January 12, 2015

A Different Approach To Luxury

I pride myself in finding designers that are up and coming or the new "it" person to watch, in the fashion world. Eddie first came into my radar when he won a CFDA award in 2010. After interviewing him I came to find that he has been commissioned to design jewelry for the likes of Marchesa, Proenza Schouler and Josph Altuzarra. His approach is modernistic with a nod to architecture with its geometric shapes and sculptures. I saw his collection at an trunk  show at Neiman Marcus and realized what caught my eye from the start, the guy is uber talented. Bottom line-Eddie Borgo is hot and his designs are going to stand the test of time!

SH - Where do you get your inspiration from?
EB - I like to visit the New York picture library. It has a vast catalog if imagery that tracks the visual history of New York through the decades.
SH - What girl do you design for?
EB - Women today understand that jewelry helps to define your look - without taking it over. I love to see women choosing modern jewelry that speaks to them; layering pieces that make sense together; wearing their costume alongside their fine jewelry. 
I am most inspired by the women who surround me in my life; unique and beautiful, elegant and educated, steadfast and inimitable, evolving and human. I aways consider this spirit in my work 

SH - Who gave you your first big break?
EB - In 2002, I began to create custom pieces for stylists such as Tabitha Simmons, Camilla Nickerson, and Patti Wilson. In the Summer of 2008, I was asked to create the jewelry for Phillip Lim's SS09 show, at which time I launched my namesake collection. 

SH - Tell me about your men's line?
EB - We launched the men's collection in 2010. I look to male icons in my research for the collection: Mick Jagger, Robert Mapplethorpe, David Bowie, Keith Richards and Iggy Pop. The men's jewelry market is changing. There were a few brands that had cornered the men's jewelry market, and those shapes and finishes no longer feel modern. Men are looking for classic everyday pieces that are well designed: a simple pendant in a new shape, a modern signet ring, or a classic ID bracelet with an interesting closure. My men's collection is a new interpretation of those steadfast ideas. 

SH - Did you always know you wanted to design jewelry? 
EB - I studied art history in school and became fascinated by the history of adornment. I love the idea that different symbols can help to establish a wearer's identity. 

SH - If I wanted to start collecting Eddie Borgo jewelry (which I do) what piece should I start with?
EB - I always recommend starting with out signature cone bracelet. I admire it for its simplicity in design and unique craftsmanship. The bracelet is also offered in a range of scales, colors and materials. 

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December 18, 2014

Neckline Cheat Sheet

Sometimes the hardest part about accessorizing is finding a necklace that looks good with your shirts neckline. We are all guilty of trying out at least 3 or 4 necklaces before we actually figure out which one to wear (somehow it always ends up being that first one you tried on). Above is a little cheat sheet for you when you don't know which kind of necklace to wear!

1. Wear long necklaces or pendants for a turtleneck sweater to draw the eye up and down.

2. Crew necks are perfectly suited for people with longer necks. Bib or collar necklaces are great for this neckline.

3. For halter tops wear a long dainty pendant. This is a suitable style for people with broader shoulders.

4. Boatneck shirts bring definition to the shoulder line. Longer necklaces help lengthen the neckline.

5. For scoop neck lines pair a statement necklace with it. This works really well for people with shorter necks.

6. Pair a bold collar necklace with a strapless top for some added edge. This is perfect for people with smaller chests.

7. To lengthen your top half pair a v neck top with a triangular pendant necklace to match the neckline.

8.Wear a dainty pendant with a button up top to add some flare but not overpower the shirt. 

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December 1, 2014

Holiday Helper - As Seen In The Press

Need a killer party outfit? Sandy Hapoienu helps you shop in your closet. Or, she'll hit the stores to find that perfect little black dress, instead. The Waccabuc stylist, who runs Styling Session, has worked with Bloomingdales, Ann Klein, Vogue and Vanity Fair. -Cathy Pinsky
What they do: Worried about what to wear - or what not to wear - to all those festive get-togethers? Waccabuc's Sandy Hapoienu, a longtime stylist who's worked with Bloomingdales, Anne Klein, Vogue and Vanity Fair, can help you look fabulous from head to toe. 
She'll come over to edit your closet, offering suggestions now hat items to keep, toss or have altered. "People emotionally shop for things, or buy things that are not for their body type and don't fit them well," says Hapoienu. For special events like a holiday bash, she can pull together an outfit form your own wardrobe - hey, I never knew what to pair with those tuxedo pants! - or go shopping to pick out a dress that's perfectly flattering.

Benefits over doing it yourself: What woman hasn't looked at a closet full of clothes and felt like she has nothing to put on? With Hapoienu's help, she promises that you'll look more polished - and everyone at those parties will notice. "I guarantee they'll feel better about themselves and get compliments galore," she says. 

Details: Hapoienu describes her business, Styling Session, as a "one-stop resource" for any style needs, from personal shopping, wardrobe building and makeovers to fashion shows, photo shoots and corporate professional presence training. Contact her for your free consultation or to buy a gift certificate at stylingsession@gmail.com.

As seen in The Journal News written by Heather Salerno

November 24, 2014

Dream A Little Dream

As an educator and a former editor, now fashion blogger and stylist; I research and I dream and then I react.

When you have a vision and are building your empire, business will come. Well a girls gotta dream right? As an entrepreneur, it is all about when to take the next step and questioning what exactly that step should be. I can literally and pretty much do already live a life, gathering information through tweet chats, webinars, summits and online conferences. But I need to get out of my bunny slippers and pjs and away from my computer and start setting these power meetings up. If I want to make it big I need to start with a fabulous work space.

I started thinking about who I would want to have on my dream team and I have come up with quite an impressive list. First, I would have my advisory board which would include..

Mario Testino

A fashion photographer, who's work has been shown in Vogue and Vanity Fair. Princess Diana chose him to work on her 1997 Vanity Fair photoshoot.

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Who wouldn't want Mario on their advisory board? He has taken the most beautiful photographs of the most influential fashion icons. Not only would I love to style for him, but if I'm going to fantasize I would also love to call him to shoot my Christmas card photo. 

Olivia Palermo

Olivia is an American Socialite and fashion blogger with an incredible eye for style. 

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Olivia would be on my team solely for the fact that I would want to see what she's wearing every single day. She always looks so fabulous. Maybe her cute hubby will come by once in a while to pick her up and I could take a selfie with him.

Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabby is a motivational speaker, author and mentor. She founded herfuture.com and is considered to be the guru of this generation.

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I love Gabby's spirituality and would enjoy starting my day with a yoga class every morning. All my fellow entrepreneurs out there can fully understand how important it is to stay centered and focused.

Anna Wintour

Anna has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988. She has an eye for fashion trends and is supportive of young designers.

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To rub elbows with Anna Wintour would be an honor. She was one of the first to come to mind, especially as my creative director. 

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah is an actress, producer and shoe designer. She is well known for her part in Sex and the City. 

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Sarah is so cool and I would love to get some inspiration from her. Maybe I could even channel Carrie Bradshaw to write some blog posts.

Natalie MacNeil 

Natalie is an EMMY Award winning media entrepreneur who conquers the world.

 I would love to have Natalie by my side. She would be an excellent life coach and I would appreciate having her marketing expertise for my business. I recently enjoyed a 9 week conquer summit and I have gotten so much information out of it. I can’t even imagine if I had total access to this wealth of information.

If I was to pick my favorite designers to collaborate with for a clothing line here is who I would pick..

Hats: I would go to Maison Michel and hire Laetitia Crahay to produce my hat line.
Jewelry: I would pick Eddie Borgo because he is, as far as I'm concerned, one of the hottest new jewelry designers out there.


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I would combine the designers from the following companies for the following reasons..

Bruno Cuccinolli - simple and luxurious
DVF - prints
 Missoni - knits
Chanel - classic Chanel 
The Kooples - edgy and fresh


Stuart Weitzman
Christian Louboutin
Rene Caovilla


Alexander Wang 

If only I could make this dream team a reality, we could build the biggest fashion empire anyone has ever seen!

Who would your dream team consist of?

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