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Softly Sophisticated.

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Natalie Katheen in Sienna Ray Lioness Apres clutch + Rosa Wrap bracelet + MAGA vintage shades by Kajal London

Natalie Katheen in Sienna Ray Indikon Apres clutch + Shannon Shiang Gold Dust Ring + MAGA vintage shades by Kajal London

Natalie Katheen in Sienna Ray Lioness Babette pouchette + Rosa Wrap bracelet + MAGA vintage shades by Kajal London

My passion for creation is relevant in every step I take; whether it’s directly designing accessories for the collection, or building relationships with all the beautiful people I am so privileged to meet along this journey.

Credit for this fun photoshoot reaches out to a very talented business woman who feeds her creative side through the her vintage eyewear brand, Kajal of Kajal London. We first connected through a now very good friend of mine, whom I met in a factory elevator when I very first started calling NYC home. Hence not only am I humbled to be collaborating in Kajal’s Distinction Portrait Book, it is such an honour to witness us build such a supportive community. In a fashion world so often full of intimidation, it is as we step out of our comfort zone our businesses truly grow and flourish.

Today I’d like this feature to represent the #PowerOfHello – as you just never know what inspiration will be found through looking outward and smiling at strangers.

(Natalie Kathleen wearing: MAGA vintage shades by Kajal London, Sienna Ray lioness après clutch + antique jewelry rosa wrap bracelet; Sienna Ray indikon après clutch and Shannon Shiang trilliant druzy ring; Sienna Ray antique jewelry babette cross body/pouchette.)

INSTAGRAM @natkathleen @siennaraybags @kajallondon @shannonshiang

Event Review: Adornment @ WAN.DER.LUST SoHo

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The mixer of the art world meets accessories, meets a whole lot of everything…!

It was a full house last Friday at 72 Wooster Street in SoHo. The crowd of eclectic young/old, creative/finance were there to explore the entertainment and shop the wonderfully curated mix of local underground artists and nyc accessory designers including AEA Jewelry, Shannon Shiang New York and Cestsla Jewelry – a sure inspiration for the first preview of Sienna Ray’s new lambskin jewelry collection!

 lots of love for WAN.DER.LUST

sienna ray cross body golden bliss

beautiful beatrice falls in love with NEW 'brooklyn' cap in antique jewelry

NEW lambskin studded quadra wrap bracelet

full house @ WAN.DER.LUST

fanfare love

gorgeous gals @ AEA jewelry

eye catching evening entertainment!

arriving in creative style

all in all a beautiful show!

 

From top: lots of love for WAN.DER.LUST; sienna ray cross body golden bliss; beautiful beatrice falls in love with NEW ‘brooklynne’ cap in antique jewelry; NEW lambskin studded quadra wrap bracelet; full house @ WAN.DER.LUST; fanfare love; gorgeous gals @ AEA jewelry; eye catching evening entertainment!; arriving in creative style; all in all a beautiful show!

Photograph 5,7,10 with thanks & credit to Ruprecht Studios who was showing his incredible pieces for the duration of WAN.DER.LUST.

 

 

it’s the subtle superstars along our paths that make it all worthwhile…

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Jonas + the jona

I know we’re always posting about the beautiful women who inspires us, enrich our desires & passion to dream and reach for the stars…. however there’s no need to be sexist here, there are often very special men in our lives that deserve a spotlight as well.

Today (in great honorary of my new love for #ThrowbackThursday!) I would like to take a moment to thank a dear dear friend of mine.

Jonas has enjoyed many ’5 minutes of fame’ along his journey of life up to this point: with great success through TV + Film, owning a thriving Fashion Boutique in Brasil, astounding recognition as an interior designer and winning great accolades as a top host in the Rocky Mountains of Canada – to name just a few!

I am proud to say I’ve offered him up another, with giving him a gigantic piece of my heart for being such an influencer in the first footsteps of Sienna Ray… it’s on his very kitchen table that the first bag of Sienna Ray was created; with his genuine love to see me succeed that boosted my confidence to step into the world of handbag design.

Therefore I was able to share forward with you all a gift from Jonas, naturally he became the muse & name behind my effortlessly chic jona clutch. Always being up for a good time, big or small (ok not sure if Jonas understands ‘small’ as everything he touches in this world is extraordinary!) each moment alongside him is always special.

This little jona clutch grew along the first years of Sienna Ray with many tweaks and updates… with many of you making me feel honored by sharing, to this day, how you still use your clutches from five plus years ago – love you!

Sienna Ray xx

what to do this easter wknd in chelsea?

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Come join my good friend and talented menswear designer this weekend at his gorgeous studio in Chelsea. Kai D, along with Kajal of EbK Eyewear are hosting a spring Friends+Family sale.

Great selection of spring menswear and vintage eyewear. Plus a few limited edition handbags from Emalle NY along with a selection of our leather loafers and gladiator sandals.

Come by to shop and enjoy some sunshine on the patio, I know that’s where’ll I’ll be!

-Natalie xx

 

Kai D Utility Friends & Family Sale 2-avenue-SQUARE 3-SiennaRay_ss12_thelma+louise_bedford-SQUARE 4-thelma-SQUARE

Kai D Utility @

161 West 22nd Street 3rd Floor

New York NY 10011

Sat + Sun Mar 30/31 noon-6:30pm

sienna ray muse : cleverness & dreaming

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makenzie chilton #SiennaRayMuse #QuoteOfTheDay

Makenzie Chilton of The Butterfly & The Hurricane

↬ wearing mak multi messenger in cocoa ↫

Sienna Ray PopUp Finale Soirée!

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What a wonderful night in NYC’s nolita, celebrating the Sienna Ray PopUp Finale with all of our wonderful supportive friends/family, press, and top fashion bloggers. It was an amazing evening filled with fortunes, champagne, and fabulous handbags. Check out all of our guests in attendance.

welcome to the Sienna Ray Popup Finale Soirée! Pick a balloon to "find your fortune...

 

 

brag board just getting started

 

 

the beautiful MJ Barton, Founder of Electric Picks Jewelry

 

 

Creative Director Natalie Kathleen discussing the winter line with MD Tim Canty

 

 

 

The Party Baker Ms Alexandra & Jimmy Swagg eyewear designer

 

 

 

Photographer Aisha Singleton, Lauren Cosenza of Divialicous and guest

 

 

 

J&J (Jaclynn & Justin)

 

 

Creative Director Natalie Kathleen & supportive friend

 

 

his & her (Soul Khan & wife)

 

 

SR's Natalie Kathleen, Brand Strategist Arwen, and stylist LarMar Right

 

 

 

Founder of EbK Eyewear Kajal with guests

 

 

 

we loved The Party Baker's fun tights!

 

 

 

SR's Marketing Director Jaclynn & Photographer Aisha Singleton

 

 

our "jovie" pleated tote in lioness

 

 

The Party Baker Alexandra & Jaclynn

 

 

MJ Barton of Electric picks wearing her new Jimmy Swagg Prima-Donna cat eyes

 

 

Stylist LaMar Right, VH1's Rose, & Natalie Kathleen

 

 

SR's Natalie Kathleen, Vlad of Women's Heath Mag, Designer Dana-Maxx & SR's Jaclynn Brennan

 

 

cupcakes for days, by The Party Baker

 

 

Ebk vintage designer eyewear

 

 

fashion photographer Jahmar Armani & Jaclynn Brennan

 

 

 

showing love to our Canadian roots, special edition "mak" messenger

 

 

Sienna Ray & champagne, perfect mix!

 

 

our wonderful gifts to guests, special edition Sienna Ray business card holders!

 

 

the lovely Naty Michelle, owner/blogger of A Love Affair with Fashion

 

 

Jaclynn Brennan & blogger Naty Michelle

 

 

the force behind Jimmy Swagg eyewear, Justin James Creative Director & Social Media Director Isa

 

 

SR's Jaclynn & fashion stylist David

 

 

Artist/Designer Sonia O'Mara & Sienna Ray's Natalie Kathleen

 

 

Jaclynn & Allie, loving the friendship and support!

 

 

 

the wonderful fashion blogger Claire Geist of DeLune

 

 

Designer & Founder of Emalle Handbags writing down her accomplishments & goals for our "brag board"

 

 

Jaclynn Brennan & blogger Claire Geist

 

 

the Sienna Ray "brag board", all of our guests greatest accomplishments & goals for 2013

 

 

Natalie Kathleen having too much fun! CHEERS

 

 

Sienna Ray's Nat&Jac with fab interns Regine & Anna

 

Thank you to everyone who attend and celebrated this amazing night with us! Special thanks to photographer Jahmar Armani for these photos. When one door closes, another opens… the journey has just begun. – Sienna Ray xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impromptu Shoot with the Fab Natalie Suarez of “Natalie off Duty” ♥

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Model, musician, fashion lover & vintage maven… Natalie Suarez has it all. We were thrilled when she jumped into an impromptu shoot yesterday @ the Sienna Ray PopUp Boutique with her new “milfie” handbag. Check out her blog here

Sienna Ray & Co. PopUp Shop in New York’s Nolita ♥

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 Sienna Ray & Co., lovable leather handbags & accessories, has spread its wings from Vancouver to NYC’s Mott Street in a PopUp shop sure to please. The boutique, which will be open from Thanksgiving weekend until Christmas Eve, offers a selection of special edition handbags, clutches, cosmetic cases and leather goods catering to the East Coast woman. For the first time Sienna Ray & Co. will debut a capsule collection of men’s small leather goods, RAY87, including wallets, cardholders, and laptop bags. The PopUp will be a true reflection of the brand’s marketing statement, ‘luxurious from the outside in’, capturing the playfulness in the overall shopping experience for it’s customers.

The boutique will embody a similar vision to the handbags: clean and inquisitive, giving customers the opportunity to touch and feel the product, also to see that there really is more then meets the eye. Each handbag is multifaceted just like the New York woman, a bag to rely on that can be with you and enhance your energy from day to night.

“Immediately when we signed the lease I wanted to include other inspiring designers in this opportunity and initiated a series of events ‘PopUp in a PopUp’. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the help and support from friends, family and industry successors. I feel the PopUp shop is a true test to the brand. I see crisp white walls, edited product, multiple color stories; with accent of our signature lining from dress forms to delicately wrapped Christmas parcels, surrounding the atmosphere with holiday love and gift giving.

The location could not be more fitting in the high-end independent design area of NoLita. I feel extremely humbled to be in a radius of talented designers and brands. I am equally so proud to embrace my Vancouver roots, being situated on a prime shopping trail of Canadian success starting with Artizta on Broadway/Prince, John Fluevog footwear on Mulberry and now Sienna Ray & Co. around the corner.”- Founder & Creative Director, Natalie Kathleen

The Sienna Ray PopUp is located at 252 Mott St, just north of Prince St. Open 7 days a week Novovember 23 – December 24, 2012. Store hours: 11AM-7PM Mon-Sat & 12pm-6pm Sun.

View map here 

come visit us and get you holiday shop on! xo

Join the Gang: Sienna Ray & Co. is looking for Events & Merchandising Interns ASAP♥

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We are looking for motivated & passionate individuals to intern at Sienna Ray & Co., leather handbags & shoes brand.

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The position will work on the following projects:

assist in merchandising our holiday PopUp Shop located on 252 Mott st in NoLita

research publicity opportunities to promote in-store events

increase social media traffic for store

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Execute run of PopUp within a PopUp events including:

running cash register/credit cards/receipts for customers

interacting with guests and collecting information (emails, phone # etc)

gift wrapping purchases

distributing cocktails

managing stock room & coat check

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Communication and people skills are required for this internship. Organization skills, punctuality, and personal presentation is a priority.  Intern must also be a multi-tasker and problem solver, able to think quickly on their feet. This position will open the doors to industry events, and will give you the opportunity to meet fashion influencers.

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This Internship Opportunity is a part-time position; intern must be committed to the following event dates:

11/29 Industry Opening, “instaGLAM” hosted by Snapette

11/30 Customer Opening, exclusive VIP Shopping Night

12/6 “PopUp in a PopUp” with Emalle Handbags

12/13 “PopUp in a PopUp” with Ebk Eyewear

12/20 “PopUp in a PopUp” with Sonia O’mara

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This is a portfolio building internship, and this internship is unpaid with *merchandise allowance*.

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Please email interning@siennaray.com, attn: jaclynn, with the following:

‘Events & Merchandising Internship’ as the subject

Your resume pasted in the email body OR as a pdf (no doc’s please)

Tell us a bit about yourself in the body of the email (no cover letters please)

Feel free to ask any questions, or email is if you’d like to see examples of the type of work we’re looking for. Thank you!

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For more information on Sienna Ray & Co., please visit: www.siennaray.com

xx

… trick or treat?

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In honor of Halloween we were inspired by these supper cute baby costumes! They gave us a laugh, we hope this puts a smile on your face ;) Trick or TREAT xx

babette mini cross-body in robin

tux mak in black rain

makayla multi messenger in brick

milfie in indkion

prima pleated satchel in hershi

west village wednesday…get your shop on!

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It is a B E A U T I F U L day in New York City & the fashion elite are about and about decked from head-to-toe. Spend your Wednesday in the West Village with the trendiest boutiques in town. Smaller boutiques= a better/exclusive shopping experience with unique pieces that you will not find anywhere else.

 SAMPLE is our new fav spot to hit located between Elizabeth and Bleecker street. Besides being located in a great area, SAMPLE is famous for it’s “basic” knitwear that will keep you coming back for more. The boutique also carries a line, Vessel, which is produced and designed right here in New York City. Not only are the pieces fashion forward, the designer will take your measurements for a custom fit. After you have checked out all of the fab ready-to-wear hit the accessories wall. Our personal favs are the adjustable crushed diamond pyrite cocktail rings by Forma from Italy.

One more thing you should see in the boutique…SIENNA RAY!! We are now being carried by in the store, how fabulous is that? I smell a shopping spree.

Our beloved ‘jovie’ lands a role on White Collar this week!

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As Seen on TV….

"ANCIENT HISTORY" - EPISODE PREMIERE: September 4, 2012
“ANCIENT HISTORY” – EPISODE PREMIERE: September 4, 2012

 

Alex Hunter is back in town and she's topping the FBI's short list of masterminds behind a botched Greek antiquities heist - and her classy fashion taste has her sporting the AW12 'jovie' in robin & richness!
Alex Hunter is back in town and she’s topping the FBI’s short list of masterminds behind a botched Greek antiquities heist – and her classy fashion taste has her sporting the AW12 ‘jovie’ in robin & richness!

 

Can see her flirting and conspiring already...
Can see her flirting and conspiring already…

 

...Mozzie smarts out the others and goes all detective in her lush condo...
…Mozzie smarts out the others and goes all detective in her lush condo…

 

...a hiding 'jovie'...
…a hiding ‘jovie’…

 

...an envelope...
…an envelope…

 

...successful discovery as he flees the scene!
…successful discovery as he flees the scene!

 

(and just HOW sexy & adorable is Matt Bomer - Neal Caffrey - yes please we say!)
(and just HOW sexy & adorable is Matt Bomer – Neal Caffrey – yes please we say!)

 

The star of the show: 'jovie' fold-over multi tote in robin & richness.
The star of the show: ‘jovie’ fold-over multi tote in robin & richness.

 

 

Catch the next episode of White Collar TuesdaySeptember 11 at 9/8c.

…see you on the sofa for more ‘jovie’ spotting soon!

drum roll please….and the summer excess photo winner is ♥

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Many thanks to everyone who took part in Sienna Ray’s “summer excess” photo contest.

We loved seeing all of your fabulous summer memories on the beach, by the pool, or rocking your fav outfit.

Congrats to our winner Grace, and to all of our fashionista’s who shared their pics with us!

grand prize winner! (Grace from France)

beach babe Grace Tseng in Guam on vaca

 

runner-up! (Danielle from Vancouver)

power lawyer Danielle Lemon working in her hut tub

 

3rd place (Monica from Miami)

Monica Rojas in Key West- beautiful clear water!

 

honorable mention (Jalene from New Jersey)

supermom Jalene Gibbons in her summer best (sienna ray handbag + shoes)

 

We believe everyone is a winner! Thanks for joining in the fun & stay tuned for more AH-mazing giveaways. – Sienna Ray xx

1st Place Gold in Style: Time for the Fashion Olympics ⚑

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It seems that a lot of big name fashion designers are getting involved with designing for this years Olympics…and we LOVE IT! Here are our favs ❤

STELLA McCARTNEY FOR GB

The fabulous Stella McCartney recently collabed with Adidas for Team Great Britain’s uniforms.  ”I always was excited from a design point of view in pushing boundaries on design technology so having access to materials that were cutting edge in the sporting arena and also working with different fabrics.”

RALPH LAUREN

Who else would design the opening ceremony uniforms for team USA? Of course the all American Ralph Lauren takes the gold! (literally)

ITALY

Simple, clean and stylish…Giorgio Armani stays true to his design Aesthetic

Now that you know what the top athelets are wearing for the games, what will you wear? Here are some FAB outfit ideas:

Cold shoulder drip American flag tee from Bloomingdales 

Love london tee from dELiAs

flag bikini from etsy 

olympic ring necklace from style bug

Olympic team headbands from Ralph Lauren 

how AMAZING are these olympic converse sneakers? 

Of course you have to have some FAB festive nails! Here are some cool ideas

restaurant

WHERE TO WATCH THE GAMES!!

Tonic sports bar &  in the heart of NYC’s time square. They will be showing the major games of the Summer Olympics on their 40 HD screens across three floors.

NYC’s Snap is launching a new brunch menu to coincide with the live Olympic events. It is also offering ‘gold,’ ‘silver,’ and ‘bronze’ menu packages for groups. The gold package includes an entrée, an appetizer, draft beer, and a shot; the silver includes an entrée, draft beer, and a shot; and the bronze includes an entrée and a beer.

Located in Murray Hill, The Hill is a sports lounge equipped with 25 high-definition, wall-mounted TVs, a projection screen, and Wi-Fi access throughout. Additionally, a balcony overlooking the main bar and lounge can be used for private groups.

DECIDED TO STAY IN & THROW YOUR OWN PARTY?

here are some great olympic cocktail recepies:

Golden Dream:
1 1/2 oz. Galliano
1 1/2 oz. orange juice
1 oz. triple sec
1 oz. heavy whipping cream

 

The Olympic

1 1/2 oz. brandy
1/4 oz. triple sec
3/4 oz. orange juice
Dash of lemon juice

Shaken over ice and served in a cocktail glass

London Cocktail
2 oz. gin
1 oz. maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters

Have a great time & go for the gold! – Sienna Ray xx

Sienna Ray will Sweep you of your Feet! Summer Sample Sales NYC & Vancouver!

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Sienna Ray & Co. will be hosting 2 fabulous sample sales this summer with up to 80% off samples & one-of-a-kind designs. This is too good to miss out!

NYC SAMPLE SALE: Wednesday June 13th from 6-10pm (will be extended June 14-15 9am-5pm by apt only)

location: 32 union sqaure east, #1017, New York, NY 10003

VANCOUVER SALE: Wednesday June 20th from 6-10pm (one night only!)

location: Spectrum Soiree Room, 111 Georgi St, Vancouver B.C.

Featuring: Sienna Ray & Co. handbags & footwear, Cuche swimwear, and special guest Jimmy Swagg eyewear from NYC

hope to see you all there! please RSVP for both events to jaclynn@siennaray.com xo

Adorable Anna from Sweden with our “opehlia”

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“Here are some snapshots of today’s outfit. As you can see it is all about the details with my new bag from Sienna Ray (love it so much), skull hairband, gold rings and Prada inspired sunglasses. Unfortunately we didn’t take a photo of the whole outfit because Mikes new lens are better with detail photos, but I promise to take an outfit photo of tonight’s outfit and will show it tomorrow! Hope you like the photos sweeties!”

Our sky blue “ophelia” multi satchel looks amazing on top blogger Anna Wii from Sweden. We LOVE her style and everything about her. She is simply ADOREable! Check her out on Sienna Ray’s [wander|lust] xo ♥

we ♥ our bloggers!

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Sienna Ray & Co. loves our bloggers! [wander|lust] spring.summer2012 has been a huge success thanks to all of our fashion influencers. Once the “makayla” multi messenger is passed on to the next blogger, we send them their very own SR handbag (their’s to keep) for joining our journey. Meanz Chan from Koi Story chose one of our classic bags, the “milfie” bowling bag in cocoa. This is one of our most popular styles. You look fabulous Meanz- thank you so much for being a part of our style movement.

Check our her blog Koi Story

sweet spring picks! (the essentials for 2012)

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Spring is the full swing! Here at Sienna Ray we are so excited to flaunt our new “field of dreams” SS12 collection filled with pops of bright color to accentuate any outfit! We also feel that there are some necessary wardrobe staples that every woman should get in her closet for spring 2012. We understand the terms “ballin on a budget” – basically look rich and shop cheap (as blogger Denny Wenny would say). Here are our tip picks- do I smell a shopping spree coming on? ;)

This bright yellow lemon structured  blazer from Top Shop is a MUST! We love the color and it screams spring. For $132.00 it is a piece that will stay in your closet for quite some time.

This bright pink blazer from H&M is the definition of chic, and for $29.99- WHAT A STEAL! Can we please have this in every color??!!!

We have to be a bit bias ;) These sky blue “avenue” leather loafers are from Sienna Ray & Co.’s SS12 collection. They are made with the softest lambskin leather, “smooth as butter”. These babies are  supper light, and will give you the illusion of walking on air! The avenue loafers go for $288…after all, shoes are a girls best friend.

Get your sparkle on! These glitzy glam flats are also from Sienna Ray & Co.’s SS12 collection. The “Louise” flats are the perfect summer shoe- from the beach to the Hamptons they are extremely wearable. They are made from the finest leathers…$149 & made to last! Every woman loves a little sparkle!

Step up your color game this spring! Colored jeans are in! Put away those old blue or black jeans, and get daring. These coral skinnies are from Paris Blues for Alloy, don’t worry you won’t have to break the bank- $29.90.

IN LOVE with these Jcrew tall café capris $89!!! They come in 9 different color options, what a perfect pair of pants for work! Spice up your office wardrobe with some color.

Simple, clean, and comfortable (in a variety of colors) for $ 17. Victoria Secret’s boyfriend T is a necessity for spring, and that’s that!!

What is summer really without a maxi dress? If this AX Paris bag over vest dress is not already in your closet then you are committing a fashion crime. For £20.00 get on it!

Three words: spring time swag! We are ♥’n the “Dalilha” sunnies by Jimmy Swagg. Big framed and oversized glasses are SO in for spring, get with the now. For $50 these shades will keep you cool all summer.

Sizzle this spring/summer in swimwear by Askua Collections. Now I know what your thinking, not everyone is ready to bust of the bikini. Aksua also does customized bathing suits to fit on any body type. We love their collections of color and prints, summa time fierce!

Well we had to save the best for last!! This “babette” mini-cross body by Sienna Ray & Co.  is our #1 seller for spring $349 (a pretty penny yes but so worth it!). Whether you opt to grab the slim top handle or rock the adjustable chain strap, this bag is ready to go anywhere at anytime.

Boom, done, over. The “jolie” everyday satchel by Sienna will be your new best friend. Big enough to use as a carry-on for traveling, and versatile enough to be your go-to everyday thang $449.

NYC Swagg with Denny Balmaceda

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Yesterday we had the pleasure of top male fashion blogger, Denny Balmaceda, visit our new office & showroom in NYC’s union square. We were inspired by his vintage/thrifted outfit & asked him to rock our brand new “medusa” doctor bag from Sienna Ray & Co.’s unreleased autumn.winter 2012 collection. His confidence, sophistication, and overall “swagg” made our medusa really stand out. A special thank you to his photographer Lee Reyes- it was a pleasure working with you guys! xo

Denny’s World on tumblr ♥

enjoying the journey: field of dreams SS12

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HUGE thanks to the amazing team behind these video gems xx

HUGE thanks to the gorgeous cast & crew of our spring+summer2012 "field of dreams" campaign xx

[2012] Pre Fall & FABULOUS!

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Rag & Bone- fav look of the collection

Rag & Bone- wouldnt our sky blue makayla look PERFECT with this?

Rag & Bone pre-fall 2012 is less about thematic journeys and more about day-to-day living, and their focus is on building out classics that the Rag & Bone girl has come to rely on year-round (meaning more wearable looks…thank god!).  The key pieces that builds the foundation of their collection includes: sharply tailored blazers, utility vests, and a sturdy shoe: Their best-selling Newbury boot.

 

Diane von Furstenberg- fav look of the collection

DVF pre-fall 12: taking classic brand pieces and reinventing them for an updated soho chic vibe

First off- LOVE LOVE LOVE this collection, one of our favorite font-runners of pre-fall 12. Not only does each piece stay 100% true to the DVF brand, they actually found a way to modernize each classic staple. It is extremely wearable, and the styling on this runway show was FLAWLESS. Diane herself describes the mood as “Macadam diva” (“Macadam” meaning asphalt—named after its inventor, John McAdam).  “t wasn’t just the silver studs and grommets on belts, jackets, and tops—though there were many—but also the chains that trimmed a soft knit tank; black leather lapels that topped a ladylike tweed jacket; vixen-worthy gloves that went with a flirty baby-blue blouse. It’s rock ’n’ roll with a rebellious attitude,”  creative director Yvan Mispelaere.

 

Jason Wu- fav look of the collection

Jason Wu pre-fall 12: can I have this dress NOW?

One of the youngest designers to show his collection for pre-fall 12, and how it did go you ask? NAILED IT!! The execution of this collection was mind blowing, we would wear every single piece. The designer himself states, “People no longer dress for an occasion because every day is an occasion; there’s no hard line between day and evening.” (everyday is a fashion show? bring it!) *side not: his collaboration with Target hits stores in Feb…Jason Wu that we can actually afford, score!

 

Nina Ricci- fav look of the collection

Nina Ricci pre-fall 12: 1 word= glamours

At first glance, this collection looks supper “ladylike” … that word that springs to mind, because of the abundance of pleats, bows, lace, jeweling, lingerie, fur, and general all round “cocktailania”. Except, it doesn’t really quite say enough. Somehow, the artistic direction Peter Copping can take all that and transform it-by taking it down to something that feels unfussy and undone and anything but uptight—and yet keep everything looking ravishingly beautiful.

 

Narciso Rodriguez- fav look of the collection

Narciso Rodriguez pre-fall12: at least this pic shows 3 more fab looks! totally badass

New York based designer Narciso took a lot of inspiration from this collection from art. “We experimented with tailoring techniques to create a new type of structure,” he said, pulling out a silk-blend sheath with stretch jersey panels. “I looked at different ways of fitting, like working with these corset details from the archives. There was a lot of attention to detail.” Whether it’s the the technical cross-body harnessing on elegant paint-splattered dresses or the generous selection of multi-textured, color-block knits in silver-gray, creamy beige, and shocking red , that attention to detail has seriously  paid off because it its STUNNING!

 

The Row: fav look of the collection

The Row pre-fall 12: androgynous, young, & "now"

What can I say? Save the best for last ;) We are such a big fans of The Row- Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen are some of the biggest trend-setters in the industry. They have come such a long way from their days on Full House- to now owning/designing for their own fashion house! The collection is so fresh- with a bit of 70′s influence. This is the only collection I can describe as “young” with a sophisticated feel. The Olsen’s can do no wrong, blown away for pre-fall 12 …can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

Do you know how hard it is to only post 2 pictures when the whole collection is AH-MAZING! Hope you like our top pics for pre-fall 2012 xo

 

sienna ray admires :: diane williams

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My name is Diane Williams. I am a grandmum, and an executive with NuSkin Enterprises. We help people feel healthier and look younger, and empower them to build financial security. This makes me very happy.

I recently went on a wonderful Mediterranean cruise, and I took my Sienna Ray bag with me. It was the perfect companion – next to my husband. I typically carry everything in my bag – phone, makeup, notebook, wallet, brush, breathspray, and business planner.  And while travelling, of course, I needed to add a camera, passport, map and hand sanitizer.

Everything fits neatly into my wonderful bag.  And it looks slim, trim and beautiful. I absolutely love my Sienna Ray bag!

Learn more about the lovely Diane at www.diane.nsedreams.com

diane williams with her capri jovie

diane & her capri jovie hit the canals of venice!

diane's always beaming a gorgeous smile, especially on her tour of the mediterranean

diane's always beaming a gorgeous smile, especially on her tour of the mediterranean

that little bag went everywhere with her & how glam with her gorgeous angel hair!

that little bag went everywhere with her & how glam with her gorgeous angel hair!

my weekend wishlist

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Here is our weekend wishlist. Classic-simple-elegant & ALWAYS trendy. Lets start from the basics- shoes! We are loving these suede and leather “Hammerstrom” ankle boots from Aldo Shoes, the best part is they are on sale $69.98!!! (what a steal). Next the staple of your outfit, your handbag. The Sienna Ray “mimi” geo-fold clutch is perfect for the weekend. It is surprisingly spacious, lightweight, and chic. Time for some pizazz! Instead of wearing a necklace, try these fringe drop dangle earrings from H&M $5.95, can’t beat that. Tie is all together with a classic gold Michael Kors watch from Macy’s $160. Who says you can’t look rich but shop cheap?

celeb sightings: Another “milfie” momma for Sienna Ray (Amy Adams)

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amy adams

 

"milfie" in cocoa

 

Funny girl Amy Adams was spotted hitting the streets on a shopping spree sporting her leather shoulder strap. Sienna Ray’s “milfie” is known as the unofficial mum bag. The milfie was controversially named for all the hot mamas. Featuring two sizeable compartments with inner zip pockets, as well as an easy to reach outer pocket, this bag has a place for it all. Long rolled handles & an optional cross-body strap enable the bag to be carried in a variety of comfortable fashions.

 

 

wishlist wednesday: BOO! Sienna Ray Found You- Haute Halloween Costumes

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Who says you can’t be a star? Halloween is the perfect day where you can be ANYONE you want- including a celebrity. We know how creative you can be! Remember when you used to make your own Halloween costumes growing up? Remember when trick-or-treating was the highlight of your season, it still can be- with a little ambition and imagination.  Here are some fab celeb costume ideas- and the best part is we will tell you exactly what pieces you need to make the look come together.

these creative chicks captured the essence of the Olsen twins!

 

These chickas have some serious style! Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen is a delicious duo for Halloween. The above image is a costume that two ladies put together themselves. It is supper easy to do, and of course let’s make it your own! Here’s what you will need:

  1. your best friend (or sister) to be the 2nd twin
  2. 1 long black dress & 1 long white dress- you can switch it up by using gray, nude, brown or any neutrals (the twins do not wear much color)
  3. a long jacket (anything vintage works great)- don’t be afraid to hit your local thrift store!
  4. huge sunglasses
  5. blonde wigs (if you don’t have blonde hair)
  6. hippie headbands
  7. black nail polish
  8. 2 empty starbucks cups (or full depending on what ur drinkin!)…add some flare by writing their names in sharpie on each cup
  9. have your blackberry or iphone in had
  10. and most importantly LOTS of accessories- rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings & of course your fav Sienna Ray cross body or tote

 

queen barbie- Nicki Minaj

Barbie is back…queen Barbie Nicki Minaj that is! This rap star diva is a fun look that will keep you energetic & fierce all night. Here is what you’ll need to complete the look

  1. a bright pink wig (doesn’t matter if you choose long or short- play around with the idea)
  2. cropped leather jacket
  3. black leather leggings
  4. tight corset & bright colored push up bra
  5. tall strappy stilettos
  6. bright neon colored nail polish
  7. baby pink lipstick
  8. barbie necklace (check claires)
  9. if you really want to get creative sub the corset for a short colorful poofy dress

 

outrageous gaga

 

Of course how could this celeb Halloween list not have the ultimate pop-star Lady GaGa! This outrageous fashionista is known for her out of control style. There are MANY lady  gaga looks you could try for your costume (if your daring enough)- but this one is a no brainer. Here’s what your need:

 

  1. a hooded leotard (you could choose any color you like)- of course from American Apparel
  2. long blonde wig with bangs
  3. rayband esc sunglasses
  4. long gloves (choose to match your leotard or add in some extra color)
  5. if your not willing to bare all of that leg try some sexy fishnet tights
  6. your choice of thigh-high boots or ridiculously high pumps- the crazier the shoe, the better

Good luck with your costume, hope this helps! Don’t forget to post your pictures- we can’t wait to see what you come up with! Happy Halloween ;)

celebrating a Sienna Ray milestone today…!

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‘Life is not measured by the breaths we take,

but by the moments that take our breath away.’

 

Okay… so this is not a life-changing moment however each and every little success is well worth a celebration over here @ Sienna Ray!

For all our wonderfully fashion savvy friends across the pond in Europe, you can now get your hands on a piece of the Sienna Ray action right at your fingertips – minus stretching your patience counting the days as your new handbag enjoys the view as it ventures the Atlantic seas…. welcome to your rescue Amazon.co.uk, now serving a wide selection of  tastefully multi-talented handbags:

 

babette cross-body in caramel lambskin

babette cross-body in caramel lambskin

...all with your favourite playful print lining at their core

...all with your favourite playful print at their core

medusa doctor in cocoa lambskin

medusa doctor in cocoa lambskin

p.s. we ♥ amazon & we also adore our models and photoshoot so be sure to check out all the pics in our lookbook and on facebook as well

 

celeb sightings: top model Tyra for “mak” multi messenger (Tyra Banks)

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top model Tyra Banks

 

"mak" multi messenger in gazelle

 

Do you wanna be on top? America’s Next Top Model host, Miss Tyra Banks, is looking fierce while dogging paparazzi- clutch in hand. Sienna Ray’s “mak” multi messenger in gazelle is the bag with multiple personalities (perfect suit for Tyra). Made popular by its versatility, this convertible messenger can be worn as a clutch, cross-body, or on the shoulder at 2 different lengths. Whatever the mood, the mak is sure to fit in; it is a purse with ultimate usability.

 

 

 

celeb sightings: keeping up with “jovette” fold over tote (Khloe Kardashian)

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keeping up with khloe kardashian

 

jovette fold-over tote in cocoa

 

Who can ever keep up with the crazy Kardashian’s…apparently Sienna Rays “jovette” fold-over tote in cocoa can! Khloe Kardashian looks stunning in light colored leather. This ve-vamped 9-5er bag is spacious yet compact, and has enough room for all of your daily necessities. It is easily transformed into an appropriate night bag by simply adjusting the strap- and your good to go!

celeb sightings: Bring on the “babette” for Sienna Ray (Scarlett Johansson)

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sexy scarlett johansson rocking a cross body

 

better believe this is a babette!

 

The sexy movie starlet, Miss Scarlett Johansson always looks chic- even when she is out and about on the town. Sienna Ray’s babette mini cross-body in jet black can keep her style on track. Known as the adventurous bag, “babette” is compact but clever. Whether you opt to grab the slim top handle or rock the adjustable chain strap, this bag is ready to go anywhere at anytime. A hidden mobile phone pocket, dual interior compartments & outer recessed zip pocket keeps your possessions in check and you footloose & fancy-free.  Scarlet and Sienna Ray’s “babette” are both total babes!

celeb sightings: Miss Jackson “milfie” for Sienna Ray (Janet Jackson)

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miss jackson if you're nasty

 

"milfie" bowling bag in caramel

 

Making it’s way to the stage with Miss Jackson is Sienna Ray’s “milfie”- the unofficial mum bag. The milfie was controversially named for all the hot mamas. Featuring two sizeable compartments with inner zip pockets, as well as an easy to reach outer pocket, this bag has a place for it all. Long rolled handles & an optional cross-body strap enable the bag to be carried in a variety of comfortable fashions.

 

celeb sightings: Dasing Diva “medusa” Doctor Bag for Sienna Ray (Fergie)

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boom boom pow- fab fergie

 

"medusa" doctor bag in cocoa

 

The multi-function “medusa” fits perfectly with the multi-talented recording artist Fergie! Our gracefully spacious carryall is a must have for the about and about woman who carries their lives discreetly in style. Inner and outer zip pockets keep you organized while the magnetic frame opening provides ultimate accessibility and gives the bag structure. Can you say fergalicious?!

celeb sightings: Foxy “roxanne” for Sienna Ray (Lady GaGa)

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the queen of daring fashion

 

foxy "roxanne" satchel in jet black

 

Always fierce and fabulous, Lady GaGa takes the crown as the most daring and highly watched woman in fashion. Her style is bold and brave, she is the true definition of a trend setter. Whether she is in a costume bodysuit baring it all or glammed Sienna Ray’s “roxanne” east west satchel in jet black is the way to go! Our roxy (for short) is a compact version of the milife bag, it’s dual compartments & straps allow you to store and go effortlessly. Lady GaGa can even stash her bottle of wine in this baby (although she seems like a vodka girl to me)- whatever the case “roxanne” will be your new best friend.

celeb sightings: “prima” dona for Sienna Ray (Ashley Olsen)

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addorable Ashley Olsen

 

"prima" dona pleated satchel in jet black

 

From “Full House” to the front lines of fashion, Ashley Olsen is one trend setting sista! Cool laid back LA style sets the tone for Ms. Olsen’s look. Sienna Ray’s “prima” is perfect for travel and the jetset lifetsyle. This oversized satchel has just enough room for every thing a girl needs for an impromptu trip, without feeling too bulky. This closet staple is a must!

celeb sightings: Marvelous “milfie” for Sienna Ray (Victoria Beckham)

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chic mommy on the go

 

Sienna Ray's "miflie" bowling bag in jet

 

Perfectly Posh Victoria is at it once again! Always looking dolled up to the 9’s, she could use a Sienna Ray “milfie” bag to keep up with her luxurious lifestyle.   Not only is this handbag large enough to hold everything you could possibly need, it also has an optional cross body strap which enables the bag to be carried in a variety of ways.

Sienna’s Stories : pinterest ADDICT

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Let me warn you… this post will result in the inability to tear yourself from your screen. Should you be at work – making your habitual coffee break stopover to “Sienna’s Stories” amongst your favourite blog updates – you may wish to halt and revisit at closing time before the distraction gets the best of you!

It has happened.

A genius has created a way for me to haul my inspiration boards from place to place, across America, and overseas! They call it Pinterest. (Oh, not to worry, they have an iPhone app). Whether you are a D-I-Y gal, clotheshorse, interior decorator, or iron chef, there are countless categories to create your very own digital inspiration board.

Addictive? Yes. Dangerous….? I should say not! After all, compiling all my ideas always leads to my best !

However, I have already begun to redecorate my apartment, which dangerously led me to “pinning” ideas onto a new board for my dream home. Even better, instead of ripping out magazine photos and raving about fabric swatches, I have zillions of wedding ideas at the tips of my fingers. As I pin away every idea seems possible and I am lost in a dream of extravagant weddings, resort worthy backyards, and outfit ideas for children that I do not have. Have I mentioned the best part? I was notified that someone began to follow all my boards! Off to exploring their compilation of boards, obviously…

DRUM ROLL PLEASE

What did I spy?? Not one but two, Sienna Ray’s from our Autumn 2011 collection! This pin was so elegantly placed on the board titled: “Fall Wardrobe Must Have’s” Clearly at this moment I could not agree with them more! Needless to say, I was inspired! This encounter combined with a very seasonal recipe, left me very suitably pinned. Give this a try!!

Sienna Ray xx

celeb sightings: Modern Mommy “milfie” for Sienna Ray ( Angelina Jolie)

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angelina and large handbag

angelina jolie & daughter

 

cocoa milfie

spacious "milfie" bowling bag in cocoa

 

This modern milf has her hands full with a large family and so little time.  Sienna Ray’s “milfie” bowling bag in cocoa would be just the trick for Angelina Jolie! This beauty features two sizeable compartments with inner pockets, as well as easy to reach outer pockets. Whether you are storing baby bottles, disappears, or lipstick the “milfie” has a place for it all!

celeb sightings: Jet-Set “jovette” for Sienna Ray (Jessica Alba)

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jessica alba handbag

jazzy jessica alba

 

jovette in caramel

"jovette" fold over tote in caramel- supper soft leather

 

Cute and casual Jessica Alba is sporting a large handbag, which can only be worn one way. Sienna Ray’s feature “jovette” fold-over tote in caramel features a roomier design for daily necessities and is easily transformed into an appropriate night bag by simply adjusting the straps.  Any handbag with two looks is better than one!

celeb sightings: Retro Rihanna “roxanne” for Sienna Ray

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rihanna red hair

red haired rihanna- shoulda rocked sienna ray

 

sienna ray roxanne

trendy "roxanne" east west satchel in caramel

 

Rihanna always expresses herself through fashion with unique styles. From east to the west “Roxanne” is destined to become your go-to reliable bag.  Not only does this handbag look great on your arm, it also allows you to lengthen the straps transforming into a full cross-body piece.  The best part about this beauty (besides the buttery soft lambskin leather), is it can smartly stash a bottle of wine! Stylish, functional, and adjustable, match made in heaven.

 

celeb sighting: Royally Rad “medusa” for Sienna Ray (Pippa Middleton)

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royal family pippa

royally regal pippa middleton

 

large handbag

carry all "medusa" doctor bag- it fits everything!

 

Stunning and regal Pippa would look amazing in Sienna Ray’s “medusa” doctor bag in cocoa.  Who wouldn’t want a large carryall with delicate charm?  Sophistication and discreet style make this handbag a must for women who carry their life in one place at all times! From the royal castle to a shopping trip- “medusa” has you covered.

celeb sightings: Rockin “milfie” for Sienna Ray! (Gwen Stefani)

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gwen with child

gwen stefani-rockin hot mama with son

 

milfie handbag

functional & fabulous- milfie bowling bag in jet

 

The “hella good” mommy always looks rockstar chic, even if she is playing at the park with her son.  Sienna Ray’s “milfie” in jet black leather is right up her alley. This bag is completely versatile…day to night and work to play.  The cross body strap lets you have your hands free for mom duty with a casual look, and the long rolled handles transforms the bag for a more sophisticated feel.

Celeb Sightings: The Perfect “milfie” for Sienna Ray! (Katie Holmes)

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star katie holmes

casual chic look

 

milfie bowling bag

"miflie" bowling bag- unofficial hot moma bag

 

In the image above Katie Holmes is sporting a casually chic look with an oversized woven tote in tan. Boy do we have the perfect bag for her! Named after all of the fashionable hot momas of the world, Sienna Ray’s “milfie” handbag has it all…and more. Featuring two size adjustable compartments with inner zip pockets, as well as an easy to reach outer pocket, this bag has a place for everything. Long rolled handles and an optional cross-body strap enables the bag to be carried in a variety of different ways, making it extremely functional.

well dressed wednesday: floral trends

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cheers for fall flowers!

british vogue

florals on the runway

I love that fall flowers are blooming. Though my favorite is the Tulip, I still find fall flowers very beautiful and intriguing. The Goldenrod, Japanese Anemone, Asters, Toad Lily are some of the beautiful flowers that bloom in the fall. This fall, flowers are translated through prints and accessories.

P.S. My recent receipt of a bouquet of red roses as a surprise practical joke from a friend got me a little curious about the (modern) meaning of flowers. Handy little guide in case you’ve recently received a bouquet of flowers from a secret admire or a special someone.

well dressed wednesday: poolside charm

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last hoorah for the summer

I love dressing up for poolside parties. So many layers can be put on and taken off to create different looks!

well dressed wednesday: featuring Kayture

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This outfit was inspired by pebbles. They’re clean, white, and is strong and solid. The top Kayture is wearing is a white structured top. Her shorts are black which create a crisp contrast between the top and the bottom. I like the scalloped details because it gives the look a soft, yet clean edge. The Regal Sienna Ray bag is perfect for this outfit because we all know Sienna Ray is all about being luxurious from the outside in!

structured top and scalloped shorts

full outfit 

well dressed wednesday: denim fever

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dark color palette = sophistication

Chambray has been big this year. It has influenced many designers to use more denim in their design. Accessorizing denim could be tricky because the garment is usually already very bold in style. Try pairing your denim piece with dark colored accessories for an edgy, grungy, and sophisticated look.

well-dressed wednesday: recreate Anouska’s look

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Today we’re recreating Anouska Proetta’s look. She’s a photographer and blogger from Dublin. She was voted Ireland’s most influential model. Follow her on twitter here.

leather fever

Sienna Ray Katie pleated boho in maple, T by Alexander wang blouse, Kelly Bergin leather shorts, CO-OP Barneys belt , and Lanvin shoes

accessory spotlight: handbags!

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When dressing up, give your handbag the spotlight and an opportunity to shine and it will! (not in a bling bling manner of course). While many gals love to accessories with jewelry, hats, hair accessories, and shoes, many of them overlook the power an accessory that a handbag or purse can make.

You can have the greatest looking straw hat sitting in the closet, but at the end of the day, it is your purse that goes everywhere with you. A great sunhat paired with an s0-so purse may not get you to Bryant Park.

Have a look at exhibit A, Natalie Off Duty here. Does her Babette in maple stand out or what.

I'd be scared if I was that pair of sunglasses.

 

celebrate memorial day weekend with the ideal Hampton’s Beach Tote by Sonia O’Mara!

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Yesterday I had the great pleasure of endless conversation over a coffee date with Sonia O’Mara. I was truly inspired by her genuine & real character – extremely welcoming and a much needed treat within my weeks of running around nyc.

Bonus, with a tour through her Union Square studio I was impressed with not only viewing her lovely array of toile printed handbags but also the heart behind her new accessories collection: the painted works of art. I’m learning lately how we all truly love the story behind the scenes. Very fitting to this, I was grateful to listen to the reminiscing of the making of many pieces, including her special “tricks” to keeping the cutest young twin boys sitting patiently & still long enough to perfect a commision for thier parents…!

Timing with the ever-so-welcoming memorial day long weekend upon us, I want to share Sonia’s showstopper Market Bag with you. The perfect companion for hitting the sunshining beaches in style!

Sonia & daughters in Bridgehampton

oversized tote with Sonia's original Hampton's sketches

beach days of summer here I come!

Further info on Sonia O’Mara here.

a bench in time

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If you love life’s random coincidences as much as I do, get a kick out of this one:

Met with the lovely Robyn & Mauricio of Shine PR yesterday afternoon and as Mauricio is flipping through our autumn2011 catalogue his gaze is caught by one of the photo’s… then he flips through his iPhone and shows me the identical bench – but the photo is taken in a Mexico City park across the street from his home in 1982.  How cute!!!

mauricio & sister circa 1982 Mexico City:

Mauricio & sister circa 1982 Mexico City

mak, jovette & medusa circa 2011 Vancouver Canada:

Mak, Jovette & Medusa circa 2011 Vancouver Canada

Sienna Ray live at Guilt & Co.

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Sienna Ray & Co. will be taking the stage at Guilt & Company for their fall/winter 2011 photo shoot. This exclusive behind-the-scenes experience acts like a “backstage pass” giving you the first look at the exciting new collection. So join us Sunday, Feb. 20th for Sienna’s sneak peak and Guilt’s indulgent offerings.

Doors open @ 7pm

Guilt & Co. is located at 1 Alexander in Gastown (downstairs from Chill Winston)

for more info contact stephanie@siennaray.com

fine find: business mag stereotypes the bag lady

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Handbags, handbags, handbags… people are often forwarding me emails, handing me magazine cut-outs, & graciously gifting me everything from coffee-table books to 365 day box calendars – all filled with pictures & information on the ever amazing niche of handbags.

And most recently my attentive accountant set the tone of our meeting with a very pleasant surprise: two pages of an intimately informative article on the subject at hand, and from Bloomberg Business of all publications! The story is so well written – and uniquely illustrated – that I just cannot resisit sharing with you, enjoy:

What Your Purse is Saying About You

By Meredith Stebbins

To assess a lady’s character, look no further than the handbag she carries to work. “It is an absolute indicator of who they are and what their style is,” says Rachel Zoe, celebrity stylist and entrepreneur. Since a purse’s size and shape isn’t limiting like a pair of skinny jeans, a bag is an easy way for a woman to express herself —especially in the workplace. “For the majority of women, the handbag is the most important part of the outfit because it doesn’t have to do with your body type,” says Kate Schelter, a New York-based stylist and brand consultant. Perhaps that’s why the global luxury handbag and accessories market is about $24 billion, according to Coach CEO Lew Frankfort.

Whether it’s an oversize carryall or structured satchel, a bag’s details—right down to the buckle—reveal clues about its owner. Not to mention that “how you wear the bag is just as important as the bag itself,” adds Schelter. Slinging it across your body sends a different signal than nestling it on the crux of your arm. Having your assistant tote it for you says something, too.

In order to decode the language of work-bag-speak, Bloomberg Businessweek called on a panel of fashion experts, including Zoe; Schelter; International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame honoree Amy Fine Collins; and handbag designer Rebecca Minkoff. Next time you’re in the elevator, think twice about rifling around that mammoth hobo for your ID badge: You’re giving off a disorganized vibe.

the eternal prepster

the upwardly mobile do-gooder

the lady who luxes

the multitasker

the brooklyner

the power mom

the pantsuit executive

the party girl

the early adopter

the hoarder

(see full story here)

manufacture day out: shopping for new leathers!

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5am: alarm sings me awake, shower, primp & bare essentials to complete my “shopping for leather day” look…
7:30am: quick SKYPE call checking in on mom, thankyou airport wifi, taking in the not-so-often viewed sunrise and ready for a successful relaxing day ahead
10:13am: don’t knock the wish list, sun is shining and in strutting my stuff down the walkway outside airport departures (the longest line of taxis ever!) and I spot a sweet ruby red black cab in the mix and say in my head “oh that ones mine”, then what happens, I merrily trudge along, some young man rushes ahead of me and ha, the car waiting after him just so happens to be my red black can: a lesson in patience by chance…!
10:23am: wow, must say my expectations of this “middle of nowhere industrial city” of guangzhau was definitely only my projection; only now traveling the highway and it is gorgeously abundant of flowers and perfected tidyness, plus the driver understands English – well I’ll soon find out when I arrive to my hopefully correct destination: garden hotel to meet Franco
6:04pm: Haha what a great and surreal day: trekking through hundreds of suppliers in china with my very own chinaman – all paid for including a massive traditional afternoon feast!  Even finished the day early and now catching an earlier flight back to shanghai, success. Erika awaits me with champagne for pre-new years celebrations.

5AM: alarm sings me awake, shower, primp & complete bare essentials to efficiently perfect my “shopping for leather day” look…

7:30AM: quick SKYPE call checking in on mom, thankyou airport wifi. Basking in the not-so-often-viewed beautiful sunrise with a soy latte in hand, I know this day is going to be great.

10:13AM: first education of the morning, don’t knock the wish list!  Sun is shining, I’m casually strolling down the airport departures outdoor walkway (hunting for the front of the longest line of taxis ever!) as I spot a sweet ruby red black cab in the mix and say in my head “oh that one’s mine”, then what happens, as I merrily strut along, some young man rushes ahead of me and ha, the car waiting after him just so happens to be my red black cab of choice: a subtle lesson in “patience pays off”…!

10:23AM: wow, must say my expectation of this “middle of nowhere small industrial city” was definitely only my pre-projection; now traveling the highway for way longer than expected and it is gorgeously abundant of flowers and perfected tidiness with acres and acres of high-rise commercial and residential buildings filling the far landscape. Next step, I’ll soon arrive to my central destination to meet Franco.

6:04PM: what a great and surreal day: trekking through hundreds of suppliers in the presence of my very own personal leather handbag guru  - finishing up the day with a massive traditional afternoon feast was definitely a bonus treat and well deserved with 5 hours of “kid in a candy shop” feelings!  Not only did we successfully discover great new leather styles & colors (hold tight…. top secret for now!), I built a great relationship with my local manufacture and ever-so-more thrilled to get started on many more wonderful things for Sienna Ray in 2011.

catching beautiful colors all throughout the day

catching beautiful colors all throughout the day

sienna ray admires :: gemma burgess

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I’m Gemma Burgess,Creative Director of New Issue Design. My company specializes in editorial design and I have worked on many high profile magazines both in Canada and internationally. Originally from the UK, I moved to Vancouver 2 years ago after travelling the world for 7 months.

I knew Natalie back in London, England where I worked for the Cosmopolitan Group and since moving to Vancouver we have become very good friends. You can always find us enjoying a cocktail or two at various trendy Yaletown bars or checking out the latest fashions in Holts.

I love all of Natalie’s luxurious bags and already have quite a collection. My absolute fave though is my stylish black leather ‘Gem bag’ that Natalie named after me, which was an honour. It is such a neat design and I can dress it up or down depending on how I wear it. It is just the right size to carry my wallet and the all important lip gloss on a night out.

It has even been known to carry one diaper and a packet of wipes, so I can be a chic mom on the go with my 15 month old son. Who said moms can’t be glamorous!

Check out Gemma’s Portfolio and newissuedesign.com

The lovely Gemma with her namesake SR 'Gem' bag.

The lovely Gemma with her namesake SR 'Gem' bag.

sienna ray admires :: stefanie harrer

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We are thrilled to have such a wonderful individual to kickoff our ongoing “sienna ray admires” posts!

steph relaxing with her sunday belt purse

stef and her sunday belt purse

I’m Stefanie, I live and play in Kitsilano, Vancouver. I am currently at school studying Italian and Spanish in the Romance Studies program at UBC.

The last couple of summers I have been in Sardegna, Italy working at a street night market selling little wooden dolphins to tourists! This allowed me to enjoy what beautiful Sardegna has to offer: beaches, sun, gelato, and warm friendly people. I learned my love for the Argentine Tango there, where I had my first lessons, and now I try to dance at the Vancouver Milongas as much as I can!

I discovered my awesome Sunday Belt when I was working at Hum on Main Street, and I saw it on a customer. She looked so comfortable and hip with her hands free and I had to know where she got it from!  I am so happy with my belt now, as it has helped me learn how to carry only the essentials with me;)

Everyone who compliments me on it has to touch it, and feel how beautifully soft it is! I know I will be making use of it for a loooong time.

In my belt:  I have my ipod, my phone, chap stick, a little change purse and all my cards.

Sunday belt purse can be viewed online or purchased at your local sienna ray retailer.

A sneak peek at Spring 2010 handbag trends…

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…from the runways to Sienna Ray to you! After much research into the top handbag trends seen at the various Spring 2010 fashion weeks, we’ve come up with a few styles that are sure to be a big hit come the warmer season.

The first major trend? A standard on the Spring runways. Metallics, of course. There’s just something about a metallic accessory that adds the perfect touch to any outfit, especially pretty Spring dresses and the other staples: nautical and naturals.

metallics

Another upcoming trend and a favorite at Sienna Ray, is the day clutch.  Carrying whats typically recognized as an evening bag during the day instead adds a stylish touch to any outfit. The Spring clutch features plenty of details, primarily ruching and pleating. The Spring 2010 collection from Sienna Ray will include the launch of a new take on the bestselling “mak” bag – the “tuxedo mak”.

Expect to see exotic skins such as alligator and snake adorning the arms of many this upcoming Spring. Sienna Ray takes an environmentally friendly take on this trend with a line of eco-salmon handbags. Salmon skin, a waste product of salmon farming, is not only far better for the environment in regards to the tanning process, but also aids in the protection of the species often used in the production of luxury goods. The “georgia” bag (pictured below) is from the eco-salmon line. Sienna Ray also uses a serpent-textured calfskin as a luxurious take on the exotic snakeskin (the “juliette” and “mak” are pictured below).

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Last but not least and our favourite Spring 2010 accessories trend, is the handheld tote bag. It’s a classy approach to carry all of your essentials – and more! The best thing about Sienna Ray handhelds? They each come with an optional strap to relieve you when it’s time to go handsfree.

handhelds

Looking for the perfect Holiday clutch?

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What fun is a little black dress without great accessories? The Sienna Ray & Co. Holiday 2009 Collection has the perfect clutch for any occasion to carry all of your party essentials.  Ranging from luxurious leather to eco-chic salmon skin, you’ll find just what you need to complete any holiday outfit.

The Holiday 2009 Collection includes the best-selling “solar” round ruched clutch.  This bag is a favourite on the Vancouver fashion scene and comes in lambskin or goatskin, each with a variety of colours to choose from.  The multitalented solar can be held as a clutch or worn as a purse as it contains an optional antique brass snake-chain strap.  The “sadie” ruched clutch is the sister bag of the solar with the same functionality and features at half the size.

The Sienna Ray Holiday 2009 Collection offers three styles of eco-chic salmon skin handbags: the “georgia”, “gem” and “queen charlotte”.  Like many bags in the collection, each salmon bag can be worn as a purse or held as a clutch.  Each bag is vintage inspired with a hint of glam and can easily be added to any wardrobe due to classic design and a varied color palette, ranging from brights to neutrals.

The best thing about the Holiday clutches? Their quality combined with affordability mean you can buy a luxury item for every occasion or for every woman on your gift list.

A few pieces from the Sienna Ray & Co. Holiday 2009 Collection

A few pieces from the Sienna Ray & Co. Holiday 2009 Collection

Fall Must Have: Red Bags!

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Red is back this season in everything from clothing to shoes and accessories.  Be on trend this fall with the seasons hottest hue! How to work this colour into your wardrobe? With a statement bag, of course.  You can never go wrong with this pop of colour paired with your fall neutrals.  Some of our favourite picks:

Red Hot Bags for Fall 2009

Red Hot Bags for Fall 2009

1. Sang A python Elsworth purse

2. Balenciaga Giant Envelope clutch

3, Ungaro Studded clutch

4. Sienna Ray Dolli bag

5. YSL Distressed Red Hobo bag

6. Valextra Boston bag

Poppy by Coach

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A new line of shoes, bags, accessories and more with vibrant patterns and lower price points.  It’s hard to tell whether this new line is a supplement to the luxury brand for a younger demographic, or whether it’s rebranding in general to make their products more accessible for all.  In my opinion it seems Coach has slipped off the luxury brand radar; there’s a Coach store in almost every shopping mall now! Nevertheless, all business aside, here’s a quick look at the new line:

Poppy by Coach

Poppy by Coach

Sienna Ray & Co. Heats up a Haute Day on Kits Beach

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What could be more inspiring than beautiful Kitsilano Beach at sunset with a perfect city view for a nautical themed photoshoot?

The first styled photoshoot featuring Sienna Ray & Co. handbags took place at this ideal location earlier this month.  We had a fabulous team working on the shoot and our wonderful collaboration shines through in our beautiful photos.

Grace and I styled Maddi, our model, with Sienna Ray bags, clothing from L2 Leone and other items and accessories that we brought from our own closets.  Maddi was so lovely to work with – she put on the fierce and smiled with her eyes so well even Tyra Banks would’ve loved her!

Natalie brought along her assortment of bags, and worked with our videographer, Olin, on shooting a new video for the Sienna Ray website.  She shares some exciting news for Sienna Ray fans in the video… but you’ll have to wait and see to find out! Katy, the designer of the new Sienna Ray belt bag also came to help with the video and demonstrate the convenience and practicality of her namesake accessory.

Julia, our photographer, unleashed her inner Nigel Barker and couldn’t have been more fantastic.  The proof is in the pictures.  Cerise from Blanche MacDonald styled Maddi’s hair and did her make-up; she looked fresh, natural and beachy.

Our first photoshoot was a huge success! The pictures will be online soon, but first some behind the scenes shots:

Filming the new web video

Filming the new web video

Making sure the "Jules" day tote looks picture perfect

Making sure the "Jules" day tote looks picture perfect

The Photoshoot Team

The Photoshoot Team

Natalie and her bags

Natalie and her bags

What do Alexander Wang, Karl Lagerfeld and Sienna Ray have in common?

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Besides their obvious cool factor… it’s their affinity for non-handbag handbags, where practicality meets the unexpected.  This unconventional style is perfect for carrying all of your necessities and allows you to go hands free!

Sienna Ray is known for the best selling Sunday belt purse and the Suzi wrist wallet.  Chanel also had the infamous ankle wallet, perhaps inspired by young Hollywood starlets and their problems with the law?

Most recently, Alexander Wang has released his new line of handbags.  And what does it include? A fanny pack of course! The designer du jour jumped on the belt bag trend with the “Max Fanny Pack”.  The pebbled leather bag features two large and 6 small zip pockets, bronze hardware, stud details and an adjustable buckle closure on the strap.  Check it out below:

Alexander Wang "Max Fanny Pack"

Alexander Wang "Max Fanny Pack"

Sienna Ray "Sunday" Belt Purse

Sienna Ray "Sunday" Belt Purse


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