February 12, 2010 - Linda Grasso
I'm a scarf girl. I'm always chilly, and a little something around my neck takes the edge off. Secondly, I love scarves because they can really pull an outfit together, making me feel dressed. Also, whether you're in the mood to embellish a little, make a statement or add a splash of color, scarves can easily do the trick. This year, my search for the perfect scarf ended. I discovered Bellarina scarves - glorious pieces that can take you from slouchy cool to timelessly tailored - with a price point that's just right. Tie 'em, loop 'em, wrap 'em - some women even wear 'em as bandannas and swimsuit cover-ups!
Bellarina seemed like the perfect spring line to add to the SheSez Store on Open Sky. Reminder: Open Sky is our new e-commerce partner: we discover things we love out here on the west coast and they get them in our store and run it for us. So, we picked our our 7 favorite Bellarina styles and made a little video so you could see them up close.
You might have noticed that ruffles are still hot this spring. And therein lies the beauty of the Silent Night scarf, which is delicately bordered with cream colored ruffles on both edges, with a lacey fringe detail at the bottom. It comes in two styles: Antique Blue (pictured above the video on the right) and Beige (pictured above on left). If you get up close to the Antique Blue version, you see there's a tiny pattern along the center panel that's sea foam blue against a cream background. The Beige version also has the pattern, but in creamy tones. This scarf is a nylon, cotton, poly blend with a touch of spandex - so there's a little stretch in it.
The Linen scarf is decidedly feminine and meticulously crafted. It's also the perfect piece to transition into spring. The center panel is a creamy beige linen and there are delicate, subtle cream colored ruffles on either side. The Linen scarf, by the way, is part of Open Sky's Fashion Week promotion and is 25% off now through February 18th. Just use the coupon code FASHIONWEEK25.
My "go-to" scarf of the season is Starry Night. I love the way it looks, with tones of slate blue, soft lilac and grey in cascades of different materials - from a crochet like lace to a sheer superfine cotton. The borders are rimmed with a 1/2 inch of lavender lace on one side and a tiny ball detail on the other. The Starry Night has a touch of stretch, so it's extremely soft and comfy. Comfort and style together? Who knew? Starry Night, by the way, is a season less piece that looks sensational with everything from jeans to dresses.
The Whimsy, which comes in both grey and white, has an exquisitely detailed ruffled trim and ruching that's both romantic and elegant. It's 100-percent cotton so it really feels dreamy on your skin. It's fun and feminine. Another great transition piece for spring that you can wear both now and later.
The Pumpkin Seed scarf has an unbeatable price point and it comes in four terrific colors: cream, black, pink and ruby. It adds an easy charm to any outfit. Cotton, with a hint of nylon, gives this piece a light, airy feel. The center panel has strip of lace in the same tone (except the pink version which has a cream colored lace for a two-tone effect) and there's detail on the outer edges. One side has reuching and the other side has a "pumpkin seed" detail. See the video to get a close up look at all four colors.
The Lace scarf was the first Bellarina I ever owned. Honestly, I was never a huge fan of lace. But there was something extremely subtle about this scarf - with it's two tones of lavender and the lovely way it cascaded with perfect folds downwards. It's feminine, but not frou-frou. I wear it a lot with jeans and anything navy blue, grey or eggplant on top. Superb couture craftsmanship on this piece.
The TLC is a huge seller out here in LA and I suspect because it's just a dash of elegance and unlike some scarves it doesn't overwhelm. It comes in two versions La Creme and Lilac. This piece looks and feels vintage without the time investment! TLC might as well stand for Tender Loving Cotton because this scarf is 90-percent cotton and feels very plush and soft on the skin. The center panel is bordered by lace on both sides and there is lace detail at the bottom. Again, check out video for close up look.
And, last, but not least, the Winter Wonderland scarf, which comes in white and black. If you love fur (oops! did I say fur? I meant faux fur of course....), you'll love this scarf! I go this scarf, but honestly wasn't sure how often I'd wear it. Would it feel gauche I wondered? Overdressed? Surprise! I threw this baby on virtually every time it got super cold. It warmed me and felt wonderful, and I got lots of compliments. With this faux fur look, I prefer the Winter Wonderland with casual attire like jeans. The contrast is fun. However, I do know some gals who use it as an accent piece with a dressy outfit. In a nutshell, Winter Wonderland is ultra-chic meets function and these days, I gotta have both.
And lastly a special thank you to our three lovely models in Laguna - my beach buddies - Kate, Gina and Caitlin. You guys are the best models ever! Now, toss all those modeling career hallucinations aside. Kate, you're going to be a news correspondent, Gina, a doctor, and Caitlin, the head of the Red Cross. Nose to the books and study hard girls!
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