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Modern Cocktail Attire

Modern Cocktail Attire

With the arrival of June comes a whole new season of events - weddings, graduation parties, bridal showers - and with those events comes the need for a versatile, chic new dress. 

We love that rules for event dressing are looser, and you can get creative with not only your dress but your accessories as well.  Instead of a bold necklace, try throwing on a fringe, skinny scarf for a totally modern and updated take on the lariat.  And rather than stick to the basic black handbag, add color, texture and sparkle with a Lucite clutch filled with flowers.

From L to R: Ashlyn'd clutch, Versace Collection dress, Sarah Weinstock french lace starburst pendant, Halston notch neck dress, Shiraleah leopard print clutch, Chan Luu skinny scarf with fringe, ALC "Louise" dress and Claudio Cutuli laser cut leather handbag

Each of these dresses can easily take you from a daytime luncheon to an evening wedding, all you need is a change of footwear and a touch more lipstick.

XO
Mercantile

What are you doing New Year's...

What are you doing New Year's...

Christmas is behind us and we're in the home stretch of the winter holidays, which means it's time to figure out what you're wearing New Year's Eve.  Whether you're doing a low-key night at home with the kids, or headed to a big shindig with loads of friends, it's fun to plan a festive outfit to wear.  

New Year's Eve is a long night, so be sure to sport something comfortable, easy to dance in and of course chic!

From L to R: T by Alexander Wang sheer turtleneck sweater, RED Valentino strawberry jacquard mini skirt, Sara Weinstock yellow gold and diamond earrings, M Missoni crochet cross-body purse, L'Agence "Jane" silk tank, Vince tuxedo trousers, Sara Weinstock crescent moon pendant and bangles, Kim White clutch, T by Alexander Wang bandage dress, Rene Escobar Bangles, Ashlyn'd lucite clutch

It's all about the jewels with these looks, go bold, and don't be afraid to mix metals and stones for an outfit with tons of sparkle.  As always a vibrant lip and a sky high pump is a must for all three ensembles.

Wishing you and yours a fabulous New Year. Stay safe and have fun!

XO
Mercantile

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

It's the final days before Christmas - three sleeps till X-Mas Eve - and whether or not you've completed your shopping or are still scrambling for a few last minute bits and bobs, it's a hectic time for everyone.  We want to ease your stress a bit, so we've broken down the three essential outfits for the main event.

We like to go big for Christmas Eve, with a bold dress and gold accessories and of course don't forget your highest heels and a red lip. 

Stay comfy while you watch the kids open presents, snack on breakfast and sip mimosas. We're thinking some super soft sweats, a tissue tee and a soft wool cardigan. 

Keep the comfort level high but stay chic for Christmas dinner with your family.  Neutral colors and splashes of fringe will keep things festive. 

From L to R: Equipment dress, Rene Escobar bangles, Max Mara purse, Theory shearling jacket, Hartford sweater, James Perse tee, Current/Elliott sweats, Vince silk top and suede leggings, Samira 13 earrings and bangles and Ashlyn'd lucite clutch.

We wish you a fun and festive holiday weekend filled with love, laughter, family and friends. 

XO
Mercantile

Pint Sized Purses

Pint Sized Purses

We're pleased to say that the trend of extra-large, oversized handbags is over.  No longer do you need biceps of steel just to carry your purse.  In fact, the trend has moved in the opposite direction, and smaller is definitely better.  From cross body to travel wallets to clutches, a pint size bag is what's happening now.

We especially love the clever and whimsical clutches from Ashlyn'd.  Launched in 2013 in Los Angeles by Ashlee Nik and her designer mother, Denise Lewinstein, the collection came to fruition from what Ashlee felt was a lack of affordable options.  

Royal Flush $396

Using both her business degree and product development and design degree, Ashlee has chosen to forgo mass production for the use of local artists in Los Angeles to produce the bags by hand in order to boost the local economy as well as encourage the Made in America movement.

Honor Roll $385

Ashlee wanted something unique, unexpected, beautiful but above all attainable.  Inspired by nature and the textures found there, the collection includes bags made out of specialty woods, jade and shells.  She also created the "Snow Globe" bags that feature clear acrylic frames filled with colored sand, pearls, chains and even flowers. 

Although small, each clutch is equipped with a built in mirror and enough room for all your essentials: credit cards, ID, lipstick, keys and iPhone. 

The bags have been worn by Zooey and Emily Deschanel, Sarah Hyland, Miranda Lampbert and Portland's own Cheryl Strayed.  They have been featured in the pages of Domino, Seventeen, and most recently the Feburary issue of Glamour.

The collection is meant to be worn day or night.  Don't be discouraged by the shimmer, a sparkly handbag is a quick way to spruce up a simple button down shirt, jeans and ballet flats. Your arms will thank you.

XO
Mercantile

Dazzle On New Year's in Calvin Rucker

Dazzle On New Year's in Calvin Rucker

DON'T LET THE STRESS OF WHAT DO WEAR ON NEW YEAR'S EVE GET YOU RATTLED!

We have a wide variety of festive party dresses at Mercantile - but our pick for you, is the Walk This Way dress made of spider knit lace by one of our newest and most favorite collections, Calvin Rucker.  

Calvin Rucker is the collaboration between two Los Angeles based friends who just happen to be fashion industry veterans, Joie Rucker and Caroline Calvin.  The collection is designed for the chic, modern, creative woman who is able to seamlessly combine feminine with a sexy edge to create her own timeless style.  Let's face it, this woman is cool. 

CALVIN RUCKER - CASUAL COUTURE FOR THE CREATIVE CLASS

We've paired the dress with our beautiful, handmade in Los Angeles, Ashlyn'd Shane clutch and our Jacquie Aiche Abalone bone necklace with diamonds. 

The Walk This Way dress has been spotted on Emmy Rossum and Taylor Swift, who both always manage to look effortless and cool.  They have that magical mix of refined and tough - the quintessential Calvin Rucker woman.

Pop into the store today and we'll make sure you're ready to ring in 2015 in style.

XO
Mercantile