Toss the Bouquet

June 14th, 2012


There is nothing prettier than a beautiful wedding bouquet.  No longer are brides sticking to traditional white flowers.  In fact, some are not even using flowers.   Instead, brides with a more artistic modern flair are opting for everything from seashells, buttons, crystals and vintage brooches to create their ever important wedding day bouquet.  This is a great way to personalize your special day be it a destination beach wedding, a small loft ceremony in the fashion district or a close knit family wedding were all of the female family members create the bouquet by contributing a special brooch.  The best part of choosing a non-traditional arrangement is that it will last forever.


Congratulations to all of our Style by Design brides!



 Brooch Bouquet


 Crystal & Feather Bouquet


 Flower & Brooch Bouquet


 Button Bouquet


 Crystal Bouquet


 Pearl Bouquet


  Seashell Bouquets 



109 years of perfection

June 14th, 2012


Photo Courtesy of Krigler


Krigler is an American brand with European connections.  The fragrance house opened their doors in 1904 in St. Petersburg, Russia under the creation of Albert Krigler.  The company moved to Berlin, Germany because of riots in Russia.  Later, Albert added roots in France and eventually New York City were there is still a store location (in the Plaza Hotel) 109 years later.


Photo Courtesy of Krigler


Celebrities have never been a stranger to Krigler's scents.  The perfume #14 was worn by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Perfume #14 was also worn by Marlene Dietrich who gave it a more unisex feel.  Audrey Hepburn loved  English Promenade.  The name of the fragrance was inspired by the main street in Nice which is called Les Promenades des Anglais.  A favorite of  the legendary Grace Kelly was Chateau Krigler #12, and Coco Chanel adored Pleasure Gardenia.


The Krigler client is well versed in perfume.  They are often compared to wine connoisseurs in their desire to study and learn more about the complexities of perfume.  Krigler also makes custom perfumes with a price tag ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per bottle.  Every detail is done from scratch.  To learn more about Krigler please visit their website


Light by Design

June 13th, 2012


Image Courtesy of Poketo



Fluorescent light bulbs never looked so good thanks to Plumen.  This award winning bulb was the creation of British designers Sam Wilkinson and Nicolas Roope.  Given the decorative artistic design there is no need to use a light shade.  These bulbs will last eight times longer than a traditional light bulb and are incredibly energy efficient.  To learn more please visit the website

Razor Sharp style

June 13th, 2012


Photo courtesy of F.S.C. Barber Shop


There is a throwback to the 1920's in both NYC and San Francisco.  F.S.C. Barber Shop is an old school hangout for men where they can get a haircut, trim, a straight razor, or hot towel hybrid shave.  The decor is made up of porcelain barber chairs along with hand carved wood work stations that are reminiscent of a time when grooming for men was an old fashion art form.  To learn more about F.S.C. Barber Shop please visit their website



Marc Newson was born in Sydney, Australia in 1963.  Currently, he resides in London where he is a successful industrial designer.  Marc creates everything from furniture, clothing, industrial products and jewelry.  His design style uses smooth flowing lines and tends to have an absence of sharp edges.


Time Magazine selected Marc as one of their 100 most influential people of 2005.  His designs are often some of the highest selling items at auctions.  The below "Lockheed Lounge" sold in London for $1.6 million dollars.




The "Orgone" chair was created in 1993.  The primary conception was made for a limited furniture set consisting of aluminium.  A plastic set for the mass-market followed after a short period of time.



In 2012, Marc was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to design.  To learn more about the designer and his work please visit his website




Chanel + Summer = Color

June 5th, 2012



Chanel is hitting the beach this year with a nylon quilted purse in two sizes and 10 color options.  Like the traditional Chanel quilted handbag the nylon one comes with a chain-link strap and a zip top pouch for storage.

Coaster Blossoms

June 5th, 2012



Hibiscus coasters are a great way to protect your wood furniture at the same time identifying your beverage from other guests.  They are made from a combination of wool and rayon.  The coasters come in sets of 4 to 6 ranging from $19 - $26 dollars.  They make a great hostess gift for your next party.  To learn more about them please visit the Etsy website at


June 4th, 2012




Over a century ago, Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in creating the world's first cultured pearl. His quest for perfection and his love for these pure, lustrous gems of the sea were the guiding forces that built the house of Mikimoto. Today, Mikimoto is the foremost producer of the finest quality cultured pearls and a world leader in the design of exceptional jewelry. The Mikimoto name is synonymous with superior quality at every stage, from the selection of finest materials to expert workmanship to our customer service commitment. Each beautiful piece reflects supreme dedication, passion and care. For today's connoisseur of fine jewelry, Mikimoto combines timeless elegance with sophisticated, modern design. To own Mikimoto is a unique and luxurious pleasure. To wear Mikimoto is to reflect the purity of the ocean ... the mystery of creation ... and to know you are adorned with the finest cultured pearls in the world.



Mikimoto's first pearl boutique opened in Tokyo's fashionable shopping district, Ginza, in 1899. His exceptional gems created high demand and Mikimoto stores soon followed in London, Paris and other major cities. Mikimoto's passion and ceaseless dedication to pearls led to many exciting developments, and helped his nation prosper in the global arena. As an inventor, he enthusiastically exhibited his products and created many astounding displays that spread the renown of Mikimoto cultured pearls.


In 1910, a traditional Japanese fan and screen lavished with Mikimoto cultured pearls were the focal points of the Anglo-Japanese Fair in London. At the 1926 World's Fair, the Mikimoto Pagoda dazzled the public with over 12,000 pearls in a platinum setting. At the 1939 New York World's Fair, a pearl model of the Liberty Bell drew gasps from visitors.

3 times a lady

June 4th, 2012


For the lady that has everything.  The Cartier's Trinity ring is made up of three rings that simply signify your past, present and future together.




Encrusted with yellow, pink and white diamonds.




Traditional bands of rose, yellow and white gold.

The “It” Bag is Back

May 30th, 2012


Photo Courtesy of "Sex in the City"


Fendi Baguette, the first real "It Bag" is making a reappearance for Spring/Summer 2012.  We all remember the famous scene from "Sex in the City" where Carrie was mugged for her Fendi and Manolos.  It was if the crime of the century had been committed.


While the collection is somewhat limited in its color choices, it is far from boring.  It will be interesting to see if the Baguette retains its popularity with a whole new set of fashionistas embarking on life in the big city.