The New “It Bag” – Bergen Bags

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.29.15 AMThe hottest bag out there right now isn’t a Birkin bag…it’s a Bergen bag. Yes, as in Candice.

It all started when Ms. Bergen’s daughter asked her to paint on her Louis Vuitton duffle. She posted the results on Instagram and the rest as they say….was history. Since last summer, Candice has been taking orders and painting up a storm. She loves that she is doing something new at age 70. And, I love that, too!

If you have a bag that you’ve had a while, why not send it to Candice and have her personalize it. Instant conversation piece and treasure! More info can be found at BergenBags.com!Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.06.43 PM

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Mi Golondrina

brand-designerIt’s no surprise that I’m drawn to the designs and handmade quality of the clothing and soft goods from Mi Golondrina. As a girl, growing up in Texas, my grandparents lived just 5 miles from the Mexican border. Crossing over from Brownsville, TX to Matamoras to buy Mexican dresses and huaraches was a summer adventure. These styles remind me of those….only better!

Christina Lynch was inspired by her mother’s Mexican heritage to bring to life a stunning collection, handmade by Mexican women in small villages. Each piece is hand embroidered.

For the coming Spring/Summer season, this is at the top of my list. The off-the-shoulder tops paired with jeans or the dresses paired with sandals will be the perfect items to toss in your suitcase for a Spring Break vacation…and to enjoy into the summer. Available in both women’s and children’s sizes…the quality is amazing! brand-processScreen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.40.56 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.41.03 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.52.53 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.52.31 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.53.14 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.55.09 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.56.14 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.55.27 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.55.37 PMEasy, elegant, beautifully made clothing….I’m ready to pack my suitcase and head South!

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MDS Stripes – Stylish Fashion

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I recently saw a friend from out of town. She was wearing the most stylish blue and white striped dress. When I asked about it, she said… “you blogged about it”. I did?!?

I couldn’t place it until she mentioned the designer’s name….Mark Sikes. I HAD blogged about Sikes, but I had focused exclusively on his interior design chops. My friend found his new clothing line, on her own, as it was on his website.

In less than a year, Mark Sikes has managed to “own the stripe” thanks to his line of American sportswear made from Italian fabrics. The simple silhouettes and classic tailoring with the “volume turned up” are a return to timeless fashion. It’s the kind of line that Jackie would have worn while vacationing in Capri, but would look fresh today in Nantucket, Atlanta or Santa Barbara.

Currently, his 2017 resort line (with an intense shot of red) is available for pre-order on Moda Operandi. I’m eyeing the “everything top”, which can be worn numerous ways.

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