July 2012

Chic and sophisticated, easy to wear and comfortable, the smoking slipper is a shoe-in as the new fall season’s must-have shoe.

Designers put their best foot forward in everything from classic gray flannel, to sequins and studs, and sleek patent leather.

This way to the smoking section…

Marc by Marc Jacobs - sequined smoking slipper1. Marc by Marc Jacobs, burnished sequin slipper in black and blue, Nordstrom, $250.

Stuart Weitzman smoking slipper in black patent, red trim2. Stuart Weitzman’s Slip-on comes in black patent leather and gray flannel, $298.

Stuart Weitzman, Slip-on in gray flannelAnd just in case you like a little shine and sparkle…

Stuart Weitzman - Slipback slipper4. Stuart Weitzman, Slipback sequined slipper, $385.

B Brian Atwood - smoking slipper5. B Brain Atwood’s chic metallic leopard print is a Neiman Marcus exclusive, available for pre-order now, $295.

Animal prints are still as hot as ever and pair nicely with the deep reds, plums and emeralds we’ll be wearing this fall.

Loeffler Randall calf hair slipper

6. Loeffler Randall, Blaise, printed calf hair loafer, Neiman Marcus, $325.

Steve Madden - smoking slipper7. Steve Madden, Valantne dalmation print slipper is a steal at $119.95 !

Alexander McQueen - floral smoking slipper8. Alexander McQueen’s luxe floral embroidered slipper in velvet, Neiman Marcus, $695.

Salvatore Ferragamo My Joy flat9. Salvatore Ferragamo My Joy flat is a chic neutral in platinum, Nordstrom, $295.

Tod's ballet flat10. Tod’s crimson red ballet flat, on pre-order from Nordstrom, $495.

This gets my vote for the sleek and chic classic slipper for Fall 2012…can you say timeless ?

Gucci - patent leather slipper11. Gucci, Power Patent leather loafer, Neiman Marcus, $550.

Do share – which is your favorite ?


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I’m always inspired by the beautiful flowers of Hawaii and the relaxed welcoming spirit of the islands and the Hawaiian people.

I stumbled across this Hawaiian proverb while there – ” Ukuli’i ka pua, onaona i ka mau’u ” – which means, “Tiny is the flower, yet it scents the grasses around it. ”

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” The idea behind the tiny flower is that it doesn’t really matter how small you are, whether in size or numbers. It doesn’t matter how much you know, or how skilled you are. It doesn’t matter how much education or how many credentials you have. What really matters is how you affect the world around you,” explains Serge Kahili King.

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“You are like a tiny flower, and everything you do affects your world.”

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“Each time you act with loving intent you are sowing seeds for the growth of others in ways you may never see and among those you may never know. Like the perfume of a tiny flower, the effects of your actions spread far beyond the area of your immediate perceptions.”

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“If one tiny flower can scent the grasses around it, then the scent of a million tiny flowers may be carried by the wind to the far corners of the world.”

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“The world is changing rapidly all around us, and it is changing as a result of inner forces, not outer ones. People in far distant corners of the world are inhaling the fragrance of our tiny flowers and doing things once thought impossible.”

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“Whenever the senseless violence, epidemics, tragedies, and pollution of the world seem overwhelming, open your eyes a little wider and see the increasing good that many tiny flowers are creating.”

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Now that I’ve gone all philosophical on you, ( ha ! ) I hope you might feel a little inspired to scent the grass around you and let your tiny flower bloom.

In the end, the most important thing you can ever wear is a loving heart.

Thanks for being here, my little flowers !


Today’s little bit of lovely: from Hawaii, with love…

July 22, 2012

Taking time out to soak up a little Hawaii… There’s really no place like it. Aloha, my friends. I have a date with a sea turtle. And maybe a few more breathtaking sunsets…      

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First look: Rebecca Taylor boutique opens in Scottsdale !

July 18, 2012

Designer Rebecca Taylor’s new shop in Scottsdale Fashion Square is now open ! Today we’re giving you a preview of some of her modern luxe pieces, killer shoes and new Fall clothes just arriving. We found some great summer pieces, like this white sequin top and flirty ruffled skirt. Rebecca did a lovely collection of [...]

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Nordstrom announces TopShop launch and it’s coming to Arizona !

July 15, 2012

Nordstrom announced this week that it will be launching a new partnership with the popular British brand TOPSHOP and TOPMAN this fall. The Chandler Nordstrom is slated as one of only 14 stores in the U.S. to house a TOPSHOP and TOPMAN boutique in store. TOPSHOP is one of the U.K.’s biggest fashion success stories; [...]

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Top beauty picks to make your summer makeup last all day !

July 12, 2012

What’s the key to making your makeup last on hot summer days ? It’s what you put on underneath. After 15 years of desert living -wow, I’m old – I’ve tried tons of beauty products to combat triple-digit temps. These are my tried and true, all-time favorites to put the smackdown on makeup meltdown ! [...]

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Today’s little bit of lovely: Ricky Lauren in the Hamptons

July 10, 2012

Ricky Lauren’s new book, The Hamptons, Food, Family and History, has just been released and it’s at the top of our wish list. Filled with Lauren family photos, recipes, drawings and tidbits of Hampton history, the book offers a personal glimpse into the Lauren’s decades-long love affair with the Hamptons. Love this family photo from [...]

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Island girl: Punchin’ it up in tropical style !

July 8, 2012

This summer heat has us dreaming of an island getaway. Please pass the tropical punch. And cue Jimmy Buffet… I wanna go back to the islands Where the shrimp boats tie up to the pilin’ Gimme oysters and beer For dinner every day of the year and I’ll feel fine, I’ll feel fine… K, all [...]

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Bringing fantasy to life: backstage at Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza !

July 6, 2012

Today we’re taking you backstage for an up close and personal look at the costumes and makeup from Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza. Phoenix is the first stop on Kooza’s U.S. tour; performances are taking place under the white tents at University of Phoenix stadium until July 15. ( Yes, they’re air-conditioned ! ) Our backstage [...]

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Sneak peek – Behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza !

July 1, 2012

Yesterday, I went backstage for an up-close look at the amazing costumes and makeup artistry behind Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, now playing in Phoenix. Experiences like this make me love my job ! I’m going to share more about the creativity and workmanship that goes into the spectacular costumes you see in Kooza – including [...]

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