Saturday, July 31, 2010

fashion funnies: shoes that make you go hmmm...part 1

i received an email from my girlfriend this week with a note: "being a shoe gal...i thought you would get a chuckle from these photos..." thanks margaret! these are perfect for fashion funnies...and only for fashion funnies...

there were so many to choose from...i figure i got a few weeks of fashion funnies...although i'm thinking maybe...really...they should be dont's...

certainly economical


i'm thinking really hard of an occasion where i might wear these...nothing comes to mind...


i have no words...

have yourselves a fabulous weekend...don't wear these shoes!

Friday, July 30, 2010

wild adventure...

this is it...the fourth color group of the jana kos fall 2010 collection...trunk show will begin next week - so please do call for your personal appointment...and come see this beautiful collection...obviously this is such a tiny portion of the 200+ pieces...and need to touch and feel the beautiful fabrics...and see the detail that jana puts into every truly appreciate this fabulous collection...and if you know of someone in the san francisco bay area..who you think might enjoy seeing it...please feel free to send them the info...and let me know...if they become a buying customer...YOU get a referral bonus!

jana kos fall 2010 collection
trunk show
aug 4 - 11

(by personal appointment)
morning, afternoon & evening appointsments available

wild adventure - color group 4
explore your wild side with rich warm colors of mocha, caramel, brandy and avocado...cuddle-up to a furry leopard...envelop yourself with a cashmere twinset...and warm your heart with the comfort of jersey...

stretch tech in rich mocha anchors this lush group of earthy patterns and prints...italian lamb leather biker jacket in luscious brandy will have you yearning for a harley...but don't despair...your four door sedan will do just fine...

go on an urban safari and discover the softer side of wild...

leopard spots faux fur print portrait collar jacket with italian buttons
striped jersey scrunch turtleneck with shirred long sleeves
sueded stretch plush fabric pant

heather jersey cowl neck dress in mocha with side drape skirt and separate jeweled ribbon tie belt

bias plaid jacket w/convertible retro collar & cropped cuffed sleeves
stretch tech seamed mocha skirt w/applied leatherette italian lace trim & pleated hem accent

lamb leather italian biker jacket in brandy w/asymmetric zipper closure
autumn lights print silk blouse
stretch denim slub jean
multi strap show-stopping cognac italian leather belt w/antique brass studs & topaz colored rhinestones

stretch satin silk blouse w/asymmetric button detailing & french cuffs
sueded stretch plush fabric boot skirt
multi strap show-stopping cognac italian leather belt w/antique brass studs & topaz colored rhinestones

pleats front snap avocado cardigan
plaited overlap ribbed silk sweater
melange striped trouser pant

pin dot cascade soft jacket in caramel
heather jersey empire waist tunic top in mocha
w/gathered detail on front & shoulder
heather jersey pant

hope to see you at the show!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

silent storm...

ok...i know it's thursday...which usually is devoted to "men's corner"...but i have a few more color groups to share before the jana kos fall 2010 collection trunk show next's corner will resume next week...promise =)

silent storm - color group 3

a paradox of soft and hard; light and dark; feminine and masculine...menswear inspired jaspe weave in coal, is juxtaposed to feminine ripple in soft beige...this luxurious neutral palette is accented with cool storm blue in prints, solids and knits...storm italian lamb leather in cascading supple detail is in contrast to new vegan leather in shiny pewter with graphic seams...and, just to make sure you don't take yourself too seriously...we introduce our new slim fit stretch jean...

expect the unexpected...always keep them guessing...

lamb leather cascade collar jacket in storm colored italian leather
squiggle jersey print top
jaspe weave stretch wool blend pant
oval buckle belt in pewter italian printed leather, studs & black onyx stone buckle

mock rib neck sweater
tribal weave jacquard slim skirt in exclusively developed french fabric
regal bib necklace w/art deco inspired beading and satin ribbon neck ties

cash kimono cardigan in cashmere blend melange feathered yam
sleeveless shell in cashmere blend melange feathered yam
(reversable front back v neck)
arc jacquard stretch french developed fabric print

squiggle jersey print dress

vegan leather pewter colored jacket w/starburst multi seaming
mock rib neck sweater
stretch denim slub jean
regal bib necklace w/art deco inspired beading and satin ribbon neck ties
oval buckle belt in pewter italian printed leather, studs & black onyx stone buckle

basket weave wool blend jacket in storm color
ripple texture fabric pant

tribal weave jacquard biker style jacket in exclusively developed french fabric
rayon jersey soft turtleneck in black w/front pleats
jaspe weave stretch wool italian fabric pant w/inverted front pleats

boyfriend relaxed multi zip cardigan in storm color super-fine merino wool
diamond weave white cotton blouse
basket weave wool blend trumpet skirt w/horizontal seaming

jana kos fall 2010 collection
trunk show
august 4 - 11, 2010
redwood shores, ca

(by personal appointment)
have you made yours yet??

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

enchanted dreams...

tic toc...tic toc...we are a week away from the jana kos fall 2010 collection trunk show...have you booked your appointment? if you are in the is a must see...if you are not in the vicinity...but see something you like...let me know...we can always ship it directly to you...

jana kos fall 2010 collection
august 4 - 11
redwood shores, ca

morning, afternoon & evening appointments are available

here is a sneak peak of enchanted dreams - color group 2

magical fairytale patterns, soft textures and rich colors combine in unexpected proportions...lush evergreen in soft worsted crepe separates combine with dimensional houndstooth, color-spash print and potpourri loop...plush sueded stretch in berry adds a relaxed alternative to this unique color proportions of unstructured jackets, soft skirts and supple, textural sweaters will take you from casual to career in enchanted style...lead a charmed life of self fulfillment and let optimism reign...

color splash jersey watercolor print dress

potpourri loop multi colored jacket with retro collar
mod print graphic silk blouse
lux twill pant
mod print graphic silk scarf with hand fringed, multi yarn detailing

worsted wool crepe jacket & trumpet skirt with horizontal seaming
overlap ribbed silk sweater

pleats front snap berry cardigan in boiled merino wool jersey
color splash jersey watercolor print cowl neck top
sueded stretch plush berry pant

color splash watercolor print on jacquard jacket exclusively developed in france
plaited rib silk mock neck sweater
worsted wool crepe pant
filigree buckle belt w/italian patent snake printed leather strap, buckle inset w/tiger-eye, swarovski crystals and turquoise

houndstooth jacquard jacket developed in italy
due silky (reversable) evergreen sweater
forest tweed trouser pant
filigree buckle belt w/italian patent snake printed leather strap, buckle inset w/tiger-eye, swarovski crystals and turquoise

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

sponsor a dress...

the lovely stacy of taffetadarlings is working on putting her collection together for spring 2011...and we can help! so...if you are able...sponsor a dress...actually...donate any above on stacy's blog to get more details...

i have seen some of stacy's sketches...and some of her designed is my absolute favorite dress of hers...the front of the dress is gorgeous...but then you see the back...hello...just enough of a peak of leopard...and it screams sexy...

here is the lovely wendy brandes modeling the gorgeous dress...and for who it was designed...front view...

back view...doesn't wendyb make a gorgeous model?

remember this scene from sex and the city 2? see those earrings? well...wendy brandes is jewelry designer extraordinaire...the earrings that samantha is wearing...the talented wendyb designed...18k yellow gold and diamond cleopatra sure to take a look at her website...her jewelry is unbelievable...

wendyb said it best..."get involved with fashion in a meaningful way by investing ANY AMOUNT to get a great collection off the ground!"

so what can you do? donate if possible (any amount) tweet and/or blog about it...get the word out...lets get stacy's collection to spring 2011 ny fashion week!

Monday, July 26, 2010

unique proposal...

the jana kos fall 2010 collection will be arriving to the san francisco bay area in about a weeks for this week...i will share some of the beautiful collection...but as i say every collection...until you are able to touch and feel the beautiful fabrics that jana personally chooses...and see the detailing...the pictures just do not do it justice...

so make your appointment...morning, afternoon & evening appointments are available...

jana kos fall 2010
trunk show
redwood shores, ca
august 4 - 11, 2010

(by personal appointment)

unique proposal - color group 1

refresh your wardrobe and your life with a new outlook on fall fashion...combining classic colors of camel, black and ruby in unorthodox patterns...innovative silhouettes and novel knit choices...step out of the extraordinary...

our winning ponte knit gets a new facelift...while stretch tech is reborn in innovative proportions...short and long jackets and skirts with added interest and unique detail let the individualist inside of you shine and emerge...

stretch tech black jacket & skirt w/inset chain trim
due silky (reversable) black sweater
multi chain rocker belt

due silky (reversable) ruby red sweater
graphic border jacquard skirt w/exclusively developed french fabric
perforated belt in red & black italian leather

cash kimono cardigan in lush cashmere blend
sleeveless shell w/black trim (reversable) front or back v neckline
birdseye trouser pant of italian stretch wool blend

ponte knit black dress w/princess seaming, slit neckline and front invisible zipper

interlocking jacquard jacket & skirt in exclusively developed french fabric
bubbles texture silk sweater
multi chain rocker belt

vegan black leather biker jacket
plaited rib mock neck silk sweater
sueded stretch pant

ponte knit jacket & leggings
due silky (reversable) black sweater

grand bloom portrait collar jacket w/italian buttons in exclusively developed french fabric
pin stripe trouser in black & red stretch wool blend in exclusive italian fabric

Sunday, July 25, 2010

denim therapy...

my younger years...still living under my parent's roof...i was pretty much a tomboy...i lived in jeans & t-shirts...that is all i wore...everyday...and one of the things that i wanted in my jeans...more then anything...was that ripped at the knees look...but i wanted it to happen naturally (don't ask why...i was young)

so...faithfully i wore my favorite jeans...and as i wore them...i noticed...the threading starting to fray...the material getting thinner and thinner...and i knew...that it was just a matter of time...before my jeans would be exactly the way i wanted them...

then the rip my left knee first...and then...well...i must have helped it along...because one day...while i was sitting in my room (actually kneeling) while picking up something or other...the teeny tiny frailed hole...ripped! just how i wanted them to look...needless to say...i was pretty happy about my favorite pair of better...

so imagine my horror...a few days later...when i got home from school...and my lovely mamacita...had washed my jeans...and yes...patched up the holes on the knees of my jeans...

you mom is a seamstress...alterations is her life...(slight exaggeration inserted here) what she thought she was lovingly fixing for favorite pair of jeans...were my eyes...ruined...

i have since gotten over that traumatic experience...and no longer have the desire to wear torn up jeans...although see them can actually buy jeans...all ripped up and distressed...and yes...may i mamacita still does not understand this...buying brand new jeans for $200 on up that are all ripped up...

although i don't personally have ripped up jeans now...i do know the feeling of having a favorite pair of jeans...that fits perfectly...and they are looking like they are on their last leg...for most people...jeans are a hard've got to try on a lot of pairs to find something "just right"...

well never fear..."denim therapy" is there a poet in the making? =)

if've got to at least check out the before and after shots of the is pretty $7/per inch...your jeans can look like new...they can even turn your favorite jeans into temporary maternity jeans...pretty fabulous...i'd say...


Saturday, July 24, 2010

fashion funnies: "i feel good about me..."

"cathy" is always good for a laugh...this was in last weeks sunday paper...cathy is bathing suit shopping...such a fun

saleswoman: welcome to the "i feel good about me" swimwear season!

saleswoman: plus-sized bikinis! abundant tanks! nice and roomy swim shorts and skirts!

saleswoman: real suits for the real bodies of real women!

saleswoman: this year every single one of us can face the swimsuits and say "i feel good about me!"

saleswoman: do you know why we can say "i feel good about me??"

cathy: because we're standing here fully clothed and the suits are way over there.

saleswoman: exactly, shall i ring one up that you can feel good about not putting on in the privacy of your own home?

quite the sales

(click on pic to enlarge)

Friday, July 23, 2010

arm candy...

statement jewelry is all the rage now...has been for some time...and that includes your wrists...the great thing about you can do so much with what you probably already have...the key is to pile them on...

bangles...don't just wear one...try putting two or three change up your look a bit...and make it fun...mix the colors...

do you have some of those tennis bracelets in your jewelry box? how about putting them all make one big statement...i have about four...if you remember...they are pretty thin...but together...they create quite the wow piece...

i've even done this with my diamond bracelets...where i used to wear one...i now combine them all...

if you've been perusing the fashion will see that some have done this look on both arms...from wrist to elbow...that is a bit much for me...but i have to say...when i see it...i do love it...

my prior posts will reveal that my mixing and matching doesn't only happen in my clothing...but in my here and here to see my vintage combinations...some other vintage pieces that are great for stacking are the bakelite bangles...look for them at the local flea markets...they come in the most amazing colors!

so how do you mix & match your bracelets? be sure to share and give others a new idea or two...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

men's corner: going plaid...

even though i adore the summer weather...can't get enough of mind is already so consumed with while most are just getting their hands wrapped around summer attire...i'm thinking fall...

a trend that is still looking strong for guys this fall (courtesy of gq magazine) is the plaid shirt...we've seen a lot of plaid this summer...but turning it into a fall favorite with darker colors is a great'll still look professional when you couple it with a solid, dark-colored tie...and it does double-duty in a more casual setting when worn with jeans and a blazer...

for starters...check out nordstrom...which has a nice selection of plaids for guys...especially now...with the anniversary sale going on...prices go back up afterwards!

doesn't jason sudeikis of "saturday night live" look fabulous wearing a plaid shirt and dark tie combo?
(we don't recommend the forehead a rule...)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

take a walk on the wild side...

i would have to say that one of the most frequently asked questions that i get...would have to be..."is animal print still in?" yes...i mean...let us put aside the fact that i consider it my neutral...if you look forward to the fall runway shows...animal print is here to a walk on the wild side...and pick your poison...

the wonderful thing about animal that you really don't need a whole lot of it to make a could be a simple animal print skinny belt to a "wow" pair of animal print shoes...

or maybe something in croc print? how fabulous is that??

or perhaps a handbag in zebra print?

whatever your choice is...if you haven't already done so...incorporate a little bit of the wild side into your is a simple way to be a little bold...

but whatever you head to toe coverage in animal print...meaning...don't do the animal print handbag that matches the shoes...that matches the belt...that matches the hat...remember...a little goes a long way...

what is your favorite animal print? and how do you incorporate it into your wardrobe?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

put together: neutral casual & chic...

there is something so relaxing about this outfit...neutrals from head to easy and comfortable...yet looking fabulously put together...

does this work for you?

blazer, pants & top - burberry london
scanned by moi from nordstrom catalog

Monday, July 19, 2010

it's almost here...

in just about two weeks fabulous finds will be showing the jana kos fall 2010! stay tuned over the next few i will be posting some highlights of the show...

some of you may be wondering how this is quite personal appointment (why personal? because you deserve all the attention) in about an hour or (and a friend or two...if you prefer) come to redwood shores in the privacy of a home and view the can be quite fun...trying on luxurious clothing...and picking the outfits that are "oh so right for you!"

it is not too early to book your appointment...morning, afternoon & evening appointments are available...come touch & feel the beautiful fabrics that jana personally chooses for each will love the experience...

jana kos fall 2010 collection
trunk show
august 4 - 11, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

you had me at hello: jana kos fall 2010...

when the time comes to preview the new season's jana kos collection...i would say...there are usually one...two...ok...i lie...several several pieces that get put on my wish list...

my first peak at the fall 2010 collection...and this fabulous piece...lamb leather italian biker jacket in "brandy" had me at hello...i love the perfect for fall...

jana kos fall 2010 collection

of course...i got this lovely number from the spring 2010 collection...the leather is soft as butter...seriously...and a lovely soft shade of mint green...

jana kos spring 2010 collection

dilemma dilemma...should i get the luscious brown? one can never have too many leather jackets...well...for that matter...why stop at

Saturday, July 17, 2010

fashion funnies: fashion photography math equations...

math equations for the fashion photographers...a lovely reader (thank you, karen!) sent me this post to include in my saturday fashion on the "source" link below to see a lot more...i like the paparazzi one as well...

paparazzi = portrait photographer - consent...


enjoy your weekend!

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