Happy Memorial Day (US) Monday, May 31 2010 

Today is Memorial Day in the United States.  It’s the day we pause to celebrate those who have died while serving in the armed forces. We also celebrate those who are currently serving. During times of war I think it is important to remember the soldiers who are sacrificing so much to protect the nation.  Our military is under-paid and under-appreciated. 

Even if you have no one in your life currently serving in the military I hope you will take a moment today to pause and acknowledge the selfless sacrifices being made on foriegn soil for your freedom and mine. Sacrafices being made by American soldiers and soldiers from allied nations.  More important, take a moment to pray for peace.

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Louis Vuitton Reopens In London Sunday, May 30 2010 

Louis Vuitton reopened its newly renovated London store last week to much fanfare.  There were plenty of celebrities in attendance, but what thrilled me most was seeing disco diva Donna Summers and legendary french actress Catherine Deneuve.  These ladies looked fabulous! 

Donna Summer

Elle McPherson, Catherine Deneuve and Gwyneth Paltrow

RIP: Evelyn Cunningham Saturday, May 29 2010 

First let me apologize because I am almost a month late in reporting this. 

Evelyn Cunningham, famed civil rights era reporter, passed away in April at the age of 94.  Ms. Cunningham was a pioneering african american female reporter during a time when women were usually relegated to stories about fashion and homemaking. She covered the hard stories playing out in the african american community, even earning the nickname the Lynching Editor for her coverage of the brutal hangings that happened during those turbulent times.

A tall and stylish lady she lived in Harlem, NY most of her life and served as an advisor to Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Married four times she had no children of her own but raised her niece Gigi Freeman. Frequently photographed at social functions throughout New York City, Cunningham remained active in the community.

photo credit: NYSocialDiary.com

Audrey’s LBD Is Still Top Pick Friday, May 28 2010 

Proving that a beautiful outfit really is timeless, the simple black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been named the greatest female screen outfit of all time in a recent survey.

The Givenchy designed gown has become the iconic example of easy elegance.  Accessorised with pearls and elbow length black gloves this classic LBD is the gold standard for a lot of fashion buffs including yours truly.  Hepburn’s own natural style and grace brought it to life, while her quirky upbeat sense of humor made it relatable.

The survey was sponsored by the UK based DVD rental group Lovefilm.

New Creative Director For McQueen Thursday, May 27 2010 

Sarah Burton

Sarah Burton has been named Creative Director at Alexander McQueen.  Burton, who spent the last 14 years as the late designer’s right hand, was always the front-runner for the job in my mind.  Glad to see that the powers that be over at the Gucci Group agreed.

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Wednesday, May 26 2010 

Retailer Nordstrom is having their highly anticipated half-yearly sale for women and kids right now.  Click on the picture below to go to the site and enjoy great savings.

Happy Shopping!!!

Lenox Square Mall Tuesday, May 25 2010 

I made time to visit Lenox Square Mall while in Atlanta this past weekend.  It’s never a disappointing visit. Although Lenox Square was established in 1959 you shouldn’t expect to see an outdated relic of shopping days gone by. 

Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s the mall also features over 200 specialty stores – shops like Club Monaco, BCBG, Betsey Johnson, Burberry, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cartier,  Louis Vuitton,  Kiehl’s Since 1851, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Zara. 

Saturdays are a bit too crowded for my tastes, but they’re ideal if you also want to do some great people watching.  Atlanta is such an eclectic fashion melting pot that it’s always fun to see what the natives are wearing.

“Diana: A Celebration” Graces Atlanta Sunday, May 23 2010 

I finally got a chance to go see “Diana: A Celebration” yesterday at the Atlanta Civic Center.  There was a long line but it was so worth the wait.  My only complaint was that the fashion portion was too small.  I had hoped to see even more of her iconic wardrobe. 

There was a large selection of artifacts from her childhood and home movies of a young Diana shot by her father.  Visitors get the feeling of being let into her childhood bedroom to see some of her favorite things.  From there you transition into her adult life filled with royalty and service.  But by far the most breathtaking moment was rounding a corner and being greeted by her full wedding regalia including shoes.  Exquisite! 

The show runs almost daily and will be in Atlanta through June 13th.  Tickets are $19.50 for adults and you can also purchase the audio package for an additional $6.  Below are pictures of some the outfits that you’ll get to see.

Chanel Iman Does Vogue China Thursday, May 20 2010 

 The always gorgeous Chanel Iman is set to grace the pages of Vogue China’s June 2010 issue.  Shot by photographer Thomas Schenk, the 8-page spread is fun and flirty. 

Too Casual…Thong Sandals Wednesday, May 19 2010 

In this casual society we live in thong sandals and embellished flip flops have somehow become dress shoes just so we can show off our $25 pedicures.  WRONG! 

There is nothing worse than seeing a woman in her Sunday best or a beautiful power suit only to look at her feet and see totally inappropriate shoes. Take the time to ask yourself if your shoes match the outfit AND the occasion/locale. A great alternative that fits more formal occasions and still looks great in an office environment would be a fabulous peep-toe pump.

~I’m bringing CLASSY back!~

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