Obsessed: Stella Cuff by Wynn Wynn Ong

When I was 6 years old, I had nightmares for an entire year. But unlike most kids, instead of monsters, ghosts, or hell, even kidnappers, I woke up screaming in the middle of the night in fear of the mighty arachnid. I am not quite sure where this deep-rooted anxiety stemmed from – I mean, I cried even harder than that “Some Pig” Wilbur did when Charlotte died. But still, the sight of any 8-legged insect haunted me when I was awake and in my dreams. Funny thing... Read More

Fantastic Plastic!

Remember all that great plastic bijoux we had when we were kids? The stuff that came out of quarter machines at boardwalk arcades, or could be found in birthday party goody bags? Some of those things were pretty great, right?  Well for spring, we found a whole cache of fun resin bangles that embrace the exuberance of our candy-colored kiddie jewels, but cranked up to adult level polish and style. Pile ‘em up high to project an arty flair. Or just choose one huge power piece... Read More

E-Tailer We Love: BaubleBar

Brains, beauty, a knack for accessorizing . . . no we aren’t talking about your trusty Pleat editors, silly, we’re talking about the gals behind BaubleBar, a new site that’s popped up on our radar. Amy Jain and Danielle Yacobvsky, two friends who met in New York as bankers before attending Harvard Business School together, are the two shopping smarties behind this great jewelry site. Amy and Daniella kindly shared their journey with us: “We came up with the basic idea... Read More

LuLu Frost

We Pleaters love to spend our days off trekking through flea markets, vintage shops and random outdoor sales to find that one of a kind gem. Jewelry conoisseur and designer Lisa Salzer, is the creative mind behind Lulu Frost. She launched the line while finishing her last year of college back in 2004. An avid antique jewelry collector, she decided to take the pieces and rework them with modern elements to create her own masterpieces. Lisa was lucky enough to stumble upon the... Read More

DEAL-icious Special! Last Minute Gifts Under $100

Sometimes even the most organized of us get a little behind on things, like. . . holiday shopping!  We know you’re a busy gal, so if you didn’t take heed to our Gift Guide Mini-Series a few weeks ago, here’s your second chance.  And a DEAL-icious chance, too! A 35mm film (yes, film) camera, super-soft baby rompers, preppy stationary in a swish lucite box, we have the youngest to the snobbiest on your list covered. These gifts all pack a ton of style and fun for under... Read More

The Golden Touch

After numerous seasons of clunky, artsy, statement-jewelry, sleek and sculptural pieces have come to relieve our eyes. To say nothing of our necks, earlobes and wrists. While the “made-it-with-my-glue-gun” look isn’t quite behind us, its equally bold, yet more streamlined counterparts are here anyway. They make perfect companion pieces to the pared-down, minimalist look that has been dominating the runways and streets. These pieces’ value is that they’re... Read More

Designer Profile: Alexandra Cassaniti

Because it’s Always Summer Somewhere. Alexandra Cassaniti debuted her line of surfboards, beachwear and accessories two years ago. She has since been on our radar. This winter she extended her talents to help out on Juan Carlos Obando’s runway, where her tough girl gems balanced out his sleek-chic looks. Now, with her fourth collection entitled simply “Summer 6,” she continues her aesthetic of simple, but very appealing items that invoke powerful images of the beach that... Read More

Leather Evolution

Originally considered the go-to garb for biker gangs, punk rockers and similar misfits, today’s leather is practically as user-friendly as cotton. Although leather motorcycle jackets are a familiar sight each fall, this season’s leather takes an unexpected turn as designers experiment with different styles and techniques as Diane von Furstenberg did with this romantic, cut-out empire dress. From cuff bracelets to quilted vests, perforations to pleats, luxe lamb to phony faux-leather... Read More