Introducing De Smet

It is my pleasure, dear readers, to introduce you to De Smet, a brand new clothing line by Christina DeSmet, talented designer, amazing seamstress, lover of minimalism and blogger at DeSmitten.  And, she happens to be one of my best friends.  Christina is beyond talented with a fashion-forward eye and Earth-friendly philosophy.  

De Smet is a well thought out, cohesive collection designed to be released one piece at a time and collected over the course of a year.  Christina has considered every detail and many of the pieces can be worn multiple ways.  She has chosen luxurious, timeless fabrics and each garment is made to order in the New York City, resulting in minimal waste.  

I am crazy about the first dress, a wrap, inspired by 90's minimalism combined with modern day versatility.  It can be worn forwards and backward and comes in two classic colors.  

De Smet Wrap Dress
De Smet Wrap Dress
De Smet NYC
De Smet Mood Board
De Smet

Shop the first piece here and follow along as she introduces the rest of the collection over the next 12 months.  

Gift Guide 2013 (DeSmitten Picks)

Hello again Undeclared Panache readers! My name is Christina, I usually blog over at DeSmitten, but I am super excited to be here today to share my Holiday Gift Guide for 2013!  I put together the best of the best from my top gift guides of the season (and added a few extras) to bring you a selection of well designed and inspirational items for the home, mind and body. Happy shopping and happy holidays! 

{1} Chloé: Attitudes looks back at the sixty year history of the first fashion house to exclusively sell ready-to-wear. A must have book in any fashion library.
{2} From Kenya Hera, the art director of Muji, White is a book about minimalistic design.
{3} Always on a mission for non-traditional white shirts, this Assembly New York Reverse Demi Collar Shirt is perfect!
{4} For daily filtered water, and to keep hydrated all winter long, I love this minimalistic Glass Carafe which comes with new filters, delivered by mail, every 60 days.
{5} With frequent house guests and cats that love to snuggle, we can never have enough cozy blankets in our apartment and this wool Camp Blanket from Need Supply is at the top of my list of linens to get this year.
{6} Add a little bling to any bar with this Dauville Handmade Gold Glazed Bottle Coaster from Canvas Home. I also love it as a catch-all dish to set on the nightstand for earrings and other jewels to linger in until morning.
{7} llesteva Horn Leonard Sunglasses are a great way to brighten things up for winter.
{8} When not opening bottles, the Parallax Bottle Opener doubles as a beautiful object of interest.
{9} A set of three Tom Dixon Candles in brass, nickel and copper canisters add style to any room while their individual scents enhance the atmosphere.
{10} Simple earrings are always a hit with friends, and the Long Dash Earrings from A Détacher are no exception.

{11} Organic shaped Soap Rocks turn any tub into the hall of gems of the Natural History Museum.

Maximeyes Your Style

Last week I mentioned here that Christina from DeSmitten and I were hosting out first blogger event.  It went down last Thursday and it turned out to be a fun, successful night!  Fellow bloggers, Sarah from A Hit of Sarah, Gloria from Little White Whale, Elizabeth from The Note Passer, Sarah from FASHinNY, Rashi from Bucket of Squash and Audrey from This Little Street joined us at Maximeyes, the super-chic Meatpacking Optique.  We invited bloggers to bring clothes to swap and try on new frames to style with their new clothing treasures.  Clay of Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls Ride the Subway (an amazing blog) took all the beautiful photos below.

Photos: Clay Standley

Thank you to Maximeyes for hosting us in your beautiful space and to all blogger friends new and old who came out, and a BIG thank you to Clay for the photos.  Comment below or email me if you want to be on the email list for future events.