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Okemo

Winter may be officially over, but there is a very vibrant, energetic group of people still skiing and they will be until the lifts are turned off. Okemo Mountain Resort has always been one of my favorite places to ski, they groom to let you zoom and when mother nature doesn’t deliver on the snow, the team at Okemo always does. From an alpine fashion standpoint, the sophisticates who make the quick trek up from the greater New York area always makes it a treat. The best people watching and style scouting can be found in the Jackson Gore area, where I always see the most interesting on-mountain looks. Once the aprés action starts, the Jackson Gore Lodge is teeming with well dressed people and I believe owner and fashion fan Diane Mueller must have had that in mind when she and husband Tim expanded Okemo and built this lodge. Here are some of my favorite looks from the always outstanding Okemo:

JUMPING JACK ALL FLASHSlope style

Where’s the party? Bet he knows! From his K2 special edition Rolling Stones Side Show skis, to his multi color gridlock print outwear by Sessions, this gentleman hit the hill ready to rock and roll. Mick Jagger said “Don’t you think it’s sometimes wise not to grow up?” Mick was right and everybody who skis and rides isn’t completely grown up when they play in the snow at Okemo. Just ask this guy…if you can catch him.

ROCK STAR / BOARDER / BADASS

Snow board or musical instrument, on the slope or on the stage – either way Ashley Cox just kills it. Her infectious energy can’t be contained and her choice of Aperture’s Peak to Creek printed jacket and pant is perfect for shredding it up on her Feather Snowboard by Burton. Check out her band Professional Victims and their new album “Fathom the Cosmos” because chicks that ride and rock rule.

LUX SKI SIREN

Slope style Fur hat

When Laura Aman strode into the Jackson Gore lodge, everybody noticed and I did a cartwheel. How I love seeing a gorgeous woman carry herself with such confidence and grace! Her beauty caught my eye but it was her incredible accessories that hooked me. Her amazing fur bomber hat and to die for Chanel bag, paired with basic black was aprés perfection. As warm as she is striking, Laura is a fashion executive with NSR Nina Runsdorf, the exquisite high end jewelry line favored by celebrities and style setters.

SPRING FORWARD

spring forwardSporting yellow that is anything but mellow, the fabulous Victoria K. from Washington DC  brought some elevated ski style to the top of the run. Her yellow and white Nautica ski jacket works like a charm with these super flattering,  3/4 zip pants by Marmot, and her pom pom hat brings the vibrant colors together perfectly.  Victoria works in an interior design firm that specializes in luxury hospitality and loves to ski because she finds it the perfect medium of personal expression.

GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN

girls just want to have fun

Ali and Helena are uniform wearing students from Connecticut during the week, but once school is out it’s all about colorful jackets with printed ski pants. Popping with color against the snow, they don’t want to just look good, they demand performance from what they wear and mix brands to create their own unique looks. Ali’s Eider fuchsia jacket is nicely matched with her blue, swirl print Zoe technical pants by Sunice. Not to be outdone, Helena is giving us some tropical thunder by pairing her purple Patagonia jacket with farrow jungle print pants by North Face.

Tremblant

There is something for everyone at Tremblant, Quebec’s most upscale mountain resort destination. The skiing and riding is superb, but what really makes Tremblant worth the trip is the charm of the pedestrian village, the après scene, and the myriad of activities available to those who don’t get their thrills on the hill. Join the worship of everything maple syrup, go shopping, get your spa on, experience dog sledding, ice skate under the stars, and enjoy the diverse cuisine. Tremblant is a great choice for couples, families, and singles looking to mingle.  Teeming with Brits and Europeans, there is always “a party on the patio” regardless of what the temperature is.

I love the French chic that is evident everywhere you look in Tremblant. Here skiers and riders step it up a notch, maybe several notches actually, with what they wear both on and off the mountain.  Paging Dr. Zahivago: Real fur is the big story at Tremblant and the fashion forward are mixing it up a by wearing furs of different origins at the same time. Not your ‘80’s neons, yellow, pinks, and graphic prints stood out boldly against the snow and metallic touches were everywhere. The hottest accessory is the knit hat with an oversized pom pom, with spikey fox or raccoon fur poms being the most sought after. Tremblant boutiques cannot keep these hats in stock right now and remember fashion fans, the bigger and higher your pom pom, the closer to god.

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Photo by Michael Matti

Overall impression: Go for the architecture, the inspired shopping, creative and friendly atmosphere and the trendy dining. A must in Amsterdam? The enchanted 9th Street District for its swirl of everything amazing.

EPISODE:

I love vintage and I really love European vintage. European fashion from a previous era tells a story that more contemporary fashion rarely does. Owning the original version of a fashion moment is more inspiring to me then the “easy get” of that mass produced look today.

My favorite spot to source unique and envy inspiring pieces is Episode. Episode is a small chain, but you can’t hold that against them as they are all about budget friendly, quality merchandise that is organized with dewy decimal precision. The focus on grouping like merchandise together is a godsend when time is tight – and your husband’s patience is growing thin. Their mens collection is just as fabulous as their ladies.  If you’ve never “been into vintage” or found vintage to be too much work, Episode will convert and spoil you.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MY VINTAGE BINGE:

The tuxedo jacket with tails of my dreams – €30.00 (euros) and a heavily metal grommeted ’80’s jacket done in buttery soft suede – €25.00.

Amazing fur accessories: muffs, collars, boleros, hats, scarves, gloves. Sorry PETA but I bought bags full and I certainly wasn’t alone. Everybody is buying and wearing fur in Amsterdam, and with prices that start at €10.00 and topped out at about €50.00, you can see why. The fur coats were all in the €100.00. range and would easily go for much more in the US.

An epic, embroidered lederhosen, with incredible leather braided suspenders. I am obsessed with the buttons, the pewter buckles, and the embroidery. Super flattering and completely unexpected, I can’t wait to wear this with a killer pair of high heels. At only €35.00 , I now wish I had bought more.

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LAURA DOLS VINTAGE

My spirit animal has got to be the magpie. Its bad rap for attraction to shiny things hits close to home, because I too am absurdly attracted to everything that glitters – especially vintage. Indulge your inner magpie while in Amsterdam and be sure to visit Laura Dols, located in the heart of the 9th Street District. This sweet, well curated two level shop is filled with a wide range of girly party dresses that will have you feeling ready to go get flirty. Sequins, beading, and feathers embellished on silks, satins, and all varieties of polyester from the last 5 decades boast impressive quality. What did I bring back to my nest? The diaphanous, white belted dress with a subtle metallic sheen, very Kathleen Turner in “Body Heat”.

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STOUT LINGERE

lingereAttention all femme fatales: for unabashedly feminine lingerie, a stop at Stout is a must when visiting Amsterdam’s 9th Street District. Don’t let its unfortunate name fool you; this small but incredible boutique is for grown up ladies, who need something more stimulating than Victoria’s tired secrets. All 50 shades of exquisite underpinnings are offered and well displayed. Sexy, bold, sweet, classic, naughty…whatever your personal taste, this is an upscale shopping experience that will surprise and delight you with its wide range of European brands. I’m always impressed with their selection of beautiful bras, panties, teddies, swim wear, accessories and other items that will help you break hearts and get your groove on.

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With the Winter Solstice upon us this Sunday, the cold is officially here to stay. There are plenty of options for winter layers to satisfy everyone’s taste. Bundle up and stay warm with these trends.

COCOON COATS:

Kate Spade

This is really a time-honored style that’s currently on trend. Go with the classic wool or change it up with novelty yarns such as mélange boucle. 3/4” sleeves are key. This shape fits nicely with the boyfriend & menswear inspired look.  But if you aren’t interested in androgyny, the look is easily feminized with pumps and the right accessories. Just think Audrey Hepburn.

PRINTS:

J.Crew

The popular prints are bold flowers and plaid. Florals are reinvented each season and plaid is a staple for winter, you just don’t always see them as jackets. You can go head to toe in prints this season if you are feeling daring.

TEXTURES:

Elizabeth and James

 

Combining different materials and textures makes for my favorite outfits. It’s even better when they are combined in one piece. My favorite purchase this season is my Vera Wang Faux Leather Sleeve Asymmetrical Down Coat (available online at Nordstrom). I’m very picky about polyurethane, but this is the closest I have seen to replicating genuine leather. The big collar is made of boucle yarns offering warmth and drama. It is a refreshing step away from your typical down jacket.

DRAMATIC COLLARS:

MINK-PINK - Dramatic Collar

This looks plays nicely with all of the trends. It can add an element of surprise to a classic cocoon or push the envelope on a printed jacket. Sherpa collars are intro to the Boho spring 2015 trend.

PARKAS:

Top Shop

This look is everywhere and can be found in a range of price points.  You will see it a lot in the army green color that has been popular for outwear for the last few seasons.  The body colors are dark and basic with a variety of fur collars and hoods.

 

Less is more when it comes to fur intertwined with fashion, unless you’re Cruella de Vil or a nomad wandering Siberia – fur from head to toe just isn’t a good look, so read carefully fur lovers. A hint of fur can breathe life into a simple, monochromatic outfit adding a pop of color and texture  to your once plain Jane ensemble. The trick here is to know when an outfit is worthy of some fuzzy detail and what fur-accented piece works well with the rest of your look. I’ve seen so many fur-accented outfits that could look fabulous, that end up looking like a hot mess because of too much going on with the rest of the get up. Texture is key – since fur is highly texturized, its best to stick with materials that play down the idea of texture, for instance a fur vest with a silk blouse paired with cable-knit tights or dark skinnys and suede or cloth pumps. The fur vest is the shining star here, oozing with texture and UMPH while the silk blouse, cable-knit tights and skinnys shy away from the spotlight creating a perfect backdrop to display your fur. The same can be said with other accented fur clothing and accessories; for instance the Kenzo fall ’12 line (displayed above) mastered the idea – taking a peach colored jacket with a matte finish and adding an over-sized mink collar. Less is more people, and the proof is in the pudding – fur has never looked this good, sorry J.Lo time to put away those chinchilla jackets you got from P. Diddy.

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