Category Archives: leather

Colorburst

#amicale #kesnyc #theory #coach #ragandbone
Karen Tashkovski, Princess, 2017, encaustic on masonite, 8″ x 10″ (mounted on chalkboard), $111
#kesnyc #tashkovski #allsaints #joesjeans #ragandbone

Although I was in all black yesterday (above), I’m making a conscious decision to add color to my wardrobe. Color looks better in #ootd pictures. Color is just fun. I color coordinate my walk-in closet – this makes it easier to notice items bought separately and even years apart that end up looking amazing together.

#kesnyc #blackbrown1826 #vince #tashkovski #ragandbone

This Black Brown 1826 cashmere sweater (above) is something I often wear around the house over my pajamas. It is a thick 4-ply cashmere – very cozy and soft. The sleeves had frayed but I loved it so much, I didn’t want to get rid of it. I brought it to DeWitt Cleaners, recently, because I spilled yogurt on it and when I picked it up, it was not only pristine, but someone had magically mended it as well! The yarns of the sleeves were somehow stitched together (crochet hook?) and now it looks great with the most expensive skirt in my wardrobe!

$75 – ITALIAN
#kesnyc #theory #tashkovski #360cashmere #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs

This outfit (above) was inspired by one of my encaustic angel paintings, currently located on my bedroom dresser. I have had these silk velvet pants for a while. Paired with Marc Jacobs combat-style boots and the double sweater look, it felt super comfy on that cold day. We are in school on Wednesdays while the students are at home. #officehours

Confidante, 2017, encaustic on masonite, 8″ x 10″ (mounted on 11″ x 14″ chalkboard), $111
#amicale #kesnyc #warnerbros #anntaylor #coach #ragandbone

I rarely wear red – then this Coach leather skirt came along and now I’m singing red’s praises! Absolutely in love with the length. I paired it with an old Ann Taylor cashmere sweater from when the Ann Taylor store was on the second floor of the mall. (Does that store still exist? – IDK)

Royal Gamer, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125
#kesnyc #bcbgmaxazria #sorel
Karen Tashkovski, “Geisha”, 2019, 8″ x 8″, encaustic & collage, $250
#kesnyc #tashkovski #saksfifthavenue #rebeccataylor #frame #rebeccaminkoff

The monochromatic look was the rage at the 2021 Inauguration. It looked a bit like a circa 1980s rainbow wedding to me but fashion instagrammers didn’t agree. They loved that parade. I am not a purple head-to-toe fan either, lol. But blue? Yes!

One color works best when it is a blend of textures while allowing the hues to vary. Here (above) a new cashmere sweater with my tissue thin Rebecca Taylor summer denim dress, a navy silk mask and Frame cropped jeans. Boots, kind of, match my hair.

NFS . – MONKEES #2
#kesnyc #rebeccataylor #karllagerfeldparis

Sometimes I throw on my hat or earmuffs for the #ootd picture and sometimes I wear them most of the day when I am not in the classrooms. There is a lot less moving around these days due to all the Covid restrictions and such, and it just feels a lot colder at work. Hence the double sweater business too.

“SECRET”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
#aquacashmere #talithacollection #tashkovski #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

The fist time I wore this silk Talitha Collection top (above), I was at the Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan concert at the Ampitheater. It was something like ninety degrees in the shade that July day! For a January school day, I threw it on over a thick cashmere turtleneck.

And, P.S., every color in the rainbow looks great paired with these lambskin leather jeans (Joe’s Jeans!)

Karen Tashkovski, “Shibori”, 2019, 8″ x 8″, encaustic & collage, $250
#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Finally and full circle, dresses over pants is a fun look – the dresses become tunics/jackets and I get to wear them through the winter and still manage to stay warm. Thank you, Joie and AllSaints, for the leathaaaaaaaa! <3

#kesnyc #tashkovski #allsaints #joesjeans #ragandbone

Skirts with Boots

#kesnyc #theory #bcbgmaxazria #ragandbone #tashkovski
#kesnyc #theory #saksfifthavenue #frame #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #freepeople #rachelzoe #tashkovski #ragandbone

2021 is about skirt length. The maxi for day is popular with the teacher crowd. Instagram fans seem to prefer the mini on me. The midi is the most comfortable for sitting during Zoom meetings. And my new Coach leather skirt, knee length, is my favorite go-to. It is perfection!

#kesnyc #bcbgmaxazria #360cashmere #sorel
#amicale #kesnyc #warnerbros #anntaylor #coach #ragandbone

I love the new proportion. Boots with skirts is my look. And I am loving Rag & Bone right now. Their lug sole is genius. I am truly a fan of the almond toe.

#kesnyc #rachelzoe #saksfifthavenue #tashkovski #rebeccaminkoff
#bcbgmaxazria #equipment #tashkovski #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #rebeccataylor #karllagerfeldparis
#kesnyc #360cashmere #freepeople #ragandbone
#kesnyc #theory #frame #rebeccaminkoff

Soflea Sophie

My sister owns two businesses: Syracuse Yoga (6181 Thompson Road, Suite 803, Syracuse, New York 13206) and Soflea, a small store operating in the basement of Wildflowers (217 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, New York 13203).

Sophia Tashkovski is part of the McCarthy Mercantile. Her collection of flea-market finds and antiques includes her signature horseshoes, brass trays, statuettes and wicker baskets, as well as furniture and rugs.

Items are one-of-a-kind gems and so, there are always new finds to covet, which always makes the shopping experience a fun adventure.

Hours of operation: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. It’s open today!!! (you’re welcome <3) Enter Wildflowers then head to the basement where the collective of shoppes is housed.

#kesnyc Masks for the Win

#kesnyc mask #rachelzoe dress #joie boots

School looks a bit different this year. Masks are a mainstay. I am in love with these masks from KES (www.kesnyc.com). I bought them in every color. LOVE!!!

#kesnyc mask #freepeople dress #marcjacobs sandals
#kesnyc mask #rachelzoe top #allsaints skirt #bcbgeneration sandals
#kesnyc mask #bcbgmaxazria blazer and sandals #joesjeans pants #daydreamerforfreepeople top
#kesnyc mask #trinaturk top #frenchconnection skirt #ninewest slides #tashkovski bracelet
#kesnyc mask #theory cardigan #rebeccataylor top and pants #calvinklein boots
#kesnyc mask #remainbirgerchristensen dress #joie sandals
#kesnyc mask #akemi+kin dress #bcbgmaxazria top #ninewest slides
#kesnyc mask #girldangerousforfreepeople top #bcbgmaxarzria top #joesjeans pants #bcbgeneration sandals #tashkovski bracelet
#kesnyc mask #equipment dress #bcbgeneration sandals
#kesnyc mask #rebeccataylor top #vince skirt #joie sandals #tashkovski bracelet
#kesnyc mask #wilsonsleather jacket #bcbgmaxazria dress and sandals #michelledarin bracelets

Before March Madness

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Here are my outfits of the day for the month of March 2020.  No more school for a while.  I just discovered a show on ABC called Schooled to help with my school withdrawal.  It is almost as funny as the silly things kids say at real school. It’s set in the ’90s, which is when I started working at my job.  Back then I think my fashion look was sort of Monica from Friends.

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Rebecca Taylor jacket, Milly top, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Calvin Klein booties

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Free People dress, Sorel boots

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Joie leather dress, Marc Jacobs boots, Tashkovski bracelet

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Baublebar choker, Rachel Zoe silk dress, Marc Jacobs boots, Tashkovski bracelet

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Aqua Cashmere sweater, Trina Turk leather skirt, Rebecca Minkoff boots, Harry Potter lanyard

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Rachel Zoe silk dress, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Marc Jacobs sandals and sunglasses

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Honora necklace, Tashkovski bracelet, Halston Heritage dress, Banana Republic top, Marc Jacobs boots

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Cinq a Sept silk dress, Marc Jacobs boots

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C by Bloomingdales cashmere sweater, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Marc Jacobs boots, Tashkovski bracelet

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Aqua Cashmere sweater, French Connection leather skirt, Rebecca Minkoff boots

 

 

Woolly Winter

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Today, after work and a five-mile Green Lakes hike, I headed over to the Sue & Leon Genet Galley at The Nancy Cantor Warehouse (350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York 13202) for the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection exhibit, Let It Snow!  Keeping Warm at Syracuse University, 1870-2020.

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I love the irony of this whole premise that it is cold in Syracuse in winter and I’m all hiking my head off for two hours a day thinking it’s totally warm – what’s wrong with you people?  Naturally, I am also all about cashmere, fur, leather and down parkas, so this little exhibit was right up my alley.  Keeping warm is my schtick.  Really, it’s fashion.  Fashion’s my schtick.

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I frequented this gallery when it was housed in Slocum Hall back in the ’80s, so actually visiting it again, it’s kinda/sorta my old stomping grounds.  I am a graduate of the Fashion Design program at Syracuse University and a really cold (minus 4 degrees) day in 1982 is referenced in the literature, which was probably a day I was walking around campus with my gigantic portfolio and paint case or a huge bag of fabric and a sewing kit (dual degree Fashion and Studio Arts) blowing around all over the place.  Could this be anymore about me? LOL, sorry….

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This is obviously an exhibition of outerwear spanning a century and a half.  Everything on the mannequins looks stunning – well preserved and for the most part, timeless.

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The show was curated by Professor Jeffrey Mayer.  Kirsten Schoonmaker gave a slide presentation during the event tonight sharing her expertise on textiles, specifically a history of the fashion/costume use of wool and fur through the ages.  Students in attendance were clearly enthralled by her dynamic presence.  She is an Associate Professor of Fashion Design at Syracuse University, as well as the exhibit designer and collection manager.

Let It Snow! will be up through February 28, 2020.  You will love it. <3

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***from the Syracuse University website

On Dec. 2, 2019, Syracuse University canceled a full day of classes for the fourth time in its 150-year history. This means that generations of students have trudged through snow, sleet, ice, and wind in order to get to class. How did they keep themselves from shivering as the daytime temperatures plunged as low as -4°F in January of 1982? Students on campus have proved that staying warm doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. Thick fulled wool in fashionable hues has been cut and shaped to follow the silhouettes of the moment, whether it be the 1880s, the 1980s, or today. Collars and cuffs have been trimmed with insulating materials from soft fur to plushy polyester, trapping warm air around exposed skin as icy winds blow. Belts and buttons not only keep coats from flapping, but also add a touch of shape, sparkle, or contrast. Selections from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection reveal that while faces may change, outerwear has always been a style statement on campus.

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About the Sue and Leon Genet Gallery:

Based in the School of Design at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, the Sue & Leon Genet Gallery is a student-managed space hosting exhibitions from the school’s students, faculty, and alumni. Programing seeks to engage the University and downtown Syracuse community with exhibitions inspired by and related to the field of design. Public gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 pm., or by appointment.  Call (315) 443-2455.

Norma

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The Tashkovski Collection is officially launching on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5 – 8 pm at The Chop House on Waring  (200 Waring Road, Syracuse, New York 13224 – (315) 445-1976). The event is called Sip & Sparkle and will include twelve local vendors. They will also have a Wild Turkey bourbon tasting and some appetizers.  It is going to be a lot of fun!

I had a poster made and some postcards.  The bracelets are photographed, catalogued and tagged.  I have a Square reader to process debit/charges.  I am ready to be ready (which means ready, I think).

Here are the latest pieces.  These leather bracelets feature vintage pins manufactured in Estonia circa the 1970s by a tin toy company called NORMA.  I scoured the world looking for them.  I’m in love with them!  The are handmade, one-of-a-kinders.  I know you will fall in love with them too. <3

The Rakuten Way

 

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I have been manifesting money in the mail.  The first time it happened – OMG, it was totally unexpected.  I stumbled upon this site called Rakuten.  They know you, know what you like, know where you are on-line shopping.  Through emails you click their links to get to things you planned on buying with or without them, things you feel comfortable paying the price offered – and then they give you cash back.  Win-win!

https://www.rakuten.com/r/KTASHK2?eeid=28187

Check it out!  Use the link above and get started.  This site encompasses all shop sites – Amazon, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and many more.  All types of merchandise, not just fashion.

It is amazing! <3

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Tashkovski bracelet, J.Crew T-shirt, Rag & Bone patent leather skirt, Hue tights, Marc Jacobs booties

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Tashkovski bracelet, BCBGMaxAzria sweater and skirt, Sorel boots

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Tashkovski bracelet, Banana Republic top, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots

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Theory cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria belt and leggings, Ralph Lauren boots

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and dress, Marc Jacobs booties

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Tashkovski bracelets, Theory cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria silk velvet pants, Calvin Klein booties

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Tashkovski bracelet, Theory sweater, Rebecca Taylor dress, Marc Jacobs booties

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Free People cardigan, Rebecca Taylor silk top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Joie sandals

 

Role Play

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Theory cashmere cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria dress and pants, Marc Jacobs booties, Tashkovski bracelet

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Theory sweater, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Nine West booties, Tashkovski bracelet

As I sit here writing this post, I am wearing the outfit pictured above.  These leather jeans are like butter (butttaaaahhhhh….).  And the cashmere tunic sweater is perfect-o.  Such is the problem of a fashion blogger – how do you continue to wear newbies in the real world and not your very favorite pieces?  How to you mix it up to keep it all fresh?  

I guess keep doing what I am doing as long as it is fun?  I must be a fashion role model for someone out there.

<3

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BCBGMaxAzria jacket, Milly silk/spandex top, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Marc Jacobs booties

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and dress, Marc Jacobs booties

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Tashkovski choker, BCBGMaxAzria top, belt and sandals, Trina Turk skirt

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Kobi Halperin top, Trina Turk leather skirt, BCBGeneration sandals

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Nine West suede cap, Theory cashmere sweater Free People leather skirt, Sorel bootie, Tashkovski bracelet

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Cinq a Sept silk top, Alice + Olivia silk velvet pants, BCBGMaxAzria sandals Tashkovski bracelet 

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NFS – QUATREFOIL

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Bailey 44 top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGeneration sandals, Tashkovski bracelet

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$75 . – STONES

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Aqua Cashmere cardigan, Rachel Zoe silk top, Marc Jacobs booties

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Theory cashmere sweater Free People leather skirt, Sorel bootie, Tashkovski bracelet

Theory sweater, Joe's Jeans leather jeans, Nine West booties, Tashkovski bracelet
Tashkovski bracelet, Theory sweater, Joe’s Jeans leather pants, Nine West booties

 

 

Bracelet Factory

 

 

 

More bracelets.  My dining room table is the bracelet factory.  These are from the ethnic series, meme series and horses!  All are leather with fur (rabbit and sherpa).  Rebecca from Tandy Leather taught me how to add snaps.  Bracelets fit 5 1/2″ to about 6 1/2″ wrists.  The ones that tie have eighteen inches of suede string attached, so they can fit a larger wrist.

Mine is 5 1/2″.  I took a poll of wrist sizes via texting a bunch of friends to get a sense for what was standard.  Bracelets really need to be tried on.  They are infused with positive energy – you kind of need to feel the vibe.  It will be so cool when they find permanent homes.  They are like foster kittens.  Kind of hard to let go…but I think I am ready to be ready (to be ready) to sell them.  <3