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  Konplott Comes to Faye's

I LOVE JEWELRY!  And, I have collected a lot of beautiful jewelry over the years.  So, it’s rare that I come across pieces I truly covet.  Sure, I can see a piece and think, “Wow!  I really like that.”  Then I realize it’s because I have something similar in my jewelry box. So, do I need to have it – nope.

KONPLOTT is different. These are statement pieces with a story.  You can’t help but be drawn to the bold design…the color combinations…the stones.  Each piece contains up to 8 organic, rare, natural materials and is handmade by craftsmen in Europe and Asia.

While KONPLOTT is new to the US, it is a 25-year old European couture jewelry collection, represented in over 800 European stores.  KONPLOTT has its own stores in Germany, Japan, Spain, Paris and France!

KONPLOTT’s  designer, Miranda Konstantinidou, was honored at the Bijorhca Exposition in Paris by a jury including Elle, Vogue & Marie Claire for "uncompromising trendsetting" and "best complete collection".  Miranda is the first non-French person to ever be feted at this competition.

Whether you end up selecting a piece for your jewelry collection or not, you owe it to yourself just to gaze. It’s akin to visiting a Jewelry Museum. 

The show is currently in Brookfield and will move to Mequon.

MEQUON: THURS, OCT 30 THRU WEDS, NOV 5

**Our rep, April von Backstrom, will host the show in Mequon on Friday and Saturday (Oct 31/Nov 1).**

The collection will then return to Brookfield.

BROOKFIELD: THURS, NOV 6 THRU SUN, NOV 9

 

Yours in fashion,

Faye

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  Trina Turk Event at Faye's!

"I encourage women to embrace some color, whether it's tights or a scarf or a sweater. Color livens you up a little bit--color and caffeine." ~Trina Turk

Amen!

My personal wardrobe is pretty much all black and grey. You can more than likely relate? However, I totally agree with Trina that color "livens you up." This season I'm encouraging customers to buy a colorful coat...what better way to meet the Polar Vortex head on?

Trina Turk studied apparel design at the University of Washington in Seattle before apprenticing with designers including the iconic jean company, Brittania. Trina decided to "give it a go" and work for herself. She admits to never aspiring to be the next big name--she just wanted to design clothes that were practical for the contemporary woman. But, Trina is forever a California Girl; and her collection has always had an unmistakable Southern Californian influence: colorful; easy and breezy.

Trina's Fall 2014 Collection is inspirational. We recognize her usual strong architectural silhouettes, and we appreciate the beautiful florals and painterly prints.

Any wonder we are thrilled to host a Trina Turk Event in our stores? Make sure to join us...it's another Faye's Exclusive:

Mequon: Oct 23-26

Brookfield; Oct  30-Nov 2

Yours in fashion,

Faye

Posted by Faye on 10/20/2014  |  1:10 PM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Anna Beck Jewelry Event in Brookfield!

You’ll often hear me talk about a signature piece of jewelry – you know, that piece that is uniquely YOU…the one you wear nearly every day.  Anna Beck jewelry is The Signature Piece for many of Faye’s clients.  And, not surprising: each and every piece expresses the harmony of the traditional Balinese way of life.

The idea for Anna Beck originated when Becky Hosmer traveled to Bali for vacation.  She fell in love with the culture and their artistries.  Becky befriended a Balinese silversmith, and the rest is history! She now resides in Bali, working directly with designers and silver and goldsmiths.  Each piece of Anna Beck jewelry is handmade by Balinese artisans, taking anywhere from hours to days to complete – depending on the complexity of the design.

One of the reasons we gravitate to Anna Beck is that Becky donates a percentage of proceeds to Bumi Sehat (Healthy Earth Mother), a Bali organization that provides free healthcare to women and children under the age of five.  Bumi Sehat believes in building peace – one mother, one child, one family at a time.  A highlight for Becky was meeting Bumi Sehat’s founder, Robin Lim, in 2011 when Robin was awarded CNN’s 2011 Hero of the Year Award.

The Anna Beck Jewelry Collection is exclusive to Faye’s in Milwaukee.  During the Anna Beck Events, we have the largest assortment in our history.

October 9-12 in BROOKFIELD
October 16-19 in MEQUON

Hope to see you.  Namaste.

Yours in fashion,

Faye

Posted by Faye on 10/9/2014  |  1:28 PM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Being Elegant Isn't Easy...But, It's Possible

 

When I opened my first store over two decades ago, I thought I was going to be in the fashion business.  And, of course, I am.  But what I didn’t realize was that I was really going to be in the SELF ESTEEM BUSINESS!

Our clothes are the armor in which we head off into our personal challenges each and every day.  If we don’t like what we’re wearing or we’re uncomfortable in our clothes, our self0confidence is eroded.  Conversely, if we think we look good, we hold our head higher and act with more confidence.  And, people respond to that confidence.  Like it or not, how you see the world and how the world sees you depends a great deal on how you look.

In my business, I see a whole lot of women who at some point just start to wave the White Fashion Flag!  When do elastic waistbands and sensible shoes get to be OK?  In my book: NEVER.

One of the quickest ways to age is to stop paying attention.  We don’t’ stop paying attention to the news or what’s happening in politics and culture.  So why would we stop paying attention to fashion and makeup and hair?

There is a way to update every season, regardless of your age or body type.  And, I’m not talking about a wardrobe overhaul.  It’s not about transforming…it’s about evolving.

ALWAYS NOTICE!
Notice what other women are wearing.
Do you like it?  If so, WHY do you like it.
Deconstruct the look.
Do you not like it? WHY don’t you like it?
Deconstruct the look.

Subscribe to one fashion magazine and read it every month.  

To quote the eponymous designer, Miuccia Prada, “Being elegant isn’t easy.  You have to study it like cuisine and art.”

Do the work, and your style will evolve, and your entire life will be better for it.

Happy Holidays. Peace On Earth.



 

Posted by Faye on 12/19/2013  |  7:35 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Feeling sad...guilty...lucky...

Rick and I attended the Symphony Gala last night.  And, of course, the table talk centered around the horrific events of the week.  Everyone's emotions were myriad, conflicted, and swirling.  There is bone wrenching grief for victims, but also sympathy for a 19-yr old kid who probably could not wrap his still adolescent brain around what he had done?

Then, there's also the sense of relief we feel that we and those we love dodged yet another bullet (literally!).  Things seem so fragile these days, don't they?  And, there's a sense that ANYTHING...truly ANYTHING could happen at any moment. 

It's always a struggle to balance the privileged life most of us enjoy with the sadness and tragedy that surrounds us in our city, our country, and the world.  How should we go about our daily lives?  Should we be doing more?

Maira Kalman, a contemporary illustrator and essayist, explains how she manages such disparity.  Maira says, "You're always balancing great hope and love of everything with great despair and sadness.  I understand the wave of things keep going.  And you muddle along."  Maira muddles, I call it "putting one foot in front of the other."

I also find comfort in this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote where he exhorts us to "...find the best in others, to leave the world a little bit better, whether by healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived." 

At the end of the day, can it be about anything more than having tried our best in our life's work, whether that is helping refugees in Syria or helping a women find an ensemble that makes her feel better about herself. 

I'll never join the Peace Corps...I can't imagine taking a month off to help with disaster relief...plain and simple, I'm far too selfish and somewhat of a coward with a weak stomach.  I understand that my rationalization of how I help on a daily basis might seem farfetched.  But, it feels true to me, and like many of you, it's the best way that I have found to use my God-given talents and skills.


  

 

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  BIGGER IS BETTER!

Have you been watching the progress with our expansion in Mequon?

We are adding approximately 60% more selling space to our Mequon store!  We have taken over the former Spoke/Valentina space, and we're keeping our existing space. WHOA! (Completion date should be on or about April 1st, but you know how these things go.)

The new location will allow us to showcase our existing roster of designers much more effectively.  And, of course, we’ll be adding new designers.  If there are other collections you would like us to consider, we're all ears!  Just mention to one of our staff or shoot us an email at BUYERS@fayes123.com

We could not be more excited and hope you are too?  This would not be possible were it not for our loyal customer base and the steady stream of new friends we make each and every day.

Thank you, thank you!

Faye

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  Favorite Christmas Memories

Every Christmas when I set up my creche, I laugh out loud remembering this story. 

I had a colleague, Mary, when I worked in the ad biz.  I recollect that she was Irish Catholic and one of several children.  Her brothers were pranksters -- constantly pulling practical jokes.  She related the story about the Christmas when her mother discovered Baby Jesus was missing from the manger in the family's creche.  In the cradle, there was a note,
"I get the bike, you get the kid back!"  Her brothers had struck again.

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  AMEN, SISTER...I mean, BROTHER!

Cute anecdote from an NY industry event where Simon Doonan, Barney’s Creative Ambassador, emceed:

“My grandfather believed that women did not belong in the workplace.  But to put that in context he also believed that you could catch venereal disease from wearing other people’s shoes.  What’s my point?  My point is that men are idiots, and that women are smart, creative, problem solving, glamorous, fabulous, overachieving and genius."
 

Onward, smart, creative, problem solving, glamorous, fablous, overachieving and genius Girlfriends!

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  Chef Thomas Keller Dinner at The Grain Exchange

WOW! What an amazing event...400 foodies at the Grain Exchange for a delightful Bartolotta-sponsored evening...Chef Thomas Keller of Per Se, French Laundry and Bouchon Bakery held court!

It was one of those times when I am so proud of our city.  The crowd was a mix of ages...everyone looked beautiful...the food was spectacular...and the Grain Exchange is truly a lovely venue.  Last night, Milwaukee could hold a candle to any city in the country. 

Friday I'm headed to the Barefull Contessa presentation at the Riverside (after dinner at Bacchus)!  It is a Food Fest for Faye this week.

YUM!

Posted by Faye on 10/30/2012  |  6:19 AM  |  Add/View Comments (2)

 
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  A BLOG ABOUT THE BLOGS

It was high time for me to blog -- it's been awhile. So, in preparation I re-read some of the latest staff blogs.  I got lost in the words and the images.  I love reading about what my staff does when they are not at work and what they care about. I work with an amazing group of people...not just because they are hard-working and care about the business.  But, because they do all this other Really Important Stuff like taking care of  their friends and families and pets and helping out in the community.  I am proud to call each and every one of them my colleagues. 

Posted by Faye on 10/3/2012  |  6:01 PM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Impressive, huh?

Every year, Rick and i take a week long trip with my family.  Otter Tail Lake in MN has been the site of this gathering for well over 15 years!  It's a truly wonderful time.  My brother, Michael, is an amateur tournament walleye fisherman, so we do a lot of fishing.  If we're lucky, the week culminates in the Famous Coppin Fish Fry.

It's a truly relaxing time with lots of reading, swimming, skiing, fishing, drinking, and eating.  Since my mother passed, the job of sugar cut-outs and Hershey's Syrup brownies falls to the First Born -- that would be me.  Impressive, huh?

We leave Saturday. I can't wait. 

 

 

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  Field Trip To Taycheedah!

So, at the Mount Mary Fashion Show last month, I met Tracy Milkowski, Director of that university's  Women's Leadership Institute at Mount Mary,   We got to talking, and she mentioned plans to take her students to Taycheedah Women's Prison in Fond du Lac.  "Whoa," I said, "that sounds really interesting!"  Tracy invited me along.  Today was the day.

I was taken aback by many things:

- the facility and grounds were spotless and pleasant...not unlike a "dated" college campus!  However, there is no air conditioning anywhere in the prison!  The buildings were already starting to heat up.

- their education/certification programs include dental lab technician, cosmetology, and workshop (plumbing, drywall, electrical), etc.

- the prisoners are out and about on the grounds -- usually in groups of 2, chatting like we would on a stroll through Lake Park!

- some prisoners were playing softball.  There was a volleyball court, a vegetable garden, a walking/running track, and a full-scale gym. Inmates help with keeping up the grounds -- flowers were being planted today, and shrubs were being trimmed.

- prisoners interacted w/us freely -- virtually every single woman (and there were hundreds) looked relaxed. Really!   One even commented on my shoes, mistaking my Paul Mayer flats for Chanel!  "Oh, Girl," she said, "I do love shoes!"

- the sewing room has a state of the art fancy dancy sewing machine, and the inmates make gorgeous quilts, baby blankets, bibs, aprons, etc.  They are always in need of scraps of fabric and yarn.  Maybe we can help here?

- inmates are separated into various "dormitories," whether minimum, medium or maximum security.  Sleeping arrangements range from single rooms to a large open dorm w/bunk beds.  Only the maximum security facility looked like "traditional" cells we've become accustomed to from TV.

- inmate ages range from 17 to 83.  Some looked a mess...others were in full-on makeup and beautiful hair.  Some were stunningly beautiful.  Some looked exactly like boys or men!

- our tour guide was Michelle Harris, who heads up their mental health services.  Michelle has worked both in male facilities and female facilities.  She said that approximately 80% of the female inmates have some mental health diagnosis vs only about 35% of the men.  I found this so interesting.

- the Mount Mary students had read a prisoner memoir entitled, Orange Is The New Black, in preparation for today's trip.  They discussed it on the way to Taycheedah.  One of the students had "grown up" in the prison system, -- her mother having worked in prison administrations.  To listen to this student talk about how the workings of a prison were such a large part of her normalcy was so very interesting.

Bottom line, it was a fascinating day.  I can't say it was depressing, mainly because the facility looked cared for, the staff was engaged, and the inmates appeared relaxed.  However, the experience was extremely draining...you can't help but sense the various energies and "stories" of these incarcerated girls and women,  We left for the prison at 8:30 and arrived back at Mount Mary at 1:30.  It felt like 6PM.

I am a better woman for having seen this.  How can I/we help?

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  Strange But True?

In this month's Lake Country's 30 WEST Magazine, there was a little blurb about STRANGE BUT TRUE facts. Source for the "facts" was not given.

- hummingbirds are the only creatures that can fly backwards

I knew this...watch 'em all the time at our feeders

- the lighter was invented before the match (a converted flintlock pistol in the 1500s, before the match in 1826)

didn't know...don't care

the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue

what does that even mean?

the average human will eat 8 spiders while asleep in their lifetime

REALLY?! definitely did NOT know that.  how does ANYONE know this?

Ok -- so share your best STRANGE BUT TRUE fact.  If you can top spider eating, there's a gift certificate in your future. I get to be the judge.  Oh -- and no snoring...you know what happens when you sleep with your mouth open!

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  Good Self Image

"There isn't anybody that looks like me without clothes on."

Marilyn Monroe (circa 1960)

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  from PARIS IN LOVE

 

I just returned from a lovely family vacation in Baja.  Oh-so-relaxing with plenty of time to read.  One of the books I devoured was

PARIS IN LOVE: A MEMOIR by Eloisa James…

It was written by a woman who spent a year in France with her family – kind of a diary about what was going on in their life.  And, there were a couple of little fashion-related musings that really resonated with me, and I found particularly charming. 

 Eloisa James wrote, “A Parisian woman’s style has nothing to do with high heels, and everything to do w/confidence.”

I maintain that you don't need a lot of clothes, you just need the right clothes. Eloisa James says it this way,  “Outfits are like casseroles --- you only need to know how to make a couple.”

 And, then there was a passage that had to do w/Ms James discovering tailoring.  I know that a nip and a tuck can take a pair of pants from ill-fitting to The Pants You Never Want To Take Off Your Body.  A nip and a tuck can take something from pretty to STUNNING!  

Eloisa James puts it this way:   "In Paris, it is routine to take new clothing to the tailor and have it fitted.  I once had my French friend look at me as if I were out of my mind when I confessed to entering a tailor’s shop only if a hem dragged behind me like a Renaissance cape.  It turned out that she wouldn’t dream of wearing pants without first altering the inseam, and the same goes for crucial lines in jackets, dresses, and almost anything but socks.”

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  Practice What I Preach!

As I write this, I am packing for a Wetzel Famly trip to Cabo and attempting to follow my own advice!  It’s especially tricky packing for an “out of season” trip ‘cuz you’re rediscovering your seasonal wardrobe: “OMG, I forgot about this adorable sundress I bought last year.  This will be perfect!”  Yup --   added temptation to pack too much.

Here's what I preach.  But, let's see what ends up in my suitcase!

  • Concentrate on simple separates paired with dramatic accessories (scarves and jewelry)
  • Tuck in a top vs wearing it out. 
  • Don’t pack anything you only plan to wear once (underwear and cocktail dresses are an exception.
  • You don’t need several pairs of shoes.  How about a wedge or small heel; a sandal; and flip flops.  Sneakers allowed but only for exercise! Wear the wedges on the plane ‘cuz they would take up the most room in your suitcase.
  • Consider changing from wedges to flip flops with a couple of your ensembles. VOILA! Entirely different look.
  • Chances are there are stores where you are going. You don’t have to plan for every eventuality.
  • Wrinkled out of the suitcase? Unpack…hangers on the shower rod…fill the tub with hot water…close the door…go to bed =  MAGIC!
  • Pajamas should be able to make an AM coffee run. For me that means yoga pants, bra cami, and a cardigan or shawl.
  • Keep your toiletries packed from one trip to another.

Do you have any Tricks of Travel to share?

 

  

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  Pass The Popcorn, Please

I think it's very interesting to take stock of how our media habits have changed in the last few years with the advent of the Kindle...DVRs...the Start Over feature on our TVs...tablet computers...etc. 

One of my greatest joys used to be going to the movies.  Actually, I preferred to go alone on Mondays (my day off) late afternoon.  I would buy a bucket of popcorn bigger than my head and a soda and call it dinner.  Sometimes I would be the only person in the theatre: Private Screening!

But, now with MOVIES ON DEMAND and NetFlix on my iPad, I can't remember the last time I went to the theater.  This week alone I watched My Week With Marilyn and Jack and Jill with Adam Sandler!  A couple of weeks ago, I went thru an entire season of Downton Abbey on my iPad on a Sunday afternoon.

I love the convenience of my new habit.  And, I can't say that I really miss my Private Screenings!  Plus, the popcorn is better at home -- Rick makes it for me!

Now, the question is will I see Hunger Games when it's released for in-home viewing. I don't think so.  The premise is just so darn disturbing, isn't it?  Won't read the book either.  Have you seen it?  What did you think?

Do you find yourself viewing/reading differently these days?

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  The Real Housewives vs The Frozen Planet

I am so looking forward to the premiere tomorrow night  of Discovery and BBC's The Frozen Planet.  Can't turn around without seeing trailers or hearing about it on NPR.  It's a seven episode series :

About Frozen Planet

 From the makers of Planet Earth and Life, Frozen Planet is the ultimate portrait of our earth's polar regions, where the scale and beauty of the scenery and sheer power of the natural elements are unlike anywhere else on the plane
 

A co-production of Discovery Channel and the BBC, and narrated by award-winning actor Alec Baldwin, Frozen Planet premieres on Sunday, March 18, at 8PM e/p. 

Watch with me?  Lemme know what you think.

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  Old News but Still Fun...

 Have you stopped talking about the Oscars?  We're still opining now and again.  I had such fun the morning after on the Morning Blend w/Bjorn Nassett and Molly and Tiffany dishing about our BESTS and WORSTS.  These were my sentiments:

 

TRENDS I NOTICED

nude Colors (interesting ‘cuz this season’s sportswear is so colorful and graphic)

Minimal jewelry...diamond coil necklaces looked fresh

A lot of matching between makeup and dresses and jewelry

Bottom-of-dress interest

Peplum

Stringy Hair????? (Nina Garcia on the Red Carpet w/Tim Gunn before the show)

 

My OSCARS go to

 Penelope Cruz. for MOST OTHERWORLDY BEAUTIFUL CREATURE

Sigh….

 

Tina Fey...FOR FINALLY LOOKING LIKE A STAR (and standing up straight)

Peplum is a trend, and it looked good on her

 

Stacy Kiebler...FOR THE NIGHT'S BEST ACCESSORY (George Clooney)

Oh, the Marchesa dress was lovely, too

 Other Standouts

 

Meryl Streep...

LOTS OF LAME -- too much lame

Sometimes doesn't bother to get it together...she tried......really hard...give her points for that

 Maya Rudolph

Simple yet interesting...hard to do both of these in 1 dress.

More earrings?

 Rooney Mara

Simple but edgy...just what we would expect

Givenchy...said she chose the dress just "hours before the ceremony"

Guess that didn't leave enuff time to find jewelry!!!!!

One of the diamond coils that were all the rage woulda done the trick?

 Cameron Diaz and J Lo...don't know if it was intentional, but I thought their Matched Look at the dais worked.

And, the booty shot was classic

 Gwyneth Paltrow

Tom Ford column w/cape: Fashion Superhero

One of the biggest "risks" of the night

I like it

Princess of Monaco

Really?

Dour

Forehead the size of Monaco

 Michelle Williams

Orange peplum dress: LOVED the brooch; pink clutch a lovely surprise

 ANGELINA....classic LBD/red lips

This was a "miss" on a lot of lists...but, this is a "fall back" look for most of us, and it ALWAYS WORKS in my book...I didn't see the "jutting right leg" that everyone is all aTwitter about

 CJ Weighed In:

Gwyneth Paltrow- ohh my gosh. Love the dress. Even more…love the matching cape she had over it on the red carpet.

 Stacey Keibler (Clooney’s date/girl)- looked like a beautiful Oscar statue in her gold number

Sandra Bullock- serious in the front and sexy in the back

 Michelle William- peplum perfection. Simplicity with the jewelry made it a homerun

FROM ALEX:

Christian Bale scares me!

I thought Robert Downey Jr looked good in all black and a sparkly grey bowtie!

 My faves were Gwyneth… Gorgeous. Good ol’ Tom Ford!

Sandra Bullock. She’s so pretty and sweet.

Cameron looked good from afar.

JLo, boring… hair too harsh.

Glenn Close looked so good with her lil nod to her character.

I liked the pretty mint dress on The Artist actress…

 Did anyone else notice it seemed to be all about the earring?

LISA L RESPONDED:

Oh, Alex is oh so wrong!!!  Christian Bale, so hot.  Robert Downey Jr., yes, yes, yes.  Gwyneth, beautiful and I don’t even like her.  Sandra, can you say bag??  Cameron, just eat.  JLo fabulously beautiful even if her hair is harsh. 

 JEN D'S FAVES:

Gwyneth

Glenn Close

Cameron Diaz (Jen is gonna cut her hair)

but her Best Of Show?  Sandra Bullock!

 

OK, if you haven't totally moved on, let us know what you thought? 

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  Spring Trends that Continue into Fall!

Linda Lanigan, Sarah Hoxie and I got back from NY last night.  We were shopping for Fall 2012.  Yes, it's crazy: most of you haven't even begun your Spring shopping in earnest.  And, here we are at Faye's betting we know what you're gonna want to buy for Fall.  But, that's the way this industry rolls.

On the plus side, it's always good to know what's on the horizon.  As customers, you want to know if you're buying something that's this season's hot item only to turn around next spring wondering what in the world possessed you to fall victim?

Well, there's quite a bit I can tell you are Sure Things not just for spring but also for fall:

COLOR -- especially anything in the orange/coral family

GRAPHIC PRINTS -- wallflowers, step aside!

COLOR BLOCKING-- we're seeing this for spring, but it really comes on strong for fall!

SHEATH DRESSES -- don't be afraid of sleeveless.  Sleeveless sheaths are all the rage for fall.  Bare your arms and/or grab a cardigan or jacket.  Consider layering a tissue thin t-shirt underneath

LEATHER jackets...anything with leather trim...and SUEDE, too

AMERICAN INDIAN/NAVAJO-inspired pieces, especially ponchos

PONCHOS and CAPES

So, there you have it.  Armed with knowledge about the next season, you can be oh-so-much smarter when you shop for spring!

Happy (and smart) shopping,

Faye

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  VEGAS, BABY!

OK, so Linda Lanigan and I spent Mon-Thurs in Vegas at the MAGIC/PROJECT denim/casual show.  Neither of us are gamblers, and we just shake our heads when we have to walk through the cavernous casinos "on our way to work!" "What is the deal with all this...we just don't get it," we exclaim to each other. 

Well our CFO/COO, Michelle Karch, feels oh-so-differently.  Vegas is a favorite getaway for her and her husband.  So, in one of our phone calls back to the stores, Michelle made us promise to play $20 in the slots for her. We didn't know where or how to begin. Where does the money go into the machine? Do u buy chips? How do u play? We were totally stymied.

We decided to ask a pleasant looking grandfatherly type if he would show us. He professed to have won a million dollars and a car at the slots in his lifetime. We began to get excited and feel lucky.

We played MK's $20...and then I put in another $20.  At one point I think Linda was up $4? We really couldn't tell.

Gambling is NOT our thing. Unless we count 3 solid days of buying stuff we're gambling is going to sell? Wait! I guess we are Really Big Gamblers!

Faye (and Linda)

Posted by Faye on 2/17/2012  |  11:24 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Lazy Sunday...PERFECT!

I LOVE Sundays.   I still get up at my usual pre-dawn hour of 4:30!  But, it's only because I can't sleep.  I'm too excited to get started doing nothing.  Actually, I work a lot on Sundays at the computer and around the house, but the luxury of doing things at my own pace, with no schedule, is about as good as it gets.

Took in a yoga class at Lake Country Racquet.  Rick's cooking a lovely breakfast.  And, then it will be time for a nap with the dogs.  Baked chicken and root vegetables on the menu for dinner.  With a nice bottle of wine...oh, yes the wine.

What's your idea of an Ideal Day?

Posted by Faye on 2/12/2012  |  11:28 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  What a lovely event at the Woman's Club on Friday!

Our spring 2012 fashion show at the Woman's Club of Wisconsin on Friday was a smashing success, even if I say so myself!  The event was a fundraiser for the Woman's Club Foundation, and it was sell-out crowd!  My  math says we helped raise in excessl of $10K. 

The ballroom of the historic landmark WCW building on Kilbourn is a gorgeous venue. All  the chairs were decorated with oversized neon (THE rage for spring) bows in pink, green, and yellow -- a spectacular counterpoint to the white chair covers and white table linens. (Nobody appreciates a well-done tablescape than I.)  It was a sight to behold.

There was such positive energy the entire day from the guests, member models, and WCW staff.  It's events like this that reinforce how much I love my business and the many different directions it takes me.

Posted by Faye on 2/5/2012  |  8:46 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Oh, How I Love This...


From novelist and essayist, Carole Edgarian, “Style is how you see the world and how the world see you.  It isn’t today and it isn’t tomorrow; it isn’t a dress or a car or a shoe or a comment – it’s the cut of your sail as you cross this crazy, uncharted sea.  Far ahead, legions of boats have already made the crossing – some grander, some more sleek – and still newer boats are always coming up behind you  Style is the manner in which you navigate your one remarkable voyage.” 

Posted by Faye on 1/29/2012  |  4:53 AM  |  Add/View Comments (1)

 
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  My Friend Laura's Mom and Dad!

 Laura Manthey and I worked together at the ad agency, McDonald Davis (now BVK), oh-so-many years ago.  Laura was an art director, I was an account service person.  I left the agency in 1991 to open Faye's; Laura left shortly thereafter to "go out on her own" as an art director.  She set up shop in Denver. 

Laura designed the Faye's logo, and has been doing our advertising ever since. So, that means Laura and Faye have been working together for well over 30 years!  When people ask, "who does your advertising?"  I always have to stop and think 'cuz Laura and I have been concepting together for so long, it's hard to know where one of us starts and the other stops.  And, now CJ (Faye's Asst Marketing Manager) has joined our little circle and added her fresh voice.

I've always been fascinated by Laura's family.  Her father, Carl Manthey, was an art director in Milwaukee, and he painted as an avocation.  And, her mother was an artist, as well.  When Mr. Manthey passed away recently, and Laura's mother moved to an apartment in Oconomowoc, Laura shared a treasure trove of her parents' artwork with her friends.  We collected everything in the Wetzel basement, and Laura's friends visited and were gifted with beautiful pieces of art.  Laura knows the stories behind most of the paintings, so the works are especially meaningful. 

We continued to store some paintings in our basement, and every day when I would see them, I just thought it was such a shame that they were "buried."  So, I talked to our visual merchandiser, Jen, and she came up with the "Made With Love" theme for our Mequon Valentine's Day window.  We are showcasing the original  clothing designs of Katie Wiesen from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and the artwork of Carl and Dorothy Manthey.

The remaining artwork is for sale, and the proceeds are going to charity.

Come and take a look.  It's a lovely experience. 

 

 

  

Posted by Faye on 1/22/2012  |  7:16 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Not wind or rain or sleet or SNOW

I was invited to attend a Business Women's Social Hour at the University Club on Thursday night.  I was really looking forward to it, until the First Snowstorm Of The Season began to show its strength.  All day I was checking my email, sure the event was going to be canceled, but NOPE!  So, rather than leave Brookfield at 5 to arrive at the U Club at 5:30, I left at 4:30, thinking that would be plenty of time.  Once I got on 94E I was mumbling to myself, "You are crazy to be driving in this?  Just turn around and go home.  No one is going to show anyway!"  But, the North-Dakota-Walk-To-School-In-A-Blizzard-Girl that I am, I gripped the steering wheel and drove (crawled) on.  It took me an hour and a half to get downtown.  And, yes, I mumbled all the way.

I parked my car...checked my coat...and took the elevator to the 6th floor.  The elevator doors opened, and there in front of me was a spectacular view of the snowy Milwaukee skyline and a room FULL OF WOMEN.  These women had a night of networking and socializing planned, and a little weather was not going to stand in their way. 

 I had such a great time: caught up with lots of women I knew and made some new friends.

Women never cease to amaze me -- we are so darn strong and powerful.   Does anyone even utter the words "Weaker Sex" anymore?  Well, maybe yes, but not about women.  :)

Posted by Faye on 1/14/2012  |  7:39 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Is Anybody Sleeping These Days?

Sleeplessness appears to be an epidemic these days.  Seemingly everyone I talk to has trouble sleeping.  Usually, it's not getting to sleep...but, STAYING ASLEEP.  That's certainly my problem: I turn off my iPad...lay my head on my pillow...I'm out!  But, then: 1:30 or 2:30 (if I'm lucky) I bolt awake, and my thoughts start to roll.  It doesn't make a difference whether I'm worried about something or not.  One thirty AM or 2:30 AM, I'm wide awake.

I don't allow myself to get out of bed 'til 4:30.  Most of the time I'll doze in that interim period, but I am not sleeping soundly.

Tried Tylenol PM...my daughter-in-law gave me Melatonin...nothing seems to really work.  Or, if it does work, it stops working after a period of time.

Now, I have to admit to not feeling inordinately sleepy most days, but there are nights I'm barely getting 4 hours of Good Sleep.  What time to do I go to bed?  Most nights between 9 and 10, and I am dead tired when I crawl up the stairs.  (Why wouldn't I be?)

And, as I said at the beginning, there are lots of friends and customer to commiserate with.(See Michele's blog from yesterday!)  Age doesn't seem to be much of a factor: pre-menopausal, menopausal, post-menopausal, we're all staring at the ceiling.  Some of you are getting up and going to your computer.  It's not unusual for me to get emails from you written in the wee hours of the morning.

So, got any answers or at least a theory why we can't sleep?  Are there any remedies that work for you?

Z Z Z Z zzzzzzzzzzz... I wish!

Posted by Faye on 1/6/2012  |  5:55 AM  |  Add/View Comments (1)

 
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  Making New Year's Resolution(s)?

Funny -- any time I have made changes in my life, it usually is in the fall.  Fall is always the Time Of New Starts for me.  It think it goes back to fall being the time to "head back to school?"

But, I do always take time to reflect around this time of year and take stock of my habits, demeanor, lifestyle, etc.  At 62 years of age, I know myself pretty well. So, you can be sure I'm not going to make major changes. I think  I'm self aware enough and I hope I'm humble enough to know what I have a chance of changing and what spots this leopard will go to her grave with.

Today, Rick and I head off on a road trip to Mpls to see his children and our grandchildren for Yet Another Christmas.  The drive will be a good time to reflect on the coming year.  Maybe I'll ask Rick what he would like me to change?  Second thought: no, I won't be doing that.

How do you feel about New Year's resolutions?

Posted by Faye on 12/30/2011  |  6:26 AM  |  Add/View Comments (1)

 
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  So Nice To See You!

I worked in Mequon yesterday, and it was just so much fun!  The store was crazy busy, and everyone was in such a good mood.  I love this time of year in Mequon 'cuz my retail life flashes before my eyes.  Customers' husbands come in to have us help them...customers stop by for last minute gifts or just to chat...and, customers' daughters (and sometimes sons) are home for school break and stop by to catch us up on what's happening in their lives.

It's times like this that I am especially grateful for my business.  For over 20 years it has allowed me to work at something that i am passionate about.  But, above all, I am constantly amazed by all the wonderful, interesting people I have met.  Thank you for making Faye's a part of your life.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Posted by Faye on 12/23/2011  |  7:53 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Faye's Favorite Things

The time efor talking "theoretically" about what I'm going to get the people on my Christmas list is over.  It's time to put my money where my mouth is.  I'm honing in on my final selections:

- For my sister-in-law who is a Total T-Shirt And Jeans Girl: SLEDGE thermal tee, and a colorful one at that!  SLEDGE tees have understated graphics and some have a little bit of embellishment -- not too much; just enough. Price is right, too at $69-89.

- My San Francisco sister-in-law who has impeccable taste:  Martha gets cashmere "sweatpants', of course.  $330 (Rick has to pitch in on this one.  But, then it's his only sister!)

- My niece will  love a JPK totebag.  I'm thinking the fuchsia one.  Amy is a volley ball coach and works in a nightclub. She's always schlepping stuff.  It's perfect! $189.

- My beautiful daughters-in-law are getting jewelry.  Something from Dogeared; Me & Ro; Anna Beck;  or Virgins, Saints and Angels.  Each of these collections has a meaningful sensibility.  I'll pick the perfect piece suited to their unique personalities.  $59-$325.

- All the girls will get texting gloves ($29) and the fair trade bracelets from Nepal ($19) in their stockings.

Yesterday, on WTMJ's Channel 4's Morning Blend, I did a show and tell of all of these items.  Check out TMJ's website for a peek website 

Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas..

I tal 

Posted by Faye on 12/17/2011  |  5:41 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Grandma Obrigewitsch's Sugar Kuchen

Last week Wisconsin Energies needed to do some tree trimming on our property 'cuz of power line stuff.  When they left, they hung a copy of the 2011 We Energies Cookie Book on our door.

Now, I've heard about this cookbook, but I'd never actually seen a copy.  Have you? OMG -- it will bring tears to your eyes:  every cookie and candy recipe you remember from your childhood..."old school" food photography...and spiral bound (when's the last time you saw something spiral bound?).  A veritable trip down memory lane of my childhood holidays.  (Grandma Coppin's English Toffee was something we waited for all year.)

This cookbook is a pure delight.  I pulled out a pen and paper and made a grocery list of eggs, sugar, flour, butter (lots of butter), and vanilla.  Tomorrow I'm going to do cutouts.

What is your favorite Christmas food memory?

http://www.we-energies.com/recipes/ 

Posted by Faye on 12/10/2011  |  7:55 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Dear Santa...What I Really Want For Christmas Is...


One of the things I believe the Faye's Staff really excels at is gift suggestions.  I'm a firm believer that gifts need to have a lot of thought behind them if they are going to be appropriate and, better yet, meaningful.  I love articles and features about gift ideas -- they help spark my imagination. 

I'm working my way down my personal list of what I need to get.  Her are some of the things my family and friends will find under the tree:

- leather gloves with Statue of Liberty or Eiffel Tower charm zipper pull.  How cute are these?

- tie dye scarf. The colors in these are so sophisticated. 

- duePunti stack rings.  "duePunti" means ".02 carat diamond" (or, at least that's what they told me).  My niece is going to love a stack of 3 of these.  ($89 each)

- texting gloves will be in all my girls' stockings.

- cashmere open cardigan in a yummy color for my sister-in-law (I drew her name!).

- Tory Burch flip flops for my niece -- a new pair every Christmas has gotten to be a tradition!

- Anna Beck necklaces for friends.  These are handmade in Bali and come in the loveliest of gift boxes.

Happy Shopping (locally, of course!).

Oh, and if you've found The Perfect Gift To Give this season, please share it with us.

Oh,    Oh,

Posted by Faye on 12/3/2011  |  6:41 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  WATERWORLD!

AY YI YI! 

Last night, after a fashion show we did, Jen and CJ stopped at the Brookfield store  to unload fashion show clothes and pickup the clothes for this morning's  Morning Blend.  They were greeted by approx. 2” of water in the backrooms and soaked carpeting throughout about 75% of the store.

WATER LEAK!!!!!

Rick and I loaded up the wet/dry vac and drove to B.  We worked for a couple of hours, and he brought me home approx. 1:30AM.  Then, Rick worked w/a professional cleanup crew (that Michelle had rustled up at the midnight hour)  until about 4:30.  Store is out of commission today…fans throughout the store…hopefully, we can reopen tomorrow. 

 There is minimal mdse damage: had to throw out a few shoe BOXES that were sitting on the floor; a couple of dress belts that were hanging on the floor were wet.

 This could’ve been so much worse.  Stroke of luck that Jen and CJ had to stop at the store. 

We'll see you Mequon today, or goddess willing, in Brookfield tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

Oh, BTW, the perfect fashion footwear for using a wet vac is a pair of wellies. 

 

  

Posted by Faye on 11/18/2011  |  6:39 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  a glamorous (?) weekend...

I'm trying to conserve my energy: it's gonna be a Big Weekend.  Tomorrow night is the Harvest Ball for Stillwater Cancer Services at the Delafield Hotel.  Our friend and local TV personality, Susan Kim, and her husband are chairing this important fundraiser.  Rick and I will be there, and we're looking forward to it.

There's only one problem -- I need to be at the Pfister on Sunday morning for the Divine Savior Holy Angel's Mother/Daughter Fashion Show at 7:30AM..  WOW!  This is a very big deal, too: 800 attendees.  CJ and Jen Daoust have been styling models for 2 weeks.  Katie Knuteson will be helping me out on the runway, narrating the ensembles. 

So...only 1 martini Saturday night and just a little dancing.  Unless, I decide not to go to bed at all.  Ha!

There's a part of me that's really looking forward to the weekend.  And, there's a part of me that's longing for  4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon when all the festivities are behind me.  I'll be enjoying a glass of wine at home with Rick,  the dogs and cats at our feet. Rick has promised to make his famous ragout for dinner.  I hate to wish my life away, but do ya know what i mean?

What are you doing this weekend?

Posted by Faye on 11/11/2011  |  4:41 PM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  tall...skinny...young...rich

 

More times than I care to count, someone I meet will say, "Oh, I love your store.  But, it's only for skinny girls!"  Or, "I'd love to shop in your stores, but I can't afford to."  Remarks like this tear my heart out! 

Can you buy a Missoni coat at Faye's for $1200?  You bet.  But, you can also pick up a pair of earrings for $5!

And, as far as Faye's Only Carrying Small Sizes...here's my story, and I'm sticking to it: 
 Most of our designers offer sizes 0-12 or 2-12.  Sometimes they will go up to a size 14.  If they do, we buy it.  Very rarely, we can get a size 16.  The reason for this limited range of sizes? When you get above a size 14, the proportions change drastically enough to dictate entire new patterns.  To be honest, we have difficulty keeping sizes in-stock at both ends of the spectrum (0/2 and 12/14).  We can't seem to strike the right size distribution.  But, believe me, we keep trying -- and we buy sizes across the board. 

My best and most honest comeback to these hesitations to shop Faye's is to encourage all customers to "get help when you come in the store!"  My sales staff is professional, and they know their merchandise.  And, not just what's on the floor but how things fit!  For instance, say you are a size 10, and you are looking for a pair of pants.  My staff would bring you size 10s...but, more than likely they would bring you size 8s (that they know fit generous) and size 12s (that they know are running small.

Still skeptical?  Yesterday on WTMJ's Morning Blend, we did a segment featuring ensembles at or around $200.  Check it out: seeing is believing. http://www.themorningblend.com/  

What's your impression of Faye's and our merchandise mix?  We really do LOVE to hear from you: the good, the bad, and the ugly.  We have broad shoulders.  And, we're constantly looking to improve.

Posted by Faye on 11/5/2011  |  10:24 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  When the cat's away...the mouse will do whatever she wants to...

So, Rick left this morning to visit his children in Minneapolis.  Usually we would make this trip together to spend time with our 5 grandchildren.  But, we had obligations both tonite and tomorrow night (Ballet's Dracula Transfusion Party!).

Rick's kids have been begging  him to come and see their household projects.  Kathy is in the middle of a kitchen tear out, and Paul has redone a bathroom.  Yup -- these kids are handy handy handy --just like their father.  So, rather than put it off until the holiday craziness set in, we decided to "divide and conquer."  Rick's doing the familiy stuff, and I'm taking care of our social obligations here.

But, I gotta admit -- being alone for a weekend sounds absolutely delicious.  Just the dogs, cats, fish and me.  Since Rick and I work together, neither of us is shy to admit that some Alone Time is just what the marriage needs every now and then.

Does anyone out there feel the same way?  Or, does a weekend without your spouse sound like The Loneliest Number?

Posted by Faye on 10/28/2011  |  4:36 PM  |  Add/View Comments (1)

 
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  Happy Birthday To Me: 20% OFF STOREWIDE SALE

I LOVE my birthday...do you like your birthday?  What's better than a day that's ALL ABOUT ME?  Yesterday I was in my Brookfield store, and it was crazy busy with our pals coming in to take advantage of my 20% OFF STOREWIDE SALE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.  And, everyone would stop by my desk to say "Happy Birthday."  Soooo much fun!

Oh -- and what do I want for my birthday? I think one of the snake print MZ Wallace handbags that came in yesterday..  And, dinner at Sanford's.  Rick -- are you reading this?

 

 

 

Posted by Faye on 10/21/2011  |  9:06 AM  |  Add/View Comments (1)

 
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  Fashion Show for HAWS (Humane Society of Waukesha County)

Friday night we participated in a fashion show fundraiser for HAWS.  Oh, this was the most heart-warming thing we have ever done!  I wish you ALL coulda been there.  Models and their dogs strutting the catwalk.  The Model Room with the dogs was YouTube hilarious!

This was the first year for the event, and we didn't know quite what to expect?  But, WOW -- HAWS has got it all together.  Pam Rische was the event organizer/coordinator, and she did a bang up job: great runway with spotlights, lit backdrops on the runway, and a cityscape background.

 B’Lou, Next Door, Georgie (consignment shop), Bieg Boutique and Faye’s were featured.  Marilyn Mee from KLH was the emcee, and she did a fabulous job.  David and his creative gang from Salon Medusa did amazing hair and makeup.

My staff,  CJ and Lisa Lammert (who is allergic to dogs?!), worked with our amazing customer models and their dogs!   A big thank you to Heidi Crimmins, Quinn Ellis, Meredith Marsack, Jennifer Skinner, Cindy Price, and Christine Schlagenhauf who rocked the house in their Faye's ensembles.  And, there is no doubt that Quinn's three-legged cancer survivor dog, Boo, stole the show.

Local fashion mavens, Joe Massimino and Amy Strong,  volunteered to coordinate the models and see that they got on the runway in the proper order.   

There were about 150 people in attendance (?) – I’m guessing.  I believe this event will grow into a monster!  There are a lot of very dedicated and passionate people at HAWS who make things happen. 

This was a great event for a great cause.  I can't quite smiling about it. 

  

Posted by Faye on 10/16/2011  |  10:09 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  The Ladies Who Lunch...

It was a week of charity luncheons.  Wednesday was the fabulous Sharon Lynne Wilson annual Fall Fashion Show.  We've participated in this event for the last 5 years -- it's one of our Favorite Days Of The Year.  This  was a multi-retailer show featuring Faye's, Molloy's, Picardy's, Lakritz Furs, Next Door, and Squire Men's.  The transition between the retailers were mini-performances by Danceworks and The Florentine Opera!  The marrying of art and fashion was genius and so appropriate for the performing arts center that is the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center.  The $$ that are raised at this sell-out event fund the arts education of Milwaukee school children. 

Then, yesterday it was off to the Italian Community Center for The Pinktacular Event Salute To (Cancer) Survivors.  Faye's was not a participant in the fashion show.  So, I just had such a nice time watching (and eating).  Breast cancer and prostrate cancer survivors modeled fashions from Gigi's, B'Lou, Boston Store, Harley's, and Lisa and Kato's.  Joyce Garbaciak was the MC, and as the models strolled the runway, Joyce related their individual stories.  The courage of the survivors was awe-inspiring.

At both events, there was barely an empty seat in the house.  I am so proud of our community that during these uncertain economic times, we still show up with a spirit of generosity.

Today, it's leftovers for lunch at the store.  Maybe I'll see you?

Posted by Faye on 10/7/2011  |  5:42 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Fashion's Fiercest Diva

Diane von Furstenberg is the president of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America).  Her sidekick in running this all-important industry organization is Steven Kolb (also the CEO of Diane's company). 

Steven had this to say about Diane in a recent article in Women's Wear Daily, "Diane is a great businesswoman, so I can have a great creative idea, but she knows if it will work in the market.  Growing up in New Jersey, reading New York magazine, I always had an idea of what I thought she was like  When I met Diane, I was blown away by how completely real, down-to-earth and intelligent she is.  We were finalizing the details for the CFDA Awards over email.  She said, "You're so smart, you could run the country?"  I replied, "Great.  Just what this country needs -- a woman president and gay vice president."

LOL!

I have always been a big fan of DvF -- not just her collection, but her business savvy and her tireless efforts to move the industry forward.

BTW, a fabulous group of COLORFUL White & Warren open cardigans arrived yesterday.  The perfect thing to spend your $29 Brewer's Coupon on.

Posted by Faye on 9/30/2011  |  7:02 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  What's On The Horizon For Spring?

Just returned from NY last night.  We spent a week buying Spring 2012!  Yes: SPRING!  There are few things I don't like about my business.  But, one of them is that we are never "in the moment."  Many of you have yet to make a purchase for fall.  And, as buyers, our head is already into spring.  But, I digress.

I believe it's valuable for you to know what's on the horizon as you shop the current season. That way you are well-informed as to whether you are buying something that might only trend for this season...or, you are investing in something that will transcend a season or 2 or beyond. 

So, Spring 2012 top notes:

- neon colors

- lots of prints

- orange and coral rule

- rompers and jumpsuits are no longer fringe fashion...they are mainstream

- maxi dresses and maxi skirts trump all

- wide leg, high waist pants are gaining ground

- colored denim colored denim colored denim colored denim colored denim colored denim colored denim

- colored or printed bottoms bottoms of all shapes and sizes (love the pj style printed bottoms)

- caftans!  Really!

- off-the-shoulder and "cold shoulder" tops

Per usual, spring and summer is full of fun and whimsy.  Something to think about as you look for that perfect winter coat 'cuz the snow is coming.

Yours in fashion (spring, summer, fall, winter),

Faye

Posted by Faye on 9/23/2011  |  2:11 PM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  white after Labor Day?  Let's see what The Big Guns have to say...

Donna Karan, "I didn't wear it before Labor Day.  It just wasn't a white summer for me.  After Labor Day, white becomes graphic as you team it with black."

Yigal Azrouel, "Fall was all about the 'little white dress' so I don't mind if it's done right."

Rachel Roy, "White whenever you feel like it.  Chic has no rules as long as the wearer has confidence, class, intelligence and an underlying sex appeal."

I'm goin' w/Rachel!  No packing away the whites!

Posted by Faye on 9/14/2011  |  5:23 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  The Woman's Club -- A Milwaukee Treasure

I've been a member of the Woman's Club for 2 years.  But, prior to doing being asked to do a Faye's event at the club, I was not aware of its existence.  And, what a shame!  The Woman's Club of Wisconsin is the oldest private club in Milwaukee and the oldest woman's club in the country.  The WCW is approaching its 135th anniversary! REALLY. 

Located at 813 East Kilbourn, you've probably passed the club's understated entrance cum awning hundreds of times without realizing what's inside.  In this month's newsletter, our Woman's Club president, Jan Fritz,  wrote about the how this historic building came to be:

" At a general meeting of the membership in 1886 the plan was adopted and stock was sold -- 1,000 shares at $25 each.  Now the women had to concentrate on the design of the building itself.  George Bowman Ferry, a well-known Milwaukee architect, who designed the Pabst Mansion, among other Milwaukee landmarks, was chosen as the architect.  ...on December 9, 1887, the building opened its doors to rave reviews -- the first building in the United States to be financed by an all-female stock company."

The Woman's Club mission is both philanthropic and social.  It is an oasis in my busy life.  I so enjoy the time I spend there with women I've known for a long time and others who I continue to meet with every visit.

If you'd like to learn more about the club, I'd be only too happy to take you on a tour. Just email me at fayew@fayes123.com.  Also, take a look at the club's new website: http://www.wc-wi.org

Posted by Faye on 9/9/2011  |  6:47 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Big Meat

So last night I was out to dinner with my friends, Kathy Crocker and Anne Schwartz.  We convene about once a month for no particular reason except that we LOVE each other.  Bacchus is our Clubhouse.  And, the minute we're all together, I start lobbying for us to share the 40 oz porterhouse for dinner.  It doesn't take much arm twisting 'cuz IMHO, that is one of the most fabulous meals you will ever eat.  Chef Adam Siegel was table-hopping and "sealed the deal" by professing that the porterhouse  was one of his personal favorites and that his 10-year old son had ordered it for his birthday dinner.

Anyway, per usual, it was a lovely night with my Gal Pals.  And, I always LOVE being in beautiful Bacchus: great bar scene; pretty restaurant; excellent martini (stirred by Wolfgang); fabulous food;  Milwaukee dressed up on a Thursday night.  All things that make me happy...the perfect way to get an early start on a Holiday Weekend.

Posted by Faye on 9/2/2011  |  7:07 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  physician, heal thyself!

On Friday my Morning Blend segment featured cleaning out your closet.  I probably preach about that on the show at least twice a year, but it's always popular with lots of viewer and we receive lots of customer feedback.  And, no wonder!  Cleaning out our closets really is a daunting task, and one that is ongoing.  I personally find it daunting.  So, I really do try and stay on top of it.  Well, maybe "on top of it" is too strong of a statement. Let's say that I try and not let the job become overwhelming. 

Sunday morning is usually my Closet Time.  I make sure everything from my week's wearing is put away.  And, that's also the time I practice my 10/10 rule:  I choose to either spend 10 minutes doing more of a long-term closet task (dusting; exploring the recesses),  or I evaluate 10 items as to whether to keep/ toss/consign/or giveaway.

If I just always keep in the forefront of my mind that the only things that stay in my closet are THE THINGS I LOVE, the task is much easier.

So, yes, keeping an organized closet is hard.  Does it help to know you're not alone?

Posted by Faye on 8/27/2011  |  11:06 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Fashionable Stripes...

 I'm baaaaaack from vacation!

 Rick and i just returned from our annual week in Michigan.  Rick's sister, Martha, lives in San Francisco, but has a summer home right across the lake.  The extended family always does its best to gather for a week every summer.  Last year, it was the whole gang (22 of us).  This year, it was an intimate party of 8.  It's always a truly lovely time: enjoying the white sand beaches; savoring Martha's fabulous California style cooking; exchanging books we've read over the past year; marveling over how the children have grown; and just generally luxuriating in each other's company!

One night last week Martha came up from the beach, showered and dressed for dinner in an adorable striped skirt.  Unwittingly, the rest of us showed up one-by-one in stripes.  How cute are we?  Needless to say, a great and fashionable time was had by all.

Now it's time to get back to the Work Of Fashion!  Fall is my favorite season by far.  Here we go.....looking forward to seeing you all in the stores!

P.S.  Elizabeth is due September 15th.  She'll have 3 under the age of 5.  Brave girl, Our Elizabeth!

Posted by Faye on 8/15/2011  |  6:06 PM  |  Add/View Comments (2)

 
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  Don't know where to look first!

For me, coming back from vacation truly is like Christmas In July!  When I leave for vacation, everything is on SALE -- I can't wait to get out the door.  When I return, the fall stuff is pouring in.  From the minute I open the front door, it's a feast for my eyes.  Where to look first?  Rachel Zoe?  Elizabeth and James?  JET by John Eshaya?  Two tables stacked high with MZ Wallace handbags.

Fall is by far my favorite season.  And, this could just be my favorite of all time.  But, then I say that every year, don't I?  Yup -- It's just like Christmas. 

Posted by Faye on 8/5/2011  |  6:33 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Fun at Boutique Larrieux...

Thursday night I helped out my pal, Lydia Hamilton-Monnie, host her first ever Lafayette 148 New York Trunk Show.  Boutique Larrieux is on Milwaukee Street and caters to women sizes 12-24.  Lafayette does the most beautiful collection for these customers.  I had a great time and learned a lot.  You might not realize that there are very different issues between petite sizes, regular sizes, and plus sizes.  Adjusting silhouettes to different body types is a very specific challenge and talent.  Lydia and her right hand gal, Sarah, have it down to a science. So, if you have friends who are plus size, then need to know Lydia!  Her esthetic is incredible, and the vibe at Boutique Larrieux is always about fun and fashion!

Posted by Faye on 6/25/2011  |  1:16 PM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  POP UP SHOP at The Woman's Club of Wisconsin

I'm headed to the Woman's Club with my trusty sidekick, Jen Daoust, this afternoon for the All About Me Boutique! There will be wine and hors d'oeuvres...a raffle...and goody bags for all in attendance. The Woman's Club is a private club, but this event is open to guests, and the admission is a mere $5!  Just give a call ahead  to register -- there's still time: 414-276-5170.

Other vendors at the boutique include Neroli Salon and Spa, Watts Tea Shop, Robin's Paperie, and Lake Hill House of Fine Jewelry.  

FAYE'S POP-UP SHOP
at the Woman's Club!
813 E Kilbourn
Tuesday, June 21: 5-8PM

Hope to see you there.

Yours in fashion,

Faye 

Posted by Faye on 6/21/2011  |  10:11 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Women of Influence!

I attended the Business Journal's  Women of Influence luncheon at the Frontier Airlines Center today.  There were 700 attendees!  I was riveted by the stories of the 29 women who were honored.  Cateogries ranged form Community Volunteer to Entrepreneur to Mentor to Corporate Executive.  It was a truly inspirational experience to hear the stories of these highly successful women and what they believe is the reason behind their achievements.   Literally every single honoree cited "giving back" and "community involvement" as necessary to their success. 

I came back to the store motivated and refreshed. And, believing more than ever that if women ruled the world, it would definitely be a better place.

Oh, and a special congratulations and thank you to Susan Haise, owner of Neroli Salon and Spa and The Insitute of Beauty and Wellness.  Susan was one of the honorees today in the Entrepreneur category, and I was excited to be her guest.

 

 

 

Posted by Faye on 6/10/2011  |  5:00 PM  |  Add/View Comments (1)

 
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  Party With The Pointer Sisters!

Saturday night Rick and I attended The Big Event, one of the Sharon Lynne Wilson's major fundraisers of the year.  It was quite the soiree with cocktails, food stations, silent auction, voice auction, live music, and dancing.  But, the highlight of the evening (and I do mean HIGHLIGHT), was a performance by The Pointer Sisters.  Yes -- those fabulous divas many of us remember from the seventies!  Two of the original sisters are still performing, and the granddaughter of one of the sisters completes the trio.  Together with their 5-piece band, these girls brought down the house.  Literally everyone was on their feet, and few could resist dancing in the aisles during JUMP and I'M SO EXCITED. 

It was a fab party, and most importantly, significant dollars were raised for the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.  This Performing Arts venue is a gem in our community.  The programming is varied and stellar.  If you've been to the center, you know exactly what I mean.  If you've never availed yourself of anything this beautiful Brookfield arts complex has to offer, please take a minute and visit their website: www.wilson-center.com 

Great fun are their free summer Friday  night concerts, Starry Nights.  See you there?

A good first visit might be their free Friday night  "music in the park" series, Starry Nights?  

 

 

 

A good first visit might be their free Friday night  "music in the park" series, Starry Nights? 

Posted by Faye on 6/5/2011  |  11:48 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Being Cute Never Hurts!

It was the end of the day yesterday...it had been a fun and somewhat silly day, for no particular reason.  About 5PM, in walk 2 of The Most Beautiful Boys we had ever seen.  These guys were probably in their late 20s (it's hard for me to tell these days: 20...30..early 40s, all pretty much look the same!).  Anyway, anytime a guy walks into Faye's, it's a bit of a novelty, and these guys were fashion page gorgeous. 

Come to find out, they were reps for SJOBECK, a sweater/dress line out of Malibu.  They have somewhat of a unique sales strategy: they fly in to major cities, research the best boutiques in the outlying areas, rent a car, and embark on road trips with their samples in tow.  In this instance, they had flown into Chicago, zeroed in on Faye's (of course), and charmed us into taking a look at their wares.

Actually, my staff thought I was just mesmerized by their pretty faces.  In actuality, it didn't hurt.  But, they had a very tight capsule of gorgeous, sophisticated sweaters and dresses.  Their cashmere is Loro Piana cashmere which is sourced in Italy; but their line is manufactured in LA. 

I placed 3 small orders, the first will arrive in July.  Maybe they could hand deliver it? 

  

 

 

PROPS to those of you who participated in our First Annual Faye's Fashion Fest.  You raised over $4,000 for your schools.  Checks will be going out today to the following schools, departments and organizations (list is in no particular order):

University School-Milwaukee
Germantown
Homestead
Whitefish Bay
Grafton
DSHA
Arrowhead
Hartland Lakeside Education Foundation
Swallow Elementary
Kettle Moraine HS
Pewaukee Public School
Brookfield Central
Brookfield East
Wales Elementary
Lake Country Elementary
View School
Palmyra School
Hartland South
Carroll University Art Department
Greenland Elementary
Mukwonago HS
Tamarack Waldorf
Pius HS

WOW, huh?  We learned a lot this first go round and can't wait 'til next spring so we can build on this success. Thank you...thank you...thank you.  It truly was GENIUS TO SHOP! 

Posted by Faye on 5/27/2011  |  6:22 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  It's GENIUS To Shop

So, I'm in Brookfield today, and the store is just hopping!  It is so gratifying seeing so many of our customers responding to our School Giveback!  Through Sunday, 25% of all purchases will be given to the school our customers designate. 

When I was on our way to do The Morning Blend today, my radio was tuned to NPR, per usual.  There was a segment on the drastic cut to MPS' music, art, and physical education programs.  This is incomprehensible to me.  Research shows that these programs cut down on truancy and childhood obesity for starters!  It leaves me speechless.  But, at Faye's we'll continue to try and find ways to do what we can through donations, community involvement, and fund-raising activities.

Did you catch us on The Morning Blend?  We had The Cutest Models In The World from Cedarburg High, Brookfield East, and Arrowhead.  Thanks Ali, Lori, Margie, Annie and Kristen!  Then, we all got our picture taken with Cowboy Troy.  Do you know who Cowboy Troy is?  I didn't 'til this morning.  Guess he's famous?  Anyway: Great Fun. (If you missed the segment, just go to www.TheMorningBlend.com and click on Faye's Fashion Friday.)

Hope to see you today or tomorrow.  BLUSH Beauty Boutique is at both stores from 11-4 doing complimentary makeovers or touch-ups.  If you're headed out for the evening, leave your makeup to BLUSH.  How fun is that?

 

 

Posted by Faye on 5/20/2011  |  12:57 PM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
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  Small Changes

This morning I'm headed to the Pfister for the American Heart Association Go Red Luncheon.  For the past few months I've been a member of a 6-woman team (we also all belong to the professional women's organization, TEMPO) who committed ourselves to focusing on a healthier lifestyle.  Today, along with the other teams in this heart healthy challenge, we'll tell our story in front of an audience of 400.

My TEAM TEMPO members were Racquel Filmanowicz, Peggy Williams-Smith, Jennifer Bartolotta, Michelle Mason and Kimberly Kane.  These are all very busy women, and our journey together was interesting.  All of us are blessed with good health, and none of us had extreme lifestyle changes to make (weight loss; out of control cholesterol, etc.) that you usually think of in terms of taking care of your heart.  But, we all agreed that life balance and lowering our stress levels were things we struggle with. 

How did we do?  Hmmmm...  Obviously, it's not so easy to change your lifestyle when you have careers, own your own business, are raising a family, etc. etc. etc.  Right?  So, when we met periodically we found that the best way to "eat an elephant" was "one bite at a time."  We worked on making very small changes but being consistent.  For instance, I try to leave work a little early a day or two a week.  (The place hasn't fallen down!)  My husband does all the cooking at our house. Yup!  I'm lucky!  He's a very good cook but not such a good menu planner.  However, he's very happy to have me help him with that, so I'm trying to add more fruits and vegetables to our meals. 

TEAM TEMPO also realized that we could use our places in the community and in our businesses to raise awareness of heart health.  For instance, we held an evening fund raiser at Faye's and raised money for the cause.

You want to know the Very Best Thing that came out of this entire endeavor?  I got to know my teammates as women.  Prior to the challenge, I knew them only professionally or not at all.  What fun we had when we would get together to celebrate our successes or commiserate about the fact that we hadn't made a lot of progress.  I will be very sad if we don't stay connected now that our formal time together is over.  That's the commitment I'm making today: TEAM TEMPO FOREVER!

Oh, and remember that if you're trying to make a change (minor or major) in your life.  You can think BIG, but start small!

Yours in fashion and heart health,

Faye

Posted by Faye on 5/13/2011  |  7:18 AM  |  Add/View Comments (1)

 
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  Faye's Favorite Things

You know I love all of my beautiful things, so it was quite the task when I had to limit myself to TWO FAVORITES. GEESH. Here goes...

1. Janis Stretch Bangles...I talk about jewelry layering day and night..and probably in my dreams. Sliding a few of these these jeweled and twisted bangles on your wrist is the perfect opportunity to ace the layering process (and it will look so nonchalant).

2. Alberto Makali's Ruffle Duster...our model just threw this over what she had on for the day and voila. That's the whole idea with this piece...throw it on and don't look back (don't worry, it looks good).


 
There you have it! Don't forget to check back for other staffer's favs, too.

Yours in fashion favorites,
Faye

Posted by Faye on 11/24/2010  |  11:47 AM  |  Add/View Comments (0)

 
 

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