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Brook + Lyn April 2, 2009

brooklyn2I adore this blog by a Brooklyn graphic artist, Brook + Lyn. Her blog is the fashion buddy she never had, but in my mind she missed her calling on Seventh Avenue. She perfectly mixes high and low and interprets it with a modern flair. Then she takes a picture of the outfit. She’s like the fashion buddy I never had, too! See more.


The little blue blazer: From tag sale to wow March 31, 2009

glamourai_blazerx-1I’ve heard about the trick of shopping in the boys department, but this gal has taken thriftness and resourcefulness to a whole new level. Her  jacket looks designer, but in truth she snapped it up at a garage sale, and sewed on some new buttons. Athena approves! See more of The Glamorai’s stylish tips and projects.


The headboard solution March 26, 2009

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briannaBeds are expensive, there’s no doubt. When I was out shopping for furniture recently on Route 110 in Long Island, I discovered a neat little trick. You don’t haveheadboard1 to buy the whole bed—you can just buy the headboard, for a fraction of the price. It’s a little best-kept furniture store secret. Plus, you don’t have to deal with a bulky bed frame or footboard. We put a bench at the foot of ours and it’s a built-in stair case for Chipper. At Pottery Barn, they dispense with the formalities and just sell the headboards flat out. Lots of them. This is the one that I want—only $300.


What’s a girl to wear? March 24, 2009

sartorialistFashion magazines are pretty and pretty expensive, so whenever I want to get an frugal idea of what the average chic gal on the street is pulling out of her closet, I turn to The Sartorialist. This blog is simply brilliant—the author just travels around taking pics of well-dressed women, often at Les Tuileries in Paris, where all the it girls hang. But what’s best is that the outfits are all completely attainable, with a bit of recessionista pluck. When I’m feeling my finger slip off the fashion pulse, The Sartorialist puts me right back on it. See more.


Now that’s a sofa March 14, 2009

bantamEvery time I walk into Design within Reach, I think that it’s definitely not within my reach. But I love their stuff and fantasize a whole life I could develop around their furnishings. armchairSo I asked my friend Adrian, who works in sales at DWR what her favorite piece is, and she went on and on and got all poetic (which makes sense, because she’s also a poet) about the Bantam sofa. It elegant, comfortable, well-made, with the sweetest little trim legs … and affordable. That’s right, I looked it up the web site, and Bantams are starting at $1500 these days. And the Bantam armchair is just as sweet. Not bad for a little mid-century modern on a budget. Look up Adrian at the NYC Flatiron store, and she’ll hook you up.


Sheffield Spring Vintage Fair February 20, 2009

sheffieldFrom our friends at the Sheffield Vintage Fair in rocking’ Sheffield, U.K.:

The Sheffield Vintage Fair returns for a fab Spring special! SHEFFIELD VINTAGE SPRING FAIR SATURDAY MARCH 7TH, 12PM – 5PM @ THE BASEMENT WEST STREET The vintage fair returns for another splendid day of shopping at a brand spanking new location, the newly opened Basement bar on West Street. We’ll have 30 stalls of lovely vintage wears, jewellery, handmade and reworked clothing, crafts, cards, plus much much more! We’ll also be holding a vintage tea party on the day with fine china and beautiful cakes and cupcakes hosted by who else but Fancie Cupcakes! Some of your favourite local shops will be there holding sale price stalls, including Freshmans, Syd and Mallory and Bang Bang. We cant wait, see you there x x

Contact Info

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The Next Big Fashion Trend: Depression Chic Spring/Summer ’09 January 25, 2009

depressionchic4This post was originally written and published by Louise Sleigh of Catwalk Creative. Her boho chic Fall ’08 story continues to be in Athena’s top 10 hits, since Louise has a psychic prescience about what’s hot and the stock in her fab vintage/resale shop to allows you to get style on a budget. Can we say it enough: We love this practical fashionista from across the Pond! Read her Catwalk Threads blog here. Buy from Catwalk Creative here.

The Next Big Fashion Trend: Depression Chic Spring/Summer 09

There is no doubt that fashion trends are dictated by many influences, from world events and the economy to what teenagers are wearing on the street and even the latest block-buster movie. It appears that our economists failed to see what was coming and yet top designers were already working both sides of the US stock market crash of 1929 to come up with one of my favourite trends of summer 2009.  Yes, you guessed it – the next big thing is depression chic!

The Spring/Summer runways were awash with the most amazing trends ranging from goddess dressing to 80’s trash and vaudeville.  An eclectic mix that will soon be heading to boutiques and high-streets the world over.

As mentioned, one of my personal favourites is the ‘depression chic’ trend (shown above) with insightful designers appearing to be one step ahead of the economists. Now how exactly do they do that? There were lots of sparkly flapper frocks from Alberta Ferretti and Aquilano Rimondi and sack dresses from Burberry and Bottega Veneta (more photos below).

If there’s one thing that every girl should be partying in during Spring/Summer 2009, it’s that perfect fringed dress or the style of clothing with that’s evocotive of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Here’s a couple of my own pieces which are currently for sale in my eBay store:

Some other trends to look out for this coming season are:

Geometric construction
Goddess dressing
Fairytale romance
Laddered stockings/tights
Cutaway clothing
Bondage/fetish clothing
Oversized bows

80’s trash and vaudeville

Here are some of my favourties:


Bottega Veneta

Charles Anastase



Bargain Shopping, Techie Style January 20, 2009

(This article is excerpted from a really amazing indie fashion site I stumbled upon recently: the iFashion Network. Put this blog on your must-read feed!)

Bargain Shopping, Techie Style
By Catherine Shen

Your boss walks into the office and sees you typing industriously on your keyboard. He gives you a “thumbs up” and smiles encouragingly, then goes off to yell at your co-workers.

Don’t lie. It’s okay, I won’t tell that you’re really shopping online for the next bargain. And what’s a better time than the downtime at work (not that I condone this sort of behavior…ever)?

Check out, a website that focuses entirely on homemade clothing and accessories. You want to stand out, have something no one else has. This is the place to go. It screams out chic vintage in every item – definitely worth your work time. I especially love their flower brooches: very modern, and it doesn’t remind me of my grandmother, which is always a plus.

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Designers don’t come cheap, that’s why offers designers at slashed prices. At times like these, perhaps giving this site a few clicks will save more than spend (don’t we all wish)? From Marc Jacobs to Juicy Couture, there is something for everyone with prices we can all afford.

Courtesy of Chickdowntown / Diane von Furstenberg.

Courtesy of Chickdowntown / Diane von Furstenberg.

Courtesy of Chickdowntown / Juicy Couture.

Courtesy of Chickdowntown / Juicy Couture.

Catherine Shen, iFashion Bloggers


A white couch: It is possible to live with it January 18, 2009

couchI have always been a fan of the white slipcovered sofa, but I’ve never bought one for fear of … well … white. I have a huge, sloppy, often muddy golden retriever, who has lived his whole life lounging among dark leather sofas for just that reason. But in my new house, which is near the Sound, I am leaning toward the soft colors of the shore: neutrals, naturals, creams and whites. 469bbb2Rather than buy a new sofa, I bought a $50  natural slipcover from Bed, Bath and Beyond. It is washable, but after spending an hour tucking and fitting that thing, the last thing I want to do is take it off. It might even shrink … horrors!

canvasSo I made this amazing new discovery in Home Depot: painter’s drop cloths! For just ten bucks, I can throw an off-white painter’s cloth over the top and voila … no more freaking out when Chipper bounds onto the sofa after a woodsy jaunt. The canvas cloth is durable and resistant to dirt, and the color has just enough oatmeal hue to hide whatever dirt lingers. I’ve used one to drape a beyond-repair bench console that Chipper chewed up as a pup. Plus it’s a great fabric to make pillows, curtains, tablecloths, etc. (Don’t know if you’ve bought any fabric lately, but it’s not cheap, and if it is cheap, it’s generally not good.) The cloth shown above is the $20 8′ x 11′ version, but there’s a $10 5′ x 8′ version in the store. Find your sanity-saving dropcloth here.

Tip: Ikea has an amazingly comfy white couch for just $399!


My Favorite Teen Bedroom January 17, 2009

butterflyI’ve been renovating a house since last May, a complete gut. All I can say is think twice before doing this yourself, even if you do have a contractor husband and a separate place to live. But in the process I’ve also been doing a lot of shopping for everything from fixtures to fabrics to furniture. Today my big love is this ’70s-inspired duvet cover from Pottery Barn (which for a while was getting a little blah, but seems to have found a new spark). It reminds me of my favorite teen boudoir, my best friend’s yellow and green modular bedroom. It was soooo cool. Her fabulously wealthy parents did the right thing and built a whole teen suite for her and her bro. And then they bought her a sexy sienna Firebird which we cruised to our high school every morning. And I lived gloriously vicariously through all of it. Check out the new mod Pottery Barn here.

FYI, I’ve added this new category: Athena at Home today. I think you’ll be hearing a lot from me on this topic, as it’s ALL I think about. 

Budget tip: Duvet covers are a super-cheap, quick way to change up a room. This full/queen is only  $119. I use only white sheets, and have several duvet covers for mood and season. If you have a fav fabric and even the most modest sewing skills, you can stitch up your own in an afteroon, with a sewing pattern as your guide.