Oct 24, 2019

My Maisel Obsession

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight Fashion

I  admit it… I am obsessed with the Amazon Prime show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This is not a mild obsession. Nooo-this is MAJOR obsession! I am not ashamed to admit that I have probably watched each episode (Season’s 1 & 2) on repeat so many times that I can recite each characters dialogue word for word.  I knowmmw.. One might wonder if there’s  a 12 step detox in my future?

In my humble opinion, this is the best show ever produced  ..hands down. end of story. anddd scene!The writing, the characters, the comedic timing and can we just talk about the costumes???!!!!!!!

Donna Zakowska, is the Emmy Award winning costume designer for the show and recently gave an in depth interview that beautifully explains her thought process in designing the wardrobe for Mrs. Maisel. I have attached the  interview below for your enjoyment and urge you to read through as it will give you a detailed understanding of how clothing  can convey a message, and might shed some light on how you dress and the message you want your clothing to convey. Enjoy!

Ahead of the Season 3 premiere of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Emmy-winning costume designer Donna Zakowska discusses capturing the fashion of 1950s New York City and her exclusive partnership with Bergdorf Goodman.

When you think of the ’50s, your mind likely conjures up an image of ponytails, poodle skirts and floral appliqué cardigans. But that’s a far cry from costume designer Donna Zakowska’s sartorial vision on the set of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the hit Amazon series starring Rachel Brosnahan. For the uninitiated, the show follows the titular character, Midge Maisel, a housewife-turned-comedian hailing from (where else?) Manhattan’s Upper West Side as she navigates challenging cultural norms. “New York had a more sophisticated sense of style at the time,” says Zakowska. “I wanted to capture an urban reality with a cross-section of influences. I wasn’t interested in portraying the classic American girl.”

Indeed, Midge’s on-screen outfits are emblematic of her strong female character and speak to the elegance of a bygone era. Inspired by style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, her looks include chic suit sets, bold and vibrant coats, pillbox hats and opera-length gloves. This upcoming season, Midge will take her stand-up act to Miami, where we can expect more “theatrical, showy, glitzy pieces,” according to Zakowska.

Here, more from Zakowska about Midge’s style, her favorite ’50s trends and designing an exclusive coat for Bergdorf Goodman.

Bergdorf Goodman: Which staple pieces in Midge’s wardrobe help boost her confidence?

Donna Zakowska: The coat is a suit of armor that empowers Midge. There’s a superhero quality to the movement of the silhouette, and the colors echo how her character is feeling, whether times are good or bad.

BG: What’s been your favorite on-screen outfit to date?

DZ: Probably Midge’s first costume—a romantic nightgown with a pink coat—because it sets the tone for her character. The pink represents looking through rose-colored glasses—Midge’s life was perfect. Mixing it with the nightgown nods to her vulnerability. I want all the outfits to be funny but tell a strong story and look beautiful at the same time.

BG: Where do you find inspiration for your looks?

DZ: Vintage issues of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar are incredible, as are photographs from the period. I was trained as a painter at the [École nationale supérieure des] Beaux-Arts in Paris, so my mind loves to wander through art, whether it’s a Renaissance-style landscape or a portrait by Francis Bacon.

BG: What designers do you look to most often?

DZ: The ’50s is a source of couture genius: Charles James with his impeccable tailoring and use of color, Dior’s sculptural shapes, Givenchy’s incredible draping. Everything was so well constructed and emphasized the female body.

BG: What are your favorite and least favorite trends from the ’50s?

DZ: I adore the suits—they were structured yet loose and drapey. Poodle skirts are absolutely forbidden. They should be excommunicated.

BG: How can we incorporate Mrs. Maisel styles into a modern wardrobe?

***DZ: Combine colors and shapes that aren’t necessarily predictable, like a dramatic swing coat with a glove in a contrasting hue. When you’re less predictable, you develop a more poetic sense of who you are and who you can be. You enter a realm of minimalist extravagance.

BG: Why do you think the clothes on the show resonate with viewers so much?

DZ: I think the wardrobe defies expectations—it’s different than what most people are used to from that point in time. Clothes are always connected to cultural trends. Right now, I think people are embracing exuberance and power through fashion.

BG: Rachel has an amazing sense of style herself. Does she have strong ideas about what her character should look like?

DZ: Rachel definitely understands the power of the costume. All of her clothes are custom-made, so we spend hours making sure everything fits to a tee. The accessories mean a lot to her. She told me that she really finds Midge when she puts her hats on.

BG: Tell us about the exclusive piece you designed for BG that will be auctioned off this month to support the Garment District.

DZ: Taking inspiration from the show, I designed a pink coat with a floral-print silk lining. As a New Yorker myself, I’m delighted that proceeds support the Garment District because the workers have tremendous skills and practically supplied clothing for the entire country, receiving very little in return. It’s important to honor that.


**Image and Inerview notes courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.com 

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Oct 23, 2019

It’s a Cinch

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion


There is no better way to accent your waist and make your middle look little then by wearing a well appointed belt. It’s  one of the easiest items you can add to elevate your  entire look and complete your outfit in a cinch!


Maison Margiela Belt

Gareth Pugh Belt

Belt by Alexander McQueen

Paco Rabanne Belt

Sooo let’s review what belts can do:

Cinch in a waist.

Define a waist.

Add Interest to an outfit


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Oct 22, 2019

Tuesday’s Tip

Posted By: Terri
Category: Health & Wellness

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Oct 21, 2019

Ghoulish Garb

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Image Courtesy of Linda Friesen Couture

Halloween is right around the corner. If per chance you’re looking for something that’s more “Couture” than “Camp” here are a few options  you might want to consider…

Dion Lee Resort Laser Cut Blazer Image Courtesy of 1st Dibs.com

Image Courtesy of Alice Rodgers.com

Image Courtesy of Etsy (The Pale Corvus) ***Oodles of Halloween inspired items in this shop…

Image Courtesy of Jamie Avis UK Artist **Gel Pen illustration on a silk coat..Amazing.

Hooded Feather Coat Made to Order &175.00 Etsy shop : pinkabsinthe


Skull Glove available on Ebay ($15.99)



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Oct 21, 2019

Monday Mantra…

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Happy Monday. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and spent time doing whatever it is that brings you joy.

Today’s Mantra  is a double dose on the subject of appreciation and being appreciated.

In a world obsessed with social media and using every form of non- verbal communication to converse (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram)  I have noticed  as of late, that comments can often be of a  critical nature. I find it especially telling when an unkind word is left by  a complete stranger who know nothing about nor have ever met the person posting.  Instead of finding fault or criticizing, I think the world as a whole could benefit from a dose of kindness and appreciation.

Here’s to looking for the good in everything and everyone and spreading a bit of kindness through appreciation.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and reading this post. I truly appreciate you!

Have a Beauuutiful Day.


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Oct 18, 2019

Friday Moment….

Posted By: Terri
Category: Humor

Friday … (and a brief note about handbags…)

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Oct 17, 2019

Halloween Pumpkin Prep…

Posted By: Terri
Category: Glamorous Decor


Halloween is the second most celebrated holiday of the entire year! Christmas still holds the number one spot but seriously (????) Halloween has out -spotted Thanksgiving in the scheme of holiday celebrations!?  THAT is making quite a statement.

Halloween’s style quota  has exploded in terms of  Halloween costumes available for ADULTS, massive and might I add outlandish Halloween parties, and indoor and outdoor decor.

And….speaking of holiday decor..did you get the memo that carving pumpkins  is no more. At the very least there seems to be a major push to paint your pumpkins and if you have the artistic skills of Picasso-well all the better. I could not believe my eyes when I came upon this assortment of pumpkins that would be perfect for porch display.

If you’re looking to put down your pumpkin carving knife and paint a fantastical design this Halloween, here are a few  painted pumpkin options that I hope  will inspire.

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Oct 15, 2019

Tuesday “Tilt” Tip

Posted By: Terri
Category: Beauty

Who knew what a simple “tilt” to the right could do!

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Oct 14, 2019

Embrace the Cape

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Its THAT time of year again,when the outdoor temps start to dip but you’re just not quite ready to commit to wearing a full on winter coat. Enter..the Cape. The comfy and oh so style worthy cape is a mainstay in fashion and each and every season you have a plethora of styles to choose from at various price points.

I often get asked by clients how to style a cape and to that I say- there are options galore but when it comes to a cape “less is more” because quite frankly the cape is a statement piece, all on it’s own.

Here are a few suggestions to keep your cape style worthy and add a perfect pop to your outfit:

  1. If you’re opting for a plaid cape or one with a pattern ,keep the rest of your outfit in solid shades that compliment. The Cape will cover enough of your frame that you don’t want to detract from the fashion statement you’re making.
  2. If your cape is in a solid hue consider adding some amazing accessories to amp up the style and accentuate the cape. You can add an amazing brooch,stylish booties and one item with some sort of pattern i.e. blouse, pants, or even footwear. But keep the pattern play at one item  so you won’t  detract from the style statement of your cape.

Double Breasted Cape @ Chicwish.com

If you’re looking to add a cape to your rotation but  want something super affordable…here are some options all under (wait for it $25.00) .

Shawl Collar Longline Cape $SALE$20.00) @ Shein.com

Two TOne Front Cape SALE $15.00 @ Shein.com

Double Button Plaid Cape SALE $20.00 @ Shein.com

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Oct 14, 2019

Monday Mantra

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

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