— Dara Michelle – Style, Elegance, Fashion, Passion

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     No white after Labor Day is totally passé!  Kinda like sleeping in till noon and not needing to use expensive eye cream.  This winter, white, has been one of my favorite go-to’s!  In a haste, which typically happens when you have two little princesses who’s antics will sometimes leave you with top 30 minutes to get your shi%t together, I wind up wearing white from head to toe.   For some reason in moments like this (moments that happen all too often) all white and sick shoes makes it look like I’ve spent hours in my closet, when in reality 20 minutes before I was on the floor getting my Hello Kitty coloring on with my favorite little girls.  Not sure what it is about wearing white in winter, but I’m obsessed!!!

xoxo,

Dara Michelle   

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     When Blake Lively aka Serena van der Woodsen rocked this handbag on Gossip Girl back in 2012 (pre Ryan Renolds and baby) it was love at first sight!!! From then on I’ve been lusting over this Emily Cho New York “cult” favorite clutch.  Everyone from the Kardashians to Vanessa Hudgens and model Wang Xiao (to name a few) as well as every New York “it girl” in between has been after this bag.  Hence why it’s already sold out on Gilt.com. Lucky for me I got an opportunity to chat with Emily Gellis, one half of the talented designer duo behind the Emily Cho handbag line.  Lucky for you click here to shop Emily Cho and type in promotional code style for an additional 20% off at check out!  Check out the full interview below and happy shopping!!!

xoxo Dara Michelle

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How did you start your label?

     When SJ and myself met we were both working for contemporary clothing label: Ronny Kobo. We saw a void in the handbag market, more specifically the contemporary handbag market. With myself have buying experience from intermix, and SJ clothing design, we had to study hard. We cut open a few Chanel bags, studied MIU MIU and Margiela construction, and a year later we had an amazing proto.

How does it work having 2 designers working on one label? Do you each design separate pieces or do you work together?

       I am what you call a creative designer. I see what is trending, and what is saleable. I handle all color and we work together on what texture and material work best for each bag. SJ is a true talent (I am not in the field of design). For example, SJ designed our best selling folded clutch from scratch. I am responsible for the oversized lady t idea. SJ really executes my vision because I couldn’t sketch for my life!

What kind of person wears your handbags?

     Everybody! We sell from teens, to their grandmas! From NYC to Qatar, London to Australia, California to Hong Kong. We have an international clientele that loves Emily Cho. That amazes me.

What was your inspiration behind your most recent collection?

      SS15 is light and happy. Repeat colors and bodies because clients want more! Our famous floral Matisse is coming back too. We go live with GILT around May 1-15. We love working with them because they expose our brand to millions of girls and they get a great deal. Everyone wins. FW15 is top secret and almost done! Hopefully you can see it in the paper after we show on February 11th!

What’s it like to see someone on the street wearing one of your creations?

       Amazing. I spotted a stranger at the U.S. Open This summer wearing the mini lady t in poppy! I shrieked dad OMG!!!!! It’s cooler than a celebrity wearing it. These are real girls who take their disposable income and buy our bags; it’s really an honor.

How do you approach a new collection? 

      Lol we are always late, rushing, and what we least expect to be the winner is normally the best seller. We have no strategy, that’s fashion for you!

Do you have a favorite handbag designer that you admire?

       I think a few houses have my heart. Louis Vuitton is a classic favorite, currently CELINE, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent, I see them doing their thing. 

What’s next for Emily Cho?

     A complete collection of maybe clothing/ shoes in 2016. A pop up Hamptons store in 2015!

What’s in your bag?

     Haha everything! Money, gum, lip-gloss and sunglasses.

 

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     The real reason why I watch the Golden globes awards?  For the fashion of course! The 2015 Golden Globes, thankfully, did not disappoint and was filled with amazing fashion moments.  Here’s my list of favorites!

 The award for BEST JEWELS goes to:

      Naomi Watts in Bvlgari.  The girl could have walked out in a garbage bag and, in this serpent necklace, would still have been the most glamorous girl in the room.

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The award for BEST HANDBAG goes to:

      Kelly Osborne in a paparazzi worthy, blinged-out camera clutch.

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The award for BEST MAKE-UP goes to:

      The flawless Katie Holmes.  With her smokey sultry eyes, flawless skin and nude lip her make-up summed up in one word: Perfection.

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The award for CUTEST and MOST FASHIONABLE COUPLE goes to:

      John Legend and his model wife, Chrissy Teigen.

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      It looks like a few people got the red dress memo for the Golden Globes including Heidi Klum, Taylor Schilling, and Allison Williams to name a few. 

The award for BEST RED goes to:

     Rita Ora in Zac Posen with matching ruby lips.

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 The award for BEST SURPRISE APPEARANCE goes to:

     Gwyneth Paltrow in Michael Kors.  Although Gwyneth was a no-show on the red carpet, she certainly made up for it as a presenter in her bubble gum pink dress with an over-the-top sexy, plunging neckline!

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The award for BEST OVER-ALL LOOK goes to:

     Giuliana Rancic in a blush pink Maria Lucia Hohan dress.  It appears that Giuliana’s entire glam squad was on point this evening.  Her entire look was styled to perfection from hair to make-up, handbag, shoes and jewelry! My favorite part of the dress- the lace detail at the bust and origami side panels making this mermaid silhouette truly unique and special.

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See you at the next red carpet!

xoxo Dara Michelle

 

 

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     The best part about the holiday break besides there being no home homework (first grade is NO JOKE), the constant chocolate eating, present giving, and 24 hour celebrating that somehow makes it okay to get your rosé on well before noon is being able to rock the latest in resort wear (obviously)!!! My favorite piece this season- a turquoise and pink knit dress with side cut-outs by Cecilia Prado!  And even though the majority of this two week vacation was spent baby wiping sticky ice-cream hands, pushing swings and reading the latest from the Pinkalicious series I still somehow managed to feel trés chic! Maybe it was the dress maybe it was the rosé- maybe it was both!! So the lesson here friends- When life hands you two weeks of kids with no school drink wine and wear fab resort wear!!! Done & done!  Check out my favorite holiday look below!
xoxo Dara Michelle 

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What I Wore

Dress: Cecilia Prado

Shoes: Valentino

Hand bag: Louis Vuitton

 

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