How Do You Carry Your Purse?

Be it a tote or a handbag, a woman's bag holds a whole lot more than just stuff, as Kathlyn Hendricks a body language expert has revealed.  How you carry your purse says a great deal about your personality.
HAND HELD:  To hold larger bags in their hand like a briefcase, they are calling attention to the importance of their job. 
Worn in Crook of Elbow:  Another popular way to carry your handbag is in the crook of your arm,  according to Kathlyn, this may be a sign of showing "status and position". A woman who opts to hold her bag this way, may also be trying to show off her purse because it is a status symbol or features special detailing. 
Cross Body: Women who wear their shoulder bag close to their bodies are likely to be practical  and more concerned with function than appearance.  'It points to the wearer prioritizing her freedom of movement over the display elements,' Kathlyn explained. 
    Shoulder Purse:  Women who wear their bags over their shoulder but allow them to hang casually aren't concerned with the way their purse looks, but rather, they want to carry it in away that is practical and easy for them to access.    
Kathlyn Hendricks is a California-based body language expert and author of Conscious Loving After.
To us it is just a purse.  Okay maybe a status symbol also. lol

Versace for Spring 2016

Versace put the print on luxurious zip-up jackets, tops, trousers and dresses, some tied at the shoulder or hip. Skirts were slashed at the thigh and other dresses were in leather.
Shorts suits, also bearing animal prints, were worn with bandeau tops.
For next spring's evening wear, models sashayed down the runway in silk chiffon dresses, also in animal print.

Michelle Makes Designers Happy

American designers, love the First Lady Michele Obama.  It is not an overstatement. She represents them on the world stage with her willingness to wear everyday brands and famous designer haute couture.  But in January 2011: the horror! Obama sent American designers into a tail spin by wearing a British label on the occasion of a White House state dinner in honor of China.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America went so far as to issue a statement expressing the trade group’s disappointment.

This year 2015, Michele Obama  returned to the scene of the fashion crime when the White House hosted a second state dinner for China, this one for president Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.  She chose a custom mermaid gown from Vera Wang Collection. It was an inky black floor-length dress in silk crepe with a hand-draped skirt and organza sleeves.

The dress' designer, Vera Wang, felt honored by the accolades.
"It is such a privilege, as an American of Chinese heritage, to have dressed First Lady @MichelleObama for this state dinner honoring President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan, of the People's Rebublic of China," she tweeted.

Dickies Making a Comback

Look what is coming back into vogue. Remember the dickey? Take a fake collar or shirt meant to give the impression you are wearing the full article underneath.  The neck and shoulder coverings have been around for a hundred years but come and go in fashion. You can have a layered look without all the layers.

                                                              Miu Miu 

Pantone Spring 2016

The top colors for men’s and women’s fashion for Spring 2016 are:
Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.
Buttercup is expressed designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.
Limpet Shell is clear, clean and defined shade of aqua that leans toward the green family and is suggestive of clarity and freshness.
Green Flash:  The popularity of this brilliant hue is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend continuing to inspire designers.
Iced Coffee is a transitional color that will take us through the season as another strong neutral.
Serenity, a blue sky color comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.
Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility.
Lilac Gray has the subtlety of the lilac undertone with a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade.
 Fiesta is high energy excitement.
Snorkel Blue is a member of the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic feel.
Now I know that I will be reposting this as I will forget what the new colors are come Spring 2016.

Designer's Sketches

A sketch  is a fast freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work.
Sketches can be made in any drawing medium. The term is most often applied to graphic work executed in a dry medium such as silverpoint, graphite, pencil, charcoal or pastel.
designers release their sketches for a peek at whats to come from their collections.
Designers release their sketches for a peek at what is to come from their collections.
Here are a few.
Christian Siriano

Rebecca Minkoff

Yoana Baraschi

Macy's Closings

 Macy's has announced that it will be closing 35 to 40 stores by next year. Since it is usually an anchor store in malls what does this mean?
Main Streets and the independent retailers are starting to thrive  as they are on the cutting edge of a new shift in retailing.
If you see one mall you have seen them all.  The gals at SohoAccessories have always been known  shoppers of small business and small retail chains.  Do you shop malls or small chains and business?

No Sweat

Even if you don't go to a spin class or to a gym, woman all over want to look the part.  Not that they are trying to fool anyone but work out clothes are so comfortable.  Now the trend is since the workout clothes are so casual they are being worn everywhere.  They are perfect for all consumers of all ages. The new word is "athleisure". 
Designer brands are now getting into the act, with Nicole Miller New York line to Cynthia Rowley.
So whether you hit the gym or not dive into the athleisure wear !

Accessory Superstitions

Did you know that accessories have their superstitions? I rather call them "old wives tales.
1. Don't put your purse on the floor. Money won't come to you or you will lose your money.
2. New shoes on the table. This one I have heard since I was a little girl. By doing so it is tempting fate or bad taste.
3. Hats on a bed. A hat on a bed has been associated with sickness and death.
Now I know these are nonsense but I don't push it. LOL...
Do you have any superstitions to share?

Johnny Depp and Dior

The French fashion house's latest big name model: Johnny Depp. He has become the celebrity to front Dior's cologne Sauvage -- the first men's fragrance added to their collection of scents in over ten years.  To celebrate the launch of the new scent, Dior has released a rather dramatic commercial starring Depp, as he drives to the desert where he buries his jewelry in the middle of nowhere.  Certainly reminds us of those moody Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ads. Right? But we're not complaining.