Thursday, December 31, 2009

An End and a Beginning!

I'm just dropping in to wish all of you a
Happy New Year!

The end to 2009 is just hours away and I wanted to take the time to wish you all peace and happiness in 2010!

Also, take a look out the window at the moon tonight. It's a "blue moon", meaning the 13th full moon of the year and the 2nd full moon this month. It won't happen again until 2028!

Remember to be safe tonight.
All of us down at the Troc hope to see you next year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last Minute Gifts for the Girls

I'm pretty sure you all can agree with me when I say that the holidays are the busiest time of year for everyone. From watching Alice rush to get all her Christmas presents wrapped and in the mail to studying until the wee hours of the morning for my Physics final, Christmas seems to be a very chaotic time. Caught up in all the rush, someone on your gift list is bound to get left out. Whether it be your girlfriend from high school or the hostess of your party, sometimes you just forget. Fear not, though. Alex and I have carefully devised a list of those last minute "I-can't-believe-I-forgot" gifts. So to start us off, number...

5. Archipelago Hand Creme - A store and staff favorite, this hand creme is loved all around Omaha. It's silky texture and subtle scent leaves your hands feeling and smelling fantastic.
4. Recchiuti Fleur de Sel Caramels - If you're going to give any edible gift this year, these caramels are definitely the way to go. Covered in bittersweet chocolate and flecked with sea salt, this sweet treat is sure to please any palate.
3. Attic Journals - I'm sure we've mentioned these on the blog before, but that doesn't mean we can't keep talking. Our new shipment of journals just arrived a week ago and we can't get over how unique our selection is.
2. Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish - To keep in the Christmas spirit, the red and green colors in our collection go perfectly together. The colors go by the names of Chinoise and Orbis Non Sufficit and are adorable used together or separate. (And for all our Hannukah celebrators out there, we've got a blue polish too.)
1. Mary Green Sleeping Masks - These are a new addition to the store for the holidays and are absolutely perfect for any girl in your life. Available in silver or black, these silky smooth covers will give you a good night's rest.

So, in case you're reading this and have realized you left that special someone out - come down and pay us a visit. We'll help you find the perfect last-minute gift.... and maybe even something for yourself!

Friday, December 18, 2009

"Have Beauty, Will Travel"

I opened up the pages of one of my favorite artsy fashion publications, the up-and-coming Zink! magazine, to find them spotlighting not one, but two product lines we carry here at the Troc! Both were featured in an editorial spotlighting travel-sized beauty products (because, let's face it, those one-time hotel shampoos and awfully perfumed soaps just don't cut it.)

The first brand, Ole Henrickson, is a natural anti-aging skincare line created by the top beauty expert and spa-owner of the same name. Among the products featured in Zink! is the Natural Hair Wash with Sea Kelp, a gentle shampoo that moisturizes and nourishes hair with hydrating tropical extracts like plumeria and orchid. Both the shampoo and the conditioner are on sale at Trocadero for $24 each (but we're currently running a buy one, get one 1/2 off special!)

Other amazing Ole Henrickson products in-store include the Sheer Transformation cream ($48), a light oil-free formula that smoothes facial lines and helps makes skin discolorations and sun damage disappear without harsh chemicals, and my personal favorite, the Apricot Cleansing Lotion ($24). I'm notoriously guilty of not fully removing my makeup before bed, but this soft cleanser with a light, clean scent gets rid of even the most persistent water-proof makeup.

All of the Ole Henriksen products are on sale, so it's definitely worth stopping by to test out the brand hailed by celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Ralph Fiennes, Renee Zellweger, and Christy Turlington.


The second line, Korres, uses super high-quality plant extracts and leaves out all the unnecessary synthetic ingredients, leaving it with an all-natural formula that's amazing for your skin. Spotlighted in Zink! is one of the adorable travel sets, and Trocadero just so happened to get a shipment of all sorts of these little darlings just yesterday! We've got the Yoghurt, Guava, and Quince travel-size body butters, all of which are nutrient-rich balms made with real shea butter and avocado, sunflower and almond oils($10 a piece!). They're the perfect size to throw in your suitcase for a holiday vacation or as a last-minute stocking stuffer.

The travel/gift sets are true skincare gems, and Trocadero has plenty to choose from. Those loyal to the body butters can purchase a set of Guava, Quince and Fig($27) or seek a bit more spice in the Vanilla Cinnamon gift set ($23), featuring extra-moisturizing body milk and shower gel. My personal favorite is the Guava Travel Set (a steal at $20), an all-body combo of shower gel, body butter and their incredible lip butter. Just putting on the tropical-scented body butter is a vacation in itself. (Of course, if you find yourself obsessed with these products, we've got the full-size versions as well.)
If you've got any last-minute holiday shopping to do, or you just want to pick up some great travel-sized beauty products for your trip out of town, make sure to stop by or call us the Troc!
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Let it Snow (or Rain, or Sleet....)

A few days ago, Alex and I had a customer that was infatuated with the store's See by Chloe rain boots. Personally, I hadn't really given them a thought since setting foot in the store four months ago - rarely had I seen an outfit I liked that incorporated rubber footwear.

In any case, we began chitchatting with the customer about all the positive aspects of this particular boot, when Alex mentioned the possibility of switching out the laces. Immediately, I was excited at the thought of putting pretty patterned laces (florals, for one) in these, uhm, rubber boots. Somehow, this customer had sold me on the rain boots, instead of the other way around!
The See by Chloe rain boots are a darling piece of footwear that can withstand all of the elements. It's fully lined with fabric and features the most adorable little faux pocket detail on the side. Here at the Troc, we have two exclusive colors you can't find anywhere else: a stunning lavender/khaki combo, and the more earthy dark grey and camel. They were also featured as one of In Style's best Fall 2009 accessories!

I actually became so enthralled with these rain boots that I challenged myself to create outfits to pair them with.  I was leaning toward the dark grey boot (pictured above), and felt it was the perfect opportunity to experiment with neutral tones.

The first outfit is filled with my current must-haves: a cute floral dress, a sturdy parka, and a classic bag (here, the Anya Hindmarch Maddock). It's the perfect stomping-about-town look for running errands, picking up a quick lunch, and the necessary shopping detours.

The second is a bit more weekend-casual, just a simple plaid top with a few hippie-esque accessories from Trocadero. The See by Chloe boots really ground this look and add an element of texture, and the MZ Wallace Jane bag (which Alex will not stop talking about) has all the compartments a busy girl could need.

The third outfit is this idea I have currently been toying with of the "innerwear as outerwear" trend that was alllllllll over the runways. I love the idea of pairing a tissue-thin satin slipdress with a chunky sweater and a sturdy boot. It's an interpretation of a look in one of my favorite editorials of all time, Keira Knightley in the June 2007 issue of US Vogue. This is an excellent outfit for spring, as well (for the current weather, you'd need a lot more layering!) As with the other outfits, the accessories and bag can be found at the Troc!

In any case, the key component in all of these looks is the See by Chloe rain boots, a practical and pretty pair of shoes that just may wiggle their way into your wardrobe!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Two for the Road: 12/7/09

Date: 12/7/09
Bag: Rafe canvas vertical tote
Shoe: Naturalizer black leather motorcycle boot
Worn with: Simply Vera by Vera Wang scribble sleeveless tunic with black jet bead neck detail, Plenty by Tracy Reese black long sleeve tunic top, Forever 21 black leggings, American Apparel black fleece mini skirt
Yes, I'm rockin' Naturalizer boots and I love 'em. I got these at a Brown Shoe press breakfast and ever since I took them back to my office, I promoted the crap out of them. For one thing, these boots were comfy. But they were also really stylish, practical, with a fabulous lug sole, perfectly rounded pointed toe and two simple silver buckles that weren't showy, flashy, western in styling in that tacky Donald J. Pliner way. No offense but I have never met a DJP shoe that I have thought was editorial or something I would carry in my boutique. I know they're a huge retail moneymaker; but retail sales don't necessarily mean fashionable and stylish. I'm just sayin'. Sorry. But give me a well made Naturalizer boot and let's just say my editor-in-chief asked for a pair as well as my assistant at the time (shout out to my L'il Fleege). Editors stopped me asking me where I got my boots. And the best was when Hal Rubenstein, one of my colleagues at the mag, asked me if my fantastic boots were from Chanel. CHANEL! Can you believe it? Naturalizer boots disguised as Chanel! Then the Rafe bag is another freebie editor gift; my friend Vicky carried hers a lot and it was in a different color combo that was very chic as well. This bag has been in my wardrobe for a very long time and it's a great bag for a laptop and magazines. Really functional and just plain awesome. Go Rafe! I am wearing some Vera from Kohl's, my stand by AA merch and a great long sleeved top from Plenty, bought at the Tracy Reese shop on Hudson Street in the West Village.

Seoul Sisters in the Heartland of America

Last week we had a trio of celebrities in the Troc. It was none other than the Ahn Trio, the critically-acclaimed classical piano trio. I recognized their name from the countless articles and reviews I have read about them (in Vogue, Time and People among others). Being a classically trained pianist and Korean as well, I felt an instant kinship to them. They, too, were having a moment as they came back the next day to meet me in person and hand me an autographed copy of their CD, Lullaby For My Favorite Insomniac. The sisters, two of whom are twins, were all attractive and beautifully dressed and accessorized; the perfect models for the Troc. They were apparently so happy to find out that the store was owned by a Korean girl from NYC. The sisters, Angella, Lucia and Maria were all trained at Juilliard and currently live in New York but were in Omaha for the tour of their latest CD. I wish I had known about their concert as I would have gone in a heartbeat. When I was in high school I used to play in a classical piano trio. I only remember a Beethoven piece; I don't think we pursued it very far.

I've been listening to their CD and enjoying it very much. I highly recommend it!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Two for the Road: 12/5/09

Date: 12/5/09
Bag: Ruehl tan leather tote
Shoe: Bruno Frisoni gray patent bootie
Worn with: Gray v-neck t-shirt, American Apparel charcoal gray cotton cardigan, Union Bay camouflage cargo ruched bottom pants
Do not adjust your screen. Yes, I appear to be wearing pants. It's a very rare moment when I am sporting anything resembling trousers. Okay, maybe at night I slip into some drawstring sweatshirt material pants or some shorts but other than that, this is one girl who does not spend her money on designer jeans. I bought these camo pants at Kohl's; I don't know, there was something about them that I liked (I think the ruched bottom). I can only wear them with a long cardigan of some sort to cover my butt so I chose my trusty AA one. The shirt is by a designer I don't recall and I think I got it at Talulah G in Vegas. It has a great deep v-neck and I always get compliments when I wear it. The bag was a freebie from the Ruehl folks (a now-defunct upscale division of Abercrombie & Fitch). I love his tote because it's a great neutral color, really worn in leather and very roomy in size to fit almost anything. I'm glad I never gave this away because I have grown to rely on it for so many occasions. Great road trip bag to tote around stuff in the car like snacks, camera stuff, toiletry kit, books, maps, etc. The shoes are my first repeat! These are my beloved Brunos in gray patent leather. Killer heels, killer look. Hardly ever wore them in NYC but a new fave here in Omaha.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Two for the Road: 12/4/09

Date: 12/4/09
Bag: Jil Sander gunmetal leather small hobo
Shoe: Chanel black satin ballet flat with ribbon
Worn with: Kimchi Blue black tank top dress with gray skirt, Bravo gray waffle knit cashmere long cardigan, Louis Vuitton silver buckle black belt, American Apparel black stirrup opaque tights
This is my ballerina Chanel look and I felt like a princess when I wore this outfit. I bought the dress this past week at Urban Outfitters on sale for a mere $29.99. My two boyfriends liked it very much on me (one of whom is 6 years old). The leggings are also new from American Apparel and the sweater is my usual stand-by for cold days. The Jil Sander bag was a gift from the designer at the time: Milan Vukmirovic. I love this bag for all the many pockets on the outside and the neutral metallic color. The shoes were given to me at a Chanel Ballet Flat Luncheon held for Accessories Directors at La Grenouille restaurant in Manhattan. I remember the invite said to RSVP with your shoe size. Who wouldn't want to go to a luncheon when Chanel asks you for your shoe size??? I don't think there was one editor who didn't show up. When we arrived at the luncheon, everyone's seat had a place setting card with their name as well as a large Chanel shopping bag sitting on the chair. We all pretty much figured out what was in the bags.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Accessories that Speak for Themselves

Bitter winter winds can leave you feeling in a rut and reluctant to leave the house, but giving a little lift to your winter wardrobe with accessories can be just the ticket you need out of the doldrums.

Accessories can liven up outfits and add instant glam to any look. Detailed accessories can take your look to new heights, and luckily Trocadero has the perfect picks at the right prices just in time for the holidays. Patterns, exotic skins, and other embellishments add excitement to any ensemble.

Accessories That Pack a Little Punch
Accessories That Pack a Little Punch by shoptrocadero

Brilliant hues are a great contrast to the white winter palette. Chunky jewelry like the Kara Ross enamel bangles can add a punch of color that makes plain pieces like a solid crewneck pop. Rafe's red patent bag stands out too with it's bold color and sheen as well as the pleating detail on the front.

Add a little variety to your look with exotic textures from Rafe's wristlets in stamped crocodile leather or a Kara Ross python cuff. Fur always evokes luxury, and with Ulu's rabbit fur boots looking chic is both functional and stylish.

Vibrant patterns can take an outfit to a whole other level. An ornate patterned accessory like Yarnz cashmere scarves can breathe new life into old threads. Pair one of them under a blazer with a white oxford shirt for a playful work outfit or even for a weekend casual option. LAMB's tiger/newsprint tote gives a funky twist to a classic color combination and the gold studs take it one step further. A subtle woodgrain accentuated by crystals is where rustic meets elegance in the Devi Kroell box clutch.

Give the gift of style with these and other great accessories from Trocadero. Stop in this week for extra savings off all items in the store during our BIGGEST SALE EVENT OF THE YEAR!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Back In Black

It's now a week and a couple days past Thanksgiving and everyone is starting to gear up for Christmastime. With snow on the ground and boots on our feet, the majority of the city is out and about - shopping for X-Mas gifts for their loved ones. But! Just because Black Friday has come and gone, doesn't mean that the color has, too. Black is here to stay this winter.
From shoes to candles to clutches, black is being brought back in this season. Luckily, the Troc is keeping up with this rising trend and is now featuring the best in black accessories.

  • The boots on the top left are a store favorite from Rafe. To add an edgy touch to any dress, just slip on a pair of matte tights with these boots and you've got yourself an outfit.
  • In between the boots is the mini Botkier clutch. Used for make-up or money, this little pouch fits well in any purse.
  • Below the boots and clutch is one of the Troc's most oogled-over items. This Anya Hindmarch python tote (also available in beige) is the absolute epitome of an amazing bag. It's smooth-as-butter leather and gold accents make for an elegant addition to any nighttime ensemble.
  • The Seychelles "Blimey" pumps, just under the tote, are adorable. Though they're still available in most sizes, these shoes have been a hit at the store since they came in.
  • To the right of the Seychelles are is one of my favorite items we carry in the store - the Botkier "Moto" clutch. Whether you carry it as your main purse or use it for a night on the town, it's sure to be noticed. We used to have the bag in a seafoam green, as well, but some Trocadero lovers from Louisiana came in during the CWS and bought both! That's what I call a couple of lucky ladies!
  • The Kara Ross Velvet and Gold clutch, center, is a black beauty for sure. As Alex posted a couple weeks back - gold is also an "in" color this season - and this bag has everything to show for it! It's black velvet texture is delightful and made even better with the bright gold accents!
  • Above the Kara Ross sits a black L.A.M.B. deco wallet. A perfect gift for a mom or teenage daughter, this wallet has a ton of credit card slots and plenty of room for change!
  • The Anya Hindmarch "Maddock" tote, diagonal, is another stunning bag we're carrying this season. The chain-link handle and the frilled zipper add the perfect touches to this terrific tote.
  • Up next, the Joie boots on the right. Seeing as I own a pair of these lovely boots, I can attest to their magnificence! I've worn them over jeans, with skirts, and with leggings before and I never tire of them. They can be flipped down to expose their grey interior leather or worn over-the-knee (as shown in the picture). Either way, the black boot is an excellent winter shoe.
  • And last, but certainly not least, the Diptyque "Baies" candle in the lower right corner. With the scents of black currant and Bulgarian rose, this candle is sure to please any nose.

Trocadero Holiday Q&A: Alex

We're continuing our special weekly feature on this snowy Sunday with Alex. With the holidays right around the corner we thought it would be fun to share with our loyal readers a bit about the Trocadero staff and what we love in the store right now. Each of us will talk about what item we would love to get for an important person in our lives and why we'd gift this particular item. See the gifts Alex would buy (she couldn't narrow it down to just one!) and for whom she'd buy them below.

If I could by my mother anything, It would be the Anya Hindmarch "Autumn" crocodile embossed leather with the suede flap. (pictured above.) It is such a classic looking, well made purse, and definitely would be part of lifetime collection of items.

If I could buy my best friend Emily anything, it would probably be the light gray Botkier "Uma" with the Kidrobot wallet inside. They are both well made and long lasting, but they have a definite edge.

Finally, If I could buy myself anything it would be the MZ Wallace Jane in black with the Pade Vavra bird's nest bracelet inside.

All of Alex's amazing gift choices are available in store now. Anya Hindmarch "Autumn" bag, $995; Botkier "Uma" bag, $595; MZ Wallace "Jane" bag, $345. Contact us for pricing on the other items featured and don't forget, our big sale started Saturday, so shop for the holidays while the price is right!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Two for the Road: 11/23/09

Date: 11/23/09
Bag: Mayle black leather patchwork bag with black chain strap
Shoe: Marc by Marc Jacobs Miss Marc flats
Worn with: DVF black short sleeve dress, Bravo gray waffle knit long cardigan
My go-to dress by DVF with my favorite cardigan that I bought here in Omaha at She-la gets paired with Miss Marc patent flats from Trocadero and a bag from Mayle that I actually got from eLuxury before they stopped doing e-commerce. It was a bag I fell in love with and something that I actually wanted to carry in the shop but unfortunately Mayle had stopped its wholesale business operations. I thought a client of mine would fall in love with this bag but she couldn't afford it so by default it became my new possession. That just suits me fine. I love unique bags that other people don't own or know what it is. Kind of like the sort of bags I carry at my shop. Smiles.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Two for the Road: 11/21/09

Date: 11/21/09
Bag: Lambertson Truex black crocodile satchel
Shoe: Sigerson Morrison black patent skimmer
Worn with: C&C black cotton long sleeved t-shirt, black leggings from Strawberry, Louis Vuitton black silk dress with polka dot skirt
There are a few LV clothing items in my closet courtesy of the long departed Louis Vuitton sample sales that used to happen pre-LVMH Tower on 57th Street. I have an amazing trench coat that I adore for its sheer, in-your-face use of the logo. I'll post a photo of it once I finally get it retooled and refitted. I've actually never worn it; it's in a size 36 (the equivalent of a 2-4, it is still really huge and needs to be taken in even more -- even though I'm not a size 2). This dress is one of my purchases at the sale and I remember Ellyn Chestnut, the ELLE Accessories Director having the same dress. The shoes are from the famed Sigerson Morrison sample sale (Kari Sigerson, by the way, is from Omaha) and were probably $50. These are a particular favorite of mine because of their simplicity. I love the black elastic band across the shoe -- very ballerina, very Audrey. The black crocodile Lambertson Truex bag (to die for!) was a beloved gift from the designers, John Truex and Richard Lambertson, for my 30th birthday. If I was still in the fashion magazine business I wonder what I would be getting for my 40th birthday next month...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Unique Hostess Gifts

The holiday season is officially upon us, and that means it's time to prepare yourselves for the numerous sit-down dinner and cocktail parties you're sure to attend. A classy way to show your gratitude for being invited to the soiree is to present your hostess with a small gift. A typical gift is a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers. How boring! Stop by Trocadero to find unique gifts that are sure to impress your hostess (or host).

Hostess Gifts to Impress

I like to stick to items meant for the home and not ones geared towards a specific person. Candles, books and vases are things everyone can enjoy. Red Flower candles come with a small heap of potpourri and are available in alluring scents like Italian Blood Orange, Indian Jasmine and Spanish Gardenia. Let her explore the homes of well-known Parisians in the book Paris Living Rooms, which is perfect for the coffee table in her living room. And Anne Black and Normann Copenhagen vases are simple enough to match any decor--and to hold the flowers that other guests bring.

Since your host or hostess has likely been slaving away in the kitchen, why not bring something he or she can use at the kitchen sink? Archipelago Pomegranate Hand Wash is one of our best-sellers. It smells absolutely delicious, but Malin + Goetz's Mojito Soap Set, a collection of three bar soaps in lime, rum and peppermint, is a great alternative. When the work is done, she can indulge in some MarieBelle. Trocadero carries three varieties of the dark chocolate bar: Mayan Chocolate, Aztec Hot Chocolate and Dark Hot Chocolate.

A John Derian paperweight would nicely contain that stack of bills and mail your hostess shoved in the corner. I particularly like the one that says "A Happy Home." Stationery is always something needed--and appreciated. These Cavallini Typewriter Thank You Notecards will come in handy when it's time for your hostess to thank people for their holiday gifts. Finally, who doesn't enjoy a fragrant home? A gift of Antica Farmacista home ambiance reed diffusers is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face.

So there you have it! Creative gifts you can bring with you the next time you're a guest at a party... and, lucky for you, they're all available at Trocadero!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Watching my weekly smut television my friends were alerted when I screamed "OMG!" but this week I came across a surprise...

Blair Waldorf was totally carrying a Anya Hindmarch Belvedere on Gossip Girl!! This is a bag we currently have in the store. Although hers is red, the beautiful taupe leather of the one we carry is just as fantastic and definitely an accessories staple throughout the years.

If anyone else watches the CW as much as I do, you may have noticed a necklace on Lori Loughlin (a.k.a Aunt Becky from Full House). She always wears her Helen Ficalora charms. I often see them on other characters too, but she wears a "D" for her character Debbie nearly every episode.

These necklaces are a favorite of the Trocadero staff as Jamie mentioned them in her post below. Pictured is an up close view of the a letter.

So for a little celebrity style that will last all year round come to Trocadero this holiday shopping season!


Embracing the Gray

Not to pick a fight with Alex's fairly recent gold post here, but this season I'm more enamored with silver and my all-time favorite neutral, gray. I've always found the happy medium between black and white to be perfectly suited for the winter months, when it blends into the muted skies.

It's no surprise, then, that my two favorite bags at the Troc are in this blustery hue. The Botkier Uma Satchel (left) is soft, lightweight and perfect for everyday use, while the Be & D Kan-Kan Zip Tote (right) makes more of a statement with its contrast of feminine ruffles and silver studs - and it is at the top of my Christmas list.

I can't go a day without thinking of shoes, and gray footwear is a welcome alternative to the quintessential black. Brand new to Trocadero is the Dolce Vita Whitney boot (not even on the web site yet!), covered in zippers and yet completely adorable. The Botkier Julia Stingray Platform is a classic sandal in a killer skin that could even be made winter-appropriate with the addition of black sock or tights. And nothing says glam and comfort for the holidays like the Guiseppe Zanotti metallic ballet flats (although we carry them in pink, yellow, and gold - you win, Alex).

Of course, the holidays aren't all about me and my wishlist, so for those gift hunters out there, Trocadero has plenty of silver bells and stocking stuffers. A personalized Helen Ficalora necklace makes the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for any woman in your life, and we've got the full silver alphabet and other little charms to make it happen. The adjustable and ever-popular Alex and Ani bracelets are an excellent choice for the hard-to-shop-for girl, and the Alexis Bittar quartz drop earrings are a definite dose of holiday sparkle. Or, if you're just looking for a little extra something to give to a little sister or good friend, throw in a bottle of Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish in Stormy (only $18!) for that touch of gray.

Whether you're on the hunt for the perfect smoky eye makeup, a dash of silver or an amazing neutral bag, make sure to stop by Trocadero to do some holiday shopping this season. We've got some spectacular deals going on! I'll see you there!

Jamie (Trocadero's newest intern)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Two for the Road: 11/20/09

Date: 11/20/09
Bag: Hogan doctor's satchel
Shoe: Golden Goose western and vintage style boots
Worn with: J. Crew striped top, Claudia Brown equestrian print skirt, Moschino cashmere and wool cropped cardigan, Hue teal tights
I've definitely worn this particular outfit before (on 9/28) but not with these same accessories. That's the fun part of accessorizing; you can make different combinations and create new looks over and over again. This Hogan bag is one of the originals from a very early season. I still love its really retro-colors and shape. It's one of my favorites even though it is one huge open cavernous bag. The boots I bought on sale in Woodstock at some boutique. Barneys carries this line, Golden Goose, and they're really expensive reclaimed/redesigned footwear. They're vintage, recrafted and retooled and really expensive. I remember trying to justify spending over $800 on boots (and ON SALE!) but I fell in love with them and sometimes you just got to do what a girl's got to do. And I have never felt a moment of buyer's remorse whatsoever. These Golden Goose cowboy boots with their thick outside zipper are so comfortable, so durable and just enough country for a city girl like me. Because of the zipper, they work equally fine in big urban cities as well as the smallest of country towns.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Trocadero Holiday Q&A: Cygne

With the holidays right around the corner - literally - we thought it would be fun to share with our loyal readers a bit about the Trocadero staff and what we love in the store right now.

One of the best parts of the holidays, aside from spending time with friends and family, is gift-giving. It's always exciting to find the perfect gift for someone special on your list.

With that in mind, today marks the beginning of a special series of posts that will feature one member of the staff each Sunday through the holiday season. Each of us will talk about what item we would love to get for an important person in our lives and why we'd gift this particular item. We're kicking off the series today with Cygne. See the gift she would buy and for whom she'd buy it below.

"If I could buy anything from Trocadero, I would buy my mother the beige Kara Ross 'Nola' bag," Cygne writes. "The reason for this is simple - my mother almost never indulges herself in anything she wants. She usually buys my sister and me gifts over buying small ones for herself. I would want her to have the bag as a thank you for everything she's given me. On a less important level, she carries around bags for years and rarely gets a new one. This purse would be the absolute best gift to give her."

The Kara Ross "Nola" comes in beige or black buttery-soft leather with a touch of python trim, $895.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide!

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New York, I Love You

After a full day of Thanksgiving festivities yesterday, my family headed out to the Dundee Theatre to see the 9pm showing of New York, I Love You. The film, composed of eleven vignettes, follows New York couples through marriage, reunion, and heartbreak. Thinking to myself while watching each tender love story unfold, I realized how much I love New York. So today, in honor of said film, this blog is about all things NYC. With the holidays coming up, there's no better gift than that unique little something from the Big Apple.
From the Bond No. 9 Wall Street unisex eau de parfum to the replica Greek coffee "We Are Happy to Serve You" cup, these New York-inspired items are perfect as a gift for any occasion. If you're searching for someone who's into writing or literature, I recommend the Cavallini notebooks and the "This Is New York" book, respectively. Have a girly-girl on your present list this year? Try the Helen Ficalora, an NY-based designer, sterling silver charms. Or, if there's that ever-famous dog lover that you need to get a gift for... the Haute Diggity Dog "Bark Street Journal" chew toy is excellent!

That being said, all of us down here at the Troc hope to see you soon. Stop in for the latest in fashionable accessories or come by to grab a gift for that special someone. New York themed or not, I'm pretty sure we'd love to have you. Actually... I'm positive we'd love you to stop by. We'd love it almost as much as we love New York.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Two for the Road: 11/19/09

Date: 11/19/09
Bag: Dior denim logo saddle satchel
Shoe: John Varvatos for Converse gray flannel Chuck Taylors
Worn with: C&C navy striped long sleeve tee, American Apparel black cotton cardigan, DVF black wool mini skirt, American Apparel black cotton yoga pants
It was a casual day at the Troc for me. While I would have loved to have worn some sexy high heels, patterned tights and a fitted suit, I just wasn't in the mood. I have to admit in the mornings I just gravitate towards the same comfortable shoes and clothing in my closet. Plus I am really trying to not repeat a shoe or bag whatsoever and am proud of my accomplishment thus far. But soon I will be repeating some shoes or boots but with different bag combos than what has been documented here. The bag is a gift from the Dior PR office long ago; I'm not a huge logo fan but this is classic Dior -- an archive shape in denim logo. And I don't own many Diors so this was a keeper. The shoes were stored in my office for years before I finally took them home. Actually, I don't think I've ever worn them until I moved here to Omaha. I wasn't really a sneaker-wearing girl in the city; but what I quickly realized was that these are great winter options for footwear because of the gray flannel and black accents. I'm wearing these with a favorite striped shirt from C&C (I think purchased on a Vegas trip) with my trusty AA pieces and DVF skirt. I found a photo of the striped shirt I am wearing; I'm pictured with the famous poker player, TJ Cloutier and his wife at the Bellagio. This is probably about 5 years ago...and yup, the shirt is still in great condition!
The funny thing about this day at work was that I was wearing argyle socks underneath my pants (the only pair I own) and turns out that PJ was also wearing argyle socks. Must have been argyle sock wearing day. Here's a photo...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Two for the Road: 11/12/09

Date: 11/12/09
Bag: Anya Hindmarch three pocket bag
Shoe: Manolo Blahnik tan mid-calf boots
Worn with: Ferre by Gianfranco Ferre silk sleeveless shift, Veronique Branquinho menswear blazer
This posting is not entirely authentic. I came to work with a Fendi brown logo tote but realized that this Anya bag that I carry in my shop coordinated with my outfit so well that I decided to show it instead. The boots are a gift from the Manolo Blahnik PR office and are super from the late 90s (though upon further reflection it might have been the early 2000s). They were definitely one of my first gifts and the dead giveaway is the pointed toe box. Lately I have been finding these really pointy toed shoes and boots and they haven't been looking so dated. I'm thinking they'll be back in fashion next fall/winter...My dress was purchased so long ago on sale somewhere and the jacket is either from Barneys New York in NYC or from Susan in San Francisco (one of my favorite shops in the world!). All I know is that I purchased many Veronique items including a skirt I still own and covet from Susan but I think the jacket might have been an additional purchase from Barneys or perhaps even somewhere else?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

From the Pages of a Magazine

Finding inspiration in magazines is nothing new for me. I regularly scour through the periodicals I subscribe to looking for ideas of what I can do with items in my wardrobe. Sometimes I end up buying an inexpensive basic or trendy piece to create a look; other times I take the idea I see in the pages and make it my own using similar pieces I already have. It's totally satisfying to come up with an outfit that I never thought of wearing with pieces I already own. It's all a matter of putting clothes and accessories together in a new way.

Today, for my shift at Trocadero, I re-created an outfit I saw in the December issue of InStyle almost to a tee, and added my own touch with accessories.

The outfit centers on a cream and silver brocade skirt that has a three-figure price tag. I happened to have a nearly identical piece in my own wardrobe that I'd purchased a few years back at H&M; I think it was even on sale. The rest of the outfit is basics that every girl should have: a white blouse, black tights, black oxfords and a navy blue blazer. I added my own twist with an inexpensive chain and pearl twisted necklace similar to the one in the magazine and my beloved Candace Ang bracelet from Trocadero (because I always have to have a piece of the store in my look, right?)

What's even more fun is that all the outfits in the feature center on the same item - the skirt I already have - and other basics like a black turtleneck, a jean jacket and a tank. It's an idea that any girl (or guy) can do: taking one piece and making lots and lots of outfits around that one central item. I know the jean jacket-tank-skirt-bootie combination will make it into my regular outfit rotation sometime soon.

Where do you find outfit inspiration?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dressing Up the Holidays From Head to Table

Recently I have been on a holiday high thinking of ways to get into the holiday spirit. Baking sweet treats with friends, drowning in "pumpkin harvest & fall" air freshener, strolling through the mall and department stores ogling the seasonal decor- all great ways to boost the cheer factor. But the holidays are not complete without the perfect accessories, and that goes for your table as well as you.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner there's no better time than now to devise a plan of how to dress your table. Forget the typical cornucopia or tired turkey basket filled with fall foliage. This year, try adding some spice to your spread by using playful dishes and chic accents.
Luckily, the Troc has you covered with our collection of unique houseware items that are sure to impress all of your dinner guests.

Add a quirky yet stylish touch to your table with a forest votive (below) or crumpled porcelain platter from Roost. The fun texture will definitely add variety to the setting. Lorena Barrezueta's elegant dishes are also a great pick to add function and flair to your feast. These pieces are fashioned after tin food containers but are made in fine porcelain.

Light a Diptyque candle or sit out an Antica Farmacista scent diffuser and the sweet, powerful aroma will be the first thing your friends and family notice when they step foot into your home.
The presence of quality perfumes and oils in these products will leave a lasting impression on the olfactory senses and help create that cozy holiday mood.

With these touches of interior glamour the holidays at your home will go unmatched, but putting on a great dinner or party does not end there. Whether you are hosting or attending, you can't do the holidays without the perfect accessories for your special ensemble.

For a pop of color or pattern to a simple updo or a sleek straight look throw on a Jennifer Ouelette headband or a feathered creation from Pluma. For party-perfect locks try some of Paul Labrecque's praised luxury hair care products.

Don't let your look slip through your fingers. Paint on a coat of our Rescue Beauty Lounge nail color (left: Black Russian) for a completely polished look, and slip on a set of Alex and Ani mixed metal bangles for a little more shine.

Treat yourself to an early Christmas present and splurge on a pair of shoes to carry you through the endless parties of the season. A heel like one of Brian Atwood's fancy creations are perfect to give you a little boost and a dash of charm.

A pair of Anne Black's playful earrings is the icing on the cake for any outfit, with styles ranging to compliment every outfit from casual to cocktail.

You can't go wrong with any of these home, beauty, or accessory items. They will take care of leaving your friends and family visually satisfied, but satisfying their taste buds is up to you. Happy Holidays from all of us at the Troc!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Two for the Road: 11/11/09

Date: 11/11/09
Bag: Fendi "Spy" bag in black logo
Shoes: Christian Louboutin black suede pumps
Worn with: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti black tank dress, Aqua gray cashmere cardigan with black piping, DKNY black tights
This was another coveted bag of the season: Fendi's "Spy" bag. Following in the footsteps of their famous older sister, the "Baguette," this secret compartment tote was all the rage for many a celebrity and designer bag aficionado. I was lucky to receive one of these totes as a gift from the Fendi folks. I actually love that mine wasn't in leather because it made the bag much more lightweight. To be honest, this bag is not very functional in its design; the opening is too small to easily get in and out of and there are no pockets inside so it's just a big cavernous "where the hell is my ____." The shoes were a pair that I picked out pre-fashion week to get me through the season of shows and of course were mine to keep post-season. I actually snagged the same pair of pumps for my editor-in-chief as well and a pair of ankle boots for my friend and partner in crime at the mag (she did the clothing; I handled the accessories). Let's just say that my colleagues loved me a lot. The Philosophy dress is my go-to dress for both casual events as well as cocktail and black tie ones. It's one to dress up or dress down and I like to wear it when I am having a blah day and want to look a bit more polished.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hello Everyone!

First, let me introduce myself. I am Alex, a newer member of the
Trocadero Team. I was raised here in Omaha, attended Marian high school, and then moved to New Orleans for college. I have a B.A. in Graphic Design from Loyola University. I moved back this February and have been lucky enough to be a part of this fabulous store since September.

Working for Alice, I have become aware of some amazing designers and truly incredible pieces: accessories and lifestyle items that, for the most part, can only be found at Trocadero (in Omaha and surrounding areas).

I haven't been the best in contributing to this blog, so I thought I would make my first one extra special. Maybe it's because I am a fire sign, but I truly love yellow gold and wear it as jewelry frequently. The warm metallic tone is a good reminder of summer while in this dreary winter. Luckily for me (and for you), yellow gold has been used in many designs this fall as an accent, in studs and zippers, and even in colored/treated leather. So the Polyvore below is all about gold!

At the top is a L.A.M.B clutch wallet in "Gilded" (yay gold!). This is a great wallet, mainly because it has tons of zippered pockets and card slots. It even has different textures of leather, patent, and suede. This great statement piece can spice up a basic colored purse or be a clutch for a fun night on the town. (It's also available in all black.)

To the right of the wallet is the killer Botkier "Trigger Moto Clutch" which is a great over the shoulder bag with detachable strap so it can be a clutch, as well. Large zippers are totally in this season, as well as studded leather. The gold accents are beautiful but not over powering. This purse is a favorite of many Trocadero employees (originally $395 on sale for a steal at $325).

To the right is the Anya Hindmarch "Maddock" bag in brown leather. The handle is gold metal that has inlaid leather in graduating tones and is exquisitely crafted. It is highly functional and would be a GREAT everyday bag. It also comes with a detachable strap for a cross body look. (We have a large in brown and a smaller version in black).

Below is the MZ Wallace "Paige" purse. MZ bags happen to be a favorite go-to of mine for the sportier everyday bag look, yet, are made of luxurious colored and textured nylon, accented in patent and plain leather. The gold zippered pockets make having an organized purse very easy! Not to mention, they are highly durable bags. (We have different styles and different colors: black, burgundy, and nutmeg.)

Below the MZ Paige is the ultimate sexy shoe: the L.A.M.B. "Jalonna". The brown and black combination makes dressing super fun because it goes with everything! There is a built in platform, so walking in the super-high heel is much easier than expected. Also, the gold zipper in the back is an extra touch of gorgeous!

To the left is Bond No. 9 perfume "Wall Street". It's top notes of sea kale and cucumber and base notes of vetiver and musk make this unisex perfume incredible. All Bond perfumes have the highest level of eau de parfum, which means they're super long lasting (you really only need one spray for a whole day) and they come in great artisan bottles. The black bottle with gold logos is a great addition to any perfume collection. (We have 14 additional scents/bottles that come in small, large, and some even as candles.)

To the left again is the L.A.M.B. "Jona" heel in gray leather with gold metallic inlays. The platform is also built in, so your foot is more comfortable. Gwen Stefani is able to make her shoes have the perfect mix of sexy & classy. The color is such a beautiful rich gray that it goes with so many fall/winter colors. The super-high heel also elongates the leg. (I swear... the Jona makes everyone look 10 lbs thinner.)

To the left is the Joie "Caravan" over-the-knee boot, which has been featured many times in the blog. It has double zippers in gold. The color is a rich dark gray/black with a lighter gray fully leather lined inside. It can even be folded over for a second look. It is truly the perfect fall boot and effortlessly transforms from a day look to night look .

In the middle is a Ilenea Makri seeing eye charm with 24kt gold. Her designs speak for themselves with a timeless and artistic beauty.

To the right is a set of Alex & Ani bracelets in gold! These bracelets are a great every day piece to wear. They are made of recycled metal and come in Russian gold and Russian silver. They become quite collectable with different charms, textures, semi precious stones, and groupings. The bracelets are also adjustable/expandable in size and lock to slide over any side wrist!

To the right are Kara Ross enamel gold rings. They are so fun and totally fabulous. Also available in teal, magenta, deep purple, and a rusty red.)

To the right is the Botkier "Marcel" clutch in a champagne colored leather with woven straps of gold metallic leather. It is a gorgeous clutch to wear for a girls night out or dress up for an event. It also has a metal chain strap that lets it double as cross body. (Originally $295 on sale for $225!)

Below that is my favorite jewelry item in the store. The Pade Vavra bird's nest bracelet is an absolutely beautiful item. Gold plated with pearl eggs, it is such a feminine, unique and gorgeous piece!

And finally, a "Stalactite" sapphire and gold plated ring also by Pade. It is very unique, yet again, and would be great cocktail ring or artistic piece to wear every day or to dress up any event! (Also adjustable!)

Well, I hope you all enjoyed my first blog. There will definitely be more to come. Stop in the store to see all the great items we have in. :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Two for the Road: 11/5/09

Date: 11/5/09
Bag: Devi Kroell matte gold metallic python hobo tote
Shoe: Jimmy Choo black slouchy boots with silver rings
Worn with: See by Chloe long sleeved silk mini dress, Strawberry black leggings
This is one huge bag. Talk about a statement piece. When Devi Kroell created this bag, it made fashion history. It was photographed in all the best glossies and featured in all the top specialty stores. She became an overnight sensation. I feel lucky to own one of these bags, a gift from the designer herself, as it is definitely an archival piece for my lifetime collection. My daughter (or niece) will be thrilled to inherit this one for sure. The boots are classic pointy-toed black boots from Jimmy and while I often thought about getting rid of them, I have a new-found respect for these oldies-but-goodies. They have a great heel, I think a 80mm, so they're low enough to wear all day long. The dress is a purchase from Intermix or Scoop (I think) and was bought right before Fashion Week one season. I must admit, there was a lot of "prepping the wardrobe" before the fashion circus began. You just needed some new pieces to get you through the month-long festivities.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Two for the Road: 10/31/09

Date: 10/31/09
Bag: Fendi "B" Bag in black patent
Shoe: Manolo Blahnik black patent open-toed three buckle pump
Worn with: Plenty by Tracy Reese black tunic top, Nanette Lepore leopard print skirt, Gerard Yosca and Lee Angel jet necklaces
Okay, I gotta admit that Manolo Blahnik can make an awesomely chic, classic but at the same time sexy shoe. Of all the Manolos that I own, this one is near the top of the heap. It has a perfect 90mm heel (3 1/2 inches) that is not too high, not too low. It has great arch support, a very sexy line and the skinny buckles are tiny, tiny and just hug the foot in the right way. I always feel really sexy wearing these heels and often take them with me on any trip where I want to get some height, be comfortable and look sexy but sophisticated. The Fendi bag was a press gift before Fashion Week one season. Some people got the double "B" bag; my former boss found it to be cumbersome and so did I. I liked my "single B" since it was much more lightweight and easier to maneuver. I must admit that often times my Fendi bags had terrible issues with the ease of getting into and out of them. My former boss actually cut herself on the closure of her double "B" bag. Yes, it was that tricky! I am wearing a top by Plenty that I bought at the Tracy Reese store on Hudson Street in the West Village in NYC and the skirt is from Super Saturday in the Hamptons, the yearly fundraiser that In Style and Donna Karan hosted to support the OCRF (Ovarian Cancer Research Fund). It was towards the end of the day and Nanette handed it to me thinking it would work for me. I love Nanette Lepore; she is definitely one of my favorite designers I met while working in NYC. She and her hubby were so lovely and kind people. And down-to-earth. I just might have to reach out and say hello to her the next time I'm in the NYC-area. Thanks, Nanette, for my lovely leopard skirt -- still rocking it after all these years! The necklaces are wonderful wardrobe staples from Gerard Yosca and Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel. I carry Lee Angel at the Troc (though nothing jet at the moment). I received both of these necklaces (and the bulk of my jewelry collection) as gifts from the designers themselves. I still have boxes upon boxes of costume jewelry that hardly ever see the light of day...I'll try to post more photos as I get the hang of it...
Oh, and the bonus photo are pillows that were gifts from Manolo Blahnik at the holidays -- a different sketch of a shoe each year. (And some Burberry pillows too from Christmas one year.)