The Color Purple: Fall 2008’s Hottest Fashion Color! Monday, Sep 15 2008 

Editors are passionate about the color purple this season! Everything imaginable has been designed in this royal color. Not my personal favorite color, but I like to stay on trend, and will most likely look for an accessory or two in this season’s shade. Here’s a collection of some of the best fashion and accessories in purple today.

Kara Ross’s Python Cuff is a stunning statement in purple. Love the contrast of the soft and plush leather with the gleaming hard edges of rhodium. Amethyst stones sparkle on each side of the silver hinge. This bracelet is a great way to rock the royal color…...purple! $467 at Vivre.com

Donna Karan Collection Sequin Cashmere Tank

Sequins can be tricky and sometimes tacky. No one does the shiny pallets better than Donna Karan! Here she has taken the classic tank, made it out of silk and cashmere, then embellished it with tones of purple light-reflecting sequins. I own one of her sequin sweaters and it is heaven! Tissue thin and beautifully done. The tank is $695 at Nordstrom.com

Purple Patent! Rebecca Minkoff’s Cheri Tote certainly would add just the right pop of color to a Fall or Winter coat. Big enough for a laptop, but not overly large, the Cheri tote can get you to work and back with style! $605 at RebeccaMinkoff.com

Blumarine Animal Print Silk Chiffon Tunic

I am not a big print person but prints are huge this season…despite what I think. Blumarine’s Animal Print Silk Chiffon Tunic is an exceptional print, in my view. The combination of stunning shades of lavender and grey create an unique animal print. The neckline is great with the metallic tie, and the cut out detail on the shoulder adds interest, while breaking up the pattern. The silk chiffon adds the feminine touch that makes this blouse so beautiful. $820 at Nordstrom.com

Carolina Herrera Lame Degrade Dress

Carolina Herrera’s Lame Degrade Dress is lovely in a creative combination of silver lame and a dark purple. The sweetheart neckline is very flattering to most. I just think this dress is very beautiful for so many events. $ 2990.00 at NeimanMarcus.com

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I have always loved fringe….on anything! It is big this season. Leigh and Luca’s feather Scarf in Purple has many good things going for it…..the color purple, the feather motif, the fringe, and the luxe fabrication of silk and cotton. A wonderful accessory! $165 at Intermixonline.com

This dress has had a celebrity cult following! Black Halo’s Purple Keyhole Ruffle Sleeve Sheath is both body conscious and glamorous! Details abound and all done with the sophistication of the color purple. $345 at chickdowntown.com

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Straight off the runway! Anna Sui’s Silk Printed Mini Dress is a beautiful example of the winter floral and neo-folk looks that has risen to the top this season. I especially love the metallic accents at the waist. If you want it……get it fast…sizes are selling out! $570 at net-a-porter.com.

I say…..if you are going to be comfy in flats…..at least look fanciful! Miu Miu’s Jeweled Ballerinas are both fun and fancy with the be-jeweled toe. $659 at Saks.com

This is the year of the tight! Cold weather is coming and you will be warm and cozy in Prada’s Lana Coste Tights. They are made of soft rib wool and the color violet is yummy! They are $155 so I hope they are run proof! Saks.com

Wooden box clutch with wave crystal detail by Devi Kroell

Sometimes just a touch of color can do so much for you outfit. When that touch happens to be jewels…..things really start to pop! Devi Kroell’s Wood Box Clutch With Crystal detail is over the top gorgeous and expensive! Think of it this way…..if you carry this statement piece you won’t need to buy another accessory! $1692.43 at BrownsFashion.com

Selected for their style and price point, BCBGGirl’s Wish 2 dress peep toe pump gives one a big pop of color for the small price tag of $110! The color purple and patent leather gives this shoe instant style for Fall! Piperlime.com

You may wish to invest in an elegant pair of purple gloves this season. Ralph Lauren’s Long Suede glove can be the perfect accessory to your Fall ensemble or coat. They are perfectly plain in purple. $425 at RalphLauren.com Purchase by 10/06/08 and save 30% Off with Coupon Code: RLFA2008.

Jimmy Choo Kase oval clutch

Oh Jimmy! Love the Kase Oval Clutch. It is the perfect way to wear the color purple. This little Jimmy Choo piece is all of the jewelry you need. The purple amethyst stone is repeated on both sides of the bag. This bag will elevate any outfit to luxe instantly! $1495 at net-a-porter.com

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Ooo La La! This Elizabeth Gillett has two top trends going for it…….lace and the color purple! It is simply gorgeous and very fanciful. Silk and $139 at WinkNyc.com

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I have always admired Furla’s understated style. The Aphrodite Medium Shopper looks so luxe….you cna almost feel the softness of the leather! It is now on sale at Saks.com for $555. Originally $795.00

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Roberto Cavalli’s Jewel Bow Platforms are statement shoes with plenty of glam and glitz.  The amethyst satin shoe is adorned with jewels, diagonal straps, and a golden sole. So opulent! $1,025 at net-a-porter.com



Come back soon for more of the color Purple!

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For The Silver Spoon Pooch~ Thursday, Sep 11 2008 

Arca Horn Dog Bowl

So my beloved Yorkie had 15 coats, 6 Tee Shirts, and 4 beautiful beds. But Arca’s Horn and Sterling Silver Dog Bowl makes my privileged pup look like a pauper ! This bowl set is certainly the height of luxury! With the cost of today’s high end kitchen makeovers, perhaps it is worth the hefty price of $585. I wonder if it will make the kibbles and bits taste better? Available at ElementsChicago.com

Beautiful Baby Blankets~ Saturday, Sep 6 2008 

I have always considered a baby blanket a great gift. There are so many uses for them……several to swaddle the baby, thick ones to use on the floor, stroller blankets, crib blankets, christening blankets, blankets to match a special outfit, receiving blankets, and blankets so special that they become heirloom pieces. A parent can always use one more. Enjoy this selection of very special blankets for your next baby gift purchase.

Parisville Baby Blanket

How chic! the Parisville Baby Blanket is perfect for the francophiles on your gift list. The sweet print is that of a French Marketplace and is backed with pink chenille. Created by Baby Bee’s Boutique at $45 for The Children’s Nest

Chenille Baby Blanket - Finn

Nothing boring about this baby boy blanket! Made by Finn it is just fabulous and comes in three sizes. They say it is very soft and it is a combination of chenille patterns. Priced from $64 for the Carriage Size, $78 for the Crib Size, and $103 for the Throw Size Blanket.…..big enough for baby and parent. It also can be monogrammed for an additional $10. Take a look at BornFabulousBoutique.com

For the fancy baby and their elegant parents! From Little Giraffe, the blanket is a velvet floral print on front and satin on the back and ruffled trim. All colors are lovely but the Mocha is fabulous! $58 at LaylaGrace.com

How beautiful! Take baby for a stroll with the Pink Embroidered Garden Stroller Blanket from VintageLily.com. The soft pink cotton fabric is embroidered with flowers and butterflies. The reverse of the blanket is a soft white cotton chenille. $60

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I must admit that baby boy “things” are hard for me to select. They are either too frilly too fanciful or too colorful for boys. This blanket is none of those. I think it is perfect in every way with just enough sweetness. This handsome blanket is made of sweater fabric on one side in soothing shades of blue brown and oatmeal. The opposite side is a fleecy winter white. 100% wool for $99 at petitpatapon.com

Hot Pink and Black Damask Minky Blanket

Minky Blankets are all the rage and come in many different color combinations. The Hot Pink and Black Damask print blanket is one of my faves. So bold yet sweet and classic. This blanket would make a luxe gift for any lovely little lady. $49 at PinkTaffyDesigns.com

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Simple clean design is what the JoyaBaby Blanket is all about. It is soft and plush on one side and a cotton knit on the other. The use of color is exceptional and modern. Also available two other colorways. $68 at JoyaBaby.com


Nevaeh heirloom lace baby blanket.

The Nevaeh (heaven spelled backwards) Heirloom Lace Blanket is indeed special! An investment piece that will be passed on from generation to generation. It is a luxurious patchwork of silk, lace, and texture. The backing for the blanket is of curly minky fabric. No detail has been spared. Just one of the prettiest blankets on the marketplace today. $275 at jenklairkids.com

Organic Fleece with Ruffled Edges Polka Dot

Here’s a sweet blanket with a sophisticated color story. The blanket is made with 100% Certified Organic Cotton Fleece on both sides. The grey polka dot ruffled trim is made from silk charmeuse . All together the natural ingredients add up to a beautiful blanket. Available in two sizes and priced from $88 -$116 at Petittresor.com

The Pink Toile Chenile Blanket by Cuddly Wuddlees is beautiful……especially for the price! The toile print and colors of Black and Pink are both sophisticated and sweet. It is backed with a plush striped chenile. $39.95 at bugsandblossoms.com

Caden Lane Ruffle Blanket Blue Collection

Calling all Boys! The Caden Lane Ruffle Blue Collection is perfect for any new baby boy. The styles are modern and masculine with a sweet baby touch of a brown ruffle. Available at missfitzinc.com for $40. Also available is a pink collection.

For the traditional baby! What a sweet way to learn their ABC’s! The Sferra Linens ABC Sampler Quilt is so simple and beautiful. Perfect as a crib cover or for tummy time on the floor. It is made from Egyptian Cotton and available for $174 at JReneeonline.com

I want one of these! Nothing like starting off in elegance! The Stardust Blanket is sure to be silky soft, as it is made of satin rayon. The double ruffles add such a fancy and calming touch for baby. I love the neutral color. Available at PoshTots.com for $140. Oh! It is also hypo-allergenic, formaldehyde free, and washable.

olli&lime | carrie blanket

Hello Lover! This little Blanket by Olli & Lime is appropriately called The Carrie Blanket. Hmmmm I wonder who it is named after? Made of 100% Cotton Percale 280 thread count, it is both simple and sophisticated. It happens to be the most clever little blanket for little fashionistas ever! She will be going from pram to pumps in no time… and in style. $90 (much less than a pair of Jimmy Choos) from www.fawnandforest.com

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For the little Prince or Princes! The Royal Baby Rhinestone Crown Cotton Knit Baby Blanket is the perfect little gift! It is 100% Combed Cotton and 100% Royal. Available in Boy Blue, Baby Girl Pink, or Newborn White. Offered at a very giftable price of $ 29.99 at royalbabyboutique.com

Gorgeous Boutique Velvet Baby Blanket

This gorgeous baby blanket is very special and is “Made To Order” just for you! Available in four fab and shabby chic prints. The Roses and Stripes style is my very favorite. The beautiful print is edged in a bridal satin ruffle and backed with the prettiest pink velvet. At $45 ……..this is one gift that will last a lifetime. Take a peak at the other fabrics at .judithanncottagedesigns.com

Cozy Cocoon Leopard Baby Bunting and Little Gnome Hat Gift Set
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Snug as a little bug and cozy in their Leopard Cocoon, baby will be safe, secure, and stylish in this innovative precious package! The Baby Bunting comes with a darling little Gnome Hat and is perfectly packaged with dotted swiss ribbon, tissue, and drawstring gauze bag. I can’t imagine a more lovely gift at this price point! $38 at twirlshoppe.com

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What a delight for baby girls and boys alike! The Filmore Blue Blanket set includes a matching bib ready for giving. 100% Cotton on one side and plush Miky fabric on the other side. Just beautiful! $75 at craftsburykids.com

The Swankie Blankie Receiving Blankets are just delicious! Love the color story and better yet…….you get to choose the color of the beautiful satin trim. This blanket is a sweet and sophisticated look for baby girls or boys. Available at pippinmcgee.com for $56. I also found a matching diaper cover which you can see here.

Little Giraffe Chenille Satin Dot Blanket

The Little Giraffe Chenille Satin Dot Blanket is so plush and playful. I just want to wrap up in it! Though it is contemporary in look the colorful dots can match a classic nursery too. $60 at Shopcupcake.com

Lucky Jade tree cashmere/cotton blanket, choc./pink

For the Modern Baby! Lucky Jade Sweater Knit blankets are delightful! This natural tree print on one side reverses to a bird’s eye print on the reverse. it is a blend of cashmere and cotton. What could be better for baby’s delicate skin? Best yet….it is washable! $78 at jenklairkids.com

Cupcakes Cashmere Blanket by Amber Hagen

For sweet babies only! The Amber Hagen Cupcakes reversible Cotton and Cashmere Baby Blanket is frosted with the perfect icon for sugar and spice baby girls. $165 at babyboudoir.net

Polka Dot Layette

Made With Love……..Babies…as it should be. Marie Chantal’s white and pink dotted blanket is perfect for your new little bundle of joy! 100% cotton and simply precious. $60 at cuddlycouture.com

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For The All Star Baby! Art Walk’s Multi Sport Blanket is classic, cute, and cuddly . A wonderful gift by itself at $115. The matching sweater would certainly create one luxe baby gift. Sweater is $56 and both can be found at Artebebe.com

I am not usually drawn to plain and simple things……until I found the Hand Knit Bear Blanket by Empress Arts. First of all it is 100% Organic. That’s a good thing. It is also comes with a little surprise bear…which is a very good thing! The tone on tone cream stripes create a vintage feel that is very special. Perfectly suited and priced for baby boys or girls at $52. CoutureDreams.com

Snuggle Blankee 26x20
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Here’s a Blankee that just is begging for a chance to cuddle up and get baby cozy! It is Organic Blankee’s Snuggle Blankee. What is so very nice about this company is they let you choose the style of Charmeuse Trim…either a 2 inch ruffle or 2 inch straight edge. The color choice is yours as well…..sand, turquoise, or ivory. Even the fabrication of the blankee is an option…100% Organic cotton fleece or cotton velour. Then for the final touch, add the monogram initials you wish to have embroidered. All of these custom details are only $48! Available at organicblankees.com

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Baby Boo Pouf Blanket

Pouf! A touch of whimsy has been added to this wonderful and cozy fleece blanket. I just think this little blanket is the height of fashion with it’s feather pouf! So sorry the matching hat is sold out. $38 at poshbaban.com

Baby will be warm and cozy this winter in this Pink Sherpa Blanket. It is ultra suede on one side and lined in soft sherpa fleece. Just delightful in five pleasing pastel colors. $39 at jenjenkids.com

A lovely Lovey! Ciuccio’s Circles Lovey is a fab little security blanket and the perfect 15″ x 15″ size! The top is quilted in 100% Cotton and the back is lined in everyone’s favorite Minkee fabric. A very clever grosgrain ribbon loop keeps the binky in place. Adorable and affordable at $38. candystorecollective.com

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Simple and clever in design the LemLem Gabi blankets are lovely and unique. The blanket features a tassle hood which will keep baby snug and cozy. Made of organic cotton. $150 at sonsanddaughtersinc.com

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How precious! Victoria Kids Little Beauties Blanket is the perfect baby gift. Something almost any baby girl and their parents will love. 100% Pima Cotton. $45 at atterdagkids.com

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The Dandy Damask Lovey Blanket is the prettiest security blanket I have ever seen. Very elegant in design and soft and cozy minky fabric make sure baby is comfy. This is one blanket you will be proud to have your little one drag around! $20 at thepatacakebaby.com

A good white blanket is hard to find these days. Today’s blankets are so whimsical with bright and bold colors. They are great fun. Sometimes however an elegant white blanket is just what you need for a special occasion. This beautiful Soft Knit Blanket is perfect for those special days. $55 at pattycakefashions.com

Fun, fabulous, and perfect for your little pumpkin! The Bla Bla Pumpkin Blanket is handwoven in Peru in the best seasonal colors! $70.00 at childishclothing.com

Here’s a blankie that you won’t mind your little one carrying everywhere! From Patricia Ann Designs, this Travel Silkie is so pretty and luxe that both baby and parent will coo over it. Love the Vanilla Creme color and the satin trim! Sized for little hands at 15″ x 18,” and priced right at $26. $4 additional for a ruffled trim. Patriciaanndesigns.com