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Memorial Day Shred

Goldsign Shred Jeans

I dipped my toe in the water with a little knee shredding on my denim last season and we’ve all noticed that designers have taken the look a lot further this season. I love contrasting super casual worn in jeans with a crisp white top or a silk blouse. For a comfortable higher waisted, relaxed hip shredded jean, try GoldSign’s Stevie. Just arrived at DIANI!

Goldsign Shredded jeans Goldsign Shred jeans

Goldsign Shred jeans   A.P.C topPeonies
Shredded Jeans

A.P.C Brode cotton top here. GoldSign Stevie jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information. Loeffler Randall Ceci pumps here. Emporio Armani clutch (old). Similar here.

Happy Memorial Day! Caroline xoxo

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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A Tale of Two White Shirts and a Denim Skirt

Mother Patchie Skirt

I think we can all agree that you can never have too many white shirts. They kind of fall into the jeans camp where different looks call for different cuts. Sometimes you need a high neck, sometimes a short sleeve, and sometimes the kind of fabric is what’s integral to making an outfit work. As we move into summer, I’ve started clearing out some older styles and restocking my wardrobe with white tops. These two by Mother and IRO have already been in steady rotation. And, I’ve found the perfect pencil skirt. And, it’s denim! And, that means I’ll be wearing it a lot!

Mother Patchie Skirt

Loeffler Randall Ceci Pump

Loeffler Randall Ceci Pump

White Mother Frenchie shirt here. Mother Patchie denim skirt here. IRO Vinton belt. Loeffler Randall Ceci heels here. All available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information.

Mother Patchie Skirt

IRO Jesse Top

IRO Vinton Belt

Dolce and Gabbana Nails

 IRO Kelsey top. Mother Patchie denim skirt here. IRO Vinton belt. Loeffler Randall Ceci heels here. All available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

 

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Paris Fashion Week Wrap Up

A picture’s worth a thousand words and no more so than pictures of Paris. Fashion Week in Paris is like nowhere else in the world. The city is fashion and fashion is the city. It all works seamlessly together. So, whether you’re there to visit the museums, or to plow through the showrooms, it all seems like walking through poetry. Here are some highlights from my trip earlier this month.

All images Caroline Diani except image 10. Credit Maja Wyh

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New York Fashion Week Wrap Up

Travel Essentials

This is the time of year where I am bouncing around between NYC, Paris and LA scouring the showrooms and runways looking for the best of the best to bring into DIANI for fall 2014. It has it’s glamorous moments, but if any of you have been to NYC in February (brrr!), you’ll know that it can be close to impossible to 1. wear warm enough clothes and still feel chic and, 2. get anywhere on time when there’s snow on the ground. With up to seven appointments a day, it can sometimes feel like I’m on one of those Amazing Race-esque reality shows. However, over Valentine’s weekend, the hubby came out so we could see a play (No Man’s Land with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart – AMAZING!) and also play in Central Park and visit friends in Upstate NY. It was the perfect time to fully embrace the snow and have fun! Here is a synopsis of essentials I travel with, a sneak peek at some designer highlights and the beautiful NYC in all it’s snowy glory.

The aftermath of a buying trip looks a lot like this….stay tuned for a Paris wrap up! For live time updates, follow me on Instagram @dianiliving xo

 

 

 

 

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On The Tenth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a boat trip out to the Islands, and to stay warm, a cozy faux fur collared Smythe coat and a hip flask filled with Hot Toddy. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Tenth Day of Christmas

Smythe coat (sold out). Shop more Smythe here. Guess what? DIANI is still in the mood for giving for the rest of the 12 days of Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of ANY outerwear. For online, use outerwear20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

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Flats and Flares

Louise Flats

If you’re not quite ready for the full bell flares that are coming back (don’t worry, skinnies aren’t going anywhere), I’ve found the perfect jean for you by Mother. It has the fit and stretch that we expect in our denim and, from the knee, subtly flares out. Some may call this a stiletto cut. They look amazing with heels, boots, wedges and, best of all, flats! I’m crazy about these new pony hair flats by Pantofola d’Oro. They’re cozy and comfy and perfect for a long day in the kitchen this Thanksgiving.

Easy Weekend

Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats in grey here and brown here. Anya Hindmarch Seymour handbag here. Mother Runaway jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goat cable cardigan here. The Lady and the Sailor stripe tee here.

Easy Weekend

Seymour Handbag

Goat Cable Cardigan

Louise Flats

Seymour Handbag

Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats in grey here. Anya Hindmarch Seymour handbag here. Mother jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goat cable cardigan here. The Lady and the Sailor stripe tee here.

Photos. Jeffrey Doornbos

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Since getting back from our honeymoon, I’ve been retiring all the summer pieces that served me so well and replacing them with the staples that will get me through the fall. I’m already finding that some new favorites are in constant rotation. MiH’s Body Con jean is top of that list. I first gave them a spin on a recent flight out to Paris and they are so unbelievably comfortable that I don’t want to wear anything else. I started looking for the perfect ankle boot to pair with them and I can always count on Golden Goose to come through on that front. The Viand boot has just enough distressing in the leather and the inside and outside zippers add the perfect amount of rock ‘n’ roll. When it comes to tees, I’ve fallen hard for The Lady and the Sailor. The quality is incomparable and I love the looser, but not too loose cuts. My go-to shape for this transitional weather is the Varsity V. I have it in every color. For another layer, I always like scarves and when I discovered Jane Carr recently, I’ve been drooling over all her prints. My new favorite is the super cool Zipper print. And, when it comes to sunglasses, I only wear one designer – Oliver Peoples. Hands down the best quality and on point colors and shapes. My new addition is the Hedda style in blonde. Being a business owner and buyer, I always have so many documents to carry around and recently found that large clutches are perfect for this. I can keep everything flat and still have room to add in my daily essentials. Anya Hindmarch’s Albion clutch is a great grab and go bag that takes me from day to night.

Favorite Things

Golden Goose Viand Boots

Golden Goose Viand boot here.

Favorite Things

Oliver Peoples Hedda sunglasses. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Jane Carr Zipper scarf. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Favorites

Golden Goose Viand boot here. MiH Body Con jeans in Faded Black here. The Lady and the Sailor Varsity V. Charcoal here. Call 1 877 342 6474 for Army shown. Anya Hindmarch Albion clutch here and other favorites from the designer here. Oliver Peoples Hedda shades. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474. Jane Carr Zipper print silk scarf. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Other favorites from the designer here. Dior Purple Revolution nail polish here. Georgio Armani Flash Laquer #528 here.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Round Up – Paris Fashion Week

Postcards from Paris

I’ve been off the grid for a few weeks traveling and have so much to share! The hubby and I finally found time to take our honeymoon (more on that later) and I had a trip to Paris for Fashion Week and a birthday celebration for a close friend. Paris is always magical, but when you add amazing collections to view for spring and equally amazing friends to share the city with, I really do have a lot to be thankful for.

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Gold Rush

I’m seeing a lot of gold for spring and I was so excited about the new Dolce and Gabbana spring collection and how much gilded details there were. I’ve long been a fan of gold in all it’s mutations, especially accessories, perhaps because it was always a favorite of my mother’s. My go-to shoes this past week in NYC were my Chanel T strap heels, which I originally bought to wear on my wedding day. When I first laid eyes on those shoes, they felt like ancient Greek treasures with their encrusted gold block heel and fine gold meshing overlay. It’s only natural that when I go on buying trips, I’m drawn to all things in the golden hues. Enter my new jewelry crush, Venessa Arizaga. I had the pleasure of visiting her showroom and her Hawaii surf inspired pendants go straight to my heart. They’re bold, edgy and perfect for layering up and experimenting with the gold rush trend.

Goldsign Glam jeans

Isabel Marant jacket (old). Goldsign Glam jeans in Shayla here. Isabel Marant tank top (old). Jerome Dreyfuss bag (old) similar here. Chanel heels (old).

Goldsign Glam jeans

Isabel Marant multi chain necklace (old). Oliver Peoples Aviator in gold rim. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2014

Dolce and Gabbana spring 2014 runway show highlight.

Chanel Shoes

My gold gilded Chanel wedding shoes that are way to much fun to wear to live in a box.

Chanel Shoes

Chanel Shoes

Venessa Arizaga Pendants

Hawaii surf inspired gold pendants by the insanely talented Venessa Arizaga.

Venessa Arizaga coral pendant

Venessa Arizaga coral pendant. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Lulu Frost (my other jewelry crush) numerical charm pendant necklace and chain bracelet. Isabel Marant multi chain necklace (old).

Venessa Arizaga pendants

Venessa Arizaga shark’s tooth and scull pendant necklaces. I can’t wait to get mine.

Pendant Party

Venessa Arizaga shark tooth and shark jaw pendents are perfect for layering. Call 1 877 342 64 74 for more information.  I layered mine with a Lulu Frost numerical pendent and Isabel Marant layered chain.

 

Photos Rebecca Dale except Dolce and Gabbana runway image (Vogue UK).

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Prints gone Wild

I spent yesterday running around NYC in this whispy Prabal Gurung print dress. It was the perfect day to opt for something lightweight and flowy. It was also the perfect dress to try on Helmut Lang’s new leather jackets for spring. An insta fix for all those dresses that you wouldn’t necessarily wear every day – throw on a leather jacket or even a casual, tailored cotton jacket and, Helmut Lang does that look so well, slip your feet into a pair of Repetto ballet flats for day or your favorite heels for night and you’re set!

Prabal Gurung dress

Prabal Gurung dress (old). Zara heels (old) new version here.

Prabal Gurung dress

Prabal Gurung dress

Hanii Y cape (old) similar here.

Zara heels

Zara heels (old) similar here and here.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Table details at the Helmut Lang showroom.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Beautiful floral arrangement at the Helmut Lang showroom.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Making my selections for spring. I love how wearable their muted color palette is and that they work so well with a wild print like the one I’m wearing.

Helmut Lang Showroom

A favorite leather jacket that I’m coveting for spring. Especially love the cropped sleeve.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Helmut Lang Showroom

 

Photos Rebecca Dale

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For the Love of Fashion

I can’t even begin to express how much I love my job. My degree was in clothing design and I’ve been in this industry for 22 years, so the fact that I’m as enamored as I’ve always been and continually learning, is amazing! As the buyer for my boutiques and e-commerce site, I’m constantly inspired by design, style, cut, fit and fabric. It’s such a rush when you find all those qualities in a designer’s collection or even just a single piece. You feel giddy with excitement. It’s the best kind of hunting and gathering and, each night, after a day filled with viewing collections, I map out each piece in my head and how it all works together. This is where the curating of a DIANI collection begins. It’s a constant dance of editing and adding to bring the best of the best to my customers and I feel honored to do it.

Lulu Frost Earrings

You’ll see me wearing Lulu Frost jewelry a lot. It’s a new addition to DIANI and these earrings are insane! Love the color, love the textures and love that they’re super lightweight.

Isabel Marant Harem Pant

Helmut Lang blazer (old) similar here. Isabel Marant harem pant (old) similar here and here. Inhabit t shirt (old) similar here. Loeffler Randall Tamsin heel here.

Loeffler Randall Tamsin Heel

Loeffler Randall Tamsin heels here. Anya Hindmarch Pimlico bag here.

Isabel Marant Harem Pant

Vanessa Bruno Showroom

Checking out the beautiful spring collection from Vanessa Bruno.

Vanessa Bruno Spring 2014

Vanessa Bruno Showroom

Vanessa Bruno Spring 2014

A butter soft leather jacket from Vanessa Bruno.

 

Vanessa Bruno Showroom

Part of the fun of buying is getting to visit uber cool, beautifully lit lofts and showrooms. I always fantasize about what I would do to turn it into an apartment.

Vanessa Bruno Showroom

The color palette of my picks from the Vanessa Bruno collection. Every silhouette has serious style – the epitome of statement pieces.

Vanessa Bruno Showroom

Making my accessory selections.

Photos Rebecca Dale.

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Black and Blue in NYC

I’ve been having so much fun jumping from showroom to showroom, seeing what’s new for spring. Although fall has definitely arrived in NYC and my color palette for the day was black and blue, my mind is firmly set on picking the best of the best for next spring from designer collections, denim, shoes and accessories. Oh, I love my life!

Black and Blue

Helmut Lang jacket (old) similar here. Lanvin dress (old) similar here. Chloe shoes (old) similar here. Anya Hindmarch Pimlico bag. Oliver Peoples Braverman sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474.

MiH Showroom

MiH Showroom

A spicey Moroccan color palette for spring from MiH jeans, one of my favorite British designers.

MiH Showroom

Making my picks at the MiH Showroom.

MiH Showroom

Love this vintage flag framed in the showroom.

MiH Showroom

Repetto Showroom

Color, color everywhere at the Repetto Showroom.

Repetto Showroom

 

Photo Credit Jeffrey Doornbos

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