Retail Therapy April 2014
Author: Nicole McConnach | Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Don’t stock up all those lazy days for summer. April breezes set the scene for daydreaming walks and porch swing reading. Stay in the comfort zone (while remaining fashionable) by slipping on Free People’s bohemian Moroccan Beaded house shoes, $48, at Debra Canavan Classics of Sayville, (631) 563-9385.
Keep fresh faces protected from sunrays with an Echo woven Caravan Cap, $28. Tracking time isn’t going to be a priority but there are many stylish reasons to sport a La Mer white leather wrap timepiece with gold studs, $110. Both available at Emily Sky Fashions, Commack, (631) 623-6607.
The temperatures may be warming up but gem hues are cooling down. Hand colored mint green, ice blue and plush pink quartz intermix in a 3-strand bracelet, $1,880, that will complement every complexion. A verdant quartz set in gold, $750, adds brightness to spring ensembles that have been patiently waiting to come out of the closet. Both Vaubel designs available at Sedoni Gallery, Huntington, (631) 547-4811.
Orange You Glad
Two things are being welcomed with open arms this season: The sun in all its glory and radiant accessories shedding a light on every spring look. Soft pebble grain leather in tangerine makes GiGi New York’s designs lust worthy. The Maggie clutch, $225, easily transitions from office chic to night-on-the-town with the addition of a chain-link strap. Elle’s cross-body silhouette, $285, is the perfect accomplice for a day of shopping or a weekend of travel. giginewyork.com
Stuff Men Want April 2014
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Latch and Load
The briefcase has roots dating back to the 1800s and is still regarded as essential today. Whether personal preference calls for a portfolio, folio or attaché case, what it’s made of is just as important as the contents. This Shen Kuo, $600, is composed of harness leather with a solid brass latch. Its creator fashions one-of-a-kind masterpieces that cater to the paper carrying needs of every professional. Joseph P. Marcellino Bag Co., Huntington Village, (516) 584-4337
Puddle hopping, bright yellow slickers and child-like galoshes are all distant memories but wet weather is very much a thing of the present and staying dry is still a priority. Brave the rainstorms donning this sleek and practical hooded nylon jacket from Michael Kors, $395, at Tyrone of Roslyn, (516) 484-3330.
Keep crucial assets protected in a GiGi New York bi-fold vachetta leather wallet with money clip in warm shades of tan and brown, $100 each at giginewyork.com.
Sun’s Gonna Rise
Nobody needs to be told why wearing shades is a must this time of year, but it wouldn’t hurt to know which solar shields are must haves. Mirrored lenses are no longer reserved for highway patrol and snow-capped mountain sports. Maui Jim Guardrails (left) combine the lens trend with a sporty variation of aviator style. Versace (right) takes a more laid-back approach with a square marble frame. These and similar frames, $250-$300, are available at Precision Eye Care, Huntington (631) 462-2020.
All Tied Up
Neckties have earned the title of ultimate accessory because of their ability to transform. A printed skinny transcends the basic black suit and a creative Eldredge knot portrays bold and daring style. This season indulge in brightly-hued silk ties that beg to be ogled. Dona/Dona striped jewel tone is not for the faint of heart, $95, but Serica Elite makes color approachable with a shade of orange that can be worked into any wardrobe, $125 each. Both available at Beltrami, Huntington Village, (631) 421-0117.
Hot Commodity April 2014
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There’s a new nameplate in town and it’s setting itself apart from the many that have come before it. What originated as diamonds set in gold in the shape of legal names recently dwindled down to a display of initials only, all of them scripted together in a medallion of sorts. This time it is a simple single letter—full stop. Choose your metal: Sterling; 14k yellow, rose or white gold or simply gold plate.
Available at Libutti Diamond Jewelers, Huntington, $300-$1,000
Raise the bar
Many things could have inspired Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famed poem, How Do I Love Thee—maybe even a chair. If it was, perhaps the inspiration looked something like this handsome stool, harmonizing light hardwood and darkened steel, sturdy with soft, rounded lines. Proud but understated. A chair like this transitions easily from the kitchen island to the basement bar to poolside café seating. Not in a split personality way, but in an honest, well crafted, any occasion sort of way.
Silk Route reclaimed wood and iron chair, $395 | Batik pillow in canvas, $88
Both available at Renee’s, Mattituck, (631) 298-4223
Flat or pitched, the silhouette of spring is a stripped down boot.
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1. Alepel Strich, $128
2. Sophia Webster Mila, $735
3. Gio Diev Akita, $945,
Mila available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Huntington