Monday, February 27, 2012


This year, arm candy was the must have accessory 
of the Oscars red carpet.

Gwyneth Paltrow's minimalist look 
Pic - Celebuzz
 "Hearts of Winter Cuff
This one of a kind cuff bracelet symbolizes the frozen ice of winter and is made of 2,368 rose-cut, round brilliant diamonds weighing 163 carats, all with D color and VVS clarity. After seeing the Nutcracker ballet, Anna imagined this exquisite all‐white jewel for the snow queen. $1,000,000
Duchess Hibiscus Ring
Anna has elevated the double-hoop ring into a work of art that is also eminently wearable. Two hoops are joined side by side so they can be worn on two adjacent fingers, or they can be pressed together and worn on one finger. Rose cut and round diamonds with purple sapphires set in 18-karat white gold. $160,000" ~PR News Wire 

And my absolute favorite was Emma Stone's Louis Vuitton bracelet! 
Pic - She Finds

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Best Dressed!

... Because, I believe she was not pushed by a stylist/publicist/image maker and wore exactly what she wanted. And even though I don't think it went far enough for the event... for Best Dressed - Personal Style Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture.
Pic - International Business Times
..... and then, Viola Davis stepped forward in Vera Wang.  Stunning! Emerald green topped off by a new Auburn coif ... perfection!
Pic - Beauty is Diverse
..... And we all sat back in our seats knowing that whether Viola won the Oscar or not, she had knocked it out of the park on the Red Carpet.

Wait a minute? Is it a bird, is it a plane?  No it's Super Gwyneth Paltrow, flying in with a Tom Ford cape.  Genuflect... Best Dressed, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Pic - X17

Friday, February 24, 2012

John Wind / Maximal Art

I know... normally I do a Fashion Friday Pic of the Week, 
but I couldn't pass up on letting all my John Wind Collectors know 
about this big two day sale! 
Happy Shopping!

Rhonda Ryan - PR John Wind / Maximal Art -

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Zelda Kaplan

Eating breakfast in front of the computer (dangerous... spills can ruin your keyboard) and this tweet stopped me mid chew: 

thefashionbomb 8:33am The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Socialite Zelda Kaplan Dies During A Fashion Show, Kim Kardashian Covers This... 

 Whaaaaaat? I sat next to her at the IVANAhelsinki show in 2010... it was like sitting next to a really cool and really famous girlfriend.  She posed for a barrage of photographers, and as soon as the last photographer snapped his picture she turned to me, put out her hand and said, "Hi. Zelda. What's your name...." and then proceeded to introduce me to everyone around us and everyone who stopped by.... "This is Rhonda Ryan, she's a fashion writer, what's the name of your blog again?"  I must have said The Style Shepherd 20 times.  How generous was that? 
 RIP Zelda Kaplan 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Viola Davis

LA Times Magazine

  Websters Dictionary:
Fabulous - a : resembling or suggesting a fable : of an incredible, astonishing, or exaggerated nature <fabulous wealth> b : wonderful, marvelous fabulous time>
 The Style Shepherd:
Fabulous - Viola Davis!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Best Bib and Tucker, 1/13/12

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and even though I'll be at home sharing a glass of wine, a movie and lasagna with my Honey...  while our little sugahplum sleeps (hopefully)........ 

*** sidenote: My vote for the movie is Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston *giggle* which means I'll have to sit through some action packed shootem up as well.***

Next year I can wear this out for a night of dinner and dancing.... 

Kate Spade

Alexander McQueen

Saks 5th Avenue - Lafayette 148 New York Multi-Strand Necklace

Etsy - Champagne Pearl Flower Earrings with Faceted Smoky Quartz Briolette

Saturday, February 11, 2012

BCBGMaxAzria Fall 2012-2013

My Thoughts: 

The Three Musicians

 "If I could walk into the Pablo Picasso painting 'The Three Musicians', undetected... I'd be wearing one of these gorgeous color blocked dresses."


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

John Wind - Maximal HEARTS GALORE!!!

Paging King Midas!  
Your bowl of hearts has arrived! 

LOVE the way The Secret Nook merchandised these
John Wind - Maximal Art heart enhancers. 

Via - Kanye West

Extra! Extra!

...just read this at!!

Confirmed: Kanye West to Show at Paris Fashion Week on March 6

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 / 9:00 AM
There have been rumors, and Kanye all but confirmed it on Twitter, but now we know with certainty that we can look forward to (or dread) a second Kanye West collection and runway show. Karla Otto, Kanye West’s PR agency, confirmed to WWD that West will show at 9.30 p.m. on March 6. The venue has yet to be confirmed.
All we’ve been able to gather about the line since last season is that it’s called Kanye West (not DW), he moved to London to work on it (and we hear he’s getting help from some pretty legit designers there), he wants everyone to give him a chance to grow and critics will probably be pretty hesitant to do that. Also, based on this tweet, the second since his infamous two-hour tirade, we can expect some crepe chiffon.
As far as we know, the widely panned spring 2012 collection hasn’t been picked up by any retailers or really gotten off the ground in any way. So, it will obviously be interesting to see what happens this time. He’s clearly passionate and wants to succeed and was not blind to the criticism, so this collection will have to be an improvement, right?
Hope he performs well under pressure!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Beautiful dresses and soulful knits 
are coming to town.

Ivana Helsinki opens a new flagship store trendy in Nolita.

Ivana Helsinki
251 Elizabeth Street 
( between Prince and Houston)
New York, NY 10012

Monday, February 6, 2012

Best Bib and Tucker 2/6/12

Looking at my 'To Do' list for today..... and in a perfect world what would I choose to wear to run to the CVS, Blog, finalize my notes for an upcoming meeting, and sign up for a play group?  I came up with "Modern Fox Hunt" (sidenote - deplore the idea of a real Fox Hunt)

Here we go..........

Eddie Borgo Cuff

Crisp White Shirt and bow from

Frye Fey Riding Boots

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fashion Friday Pic of the Week, 2/3/12

Waisted Bomber Jacket

Natalie B Coleman studied fashion at Limerick School of Art and Design and on the MA course at Central St. Martins, London. She has worked under threeASFOUR, New York, Ragna Frodadottir a textile designer in Iceland and Joanne Hynes, Ireland.

Inspired by the stories, the secrets and longings for individuality in all women and with a background in strong narratives and quirky romance. Natalie established her Fashion Label in 2010 and has shown at Berlin, Copenhagen and Amsterdam Fashion Weeks as an invited guest. Natalie has also shown during New York and Paris Fashion Weeks and will proudly present her fourth collection I LOVE ME during both Fashion Weeks for A/W 12/13.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tweet of the Week - Really Ree

If you must follow another fashion blog, Really Ree is the one to follow.... news about the London fashion scene, the best eye for undiscovered design talent, beauty must haves, and the most amazing giveaways ever!

OK her blog is fab... but to get the best in reality tweeting, sit back and watch the time line of @ReallyRee.  

ReallyRee:  Getting funny looks. I think I understand... 6:20am, Feb 02

Yes, you are getting funny looks, Ree.... 
Fabulosity like that doesn't happen everyday. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Events!!!

February 1st! 6:30pm

Valentine's Day Top Picks 

Social Media Event

Join the Accessories Council Tweet party! 
The Accessories Council will host a press presentation to reveal the hottest Valentines Day gifts based on astrological signs.  Follow @Accessorynews and hashtag #ACtoppicks

January 28 - April 15, 2012

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Henry Ossawa Tanner

The subject of this exhibition is the career and life of the artist Henry O. Tanner (1859-1937) - including the pioneering African-American artist’s upbringing in Philadelphia in the years after the Civil War; the artist’s success as an American expatriate artist at the highest levels of the international art world at the turn of the 20th century; Tanner’s role as a leader of an artist’s colony in rural France and his unique contributions in aid of American servicemen to the Red Cross efforts in WWI France; his modernist invigoration of religious painting deeply rooted in his own faith; Tanner’s depictions of the Holy Land and North Africa interpreted through comparison with contemporary French orientalist painting and photography; and the scientific and technical innovations of the artist’s oeuvre. 

February 8th 12 - 5 pm

Joan Shepp 

Women and Handbags - "A Love Affair" 


3.1 Phillip Lim introduces The "31 Hour Bag"

Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day. You plan what you can, throw the rest in your bag and let the day unfold. You need an effortless bag that carries you through the day and transforms you into the night.

Differ...ent days, different ways, but the 31 hour bag stays the same. A supple nappa leather in a classic tote shape with a play on proportion.

A functional form with the signature fold-over lip and large zipper closure allows you to carry just enough of what you need but leaving room for the promise of more.

Come see samples of the bags which come in a variety of colors as well as a presentation on the whole "idea" behind the collection. Guests will also be able to pre-order their very own bag.

February 17 6:00PM 8:00PM
Rock your favorite style and accessories for a night of cocktails, local DJ, and the chance to meet some of Philadelphia’s top designers and fashion experts.

The first of a new series of networking events, network, bringing together emerging designers and business and arts professionals. network: Launch into Fashion, will feature Elissa Bloom, executive director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's and Jay McCarroll, Philadelphia-based designer and winner of Project Runway.
February 19 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Enjoy a sneak peak of our Spring 2012 Collection with Philadelphia's most discerning women during a sit down tea at Chez Colette. The SA VA Spring Preview is an exclusive fashion event that will give a sneak peak of the SA VA Spring 2012 collection, while offering an over...view of trend and insight to our Fall 2012 Collection. The event is sponsored by Tiffany & Co. and will hosted by style expert Liliana Vazquez of Cheap Chicas and the Nate Berkus Show!!!

Attendees will enjoy a sit down tea and informal modeling of the Spring collection paired with an amazing compilation of Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Get a rare opportunity to hear founder and designer, Sarah Van Aken, share the story of SA VA and speak about social consciousness in the apparel industry while models informally model more than 15 looks from the SA VA Spring Collection.

The event will also include an overview of trend and insight to our Fall 2012/2013 collection, AND a raffle to win one of two signature pieces from the Spring 2012 collection. All items can be pre-ordered at the event. Join us for afternoon tea at The Sofitel Hotel Philadelphia. 120 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

To buy tickets visit: