The Velvet Touch

Velvet was a major trend on the Fall, 2016 catwalks and this lush fabric lends itself well to holiday dressing.  Following on last week’s theme, below are three distinct ways to wear velvet this next month or so…bohemian, romantic and edgy.

Look 1 – Bohemian:  This look is centered around a black velvet babydoll dress with bell sleeves.  The embroidered bootie, suede clutch, skinny scarf and mixed media earrings all enhance the boho feel.




Look 2 – Romantic: The soft color of the cami as well as those in the shoes and jewelry all help give this look a romantic feel.  Pairing those pieces with a lighter trouser and blue velvet blazer keep the look classic.

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Look 3 – Edgy: Velvet can be edgy if it’s cut as a fitted crop top.  To keep the look on point, I’ve paired the top with jet black skinnies and sexy, strappy stilettos.  A ruffled leather bottle green crossbody with metal accents and a dramatic cuff/earring set complete this final outfit.





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Cleveland Find: Fount

Cleveland Hustles, a new Shark Tank-like TV show on CNBC, features the leather goods company Fount on this week’s episode.  With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to highlight a few of Fount’s offerings this week.

With it’s dual tones of caramel, The Bellfield Tote in Goldenrod is a great addition for fall!  The tote is available in several sizes starting at $289.  The Bellfield is available in five additional colors if Goldenrod is just not your thing.  The styled look below features my favorite Lucky Brand Sienna Slim Boyfriend jeans, Kasheeda Border Print Top, Belia Bootie and Triple Hoop Gold Earrings.
The Banjo bag is the item I am currently most interested in although I’d love to see it in a smaller/clutch version.  The sleek styling yet original circular shape makes it a really unique piece!  The current Banjo measures an 18″ circumference and retails for $529.

The styled look below features the Banjo bag (scaled down as I’d like to see it) paired with the DSTLD Leather Moto Jacket, Cuyana Silk Slip Dress, Kenneth Cole Charlo Bootie and a Brighton Lariat Necklace.  


Fount was started in 2013 by a husband-wife team in Cleveland, Ohio.  Their products are made in the USA of full-aniline leather, free of any plastic top coating, which allows the pieces to develop a lovely patina over time and develop as heirlooms.  Be sure to watch this Wednesday at 10 and check out Fount’s new shop in the Gordon Square district of Cleveland!

Labels to Love: Cuyana

The company founders created Cuyana on the philosophy of owning fewer, better things. 

More on that outlook in weeks to come!   

Cuyana focuses on clean-lined, quality designs for women and has instituted a philanthropic “lean shipping” option at checkout.  With this option, Cuyana will send customers a reusable bag to fill with unwanted clothing items. When you mail the bag back (with included shipping label), the donated clothing is given directly to women in need. Additionally, for every donation you make, you receive a $10 credit towards your next purchase! 

A few favorite Cuyana pieces are highlighted below:

The Mini Saddle Bag ($195 in black leather; clay or rose in suede/leather mix) is on-trend this season and the perfect addition for spring as street fairs, festivals and farmer’s markets swing in to action.  Keep your essentials nearby and your load to a minimum! A standard size Saddle Bag is available for $295 in four colors.

cuyanaTimeless, lady-like, elegant…that is the Silk Sleeveless Shirtdress ($245 in black or white; long-sleeve version available for $250 in four colors).

For travel or at-home, the Classic Alpaca Cape ($195 in black, grey, camel) makes a great layering piece.  Love the belted look as a chic coverlet for a slip dress on a cool evening or, for a more boho feel, layered with a tee and paired with crops or skinnies.