Category Archives: Design

To do or not to do! That is the Question!

To do, or not to do?  That is the question!  What makes the fashion entrepreneur tick?  Some jump in for love and some to make a living.  Is it wise to jump right in?  The business of Fashion is a risk – not for the faint of heart.

For a population of seven billion is Fashion really worth betting on?  If the Nightingale of Kuala Lampur, the diamond studded dress designed by Faisol Abdullah at a price tag of 30 million, in 2009 is any indication of Haute Couture, you bet it is!  If 2% of the Indian elite equivalent to the entire population of Australia is craving 450 dollar skin caviar then I would bet this blog on the future of fashion! In 1945 the Paris fashion week had 45 designers on the runway today there are 17!  500 people in the world can afford Haute Couture or High Fashion where the dress is stitched just for them!  “The insides are as magnificent as the outside” –George Simonton FIT.  Is this the sign of the times? Or is there a famine in design? If I could forecast the future, I would think the 20’s are in the horizon.  Fashion never really went away it just got Americanized!  We just loved the idea of shorts and a plain t-shirt or Jeans, Boots and a cowboy hat!  The French are still appalled by the uncouth Americans showing off their hairy legs on the streets of Paris!  Well don’t take my word for it just ask any 60 year old in an American church their opinion on the dress culture at Sunday service.  You’ll see what I mean.  It will probably be the uncouth American who will bring back the dress code to its beloved theaters and operas like it was during the good old days when chivalry was still alive and men wore dark slacks, bow ties and buttoned up shirts; women were impeccably dressed the minute they walked out of bedrooms!  So, if you are impossibly talented and you are the next best thing to “Worth” and “the Minister of Fashion” you best jump in!  If not keep your day job and serve the rest of the 6.99 billion!

Home is where the Heart is! Accessorize your home like you mean it!!!

Homeward Bound

I wish I was,

Homeward Bound

Home where my thought’s escaping

Home where my music’s playing

Home where my love lies waiting

Silently for me!

-Lyrics and song by Paul Simon

A song that will live forever!

It brings me to ask you a question – Wouldn’t you like to accessorize your home like you mean it?

We build it with so much love, we care for it, we share it, we raise our children and love abounds in it so then shouldn’t we accessorize it with the same passion?

Stackable bangles

Chrysalis Jewelry

Chrysalis jewelry now at Simply Hyacinth – The Boutique for the Connoisseur!  Chrysalis jewelry comprises of several collections and are stackable, adjustable bangles and rhodium plated.  Start a collection now for your loved ones!  Also available online at

“Chrysalis is a British jewelry brand that celebrates the joy found in love and friendship. Designed for sharing memories of those special moments in life, each piece is adorned with talismans and spiritual symbols, combining color and meaning.”

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Andrew Hamilton Crawford Jewelry

What do Beyoncé, Oprah, Paula Abdul and Christian Louboutin have in common? They all dig Andrew Hamilton Crawford Jewelry! Skillfully designed with attention to detail and a timeless charm – handmade to perfection in a socially responsible way his jewelry is sure to please the connoisseur. Come visit us online or in our Boutique at Simply Hyacinth in Dayton Ohio.

It so happened that when I was ordering a new stock of his jewelry, I happened to speak with the man behind the jewels.  Not only did it surprise me that I would speak to the President of the Company (I remember – it was almost the end of the day and he calmly said he was the only one remaining to answer the phone!), but that I would get information on his philosophy that backs his Company.  I asked him why he was designing the jewels in New York and getting them made in Thailand.  His answer was very simple.  He believed in creating a small profitable Company in New York and contributes to the creative community in Thailand as well. While my Company started out as one that supports local jobs and local artists, I am humbled by people who make an impact in different parts of the world not just their own! My journey since the cold day of November 14, 2013 has been educational, eye – opening and amazing. The people I have met along the way are amazing and most often a joy to be around or just talk to; albeit over the phone!

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Scarves as a fashion statement

Handmade scarves

Cool nights of the fall season beckon us to cozy up with colorful scarves and statement pieces to dress up the Fall wardrobe! Accessorize a plain Ho Hum outfit with gorgeous scarves! Don’t shy away from making that style statement! One of kind scarves now at Simply Hyacinth – The Boutique for the Connoisseur!  These gorgeous scarves are made of silk and Merino wool and started by a woman owned Company in Arkansas.  She produces these beautiful treasures in Nepal benefiting the community there.  While you are at it come check out the hand knit cowls that started it all in Dayton OH on a cold day in November 2013!

I bought the scarves from Ellen in late April this year.  It was too late to put them out as Spring was almost over and summer was knocking at our door!  Yet another example of a woman who gave up her high powered job and followed her dreams after looking at the Pomegranate moon!  Inspiration comes to so many of us, yet just a handful take the path less travelled!  I hope her story inspires you to take that plunge!

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Batucada jewelry

Batucada Jewelry

Batucada jewelry is cool handcrafted ecofriendly pieces designed in Paris and available at Simply Hyacinth the Boutique for the Connoisseur.  The jewelry is made up of recycled materials, are hypoallergenic, nickel free, lead free, latex free and light weight!  It’s modern look is very sensual and creates a dramatic statement!  The creators of the Batucada jewelry line are sensitive to the environment and create a unique look of you without sacrificing the environment. Available online at

Simplicity is timeless.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a movie that exemplifies Simplicity as a style statement.  Irrfan Khan described it best – “Piku is Madhur”, which means melodious.  I would agree and characterize the film as a sweet and melodic experience to be shared with people of all ages. The film, written by Juhi Chaturvedi under the direction of Shoojit Sircar and exhibiting exemplary acting by the all-star cast of Padma Vibhushan, Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan, is perfect!  Juhi Chaturvedi did a fantastic job addressing issues ranging from familial roots to aging, parents, marriage, sex, success as a woman in India, melodrama and emotional blackmail all in one little tale that comes alive as the story unfolds. Credit is due to the director and actors who gave memorable performances in telling Juhi’s tale of Piku.

So the question is, why are we discussing this on a fashion blog?  Well, movies create fashions and trends. In “Piku”, the total absence of overdramatic and outlandish clothing is apparent.  The writer and director gave life to the persona of an everyday, successful family without pretensions, and just portrayed the story of a typical Bengali family whose lives are entwined with those of other families in the northern region of India and a very typical Architectural firm.  You have to see the movie to appreciate the simplicity of the plot.  Music by Anupam Roy is very sweet and apt for the film.  Watch the movie to see how an average Indian family carries on with day to day life – it is far from what has been portrayed by the majority of movies coming from the Indian subcontinent, the world’s largest producer of film.