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All I Want for Christmas is at Target + Neiman Marcus

19 Oct

Target newletter

Robert Rodriguez

When I received the Target newsletter in my email with the subject line “Take A Peek: the Neiman Marcus + Target Collection” – I instantly felt warm all over. I took a peek. I started my Christmas wish list.

I’m the person who has all my gift shopping done by the end of November so I don’t have to be a part of the chaos in the stores the closer it gets to the end of the year; however, none of these items go on sale until the first of December, plus it’s a limited edition collection with limited quantities. Even though items can be purchased at both Target and Neiman Marcus stores and online at each outlet’s website, doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to get what I want.

Thom Browne

I remember the frenzy from the launch of Missoni in 2011 crashing Target’s website and throngs of people ransacking the stores buying anything and everything they could get their hands on. Thankfully, to ensure the madness doesn’t happen again Target and Neiman Marcus has put a limit on the number of the same item a person can purchase per transaction at five.

This collaboration is also for a good cause. Target and Neiman Marcus will donate $1 million to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), an invitation only nonprofit trade association with 400 members who are leaders in the industry for jewelry, accessory, menswear and womanswear in the U.S.

Designers for this launch include: Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam Diane von Furstenberg, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu, Judith Leiber, Lela Rose, Marc Jacobs, rag & bone, Robert Rodriguez, Rodarte, Skaist-Taylor, Thom Browne, Tory Burch, and Tracy Reese.

Tracy Reese

Jason Wu

 

Next on my shopping list, the Neiman Marcus Annual Christmas book…

 

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FNO 2012 – Caught Up for a Good Cause

7 Sep

 

Tanya Flanagan and Ronald Smith

Last night I attended Fashion Night Out at Crystals at City Center  to support my friend’s and their charities – Jenn is the PR Director for the Nevada Ballet Theatre and Tanya serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Las Vegas After–School All–Stars. Initially, I was there for moral support but once I arrived I was immediately caught up for a good cause. It’s been a while since I paid retail for anything, then I thought of a conversation I had the last week with my hair wizard Richie. He and I agreed that if you attend a charity event and freely imbibe and eat their food, it is morally appropriate to financially support their efforts … the free-flowing champagne helped me release my purse strings.

Melinda Sheckells

First stop was Bottega Veneta for Tanya to show face and take a look at some handbags. One of the things I love about events like this is running into my friends I haven’t seen in a long time like the super talented Melinda Sheckells, editor-in-chief of Vegas/Rated magazine. She and I used to work together at Greenspun Media Group. I was her publicist and she was editor of Las Vegas Home + Design. We chatted for a bit and vowed to have lunch soon. I hope we actually keep our word.

NV Ballet VCA Event March 15 2012 Photos By Denise Truscello Las Vegas Nevada

Jenn Kratochwill 3/15/12 Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

Next stop was upstairs to Stella McCartney to say hello to Jenn who looked fabulous in a purple sheer dress with a slim gold belt. As I walked around the boutique I fell in love with a pair of off white wide-legged embossed pants and then quickly fell out of love with the $1500 price tag. So I keep looking until I spotted the tiny kids section and the most adorable pink tulle skirt. I almost chose it until I turned around and saw a set of Stella McCartney Peonie girl organic cotton ‘days of the week’ panties.

Stella McCartney Peoni panty set

Stella McCartney Peoni Panty Set

They screamed buy me for Brielle, my almost three-year old great-niece – sadly, I recently found out I am unable to have children – so I vowed to spoil her as if she were my own and the panties brought back memories of when I was a child and the days of the week sets my mother used to buy for me and my sister. As ridiculous as the price is I bought them anyway. It’s for a good cause I kept telling myself. I had another glass of champagne after that one.

Tobacco Vanille Eau De Parfum

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau De Parfum

On to Tom Ford to say hello to Suzanne a friend of a friend, meet up with the extremely well dress Ronald Smith, and unknowingly purchase the second item which was a bottle of Tobacco Vanille Eau De Parfum for me. I have been without this scent for nearly a year and the moment I smelled it again I knew I had to have it. It exudes sensuality. I feel super sexy every time I wear it. It was also cause for another glass of champagne before buying it.

Tiffany Bow ring in platinum with diamonds

Tiffany Bow ring

The final stop was at Tiffany to try to find me a gift suggestion for my August 17 one year anniversary with my boyfriend James. Our special day was put on the back burner because he was in the process of moving to Texas to work for Chevron in their North American Exploration Division so I think I deserve something extra special. For our first Christmas he got me a Tiffany Elsa Peretti Letter “A” pendant in sterling silver with three little diamonds so I was hoping it came in a ring or earrings so I would have a set. Unfortunately it doesn’t, but I wasn’t deterred. It is Tiffany. I kept looking. I fell in love with their diamond platinum bow ring and sent a picture to him via text. I hope he understands I want him to buy it and not just look at it. I’ll keep you posted.

Adrienne xo

 

Fashion’s Night Out’s Fashion Pressure

6 Sep

I love fashion. Especially high-end unaffordable fashion (my Pinterest page is a testament to it.) If I could, I would always be dressed like any starlet on Turner Classic Movies.

Events like tonight’s Fashion’s Night Out Las Vegas at Crystals at City Center hosted by Patricia Field, the Emmy Award winning style genius of Confessions of a Shopaholic, Ugly Betty, The Devil Wears Prada, and Sex in the City (movies and television shows I watch repeatedly), puts on the  pressure to be extra cute and make it look effortless.

I am invited to three events by dear friends who are opposites on the style spectrum. The first from Tanya Flanagan at Bottega Veneta with hostess Judi Perez, executive Vice- President of the Siegel Group, in support of the After-School All-Stars Las Vegas. The second is from Jenn Kratochwill at Stella McCartney for the Nevada Ballet Theatre, and the third from Adrienne Pearson at Tom Ford. There’s so much happening. If you are attending check the Las Vegas Weekly for the list of the Who, What, When and Wear!

After consulting with all three on what they will be sporting, I opted for a something I bought on sale months ago at Nordstrom Rack and pair of Jessica Simpson heels from last year. My reality has a different budget. My motto: ‘as long as it’s cute and I look good, wear it!’

Thanks for reading and see you tonight.

Adrienne xo

Blue Eyes, a Dimple Chin and a Rewards Program

9 Aug

Evelyn Grace JohnsonMy lovely friend Lisa and her husband William recently added Evelyn Grace (a perfect tiny bundle with big blue Liam and Evelyn Grace Johnsoneyes and a dimple chin) to their family to join big brother Liam on his adventures in toddler hood. Of course I had to get this precious little bundle a gift, and I love buying baby clothes. I get a kick out of the miniature versions of adult clothing and shoes. Seriously, who can resist mini ruffles? I can’t.

Juicy Couture Kids - Girls' Ikat Floral Print Romper (Infant)So I headed to Saks Fifth Avenue’s Off Fifth because they have the most adorable baby section and their items are always really girly. And to my delight, the retailer also has a new and free rewards program called MORE! offering weekly deals. Just for signing up I received an additional 30 Saks Fifth Avenue’s Off Fifth  free rewards program MORE!percent off my final purchase (in the spirit of “back to school” through August 14 they are offering 30% off kids’ collections.) How cute is this Juicy Couture Kids – Girls’ Ikat Floral Print Romper (Infant)? Too much! I also got the matching Ikat floral print sandals.

Lisa and William JohnsonLisa didn’t know I had a present in tow the day I met Evelyn, plus she’s the type of person who doesn’t expect gifts.  Even before she was pregnant I pleaded with her to have a baby shower and she just laughed at me and said, “Okay we will have one. You will be the only guest.”  She’s a smart ass!

Thank You Card - Lisa Leishman JohnsonThe point of this story is her kind gesture of mailing me a thank you card. I believe in the ‘The Art of the Hand Written Note’ because it shows someone took the time to express their feelings and it means so much more than a quick email or a card you can buy at the store with a prewritten message a million other people received. So to my friend, I say Thank You for our friendship. It means the world to me too!

Adrienne xo

A Super Stylish Mother-To-Bee Shower

3 Jun

I’ve been to a few baby showers in my time and I have to admit I am not a fan of the traditional baby shower format. I hate when I have to guess how big the mother-to-be is in width. I’m sure she hates it too. Please don’t ask me to “diaper the baby” in a relay or team either. It’s a doll, not real and I would not use one hand in real life so what’s the point? However, when I received an unexpected invitation in the mail to attend Courtney Rogers-Werner’s Mother-To-Bee, I knew it was going to be a fabulous affair because she is super stylish. Upon arrival, I was given a mini safety-pin and a string to tie around my wrist and told “Don’t Say Baby,” the most popular game, and that was it. Just my type of party! The next time we played a game was right before she opened all her gifts of love. It was the memory game of guessing how many items and what they are on the tray. Whoever guessed the most won a nice gift. Congratulations to Ashley Bell.

If you plan on throwing an upscale baby shower here’s some helpful tips from Courtney’s celebration to make it extra special:

  1. Customize and mail the invite and require an RSVP.
  2. Have a fun yet sophisticated theme.
  3. Greet guest at the door and give any directions necessary.
  4. Limit the number of games to a select few.
  5. Cater the food.
  6. Hire a bartender to serve wine and champagne.
  7. Have groovy music.
  8. Hire a photographer or videographer.
  9. Make the cake amazing.
  10. Relax and have fun.

Thank you for reading.

Adrienne xo

Thank You for the Dance Donna Summer

17 May

 

Donna Summer

December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012

I love disco. I grew up in the 70s when it was a staple at the roller rink (I was too young for the dance clubs. I was only in elementary school), but I made sure as I got older (fifth grade) I would represent the fashion by wearing my friend Lisa Garrison’s rainbow heeled platform tennis shoes (my mother was never going to buy me a pair no matter how much I begged), my skin-tight electric blue satin pants with matching jacket (think Olivia Newton John as ‘Sandy’ at the end of the movie “Grease”) and a lot of Vaseline on my lips to make them shiny (I was not allowed to wear lip gloss until sixth grade.)

I also  had my boom box set to KLAV AM, then Disco 1-2-3 KLAV, so I could boogie as I got ready for school or my big night out at Crystal Palace Skating Rink. All great memories from childhood with a soundtrack to flashback to innocent fun.  Here are my four favorite songs by Donna Summer.

Rest, peace, and comfort everlasting.

Dim All the Lights

Last Dance

On the Radio

Mac Arthur Park

 

Thank You for Reading.

Adrienne xo

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