The Halloween windows are up and they are my favorite windows perhaps in Siren history! The theme is Haunted Library. Here are some pictures…

 

Edgar Allen Poe and The Raven on Mary Green silks!

Edgar Allen Poe and The Raven on Mary Green silks!

 

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

 

The back of Hitchcock has a bird... only one this time!

The back of Hitchcock has a bird. Only one, thank goodness!

 

Tarot cards - check! Ouija board - check! Devil mask - check!

Tarot cards - check! Ouija board - check! Devil mask - check!

 

There are so many goodies in these windows, I barely know where to start. Center stage we have the silk chemises, screen printed with a woodcut image of Edgar Allen Poe, the Raven, and Alfred Hitchcock. The Hitchcock chemise also has a bird on the rear! Nothing like bringing a bit of the macabre to bed with you! All around these beautiful centerpieces are enchanting objects – tarot card plates, mercury glass skulls, the ouija board tray, venetian masks, creepy creature dishes, vials of mysterious potions and cannisters of questionable contents. And books – lots of spooky books! What better way to celebrate the advent of Halloween than with a good, scary book? Chilling movies are fun too, and we are posting some of our favorites on our Facebook page. You may or may not have known that Maria is a fan of horror movies from way back and has seen just about everything in the genre from the popular to the obscure. Grim and gruesome are her delights! Me? I am a confessed chicken. Bawk bawk!

 

If you would like to indulge in the spooky season with us, we are celebrating early! Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st we will be featuring intuitive tarot readings with the talented and popular medium Dorean. (Call the store for appointment information – she books up!) And of course we will have yummy treats – what’s happy about a Halloween with no treats?

 

Come in and see what intrigues you this spookiest of all months! Who knows what magic lies in wait?

Summer continues, and we can all still enjoy flip flops, barbeques, sprinklers in the yard, and whatever other summer stuff floats your boat. Maybe an actual boat? Some of us are pining for fall (guilty), while others are cringing at the very idea (I’m looking at you, teachers). The truth is that Fall styles are rolling in this month, like it or not!

You may have heard us talking about the “shows” this month. These are not fashion shows with runways, but enormous expositions of goods that retailers like us comb through to select lines of clothing, accessories and home goods for you, our beloved client. The shows wreak havoc on our schedules, not to mention our brains (information overload, anyone?). What is most amazing to me though is how far in advance we need to think. For example, these August shows largely feature designers’ collections from the “Resort” 2013 season. (And you thought the seasons were Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring? Oh, no.) “Resort” is the season after “Holiday” (which is separate from “Winter”) and before “Pre-Spring” – yes, that’s “Pre-Spring”, which is altogether separate from “Spring”. So if you are thinking you’re not ready to look at Fall clothes yet, try having done Winter, Holiday, Resort and a smattering of Pre-Spring already!

Of course the shows can be fun. We see designers and reps who, after all these years, have become friends. And everyone can commiserate in the sense of overwhelm the shows bring for both buyers and sellers alike. Sometimes, in addition to a friendly face, we are lucky enough to find a bit of inspiration – designers are creative people, after all, and so are (oftentimes) the people who work with and for them. We don’t do mean people. Life is too short, and there are too many good people out there to waste our time with, well, the other kind.

Designer Vee Lapnarongchai, formerly head of knitwear for Derek Lam, has the most amazing sweaters! Plus, don't you just want to squeeze him?

Designer Vee Lapnarongchai, formerly head of knitwear for Derek Lam, has the most amazing sweaters! Plus, don't you just want to squeeze him?

 

Designer Christian Francis Roth in his booth with model. Can't wait for his stuff to come in!

Designer Christian Francis Roth in his booth with model. Can't wait for his stuff to come in!

 

Dear friend (and sales rep extraordinaire) Peter Berta with Designer Amy Matto.

Dear friend (and sales rep extraordinaire) Peter Berta with Designer Amy Matto.

 

Salvatore Console, designer for Amy Matto with our beautiful rep Tara, wearing the Amy Matto Beach Dress or course!

Salvatore Console, designer for Amy Matto, with our beautiful rep Tara, wearing the Amy Matto Beach Dress of course!

 

Sell it, man!

Sell it, man!

 

Jeans designer to the stars, David Kahn, and his amazing rep, Jessica. Best. Jeans. Ever. Love you guys!

Jeans designer to the stars, David Kahn, and his amazing rep, Jessica. Best. Jeans. Ever. Love you guys!

 

Two peas in a pod, Doris has been in the fashion biz forever and miraculously remains kind and funny, and our own Danielle Gonzalez, designer of Verona Black accessories.

Two peas in a pod, Doris has been in the fashion biz forever and miraculously remains kind and funny, and our own Danielle Gonzalez, designer of Verona Black accessories.

 

Maria dragged Jeff all over the shows, but how could he complain since he got to hang out with Peter? Love the pants!

Maria dragged Jeff all over the shows, but how could he complain since he got to hang out with Peter? Love the pants!

 

Film Noir meets schoolgirl - this holiday season features a fun new twist on metallics!

Film Noir meets schoolgirl - this holiday season features a fun new twist on metallics!

 

We LOVE this red coat for Fall!

We LOVE this red coat for Fall!

 

Beautiful no matter how you look at it!

Beautiful no matter how you look at it!

 

Simplicity is always chic!

Simplicity is always chic!

 

Maria is obsessed with this dress and its simple, sheathy European aesthetic.

Maria is obsessed with this dress and its simple, sheathy European aesthetic.

 

Everyone is loving this new twist on the preppy shirt dress!

Everyone is loving this new twist on the preppy shirt dress!

 

I can't wait to try this one on myself! It's a timeless silhouette.

I can't wait to try this one on myself! It's a timeless silhouette.

 

...and the beauty is in the details!

...and the beauty is in the details!

 

Bags abound - we love this color palette of grey and cream - so rich!

Bags abound - we love this color palette of grey and cream - so rich!

 

And these bags from Spain have us speechless - they have to be felt (and smelled) to be believed. Beyond gorgeous - and these are at Siren NOW!

These bags from Spain have us speechless - they have to be felt (and smelled) to be believed! Beyond gorgeous - and they are at Siren NOW!

 

Keep your eyes open for the new styles rolling in – we can’t wait to share them with you! Enjoy the rest of Summer, Sirens – squeeze out every last drop of fun! xoxo

We get loads of clients coming in to accessorize a certain dress or outfit for an event – weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, black tie events, or even just a night out with the girls. Some of these clients have realized that the secret to guaranteed success with such a venture is to bring in the dress! What better way to be certain that the length of a necklace or earring works with the neckline of the dress, or that the the color works, or that the overall effect is the look that you’re going for? It seems obvious, right? But what we’ve learned is that sometimes clients feel guilty bringing in a dress to accessorize that they didn’t buy from us. Honey, please! If you’re going to insist on allowing guilt into your world at all, conjure up something more interesting to feel guilty about than that! We love seeing your fancy dresses, and we love helping you accessorize for all your fabulous events. So if you are local and know that you need a little something to add to a look, bring in the goods! We may or may not (probably will) make you put it on, and then we (that includes you) will go to town to find just the right little something! Heck, we can take pictures and send them to your friends if you need a little back-up – happens all the time. Take away that shred of doubt and get what you know works beautifully. Come in and get dressed!

Jun.29.2012

Beach beautiful!

We are happy to say that we’ve refilled some old favorites, with updated colors! The light and airy Matta scarves, which do so well in all seasons, have come back to us in the happiest palette imaginable – look!

Matta Summer Palette

Matta Summer Palette

These scarves are a light silk and cotton blend, and are wonderfully ample in size. Perfect for blowing in the breeze a la Grace Kelly, or wrapping around your shoulders in chilly air conditioned 5-star restaurants! For Sirens who prefer more muted tones, we have some of those too.

And if you’ve been in, you know we’ve got the biggest bestest beach hats to keep you totally shaded and chic. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are also totally packable, squishable, and re-shapable. Flip up the front, or flip up one side, or keep it all low and add the big sunglasses if you’re trying to keep your adoring public at bay. We know – it’s not easy being you. Fame can truly be a burden…

Happily, too, we have refilled many popular styles from Satya – extra good for a zen summer! July birthstone is ruby and August is peridot – we’ve got styles featuring both! This Siren is a summer baby, and if anyone is wondering, I’d be happy with either of these two:

Peridot - my birthstone!

Peridot - my birthstone!

 

Peridot and gold - also good!

Peridot and gold - also good!

 

Satya jewelry looks great on the beach, which is why it was featured in last year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. And speaking of swimsuits, we’ve got some HOT ones! God bless Karina Grimaldi and her sense of South Beach style!

The Cannes Swimsuit in orange knit - rowr!

The Cannes Swimsuit in orange knit - rowr!

 

The Cannes Swimsuit also comes in white knit. If you’ve been looking for a sexy string bikini, look no further! Dare to bare it this summer, you wild thing! 

One more thought for a summer evening look – the Monaco Maxi Skirt (also from Karina Grimaldi), which we have discovered doubles as a dress! It features a super soft foldover waist panel which works equally well at the bust, and whichever way you wear it, it sings a song of summer chic!

Monaco Maxi Skirt in Gold Stripe - Hamptons Hot!

Monaco Maxi Skirt in Gold Stripe - Hamptons Hot!

 

So, Siren, we hope you are enjoying this season of light and warmth. Laugh, dance, wear your SPF and may all your barbeques be blessed!

Mothers and daughters, we’re finding, don’t often have the same ideas when it comes to styling for prom. Usually they come to an accord in the end, but the process is not always pretty! I have to tell you, if I ever said “ugh! whatever!” to my mom, there would have been no new jewelry, and possibly no prom. But that’s a topic for another blog! What it seems to boil down to is that daughter wants to looks beyond spectacular  but mom doesn’t want to break the bank. Where can these two apparently irreconcilable viewpoints find harmony? At Siren of course!

Clutches, as we always say, are fun but really you walk in with them and they end up on the table the rest of the night. So if you have something you can use at home, go for it. If you don’t, look for something fun, preferably something that either mother or daughter (or both) might use again.

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Hard case clutches with a bit of sparkle that fit iPhones – hooray! We have black, silver, gold, gunmetal and some fun colors as well. And of course if you’re British obsessed as we are (we can admit it) there are these too…

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Obsessed. It’s a result of growing up in the 80’s with all the fabulous alternative British bands. It never leaves you. But I digress.

Or, maybe you have a dark side - a skull-loving, black-hearted secret demi-goth lurking in the corners of your persona. We love that about you! In that case, maybe you need to go more in this direction…

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None of these clutches are going to break the bank, and there are more to choose from as well, so plan to come see us, and let’s move on.

Now as for earrings, we have some new lower priced sparkleys to choose from, including but not limited to these guys…

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Of course we are seeing a lot of girls leaning away from bling and toward more color, both brights and softs. Here is a tiny sample, a taste test, if you will…

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And even more popular are the beachy beauties and nudie exotics like these…

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Now as many of our local sirens know, on most days there are more earrings here at Siren than you can even digest in one visit. So come with an open mind, and preferably with your dress and shoes too, and get to tryin’ on!

Speaking of shoes, have you pondered your after-prom options for when you are done and I mean DONE with those heels? Here’s a little flat from Melissa that you will wear and wear and wear…

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Available in sparkley silver, sparkley gold, sparkley pink, and sparkley black – did I mention they’re sparkley? Is that even how you spell sparkley? Maybe glittery is more what they are. You get the idea. This silcone flat can get wet – it can even get dirtied up because all you have to do is run it under the tap to rinse it off – it is your no-worries little shoe and it couldn’t be cuter! And after hours of dancing in heels, your feet will thank you a million times over! This is a buy you will not regret, and I swear you’ll wear these all summer and beyond! I LIVE in them. And I’m not even going to prom this year. 

So moms and daughters rejoice! Find peace on the middle ground here at Siren. I’m breathing a sigh of relief on your behalf already! Now come in and get gorgeous!

Our new cashmere ballet wrap is in overwhelming demand! The light cashmere weave is perfect for Spring and the draping in front looks beautiful tied or left loose. We’ve had clients buy it to wear every day, and we’ve had clients buy it to wear over dresses for more formal affairs. You can’t beat the feel of cashmere and the colors are delicious!

ballet wrap bermuda blue

Cashmere Ballet Wrap in Bermuda Blue

Ballet Wraps and Fade Straw Bags

Ballet Wraps and Fade Straw Bags

 

Plenty of other colors are available, including neutrals if all this color is making you twitchy.

 

Next, if you’ve been wanting to bring the beach house to your house, we have just the thing! Our weathered wooden trays hint at overexposure to sun and sand, and the featured sea creatures will sing the salt air right into your heart!

Sea Trays

Sea Trays

Lobster Tray

Lobster Tray

 

We love these summery trays! They’ll look extra good with a pitcher of your favorite beverage on them! (I’m particularly fond of the octopus.)

 

Lastly for now, we are so jealous of these Little Girl Bracelets because they are too tiny for us, but they are too cute for words! Anyone who has a little girl in her life will find these irresistable. I’ve watched the process – she gasps how cute they are, she sees if it fits on her own wrist, she names the child who would love it, she puts it back, she picks it up, she tries to resist, she ends up buying three.

Little Girl Bracelets

Little Girl Bracelets

 

That’s what’s tickling our fancy today, Sirens! Stay tuned for more!

For all of you who are not blessed to be near us in person, here are some shots of our latest window. Maria painstakingly selected her color palette, and created the gorgeous opera skirt by hand. While her methods may seem overly meticulous to some, her finished product always shuts them right up! Let’s start with the creative process…

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 She starts with the hat. Tiny rosebuds!

It looks gorgeous!

It looks gorgeous!

 

Inspired by color

Inspired by color

 

The bigger task begins

The bigger task begins

 

In the process

In the process

 

So Maria sets up her creative space in the store, taking over the Home and Gift area in the process – flowers everywhere! Note the beautiful Jane Woolrich corset that Maria uses to complement her work!

She makes it to the window!

She makes it to the window!

 

Once we get the mannekin in the window with skirt intact, it’s smooth sailing!

 

From the interior at night

From the interior at night

 

From outside at night

From outside at night

 

The window by day

The window by day

 

 

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Romantic!

The side window, featuring lingerie from Frances Smily, accessorized with Jan Michaels necklaces.

 

Sheer poetry... literally!

Sheer poetry... literally!

Last but not least, our front door window, featuring a love poem from Pablo Neruda on a beautiful antique easel…

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,

or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,

in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

 

I love you as the plant that never blooms

but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;

thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,

risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

 

I love you without knowing how, or when or from where.

I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;

so I love you because I know no other way

 

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,

so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,

so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Do you like the smell of blood? Maybe you do and you just don’t know it. Blood Concept is a new line of fragrance based on blood type. Given that it is nearly Halloween (and everyone has vampire fever anyway), we thought it a fitting time to introduce the line here at Siren. Hailing out of Italy, Blood Concept plays on the primal draw to blood, and the idea that your blood type may dictate more than just a suitable transfusion. Of course you don’t have to choose the one that matches your blood type – you may be a quirky exception to your blood type rule, after all. Here is what the company says about their line:

Filled with legends and meanings, blood is soaked with mystery‚ fascination and respect. It’s the most tested and studied part of human body and it guards a multitude of secrets that reveals our inner and unique way of being. BLOOD CONCEPT is a private celebration of the vivid and fascinating liquid that flows in our veins. Because blood is actually the river of life. A, B, AB and O, retrace the evolution of humankind through time and its record of information, history and mutation, so well kept in the vital flushing of blood. BLOOD CONCEPT is a mystic ritual with no flowers to be found: deep as primeval Africa in O‚ aromatic as the scent of familiar land in A, bold as unpredictable itineraries in B, bold and sharp as a metropolitan skyline in AB. Ending each time with the same subtle and mysterious note: a metallic vague suspicion.

It is true, there is nothing floral about these fragrances. It is also true that there is a just detectable metallic hit at the end. Intriguing - even for us warmbloods. The fragrances are most certainly unisex, though we’ve learned that “unisex” is a category that only Americans really care about. Everyone else seems able to just appreciate a fragrance on its merits. Blood Concept’s packaging is medical clean, and the fragrances are available in sprays or droppers, which we love – so in keeping with the whole theme!

Twilight fans, I was forbidden to make reference here to a certain vampire who shall remain nameless. The Queen of the Sirens favors the classic dark and twisted vampire over the new sparkly kind. But I feel you. And here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure, because try as you might to resist a trend, the vampire has been a sex symbol for centuries.

Gary Oldham in Bram Stoker's DraculaSpike and Buffy

The Lost BoysEric

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angel and demon

spike and giles

I love Giles (see above, with tea). Not a vampire, but what a good character! Feel free to tell me if I’ve missed your favorite vampire here. (Except for that sparkly one. Not happening.) In the meantime, we’ve all discussed it and we’ve come to the decision that Johnny Depp needs to do Vampire. Can you imagine? Why has no one thought of this? Why has this not already happened? It seems so obvious! Seriously, just think about it for a moment. A…MAZE…ING. I could die. Do you think he has something against vampires? I mean, it would have to be a great one. Complicated. Brilliant. Dark and twisted. Someone please get the man a script!

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Blood Concept is available now at Siren. Come in and have a “taste”!

Sep.26.2011

Apothecary?

Jars and potions, magical fragrance – these things have always intrigued us. And so we have decided to build an apothecary section into our collection of beautiful things here at Siren. We are only choosing things we love, of course. The most magical elixir of the moment is Rodin Olio Lusso. If you’ve opened a women’s magazine lately (or even a men’s magazine – they were in GQ), there is a good chance you’ve seen this stuff. An amber oil in a simple glass jar with a dropper, and a write-up extolling it’s miraculous virtues, along with the story of its creator, Linda Rodin – a supermodel from before the phrase was coined turned New York stylist. In her quest for the perfect skin regimin, she ended up concocting this mix herself, after two years of experimenting. Her fashionable friends all began to demand some for themselves, and thus, the line was born. The Luxury Face Oil was first – it’s the original. But the line also now includes Luxury Body Oil, a super-emollient Lip Balm, and a Luxury Hair Oil. (”Olio Lusso” means luxury oil, fyi. In Italian, I believe.)

 

The Vogue write-up

The Vogue write-up

We were so intrigued by all this that we decided to carry the whole line – Olio Lusso for the face, for the body, for the hair, and even the lip balm. Maria is swearing by the face oil already, crediting it for the new, bright perkiness to her complexion! Come in and try a few drops!

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The Oprah write-up

There are many other fabulous items already in our apothecary of beauty, and more still to come. Stay tuned, sirens!

If you joined us last year for some of our events, you may have had the pleasure of enjoying fabulous ballroom dance performances! Join us again this weekend, April 2, for a fun night of fashion, dance and music! We are happy to celebrate the Grand Opening of Greenwich Ballroom with our friends and wish them great success! I can tell you it is shaping up to be quite a party! Live band, wine tasting, yummy food and open bar… and of course, a Siren fashion show! But not just any Siren fashion show - this show will feature unique fashion from Haus of Estrada! Yes, Antonio and Jesus Estrada will be there, boasting there latest designs! Come to the party! 
Join us!

Join us!

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