Chic Pick: Alexander Mc Queen Clutches

Every now and then we try to find high end pieces for the infamous “Chic Pick” posts ,whether clothing or accesssories to inspire us for the next shopping event. Ofcourse, no average girl on a budget would be able to afford a $2,000 or + Alexander Mc Queen clutch but it wouldn’t hurt to use this as inspiration for a trip to Top Shop, Aldo or even Forever 21. As much as we love to splurge here and there we do love a durable bargain product especially in the midst of the holiday season with the countless cocktail parties and soriees. A unique designed clutch would be the ultimate must-have staple for the Christmas list. A new year is around the corner trust us when we say it will come in handy.

Accessories Report: Crystal Head Bands

Get a little flirtatious with your choice of accessories. A girly bedazzled, sequin or jewel piece will give you an extra “girly” and glam look. 

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Chic Pick: "Signature" by Sue Tsai Rings

There’s nothing like spotting a vintage inspired cocktail ring that’s really hard to find drawing countless compliments. Thats how exclusive I try to shop for rings because if you’re an avid reader of this blog you would know that this accessory holds a special place in my heart. No seriously… Not too long ago The Chic Report featured an amazingly talented jewelry designer Sue Tsai where she introduced her new collection “Signature” by Sue Tsai. Well her new line launched on May 4th (Im still so sad about not attending to cover the launch party) and the line is readily available. As I looked through the pics of her new collection I was blown away by the pieces. The rings stole my heart as per usual. These are a few pieces (amongst MANY) that I would like to own almost immediately.


NIGEL THE DRAGON
Price: $210.00


DANIELLE
Price: $165.00

HEIDI
Price: $80.00


HEATHER
Price: $120.00

Click the link in the “linkwithin” below to view interview. Also check out her jewelry at http://www.suetsaidesigns.com/.


CHIC PICK: The Abstract Scarf / Pashmina

I’ve always been a sucka for a bright patterned pashmina during the Spring/ Summer and Fall. I cant live without them. A scarf can do so many things to uplift or transform a simple sophisticated look. So you want the ultimate “look du jour” and accessories are one of you main options. However, you would like to accomplish the look without the use of chunky necklaces, chains, crystals or beads then a patterned pashmina is the way to go. The best thing about this staple is that you have a variety of options depending on your style. Fringe, floral, tribal / digital prints or a solid hue are my favorite options. Basic boyfriend cut jeans, sandals, a v neck white tee and a bright patterned pashmina would be the ultimate “look du jour”.
I really love the fringed scarf below. Not only is it bold and bright it completes the look from head to toe. H and M is home of the abstract pashmina/scarf.

Celebs spotted wearing abstract scarfs.

Sarah Jessica Parker in bright pink scarf. I love how she played risky with her outfit. Each piece plays a different role in color that way the scarf falls right in place.

Hilary Duff has an exceptional sense of style which I love. This dark floral scarf is a must have.


Zoe Saldana brings it down a notch with a small/thinner yet outlandish version of the “it” scarf. I really love how it accents her outfit as well as her nude makeup.

How do you feel about the abstract scarf/pashmina as a key wardrobe staple? How many do you own? These are just a few I found while writing this post… trust me I doubt its even half. lol I get one everytime I go shopping, let me rephrase everytime I enter a store. (Sorry for my horrible display).


INTERVIEW: JEWELRY DESIGNER SUE TSAI

(Wide Gold Cuff with Leaf Imprints)

One doesn’t expect too much from a young entrepreneur who has a pocket full of aspirations, determination and drive but jewelry designer Sue Tsai is about to give us a definite reality check. I’m always inspired by any woman who can sing every word of ” Independent Woman” like it was a personal letter from them to Destiny’s Child. I embrace everything in the name of talent and enthusiasm this is why its a pleasure to feature Jewelry Designer Sue Tsai on The Chic Report. Not only does MTV reality stars and footwear designers Vanessa and Angela Simmons love wearing her jewelry (check TEENVOGUE March 2010 issue “Style Blogger“pg 80), she’s sponsors events (including Vanessa Simmons birthday party) and has been selected to participate in the Emmy gift bagging suite. Congrats! Tsai has combined her love for fashion and a handfull of tremendous talent to create an exceedingly fabulous line and will soon release an exclusive high end collection “Signature” by Sue Tsai. Her jewelry line offers pieces in a wide selection of flirty accessories everything from bands, bows, beads and crystals adds edge and exudes girlish elegance. As determined and talented as she is, Sue Tsai will undoubtedly continue flourishing in her spotlight not only as a designer but as inspiration for the up and coming young professionals. Read her interview with The Chic Report below…

These are the black bands in which first started Sue Tsai Designs and became widely popular. They come in almost every color and combination and people mix and match them to create a set of bangles. They are 14k gold filled with swarovski crystal, gold beads & charms, and have a rubber tubing over memory wire. They are flexible.

Vanessa Simmons wearing her own mixed match set of Black Bands out in LA.

This is a set called Bamboo Vermeil Bangles.

These are large crystal beaded bracelets that tie together with an oversized bow that come in 3 different color combinations.

One of a kind Rose Ring, hand-made, 14k gold and swarovski crystal with a coral cut rose

The Chic Report: Who is Sue Tsai?

The world will soon find out 🙂

The Chic Report: What inspired you to start your own business?
Sue Tsai: From a young age I’ve always been exposed to art as both of my parents are designers. Designing is something that I want to do for the rest of my life and in order to do that I have to make money doing it. I love fashion and I’ve always made jewelry and clothes for myself. I took the next step and want to share that with everyone else. That’s why I started my line.

The Chic Report: You’ve worked with designers/reality stars Vanessa and Angela
Simmons, are there any other celebrities that you would like to wear
your pieces?

Sue Tsai: I really love Rihanna and Keri Hilson’s style. Look out for them to be wearing the pieces soon. But I dont want only celebrities to wear my pieces, its for everybody. I wish everyone could be my personal accessory barbie and I could just decorate them from head to arm in my stuff! haha

The Chic Reporter: Did you face any hurdles while building your brand and how were you able to overcome them?

Sue Tsai: As with accomplishing anything in life, there are going to be hurdles. I feel like you don’t deserve your accomplishments unless you worked hard to get there and your perseverance has been tested. Honestly, most of my hurdles have been more mental than physical. All of the finance, labor, and time hurdles I’ve faced are nothing to me, they’re just a part of the plan. As much as I hate to say it, the worst is dealing with haters; people who cant stand to see someone else on their way to success and constantly try to bring them down. But you know what, they’re not really hurdles, more like stepping stones. Gotta step on them to climb to the top. Ha

The Chic Report: True…So tell us how do you perfect your craft as a designer? For instance, did you go to school for accessory design?

Sue Tsai: I actually went to school for marketing not design. A lot of my technical skills I’ve picked up from my parents. I believe that design and creativity is not something that can be taught, only technicalities. I decided to study marketing because I believed that was going to be the most applicable major for my business. I had no problems designing and making the jewelry, I just had to learn how to sell it.

The Chic Report: Just by reading your tweets I see that you travel alot, what does
your working day / week look like?

Sue Tsai: I’m usually away on the weekends for trade shows. In the past 3 months I’ve done shows in LA, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Baltimore, Sarasota, and Philadelphia. During the week I’m in the studio making new pieces or in the office shipping out orders. I think I spend more time in the air than on the ground though. You wouldn’t believe my frequent flyer mileage.

The Chic Report: Without giving away too much, what other projects are you currently working on?
Sue Tsai: I just recently finished designing a jewelry line for a popular clothing line. I can’t tell you which one until it comes out, so I guess you’re going to have to wait and see. Rite now, I’m working on my new high end line. These pieces are all one of a kind and less commercial. I’ve always been making them for individual custom orders but I want to be able to sell them while keeping them exclusive. I’m really excited about this line, its called Signature by Sue Tsai and the only person who’s seen the pieces are my mom haha. I’m having the launch event early May, so be on the look out.

The Chic Report: Where do you see your business Sue Tsai Designs in the next 5 years?
Sue Tsai: I’m going to take over the world. (evil laugh)

The Chic Report: Lol, So where can interested readers find out more about your business Sue Tsai Designs?
Sue Tsai: They can check out my website http://www.SueTsaiDesigns.com or read more about me at http://www.SueTsai.com. I tweet a lot so if they want to get to know me on a more personal basis they can follow me on twitter at @SueTsai (parental discretion advised ha)

The ChicReport: Congrats with the success of your line and keep up the great work.
Sue Tsai: Thank you so much, I appreciate it. Hope both of us can continue to work together on our journey to the top.

Definately… Thank You for your time!

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Chic Pick: Patricia Fields Half Finger Leather Gloves

Only a few weeks left till Spring and to our dismay the winter temperatures are at its prime. With all the clothing and layering required for these blizzards it is essential that you look your best at all time even during the cold season and effortless at that. I dont know about you but my hands are the most sensitive to the cold and i go extra to keep them warm and prevent freezer bites and ashiness. Although wearing gloves may look simple the difficult part is choosing the right pair. Of course you’d prefer the thick fleece Antartica feel to your gloves but with the woman on the move it is difficult to wear thick gloves especially with their lack of flexibility. So they’ve invented many style… you know, the huge pocket covering the fingers, then came the fingerless e.t.c, e.t.c. In my opinion I think these are epic fails because either way your hands still feel the brunt of the cold at some point. But dont you worry fashionistas Patricia Fields is here to save you. Leave it to this designer / stylist extraordinaire to create gloves for the “fashionsta-on-the-go”. These leather biker gloves are cute and accessible and comes in two colors black and pink. They look easy to slip on and off and comes in leather which surfaces the cold wind while keeping hands moisturised and warm. These go for $48 a bargaining price for the Sex and the City” type of lady.

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Designer: Thakoon for Tasaki

This is a post I did for www.ajcrimson.com/blog …Check it out on a reg.
Designer Thakoon Panichgul has become a household name in this demanding industry ever since he became Michelle Obama’s favorite designer and endorsed by Anna Wintour. He is also the creative genius behind the high end Japenese jewelry company Tasaki and recently gave a sneak peek of the contemporary collection. Thakoon’s debut line for Tasaki adds a modern edge to classic pearls and diamonds. The prices for his line ranges from $5,000 – $40,000 and will be available at Tasaki’s, Tokyo store in April.