Oscar Delivers On Its Fashion Promise- Colour, Drama and Tuxes, Oh My!

Oscar Delivers On Its Fashion Promise- Colour, Drama and Tuxes, Oh My!

There was plenty of will they / won’t they-esque drama leading up to this year’s Academy Awards, and so we were left wondering whether the pre-show fashion would be inspiring or just exhausted from all the show preamble. Thankfully, Hollywood took it upon itself to have some fun with it all and not take itself so seriously.

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The TFW runway just got real! Here’s how to make it yours.

The TFW runway just got real! Here’s how to make it yours.

It’s no secret that we love a good Fashion Week extravaganza. We wait for show season with baited breath, not just because we love the pomp, the cocktails, and fantasy of it all (although we totally do, don’t get it twisted) but because we love how Fashion Week lets our imaginations run wild thinking about all the ways we could incorporate the fantasy into our real lives – and those of our gorgeous Handled clients.

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9 perfect work bags so you can ditch that conference freebie

9 perfect work bags so you can ditch that conference freebie

There’s something unique about the search for the right bag. The features we love or loathe, the experiences we’ve had with “bags past” (you know, the ones that make up that pile up like a mountain in the closet, threatening its impending avalanche), and the mental list we have of how the perfect bag will change our lives.

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Hit “Refresh” On Your Home – And Your Spirit!

Hit “Refresh” On Your Home – And Your Spirit!

Recently we were hit with a sudden rush of posts from 1,000s of Facebook friends, all on a “tidying up” rampage fueled by a combination of January beginnings and power-watching the new Netflix series of the same name. Of course, we were shoving mouthfuls of Chicago Mix into our faces as people raved about the incredible release of stress that it was to finally be rid of the clutter that held them back.

And then we wondered – decluttering is a great way to see things afresh, but releasing ‘stuff’ can take us only so far.

After the thrill of the toss is gone, then what?

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The Art of Men’s Casual Starts with Elevated, Effortless Basics

The Art of Men’s Casual Starts with Elevated, Effortless Basics

There’s nothing – nothing – like the the snuggly, comfortable goodness of a simple T-shirt and jeans.  The foundation of any wardrobe is a solid set of basic pieces that, when combined, can create nearly any outfit you might want to wear!

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A Golden Kickoff to Red Carpet Season

A Golden Kickoff to Red Carpet Season

And, we’re off! Awards season 2019 kicked off last weekend with the 76th Golden Globe Awards, and for Handled that means just the beginning of two months of red carpet fashion decadently laid out before our eyes. And might we say, the commencing carpet took us off to the races with a bang, or more accurately, a pop, of colour, fringe, and embellishments galore!

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How To Look Great for a 15-Hour Day

How To Look Great for a 15-Hour Day

A long workday is one thing, but when the holidays approach it’s not just those extra days in the office, it’s the festive lunch, the client entertainment, the kids’ school concert, and the corporate party that make keeping up your best that much more of a conundrum.

For the season that has you running from one thing to another, from dawn until dusk, something must be done to keep you looking and feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed – instead of roadkill run ragged.

We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves for helping you maintain your good cheer – and good looks – during the long days ahead. And, they can all be done in a bathroom break – which is great, because we bet that’s all you’ve got time for!

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The Ultimate Work/Travel Capsule Wardrobe

The Ultimate Work/Travel Capsule Wardrobe

We’re always looking for efficiency, for style, for the best ways to get the most out of life. Why? Well because we want to savour experiences as we live them, without too much fuss, without getting caught up in minutiae – but certainly, and always, with style.

Of course, it has taken us years to develop some of the techniques we now use for ourselves and with our clients to create this kind of ease. And, that’s particularly true when it comes to the necessities of work travel. Surely you remember when work travel was brand new for you? The excitement of being paid to go somewhere new! The jetset feeling of popping in and out of airports and cities where soon you became ‘a regular.’ And all the while, constantly forgetting one thing or another, buying multiples because hey, forgot again! And trying to figure out exactly how to have a robust enough wardrobe while maintaining a carry-on lifestyle but always ending up with the most ‘versatile’ aka boring items in your closet because “black always matches.”

Well, we’re here to shake that up for you. In our post on Airport Style we revealed the simple formula we use to create flattering, comfortable, stylish outfits for the days when you’re actually in travel-mode.

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Airport Style: Easy, Simple, Never Sloppy – Ever

Airport Style: Easy, Simple, Never Sloppy – Ever

If there’s one thing we can’t stand, it’s the frequency with which we see travelers arriving at the airport in their pajamas.

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Just One Thing – Laura Kartonchik

Just One Thing – Laura Kartonchik

Yves Saint Laurent once said “fashions fade – but style is eternal.”

We’ve found that somewhere – deep in the recesses of our individual style histories – there’s always just one thing that stands out in our minds as a crucial element or objet that highlighted a turning point in defining our personal style.

The subject of this Just One Thing Interview is our very own Laura Kartonchik – whose months-long dream of a particular pair of dove grey suede pumps served as opening statement to developing her own Signature Style.

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