My 2011 Predictions

Consumers will have more options to shop the "to the trade only" resources.  Let's foster inclusivity ~ not exclusivity.  In work and in life!  Designers will always be needed and valued for their talent!

Every one will jump on the app band wagon. After all Chanel now has an app.  Big designers plus big e commerce equals accessibility for all!  Time sensitive shopping and immediacy will be key selling tools. A new web site to be unveiled soon; Moda Operandi will allow fashionistas to buy hot off the runway looks immediately after shows.  It is similar to a trunk show, put a deposit down when ordering and the balance is due at the time of delivery months later.

Color and Neutrals, trendsetters are a fickle bunch. The colors are softer, ethereal but intriguing combinations can be achieved with the warm and cool hues.  The neutrals are more versatile, chameleon like taking on the hue of what it is mixed with.

Global Chic or  an Ethnic mix will continue to be strong.  There's a sense of play at hand and interesting color combinations abound..

Tassels and Trim will make a comeback.  Embellishment in general shows a return to the desire for luxury.  That makes those of us with a more is more mentality very happy.

Small is the new Big.  It seems McMansions are so yesterday.  The desire to nest and be cozy in one's surroundings will always be the goal but with the economic climate in flux being ostentatious in not PC.

OK, maybe not this small

Being Green is here to stay.  Thinking about ways to take care of the planet and  cut down on the carbon footprint. Repeat after me, recycle, reuse, reduce.  A back to basic attitude and farm to table call to action.

photos and credits: Chris Dow, Charlotte Moss, Fashionising, Martin Lawrence Bullard

Go for the Gold

Use it sparingly or drip in it ~ there's no denying the allure of this precious metal.  Metallics will always remain a mainstay in fashion and interiors, but gold has hit a high note (and not just the price).  With the economy still in a recession I think people are trying to be optimistic.  Nothing says confidence and optimism like the color gold.  It's also the color of the sun, so of course, being a Leo, a sun sign, I love it!!

Alexander McQueen

Marc Jacobs

J. Crew

Alexander McQueen

Jeffery Bilhuber
Richard Hallberg

Wishing you a Warholian Holiday

Dom Perignon pays tribute to everybody's favorite pop artist with limited edition
labels on bottles of their vintage 2002 champagne .

Pop a cork, raise a glass, and drink to champagne wishes, caviar dreams, and OUR 15 minutes this coming year.  Happy Holidays!!

Alex Papachristidis

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Richard Hallberg

Jamie Drake

Taylor Hannah

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Carrie Leskowitz

Jack Phillips

More is More: A Luxaholic's Holiday List

Hi, I am Carrie and I'm a luxaholic!   A luxaholic is a person who appreciates the finer things in life. Keep in mind appreciating and owning are 2 different things.  Holiday, birthday, no good reason other than you want it day; fantasizing is fun!  It's like that conversation I have with my husband all the time, "What would you do if you won the lottery?" (besides give back and help the family).  A girl can DREAM, can't she?

A Damien Hirst Spin Art painting

A Hermes bag, in any color, but the croc is to die for

A shoe of the month club from Net~a~Porter. Every girl's fantasy!

Caviar in skin care products, for a dewy glow

A python iPhone case; a python anything!

A diamond iPad case. Why stop now??

Anything by Kimberly McDonald.  LOVE her!
BTW, geodes and diamonds look great with croc and python!

A contemporary home in the woods

Who knew Aston Martin made skis?  You can order them in any color the car comes in.  Aluminium and carbon make it good for the casual skier as well as the expert.  Good to know.

A rental cabin on The World Luxury Liner traveling around the world for a year.

What would be on your luxaholic list?

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

Jonathan Adler brought his Happy Chic aesthetic to the City of Brotherly Love.  His newest JA store opened on 3rd St. in Old City and all I have to say is..."Jon, What took so long?".

Deep in conversation

Groovy, retro, playful, happy; all words I would use to describe Jonathan's decorating style as well as the needlepoint rugs & pillows, lacquer, furnishings and ceramics that fill his stores.  Jonathan began his career as a potter, met his partner Simon Doonan (of Barney's fame) in 1994 and the two forged a powerful, personal and creative alliance.  Jonathan's business took off and he has not slowed down since.

Jonathan said he tries to strike the perfect balance between chic and cheeky.
To see more of Jonathan's "Happy Designs" go to