Nov 8, 2011

Putting the Cash in Cashmere

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Fashion tips

There is really nothing better than the look and feel of cashmere. I ADORE cashmere ANYTHING. Cashmere is one of those fibers that will last you a lifetime if  you keep a few of these Glamour Girl tips in mind:

First a little background…..

Cashmere is a soft luxury fiber. In order to be considered true cashmere, the fiber must come from the hairs of the Cashmere goat, an animal originally introduced to Westerners by the area of Asia known as Kashmir. When the British took control of Kashmir in the 1800s, the fiber began to be exported to Europe, creating intense demand which continues to this day. In addition to being beautiful, cashmere is also infamous for being very expensive, due to the labor intense process used to create cashmere garments.

The majority of the world’s cashmere today comes from China and Mongolia, which raise cashmere goats in the Gobi Desert. These cashmere goats are bred specifically for their extremely soft, pale hair that can be dyed to any color, and are therefore highly sought after. The harsh conditions in the Gobi Desert severely restrict the number of goats that can be raised, however, meaning that the hand harvested and often hand spun fiber commands a high price when it reaches the market: and this is before the notoriously difficult yarn has been knitted or woven!(****info courtesy of wiseGeek.com )

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If you’re just starting to build a wardrobe and want to add a cashmere item the most important tip to remember is: Buy well …Buy once. In other words put the CASH in cashmere.

What cashmere item should I buy first? First and foremost look for classic pieces that you can wear year after year. Think BASIC: V-neck, crew neck, cowl neck or cardigan sweater. If you want to really be adventurous try a beautiful classic sweater dress like the one pictured below from shopbop.com.

A word about Fit:  It goes without saying that fit is key.

What if I can’t afford a cashmere item right now? When in doubt, wait for the clearance sales or special promotions to purchase higher quality cashmere than you could usually afford. It is worth the wait. (Last year during the February Winter Clearance: I purchased a Donna Karan Cashmere V-neck sweater for $120.00 marked down from $695.00. It is HEAVEN!

How do I clean cashmere?  If your Cashmere sweater says Gentle Hand Wash …BELIEVE the instructions. Cashmere is a fragile fiber and won’t fare well in the “gentle cycle”  of your machine with a dolop of detergent.Some cashmere items are marked Dry Clean. Always check the labels and follow accordingly.

What if I really can’t afford cashmere now or 6 months from now? If your budget is not allowing any cashmere this year there are some pretty nice blends available. The Victoria’s Secret Catalog and Nordstrom’s have viable options for the look of cashmere at a much reduced price.  

Only Mine 2 ply Cashmere $79.00 @Nordstrom.com

Michael Kors Featherwieght Cahmere $595.00

Kate Spade New York "Cherilyn" Cardigan $285.00

Nica Cashmere Dress $245.00 at www.shopbop.com

Cashmere and Silk blend Cardigan at www.victoriassecret.com $79.50

Donna Karan Collection Sparkle Cashmere Cozy

Orig: $2195.00 Sale: $1314.00 (40 per cent off) at Nordstrom

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Sep 2, 2009

Where is Ann Taylor & what have you done with her?

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion
Silk One SHoulder Dress $200.00

Silk One SHoulder Dress $200.00

Ruffled Front Knit Skirt $85.00
Ruffled Front Knit Skirt $85.00
Cashmere Sleeveless RUffled Sweater $125.00
Cashmere Sleeveless RUffled Sweater $125.00

Sit Down. No …really sit down and listen. I have finally cracked the code and found something positive from this whole recession thing on fashion. Ready?  Here it is. Seems that the sometimes classic, standard, predictable retailers are amping up their style quotient to attract more customers.  (Case in Point!) I am so talking about Ann Taylor who was a pretty good source if you wanted the most basic of items and I do mean basic with a capital B.-(the only hint of fashion forward thinking was the color of cashmere sweaters offered or every once in a while they would go out on a limb and sell a HAT with a little oomph)!! But that was then, and this is now! Seems that with the economy spiraling downwards our little Ann has pulled up her classic boring no heeled boot staps and totally revamped her look. I am talking fashion with some flair. O.K. SO it’s not FASHION  as in Galliano or Zac Posen but if you go to the Ann Taylor Website or perhaps trip into your nearby AT store you will find leopard dresses, cashmere ruffled sleeveless sweaters, skirts with ruffled side interest, platform shoes and hold on to your hats for this last one Biker Jackets in Leather like Butter! Who knew?  Now if we could only put some sizzle in  the Dress Barn! (Are they even in Business anymore)? I never, ever liked their name. Who wears a dress in a barn anyway?

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Jul 7, 2009

Fall Fashion Theory!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Alice  

“A  Fairytale Fashion  Theory”

“Wasn’t Alice in Wonderland late for the tea party? It was probably due to the fact that the tea party was in summer and she was determined to wear a new dress. Alice being Alice wanted a nice, frilly, feminine summer dress with lots of pretty bows, lacing and detailing- (we should have given her Betsey Johnson’s phone number-but back to Alice). Alice probably went out  to  find a dress not thinking this would be a problem,you know- to buy a summer dress in summer but, she was SO WRONG. All Alice found was a wide assortment of fall dresses made of wool and cashmere and velvet…all with 10 percent spandex woven in.. Oh my! What was she to do??? .but go  to the party in a summer dress she purchased in January.

Well here we are just days after the fourth of July and you do know what that means-we are late…very, very  late- ( about a month to be exact), to embrace the arrival of FALL FASHION 2009. I know, I know what’s a girl to do when it’s a 102 (degrees that is) and your just achieving that golden glow of summer.

Meanwhile, retailers have been sending out mass fall fashion emails, promoting autumn trunk shows and practically ruining a good manicure on “setting up shop.” It’s really quite a process, and to think they do it all for us in the midst of sweltering heat. I have often wondered how this retail phenomenon was started in the first place -laying out new fall fashion at the very height of summer heat, and it doesn’t just happen at the onset of fall fashion, try and find a decent swimsuit in June-forget it! January is optimal. Suffice it to say, whoever is in charge of the fashion calendar is definitely NOT a procrastinator….maybe they have a “looking glass” to see in and know what the next fashion season will bring. 

 I wish I could ask Alice…..

A better Frock for Alice from Betsy's Fall 2009 Collection!

A better Frock for Alice from Betsey's Fall 2009 Collection!

Betsy Johnson with modelwearing her Fall 2009 colleciton. Is that tea I see on the table?
Betsey Johnson with models wearing her Fall 2009 Collection. Is Betsy possibly the Mad Hatter of Fashion?
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