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Baubles, Handbags, & Scarves, Oh My! Mother’s Day 2014 Gift Guide Part 3

Mother’s Day is exactly two weeks from Sunday. If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for mom, check out our last round of 2014 favorites!


Charming Charlie

Precious Petals Stretch Bracelet l $15

charming charlie precious petals strech bracelet mother's day

For a stroke of style genius, try a Charming Charlie artisan-inspired accessory like this stretchy enamel flower bracelet. The painted finish and glam center detail create a cool mixed media vibe.

To purchase, visit or your local Charming Charlie store.

Hayden Harnett

Sandrine Satchel l $448

Hayden Harnett Sandrine Satchel Mother's Day

The classic  Hayden Harnett ‘Sandrine Satchel’ gets a modernist update with logo hinge hardware and clean equestrian detailing. Carry by the handles or wear on the shoulder with the detachable strap, it’s the perfect everyday bag for mom!

To purchase, visit


Diamond Sunflower Gray Leather Bracelet in Sterling Silver l $235

Ritani Diamond Sunflower Gray Leather Bracelet Mother's Day

A sparkling addition to any collection, this Ritani gray leather diamond bracelet is full of charm. Moms can dress up or dress down with this gorgeous, classic piece.

To purchase, visit


Endless Summer Scarf l $49

summerskin endless summer scarf mothers day

The SummerSkin ’Endless Summer Scarf’ offers endless ways to get easy and chic sun protection. It can be worn as an infinity scarf, shoulder wrap, instant hood, and skirt. Not only will mom look chic but she’ll be protecting herself from the sun’s harmful rays with UPF 50+!

To purchase, visit

Roman & Sunstone

Preppy Pearl Marquise Cabachon Statement Necklace l $36

roman and sunstone preppy pearl necklace mothers day

This stunning necklace from the Roman & Sunstone ‘Preppy Pearl’ collection is sure to make a statement! Its eye-catching design features simulated cream pearls and blue and green faceted accents. You are sure to dazzle with this amazing look!

To purchase, visit

Matterial Fix

Strength and Dignity Bangle l $60

Matterial Fix Bangle Aqua Mother's Day

Vibrant enamel arched between hand carved geometric details, this Matterial Fix bangle is a representation of all girls – strong and dignified. This gorgeous bangle will serve as a constant reminder of mom’s strenght and dignity!

To purchase, visit

Stella & Max

All I Need Clutch l $48

Stella & Max All I Need Clutch Mother's Day

Keep yourself organized while remaining elegant with Stella & Max’s ‘All I Need’ clutch. Available in four bold colors with subtle grain texture, the clutch is the perfect go-to bag for a Moms Night Out!

To purchase, visit or your local Macy’s store.


Every mom deserves a special Mother’s Day gift. We hope we made your shopping just a little bit easier!

Baubles, Handbags, & Scarves, Oh My! Mother’s Day 2014 Gift Guide Part 2

Yesterday we gave you a taste of our favorite gifts for mom this Mother’s Day. Check out some of the other gifts we think any mom will love!

Vasi Moda

Neo Classique I l $360

Vasi Moda NEO CLASSIQUE I scarf Mother's Day

The signature shape makes a VASI easy to wear. It is a statement piece that is effortlessly elegant, providing the finishing touch to classic wardrobe staples. The NEO CLASSIQUE I is inspired by international architecture of metropolitan cities that can be found from Europe to Manhattan.

To purchase, visit

Pico Design

Laser Cut Heart Pendant l $65

Pico Design Laser Cut Heart Pendant Mother's Day

This necklace is Pico’s architectural interpretation of the classic heart. The interior framework was designed to provide structure and strength to an otherwise delicate design. Its the perfect way to show mom how much you love her!

To purchase, visit

olivia + joy

Lillie Wristlet l $58

olivia + joy wristlet mother's day

The large ziparound with gold olivia + joy plate and removable woven chain wristlet strap not only looks chic, but its functional as well with a removable zipper pouch to take on-the-go!

To purchase, visit


Goddess Loop Fringe Earring l $118

Isharya Blue Lapis Goddess Fringe Hoop Earrings

The Isharya ‘Goddess Loop Fringe’ earring is an effortless style that is lightweight and perfect for moms. It has just a hint of fringe, a semi-precious stone, and is easy to wear.

To purchase, visit


Matthew Williamson Classic Medium Wayfarer l $395

Iristocracy Wayfarers Matthew Williamson Mother's Day

The classic medium size wayfarer frame is an easy-to-wear style that fits all face shapes.  They’re the perfect frame to add a little color to mom’s look!

To purchase Matthew Williamson Eyewear, visit

Freida Rothman

Turquoise Pave Radiance Pendant Necklace l $185

Freida Rothman Turquoise Pave Radiance Pendant Mother's DayFrom the Freida Rothman FEMME LUXURE Collection, the Turquoise Pave Radiance Pendant Necklace is made of Sterling silver and 14k matte gold plated. The perfect mix between classical charm and big city glamour, the piece is easy to layer or wear on its own!

To purchase, visit

Minnie Rose

Cotton Fringe Ruana l $128

Minnie Rose Ruana Mother's Day

Minnie Rose’s poncho style ruana with a detailed fringe trim and is a must have item for traveling moms. Easily packed as a carry-on, the ruana makes for a great wrap on the plane or a cover-up on the beach!

To purchase, visit

Keep your eyes open for our final round of must-haves for mom!

Baubles, Handbags, & Scarves, Oh My! Mother’s Day 2014 Gift Guide

On Tuesday, April 8th, the Accessories Council had the pleasure of hosting our annual #ACTOPPICKS Mother’s Day Press Event at BLT Fish. Accessories Council President, Karen Giberson, and premier lifestyle correspondent, host, accessory expert, and spokesperson, Pamela Pekerman, led the presentation of amazing Mother’s Day must-haves presented this year. From amazing necklaces and baubles to gorgeous ruanas and scarves, this year’s gift-guide offers something for every mother!

Stella & Dot

The Classic l $98

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Stella & Dot’s ‘Classic’ tote is an everyday, go-to tote ready to seize the day with a bottle pocket, easy-wipe lining, and space galore for books, snacks, beauty pick me ups and more. The bag features a linen exterior and lizard textured neon yellow trim, broken stripe print interior on spill resistant fabric, 4 interior pockets, and a top zip closure.

To purchase, visit

lia sophia

Wayfarer Necklace l $168

lia sophia wayfarer necklace mother's day

The ‘Wayfarer’ necklace from lia sophia is the perfect gift for busy moms on the go. Made with lia sophia’s exclusive Genius™ Clasp, Wayfarer features three detachable necklaces in one, and can wear the necklace 7 different ways!

To purchase, visit to locate a fashion advisor.

Adrienne Landau

Fox Fur Keychain l $25

adrienne landau fox fur keychain mother's day

Adrienne Landau’s ‘Fox Fur Keychain’ makes it easy to find your keys in any bag, large or small!

To purchase, visit


Black Flower Mosaic Bangle l $216

Troll Beads Mosaic Flower Bangle Mother's Day

The Trollbeads ‘Black Flower Mosaic Bangle’ features a sterling silver bangle, two sterling silver stoppers and a Black Flower Mosaic glass bead.  The Black Flower Mosaic glass bead is an exquisite Persian flower mosaic cast in black with a shiny cast of dichroic glass. It’s the perfect starter bangle for mom!

To purchase, visit or Troll Beads NY store at 1016 6th Avenue (btw 37th and 38th).

X by Trollbeads

Flow Bracelet l $234

x by trollbeads flow bracelet mother's dayX by Trollbeads ‘Flow Bracelet’ is perfect for moms that like a little edge to their jewelry. The ‘Flow Bracelet’ features black links, bronze links, bronze clasp and decorative sterling silver, Flow, link.  The link was designed by Trollbeads Designer, Søren Nielsen.

To purchase, visit or Troll Beads NY store at 1016 6th Avenue (btw 37th and 38th).

Isaac Mizrahi

Faye Tote l $298

Isaac Mizrahi Faye Tote Mother's Day

Isaac Mizrahi’s ‘Faye Tote’ features a double handle portfolio style with a front zipper pocket and extra interior pockets.  The side zipper details allows you to  increase and decrease the width. Chic and simple, the ‘Faye Tote’ is the perfect everyday bag for busy moms on the go!

To purchase, visit your local Lord & Taylor store.

Stay tuned to see what other fabulous gifts we love for Mom!

Swarovski Shines at Fall/Winter 2014 Press Preview

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of visiting the gorgeous Swarovski showroom for the  Fall/Winter Press Preview and we were completely enamored by the amazing colors that we encountered!

Swarovski Fall/Winter 2014 Preview

The focus of the season’s collection is to truly bring together and experiment with art and light. Newly designed custom cut crystals, exclusive to Swarovski’s Fall/Winter 2014 line, assist in allowing light reflect so that each piece sparkles perfectly. Rich jewel tones set in black metal and silver add a little edge to otherwise ultra-glamorous statement pieces. Rose gold and mixed metals are also prevalent throughout the collection, and offer a fresh take on many of Swarovski’s classic pieces. And once overpowering, classic statement watches have been redesigned to offer a slimmer, more delicate look.

Overall, the Fall/Winter 2014 collection offers a fabulous balance of femininity and edge. It was difficult to walk through without taking mental notes of each and every piece that we are dying to get our hands on!

Purchase Your Tickets for the Accessories Council and Henri Bendel Shopping Soiree and Silent Auction Now!


Join the Accessories Council and Henri Bendel on Tuesday, March 4th for a night of shopping, bidding, and mingling!

Accessories Council and Henri Bendel Shopping Soiree Items

This year’s auction items include the ‘Little Vegas Club’ Necklace and “Little Vegas Spade and Heart’ Earrings by Alex Woo, the ‘Exotic Silver Metallic Ring Lizard Clutch’ by Monica Rich Kosann, the ‘Cupid Satchel’ by Rebecca Minkoff, a surprise hatbox filled with fabulous Henri Bendel accessories!

Other brands to be on the look out for at the silent auction include John Varvatos, Echo Design Group, Minnie Rose, Boy Meets Girl x Roman Luxe, Vince Camuto, Swarovski, Stella and Dot, Soxxy, Vita Fede, Sydney Evan, Kara Ross, Kenneth Jay Lane, Eric Javits, Bulgari, Alexis Bittar, Edie Parker, Gerard Yosca, John Wind, One Love Organics, Nancy Gonzaelz, MCM, and many more!

Where: 712 5TH Avenue, New York, NY 10019

When: 6pm-8pm



Join the Accessories Council and Henri Bendel For A Night of Shopping and Fun!

Join the Accessories Council and Henri Bendel on March 4th for a night of shopping, bidding, and fun at our annual Shopping Soiree and Silent Auction! This year’s Silent Auction will feature fabulous items from BulgariSwarovskiMCMNancy GonzalezVince CamutoAlex Woo, and more..!

2014 Shopping Soiree Invitation

We can’t wait to bid on some of our favorites! Be sure to purchase your tickets so you can too!

Thale Blanc Helps Bring a ‘Flutter of Hope’ to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Thale Blanc Flutter of Hope Clutch for Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Help support Deborah Sawaf, designer of Accessory Council member, Thale Blanc in her family’s ongoing support of children’s cancer research when you purchase from the gorgeous ‘Flutter of Hope’ collection. The ‘Flutter of Hope’ collection is meant to symbolize a new beginning just as the extensive research conducted at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the collection’s donation beneficiary, allows its patients to gain a new beginning.  According to Deborah, “this bag is intended to reflect the beauty of the woman carrying it with her significant contribution and support towards pediatric cancer research.”

The recently launched inaugural bag is a beautifully embellished clutch, adorned with three dimensional and engraved butterflies. 20% of the proceeds from the collection will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As an inspiring reminder of how greatly appreciated your donation is, the side panel of each clutch is engraved with “my endorsement to find a cure.”

For more information on the ‘Flutter of Hope’ collection or to purchase, visit

Holiday #ACTOPPICKS 2013 Part 3

Still searching for the perfect gift? Check out the last of our top Holiday gift picks!

MANUEL RACIM: Premier, French Made-to-Measure Shirts- $125 and up

ManuelRacim is the premier purveyor of French made-to-measure shirts in New York. Each shirt is tailored to the individual specifications of the client, taking full advantage of an effortless customization process and the exquisite craftsmanship of our century old atelier. Sumptuous Italian fabrics meet refined styling to achieve timelessly elegant design.

Manuel Racim

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RANDOLPH ENGINEERING: Rose Gold Concord Sunglasses- $169

The classic Randolph Concorde is plated in a new luxurious 23k Rose Gold. AGX polycarbonate lenses offer lightweight comfort for all-day wear.

Size: 57mm (medium)

Finish: 23k Rose Gold Plated

Temple: Skull

Lens: AGX PC


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Treat the man in your life to something special with these sterling silver Pothole Cufflinks. Doubled sided, black obsidian & mother of pearl.


Available at Bergdorf Goodman.


SARA DESIGNS: The Editor Wrap Watch- $330

Feel the power of this men’s inspired design. Bold persuasion and chic detailing merge to create an exquisite statement. This iconic piece has become a classic in the Sara Designs collection. Gradient textures are created with layers of varying gold chain.

Sara Designs

Available in Gold, Silver, Rosegold at


THALE BLANC: Flutter of Hope Clutch- $985

Butterflies are a symbol of new beginnings. Designer Deborah Sawaf created ‘The Flutter of Hope’ collection as a symbol of her family’s ongoing support for pediatric cancer research. With 20% of proceeds going directly towards research at children’s hospital Los Angeles (www.Chla.Org), Deborah hopes she can create a new beginning.

The inaugural bag in the collection is a beautifully embellished clutch with a flight of three dimensional brass butterflies and masterfully engraved butterflies.

As an inspiring reminder, the side of the clutch reads ‘my endorsement to finding a cure’ so every time a woman steps outside with the flutter of hope, she is helping take a step for finding a cure.

Thale Blanc

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TRELLIE: Phone Call Light Alert System- $49.99

Trellie is for the busy woman who doesn’t want to miss connecting with the people and calls that are important to her. Trellie is the stylish, easy-to-use device that, through its light alert system, assures she’ll never miss another incoming call even if her phone is buried in her purse or briefcase and she doesn’t hear it ring.

Unlike other wireless phone devices that focus more on male purchasers or become complicated with too many fancy “bells & whistles”, Trellie is designed solely to solve this single frustrating problem experienced by so many women today.

Trellie Close-up

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VEVLODYNE: vBold Headphones- $349

Our wireless headphones offer Bluetooth connectivity compatible with your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or any Bluetooth capable device. Wireless sound reproduction is accurate and true thanks to aptX coding. A direct connect audio cable is included for optional wired connection.

Velodyne vBold1

Available on Amazon,,,, and in airport wireless stores.


What are you favorite gift picks for the Holiday season?

Holiday #ACTOPPICKS 2013 Part 2

If you still haven’t found the perfect holiday gifts, don’t worry. Today we have even more of our top gift picks this season and you won’t be disappointed!


EVITA PERONI: Holiday Gift Set- $271

The Evita Peroni Holiday Gift set includes three stunning pieces from the Gold Collection, made with Swarovski Elements. The Esther Hair Band is a tribute to old world opulence; style with accessories of similar style.  The Eugenie Hair Clip makes a chic day-to-evening piece; wear with a messy chignon or a sleek updo. Sparkling with Swarovski glass & Hotfix stones, the Fernanda Bobby Pin is a chic addition to any hairdo; style with anything from jeans to a LBD.

Evita Peroni

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HOLY BAUBLE: Saint Christopher Cuff Links- $98

Saint Christopher Cuff Links, patron saint for safe travels.  Hand pressed and hand enameled in sterling silver.  Available in a variety of colors.   Proud to be USAmade.  Perfect gift for the gentleman in your life, keeping them safe in their travels!

Holy Bauble

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ILORI OPTICAL: Black and Gold Chanel Noir Sunglasses- $590

The BLACK AND GOLD CHANEL NOIR, Karl Lagerfeld has harnessed the power of black and the allure of gold for an elegant combination that intrigues and attracts. In the exclusive “collection in the collection”, gold-toned metal outlines and details add a subtle but striking contrast. To further heighten the senses, the temples are hand covered in exotic stingray skin, known as galuchat. The stingray skin, soft and smooth to the touch is considered one of the most durable leathers in the world.


Available now at ILORI Soho, 138 Spring Street (212) 226-8276.


IX STYLE: Haurache Sandals- $89

Ix Style’s mission is “to provide clean drinking water to children. While their focus and heart is in Guatemala, some of their partners help children worldwide. No child is more important than the other.” IX Style sells affordable, high quality shoes that are handmade by artisans in Guatemala. The shoes are a take on the typical Mayan shoes called Huaraches that are sold at the marketplaces surrounding the lake. Although huaraches are known for being a simple style and lasting only a few wears, IX Style has recreated these shoes with durable materials such as leather, cotton, and rubber in order to make a shoe that will allow for wear through many seasons. For each pair of shoes that is sold, fifteen percent of the profits will go to the charities that IX Style is affiliated with.

Ix Style Shoes 2

Available at and Anthropology, Asos, and Holt Renfrew February 2014.


JACK ROGERS: Navajo Sandal Charm Necklace- $38

Navajo sandal charm necklace. Charm is 1 inch long. Adjustable lobster clasp closure. Chain length is 16-19 inches. Chain drop is 8-9½ inches. Ships in our signature jewelry pouch and box. Available in silver, gold, and rose gold.

Jack Rogers

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JING AI:Sierra Glow Duo with Kabuki Brush- $35

Jing Ai which means “pure love” in Mandarin Chinese is an eco – chic beauty brand inspired by the timeless memories of the love shared between founder Donna Cristino and her grandmother Rose who passed away of breast  cancer.  To honor her grandmother’s life all of the Jing Ai products are named after different roses from around the world.  The brand is made with USDA  certified  organic ingredients and is gluten free, vegan and we are certified by the Leaping Bunny because we would never test on our furry friends.  Our fiber board packaging is made in the USA and is 100% biodegradable and recyclable because we love the earth.  When you purchase a Sierra Glow Duo it comes with a little piece of wildflower seed paper in the component.  If you plant the seed paper into the earth and water daily for someone you love it will grow you a beautiful bouquet of wildlflowers.  So not only does Jing Ai make you look beautiful but it makes your heart smile too!  We give 5% of our proceeds to breast cancer charities year round.

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Available on and HSN.


LEIGH ANN BARNES: Cuff Change- $45

Hand-painted Italian leather reversible cuff bracelet with cufflink & our signature good fortune coin charm. Made in America.

Leigh Ann Barnes

Available online at online at and in stores at Nicole Miller Boutiques in Philadelphia, Chloe’s Closet Boutique in Florida, and Checkmate Shoes in Canada.


Be sure to check out the rest of our holiday gift picks tomorrow!





Holiday #ACTOPPICKS 2013

With the start of December, we are happy to say that the Holiday season is officially here! In order to make your holiday shopping a piece of cake this year, we and Lilliana Vasquez have curated a list of 2013 holiday must-haves for every person on your list. From amazing stocking-stuffers to luxurious splurges, we’ve made shopping for your loved ones the easiest its ever been!


ANDREW HAMILTON CRAWFORD: Dragonfly Fly Cuff- $298

This one-of-a-kind piece features translucent resin with a with an 18k gold plated overlay. In this seamless design, the dragonfly pattern swirls elegantly throughout the cuff. For easy wear,  the bracelet features a magnetic closure and spring hinge.

Andrew Hamilton Crawford Dragonfly Fly Cuff ACTOPPICKS

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ANGELS & EMERALDS: Guardian Angel Affirmation Bangle Bracelet- $169.95

The sterling silver bracelet features the inscription Guardian and is highlight with a brilliant emerald.  This precious jewel represents the balance between perfect love and perfect trust while possessing the virtue of protection. As you adorn yourself with our jeweled talisman, repeat the inscribed affirmation, I am guided, guarded and protected always. and invite the angels to help you realize your deepest desires.

Angels & Emeralds Guardian Angel Bangle ACTOPPICKS

The bracelet retails for $169.95 and is available at


ANNE WOODMAN: Braided Bangle- $24-$38

Mix and match 15 beautiful colors with these handmade braided leather or vinyl bracelets. Features a magnetic clasp with signature copper wrap.


Available at Henri Bendel.


ARMITRON: Gold Plated Timepiece with Swarovski Elements- $80

Make Time to sparkle in this elegant timepiece from Armitron. The case and bracelet are finished in a warm gold plating and polished to a high shine. The dial features a rich brown mother of pearl outer zone with a unique champagne colored crystal center zone. Made with Swarovski Elements.

Armitron Swarovski Elements Watch ACTOPPICKS

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BINDYA NY: Cinnibar Scarf- $165

This scarf lends the perfect pop of color to any outfit with its blurred water lily print. Made out of cashmere and silk, it measures 28″x80.”

Bindya NY Cinnibar Scarf ACTOPPICKS

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CAROLINE ROCHA: Hand Crafted Leather Cuff- $159-$219

Add some sparkle to your holiday with these hand painted and crafted leather bracelets, painted and adorned in Swarovski crystals.

Caroline Rocha Leather and Swarovski Cuff ACTOPPICKS

Available in retailers across the US, Canada, UK and Australia. A complete list of retailers, along with an online store, can be viewed at


DAVID & YOUNG: Style Strap- $20

The Style Strap iPhone 5 case is a trendy, multi-functional phone case that acts as a high quality protective cover, a stand and a fashionable bracelet! When the strap is attached to the phone, being hands free is convenient and  chic. The strap also very easily detaches from the base, transforming into a bracelet to wear from day to night!

David & Young Style Strap ACTOPPICKS

Available on, which offers free shipping on all tech accessories.


Check us out tomorrow for more our top holiday gift picks!

Men’s Small Leather Goods Make a Big Statement

Who said men’s small leather goods have to be boring? For Spring 2014, prepare to retire your trusty neutral colored SLG’s, and infuse your or your man’s wardrobe with a bold wallet or credit card holder.  Check out some of our favorites below!


Men's SLGs

Photos courtesy of WWD. Top: Left- Ben Minkoff, Right- Prada; Bottom: Left- Jack Spade, Right- Coach 


Men's SLGs 2

 Photos courtesy of WWD. Top: Left- Serapian, Right- Want Les Essentiels De La Vie; Bottom: Left- Tom Ford. Right- Louis Vuitton


Men's SLGs 3

 Photos courtesy of WWD. Top: Left- Tumi, Right- Balenciaga; Bottom: Left- Dior Homme, Right- Dsquared2

What punches of color will you or your man be rocking for Spring 2014?

2013 ACE Awards Recap

Yet another ACE Awards has come and gone and we are still trying to get over how stunning the night was! From the Swarvoski details in each center piece to the perfectly lit room and the glamorous people filling it, the only word we can use to describe the event was perfection!

2013 ACE Awards Cipriani 42nd Street


Once again, congratulations to all of our honorees!

Brand of the Year: Alexis Bittar
Specialty Retailer : charming charlie
Business Visionary: Diane Sullivan, Brown Shoe Company
Marylou Luther Journalism Award : Hamish Bowles
Hall of Fame: Iman
Influencer: Kate Young
Digital Influencer: Leandra Medine
Omni-Channel Retailer : Nordstrom
Distinguished Style : Olivia Palermo
Designer of the Year: Phillip Lim
Breakthrough Award : rag & bone
Style Ambassador : Stacy Keibler
Legacy Award : The Frye Company (celebrating 150 years)
Retail Innovation : Warby Parker

For those of you that were not able to attend this year, we’ve decided to give you a behind the scenes look at all things 2013 ACE Awards!

2013 ACE Awards 1

Photographed from left to right: Larry Tarica and Tommy Hilfiger; Rebecca Minkoff and Jamie Nordstrom; Alexis Bittar and Joan Collins.

2013 ACE Awards 2

Photographed from left to right: Hamish Bowles and Tory Burch; Charlie Chanaratsopon and Eva Chen; Kate Young and Jason Wu.

2013 ACE Awards 3

Photographed from left to right: Leandra Medine and Danielle Snyder; David Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal; Oliva Palermo.

2013 ACE Awards 4

Photographed from left to right: Kate Lanphear and Phillip Lim; David Neville, Andrew Rosen, and Marcus Wainwright.

2013 ACE Awards 5

 Photographed from left to right: Hal Rubenstein and Iman; Stacy Keibler and Naeem Khan; Diane Sullivan.

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year, can you?

Do You Want to Be Featured at Our Holiday Press and Shopping Event?

Does your brand have the must-have gift item for this holiday season? If so, we want to feature you at our





The Accessories Council is once again inviting top fashion bloggers, social media personalities, and traditional short-lead press to preview our favorite gift items for the upcoming holiday season!
And, for the first time ever, we’re hosting a special day that’s open to the public for holiday shopping!
On night one, members of the press will gather at The Manhattan House to enjoy cocktails and light bites while Accessories Council president, Karen Giberson, and special guest co-host, Lilliana Vazquez, present the Accessories Council’s top holiday gift items.Lilliana Vazquez is a style expert who is changing the way women shop cheaply and chicly. As founder and creative director of, she gives frugal fashionistas a daily place to find advice, deals and inspiration. She is a contributor to the “Today” show, “Access Hollywood,” “E! News” and the “Rachael Ray Show,” and has made more than 500 appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, E!, Bravo and The Style Network. Lilliana will be on hand to showcase the Accessories Council top gift picks and offer advice on how to stay budget friendly this holiday season!
Attending press will receive item details (product name, price, and where to buy) to share on their social media platforms to help raise consumer awareness for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Coverage from our previous press events in 2013 has generated hundreds of thousands of impressions. And, #ACTOPPICKS, our official press event hashtag, has reached top trending status on Twitter after each press event!
Then, on day two, participating brands will have the opportunity to set up a table in The Manhattan House Lobby to sell their collections to residents and guests!


DAY ONE: Holiday Press Event

Tuesday, November 19th 

6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Manhattan Club at The Manhattan House


DAY TWO: Holiday Shopping Day

Wednesday, November 20th 

11:00am – 7:00pm

The Manhattan House Lobby

 Accessories Council Member participation fee: $2000*

Non-member participation fee: $2500*

All participating brands are also required to contribute fifty (50) 

of the chosen item to gift to attending press.**

If your brand is interested in participating, please contact Carolyn for more details!


*Single-day opportunities also available. Please inquire.*

**Some exceptions may apply.** 

Emmy Awards Red Carpet Roundup

Whether you’re a fan of The Newsroom, Boardwalk Empire or Game of Thrones (yes, we realize these are all HBO hits, respectfully), there are few and far between who don’t relish their Sunday evening shows. Who doesn’t love to kick back and relax on a lazy Sunday before the workweek begins and we have to face the Monday blues? 

A perk of fall is the numerous award ceremonies that are airing as we inch closer to the start of a new year. This past Sunday night, September 22nd, America’s most avid television viewers received a special treat with the airing of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. Now, as most all ladies know, a little over half the fun of these ceremonies is critiquing and adoring the different dresses, shoes, bags and jewels worn by our favorite celebrities on the red carpet! Obviously, here at The Accessories Council, we kept an eye out for, you guessed it, the impressive accessories.

Our favorite part of any awards ceremony is seeing our members products flaunted on the red carpet. Among the trends of jeweled clutches and jewels, we spotted more than a few of them. Check out the dazzling pieces of Lorraine Schwartz, Tiffany & Co., Irene Neuwirth and Swavorski.


Thanks to Fashion Week 2013, we know that jeweled clutches will be big this year and The Emmy’s showed no shortage of them. They were seen on the usual red carpet stunners of Zooey Deschanel, Maria Menuonos, Guiliana Rancic and Kerry Washington, to name a few. However, our favorite would have to be Julianne Hough’s Swavorski clutch that perfectly complemented her show stopping, bold and bejeweled dress.

Julianne Hough

 Photo courtesy of USA Today


Since many of the dresses are so eye catching, most accessories we see at awards ceremonies are gorgeous drop earrings, understated rings or one or two elegant bangles. Jewelry is what sets and completes an outfit for those on the red carpet.

Lorraine Schwartz:

A favorite amongst celebrities for bold and beautiful baubles to showcase at events, Modern Family stars Sarah Hyland and Sophia Vergara stayed true to the lovely designer. Both wore beautiful drop earrings to match their more simple dresses.

Modern Family

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Tiffany & Co:

Tiffany & Co. has always been a classic for simple and elegant diamonds and silver settings. Diamonds were seen largely at this year’s Emmy’s and our favorite had to be Rosy Byrne’s. The Tiffany & Co. earrings and bracelet paired beautifully with her pale pink gown.

Rose Byrne

Photo courtesy of

Irene Neuwirth

Last but not least, we saw another member of ours, Irene Neuwirth’s pieces! Irene Neuwirth is almost always seen on the red carpet due to their intricate designs that maintain an aura of fun and sophistication. Parks and Recreation star, Amy Poehler, stunned in Irene Neuwirth earrings this year.

Amy Poehler

Photo courtesy of

We loved seeing our members spotlighted at The 2013 Emmy Awards and are always keeping an eye out for their fantastic pieces. What were some of your favorites?

2013 Mother’s Day Gift Picks: Part 3

Mother’s Day is only a little over a week away! For those of you who haven’t had a chance to buy an amazing gift for Mom, we’ve got you covered!

mcm wrap bracelets mother's day top picks 2013

MCM 2013 Armour Collection, and its Armour Double Bracelet, $220, is inspired by the equipments of horsemen who protect European royal family and nobles in the middle ages, namely the shining armors of the great knights. MCM uses snake-embossed pattern to show the chivalry. The powerful snake-embossed pattern is MCM’s new try on its classic Visetos material, decorated with 24K gold plate and gunmetal studs. The whole collection is full of exotic atmosphere. The Armour collection creates unprecedented boldness and personality in MCM history, fully expressing the romantic feeling of dark legends and confidence of knights. The collection includes popular items like backpacks, shoppers, totes, handbags, and bracelets.

roman and sunstone bracelet mother's day 2013 top gift picks

Take a walk on the wild side with this Roman and Sunstone python skin inspired bracelet, $20.  A textured python print inlay is set in gold tone metal.  A functional buckle closure and back hinge allows for an adjustable fit.


sprout watch mothers day top gift picks 2013

The environmentally friendly mom will love this watch, $65, from Sprout! All Sprout watches use biodegradable corn resin, genuine mother of pearl and mercury-free batteries.


jill haber mother's day 2013 top gift picks

Jill Haber is pleased to introduce the JILL HABER Collection of exotic skin handbags. Each original design is meticulously detailed and crafted using the world’s finest python, alligator, lizard, stingray, and ostrich skins. Exclusive hardware made by Italian artisans and exotic woods selected for their organic beauty adds to the uniqueness of each piece. The JILL HABER collection is made by hand in New York City by European trained craftsmen. The JILL HABER collection is a modern interpretation of iconic silhouettes designed to showcase luxury created for today’s global woman who inspires beauty and individual style.

Remember, no matter how big or small your budget is, it’s always the thought that counts when shopping for Mom!

2013 Mother’s Day Gift Picks: Part 2

Yesterday we highlighted a few of our top gift picks for Mother’s Day 2013. Here are a few more hot gift items any mom will love this season!

echo design travel bags

Stay sand-free while you tweet by the sea! Our Geo Circles Plastic Beach Set from Echo Designs, $42, includes two zippered cases in a bright geo circles pattern – one for your digital pad or reader and one for your smartphone.


eric javits bag top mother's day picks 2013

At $335, this is the smallest version of the ever popular Squishee® shopper. Perfect for resort dinners, poolside cocktails or casual summer special occasions. Gold tone chain, protective brass feet and starfish logo emblem punctuates the Squishee® material. Inside: center divider, side zipper compartment, mirror and patch pockets. All Eric Javits bags are lightweight and durable. This bag is part of a wide array of coordinating hats, handbags, and small accessories in Eric Javits’ signature Squishee material.



 francesca's perfume mother's day 2013 top gift picks

Perfume is the finishing touch on any outfit; the ultimate necessary accessory to complete a look.  Tuileries by Francesca’s, $28, is a fresh floral fragrance reminiscent of the scent in the air while walking through a Parisian garden on a windy spring day.  With crisp top notes of sparkling citron and apple, the eau de parfum blossoms with soft white amber and musk. Vegan & cruelty-free.


john wind mother's day 2013 top picks

Give mom what she really wants this year…a fashionable and fun initial bracelet from John Wind Maximal Art. The neon accents will look great through summer~ especially with a tan!  This new initial bracelet, $128, is a single strand of pink neon glass beads with a chunky silver-plate chain, flower, initial, and yellow accent bead. The initial even has a fun sentiment engraved on it (i.e. ‘h’ says happy)

If pearls are more mom’s style, give her a strand of the John Wind Maximal Art Pop of Neon Pearls!  The necklaces, $128, are 48″ long and made of glass based beads. We love it styled with a simple outfit of jeans and a t-shirt. It can even be layered as a bracelet! It looks perfect paired with our new Punchy Pink Initial Bracelet.

Stay tuned for our last installment of Mother’s Day 2013 must haves tomorrow!