Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

February 5, 2016 by  
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We know everyone has their feelings about Valentine’s Day—some of us love the romance of it all and some of us find the pressure to find the “perfect gift” too overwhelming. Whatever side of the fence you’re on, we still think you’ll adore these pretty love-filled things, fitting for all budgets, that might be the perfect trinket for your significant other.

We’ve selected something for each of the personality types you’re in love with—the Wordsmith, Foodie, ‘Old School Music’ Lover, Literati, and World Traveler. And remember, the whole point of the gesture is to show the one you love your appreciation. That gesture can come in the traditional flowers and chocolate (even better when coupled with lingerie) or, it can come in innovative ways like the Love Tokens we feature below or the Customized Latitude Longitude Cufflinks.


The Wordsmith: Love Tokens ($12)




The Foodie:  Indigo Dream Sushi and Sake Set for Two ($80)


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Fashionable Women Over 40 to Follow on Instagram

January 29, 2016 by  
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Not only are these women over 40 considered “fashionable,” but their presence on Instagram makes them stylish techies and social media wizards! The app is teeming with women with advanced style and substance, not to mention thousands of dedicated followers who comment and weigh in daily on their photo posts. And, the personal brand of style emanating from these instagramming women comes in all varieties—from casual to work-ready to artistic to bohemian. Here are the women of style we think you should be following on Instagram.


                             This stylish lady and designer Beatrix Ost is not to be missed.

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The Fashionable Women in TV

January 22, 2016 by  
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The Women of ELLE Magazine’s February 2016 “Women in TV Issue” (click photo to enlarge)

In its February issue, ELLE magazine features another stunning edition (its 6th) of Women in TV. This year’s fabulous five include: Priyanka Chopra, Viola Davis, Olivia Wilde, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Golden Globe Winner Taraji P. Henson. On why this year’s crop of television women are revolutionary, the 50-year-old Tony and Emmy-award winning Viola Davis shared with ELLE’s editors:

“We’ve been fed a whole slew of lies about women.” By TV standards, “if you are anywhere above a size 2, you’re not having sex. You don’t have sexual thoughts. You may not even have a vagina. And if you’re of a certain age, you’re off the table.”

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Not only did ELLE choose a selection of actresses who demonstrate that women on TV are multi-dimensional women of style and substance who can play equally complicated characters, they also got it right choosing three women of color for the special covers. Priyanka Chopra of “Quantico,” Viola Davis of “How to Get Away With Murder,” and Taraji P. Henson of “Empire” get their shine as leading women and stellar examples of how women of color are thriving on the not-so-small screen. READ MORE

Michelle Obama’s ‘Marigold Love’ at the State of the Union

January 15, 2016 by  
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0233483efb2c7aba0ae75672d014a547Michelle Obama at the 2016 State of the Union address in a Narciso Rodriguez dress. (CSPAN)

You might have seen the headlines coming out of this week’s State of the Union address about First Lady Michelle Obama and the stunning dress she wore — a sleeveless banded-bodice marigold-colored wool crepe midi dress from the Fall 2015 Narciso Rodriguez ready-to-wear collection. And because she is a style icon, the choice to show marigold some love gave many a fresh take on how to wear what is usually regarded as a spring/summer color.

The dress is already sold out. Actually, it sold out on Neiman Marcus’ website before President Obama’s speech was finished — proving the purchase power of this very influential First Lady. Though the dress was originally priced at $2,095 on, it was reduced to $628.

The choice to wear the designer Rodriguez was a full-circle moment for FLOTUS. He has been a favorite of hers from the beginning of the Obama presidency. She wore a red and black dress he made especially for the 2008 election night, as well as a burgundy dress for the president’s first State of the Union in 2009. It seems a fitting bookend to wear the designer again as the First Lady attended her final State of the Union. He’s been with her from the beginning. READ MORE

Fashion Exhibitions in 2016 Not to Be Missed

January 8, 2016 by  
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2015 brought us the stunning “China Through the Looking Glass” exhibition at the Met in New York and the equally ravishing “Savage Beauty” exhibition of Alexander McQueen’s creations at the V&A in London. 2016 is gearing up to be another richly textured year in fashion exhibitions. Here are some of our top picks opening in the next two months.


Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
Driehaus Museum, Chicago | February 9 – May 8, 2016
Here’s a treat for all of Downton Abbey friends. The exhibition, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times,” highlights fashion from one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world. Viewers can follow their favorite characters, both upstairs and down; walk through a costume chronicle of the period in this now traveling exhibition that showcases nearly 40 period costumes and jewelry from the hit series. The exhibition continues to tour the United States, see the schedule here.

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco | March 12 – May 30, 2016

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The exhibition is the world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work — the first major survey celebrating the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition is organized in close collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta and the designer’s family, and is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta.Included are more than 130 ensembles produced over five decades. These garments are organized into several thematic sections: early work; Spanish, Eastern, Russian and garden influences; daywear and evening wear; and ball gowns and red carpet ensembles. The presentation traces the rise of de la Renta’s career in Spain, where he gained his first commissions; his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses; and his eventual role as a designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
V&A, London | April 16, 2016 – March 12, 2017


This exhibition addresses the practicalities of underwear and its role in the fashionable wardrobe whilst highlighting its sensual, sexual appeal. The exhibition explores dress reformers and designers who argued for the beauty of the natural body, as well as entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators who have played a critical role in the development of increasingly more effective and comfortable underwear.



Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History
The Jewish Museum, New York City | March 18 – August 7, 2016

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Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur. On view from March 18 to August 7, 2016, the exhibition explores Isaac Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture. While best known for his clothing designs, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a nearly three decade career to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Spanning his first collection in 1987 to the present day, An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of his prolific career, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.

Favorite Winter Indulgences from Kara Ross — Jewelry Designer and Founder of ‘DIAMONDS UNLEASHED’

December 11, 2015 by  
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Kara Ross is the creative energy and life force behind DIAMONDS UNLEASHED, a women’s empowerment movement whose aim is to change how we think about diamonds—how they are bought and bestowed. A GIA certified gemologist and Georgetown graduate, Ross has deep roots and twenty-five years in the jewelry and luxury accessories industry.  She has just opened an eponymous boutique on Madison Avenue in New York.

While having a stone in a ring reset, Ross had an epiphany that diamonds and women were kindred: that is to say brilliant, complex, strong, and unbreakable. Why couldn’t women give diamonds to themselves, rather than waiting to be given a diamond?  She answered the question by pairing women and diamonds with conscious purchasing, creating industry partnerships, and forming alliances to support women’s initiative. By developing brand ambassadors—Serena Williams, Melissa Etheridge, and architect Zaha Hadid among others, Ross has created charitable partnerships, social media outreach, education and communication platforms that enable women to give back while supporting a brand.

Ross’ brainchild, DIAMONDS UNLEASHED uses ethically sourced diamonds and fosters conscious consumerism around the issue. Her collection of gorgeous, wearable diamond jewelry is well priced and is sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. DIAMONDS UNLEASHED by Kara Ross, exclusively unveiled on HSN, will empower women around the world of every age, income, and demographic to seek their full potential. Women will be able to identify other women in their lives who merit recognition and support for their contributions.

Kara Ross serves on the Board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Board of Women and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the photography acquisition committee at the Museum of Modern Art.  She’s also a member of Women Moving Millions.

She’s shared with us her summer indulgences. This week, as we head into December, she offers up her favorite winter indulgences.


Favorite Five Winter Must-Haves:
1.     Fur vests from Adrienne Landau & Dennis Basso
2.     Gilly’s Organics Better for Body (Butter) for dry skin
3.     Hot soup for lunch
4.     Super warm sweaters
5.     Leather jeggings



The first collection of DIAMONDS UNLEASHED BY KARA ROSS debuts on HSN on December 13.

Favorite Accessories: I am in love with my new jewelry collection for DIAMONDS UNLEASHED.  The jewelry is meant to be worn everyday, it’s beautiful and makes a great statement in supporting women around the world.
Favorite Designer: I don’t necessarily have a favorite designer.  I love vintage clothing and shoes and wear what I look & feel best in.
Favorite Boutique: Kara Ross New York on Madison Avenue 😉
Favorite Beauty Products/ Hair salon: My favorite spot for facials is Joanna Vargas Skincare.  At home I love the products from Purlisse — they are great for my sensitive skin.  For my hair, you can’t beat the in-home styling from GlamSquad — makes my hectic life a bit easier.
Stationery: I am more into online invitations and stationery these days and love RedStamp. So easy to use and adds an extra special touch to emails.
Secret Tips: I carry my iPad wherever I go and have discovered an app called Texture. It allows you to download every magazine you could imagine right to your iPad — so great not to have to carry an arm-load of magazines anymore.
Winter travel destinations: Palm Beach to escape the cold weather in New York.

2015 Favorite discovery: The Skimm — my favorite source for the most important news.  It’s the first thing I read when I wake up in the morning then I dive into the issues of the day.
Favorite Holiday Destinations: Deer Valley, Utah.  My entire family siblings, parents, nieces and nephews spend Christmas there every year. There are about 30 of us it’s an amazing time.  Afterward, I will head to Palm Beach to ring in the New Year and warm up.
Favorite hotel: The Mandarin Oriental.  Great locations, fabulous rooms with just the right touch of luxury.
Favorite Play: Theater is one of my favorite past-times and the last one I’ve seen is almost always my favorite. Hamilton is one of my most recent favorites.
Favorite Restaurant: There are so many great restaurants in New York, it’s hard to pick. Rotisserie Georgette, Le Bilboquet and Philippe Chow are all right around my store and the ones I seem to frequent the most.

The Gift of Giving: Oprah’s Favorite Things

This year’s annual curated collection of Oprah’s Favorite Things for the holiday season heads to

As part of  “The Gift of Giving” series, Women’s Voices will be sifting through all the options featured on this year’s list and picking our favorites from Oprah’s Favorites. This week, we’ve selected five affordable gifts that complement the priorities we’ve been writing about in our 40 Things for Every Woman in Her 40s articles that offer advice on how to live a healthier, more satisfying second half of life.

And here is the best part: When you shop through our Amazon button, proceeds from your purchase help fund our non-profit mission. What could be better? A beautiful curated list of unique presents hand-selected by Oprah, checking off your gift to-dos for your loved ones, and supporting your favorite online platform (Us!) that celebrates the power and wisdom of women in the second half of life.

In this season of giving and gratitude, we are thankful for your continued support of our powerful community of women in their prime who are dedicated to making every day meaningful and to leading the way for future generations.

Now, to the shopping with a purpose!


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How to Use: “Between our smartphones, our tablets, our laptops and Wi-Fi everywhere, it takes deliberate effort to not be connected. But sometimes, it’s worth the effort. Give yourself the pleasure of an unplugged evening and the opportunity to focus.” — from A Healthier, More Satisfying Second Half of Life: Reducing Stress



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Favorite Fall Indulgences: Karen Roberts, Designer

November 27, 2015 by  
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Karen Roberts is all about the dress. After a successful career of over 30 years on Wall Street, she found herself frustrated with the inability to find simple and elegant dresses for herself. So, Karen set out to produce sheath dresses (iconic silhouettes popularized in the 1950s and 60s) created from beautiful and imported fabrics. They are crafted and sewn in New York City’s Garment District for her demographic, which she calls “Baby Boomer Plus.”

Karen’s philosophy: “Confident and successful women over 40 do not want to dress like their 20-something year old daughters even if they can get away with it. They want to look beautiful and stylish in clothing that fits well, is not too tight or too short, and reflects their experience and life accomplishments.”  The dresses, in basic solid colors and beautiful patterns, are easy to wear and pair with jackets, scarves and pashminas. This season, Karen has added beautiful silk organza dusters that can be worn over the sheaths to make them even more cocktail and holiday party-ready. The dresses are available on the website and through special events such as seasonal trunk shows, which have been held at The Carlyle and The Palace Hotels in New York City, and through its Holiday 2015 Collection!



Favorite Holiday Must Haves: My new Silk Organza Duster! They are beautiful and sheer with just a touch of sparkle! I can wear them over any of my Day to Evening, After Five and Holiday sheath dresses to make them even more elegant and special. They are available in Black, Navy and Pink/Copper. (And they look fabulous over your own slim pants paired with your favorite Holiday top!)  Perfect for warmer climates as well!


Favorite Accessories: I love my collection of Hermes and Ferragamo scarves which I wear year around with my dresses. They add the perfect dash of color!  And Pearls!  Natural, Cultured and Costume!  I love them all!  One of my newest pieces is a costume, resin choker necklace from the Fairchild Baldwin collection available through the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman.

Favorite Designer: It’s hard to choose just one!  But those who peaked my interest in fashion in the first place, still remain my primary influences. In the early 1970s I was drawn to the simple and understated elegance of American designers like Calvin Klein, Halston and Ralph Lauren. I still look to their collections for line, texture and color.

Favorite Item of Clothing (besides your own dresses): I have a black silk and wool Prada jacket with 3/4 sleeves that I wear with my basic black sleeveless wool crepe Day Dress. It pulls the look together for meetings or dinners instantly!


Favorite Beauty Products: La Mer Moisturizing Cream and Body Lotion!  “I must go down to the seas again,” — the first line from the poem “Sea Fever”  by John Masefield is one of my absolute favorites!  I guess that is why I love LA Mer so much. . . the texture, the scent and of course the results keep it in my morning line up. . . and I wouldn’t be without my NARS “Sweet Dreams” lip gloss. A perfectly neutral and delicate color. I wear it every day!


Favorite Vacation Destination: Speaking of going down to the seas. . .My family and I have gone to Martha’s Vineyard every summer for 23 years. It is absolutely my daughter’s favorite destination in the U.S.  It is truly a beautiful and restful place to “vacate” and renew and we have our time-honored routines that we stick to every visit. Bike rides on State Beach Road from Edgartown to Oak Bluffs, visits to the Campgrounds, Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury, South Beach, Menemsha sunsets, Mad Max, evening strolls in the island towns, the annual Agricultural and Livestock Fair that has marked the end of the summer for the past 155 years! Every year. It just keeps getting better!


Favorite Hotels: Although I LOVE to travel Internationally, I am still, at heart, very New York City-centric. And again, I have two favorites. I absolutely love The Carlyle Hotel, the Upper East Side site of my first Trunk Show! It is New York to the hilt!  The Hotel itself is elegant and gracious as is the staff! Bemelmans Bar and Cafe Carlyle offer some of the best nights on the town in the City. The neighborhood is fabulous to walk around and enjoy shops, museums and galleries! So much fun!

And the site of my second trunk show, The New York Palace Hotel is my new favorite in midtown!  So professional and accommodating!  The staff is excellent and willing to go out of their way to help you achieve your business and personal goals.  Elegant rooms and very gracious, delicious and trendy room service options helped make my Fall/Winter 2015 trunk show a success! 

IMG_4680 (2)Mary Ellen Klein, Director of Corporate Sales at The Palace Hotel looking beautiful in my new Black Silk Organza Duster!

Best Secret Tip: Keeping your styling simple is the best “acquired” advice I can pass on to any woman of any age. . . acquired by watching my style icons who are predictably, Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. Too much of anything draws attention away from who and what we really are and what we want to say!

Favorite Fall Indulgences: Brenda Coffee, Founder/CEO of 1010ParkPlace

November 20, 2015 by  
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If you’re like us, you’re tired of seeing magazines that don’t reflect the women we see in the mirror: smart, accomplished, grown-up. 1010ParkPlace, founded by entrepreneur Brenda Coffee, is out to counter these kinds of misrepresentations with the understanding that a woman’s style continues to evolve as she does. The site is dedicated to “the best-educated, most powerful demographic in history: women over 45!” Its hashtag is a mantra we at Women’s Voices devotingly practice everyday: #WhereStyleIsAgeless. With her trademark honesty and an expanding roster of women bloggers from around the world, Brenda explores every aspect of women and their lives: She writes about women as role models, and how they’ve survived what life’s put in their path; what defines them and makes them grow; the difference between their needs and wants and how they see themselves in the context of not just their surroundings, but the world as a whole. This week, she shares with us all the decadent ways she indulges in the fall season.


Favorite Fall Must Haves: A pair of cognac colored leather pants I saw on Jaclyn Smith and a Valextra, B-Tracolli bag in black.

img-thingBlack Leather ‘B’ Crossbody Bag from Valextra.

Favorite Accessories: Every day, whether I’m at the gym or out to dinner, I wear a simple Paul Morelli diamond and gold bracelet I bought myself as a reward for something I accomplished. I’ve always been pretty tailored, but I’ve stepped outside my box, and am having more fun with fashion.

Favorite Designer: I’ve always worn Giorgio Armani, but in the past couple of years, my style has changed. I’m more casual and love a mix of high-low. Brunello Cucinelli’s pieces are chic comfort. This summer I went to a Rolling Stones concert and wore a pair of dark charcoal, Brunello Cucinelli silk pants; a long-sleeved, white sequined cotton t-shirt from Worth; a pair of white Keds, and a Mariquita Masterson, double strand gray pearl necklace with gray glass centerpiece set in silver. My girlfriends laughed, but it was the Rolling Stones! Have you seen the outfits Mick and Keith wear? LOL! I’ve gone to their concerts since I was twelve years old, so it was a pilgrimage for me.

UntitledGray Pearls, Double Strand Necklace from Mariquita Masterson

Favorite Boutique: I’m in New York every month. Each trip I discover a new boutique, so I don’t have a favorite. I don’t even remember the names: There’s a button store in the garment district; a Chinese tailor who’s making me a long, pale yellow silk Cheongsam blouse and a shop on the corner of Lexington and 65th that sells vintage Chanel and Art Deco jewelry.

Favorite Beauty Products: Derma-E all natural skin care cream I buy at Whole Foods, and a mixture of Bobbi Brown and Kevyn Aucoin makeup. If you want your eye makeup to stay put, Sephora carries a great primer from Urban Decay. It comes in a purple tube with a wicked silver top.

Favorite Hair Salon: Rita Hazan in New York. Rita and Juan Carlos Maciques have changed my look. I would follow them anywhere!

Favorite Stationery: Custom from Crane & Co.

Best Secret Tips: As part of my process of gearing down before I go to sleep, I read a chapter in the Bible and do one of Dr. Andrew Weil’s breathing techniques. Close your eyes; lay flat; body stretched out straight, with one hand over your lower abdomen, the other right above your belly button. Breathe in through your nose for a count of four; hold it for a count of seven, then exhale with your tongue placed behind your teeth for a count of eight. The object is to still the mind. I’ve been doing it so long, it only takes me a couple of cycles to achieve stillness.

Fall Travel Destinations: New York City and Houston. I’m planning a Paris “slumber party” with my girlfriends after the first of the year. I can also go on my own. Since my husband died, five years ago, I’ve gotten good at traveling by myself.

1200px-Paris_NightView over Paris, at dusk, from the Maine-Montparnasse tower. (Image via Wikimedia, Creative Commons License)

Favorite 2015 Discovery: If I were a drug addict, my drug of choice would be 70% or higher pure cacao chocolate. You’d find me reclining on a chaise, covered in a dragon red tapestry. An exotic-looking man would place decadent chocolates from Madagascar and South America in my outstretched hand. In between chocolate stupors, I’d reflect on how my life had come to this. Until I fall down that slippery slope, I’m working my way through every bar at Whole Foods. 80% or higher pure cacao is an acquired taste, but dynamite with a full-bodied cabernet. Right now, my favorite is 72% Cocoa Nibs by Jelina Chocolatier. If you want total decadence, go for Vosges 70% Black Salt Caramel Bar.

Favorite Holiday Destinations: Since my husband James died, my life has changed. I don’t take holiday or vacation trips. It’s all work-related travel, but I get to meet and interview such fabulous women for like Sherry Lansing. What an amazing woman!

Favorite Hotel: I lived at the Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas on and off for two years. Even now, when I meditate, in my mind, I go to the Ocean Club. . . not the remodel, but the grand colonial manor from the 70s, the villa where I lived, and the terraced gardens. The Bee Gees and I played a lot of backgammon in the intimate little bar that’s no longer there.

Favorite Village: I lived an Indiana Jones life before there was an Indiana Jones. We spent a lot of time digging for Mayan artifacts, traveling on nothing more than a rough path through the Yucatan jungle. One little village had never seen outsiders. They treated us like honored guests, showing us where their ancestors appeased the gods by sacrificing village virgins and tossing them into the cenote. When we returned, this little ragtag band—with dented trumpets, french horns and a marching band drum, complete with neck strap—was standing in the courtyard of a centuries-old church. They started playing for us. When they stopped, they wanted me to play for them. They wanted me to turn on the pink boombox they’d seen in our car. When I pushed “play,” their faces lit up! It was the Bee Gees. The men nodded excitedly and began playing along to “Stayin’ Alive.” They were off-key and out-of-sync, but it was sweet and hysterical at the same time. So special.

Favorite Play: Back in the day, Richard Chamberlain as “Hamlet” at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in England. He had such a commanding presence. He owned that part. Earlier this year I saw him in the New Group’s revival of David Rabe’s “Sticks and Bones,” and had the opportunity to tell him that.


Favorite Restaurant: For the last couple of months, I can’t stop thinking about the prosciutto, arugula and pine nut pizza from Numero 28 Pizzeria in the East Village in New York. That and a glass of dry white wine, and I’m a happy girl.

Sustainable Fashion — Eco-Friendly Labels to Love

November 13, 2015 by  
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More and more, the brands for environmentally conscious fashion are ever increasing. From labels that use locally produced, organic or environmentally sensitive fabrics, to those that are strictly committed 100% fair trade certified products, the underlying goal of these new brands is to reduce impact on the planet while maintaining the integrity of their designs. Going green is the new fashion forward! In honor of the upcoming shopping season, we’ve selected our favorite brands that pair style with sustainability.



SVILU offers environmentally sustainable and socially sensitive staples for modern dressing. Locally produced pieces are based on styles that endure trends. SVILU was inducted into the CFDA in 2015. See the Fall 2015 collection here.



Kowtow only uses 100% fair trade certified cotton and produces clothing that is ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment. Featured above is a perfect layering piece, the Building Block Long Sleeve Dress, made from premium 100% certified fair trade light-weight organic cotton.



A PEACE TREATY has designed a vast library of prints and jewelry all made by hand with the utmost care and attention to detail. The brand sees themselves as champions for slow fashion and preservationists of centuries-old techniques. Featured above is the Yilla Cape, a handmade woven gradient cape from Peru.




Olsenhaus’ commiment to pure vegan reflects the company’s to merge passions for design, fashion, function and being a voice for animals, the environment, transparent business practices and unwavering values in ethical and social responsibilities. Trailblazing exposure and education on the leather industry are the main focus of Olsenhaus.


Fashion Friday: Fall Trend—Leather Skirts

October 23, 2015 by  
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Fall is leather weather. Last week, we shared one of our favorite fall leather treats: leather cropped or biker/motorcycle jackets in multiple colors and styles. This week, we turn to another favorite fall trend: leather skirts—pleated, long, or sleek with stretch fabric panels. Here, are five chic styles to suit your preferred length, color and shape.



Acne Studios, Kay Leather Skirt,

Low-key but luxurious, Acne Studios’ buttery sand leather ‘Kay’ skirt is perfect for desk-to-dinner dressing. The smooth satin lining and flattering wrap-effect front offer a non-restrictive fit.


3.1 Phillip Lim Skirt,

Make a statement in this texturally contrasting leather skirt. In a divine, deep red hue, this piece comes with a fabric panel for a unique look. Take your inspiration from the runway show and pair with a textured knit this fall and winter.

Malene Birger Asla Pleated Skirt,

The cognac color of this number fits right in with the season’s seventies-inspired trend, as does the pleated mid-length styling. A shiny standout, it teams well with fine knits and ankle boots.


Victoria Beckham ‘Victoria’ Skirt,

Victoria Beckham’s effortlessly cool black skirt is crafted from luxurious mid-weight textured-leather. Designed with a flattering wrap-effect front, this fully lined piece is perfect for work or weekend wear.


Gucci Pleated Skirt,

Sitting at the waist, this silk-lined style has four accordion-like pleats that create the most flattering shape. Wear yours for day or evening events— it’s too elegant to save for special occasions.

Fashion Friday: Fall for Leather

October 16, 2015 by  
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Fall is leather weather. Let’s count the multiple ways you can infuse a little or a little more leather into your fall wardrobe—leather leggings with long tops; leather skirts—either  pleated or long and sleek with stretch front fabric panels—worn with black tights and booties. And our favorite fall leather treat: leather cropped or biker/motorcycle jackets in multiple colors. During the work week, wear them as transitional pieces over white blouses and sleeveless sheath dresses. On the weekends, simply pair them with black jeans.

However, the one thing that does not work with leather is fussiness. Do not throw a leather cropped jacket over a peasant blouse or printed-pattern dress. Leather means a pulled together and sleek look worn by women who are working on fashion authenticity—a style that is personal and works for them.


P00149019--STANDARD Balenciaga Leather Biker Jacket,

Balenciaga’s supple leather biker jacket is the perfect pop of color. The luxurious fabric and sleek silhouette ensure this rebellious classic stays soft and feminine. Make it your go-to outerwear option for the fall weekends.


566809_in_ppTemperley London ‘Ernst’ Croc-Effect Leather Biker Jacket,

Temperley London’s ‘Ernst’ biker jacket has been crafted in a versatile tan hue. Punctuated with gold hardware, this cropped style has a slightly curved hem and is cut for a slim fit. It looks just as chic with a sheath dress as it does with skinny jeans.


621966_in_ppMaje Cropped Leather Biker Jacket,

Maje’s gray biker jacket is made from soft leather in a cropped silhouette that’s perfect for complementing skirts or pants.


622509_in_xlRoland Mouret Luciola Leather and Stretch-Crepe Biker Jacket,

Roland Mouret burgundy Luciola jacket has a contrasting black stretch-crepe back panel, flap pockets, and an asymmetric gold zip fastening through the front—definitely not your average leather jacket.


666273_in_xlChloé Leather Biker Jacket,

This classic black biker jacket features zipped cuffs, front zipped pockets, D ring-fastening side straps, and embroidered panels.

Dressed for a Cause, Part 3 — ‘Women’s Voices for Change’ Celebrates 10 Years

October 9, 2015 by  
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On Monday September 21st, our non-profit organization, Women’s Voices for Change, celebrated ten years with a fabulous luncheon attended by over 400 guests of elegance and style. Our publisher, Dr. Patricia Allen, wrote about the significance of the moment in the history of the organization’s growth. We honored Christy Turlington Burns, chosen as our 2015 Champion for Change, an award given to women who have made a difference.

Our luncheon guests glowed with their enthusiasm and support for the work of Women’s Voices. While we were discussing serious matters, we also took note of what they wore for our fun Fashion Friday series. First, we featured several stylish women in attendance with a talent for pairing their outfits with beautiful jewelry pieces and accessories. Last week, we zoomed in on the lovely arm candy accompanying them—their handbags, purses and clutches. This week, we salute the women who were beautiful models of what the modern, chic, working- woman looks like.

Photos courtesy of Cheryl Fleming,


Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, a member of WVFC’s Medical Advisory Board who has written many articles as part of our  “Sex Talk Team,” wearing a black St. John dress layered with a dark grey Worth coat. She complements the black-grey tones with Mikimoto pearls, Cole Hahn shoes, and signature Velour glasses.





Dr. Anetta Reszko, dermatologist/dermatologic surgeon and member of our Medical Advisory Board who writes frequently on skin care for women over 40, wearing a perfect purple dress by Salvatore Ferragamo and Saint Laurent shoes.


Suzanne Fawbush wearing jewelry from Santorini, a dress by Calvin Klein, a San Giuliano Italian handbag and in her own words, “comfortable shoes!


Kim Akhtar, wearing an Armani suit and Louboutin shoes. In the first of a series of memoir-esque short stories, Kim recently wrote about why it is often challenging to answer the simple question, “Where are you from?” and the childhood experience that forms the basis of her multiple answers to that question.


Gayfryd Steinberg wearing a Roland Mouret black and white patterned dress and exquisite Verdura earrings.

Dressed for a Cause, Part II — ‘Women’s Voices for Change’ Celebrates 10 Years

October 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Beauty, Fashion

On Monday September 21st, our non-profit organization, Women’s Voices for Change, celebrated ten years with a fabulous luncheon attended by over 400 guests of elegance and style. Our publisher, Dr. Patricia Allen, wrote about the significance of the moment in the history of the organization’s growth. We honored Christy Turlington Burns, chosen as our 2015 Champion for Change, an award given to women who have made a difference.

Our luncheon guests glowed with their enthusiasm and support for the work of Women’s Voices. While we were discussing serious matters, we also took note of what they wore for our fun Fashion Friday series. Last week, we featured several stylish women in attendance with a talent for pairing their outfits with beautiful jewelry pieces and accessories. This week, we zoomed in on the lovely arm candy accompanying them—their handbags, purses and clutches.

Photos courtesy of Cheryl Fleming,


Shawanda Vickers wearing a vintage Valentino pink dress with beautiful notes of white lace, Guai shoes, and a Calvin Klein bag.



Deborah Robinson wearing a Cartier bag and a Dolce & Gabbana rose skirt and jacket combination. She  finishes off the look with shoes by Dolce & Gabbana too!


Junia Doan told us she was wearing “a dress to make myself happy!” She paired it with a necklace that is “helping local economies.” We love them both!



Our own Alexandra MacAaron, who keeps us up to date on all things culture, wearing earrings and a necklace she deems “street jewelry,” pants from Woodstock, Vermont, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and a bag from the Essex Museum.



Judy Hiltz wearing a medley of Christian Dior and Jil Sander, Louboutin shoes and Tiffany jewelry.

Dressed for a Cause — ‘Women’s Voices for Change’ Celebrates 10 Years

September 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Fashion

This past Monday, our non-profit organization, Women’s Voices for Change, celebrated ten years with a fabulous luncheon attended by over 400 guests of elegance and style. Our publisher, Dr. Patricia Allen, wrote about the significance of the moment in the history of the organization’s growth. We  honored Christy Turlington Burns, chosen as our 2015 Champion for Change, an award given to women who have made a difference. The luncheon guests glowed with their enthusiasm and support for the work of Women’s Voices, and we took note of what they wore, including their talent for pairing their outfits with beautiful jewelry pieces and accessories.

Photos courtesy of Cheryl Fleming,


Anne Goulanadris wearing a Chanel dress and the Verdura “Criss Cross Cuff.”








WVFCDr. Patricia Allen, publisher of Women’s Voices for Change, wearing a Michael Kors dress. She pairs it with the Pleiades Earclips and a signature cuff by Verdura.



Marcia Mishaan complements a white shirt by layering an off-white bead necklace with an antique cross necklace.





WVFCJulia Perry pairs a Dior dress, with a Prada pin, vintage Goyard bag and Christian Dior shoes.


WVFCJulie Al Hejailan wearing Vince shirt and pants, a Chanel jacket, Dior bag and Helmut Lang shoes.