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Five Ways to Style a White Shirt

03.16.2018

There are a few wardrobe essentials that every woman must have. A pair of black pants, the classic blazer, a little black dress and the…

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Five Ways to Style a White Shirt

There are a few wardrobe essentials that every woman must have. A pair of black pants, the classic blazer, a little black dress and the perfect white shirt. Made from the finest Italian cotton and highly skilled tailoring, crafted to provide every woman a gorgeous, comfortable and flattering fit. Make a statement in a Sarah Alexandra shirt! Dress it down with your favorite pair of jeans or dress it up with your favorite skirt and heels. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite looks for the classic white shirt.

 

Gal Meets Glam 

Sarah Alexandra Signature Shirt in Pique-a-Boo 

Looking for something a little more feminine? Add some structure to a chic skirt and finish with feminine jewelry. It’s the perfect mix of classic style with a glamorous edge.

 

Better in Leather  

Sarah Alexandra Signature Shirt in The Right White

Throw on your leather pants and finish it off with a pair of head-turning heels. This is the perfect look that will take you from work to a night out on the town!

 

Spring Fever

Sarah Alexandra Signature Shirt in The Right White

Bare a little skin! A white shirt is the perfect staple for the Spring and Summer season. Pair it with shorts and embellished wedges – effortless!

 

Borrowed from the Boys  

Sarah Alexandra Weekend Shirt in The Right White

One of our favorite looks done right. Pair with your well-loved boyfriend jeans for a tailored look. Style with everything from flats to heels. Tuck it in or let it hang loose. You can’t go wrong!

 

In Neutral

Sarah Alexandra Signature Shirt in Pique-a-Boo 

White, the perfect Summer shirt.  Whether you’re going to Sunday brunch or running errands, there is something about an all-white ensemble that keeps things simple and fresh.

She’s The Boss

03.08.2018

Although the fashion industry is built on creating clothing and accessories for women, it is somewhat surprising that there are relatively only a few female…

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She’s The Boss

Although the fashion industry is built on creating clothing and accessories for women, it is somewhat surprising that there are relatively only a few female designers. Diane Von Furstenberg, and recently Carolina Herrera have handed over the reins to male designers to oversee their namesake collections. While these venerable brands maintain the vision of creating beautiful looks for powerful and confident women, there is a noticeable absence of female driven labels on the runways. At Sarah Alexandra, we believe in the power of female owned and operated businesses. Our goal is to create the most beautiful shirting for every women and occasion. It has been said that in order to understand the present, you must look to the past. With that in mind, we wanted to share some of our favorite fashion heroines who helped create the industry as we know it. We firmly believe that the future is female, and these incredible women have helped pave the way.

Jeanne Lanvin

Mademoiselle Jeanne Lanvin began her career as an apprentice before opening up her very own millinery shop in Paris. After her daughter and biggest inspiration was born, Lanvin focused her attention on creating beautiful pieces for her. In time this attracted her clients into dressmaking for themselves, their children, and some of the most famous names in Europe. These creations caught the eye of the Parisian elite, and Lanvin opened her namesake house featuring her signature embroidered and embellished gowns. Lanvin was the first designer to create a lifestyle brand including women and men’s clothing, swimwear, accessories, and home décor. Her first perfume L’Arpege, is one of the most well-known perfumes in the world with the iconic logo designed by Paul Iribe. The logo was inspired by a picture of Jeanne and her daughter Marguerite, as well as her passion for robe de style. Her visions are a testament to her talent and ingenuity, along with being an inspiration to women taking power in the workplace.

Coco Chanel

I say Coco, you say, Chanel! The legendary designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, started an evolution that transformed women’s fashion and women’s lives in the 20th century. After opening her first store in Paris in 1913 she wanted to minimize fabric costs and purchased Jersey regularly. In time, she found that Jersey fit well with her designs which were seen as simple, and frequently inspired by men’s wear. Some of her classic pieces including a cropped jacket, LBD (Little Black Dress), and statement cocktail necklaces are as relevant today as they have ever been. Chanel is credited in seeking to free women of discomfort from their corsets and stiff skirts by creating styles that were both classic and comfortable. This was noticed by many women, which led her to own on one of the most prominent fashion houses in the world.

 

Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli, also known as the Queen of Fashion, felt that fashion was as much about making art as it was about making clothes. Her debut collection of sweaters featured surrealist trompe l’oeil, also known as “fool of the eye” designs that became an instant success. Astrology, tattoos, the circus, along with surrealist art are some of the few varied themes in her collections. She then began to create collections including ski wear, swimwear, and eventually evening gowns. Schiaparelli designed clothes for theatre and film which appeared in many movies over the course of her career. Schiaparelli has relentlessly been remembered in the fashion world and has been featured in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with Italian designer Miuccia Prada in major exhibitions.

 

 

Claire McCardell

Claire McCardell is known to be the founder of American fashion. Her designs abandoned the fussy French notions of the times. She created functional, chic, and easy to wear designs including shift dresses, wrap dresses, and pleated details. She designed her sundresses in cotton, gingham, twill, denim and jersey that were to be worn both during the day or night. Similar to designer Coco Chanel, McCardell created designs for her own lifestyle and often created pieces out of necessity. For example, when faced with too much luggage for travel, she designed dresses in parts with interchangeable tops and skirts that revolutionized the way women dressed.

Anne Klein

“Clothes aren’t going to change the world. The women who wears them will” (Anne Klein). Anne Klein began her fashion design career in the juniors market. With her husband, the company Junior Sophisticates was founded and specialized in designs for petite women, who at the time often had to shop in the children’s department. In 1968, she began her own line that featured chic menswear including jackets, skirts, blouses and pants that could be worn together in various combinations. This mix and match concept was revolutionary at the time and took the country by storm. Klein was also the mentor to Donna Karan, who took over after her death and went on to become another power player in the fashion industry.

Sarah Alexandra’s Top Picks for March

03.01.2018

1. Sarah Alexandra Signature Shirt in Boyfriend Blue. Part of the new Spring/Summer 2018 Collection, the blue and white stripe broadcloth is the perfect staple…

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Sarah Alexandra’s Top Picks for March

1. Sarah Alexandra Signature Shirt in Boyfriend Blue. Part of the new Spring/Summer 2018 Collection, the blue and white stripe broadcloth is the perfect staple in any woman’s wardrobe. It goes with anything from denim to a pencil skirt.  It is truly timeless.

2. St. Benedict Bracelet.  Our family and friends are wearing these bracelets in support of my 3 year old niece Vivian Rose who was recently diagnosed with a DIPG brain tumor. These bracelets are a reminder to keep Vivian in our thoughts and prayers each and every time we look at them. St. Benedict is the patron Saint against evil.

3. Maison Boinet Belt. I discovered these belts at Barney’s and love how simple and chic they are. Made in France, they are incredibly well made and a good basic for any woman looking for the accessory that can go with anything and isn’t so identifiable.

4. Donald Robertson Book. I love following @donaldrobertson on Instagram. He always has a clever and funny post and I’m obsessed with his art. It’s playful yet sophisticated. His book would be the perfect addition to any coffee table!

5. BioFreeze. One of my tennis friends put me on to this and it works so well, I kind of can’t believe it! I put it on my aching muscles and it really helps alleviate any pain or soreness. I put it in everyone’s stocking this year!

6. Natura Bisse Eye Cure. My sister-in-law Katie bought this for me several years ago and now I cannot live without it. I love a “fresh faced” look, but let’s be honest, it’s hard to get away without any makeup. The Eye Cure by Nature Bisse looks incredibly “make-up-less” yet at the same time gives you that glowing and luminous look.

Renee and the Art of Knitting

02.22.2018

In addition to being a custom shirt maven, Sarah’s mom – Renee Bassetti – has another valuable skill up her sleeve: knitting. Inspired by her…

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Renee and the Art of Knitting

In addition to being a custom shirt maven, Sarah’s mom – Renee Bassetti – has another valuable skill up her sleeve: knitting.

Inspired by her own mother’s knitting, Renee displayed a flair for the craft at five-years-old. Today, she enjoys creating unique knitwear pieces and learning about the traditions around the time-honored skill. Her lucky family reap the benefits of her labor: grandchildren Hudson, Helen and Oliver all sport sweaters made by her hand, perfect for the winter season.

Sarah Alexandra, Renee Bissetti, knits, knitting, clothes, kids, DIY

“Knitting is worldwide, and different cultures do it differently,” says Renee, who prefers the Continental style. One of her favorite sweater patterns originates from Sweden and is called Bohus, which reached international popularity through celebrities like Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly donning the style. Mittens are another knitting favorite and, in particular, Renee recently developed an interest in Latvian mittens, which often served as traditional gifts at weddings and other important life events.

Knitting is a versatile art and can be tailored to a variety of styles. Below, Sarah wears a modern, neutral-toned slouchy hat, as well as a Bohus style sweater that pairs perfectly with the Silver Fox Signature Shirt.

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Bright colors and intricate patterns also can be fun for kids of different ages, like the hats worn by Sarah’s children made especially for them by Renee.

Though knitting can seem daunting to a beginner, it helps to start small. Renee recommends starting with square potholders and working up to other simpler items such as scarves, baby hats and even accessories for plush toys. Find a color that catches your eye or a yarn texture you love; Renee likes to work with lambswool for its lightweight quality and durability.

Next up, Renee looks forward to diving into Fair Isle knitting, originating from the Shetland Islands. In the meantime, she enjoys knitting as a respite, whether it be a few minutes while waiting for someone or uninterrupted for hours on a plane during her work trips, “I like the technique and movement, it’s very methodical. It’s a repetitive motion that’s quite soothing and meditative.”

Is there a special secret to becoming a knitting pro? Well, not exactly, it’s pretty hard work that takes time to develop. As Renee says,”Like anything in life, it just takes persistence and really wanting to do it.”

A Mother Daughter Dream Team!

01.24.2018

As it has been said countless times, there is something special about the relationship between a mother and her daughter. It’s an indescribable connection, but…

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A Mother Daughter Dream Team!

As it has been said countless times, there is something special about the relationship between a mother and her daughter. It’s an indescribable connection, but the bond is a deep and powerful one. We needed to look no further than our very own Sarah Alexandra and her mother, Renee Bassetti, for the perfect example of a mother daughter dream team. We thought it would be fun to have a little sit down with Sarah and Renee to answer some questions, and tell some stories. These ladies have an unspoken connection, much like two beloved characters from your favorite book or movie. Over the course of the interview, the two laughed, reminisced, and finished each other’s sentences. It doesn’t take long with them to see how close these two are, and more importantly, how deeply they respect, admire and love one another.

Renee on Sarah:

Sarah’s giggle is infectious, it makes me smile and it’s delightful. She does it a lot, and every time she does, it warms my heart.

Sarah on Renee:

Sometimes my mom may subtly question my decisions but I never feel criticized by her. She didn’t tell us what to do and was never overbearing or controlling. She let us figure it out. I used to wish she would have pushed me more or been more involved in helping me make a decision but ultimately she let us figure it out. Now that I have my own children I appreciate it so much more.

Renee describe Sarah in three words:

Loyal. Exceedingly Organized.  Nurturing.

Sarah describe Renee in three words:

Creative. Artistic (she’s kind of a genius the way she comes up with ideas). Non-judgmental.

Favorite vacation spot:

Renee: Paris, I like it better each time I go. Every day is interesting to me. I just walk out of my hotel room and I feel like I belong there.

Sarah: Mexico, I like the culture and food. I just love being there.

Fragrance:

Renee: Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque and Byredo Parfums Bal D’Afrique.

Sarah: Fleur09 by Maria Christofilis. She’s a friend but I would wear it even if she weren’t!

Dream vacation destination:

Renee: The Shetland Islands

Sarah: The Greek Isles

Style Icon:

Renee: Grace Kelly

Sarah: Lauren Santo Domingo

Favorite Book:

Renee: The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid. I’ve read everything about Churchill. I love his command of the English language.

Sarah: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I get totally entrenched in all her books.

Which item from your closet do you wear the most?:

Renee: Besides a Renee Bassetti shirt – an Avolio coat!

Sarah: Besides a Sarah Alexandra shirt – a pair of black suede Prada booties.

Most treasured possession:

Renee: My Verdura Panama cuff.

Sarah: A charm bracelet from my mom. I once thought I lost it, it’s irreplaceable. There is a charm for each one of the kids, one from my husband Ryan and one for a nephew who passed away.

Greatest achievement:

Renee: Remaining sane if you want to call it that!

Sarah: I feel blessed, my family makes me feel grounded. They are the most important thing to me. None of this would be any fun if I didn’t have them. I truly appreciate them.

Luxury necessity:

Renee: My Steinway piano

Sarah: Dyson hairdryer, really!

What talent do you wish you had?:

Renee: To be fluent in French.

Sarah: To be a professional tennis player.

Which celebrity would you want to have dinner with living or deceased?:

Renee: Oprah, because she’s so out there. I think you would feel better after you were with her.

Sarah: Princess Diana.

Favorite fashion trend:

Renee: Classic cardigan.

Sarah: Skinny jeans.

Favorite movie:

Renee: The Sound of Music, I must have seen it 20 times when it came out!

Sarah: 16 Candles.

What brings you the most joy?:

Renee: Being with my family.

Sarah: Reading to my kids, by far, I love it! It’s my favorite thing to do with them.

Favorite sweet treat:

Renee: Sugarfina Cuba Libre Gummies.

Sarah: Nancy’s pecan cookies (see below for the recipe).

Skin care products/beauty secrets:

Renee: Omorovicza Gold Rescue Cream.

Sarah: Biologique Recherche P50 toner.

Best gift ever received:

Renee: A Dyson hairdryer from my daughter’s Katy & Sarah.

Sarah: Diamond earrings from my husband, Ryan.

What advice would you give yourself at a younger age?:

Renee: Don’t drive so fast!

Sarah: Trust your initial gut feeling, don’t question it.

Best part of being your own boss:

Renee: I can express my own creativity.

Sarah: I get to listen to everybody’s advice and opinions but I get the final say.

 

Nancy’s Pecan Chocolate Cookies

1 cup Toasted Pecans

1/2 lb. Softened Butter

3/4 Cup Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 1/2 Cup flour

Directions: Lightly toast the pecans in the oven. Pulse pecans in Cuisinart until the consistency of pecan butter. Add softened butter and pulse. Add sugar & vanilla and pulse. Lastly, add flour and pulse. Roll the cookie batter into balls and roll in sugar. Press down cookie balls on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Take out of the oven and make an indent in the center of the cookie. Melt chocolate chips (my personal favorite are Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips) in a pan over the stove and fill the middle of the cookies with the melted chocolate. Divine!