Chilly Chic: Add to Your Accessory Artillery

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There is a chill in the air and a perfect time to layer! Options are a necessity, and here are a few options for your basic scarf or necklace. Drape these neck pieces on anything from a tee to a dress or blazer and coat, and walla…transforming you from simply drab to impossibly fab! Plush, soft, chic, and exclusive, you can easily work these pieces into your wardrobe and the wearability is phenomenal! Now is time to add a one-of-a-kind accessory in your artillery. Designed for Xo, Avery.

A view from the penthouse~ Avery

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Works in Progress!

 

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Getting back into creative design mode after traveling for 3 and a half months. It is Gala Season, Holiday Parties, and many Special Events to dress for. These pieces are works in progress, but when finished, will transform any LBD, jumpsuit, or gown you may have into a head turner.

wpid-screenshot_2014-10-20-15-33-38-1_wm.jpgTweaks needed here and there. Playing with pieces to see what may evolve and keep my eye interested and my soul happy.

It is all about the ‘try’, forget about the ‘why’. The first thing that will sabotage the creative process is putting yourself in a box. Allow your expression to scream out! Some may like it, some may not. Not everything is for everyone. Be true to you, because the first time you curb your talent to bend to someone else’s taste, you lose a bit of yourself.

wpid-photogrid_1415128028763-1_wm.jpgThe extra layer of  long black fringe with the silver spikes against it, adds a lot. I think this piece is about done. This was designed specifically for a long black gown.

I design for someone, like myself, who likes to live out loud! Who is not a wallflower, but like my XO Avery tag line states, made for those who “strut life’s runway”. I also like to wear something no one else will have!

All one-of-a-kind accessories.

It can be a timely and complicated process, that is for certain. In the end, only gorgeous looks remain.

A view from the studio ~ Xo, Avery

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Matthew Williamson Coats: Fit for a Princess

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I love Fall, I have an annual holiday crush with Winter, and I always have an addiction to coats. The problem is, living in Florida during the colder months, I don’t have the need for many coats, maybe wearing one a few times per year, unless traveling North. Still, like a sparkling diamond catches your eye, a gorgeous structured coat catches mine.

The two coats above are by Matthew Williamson. I live for detail work and structure… and can’t deny the styling in my head. The left is so brilliant, it can stand on its own. The outfit to wear under it is for utility purposes only. Simple yet stunning. The light blue coat on the right would marry perfectly with winter white, or a French vanilla wide leg pant, blouse and cashmere scarf. Chic. Elegant. Very Kate Middleton worthy, or do I say Princess Kate or the Duchess of Cambridge? I’m not sure, but what I do know, she is absolutely lovely.

A view from the penthouse ~ Avery

UPDATE: 11 days after this article was published, this happened…

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Coincidence? I think not! ;)   You look fabulous, Kate!  Xo, Avery

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Illuminate Your Face: Boost Your Beauty Beyond Make Up!

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Illuminate with PEARLS, Darling!

When pearls hit the light, and they will…. no matter what, the luminosity will cast a glow on you! Not everyone is a 20-something, or a 30-something for that matter. Boost your beauty with accessories. The same goes for wearing pinks and corals, they uplift the color in your face. Think of pearls as a highlighter. You buy illuminating cosmetics to highlight certain areas of your face. Why? It gives you a youthful glow and helps define your bone structure, correct? Wearing pearls gives the same glow. They will brighten your face and help your skin come alive. I don’t understand why more women don’t wear pearls. They are a standard accessory, AND they enhance your beauty. What more could you ask for?!

Above I used a 5-strand pearl necklace ( from the 1940’s or 50’s) I bought at an antique shop, and added a 90″ strand I wrapped twice at the neck and let the rest hang low to elongate. This makes a stunning look you can take anywhere. Over T-shirts, crisp white shirt, dress or gown, or layered with a jacket. There are so many ways you can rock this! Can you imagine candlelight and pearls?!! I see an intimate dinner in your future ;)

Real or faux. A classic single strand like Jackie O, or piled high and making a statement that Coco Chanel would approve of, pearls never go out of style.

 

A view from the penthouse ~ Avery

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Givenchy SS15 is Glorious

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Riccardo Tisci gave me a one-two punch of divine white and black creations for Givenchy’s Spring and Summer 2015 Collection.

Darling, it is all in the details. You won’t see detail work like this at the mall. Paris, on the other hand, demands live-out-loud luxe and Riccardo had it screaming in spades! Beautiful pieces that could easily be styled a myriad of ways and look just as fab. These shown above are a few of my favorites. You know I love a dramatic coat. Sashay away!

Oh la la, Givenchy!

Brava!

A view from the runway ~ Avery

Images from Style.com

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Balmain SS15 in Black and White

wpid-screenshot_2014-09-25-13-29-59-1.pngOh Olivier, you must have designed this white number just for me. You know I jadore a dramatic back, and the cape has be gasping. Incredibly chic, elegant, orgasmic.

Balmain’s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, delighted with his Spring and Summer 2015 collection. I personally wear much more black and white than I probably should, but I tossed that thinking aside when this line went B&W in a big, fabulous way.

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Love love love. These pieces go everywhere the uber style-conscious need.

wpid-screenshot_2014-09-25-13-30-30-1.pngJust to add a little color hype, Joan Smalls in yellow and black, fascinates. Smoldering. Edgy.

Always a pleasure to see Balmain, one of my ultimate favorites.

A view from the runway ~ Avery

 

Photos by Style.com

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Show Me the Money!

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Do you like to have your money where you can see it, like Carrie Bradshaw? These pieces

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These are all DIY, so have at it!

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A  view from the penthouse ~ Avery

 

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