Fashion I.Q. - January 2012

By Heather Dunhill January 1, 2012


June Simmons Designs

Update your go-with-everything gold beaded chain necklace with this piece by Fiona Paxton called the Trina. June Simmons Designs, $425

silver-handled Archer Adams Westminster Umbrella

Yes, the silver-handled Archer Adams Westminster Umbrella series is no doubt completely decadent—but so fun to look at, nonetheless.

54 million

The number of eggs of sustainably grown Siberian sturgeon caviar produced by Mote Marine Laboratory in 2011.

Tommy Bahama’s Cucumber Smash (Chad Spencer)I’m a gin girl, no two ways about it. And I’m a bit obsessed with St. Germain Elderflower liquor. So imagine my delight when I discovered Tommy Bahama’s Cucumber Smash:

1.75 ounces of Hendrick’s Gin

.75 ounces of St. Germain Elderflower Liquor

.50 ounces of simple syrup

4 cubes of cucumbers

1 ounce club soda

The juice of half a fresh lime 

Muddle cukes with the lime juice. Add the Hendrick’s and St. Germain to the shaker; shake, shake, shake. Then strain over a Collins glass filled with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with 2 thinly sliced cucumber wheels.

L. BoutiqueI’m so happy to see designers doing winter white! Like these Tom Ford "Vicky" sunnies, which will pop any outfit from black to burgundy. L. Boutique, $348

Erica Rell

The new black At Wine, Women & Shoes, Erica Rell donned nude Gucci slingbacks instead of boring old black to go with her magenta Rachel Zoe frou and classic Chanel bag.

Heather Dunhill (Barbara Banks)

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