On Trend: “Gilt Holiday”

Sparkle and shine always are a must for the holidays, and this year is no exception. Black and gold is the ‘now’ combination. Paired with Art Deco accessories, you’ll be sure to dazzle all season long.

Must-Have: Brooches

Not just for your grandmother anymore, the brooch is making a major comeback. Layer a bunch on a black dress for a stunning statement, or jazz up a classic chain by attaching it to the end for a whole new necklace. Either way, brooches are a timeless piece that feel modern again.

Everybody’s Wearing... A Stunning Scale

Most people know Deepa Gurnani for its jeweled headbands that have been worn by countless celebs, including Natalie Portman and Khloe Kardashian. Lately, however, the company is garnering new fans who love its gorgeous and unique jewelry. Its ‘scale necklace’ is a stunning piece with a plaited fabric neck section made up of multiple pointed gold-tone plates, creating a layered scale effect with set-cut glass at the inside border. Don’t think this can only be worn to your fancy parties. Personally, I think this stunner looks best paired with your favorite T-shirt and jeans.


Breeze Blow Dry Bar

How many times have you wanted a great blow-out, but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of making an appointment at a regular salon? Good news: Breeze Blow Dry Bar co-owners Susannah Danforth and Lindsay Bush have an answer to your problem. “Since moving here with my husband, I’ve made St. Louis my home. I only have one small complaint: The humidity makes my hair completely unmanageable!” Danforth says. After she and Bush experienced the blow-dry bar phenomenon in L.A. and New York, they decided to bring the concept to St. Louis. “A quick, beautiful blow-out to tame those St. Louis tresses—that’s my vision.” Danforth’s vision finally is a reality: Breeze Blow Dry Bar has opened its 1,700 square-foot flagship at Lester’s Plaza in Ladue. Led by creative director, Josh Wagner (formerly of Bumble and bumble in New York), St. Louis women can now have the rejuvenating benefits of a professional blow-out in 35 minutes for $35. And not only do you get a great blow-out, but a bevy of surprise benefits include deep conditioning treatments, scalp massages, complimentary beverages and treats, chick flicks on flat screens, iPads with magazines, and more! Co-founder Bush says, “Call me crazy, but I completely believe that a good hair day can change the way you feel from the inside, out.”

A Century of Beauty

Trendy jewelry is fun and fresh, but when you are looking for heirloom-quality and design, look no further than Oscar Heyman Brothers. Since 1912, Oscar Heyman has been handcrafting exquisite pieces using European techniques passed down through three generations. Showcasing colorful gemstones, each piece of jewelry is a unique treasure that will surely become your own family heirloom. The line can be found exclusively at Elleard Heffern. Founded in 1913, Heffern happens to have a very rich history with Oscar Heyman: “We have been selling their jewelry for literally 100 years now. They are a perfect line for us because of their commitment to the highest quality gemstones, design and craftsmanship. Heyman Brothers and Elleard Heffern have served their client families and friends over generations… combining a rich history with classic, timeless styling”.

Line I Love: NSF

I was admiring my friend’s leather jacket earlier this season (classic bomber style with a gorgeous burgundy color) and I obviously had to know who made it. When I heard it was NSF, the name rang a bell but I wasn’t familiar with the line. I immediately ran to Esther to check it out, and what I found was a sampling of understatedly cool, aesthetically clean and laid-back pieces. Rooted in menswear, NSF was founded in southern California in 2005 by Nick Friedberg as a men’s line; and in 2011, Jamie Haller was tapped as creative director. Haller’s first priority was to grow, expand and evolve the women’s line, which launched in spring 2011. Their jean (classic, straightforward, with a little bit of dirt and a sexy tomboy slouchy straight fit) has become a must-have. And the rest of the line reflects that same boyish charm. “Relaxed, casual and cool are words that best describe the NSF customer,” Haller says. “We believe in casual luxury and easy elegance.” NSF is available locally at Esther.

Shop Worth A Stop

By Michael de los Reyes

Dotdotdash— 6334 N. Rosebury Ave., 862-1962, dotdotdashboutique.com, Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.

Three generations can find unique valuables and soft, comfortable and stylish clothing at Dotdotdash, a boutique in the Demun area of Clayton. The store carries European-inspired accessories and clothing for toddlers, teens and women. Owner Alyson Garland originally designed the children’s products with a Spanish, French, Dutch and German approach toward clothing: comfortable and usable. She expanded when adults wished for similar fashion items. Cuddly toddlers' clothes, a foreign twist for children and teenagers, and a fresh look for women are the store’s staples. And artisan-made accessories are the finishing touch to complete your style!