Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The More. The Merrier.

Once upon a time, our mothers always told us, "Less is more" or "Always remove one accessory before leaving the house" Well these days, the exact opposite applies. Especially with jewelry! Obviously we couldn't be happier about this. One of our favorite looks that at least one of us is wearing on a daily basis is the layered bracelet. Here are three trendy springtime looks that you can easily work into any outfit.

Bold Color and Gemstones:
From top to bottom:
 Victorian Channel set buckle bracelet $1,148. Unsigned gold filled bangle $648. Victorian thick clear channel set bracelet $1,148. KJL clamper cuff $2,498. Unsigned gold filled bangle $448.

Mixed Texture and Metals:
Unsigned gold filled bangle $548. Victorian silver cuff with gold overlay $1,148. Unsigned gold filled bangle $548. Trifari silver clamper cuff $298

Color Blocking:
Victorian channel set bracelets $648

Monday, March 28, 2011

Personal Style: Mary Kate & Ashley Olson

Coming off the fashionable heels of a CFDA Swarovski emerging womenswear design nomination for their collection The Row, Mary Kate & Ashley Olson have been stepping out in major style. These trendsetting twins have emerged as major players in the world of style with a celebrated fall collection and current spread in this issue of Vogue. Whether they're on duty promoting their collections or off duty hitting the streets of New York, their personal styles are full of inspiration.

Ashley + Mary Kate at the 2011 CFDA Awards Announcement Party

Mary Kate + Ashley at Barneys NY for the launch of Vanessa Traina's capsule collection for Maje

 The twins shot by Bruce Weber for Vogue April 2011

 Showcasing their individual personal styles

Ashley + Mary Kate both in YSL at the Metropolitan Opera Gala

Mary Kate

Photos from style.com & people.com

Friday, March 25, 2011

On Trend: The Tribal Necklace

Instantly make an impact this spring with a striking tribal necklace. Opt for pieces that are grand in size and have ethnic accents, whether its metal, stones, beads, or a combination of all. Wear by day with a colored jean and tee, or dress up with a long maxi dress for night. You can't go wrong with the tribal.

 Vintage YSL runway couture gold choker with a black lucite clasp, House of Lavande

 Tribal necklaces make the look - Lanvin SS11

Who What Wear spots the trend in their accessory report

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Moodboard: Electric Color

This spring make a bold statement with bright bursts of electric color. Keep your look fresh by mixing unexpected colors, try pink with orange or turquoise with royal blue. For a more subtle approach, add in a punch of color through accessories, or balance out with a neutral color like white, khaki, or a metallic.

Purple heels make a statement in a bright vignette featured The Coveteur; Louis Vuitton SS11 ad campaign; 1970's Selini signed mod orange and black earrings, House of Lavande; Proenza Schouler SS11 ad campaign; the bright bold lip in shades of pink, red and orange is trend on for spring; Oh Land at SXSW featured on Elle.com; runway look from Christopher Kane SS11

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The monthly catalog that Anthropologie publishes is always a beautifully photographed treat that offers endless amounts of inspiration. Wether you are looking for clothing and home ideas that move you, or just an overall feeling that seeing such beautiful image can bring, you will find all of these things here. The March 2011 catalog is one of our favorites as of late, so we are sharing the beauty!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Springtime House of Lavande

Spring is in the air, and House of Lavande is bringing the latest looks to you in some of your favorite magazines for April! Bright colors, and bold accessories are huge for the upcoming season. Check out some of the spreads, and tell us which are your favorite!





Monday, March 21, 2011

Charmed Necklace

Vogue.com's style series, 5 Looks 5 Days 1 Girl, is a great resource for gathering the most up-to-date style essentials from the most-to-date stylesetters, aka Voguettes. The latest feature on Contributing Editor Lawren Howell has us charmed over her one-of-a-kind necklace crafted with a strand of her mom's old baby beads and updated with an added monogrammed pendant from Howell's old charm bracelet. An easy DYI with charm.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ladies in Lavande

This week's Ladies in Lavande featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Bridget Moynahan and Alicia Silverstone are all great examples of how to work jewels into your everyday wardrobe, and pull off an effortlessly chic look! 

Gwyneth in House of Lavande Necklace and stacked bracelets

Bridget in a pair of House of Lavande earrings

Alicia in a silver House of Lavande cuff

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bill Cunningham New York

Must-see film: Bill Cunningham New York. As Anna always says it best... "We all get dressed for Bill."
Street scene photographer Bill Cunningham is lighting up the big scene in a new documentary that chronicles his portraits of uptown fixtures to downtown eccentrics and everyone in between.

For decades, Cunningham has been on the fashion street scene capturing trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section.
Bill Cunningham New York opens March 16 in New York. For other playdates click here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Moodboard: Green With Envy

This St. Patrick's Day we're green with envy lusting over all things kelly, chartreuse, jade, forest and emerald.

Hobe signed sterling emerald flowers and leaves necklace, worn by Ali Larter at the FEED Foundation in 2010 and KJL signed gold drop earrings with a large emerald drop surrounded by pave stones, House of Lavande; green stays timeless in a vintage photo; graphic green adds punch to an interior, by Kelly Wearstler; Oscar de la Renta SS 2011; Daphne Guinness shot by David LaChapelle in Hawaii; Gucci Fall 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Yamamoto at the V&A

On Saturday at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the 30 year retrospective of Yohji Yamamoto's work was debuted. An expansive look at an iconic career that has helped define a generation in fashion, the exhibit showcases 80 looks by the designer.  Charcoal sketches by Peter Seville are also on display with a focus on the female back, a part of the body that has always fascinated Yamamoto, and a collection of accessories designed by Yamamoto that guests couldn't wait to get their hands on in the gift shop. Running through the 10th of July, this is by far one of the exhibits we would most love to see this year.

The V&A's blog has published a truly awe inspiring account of the preparation of the installation and a behind the scenes look into some of his most fantastic work. You can also check out a great interview with Ligaya Salazar, the curator for the show at Elle.com.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Layer Up

We at House of Lavande love a chic layered look and are totally inspired by this editorial from Vogue Australia. The more the merrier, layer up!

April edition of Vogue Australia, photography by Nicole Bentley, featured on fashiongonerouge.com

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mrs. O

Last week our first lady donned a House of Lavande pin while reading to a group of youngsters at the National Education Association's read across America kickoff! This is in part thanks to the newest member of her team, Meredith Koop. Recently given the title of personal assistant, Meredith assists Mrs. Obama with finding key pieces for her wardrobe, and styling them to perfection! We love her keen eye for mixing colors and prints, and helping to make the first lady look oh-so-fabuous!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Moodboard: Super Serpents

This spring sex it up with super serpents. Try a color or metallic snakeskin ensemble or striking snake motif statement accessory for one sssssensssational look.

1940's Joseff of Hollywood gold snake clamper bracelet with a red cabochon between the snakes mouth, House of Lavande; SS 2011 runway look from Reed Krakoff; Ymre Stiekema by Paola Kudacki fro Harper's Bazaar US March 2011, Fashion Gone Rogue; SS 2011 runway look from Roberto Cavalli; Lanvin snakeprint wedge ribbon sandals, Net-A-Porter

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Traveling Jewels

If you are like many of us when you travel, stowing your jewels can often be a tricky situation. Well House of Lavande has teamed up with Clos-ette to bring you our special edition jewelry travel case! In House of Lavande's signature purple, the waterproof linen case cleans easily, and is the perfect size for stashing in a suitcase. Each page has different way of storing your jewels, and additional pages can be purchased, so you can mix and match to whatever accessories you are traveling with! Recently featured on the Today show as one of Jill's fun finds, this fabulous case is being referred to as the "Birkin" of jewelry bags! An absolute must have travel accessory for every fashion lover!