Marion Fasel is a leading jewelry and watch expert. She has covered the luxury jewelry and watch categories for InStyle magazine since launching the award-winning coverage for the magazine in 1996.  Her monthly trend pages, interviews with jewelry-loving celebrities, and contributions to the “We’re Obsessed” section of and InStyle Tumblr showcased her eye for style and passion for all things jewelry. Fasel has co-authored five books, including Bejeweled: Great Designers; Celebrity Style; With This Ring: The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Jewelry; and Hollywood Jewels: Movies, Jewelry, Stars.

For our Fashion Friday series on Summer-Weekend Favorites, Marion tells us that she falls for the “happy hue” of yellow, loves a wide-brimmed straw hat, and keeps in her beach bag fun goodies not just for herself but  for her dog, too.


Favorite summer bright? I have a sunshine-yellow dress by CÉLINE that I adore.  It is impossible to miss when I wear it.  Some people have said I am “brave” to wear such a bright color, but honestly, I never gave it a second thought when I bought it.  I fell for the happy hue.

“Must have” summer bag and shoes? A new neutral Serpenti bag from Bulgari. It is quite special and will swing right into fall. My favorite shoe is the Burke Wedge, from an independent designer named A Détacher. It is comfortable and easy to wear with dresses or pants.

Favorite summer wrap? I never wear wraps.  If I get chilly I will toss on a light cotton jacket.

How do you work the same dress when going to two different climates? A jacket will pull your dresses into different climates.

Three “must-haves” in your suitcase for a summer weekend? If I am going to the country, city, or beach on summer getaways, my clothes change. But my must-have entertainment remains the same.  I need a good book, my iPad for the maps and to research restaurants and activities, and a magazine or two. I just finished rereading The Great Gatsby I like magazines with long stories like The New Yorker and Vanity Fair and of course InStyle!!

What do you use for a weekend bag? All of my luggage comes from T. Anthony.

 Canvas Duffel Weekender Bag by T. Anthony

What’s in your beach bag? The reading material mentioned above as my “must-haves” and lots of accessories for my dog: portable water bowl, treats, and at least one tennis ball.

Are you are a cap or a hat girl during the daytime? I like the glamour of a wide- brim straw hat.

Saffy Straw Hat by Club Monaco

Necessary summer indulgence? I am addicted to fresh-pressed juices. They cost a fortune, so they become an indulgence—and I have to admit that I indulge all year round.   

Fruit and Veggie Juices by Organic Avenue

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  • dresses online February 12, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Hi Marion, I also love bright colors like you. These makes your appearance attractive. I always wear bright colored dresses.

  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD August 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm


    Thanks for sharing your wonderful choices with our Fashion Friday readers. I do hope that we decide to keep that certain yellow in our closet for the next decade of summer clothes! Yellow makes me so happy, even when I see someone else dressed in that color.

    I love as well! It must be fun to work with all those beautiful accessories.


    Dr. Pat

  • quintessence August 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Sylish picks – of course!! Love that Bulgari bag!!