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Serena van der Woodsen’s Latest Accessory: Bryna Nicole


The scandalous lives of the ever popular cast of Gossip Girl is not the sole reason for the show’s huge success. It’s also the fabulous fashion trends that are revealed. The very latest arm candy seen on Blake Lively a.k.a Serena van der Woodsen shooting scenes for the upcoming season of the high school drama is none other than the gorgeous Loyola bag in violet by Bryna Nicole. As many of you know, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bryna a couple of weeks ago and am absolutely in love with her colorful trendy bags.  Don’t forget to get yourself your very own Loyola satchel that comes in a variety of colors such as Black Croco, Grey, Red patent, Chocolate, Cream and of course Violet! Come fall, you will undoubtedly be in style and ready for some hot romance like the lovely guys and gals of Gossip Girl.



Mmmm…. Butter

Classic style with a few sophisticated touches and dreamy colors are what makes Butter Shoes the perfect choice for every woman. Hand sewn and beautifully crafted in Italy, these shoes are the brainchild of designer Nancy Geist and her long time business partner, Lee Riech. This isn’t the first time they have collaborated to create shoe magic— Cynthia Rowley shoes, Nancy-Nancy, Tibi shoesand Something Bleu, the unique bridal footwear line were also created by these shoe connoisseurs. Launched in January 2007, Butter shoes are their newest venture. If you haven’t heard about this gorgeous line of shoes already, it’s about time! Inspired by vintage style, the Butter shoe line is versatile with a wide variety of styles and soft, luxurious materials such as Italian nappa and suede, smooth satin and metallic wash fabrics.



These fabulous shoes can be found online at shoefly.com, simplysoles.com, endless.com, www.shopcopperpenny.com and the shoe store Tani in NYC. Butter Shoes retail around $198 for shoes and $450 for boots. Whether you are looking for daytime or evening shoes, the quality and comfort of Butter shoes also compliment its great price point. Something that was on the mind’s of these incredible designers as they absolutely refused to sacrifice quality to maintain affordability.  I wish all designers thought of that! So go ahead…indulge. After all, it’s not everyday we get to walk in shoes that are as smooth as Butter.



Fashion Spotlight Interview: Bryna Nicole

Over the last few years, Bryna Nicole handbags have developed a loyal following and become one of the most popular new names in the world of handbag design. The beautiful colors as well as the vintage inspired designs keep Bryna’s collections fresh and functional. Launched in 2006, Bryna’s designs — with an uptown luxury and downtown cool, as she puts it is made to suit every woman. As a San Francisco native, Bryna continues to celebrate the city by naming her gorgeous handbags after hidden alleys in San Francisco. With her Fall and Holiday lines soon to hit stores, I caught up with Bryna to talk about everything— from her fashion icons to being a one-woman show running her own business. Read on!

Fashion Spotlight: You began your career as a stylist and fashion consultant. How has that influenced you as a designer? 

Bryna Nicole: It has definitely given me more insight into what women really think about and want when they are getting dressed


FS: What was is it like to manage your own design company at 25?

BN: Well, its been a few years since I was 25, but then and now it has been challenging and rewarding.  The day-to-day decisions are sometimes tough and I have no one to tell me if I’m making the right one.  Staying motivated is easy though because I love what I do.


FS: I love that you play with colors and different styles in all your collections. Which of your bags is your favorite and why?

BN: I’m definitely one to carry a bigger bag than I could ever fill—being 5’10” it suits me to have the Loyola Satchel on my arm at all times.  I carry it in most every color.


FS: Where do you draw your inspirations to design your collections?

BN: A lot of it comes from what I need as a woman living in a city, going out with friends, traveling a ton!  I always pay attention to women that seem to have a thrown-together sense of style that somehow always comes out perfectly.


FS: Your bags are manufactured in New York. Do you ever want to relocate your company to the US fashion capital?

BN: I doubt I would entirely relocate because I do love San Francisco too much to leave.  I am considering opening an office in New York one day to be closer to the fashion center as well as many of my resources and factories.


FS: Designing and promoting your line must keep you extremely busy. What do you do for fun/to relax?

BN: Lately I’m not sure what that means!  I love to travel to European cities and beaches when I have a chunk of time.  Otherwise when I’m home I relax by going to the gym or for a long run, visit vintage and antique stores and hang out with my husband.


FS: What are some of the new trends you think we’ll be seeing in handbags?

BN: More exotics—whether real or embossed leather—the texture that these add is just amazing.  I think suede will be big for spring, as the chic bohemian trend seems to be going strong.


FS: Who is your ultimate fashion icon?

BN: I don’t think I can choose just one – Kate Moss for the ease that she puts an outfit together with, Edie Segwick for her effortless but bold choices and 60’s style, and Kate Hudson for the bohemian chic I always adore


FS: What websites/fashion blogs do you read the most?

BN: None really consistently


FS: Who are some other designers that you admire, and why?

BN: Miu Miu and Chloe handbags for their custom hardware, attention to detail and slouchy silhouettes; Alexandar Wang b/c he’s so young and has already developed a strong character and sense of style, and Alber Elbaz for Lanvin has been putting out some really fabulous collections in apparel as well as accessories.


FS: Anyone famous you would like to see carrying your bags?

BN: I guess the people mentioned in this interview would be great


FS: What’s on your “must-have” list for Fall?

BN: Dark stockings, grey suede pumps, lots of chunky sweaters, and a new pair of dark skinny denim


FS: You’ve talked about expaning your brand with a shoe line. Can we this happening soon?

BN: I feel that I still have a long way to go with bags.  I think different categories of bags, such as computer, diaper, men’s and small leather goods will come before shoes.


FS: What advice do you have for aspiring designers?

BN: Put together a solid business plan, do your market research, design what you love and be an individual.


FS: What sets the Bryna Nicole brand apart from other designs?

BN: I use the best Italian leathers with tons of texture and variation in each piece.  The colors are bold but wearable and I design for women who need a stylish bag that stands out but is so nonchalant that they can wear it every day.




Fashion Spotlight Giveaway: Melanie Auld

I’m excited to announce the very first Fashion Spotlight reader giveaway with one of my favorite designers — Melanie Auld. She’s an incredible jewelry and handbag designer, (if you recall my previous post on her fabulous collection), and I’m so pleased to give all of you the chance to win this beautiful pair of earrings  (retails for $126).  This will be a great week for one very lucky reader! Below are the rules on how you can join in on the fun for a chance to win.





  • E-mail fashion.spotlight@yahoo.com and tell me what you like most about Melanie’s designs
  • Make sure to include your full name and address
  • One entry per person
  • You have until Thursday, August 14 at midnight (PST) to enter
  • The winner will be announced on Friday, August 15 — come back to find out if you’ve won!

Good Luck! I’m so jealous already.


I Heart chloe and reese

Not Sevigny and Witherspoon but the beautifully designed dress collection — chloe and reese by Annmarie Scotto. Named after two girlfriends; Chloe from Paris and Reese from New York, Scotto’s collection is a combination of her two friends’ style — classic glamour meets New York downtown cool. Channeling her style icons Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, Scotto has reinvented the classic party dress for the modern stylista with a Fifties vibe.



This fall Scotto has also introduced a range of separates and coats to compliment her gorgeous gowns. So make a quick trip to the chloe and reese showroom where you will be offered hundreds of choices in styles that are interchangeable — I can’t wait to grab some of these swoon worthy items for myself. With a perfect mixture of sophisticated style that is fun and flirty, chloe and reese dresses in luscious fabrics and colors, manage to compliment any silhouette. Form flattering tops, nipped waists and flared skirts make each of these dresses wearable but also stylish and refined. So whether it’s day or night, the chloe and reese collection is suitable for taking you from work to all those fabulous cocktail parties. Whether you intend to dress it up with heels or flats, there’s a perfect outfit with your name on it.



Designed for a modern woman involved in her career as well as her family and friends, these dresses are made to bring out the fun, feminine side in all of us. And most importantly these dresses can be worn for any outing — from a local bar down the road to a date night movie or even a picnic with your friends. And don’t forget about wedding season— it’s not over yet.  If you are going out of your mind trying to find the perfect wedding outfit let chloe and reese help you out. You can find a variety of colorful designs suited for any wedding theme at a moment’s notice. From a country club celebration to a bohemian-themed festivity, or from a swanky black-tie event to a Vegas wedding bash, chloe and reese dresses will make you the envy of everyone. And that’s the most fabulous part about this collection — beauty meets versatility and all for an incredible price (retail prices ranging from $200 – $495).




Art For Your Closet



Tired of sorting through heaps of clothing on hangers that won’t hold in your closet? Whether you’ve got a tiny space or one that Kim Kardashian can organize, Ladybug Art wooden hangers is a great solution. Sweet and simple, the hangers are decorated with a mixture of 80s style, girly girl and girly punk motifs for adults, while the children’s and dog collections have a variety of silhouettes and cute baby things, like candy, animals, scooters, and clothing. These two collections also have an option to personalize hangers for precious baby outfits and doggy leashes that make for fashionable gifts. Now you don’t have to spend a fortune to dress up your closet or keep those special outfits out of harm. With these playful chic hangers your closet will never be the same again.


glamRock Jewelry — For the Rock Star In You

Bright colors and floral designs are generally a must-have during the summer. Even the Fall runways this season are filled with bright, flowery coats and dresses. But what if you wanted something a little more ballsy? Something that shows off the inner diva in you? glam and glamRock jewelry collections designed by Triple C Designs has just what you are looking for. Their pieces are edgy and glamorous with just the right touch of femininity celebrating bold, independent women everywhere.  Both collections are undeniably stylish and sexy, but the coolest thing about them is the reasonable price point. Isn’t it a great feeling to discover quality fashion that is actually affordable? The glam collection comprises of printed jewelry and fun, flirty purse accessories while, the glamRock collection is a more classic and chic line.   



Being the bag lover that I am, my favorites are the long coin purses and studded clutches because they capture each of my different moods. When it’s a fun night out on the town with my girlies I mix it up with the bronze Heavy Metal long cosmetic purse and the beautiful Maggie necklace. But when it’s time to catch a performance of Gwen Stefani and the like, I’m more in the mood to carry The Stud or The Queen with a touch of the Michelle Bracelet— perhaps, a sign of my inner rock chick. With fun designs to complete every outfit, glamRock jewelry lines also make it easy to travel in style with cool luggage tags, purse hangers, passport holders and folding cosmetic cases to complement your free spirit. Finally, a jewelry collection that is worth the money and of course, worthy of your rock star style.