually liked making charts and for people who are visual learners it helps them see the relationships or how the subject evolved. Pop Chart Labs has taken the art of making charts to the next level combining pop culture and art to create both beautiful and fun charts that break down some of our most favorite things. Whether it’s film, TV, fashion, beer, coffee, or dogs there is a chart at Pop Chart Labs for that. At PCL researchers spend a great deal of time researching and learning about particular subjects, then the design team takes that research and turns it into eye-catching art disguised as a chart. All of the charts are made in America, printed on museum-grade paper using environmentally friendly inks. Join me today for a quick look at some of my favorite charts and remember Pop Chart Lab posters would make great holiday gifts this Christmas season. Enjoy!!!

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Marina & Autumn Maple

August 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is the last day looking at the top 10 colors that Pantone has chosen for the upcoming Fall and Winter season in Fashion which also transfers over to interior design. Our first color today is Marina, a cool blue color that calls to mind bright blue skies, blue tiled pools, and blue hydrangeas. “Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness,” is how Pantone describes this beautiful Blue. The tenth color on the list is Autumn Maple and its name truly says it all, “A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.” Autumn Maple calls to mind Pumpkins, falling leaves, and Gingerbread. Join me for a look at some images to give you a better idea about these colors, Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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Game of Thrones Jewelry

August 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

With only two episodes left in this season of Game of Thrones all of us avid watchers and readers of the books are sad, but if you are into jewelry I have some good news for you today. There is a line of jewelry out that is completely inspired by Game of Thrones, Daenerys Stormborn, and her Dragons. The pieces are all made of Sterling Silver and have amazing detail. Many of the pieces are inspired by the three Dragons that the Dragon Queen has at her beck and call and you can see the meticulous work that’s been done on these pieces to simulate scales, horns and the beautiful shapes of the dragons. The pieces have been created by a joint partnership between HBO and the MEY company, the current collection is called Breaking Chains and is inspired by pieces worn by the characters in the Game of Thrones show. Join me for a look and if you love the show or have someone on your gift list who is then think about adding one of these special pieces to their collection, you can see the entire collection here. Enjoy!!!

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