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  • Writer's picturePamela Tucker

When I receive promotional or rewards gift cards from retailers for shopping at their stores, I'm typically slow to redeem them. These cards have expiration dates; yet, I end up waiting until the last days to redeem them, with a preference for using them for a long lasting purchase such as a piece of jewelry or a handbag.

In a post earlier this year I wrote about using rewards cards to buy a pair of fabulous David Yurman pearl and diamond pave earrings at Saks Fifth Avenue. Link to post:

The other day, with the expiration date clock ticking for a few Saks Fifth Avenue rewards cards I went to the Fifth Avenue store with the hope of redeeming them and taking home something special. The cards had a combined value of $1,100 and I was agreeable to add about $250 to find "the" piece of jewelry.

Given the value of the cards I thought earrings would be the first product area to explore. So with a set budget I went to the David Yurman boutique on the second floor. The wait for assistance was long. However, when I was assisted the experience was fantastic and professional. I told the sales associate my budget for this purchase.

Shopping with a budget when looking at David Yurman jewelry s an odd feeling because I love almost everything I see! Yet, I wanted the sales associate to understand my thoughts so neither of us would waste time and look at pieces that would not be considered. Through our back and forth he learned about my David Yurman "collection" accumulated over the years and steered me to several pairs of earrings to examine. A few were above my budget but that was fine too. Was good to see nice designs that could consider next time.

After narrowing the potential choice to two pairs, the clear winner was the Petite Helena Wrap Hoop Earrings, that is shown in this post. The 18K yellow gold wrapping around the silver is a feature I find especially lovely and graceful. The pave diamonds are also stunning.

These earrings are perfect for everyday wear and will also coordinate with my other David Yurman jewelry. When I arrived home and looked at the business card the sales associate gave me, I noticed he is a Brand Ambassador. But most striking it was noted he is a Brand Ambassador with the credential of GIA GG. Next time when buying jewelry is on my mind, I'd shop with this David Yurman Brand Ambassador.

Shopping mission accomplished, with these three features:

  • Earrings - Love them

  • Budget - Met

  • Shopping experience - Excellent

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  • Writer's picturePamela Tucker

Updated: Jan 29

It is the end of October; yet, temperatures in New York City are headed for the 70's today and tomorrow and are forecasted to reach 80 degrees on Saturday. Despite the summer like weather, it is an appropriate time to be thinking about what to wear in winter. Below are three winter items from some favorite brands that I have my eye on.

A "Top" Hat

Eric Javits has perfect summer hats. In fact they were my introduction to the brand. While I still have an Eric Javits winter hat that is in great shape, this one grabbed my attention. The style, Chain Cloche is felt and is made from sustainable wool and

cashmere. In addition to the nice gold chain, the hat is adjustable and packable. I especially like it as my preference for wearing minimalistic one color coats will get an elevated look by wearing a hat with a gold chain. The color options include black, bone and white. The price is $375.

A Lovely Scarf

Soft cashmere scarves are winter wardrobe staples. Loro Piana founded in 1924 and became part of LVMH in 2013 has magnificent cashmere products. A Loro Piana cashmere scarf is a nice way to be introduced to the company's wide ranging lines. Shown here is the Grande Cashmere Scarf listed on the Saks Fifth Avenue website in a a shade called golden.

Check it here: The Saks website shows other attractive colors such as roseberry and red orchid. The measurements are 17"wide x 69" long. The price is $600.

Loro Piano has a similar scarf with a different name on its website. It is called the Grande Unita Scarf andavailable in a number of colors including the beautiful color light blue river. The difference is the one posted on the scarf hass a meta looking tag while the one on the brand's website has the name and logo of the brand on it. Check it here: The price is $595.

And a Walkable Boot

Jimmy Choo, widely known for its glamorous leg enhancing stilettos also offers a nice selection of walkable heels. I haven't worn my Jimmy Choo style Anouk stiletto pumps for some time as shoes with a heel of almost five inches is no longer a favorite.

This CeCe 80 black leather boot looks to be a winner! Link is here: With an angular block heel, with a western flare would look fabulous and get me walking comfortably (hopefully!) around NYC. The price is $1,595.

This Jimmy Choo style is also available in a light color at Bergdorf Goodman. It looks to be an off-white color. However, the website does not provide a color for this boot. The price is $1,595.

I'm looking forward to wearing winter items once the weather gets cooler. What are some winter hats, scarves and boots you are considering?

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  • Writer's picturePamela Tucker

With the cooler weather finally reaching New York City this week, long sleeve tops, particularly blouses have returned to my daily wardrobe. With a preference for wearing mostly black, I recently placed some of my favorite Vince and Theory black silk blouses in the front of my closet for easy access.

From time to time I consider incorporating color in my clothing rotation. Yesterday while browsing the websites of some brands I wear or like but have not purchased, I came across these three tops that caught my attention. They are from Tibi, rag & bone and Joseph. I have not yet seen any of these in person. I hope to make it to a store to check them out.

The grey Tibi blouse, listed on Tibi's website is called "Feather Weight Eco Crepe Davenport Sculpted Shirt" With the drop shoulder and the different ways to tie the scarf/panels, it looks to be a versatile blouse that could be worn on repeat. A nice attribute is the notice about sustainability. The website states: "Crafted from sustainable weather weight acetate and tencel crepe with a special airy finish" This blouse also comes in black. Check it out:

Not a fan of floral prints for myself, though looks great on others, I became interested when I came across a rag & bone blouse on the Neiman Marcus website. It is named "Aubrey Floral Button-Front Top." Though it is described as a floral, it looks to be a terrific muted one. With pops of cheerful bright colors and pleats in the front and back, it is a blouse that is on the "top" of my list to consider. Take a look: As a side note, rag & bone is a favorite brand. A previous post, written in April 2023 covers my brand experience

and rag & bone's Icons. For quick reference to the post:

I have not yet purchased clothes from the brand JOSEPH. On its website, it states:"JOSEPH is a British contemporary designer brand with a strong core of luxury essentials." This description definitely comes through when looking through the website. A view of this blouse on the website might lead me to finally become a JOSEPH client! This blouse, named "Silk Crepe de Chine Bailie Blouse" though a simple color, parchment looks elegant, and yet simple enough for daily wear. The fabrication is a lightweight silk crepe and has an invisible back zipper. Have a look:

I'm so glad the weather has changed to Fall like temperatures. Along with this, looking forward to wearing some delightful new blouses!

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