Monthly Archives: December 2010

Party Dressing Part I

It started out as a simple enough task – find a dress for under $100 for New Year’s Eve. After perusing the Internet between holiday layovers and food comas for several days I decided to abandon this quest and look for inspiration in separates at any cost.

[A GIANT, INTENTIONAL SIDE NOTE which can be skipped at your discretion.

If you are looking for a Herve Leger body con bandage dress you will have no problem finding a copy under $100. I saw several but my conscience (yes I do have one!) won’t allow me to post any here (because that trend is over). But if you’ve been doing Cross-fit/Zumba/whatever for months and are attending a party where you’ll have to see your ex and his new girlfriend/fiancée/whatever then MORE POWER TO YOU – go buy one immediately and smoke up the room.

Now is the time when I could go a rant about how ridiculously short dresses are in general and how little companies think about the needs of a woman in her 20s or older who is trying to maintain a professional yet exceedingly stylish lifestyle at a decent price. I just want the option, nay the freedom, to choose to cover my behind. But I DIGRESS…]

You become painfully aware of how slow fashion trickles down from the runway. The full, calf-length or midi skirts that walked Louis Vuitton and Prada runways in the Fall 2010 collections were mesmerizing but apparently not enough so for anyone other than fashion-forward Topshop to try.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

From this inspiration I crafted two looks which I suppose I will endeavor to find in the long term in thrift stores and sale alerts but I’m not optimistic about making the New Years deadline.

Look #1

This look:

Top – Urban Outfitters, Pins and Needles Scalloped Lace Piped Tank Top, $39

Skirt – Topshop, Premium Leather Skirt in light grey, $250

Gloves – Diane von Furstenburg, Windsor Lace Gloves, $120

Shoes – Jessica Simpson, Kendale Pump, $79

Look #2

This look:

Top – Dolce & Gabbana, Flannel and Lace Bustier, $663

Skirt – Topshop, Rust Calf Length Cupro Skirt, $100

Glasses – Jason Wu, Viola Spectacles, $278

Necklace – Juicy Couture, After Hours Multi Chain Floral Torsade Necklace, $90

Purse – Chloé, Aurore leather duffle bag, $1,800

Merry Christmas!

– From the Desk of Wade and Associates



Filed under Fashion

Silver and Gold

I was commissioned to make some prop shoes for a children’s Christmas play.  The play is “A Shoemaker’s Christmas” which is an adaptation of a story by Leo Tolstoy (here is it called Papa Panov’s Special Christmas). So here is my tutorial on making silver and gold boots for costumes or props.

1. Go Thrifting – Find boots that match the shape that you want (color and material don’t really matter). I started off a basic pair of brown boots and a pair of lace-up boots. I wanted to find lace-ups for a Victorian look but I could only find one pair.

2. Spray Paint and Let Dry – Get really good spray paint plus some newspaper and disposable gloves. I cannot say enough good things about this Montana Gold spray paint. One coat pretty much covered everything. I let them dry for a couple of hours and then touched up a few missed spots. I filled the shoes with newspaper so that they would stand better and it also makes the surface of the boots stand out so they are easier to spray.

3. Glue on Accessories – These were decorated using a hot glue gun and old vintage earrings. At first I glued purple Mardi Gras beads on the side of the silver boots but it looked so 80’s tacky metallic glam I couldn’t stop laughing when I looked at them. I decided to go pretty simple with the accessories on both – letting the bright silver and gold speak for itself.

Happy holiday crafting to all “and to all a good night” …

– From the Desk of Wade and Associates


Filed under Experiment, Handmade, Jewelry, Shoes, Vintage

Riley Designs Jewelry Trunk Show


Christina Riley

Last week I attended Riley Designs holiday trunk show. The mother/daughter team of Lori and Christina Riley design the local jewelry line which is based out of El Dorado Hills. Their jewelry mixes vintage and modern styles in a way that makes them eternally classic.
Trunk shows are a great way to purchase holiday gifts because items are often discounted. In this case the jewelry was 25 to 50 percent off the regular price.  If you are looking for gifts or just great deals, come check them out at Hot Italian tomorrow night (December 8th) at the Created in California Shopping Tweetup event. Did someone say FREE PIZZA??

You can also see more online at:

Jewelry on display






I understand December is a busy time so for those of you who are still reading I’ll give you my take on jewelry. Personally I think it is better to buy jewelry that is well made and built to last. For example, Riley Designs use sterling silver and 14K gold metals. Particularly for earrings this is much better for sensitive skin and you won’t have to worry about the metal turning into a different color. I purchased a couple of gifts and one piece for myself. I’ve been looking for a lariat necklace. It can be worn several different ways as shown below. This one features green freshwater pearls and quartz stones.



Happy Holidays! Be safe and in good cheer this season.

-From the Desk of Wade and Associates


Filed under Events, Jewelry, Sacramento