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Stella & Dot’s Collaboration with Rebecca Minkoff

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In collaboration with Rebecca Minkoff, Stella & Dot has just launched a brand new collection.

Designed to capture the spirit of downtown New York City, these handcrafted pieces were designed by the award-winning style maven whose lifestyle brand is popular around the globe.

Most famous for her luxury handbags that are often worn by celebrities, Rebecca also makes beautiful jewelry. When asked to describe her latest project, Rebecca explained: “We wanted to give a distinctive, feminine strength to the collection by juxtaposing the innate elegance of jewels against statement silhouettes.”

Calling them “Statement Silhouettes” is quite appropriate. Everything has a modern flair that feels fresh but not overwhelming or hard to incorporate in everyday life. The jewelry is also much more affordable than the handbags, making it a lot more accessible for the average buyer.

My favorites are the Cameron Charm Choker and the Celestial Ear Climbers, both of which are being modeling in this photo. How neat it is that one of the five charms is a Hamsa, making it a great choice for any Jewish lady. The earrings I like because they’re so unusual.

The current collection has 6 items to choose from (earrings and necklaces), with more pieces set to debut in November 2017.

Shop Rebecca Minkoff’s Collection Here

My 2017 High Holiday Outfits

Selecting the right outfit for High Holidays is something most Jewish ladies agonize over, especially if your temple has a reputation for being a total fashion parade. Personally, I feel better about myself when I’m dressed up, and I definitely want to look as good as the other ladies, which does require some effort and careful planning.

In the past, I have spent hundreds of dollars on special occasion clothes. Inevitably, they would be worn once and then sit in the back of the closet forever. Not only was this expensive, it also made me feel guilty for being wasteful and extravagant. (Sure, I could wear something I already own, but that’s no fun.)

Last year, I experimented with clothing rentals, and it was a huge success. Now, I can get something new, wear it for a day, send it back, and do it all over again. Rent The Runway, my personal favorite, has so many dresses available, it’s actually hard to choose. If I had to sort through everything, it would be impossible, so I filter, starting with Daytime dresses and hem/sleeve length.

I decided on two dresses, one for Rosh Hashanah and one for Yom Kippur, since I normally only attend services those two days. 

Rosh Hashanah: Valentina Tunic Dress by Tory Burch

Blue matte jersey, with long sleeves and a V-neckline. It has a full skirt, hidden side zipper and knee length hem. I really like that it’s fitted at the waist to create the ideal hourglass shape, but not super tight. Rental price is only $60 for a $350 dress!

For accessories, I will be using gray pumps and a gray and navy bag that’s already in my own collection.

Yom Kippur: Prairie Floral Dress by Cynthia Rowley

Black floral printed crepe, with long sleeves and a crew neckline. It has a fitted silhouette with a hidden back zipper. Fully lined with a hemline that hits right below the knee. This one is a nice, modest choice that still looks stylish due to the fun print and excellent shape. Rental price is $65 for a $388 dress!

Accessories will be gold/pearl dangly earrings, black pumps, and a black bag.

To avoid catastrophe, Rent the Runway provides the option to select a 2nd size dress for FREE! (How is awesome is that?) I do read the suggestions in the fit guide, but we all know nothing is guaranteed. Having a backup is so worth it.

And, if it’s your first order, you can receive 20% off with coupon code FIRST. Find your ideal style at Rent The Runway.

 

 

Have you picked out your High Holiday outfits yet? What will you be wearing?

Fall Fashion Trends: Zodiac Style

What does fashion have to do with your Zodiac sign? According to Elle, it’s a new trend for fall.

For my sign (Sagittarius), they picked these items, based around a Menswear theme—Tibi Aldrich blazer, Sanctuary Bootcamp cargo pants, J.Crew sweater, and Malone Souliers ankle boots.

My verdict? 3 out of 5 stars. I love sweater and would definitely buy/wear it. The cargo pants are ok, but nothing spectacular. The jacket is horrible and the boots while cute are not practical for daily use.

I’d rather shop for classic, elegant pieces that look good and last for years, rather than pile on tons of trends. Even so, I look forward to Elle and Vogue’s September issues to gawk at all the wild stuff and (hopefully) find a few things that would work for my style.