On Trend: Emerald Green

Though the temps might not reflect it, in the fashion world, fall is officially here. With new trends abound and an overwhelming amount of fresh styles, I thought I’d focus on one of the “IT” colors for the new season: emerald green. This jewel tone can be seen in every fabric (I came across green leather pants) and shape (loving the cozy oversized chunky cardigan), and is easy to mix with your other classics. Solo or in combination, think of green as the new neutral.

Everybody’s wearing... Margo Morrison Jewelry

Ohio native and classically trained pianist Margo Morrison isn’t your typical jewelry designer. But her creative mind and love for music drove her to design jewelry described as ‘visual music’ because of the way the stones are displayed like musical notes suspended on a staff. Margo’s signature feminine looks incorporate faceted, semi-precious stones and lustrous freshwater pearls knotted on beige nylon cord, finished with silver toggles cast from twigs and berries. The cord disappears on the skin so the stones look as if they are floating. A timeless look for all ages, her biggest fans range from celebs Blake Lively to Blythe Danner. Her jewelry is handcrafted in her New York City studio and is available all over the world, including locally at Elleard Heffern in Clayton.

Must Have: Printed Jeans

It’s clear that good old-fashioned blue jeans are not enough these days. First, it was all about colored denim and just when we’re getting used to that, denim designers decide to turn out all sorts of printed ones. From snakeskin to florals, jeans are definitely the star of the show for fall.


A Charmed Life

Beth Bernstein’s candid memoir, My Charmed Life: Rocky Romances, Precious Family Connections and Searching For A Band of Gold tells the story of her loves, losses and life lessons through the jewelry handed down to her and those she received (and didn’t receive) as gifts. A charming and heartwarming storyteller that any woman can relate to, Bernstein shares influences that jewelry has had on her throughout her life, showing that jewelry is more than just a material possession. Ylang-Ylang Fine Jewelry is hosting a book-signing event with the author and her two jewelry-designer friends, Cassie Porlier of Cassandra Erin and Julie Romanenko of Just Jules. There will be Champagne, cupcakes, Q&A and more.

My Charmed Life book-signing event

Ylang-Ylang Fine Jewelry

Thursday, Sept. 13, 6 to 8 p.m.

Trunk Show Spotlight: Ralph Lauren

Is there anyone who doesn’t love or own something Ralph Lauren? His designs— whether it be fashions for all ages or chic home décor—even his own RL magazine and restaurants, conjure images of the idyllic American lifestyle. His women’s fall collection was timely, as well, taking a nod to the now hugely popular TV show, Downton Abbey. A plethora of tweeds and hunting plaids, as well as ’20s-influenced gowns were classic Ralph with a modern sensibility that can stand up to today’s trends. View an extended selection of the fall collection, along with Ralph Lauren’s signature Cocktail Capsule collection, at Saks this month.

Ralph Lauren Women’s trunk show

Saks Fifth Avenue

Thursday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A Personal Touch

What new mom doesn’t love receiving something personalized for her new baby? St. Louis native Cindy McGowan noticed a gap in this market, and in 2009, created Makaboo, one of the nation’s premier online destinations for high-end personalized children’s gifts. “Since Makaboo is primarily an online retailer, the site features brands that moms already know and love—lines like Angel Dear, Bella Bliss, Kissy Kissy and Swaddle Designs.” Makaboo can embroider more than just clothing, too. They specialize in pieces such as lovies, bibs, blankets, hats and bows. Winning a 2012 Cribsie Award, which recognizes the best-of-the-best products for babies and tots, it’s no wonder stars like Jessica Simpson, Elton John and Alanis Morissette enjoy Makaboo items to give and get!


Wedding Gallery Couture is proud to announce it is the only bridal salon in Missouri carrying the Victor Harper haute couture line and the couture collection. The talked-about line designed by Kenneth Pool features sophisticated bridal silhouettes in exclusive fabrics. The store will host a trunk show Sept. 14-16. For details visit weddinggallerycouture.com or call 636-724-9009.