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11.04.2013

DEVO Wears PRADA!

I love Halloween.  I'm not sure if it's the designer in me that enjoys coming up with an idea and costume, or if it's the opportunity to be something/somebody else for one night.  This year, my pal and neighbor, Wendy Brandes suggested that we go as  DEVO band members. Since I'm a huge fan of the group (read about them HERE in one of my previous posts), I was all for it.  We ordered our energy domes and were good to go!

DEVO Divas!
*to order Wendy Brandes' "DEVO" letter rings check out her website!

the REAL deal!

Thankfully, we are secure ladies because it takes a confident woman to don black Bermudas and black grandpa socks.  It's not a good a look. But, we both believe -- if you are going to do something, do it the right way and do it all the way!

my grandpa socks and Prada sneaks

reapplying my lippy

And so we did.  Energy domes, sleeveless turtles, Bermudas, safety glasses, black shoes and yes, even the grandpa socks.  And red lipstick. Okay, we had to put our own spin on it!!  Most girls use Halloween as an excuse to wear something skimpy and hooker-ish, but not Wendy and me.  No sir! Here is an actual tweet that Wendy posted while we were getting ready...


This was actually Halloween #2 for us since we attended a friend's disco party the night before, so we did, in fact, have our sexy night of costumes. But, now we were ready to cut loose and act like complete dorks.  Yes, I just used the word dork.  I believe it's making a comeback.

Top photo by Neil Zlozower -- from DEVO's website
Bottom photo -- me 

We decided to go dancing at a cheesy (in a good way!) retro club in midtown called, Culture Club. Our costumes were perfect for the eighties club, so we walked in like we owned the place.  Okay, the twenty-something working at the ticket window asked what we were supposed to be and I almost passed out, but we didn't let that ruin our night.

Wendy & I posing in front of a DEVO mural at the club

Thank goodness the DJ had a clue.  When I walked up to him and said, "Do I even have to ask?" he smiled, patted my energy dome and popped on 'Whip It' right away.  And so we did.  We whipped it real good.  We whipped it into shape.  We dominated the dance floor, acted like fools and loved every minute of it.

WHAM! chooses life.  DEVO chooses energy.

posing with Rocky, Richard Simmons and Wonder Woman

It was a very fun evening filled with nostalgia.  We even made friends. The WHAM! boys, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, were there. Rocky Balboa was (on crack, perhaps?) running around like a lunatic, shirtless and waving his flag.  When 'Eye Of the Tiger' came on I made sure to stay out of his way!  We also met Richard Simmons and Wonder Woman.  Rufus the dog was there, a male Madonna and even a dude with some sort of gadget offering "free breast exams."  Gee, how generous.  I still can't believe nobody dressed as Prince. Where is Dave Chappelle when you need him?!

Chappelle as Prince

10.24.2013

FGI Night of Stars 2013

On Tuesday, October 22, The Fashion Group International hosted its annual Night of Stars Gala at Cipriani Wall Street's gorgeous venue. FGI is a non-profit, professional organization whose mission it is to not only be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design, but also to help its members become more effective in their careers.  


Posing on the red carpet at FGI's 2013 Night of Stars
plaid corset: Stacy Lomman, Fall '13
high/low skirt with leather yoke & crinoline: Stacy Lomman, Fall '13
spiked dog collar: Stacy Lomman
booties: Gianfranco Ferre
gloves: Sportmax
Photo Credit: Randy Brooke

Fashion Group Int'I. is a brilliant organization founded by some extraordinary women such as: Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein, Edith Head and Claire McCardell (give me a sec. while I bow down to her... ). I am proud to be a member and a Rising Star Finalist in the womenswear category in 2012.


Wendy looking stunning!
dress: Moschino, vintage (from Shrimpton Couture)
faux ostrich vest: Stacy Lomman, fall 2012
shoes: Miu Miu
jewelry: Wendy Brandes

So, when my "sistah from another mistah," Wendy Brandes suggested that she get us tickets for the Gala, I was more than happy to accompany her.  Wendy happens to be a Fashion Group Int'l. Rising Star Winner in the fine jewelry category (2012).  If you're not familiar with her, you need to be.  She's got the best bling this side of Texas! Actually, her work trumps every famous jeweler I can think of -- this side of Texas and the other.


Wendy shows off the silk charmeuse lining...

Back to the Night of Stars.  This was FGI's biggest one yet.  Certainly, Marc Jacobs can pack a house but I think the late announcement that twerking Miley Cyrus would present Jacobs and his business partner Robert Duffy with the 'Superstar Award', pushed it to capacity.  There were other big stars in attendance as well -- Kate Upton, Mayor Bloomberg, Carine Roitfeld, Alexa Chung, Alexander Wang, Hamish Bowles, Simon Doonan, DVF and Christopher Kane -- to name a few!  


Miley Cyrus wearing Marc Jacobs

Wendy and I dressed for the occasion, of course.  I wore an outfit from my fall 2013 collection and Wendy wore vintage (as she often does) along with a custom vest I did for my fall 2012 collection. Just when I was feeling proud that I was able to squeeze myself into the corset and skirt worn on the runway last month at the Chicago Gold Coast Awards Show, along came Miley Cyrus to knock me off my high horse.  

side view...

Love her or hate her, it's hard to deny that Miley is a very pretty girl. And she was wearing a very pretty dress.  By Marc Jacobs, of course.  I think she nailed it.  I snapped some pics; I couldn't help myself.


side/back view...

1.29.2013

2013 "SAG" Awards

I'm a couple of days behind with this post, but I like to think of it as just being fashionably late!  A few weeks ago we saw a host of actresses taking "the plunge," so to speak, wearing cleavage revealing dresses.  On Sunday, at the 2013 Golden Globes, strapless was the neckline of choice, but many of Hollywood's elite stuck with a deep V.  The plunging V is like the chocolate soufflĂ© of tops -- it can be magnificent (and sooo sexy) or it can be somewhat of a disaster.  It's a delicate balance.

Julianne Moore in Chanel couture

I'm a fan of the lovely Julianne Moore and she steps outside of the typical fashion box, which I like, but she just fell a little flat this time.  Yes, pun intended.  She may have won the award for best actress, but the "SAG" meant something else to me.  I just wish the bodice of the dress actually fit her.  Where was the highly skilled and highly sought after Ghost Tailor, Jean when you needed her?  She could have saved the day!  Perhaps she was busy altering dresses for other starlets or for my bestie/neighbor/blogger/award-winning jewelry designer, Wendy Brandes!


January Jones vs. random man with napkin?  Yah, I vote for him too.

In any case, Julianne is NOT on my best-dressed list and neither is poor January Jones.  I'm not going to say much about her since it's all been said already, so I'll just express my thoughts through pictures.


Sigourney Weaver in Lanvin

Sigourney Weaver earned herself a "fashion felony" and, in my opinion, looked like a black pillow sham and satin sheet.  I don't think I've ever seen Lanvin look so bad.  She is so statuesque, it was just the wrong dress for her. 


Kelly Osbourne

Mrs.Slocombe (Molly Sudgen)

I hate to pick on these ladies for not quite getting it right, so I blame their stylists for not having the taste level required or simply not having the cojones to tell their employers when they look like crap.  I do have to wonder about the background and the taste level of some of these, so called, stylists nowadays.  Seems to me, when Kelly Osbourne is in a position of commenting on and critiquing fashion, the world has gone crazy!

12.31.2012

Top 10 Fashion Moments Of 2012

10. NY Times fashion critic, Cathy Horyn and designer, Oscar de la Renta bitch slap each other with words.


9.  Marc Jacobs brings Dr. Seuss and fantasy to the runway for Fall 2012. 

Photo: Style.com

 
8.  Comme des Garcons' Rei Kawakubo is praised for her Fall 2012 two-dimensional "paper dolls" collection.

Photo: Style.com


7.  Marc Jacobs wears a black lace Comme des Garcons dress with visible "tighty whities" to the Met gala in May.

Photo: Getty


6.  Lagerfeld shows Chanel's annual Metiers d'Arts collection in a Scottish castle where Mary Queen of Scots was born and uses all Scottish fabrics/fibers.


5.  The Olsen twins win the CFDA Award for womenswear.

4.  Raf Simons makes an exit from Jil Sander and an entrance as creative director at Dior.  Jil Sander returns to her eponymous label.

3.  Stefano Pilati says goodbye to YSL to head up men's label Ermenegildo Zegna.  Is he CRAZY?  Former Dior Homme designer, Hedi Slimane fills Pilati's shoes in a big way as his first collection (Spring '13) for the label, now called, Saint Laurent is critically acclaimed.

Photo: Style.com


2.  Nicolas Ghesquiere drops a bomb announcing that after fifteen years, he's leaving the label he helped to reinvigorate.  Youngster (and American), Alexander Wang replaces Ghesquiere as creative director at Balenciaga.

1. Brilliant jewelry designer and my bestie, Wendy Brandes wins Fashion Group International's 2012 Rising Star Award for Fine Jewelry (and wears a Stacy Lomman dress to accept her award)!!

11.22.2012

Thankful

On this day of thanks, it's important to take a break from stuffing our faces to appreciate what we have.  First of all, we're all lucky enough to be stuffing our faces (at least I assume that is the case with the people reading this blog) so that's one blessing I'm going to count.  I'm also grateful to have supportive friends and family, I'm grateful for my health (which I must remember not to keep taking for granted) and I'm grateful that I have something in my life that drives me... something I'm passionate about.
 
wearing an outfit from my new collection
 
The other evening, I was invited by my good friend, Wendy Brandes and her husband, MrB. to the Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Awards at the Waldorf Astoria.  Wendy, now a beloved blogger and award-winning jewelry designer, was a journalist in her previous career and is still involved in the community.
 
At the dinner, four journalists from Brazil, China, Kyrgyzstan and Liberia were recognized for their investigative work and each one of these incredible pioneers had put their lives on the line to expose truths and report on taboo topics.  In fact, two of the four awardees were arrested by the governments of the countries where they did their investigative reports and, therefore, were unable to attend the event and receive their well-deserved accolades.  The willingness to go to jail for what one believes in -- now THAT is passion.
 
posing with awardee Mae Azango to my right, Wendy Brandes to my left and MrB. in the back row
 
I cannot imagine being controlled and the idea of being incarcerated for fighting for something I believe in is unfathomable.  So, on this day of thanks, I am grateful for my freedom of speech and freedom of expression.  After all, what would I do without creative expression?  I'd probably live a very empty life as a "closeted designer."
 
Happy Thanksgiving!!

11.15.2012

Like A Virgin


 
Fashion is my passion, but I have always been moved and inspired by music.  In fact, music influences fashion a great deal -- Elvis, The Beatles, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Blondie, Sex Pistols, Duran Duran, Nirvana, Gaga, Beyonce... shall I go on?  I've gone to a lot of concerts in my lifetime, but throughout the years I have never made it to one Madonna show.  I was, in a sense, a virgin.  The other night, my favorite neighbor/friend/jewelry designer/blogger Wendy Brandes emailed me at 6pm  for an 8pm show!  (Initially she thought her tix were for the Tuesday performance!).  Ooops.  Crisis averted!  Wendy just saw Madonna in September at Yankee Stadium, but she would have slapped herself if she'd missed her this time.  So, I hopped to it and got ready to get my Vogue on!
 
 
Wendy and I have been hitting a lot of concerts this year from Rodriguez to Adam Ant, and the GoGo's to our most recent adventure in Brooklyn, but Madge's show at the Garden was by far the grandest.  Actually, the timing was quite relevant because lately, I've witnessed a flurry of stories, comments and opinions concerning age-appropriate clothing.  Is a mini skirt okay for a woman over forty?  Are "mom jeans" a requirement after a certain age?  And how low is too low when it comes to cleavage-revealing tops?  I'm sick of it.  Why do people insist on creating rules?  You know Wendy's motto, "Wear What You Want!" 

doing my Madonna cheer sans pom poms
silver printed wool motorcycle jacket: STACY LOMMAN/Fall 2011
dress with metail chain detail: Alberta Ferretti
rib knit arm warmers: STACY LOMMAN/Fall 2012
booties: Ted Baker
fishnets: Wolford
 
posing with some random dude who wouldn't leave until Wendy snapped a photo!
 
To me, it's simple -- does the outfit look good, does it flatter your body type and is it tasteful?  If a woman can answer "yes" to these three questions, then I don't think age is a factor.  I don't know about you, but I've seen plenty of twenty-five-year-olds look trashy or inappropriate in a micro mini or a pair of uber low hip hugger jeans.  Thank you very little for creating the muffin top girls!  But seriously, as I watched Madonna dance her ass off (and show it up close and personal to an audience of 20,000 on the giant screen in the stadium), changing from body-conscious skintight leather to pretty much a bra and panties, I marveled at her fifty-four year old physique.
 
 
Photo: Wendy Brandes (to read Wendy's post on the concert, click HERE)
 
Obviously, MDNA is a superstar and a performer and it's her job to look perfect and to wear daring and controversial costumes, but the point is -- If you've got it flaunt it.  Be proud of what you have and what you've accomplished.  Be confident and if it looks good, WEAR IT!

11.12.2012

More Than Skeletons In Your Closet

Let's admit that we all have a skeleton or thirty in our closets, but what else is in there?  Is your closet a cluttered mess?  Or maybe an organized chamber housing items that have barely, if ever, been worn?  Well, whether you're tidy or messy, you can still find new ways to wear your clothes through some smart mixing and matching.
 
When I'm not working on my collection, I've been squeezing in some "closet consulting" for some very fun and very eager clients.  I assume that all of you reading this blog/post are familiar with beautiful jewelry designer/blogger Wendy Brandes, since you probably found me through her  blog.  Wendy has been a great supporter of my collections (she's practically my muse!) and she's evolved into a "wardrobe therapy" client as well.  In fact, she has been so happy with what we have accomplished with her closet that she has been blogging about it, as she does with all of the fun events in her life!
 
Wendy heading off to a meeting wearing a top she nearly threw out
and a pencil skirt from her corporate days
 
It's true that Wendy has an amazing wardrobe and really great taste, but it's been a struggle for her to figure out how to pair certain things together so they work as outfits.  Because of this, so many cool pieces remain tucked away in a drawer or collecting dust on a hanger. What I've been able to do for Wendy and other people, is work with what they already have and show them how to revive their wardrobe by pairing pieces together they wouldn't have thought to mix.  I explain how proportion is important, what works together in terms of fabrics and textures, and I show my clients how to incorporate more color.  Wendy learned, much to her chagrin, that not everything works with a black top!  LOL. But, she is excited to rotate some fresh pieces into the mix and she's not only embracing  her "new" outfits, she's owning them!
 
 
I'll be posting more and more about my second career, but in the meantime if you need me please get in touch with me through Cross It Off Your List!

11.08.2012

No Sleep Till Brooklyn!

The title of this post should really be, "No Sleep Till WendyB & I Finally Made It Back To Manhattan From Brooklyn In One Piece After Going To A Concert During A Nor'easter" but that didn't fit in the space provided!  Anyway, the shorter title works and it fits right into the theme of this post since we went to a rap concert and the artist actually did a mini medley/tribute to the Beastie Boys.  However, one song he did not cover was, ironically, the Boys' No Sleep Till Brooklyn!  But, I digress...
since this was overlooked, here's my own tribute to the Beasties
Okay, most of you who know me are still stuck on the "I went to a rap concert" concept and haven't yet begun to grasp that I went to a rap concert IN BROOKLYN DURING A WILD WINTER STORM!  I must be crazy!  Well, I blame Wendy Brandes!  Wendy, who is a huge Eminem fan, had tickets to see his protege Yelawolf back in March, but apparently the concert was canceled and rescheduled for November 7th.  So, when I got a sweet email from my good friend that simply said, "Will you please go to a rap concert with me tomorrow night?" I had no choice but to reply, "Okay.  Only for you."

Yelawolf -- this is what I said yes to people!

Wendy is a super supportive friend and a loyal client -- the least I can do is go to a concert with her.  With that in mind, I dressed for the occasion.  How does one dress for a rap concert?  I wasn't sure!  I decided to dress for the weather instead.  Anyway, I finally had an excuse to pull out my reversible "puffer" jacket that I made for my Fall 2012 "Modern World" Collection!  Yay!  And damn, that thing is warm.  On one side, I used a woolly cream and black "popcorn" knit from my favorite Italian mill and on the reverse side I quilted lofty polyfill to a black Italian cire' nylon and created a fully reversible, stylish, functional little cozy jacket.  A stylish puffer - perfect for a rap concert.

STACY LOMMAN : Fall 2012
reversible puffer coat

I knew that it was not going to be an evening for cute shoes, so I opted for boots.  I almost broke out my snow boots, but I think I was in denial.  Instead, I wore my trusty old black work boots because I thought they suited the occasion better.  Jeans (goes without saying) and a tee shirt completed the outfit.  The question was, "Which tee shirt?"  I felt compelled to wear a concert tee and almost selected my DEVO shirt just to annoy people, but I decided that might not be a good idea.  Hmmm... Chris Isaak?  Nah, that would be even worse with a rap crowd.  My new Adam Ant tee from his recent concert was burning a hole in my drawer waiting to come out, but I felt that was not the way to go either.  Joy Division?  Blondie?  Nope.  Finally, I grabbed one of my (many) Sex Pistols tees and was almost ready.  I topped everything off with a couple of key accessories -- my black rib knit arm warmers (which I've been selling quite a lot!) and a pair of quirky knee socks.  Oh, and I can't forget the hat, scarf and umbrella -- though the umbrella met its demise quite quickly when it turned inside out and actually bent from the wind on my way to the subway station!  Yes, in one block the wind was strong enough to bend metal and my umbrella surrendered.  This should give you an idea of the journey that Wendy and I were about to embark on.

close up of my argyle/skull knee sock purchased from a street vendor in London

And speaking of Wendy, she couldn't have looked cuter (per usual).  As I descended the subway stairs making my way down to the platform, I saw a pair of bright yellow rubber booties with a heel and knew in an instant that was Wendy waiting for me!  So, we swiped our metro cards and we were on our way!  Now, the two of us are serious Manhattanites and very rarely leave our island (if even our neighborhood!  LOL), so this was uncharted territory. 

Things started off pretty well, but when we hit our first transfer point we were informed that the #7 train wasn't functioning. Bummer. We had to figure out an alternate route. We headed down the escalators to catch a different connection and I made a big mistake. Wendy took off running for the train already waiting on the platform and I grabbed her like a mother does a child -- from the back of a collar or hood. "No! That's going to Jamaica. And not the good Jamaica," I said. Wendy was glad I caught her before we went off in the wrong direction. "We don't wanna go to Queens," I said. But, apparently we did! Ooops. Normally I would take a downtown train if I want to get to Brooklyn, but in this case we needed to go through Queens first. Who knew? So, after getting on the wrong train and going several stops downtown, we had to backtrack and start over!

Underground somewhere in Brooklyn.  I don't know what's up with my "jazz hands!"
rap concert outfit
Coat - STACY LOMMAN : Fall 2012
Jeans - AG Adriano Goldschmied
Boots - Frye
Messenger Bag - Perlina
Rib Knit Beret - Sin Sin showroom in Hong Kong
Tee shirt - Sex Pistols (shown in photo below)
Rib Knit Arm Warmers - STACY LOMMAN : NEW YORK (shown in photo below)
Knee Socks - street vendor in London (shown in photo above)
  
We spent an hour and a half navigating subways and stations that we, as long time New Yorkers, had never set foot in before.  Finally, we arrived at our stop.  When we made it to ground level outside, the snow had picked up and there was several inches of powder and slush on the streets and sidewalks.  And wind.  Lots of wind.  We stopped in a cozy bar/restaurant, situated ourselves by a fire and pulled up a map app to see where the hell we were.  Somewhere in the middle of Williamsburg -- that's the only thing we could say for sure. 

wearing my arm warmers and Johnny Rotten

Once we got our bearings, we bundled up again and headed out slipping and sloshing through the mess. "Eeew, I got water in my boot.  My heel is all wet and cold," I griped.  We laughed as we walked along pressing onward into the wind.  "I swear, I wouldn't even do this for a band I LOVED, let alone one I kind of dislike," I said cracking up at our absurdness. "Me either!" Wendy agreed.  Wendy was convinced that we had to go on this wild goose chase so that we could laugh about it later and, besides, it's always good to get out of our neighborhood once in a while. So, the moral of this long and drawn-out story is: Don't be stagnant.  Be adventurous, step outside of your comfort zone and try new things -- and do them with great friends!
PS - I survived the concert.  Perhaps my most favorite moment was when Yelawolf very sincerely thanked the crowd for being there and supporting his journey throughout the years.  "You guys are the ones who really count," he said.  "Each one of you."  I resisted the urge to raise my hand like a high schooler to say, "Excuse me, uh, Mr. Wolf? Or is it Mr. Yela?  Well, either way I don't feel like I can take any credit here..."  LOL.  Okay, all kidding aside, his style and type of music may not exactly be "my bag baby," but the guy is freaking great at what he does.  I give him serious props for his chops.  No joke.

10.02.2012

Going For Gold In Chicago

Back in August I posted about a fantastic show/charity event that I was lucky enough to be involved with and now I'm excited to fill my Taffetadarlings in on how everything went.
 
The prestigious Chicago Gold Coast Fashion Award Show has featured some pretty big names with past winners including; Donna Karan, Bill Blass and Monique Lhuillier (maybe you've heard of them?  LOL).  Of course I was excited, but nothing could have prepared me for the grand scale of the event -- it's like the old saying goes, You've gotta see it to believe it.  It's very hard to process what a room that seats 1400 guests really looks like.  It's huge.  And even bigger when you add a gigantic "T" shaped runway and additional space in the back for bloggers to hook up and provide live coverage of the show. 
 
a few of my pieces on stage
 
Okay, so now the nerves took over a bit.  I usually operate very well under pressure and I've had four runway shows of my own to prove it.  Still, I was relieved that my jewelry designing pal Wendy Brandes accompanied me to Chicago to keep me sane.  Talk about a devoted friend!  I'm lucky to have her not only as a friend, but a client as well.  Of course, Wendy wore one of my dresses (well, it's technically hers!) to the show and she looked insanely perfect.  I would like to give myself/my clothes all the credit here, but WendyB could make a potato sack look chic.  I wore one of the outfits from the collection being showcased  -- my Fall 2012, Modern World collection.
 
 
Wendy wearing a black cocktail dress from STACY LOMMAN : NEW YORK

wearing a piece from my collection
 
model wearing the same outfit backstage at my runway show in February
 
Back to the show!   Being an audience member was a little strange since I didn't have control over the models, music, hair & makeup like I normally do (I'm such a control freak -- down to the font in the programs, etc.), but at the same time it was really nice to be able to enjoy my food and wine and let somebody else take care of all the details.  And I need to point out what a fantastic job the girls behind the scenes did.  I went backstage before the show got underway to go over a few key points (please open the cape to show the flag print lining, etc.) and everything was running like a well-oiled machine.  And everyone was soooo nice and helpful.   I was really impressed with how professional everything was (thanks to show producer Susan Glick), in fact, the only way I could tell that I wasn't at a New York show was the lack of chaos backstage!
 
one of my pieces on the runway - viewed on one of the big screens
 
After a touching video from the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and a few words from the Children's Service Board President Jeniece Higgens, the runway show commenced.  Last year's winner Fabiola Arias showed her winning collection, shared some encouraging words and wished the competing designers luck.  One by one, the eight different designer collections strutted down the catwalk each time with a nice introduction and the designer's name flashing across the two giant video screens.  I couldn't resist taking a blurry shot of my name when it was time, but I was too focused and nervous to take any other photos. 
 
 
Wendy Brandes, on the other hand, was more than happy to jump up from the table and a glass of Pinot Grigio to snap some pretty amazing pics.  She tried a video at first, but the lighting didn't allow her to get anything but blurry, bright white figures on the runway so she quickly abandoned that and switched to the regular photo setting...
 



 
At the end of the show the models did one last walk (wearing one piece for each designer) carrying a sign with the name that corresponded to her outfit.  Then, the audience was supposed to tear off their choice from the little booklets left on the tables and place the names into baskets that quickly sashayed through the room by event helpers.
 
finale (the houndstooth trench is mine)
 
The winner was announced and the "ladies who lunch" promptly got up and the room emptied out in what seemed like a few minutes.  Wes Gordon, who also took the title for FGI's 2012 Rising Star in January, reigned triumphant.  I wasn't too disappointed, I just need to figure out how to get something on Michelle Obama like Wes did!  The show was a huge success, I was so thrilled to be a part of such a great event and important cause/charity.  Besides, the plastic, light up, star-shaped ring that I got at the show is STILL twinkling five days later!  Maybe I'm an idealist, but that symbolizes to me that my star is burning bright and will continue to do so.