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Eye For Style Recommends: The Shiny Squirrel

Jessica Goldfond, the brains and beauty behind The Shiny Squirrel, has an incredible eye for style, to be sure. Single-handedly creating The Shiny Squirrel back in 2006, it began as (and remains) a popular fashion art blog. Within the last two years, she’s expanded into a new media and PR company based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that works with emerging artists and designers who primarily create one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces. The Shiny Squirrel is a clever mash-up of online marketplace, art gallery, and real world pop-up sales showcase, meets artists representation and brand consulting. Jessica’s on-going mission is to give the growing market of young creative talent a voice and multitude of forums to display and sell their work.

Lucky for all you buyers and fashionistas, she’s hosting yet another fabulous pop-up showroom and sample sale this week, from February 21 – 23, at the undeniably hip Ace Hotel New York. This event is guaranteed to be even bigger and crazier than the last, with 12 of the most cutting-edge designers from the jewelry, accessories, and clothing world participating. These select brands represent a mix of both local and national designers, coming from as far as California to showcase their line!

If you’re seeking some truly unique, affordable, new merchandise for your boutique, or that accessory that no one else will be wearing come spring, this is one destination shopping opportunity you should not miss!

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Eye For Style Recommends: GVSHP’s 2010 House Tour Benefit

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
2010 House Tour Benefit
May 2, 2010, 1 to 5:30 pm

As an architecture and design lover, this is one of my favorite yearly events. It’s a rare treat to actually be able to go inside some of the fabulous homes I walk by all the time and get a glimpse of how a select few are living in high style and comfort. I find it to be a fun way check out incredible art collections, spectacularly quiet gardens, and some of the finest interior decorating in the city. Not to mention, get inspired about how I’ll someday decorate my own lovingly restored, multi-level rowhouse (when I finally “make it” in this town). One can always dream!

The tour makes for one of the loveliest Sunday spring outings available to New Yorkers, and GVSHP is a really worthy organization to support. I’ve been a docent on the tour two years running now and I can’t think of a group I’d rather volunteer my time for. I always meet terrific people, who are passionate about the architecture and history of this beloved neighborhood, and always willing to share stories of past residents’ adventures in the Village. Be sure to support this critical organization’s efforts, so they can keep fighting the good fight and protect the Village’s most important historic resources for future generations.

Here’s what they say about this year’s tour:

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation works to protect the cultural and architectural heritage of Greenwich Village, NoHo, and the East Village. Now in its thirtieth year, GVSHP has secured unprecedented achievements for our communities through advocacy, education, and documentation. Offering a rare glimpse into six of Greenwich Village’s finest and most exclusive townhouses, the Twelfth Annual Village House Tour Benefit is held to raise funds in support of GVSHP’s work to educate about and advocate for the distinctive character and irreplaceable architecture of our neighborhoods. This year’s tour features the spectacular residences of:

Clyde & Summer Anderson, Charles Street
You’ll find a surprising and ingenious solution in a small bathroom in this Italianate home with a restored stoop and a glass façade leading into a backyard terrace and garden.

Clora Kelly & Helge Skibeli, West 11th Street
A townhouse formerly owned by St. Vincent’s hospital with a fun, funky, and colorful interior.

Paul & Christine Smith, Commerce Street
This tiny home in the Commerce Street cul-de-sac has returned to its original stoop and brick façade after many years under stucco.

Jane and Richard Stewart, Charles Street
A townhouse designed in the French Second Empire style on what was once known as Van Nest Place.

Lawrence and Alice Weiner, West 4th Street
A former stable and bakery building, this home features a redesigned modern façade and the artist-owner’s pieces on the interior.

Jeffrey Weingarten & Belinda Broido, West 11th Street
Cuban art is a feature of this classic Greek Revival townhouse with many historic details updated for modern life.

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Holiday Windows on 5th Avenue

Taking a stroll along Fifth Avenue to see all the magnificent storefront window displays is a must do holiday tradition in New York City. Nothing gets me more in the holiday spirit. As the windows are completed around November 22 every year, taking a Thanksgiving eve jaunt to see them is a fantastic way to walk off a few calories of your enormous feast. If you’re planning on visiting after December 6, I like to start by taking the subway to Rockefeller Center (@ 47-50th Street) to see the towering Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza, just adjacent to the legendary ice skating ring. Then I work my way north up Fifth Avenue, eventually ending up at my absolutely favorite windows – at Bergdorf Goodman. I don’t think there’s much debate that Bergdorf’s represents the pinnacle of holiday window displays. Standing there on the street, you can’t help but hear the constant gasps of “WOW!”. Amongst the crushing crowd (not a scene for the claustrophobic/faint of heart), mouth after mouth hang agape, as on-lookers stare in disbelief at their utter magnificence. No other store holds a candle, in my opinion.

I give props to Cartier and Fendi for their use of twinkling lights, wrapping their entire buildings’ facades in a red sparkling bow and a “diamond studded” belt. Saks Fifth Avenue is always on the top of my list year-round for the beauty of their window displays, and I was quite impressed with Henri Bendel’s windows this year which had a sort of dominatrix’s New Year’s Eve party complete with a spread of decadent faux edibles and glasses overflowing with rose champagne. They definitely up-ed the ante this year. Despite the recession, all of the stores on Fifth Avenue seemed much more opulent than 2008.

And Bergdorf’s windows, designed for the last 13 years by genius, David Hoey, were no exception. Even though I always think that no year can top the last, my expectations are always exceeded. The east side of the street/men’s windows are dedicated entirely to the actual sets and delightful characters from this year’s hit movie “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” which were incredibly fun and adorable, and a favorite of kids and adults alike. The west side of the street/women’s windows are a “Compendium of Curiosities” featuring an “Alice in Wonderland” Lewis Carroll meets MC Escher theme, and serving as backdrops to the spectacular costumery of Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Monique Lhuillier, Pamela Roland, and more. A triumphant spectacular spectacular!

I HIGHLY recommend you go for a visit, if you’re in the area between now and January 6, 2010. If you aren’t able to make it, plan a trip for next year! In the meantime, here’s a gallery of some of my favorite photographs of this year’s windows. To view last year’s Bergdorf Goodman windows and a sampling of the best window displays of 2009, please visit my website, www.eyeforstyle.net.

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