Shiny Stripey People

Shiny Stripey People

Ohhhh STRIPES! Are bigger – bigger than you and bigger than me….

We’re not sure exactly why they make us want to sing R.E.M., but stripes do make us feel like Shiny Happy People, and they are a much bigger fashion icon than any of us, so we’re going with it.

Stripes are a perennial favourite, especially when Spring styles start hitting the stores. And we’re HERE for them.

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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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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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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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Next Level Gifting: Make It Personalized

Next Level Gifting: Make It Personalized

The very definition of luxury, customization shows a level of attention to detail that stops people in their tracks. What began in ancient Rome and Greece as a way for one ruler to literally leave his mark and identify his reign, monogramming then evolved to become an identifier of one’s art, writing, and property. Later, during the Victorian era, monogramming became a symbol of aristocracy with embroidered initials on linens, engraved monograms on silverware. Then, when the masses joined in, they translated the idea of the monogram into more useful items like sealing stamps.

No matter how many centuries have been and gone, monogramming, personalization, and customization still hold as much allure and excitement as ever. In fact, monogramming and personalization have been amongst the hottest trends of the year!

We know you can handle a bathrobe or a throw blanket, and hey, we would never turn those babies down! But if ever there was a time to upgrade, it’s now. So, because you’re about to be The. Best. Gift. Giver. EVER, we wanted to set you up with our favourite – and most surprising – personalizable gifts of the year….

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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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Handled’s Top 5 From Theatre’s Biggest Night- 2018 Tony Awards

Handled’s Top 5 From Theatre’s Biggest Night- 2018 Tony Awards

With the season of award shows, the Tony’s 2018 bring the Theatrics, and we are not just talking musical numbers of self-proclaimed losers, MSD’s Seasons of Love, or Bobby D telling us what he really thinks about the current state of politics. We’re talking shimmer, chiffon, crimson red, divas, diamonds and dashing ensembles. Continue reading “Handled’s Top 5 From Theatre’s Biggest Night- 2018 Tony Awards”