So I had the very exciting chance to interview Rebecca Minkoff for her upcoming visit to Saks Fifth Avenue here in Birmingham. How freaking cool is that! I mean, it's Rebecca Minkoff and I absolutely cannot wait. Her brother Uri, Creative Director of Ben Minkoff will also be in attendance so make sure to stop by Saks Birmingham on December 2nd from 6-8. And if you have a RM piece, bring it by so she can sign it for you!
RT- First off, congrats on the newest addition to your family! I’m a huge fan of unusual names and Bowie Lou is a great one! Where did you come up with it?
RM- My husband was listening to a lot of David Bowie when I was pregnant, so when we were toying with names, Bowie kept coming up- and it stuck!
The new wearable technology, the Notification Bracelet, so cool!
RT- A boy and a girl, lucky! I have two boys myself. So is your family complete or might we see more additions to your beautiful family?
RM- Complete for now! We'll see how we feel about more children in the next couple of years.
RT- So, I have to ask, why did you decide to become a fashion designer and what’s your favorite part of the job?
RM- As a teenager, I had a strong interest in fashion and I moved to NYC to attend FIT after high school. I started interning with a fashion designer, and learned so much from that experience. The fact that I get to do what I love for work is so amazing! Definitely something that I never take for granted. My favorite part of the job is designing pieces that my customer loves. Nothing is more fulfilling than walking down the street and seeing girls in our ready-to-wear, wearing our shoes, or carrying our handbags. I love seeing how girl's across the United States style my pieces and make them their own!
RT- I love your new tech-enabled jewelry! Do you have a favorite piece from the collection?
RM- I love the notification bracelet (see above) because it lets you stay connected without constantly being glued to your phone.
RT- In stores right now we are seeing your gorgeous Fall collection which I love by the way. The boy meets girl look is fantastic. I'm especially fond of the flowing dresses and skirt topped off with masculine coats. And the Karma Jacket! Perfection! So I have to ask, where did the concept/inspiration come from for your Fall Collection and do you have a favorite piece?
RM- The idea for fall was taking classic menswear pieces and making them feminine and wearable for our customer. It’s hard to say my favorite piece, but I will say, I’m very fond of the coats like the Kennedy coat and the Cullen. I love how the Kennedy coat allows you to have that tailored look and also doubles as a chic capelet!
RT- You also make the most edgy yet wearable shoes. Like the Malla Too Boots. Love! Why such edgy footwear when you also offer womanly designs?
RM- I love the idea of the juxtaposition of feminine and masculine- I see our girl wearing these boots with a feminine dress like our Hayes Dress.
RT- Okay, so your bags are fantastic! Only you could make a fanny pack cool, and your backpacks just lovely. Did being a mother inspire you to incorporate hands free bags into the line?
RM- I think the modern women needs a hands free bag in her life! Be it a mother of two or a young woman who attends a lot of concerts- that idea of not worrying about your bag is universal.
Cullen Coat - one of Rebecca's favorites
RT- What three items do you believe every woman should have in her closet?
RM- Every woman should have a pair of chic black pumps in her closet. I Love a low, feminine pump like our Brie. It’s the perfect shoe to carry you from day to night.
Another must in your wardrobe is a great jacket! Add a style like the Becky, Kane, or Ace to your outfit for the perfect polished look.
It goes without saying that a versatile handbag is an essential! Our Love Crossbody has been a huge hit for fall because it’s a great everyday bag. Wear it as a crossbody for day and remove the strap and carry it as a chic clutch for a night out on the town!
RT- I have an entertaining question. I read in a previous interview that you like to leave your guests with a DIY party favor. What are your favorite DIY’s that the readers at home (me) could try themselves?
RM- I recently went to a brunch where everyone had a bunch of wild flowers tied with twine, a mason jar (for the vase) and florist shears at their seats. In the middle of the table were large vases filled with different varieties of roses and greenery. During brunch, we were encouraged to make our own bouquets. It was such a fun experience!
RT- You are a beautiful woman with fantastic skin and hair as well as a rocking body. What hair and beauty products do you swear by? How do you keep in such fantastic shape after having two babies?
RM- Thank you, how sweet of you to say! I try to book a facial with my favorite guru Joanna Vargas every three months. She’s magic, I swear! In between facials, I use her products- her Vitamin C face wash and Daily Serum are some of my favorites.
As far as fitness, I always make time for my trainer, Kelvin and Body Space Fitness.
RT- It seems you've dabbled in just about everything, what’s next for the Rebecca Minkoff Brand?
RM- We're opening our first few stores in the US this year. It’s an exciting time for the brand we're growing and I'm excited to have a retail presence!
So sorry for the blog silence lately. Things have been a bit hectic around here. Both of our cars broke down at the same time but we finally got one back today, thank god, as a rental car adds up when you have it for a week and a half with no renter's insurance to cover it. Also, about two and a half weeks ago I started working at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Contemporary department. Basically I'm a Sales Consultant/Stylist so I can do anything from helping you find an outfit for work, maybe something for going out or I can help you find the dress for an upcoming event and so much more. I also do Personal Shopping so if you or anyone you know needs help finding the perfect gift for friends and family, well, I'm your girl! Just shoot me an email at Rachel_Tindall@s5a.com.
The beautiful pics you see above were taken by the super talented Eric Gray, you may remember he shot my Mt. Laurel shoot. Along the way, in Mountain Brook Village, we came across a super cute shop called Beverly Ruff Antiques and Linens and Beverly was nice enough to let us borrow her beautiful poodle Lulu for a few shots. Isn't she just gorgeous?!
And speaking of Holiday gifts, the silver Hashtag earrings I'm wearing above would make the perfect gift for your social-media addict friend. They are so cute and very simple but with that quirkiness that you just can't find anywhere else. My friend Lizabeth over at CampLandon does really amazing pieces like these as well as some other amazing items like the amazing Sterling Silver Connect Ring which also comes in solid 14K gold. All of her pieces are made in the USA, and each piece is hand cast per order and hand finished. Trust me, her stuff is amazing! If interested her Holiday Guarantee is December 1st.
**Also, as a thank you to my readers, Lizabeth was kind enough to offer 15%
off any order with code handbag.**
Also, for anyone who entered my Fab'rik denim giveaway, I used Rafflecopter and picked a random winner. That winner is Elizabeth Thames BeShears! Check your email Elizabeth :)
I don't have the best hair. After years of abuse it's thinned considerably and I always seem to have split ends even after a trim, though I refuse to start over by cutting it short. So these days I try to take better care of it and it's paid off as my hair grows faster now, my baby hairs are growing back in, and I color it a lot less often. Plus I wash it maybe 2-3 times a week. My natural texture (first pic) after a shower is wavy but not the good kind of wavy, I'm no Gisele, maybe because it's fine and thin. So a blow dryer is a must for me. I've tried letting it air dry but it just gets really flat and greasy even faster than usual. I used to use a multitude of products until I came across the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Smoothing Serum product. For less than $6 this product is amazing! It seriously made my hair so silky smooth and it didn't make it greasy at all! So after my shower I applied this product and waited until my hair started to dry a bit before blow drying. Hair tip: Do not blow dry your hair while it's soaking wet, that will just add too much heat and add unwanted damage. So the second picture is what my hair looked like with just that one product and a blow dryer. Seriously smooth and frizz free right? For my everyday look though I'm not sure I like the straight look on me so I use a 1.5 inch curling iron starting on the sides and curling away from my face. For the rest I alternate directions so it doesn't look too "done". And the finishing touch is the Keratin Smooth applied to the ends. Now the product says it works best in conjunction with the TRESemme Keratin Smooth shampoo and conditioner. I have not tried those yet but as happy as I am with the serum I may just give them a go, and you really cannot beat the price!
Now I really need to share the TRESemme sweepstakes. To enter take a before and after hair pic like I did above, make a photo collage like in the last picture and upload it to instagram using the hashtag #TresemmeTransformation. To enter just go here for full details and for a chance to win a TRESemme Prize Pack.
This post was sponsored by Global Influence but all opinions are my own.
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sunglasses: zeroUV, earrings (similar) and necklace: JewelMint, sweater: 3.1 Philip Lim for Target (XS, M, L, XL), bracelets: Chains by Lauren
a Rafflecopter giveaway
So first things first, how cute are these pink bracelets by Chains by Lauren?! They're you're basic string bracelets but with the added pop of metal accents and you can wear them with just about anything. And, she will be donating a portion of sales from all the jewelry in her Breast Cancer Awareness section! That's definitely something I can get behind. I'm sure we all know someone who's been affected by this horrible cancer and one day it could be one of us, so every bit counts to finding a cure.
A few weeks ago a boutique opened here in Birmingham called Fab'rik. Amazing store and amzing prices! Fab'rik invited a few Birmingham Bloggers for a private event to try on their denim, eat some food and have some drinks. It was a wonderful evening and I always love getting to know girl's who love fashion as much as I do. Now for something really amazing, they gave us a gift card to gift to one of our readers for a pair of Flying Monkey, Spanx or Fab'rik denim. Now you don't have to be local though they have stores from Alabama to North Carolina to Georgia and more. You can find the rest of the locations here. If you do not live near a store, you can just give me your size and preferred brand and I will ship them to you. Only available in the USA. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter below! Contest ends October 27th at Midnight, Central time. Good luck everyone!