Archive for November, 2006

Ready Made Outfit: Not Your Basic Black and White

Treat yourself like a princess by adding a royal foulard-print sweater to an otherwise basic wear-to-work outfit. 

"Not So Basic Black and White" Fashion Formula = Patterned Sweater + Striped Button-Down Shirt + Flare Pants + Pumps.

Royal Foulard-Print Merino Cardigan
Royal Foulard-Print Merino Cardigan | $88 at J Crew (In Store Only)

Laura Femme Shirt in Taylor Stripe
Laura Femme Shirt in Taylor Stripe | $39.99 (sale) at J Crew

Ya-Ya George Super Flair with Slik Pant
Ya-Ya George Super Flair with Slik Pant | $319 at Shopbop

BCBGirls \'Mika2\' Pump
BCBGirls ‘Mika2′ Pump | $84.95 at Nordstrom

Add comment November 21st, 2006

Miquelrius Diplomatic Notebook

Miquelrius Diplomatic Notebook
For your favorite student.  We love the classic cover, the 4-color sections, the nice space at the top for your name and date, and, of course, the graph paper.

$9.95 at The Daily Planner.

Add comment November 21st, 2006

Omiru Poll Results: Shirtdresses are In!

Omiru Poll Result: Shirtdresses are In!

Nili Lotan Shirt DressWe asked: Are Shirtdresses In or Out?

You said:  It’s time to shop for shirtdresses.  68% are all over these versatile dresses, and only 12% and 19%, respectively, believe they’re On the Way Out and Out.

Omiru’s take:
The perfect workdress, Shirtdresses manage to straddle the line between professional and figure flattering. Not too casual, but not too fussy, Shirtdresses travel effortlessly from the boardroom to cocktails at the local bar. We’re stocking up on both short and long sleeve styles (such as the attention-grabbing mod dress pictured at left) to take us through Winter and Spring! 

Next Question: As party season approaches, we’re taking another look at the Velvet Jacket.  Tell us, are Velvet Jackets In, or
are they Out?  Cast your
vote on the sidebar! 

Pictured: Nili Lotan Shirt Dress | $475 at Shopbop.

Add comment November 20th, 2006

Tunisian Moon Pajamas from Capri Rose

Tunisian Moon Pajamas from Capri Rose Coco Chanel once said, “Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.” 

Like Chanel, designer Capri Rose is all about creating classics. Inspired by her love of vintage textiles and wallpaper patterns, Capri designed her Tunisian Moon Pajamas, a feminized, modernized version of a pair of pajamas her father wore in the 1970s. 

Fun fact about Capri?  She thinks that gefilte fish is a culinary delight.

Thanks, Lela, for the tip!

$86 at Capri Rose.

Add comment November 20th, 2006

[Spotlight Post] Ready Made Outfit: Bikini Fun In The Sun

No matter what the season, bikinis are always in style, and More Swimsuits has just the collection of bikinis to keep you looking sexy this winter.  Whether you’re heading out on an exotic cruise, planning your honeymoon, or just dreaming of warmer days on white, sandy beaches, check out this swimsuit outfit to keep you well suited for any beachwear occasion this winter (and summer).

Fashion Formula = Designer Bikini + Beaded Tunic + Sexy Bare Skin.
Melissa Odabash Solid White Triangle & Tie Rio Bikini
Melissa Odabash Solid White Triangle & Tie Rio Bikini | $139 at More Swimsuits
Melissa Odabash Apple-Stitched Tunic Dress
Melissa Odabash Apple-Stitched Tunic Dress | $160 at More Swimsuits

At More Swimsuits, you have access to the hottest designer bikinis and accessories–at any time of the year–from the convenience of your home computer.  You can read fashionable style tips to help you find the best bikini for your specific body type or find expert advice on how to care for your swimsuit to keep it looking and fitting great throughout the season. For even more fun swimsuit facts and tips, check out one of these sites where you can read the history of the bikini or delve into more detailed swimsuit shopping and fashion information. Don’t wait until summer to take advantage of amazing swimwear fashion!

2 comments November 20th, 2006

Friday Fashion Hotlist | 11.17.06

Issue No. 64 of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a weekly compilation of the
cutest and coolest stuff Omiru’s Style Intelligence Report saw out there this

week, we’re spotlighting Cardigans to keep you chic and cozy.  We present to
you a contoured cardigan for women and a cashmere cardigan for men.

  Anthropologie Cutaway Cardigan
Cutaway Cardigan | $68 at

Michael Kors Cashmere Cardigan
Michael Kors Cashmere Cardigan | $795 at Scoop NYC

3 comments November 17th, 2006

Fade to Black Onyx Earrings

Fade to Black Earrings Lauren of Urban Bloom loves the simplicity of the geometric shape of these earrings.  An added bonus?  Despite the size of the stone, the earrings are surprisingly lightweight.

To best showcase the earrings, Lauren recommends creating a mod look with a knit dress in a neutral black, ecru, or charcoal grey. 

Fun fact about Lauren?  She and her boyfriend are redecorating, and they sat on beach chairs for four months while waiting for their new couch to be delivered.

$26 at Urban Bloom.

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Designer Profile: Brooke Medlin

Jewelry designer Brooke Medlin wants people to describe her work with an "Ohh, Wowww!"  But perhaps with another ‘W’ or two.  Her organic metal designs surely elicit oohs and ahhs, both for their inherent beauty and for their affordable prices.  From her home in Dayton, OH, she spoke to Omiru about her first love (Metal), her fashion Dos and Don’ts, and why flat shoes should stay in style Forever.

Brooke Medlin JewelryOmiru:  How did you first get into jewelry design?

Brooke: I’ve made jewelry since I was a kid - I remember being verrrry proud of my clasps made from fishing swivels. I sold my first piece to a store when I was 18 and living in Chicago - a simple, beaded necklace that sold for just enough that I could buy more beads. When I was 20, I became more seriously interested in jewelry making, and thanks to my friends’ advice, I began to approach stores and slowly built my business from there. I am constantly looking for new mediums in which to dabble. Metal is my first love, but I am so drawn to color…you can expect to see some enamel and resin pieces on my site soon!

O:  In a nutshell, describe your design aesthetic.

B: Metal and Color. I love combining organic, handworked metal with vibrantly colored glass. Hammered textures with high gloss = Perfection.

O: What trends do you think will be huge for Spring?

B: Dark denim skirts with low, slouchy suede boots, because that’s pretty much all I’m planning to wear. I also hope the tendency towards long, layered, drapey clothing continues. I like to cover what needs to be covered, while avoiding frumpiness.  Flat shoes need to stay in style forever - who do I call to make that happen?

Brooke Medlin EllipseO:  What trends do you wish would just go away?

B: Please don’t communicate with me through the seat of your pants. I need not know if you are ‘Sexy’ or ‘Juicy’.

O: What’s on your radar?

B: I would love to see more bike friendly cities - my dream life is biking to my (hopefully few) errands in a small city by the ocean. Until then, I’ll take biking to the post office and grocery in a dedicated bike lane. In fantastic pants.

O:  How about your favorite piece from your collection?

B: The Delicate Dish Earrings are my current favorite. The earrings combine little concave sterling discs - which I heatform until their shape just begins to give way - with uniform teardrops via balled rivets that allow each component to move separately. I give the earrings an oxidized finish, then burnish them lightly in selective places, which gives them a great, soft glow.

Brooke Medlin Flower RingO: Best Fashion Tip?

B: Wear the comfortable shoes.  Trust me.

O: Fashion Dos:

B: For the love of Maude, be yourself! Wear the pants that fit, the shoes that won’t let snow slosh in and settle, and the big hair that everyone is jealous of! I think you’re beautiful.

O: Fashion Don’ts:

B: Don’t try too hard. Don’t spend half an hour in your closet forcing yourself to find something other than black shoes to wear with that outfit. You love those black shoes. Wear them. (But think about the colorful headscarf, yeah?)

O:  Little known fact about you?

B: I have an imaginary friend…or three. (Hi, guys!)

O:  How would your best friend describe you?

B: I had to pick through the sappy bits from the email my boyfriend (and best friend) sent me. Having done that, I’m left with: “Even though she may sometimes smell, she is truly my inspiration.” Thanks, babe.

O: 5 Things you like about your hometown, Dayton, OH:

  1. Flavors Eatery - Best food in Dayton.
  2. Shrug - Nice boys , excellent music.
  3. Riverbend Art Center - Where I learn and teach.
  4. Mendelson’s Liquidation Center - Run, don’t walk! Go now! 
  5. The Little Miami Scenic Trail - I love my bike, and I love this path…and only partly because HaHa Pizza is the perfect stopping point!

Brooke Medlin JewelryO:  Where can we buy your jewelry?

B: Online, I can be found at Orange Button, Imogene, and my own website. I try to give each online shop different items, so be sure to visit each one! For a list of retail stores in which to find my work, go here.

O:  What can we expect next from you?

B: Glossy resin in my familiar, organic shapes.  Look for seashells…and teeth! More castings, more enamel. More color!

Can’t get enough of Brooke?  Shop her latest collection at

3 comments November 16th, 2006

Hayden-Harnett Ibiza Convertible Flight Tote

Ibiza Tote from Hayden Harnett Ben Harnett was inspired by a WWII Helmet Bag, which evolved in a spell of 3am creativity into a bag that does more than double duty. 

What to pair the bag with?  According to Harnett, the versatile tote goes with anything and everything–from sweats to YSL. 

Something you didn’t know about Hayden-Harnett?  The company was started on April Fool’s day by two hardworking people and a slightly less hardworking cat.  But they’re no joke.

$193 at Hayden-Harnett.

Add comment November 16th, 2006

Ready Made Outfit: Office Romance

Romantic chiffon and an emphasis on the waist synergize to form the perfect office-appropriate date outfit.  We’d recommend, however, donning this outfit for a cocktail hour date, not an actual office rendezvous.

"Office Romance" Fashion Formula = Chiffon Blouse + High-Waisted Skirt + Pumps.

Noelle Blouse with Point D\'Esprit Lace
Madison Marcus Babydoll Blouse | $210 at Intermix

Rachel Roy Nicola High Waist Skirt
Rachel Roy Nicola High Waist Skirt | $272 at Shopbop

Stuart Weitzman \'Cachet\' Pump
Stuart Weitzman ‘Cachet’ Pump | $245 at Nordstrom

Add comment November 15th, 2006

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