Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A New Way to Accessorize!

Well, we all know my love of antiques, vintage jewelry, accessories and gorgeous china -- I have found the PERFECT combination of it all! I was recently at a birthday party when I complimented a woman on her belt. It was a gorgeous brown crocodile belt complete with a striking buckle. The buckle itself was a show-stopper - a beautiful mosaic of orange and cream with a cameo in the center. It was showcased perfectly with a rust colored cashmere sweater. She then went on to tell me that it was one-of-a-kind and made from an early 1900's cameo and a mosaic of broken estate china! I gasped in would I ever get such a piece?

Belt Buckle with Early 1900's cameo and  Estate China

Ta-da! I introduce you to Cathy Schiff of Vintage by Cathy. A fresh face on the fashion scene, her company just won the Daily Candy People's Choice Award for Start Small, Go Big. She is the founder and creator of this genius concept. She takes early 1900's postcards, vintage matchbooks, antique cameos, heirloom china and creates mosaics on cuffs, necklaces and belt buckles. Her passion is taking the history and story behind her treasures and creating a piece of wearable artwork. Cathy loves creating custom pieces made from her customer's own memories and mementos as well. If you have inherited your grandfathers watch that is no longer working, she can take the gears and create a necklace. Or she can take that broken plate passed down to you from your great-grandmother and make a beautiful mosaic belt buckle. The possibilities are endless but the result is always unique and stunning. Even better...every piece is different. She makes everything by hand and no two pieces will ever be the same. Just imagine when you are stopped at a restaurant and asked about your gorgeous too will be able to say, "It's a custom piece made from antiques!" What girl doesn't love that! 

Let your imagination run wild and contact her for more information! Be sure to check out her website, as well as her etsy page and facebook page! 

Here are a few of her masterpieces for your inspiration: 

Belt Buckle with late 1800's Intaglio and Artist's sketches

Belt Buckle with Antique Carved Ivory and Vintage Postcard

Belt Buckle with 1909 Postcard and Vintage Watch Parts

I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next! 


Miss Beanie

Chanel Flies High at Paris Couture Week

Karl did it again! He never ceases to amaze me with his ability to put on a show! This time the set was a futuristic jet complete with champagne trolleys. 

The models sauntered down the aisle of the jet all clad in shades of the palest blues and grays. It was as if the clothes were the clouds and sky. The bateau necklines and shift dresses were playing up the Pan Am flight stewardess era of the 1960's without straying too far from the iconic Coco look. TrĂ©s magnifique! 

au revoir, 

Miss Beanie

Sunday, January 22, 2012

You're The Cutest Thing Since Pippa's Bum!

Alexander McQueen finally brought Pippa's famous "bum" gown to the masses!!! It is just as beautiful as I remember it coming down the aisle at Westminster Abbey. Now, who wants to go with me to Bergdorf and try it on?!? ;-) 

Alexander McQueen Fitted Cap Sleeve Gown $3,545

Miss Beanie

Monday, January 16, 2012

Golden Globes 2012 Best Dressed

I was very impressed with the majority of the starlets last night at the Golden Globes. Some very interesting choices were made, but in most cases it paid off. Here are my picks for Best Dressed: 

1. Charlize Theron exuded femininity in a blush tone Dior Couture gown and diamond headband. Absolute perfection! 

2. Evan Rachel Wood shocked and amazed me with her choice of gown. It is an iridescent green feather gown by Gucci Premiere. I do think someone with darker hair and a dramatic eye would have accentuated the dress a little more, but the dress stood on its on and did a great job of it. 

3. Angelina Jolie looked like a glamazon from the 1950's in her Atelier Versace gown complete with matching red lipstick and clutch. Many have called it "white", however on camera it appeared to be a blush tone dress with a red accent around the neckline. Whatever the color, she looked fabulous and it fit her like a glove.
4. Sofia Vergara nailed it once again in a beautiful shade of sapphire mermaid style dress by Vera Wang. I loved the pleating details on the fishtail of the dress and as always, it accentuated her fabulous curves. 
5. Laura Dern made quite the impression on me for her choice of gown. It was a beautiful sequined emerald green gown by Gucci with a contrasting turquoise neckline and belt. Honestly, it looked like something Kate Middleton would wear and I loved her for it. It was age appropriate and it showed off her impeccable figure. 

6. Lea Michele was looking quite sultry in her Marchesa gown complete with mesh cutouts and sequins. It was incredibly beautiful and something that Halle Berry has been known to pull off in the past. I loved the dress....maybe not as much on her. 

7. New mother, Jessica Alba, dazzled in a pale lavender confectionary dream by Gucci. I especially loved the train of her gown and her makeup. Apparently, her daughter said she looked like a beautiful mermaid. Way to go, Mom! 

8. From the front, Claire Danes had on a very modest and simple gown. From the back, she looked like a diva! I wish she had walked backwards everywhere because it looked soooo much better! Her unmentionables were peaking through the white fabric in the front and it was quite distracting. But she did follow my rule: if you are going to bare one thing, cover the rest. 

9. Kate Beckinsale is always one of my favorites and she also donned a blush tone gown by Roberto Cavalli complete with a mermaid fit and flare. 

 10. Salma Hayek was stunning in a Gucci dress that had loads of eye catching adornments in architectural arrangements. Fabulous. 


Miss Beanie

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

And Some Mustard on the Side Please!

Although mustard is one of my favorite condiments given that it is only 5 calories per tablespoon (Hello New Year's resolution) and super tasty but I am actually referring to the lovely shade of mustard yellow in my wardrobe! And don't you worry your pretty truly is an easy and flattering color to wear unlike its cousin, true yellow. I was spotted wearing it this past weekend here in a sweater from The Limited and a beautiful printed scarf from T.J. Maxx (I'm a maxx-inista). Here are a few more mustard options for you gals to take into consideration. 

I personally love this sweater belted. Try belting with an unexpected accent color like cobalt blue or fuchsia purple. 
Forever 21 Dotted Hole Cardigan Sweater $24.80

Definitely try colored denim or corduroys this season! And why not mustard?
ASOS Mustard Skinny Jeans $58.18 
My personal favorite of the mustard options is this printed sweater skirt with a flirty pleated chiffon bottom. It has great movement. I know because I tried it on yesterday at Macy's. Not to mention its by Rachel Roy - one of my all time faves! I even love the shearling booties paired with the skirt. 

Rachel Rachel Roy Wanderer Skirt $41.29
So go ahead and spice up your wardrobe with some condiment inspired attire! I dare you! 


Miss Beanie

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Name is Miss Beanie and I'm Addicted to Sequins...

Apparently my sequin obsession wasn't satisfied over New Year's Eve. I am usually head to toe in glitter and sequins when the ball drops and this year I was casually clad with only a sprinkling of glitter. This came to my attention yesterday as I was shopping and upon arrival to the dressing room, the girl asked me if I had an event to go to. At first I was confused as to her enquiry and then I realized my arms were loaded with nothing but sequins. I limited myself to one sequin item: a black sequined T-shirt. ;-)

But this jacket haunted my dreams: 
Starshine Bolero @ Anthropologie $69.99
It is the perfect rose gold shade. I really want to pair it with something unexpected a la Serena: 

My personal vision was to pair it with these lace shorts: 

Lauren Moffatt Tineke Rose Shorts @ Anthropologie $79.99
And just to add to my other obsession with Tuxedo Jackets, Victoria's Secret has a sequined tuxedo jacket in several colors: 

Sequin Tux Jacket @ Victorias Secret $139
I hope you haven't caught the sequin fever too. I'll do my best to only wear sequins once a week ;-). 


Miss Beanie

Sunday, January 1, 2012

What's in My Bag! Weekend Getaway for New Year's Eve...

To ring in the new year, I opted for a casual lake house weekend with my friends. A weekend of Michael Jackson Dance on the Wii, great food, delicious Moet and some antique shopping. Here is what was in my bag: 

Friday's Outfit: Mustard Yellow Turtleneck Sweater, Skinny Jeans, Silk and Cashmere Printed Scarf, Nutmeg Suede Cowboy Boots, Printed Bracelets, Turquoise Earrings

Saturday, New Year's Eve Outfit: Metallic Oatmeal Cable Knit Turtleneck Sweater, Snow White Skinny Corduroys, Gold Glitter Bow Flats, Crystal Necklace and Earrings  

Sunday's Outfit: Black and White Chantilly Lace Blouse, Black Sequin Pocket Skinny Jeans, Black Enamel Lace Earrings, Black Snakeskin Bracelet, Nude Lizard Bracelet, Black and Gold Suede Pumps

Send me your fabulous NYE outfits and I'll post them to my blog! Happy New Year style mavens! 


Miss Beanie
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