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Thank you.

As you slowly emerge from your pandemic chrysalis, you have a rare opportunity to spread your wings and discover new heights.  From this vantage point, it’s easy to see what’s important, the experiences you value most.  Fly above the headwinds where lofty ideas form like buoyant cumulus clouds.  While optimism is high, make meaningful changes that reflect your new outlook on life and style.  Begin by thinking of your closet as a studio—a creative place to mix colors and textures—rather than a cubicle for work clothes.

Luscious silk elevates this prairie-inspired dress, designed with a high/low hemline and a mix of charming patterns. Style Name: Veronica Beard Lumi Mix Print Silk Dress.



When you live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, style is an avocation.  It’s a talent that’s developed from living in a vibrant city with prominent architecture and splendid gardens.  As you walk through Paris, it’s exciting to see how fashion is used as a medium to engage with the city.  Unexpected combinations and contrasting elements are put together like a street mural that’s imaginative and relevant to city life. 

A ribbed knit accentuates the sleek fit of this zippy little sweater knit with sleeves that end just past the elbow. Style Name: Maje Moseta Half Zip Ribbed Sweater.


Grace Under Pressure

Fashion has the power to influence negotiations.  It remains soft when the hard bargaining begins and cool when tempers flare.  Fashion expresses strong emotions through bold colors and clever nuance with delicate accents.  Whether you’re negotiating real estate terms or terms of endearment, count on Rebecca Taylor to be your ally.  The highly regarded label has an understated authority that helps you maintain grace under pressure.

Sprigged with a flowery field and set with a godet-pleated skirt, this cotton-and-silk tank dress is further perfected with a pair of highly favored pockets.


Zimmermann: Australia’s Most Fashionable Envoy

Optimism is second nature to Aussies.  It influences everything from design to diplomacy.  When Aussies greet the world, goodwill unfolds like a road map to peace.  Australian style has an optimistic vibe that shows an appreciation for the magnificent coastline and temperate climate.  Oceanic colors and native floral prints are characteristic of the innovative attitude that’s prevalent among Sydney designers who are on a mission to show how trendsetting fashion can also be sustainable.

Contrast embroidery highlights the frilly ruffles on this pretty pintuck-pleated blouse crafted in a diaphanous ramie weave with billowy blouson sleeves. Style Name: Zimmermann Aliane Puff Sleeve Scalloped Blouse.


A Sense of Direction

There are times when destination and destiny challenge your sense of direction simultaneously.  Consequential decisions like moving to a new house, or relocating to a distant town will impact your life in more ways than you know.  So, enjoy the easy decisions, like choosing a new designer to update your wardrobe for the big change.  Since 1971, Reiss has charted a path through the world of cosmopolitan style with “directional design.”

Contemporary elegance overflows from this shoulder-flaunting halter top that's cool enough for daytime and polished enough for all your evening plans. Style Name: Reiss Brianna Stripe Halter Top.


Dramatic Curves Ahead

As you drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, magnificent views of land and sea appear around every curve in the road.  Golden sunlight pours over the Santa Lucia mountains and frolics with rollicking waves, while onshore breezes sail across the ocean and into your soul with every ravenous breath.  Luxuriate in the fresh air and pure sunlight for as long as it takes to recharge your solar power.  

Preserving traditional craft in Ethiopia, this cover-up robe is handwoven by local artisans with tibeb patterning and hand-twisted fringe at the hem. Style Name: Lemlem Neela Short Cover-Up Robe.


Fiori d'Fuzzi

The latest floral prints from Fuzzi feature a dazzling display of orange and fuchsia blossoms that are reminiscent of gardens along the Italian Riviera.  With a passion for la dolce vita, Fuzzi has designed lush prints like Limpido and Bocciolo and splashed them across colorful dresses that are sure to brighten your day. 

A geo-patterned ribbed yoke eye-catchingly frames your face and segues into the fit and flow of an antiqued-print dress shaped from Fuzzi's special nylon mesh. Style Name: Fuzzi Print Contrast Yoke Midi Dress.


The Activewear To Get You There

Wherever your there is,
the possibilities of beginning anew.  
Be it a yoga retreat or 
A National Park
discover a new state of mind and

Soft preshrunk cotton jersey means easy appeal for this vintage-inspired tee cut in a boxy fit and stamped with a cool Art Deco graphic. Style Name: Parks Project Art Deco Boxy Graphic Tee.


The Bike Path to Happiness

In the recent “World Happiness Report 2021,” Denmark is ranked as the third happiest country.1  Attaining such a high level of contentment doesn’t just come from personal satisfaction; mutual trust and cooperation among citizens are also significant indicators.  Moreover, societal factors like positive government communication also influences well-being and helps Danish citizens maintain a sunny disposition.

Beautiful blues bound up in shade and texture animate this lightweight patchwork jacket swung with belled sleeves and a pair of roomy chest pockets. Style Name: Baum Und Pferdgarten Buyu Patchwork Shirt Jacket.


The Stripe Is The Star of The Show

Regardless of the season, stripes play a starring role in fashion.  From designer collections to athletic wear, stripes have a universal appeal that’s impartial to other patterns.  It doesn’t matter if they’re horizontal or vertical, wide or narrow, nautical or sporty, stripes form the foundation of directional style that gets noticed.

Oui, bien sur, you may want a trip to France, but for now this chic Breton-striped cotton sweater will have to assuage your travel passions. Style Name: Scotch & Soda Breton Stripe Sweater.



Nothing ruffles the feathers of Theory’s pragmatic perspective on the popular trend of joggers and hoodies.  Theory’s interpretation of these sporty separates stays true to their philosophy of restraint and refinement, e.g., the Easy Rib Hoodie is as graceful and lean as an elite distance runner.  The brand exudes a West Coast aplomb that adds a sense of composure to your wardrobe with fine fabrics and sophisticated silhouettes.  Moreover, Theory takes the gold medal for luxurious basics that are comfortable, but always polished—perfect for the home office.

A creamy powder blue hue adds a gentle feel to this edgy moto jacket made from supple leather. Style Name: Theory Leather Moto Jacket.


The Yin & Yang of Bees and Gs

If the style of jewelry is an indicator of cultural trends, then Mother Nature is a popular muse.  She’s a natural at mixing colors and textures, and her influence is evident in free-form twists, organic shapes, and exquisite honeybee designs.  Maybe it’s the travel restrictions that have inspired a longing to venture out to an untamed destination and behold her beauty.  Perhaps it’s the urge to explore your most important priorities.

LAFAYETTE 148 NEW YORK Fluid Baroque Pearl Cuff, Alternate, color, METALLIC GOLD


Pregnant With Possibility

If it seems like January flew by on the wings of lofty aspirations, then February will feel as though it’s gliding on the momentum of good intentions.  The first two months are not just pages on a calendar, they are a motivating force that propels entrepreneurs upward.  Indeed, what was once a blue-sky idea is now grounded in diagrams and spreadsheets.

Sheer point d'esprit lace trimmed with lovely ruffles graces the back and long sleeves of this lean midi sweater-dress done in a cozy shaker stitch. Style Name: Red Valentino Long Sleeve Midi Sweater Dress.


The Comfort Portfolio: Socks and Bonds

Creature comforts like wool socks and warm blankets make a house extra cozy,
but it’s the unbreakable family bonds that make a house a home.

Welcome Home
Fragrant candles to calm the ambiance.
Fascinating books to tease your imagination.
Comfy slippers and luxurious wraps to welcome you home.

Supple Italian wool warms fashionably in this reversible hooded poncho with a single metal logo button to hold it in place. Style Name: Rag & Bone Rogue Reversible Wool Hooded Poncho.



A fine perfume has great stage presence.  The enticing top note enters the room like a leading lady at a movie premiere.  She’s accompanied by a supporting cast of radiant heart notes and a devoted base note that lingers in the background.  Together, they form an enchanting ensemble that leaves a lasting impression.

Perfume conveys more than fragrance.  The interplay of flowers, spice, and sandalwood is a provocative dialogue that is sometimes soft-spoken, other times loud and melodramatic.  Like a heady bouquet, perfume can take your breath away as she breezes past you.  She’s mysterious.  A soft rose heart expresses feelings you can’t put into words.  She’s moody.  A seductive mélange can go from ethereal to earthy before intermission.

Indulge a fanciful whim—buy a new perfume.  Look for one with a courageous heart note.  Think of your new fragrance as aromatherapy to help you let go of a role that no longer serves you.  Eliminate the understudy in your life and set the stage for a fortuitous encounter 2021.


The brand's custom-made buttons spotlight the asymmetrical styling of a top that merges a lightly draped side with a leather accent for a downtown-cool look. Style Name: Proenza Schouler Mixed Media Sleeveless Top.