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Take Flight - A Soaring Italian Cashmere Scarf Collection

After a summer full of highs, who says you have to come down from the sky?

Terracotta New York introduces Take Flight, the newest cashmere-blend scarf collection coming this fall. Filled with creatures that fly, this collection boasts flamingos, hummingbirds, owls and those pesky, but elegant insect, flies. This is Terracotta's first cashmere-blend collection, and it is packed with new prints, colors and eyelash fringe to finish the edge!

Introducing Terracotta's Take Flight Cashmere Scarf Collection for Fall Winter

Terracotta New York expanded their wings, well the scarves, and they are longer before. Each scarf measures at 140cm x 140cm square and gives you more space to twist, wrap and mold to your body. However, don’t fold your scarf too much or you’ll miss the tiny surprise. You must look really close and examine each creature because within each print you may find a cracked egg in the flamingo scarf and a flower in the hummingbird scarf.  If you blink, you’ll miss double the surprise in the owl scarf (hint: this object rotates around Earth).

Stay tuned to glide through summer with us as we usher in Take Flight, the fall/winter 2014 cashmere collection!


Color Coordination Made Simple!

Summer is always a busy time of the year for the team here at Terracotta. Between sketching away a brand-new collection, gearing up for tradeshows, keeping up with meetings & photoshoots and FINALLY sneaking away for that long over-due vacation, leaving enough time in the morning to perfectly color-coordinate an outfit can quickly drop to the bottom of our to-do list.  

When we came across the following quote, we couldn't help but having a chuckle! We have all been there - each one of us a serious offender of the "All Black Every Day" look once upon a time, and we LOVED every minute of it!  

I will stop wearing black when they invent a darker color

Since launching Terracotta, we've been gradually making a conscious effort to break away from our habitual monochrome ensembles. In experimenting with color combinations in graphics and design, we certainly picked up a few tips along the way. Our favorite? Match before you clash, and always start with the piece that has the most colors!

Take the Selby Sea Turtle Silk Scarf in Pebble Gray for example. The scarf's soft gray and pale yellow effortlessly blend together to give a subtle hint of color. We styled this scarf with a pair of dark gray high-waist trousers from Bottega Veneta (a go-to pair in our closet when we try to look beyond the black pants).  Roll up the bottom cuffs for a more casual look!  To neatly tuck in a blouse, we also always opt for a bodysuit version like this one from Sisley.  Notice how the dark gray pants and bright yellow blouse are simply variations in shade of the same colors!

Terracotta Scarf Tutorial - Color Coordination

To style the head-scarf, start by folding a square silk scarf diagonally into a triangle. Place the hypotenuse edge of the scarf on top of your head, bringing the two flowing ends to the back towards the nape of your neck. Secure the ends with a simple double knot. To make sure the scarf stays in place, a few bobby pins along the hairline will certainly do the trick! 

Terracotta Scarf Tutorial - Color Coordination 2nd image

Remember, when summer days get hot and humid, a head scarf is a great way to showcase your accessory with the added benefit of controlling that persistent hair frizz. All the while, looking effortlessly stylish whether you're out to brunch, working in the garden, or BBQ-ing in the backyard! Definitely give this look a try if you haven't - all newcomers are welcome!


This Scarf Wrap Bun Ought to be Your Go-To Summer 'Do!

It could be the glorious sunshine, the pristine sand, the crystal blue waves, or the cool ocean breeze. Or maybe it's really the combination of them all that makes the beach a perfect playground to display an universal love of color for all its vibrance and vitality!

Colorful Beach Chairs

This week we took the "Oakley" Octopus Silk Scarf in Cotton Candy to the beach to give our fragile locks a colorful cover-up. While the light-weight silk adds movement and dimension as it sways to the cool ocean breeze, the delicate fabric also offers a protective layer for your hair from the damaging UV rays. With your hair neatly and safely tucked away, you also never have to worry about a stray hair ruining a perfect beach portrait!       

Silk scarf on the beach styled with a sockbun by Terracotta New York

To create the look, we opted for a messy sockbun which is perfect for a relaxing day at the beach. Remember to tease your hair for added volume. For a fuller look, use a few clip-in hair extensions or one of those brilliant sock bun sponges which also helps ensure the bun holds its shape. Simply roll up your scarf and wrap it around the sockbun based on how much hair you would like to cover. Bring the two short ends to the bottom of the sock bun and tie a double knot to hold it in place. Finally, you can tuck the two ends underneath the scarf or even use a couple of hair pins to secure it. It really doesn't get easier than than that!

Silk scarf on the beach styled with a sockbun by Terracotta New York

As much as we love to showcase the blue on pink octopuses from our ocean-themed Hamptons Collection, go big with the sockbun and snuggly wrap the scarf to achieve a perfectly balanced look! Happy Friday!!


Top Off Your Look with a Wide-Brim Hat!

When it comes to hats, the wide-brim reigns with all its glamour and mystique.  A must-have tradition at derbies, weddings and tea parties around the world, wide-brimmed hats are synonymous with elegance and style.  In fact, these hats are held in such high-esteem that the fashion world has yet to agree on whether you should pick the dress to match the hat, or vice versa!

classic wide-brimmed hats

While many formal occasions call for elaborate decorations using flowers and feathers, ribbons and silk scarves can also be used to express creativity and individuality in more subtle ways.  

Here's a look at how we styled our "Bijou" Silk Scarf in Lemonade to add some retro flare to a monochrome ensemble!  In case you need a quick refresher, a detailed How to Tie a Silk Scarf Bow tutorial is also featured in our previous post. 

Top Off Your Look with a Wide-Brim Hat! Styled with Bijou Silk Scarf in Lemonade by Terracotta New York

Silk Scarf Bijou Lemonade styled with hat Lifestyle photo 2

Oh!  Did we mention that wide-brimmed hats also double as lifesavers by the pool or on the beach?  Recent studies found that, contrary to popular belief, UV protections only "delay the onset of melanoma".  You can never add too many layers between your precious skin and the stingy sun!  Full article from Refinery29 available here

Enjoy, and stay tuned for other summer scarf styling tips next week! Happy Friday! 


Terracotta Tutorials - The Scarf Belt Featuring "Sable" Starfish Scarf in Creamsicle

"One swimwear truism not to be ignored: The cover-up is just as important as the suit. Take the tunic — it’s incredibly chic in an undone, bohemian sort of way. Plus, it looks equally good off the beach as on."  We couldn't agree more, Tory Burch.

Whether you’re basking in sunshine on the white sands of Capri, lounging on the black rocky beach of Nice, tiptoeing in the cool water off the coast of Cape Town, or simply relaxing by the pool at your summer go-to spot, an airy cover-up is always a must-have! 

When you’re not strutting your hard-earned bikini body on the beach or by the pool, a perfect cover-up leaves just the right amount to the imagination.  But as we all can relate, finding that perfect transition cover-up can prove to be a daunting task.  Which is why we want to show you how easy it is to work with and transform what you may already have in your closet.  Here, we've given our otherwise unstructured Sisley beach top a brand new look and feel by repurposing our “Sable” Starfish Silk Scarf in Creamisicle as a kimono-style belt.  The light-weight silk scarf adds the perfect pop of color without adding any bulk.  

The Scarf Belt Featuring Sable Creamsicle Silk Scarf by Terracotta

Silk Scarf How to tie a scarf belt

Here’s a detailed look on how to tie a silk scarf into a scarf belt:
Terracotta Scarf Tutorials on how to tie a scarf belt

With a silk scarf belt, you can now effortlessly show off your curves on AND off the beach.  Not only do you have the perfectly appropriate brunch attire for that fancy beachside hotspot, you’ll also be able to leap off the terrace onto the beach and be bikini-ready within seconds!!  

Still looking for that perfect cover-up?  Check out Skinny Bikini's collection of chic kaftans.   Parosol also specializes in sun protective resortwear made from fabrics that are UPF50+.  

Terracotta Tutorials - Casual Side Drape Featuring "Sable" Caribbean Blue

Let's discuss the LBP, also known as the little black pants.

Ladies, you all know what we're talking about. Every woman has a pair, or five. Whether its wide-legged or straight, mid-rise or high-waisted, pockets or lack thereof, you'll always find a reason to justify buying just. one. more. Through the years, the LBP has become an iconic women's staple, especially in the office. They're slimming, comfortable, and let's face it, goes with just about any top - super easy when you're already late for a morning meeting and the R train is running late...again.

Keep in mind, despite the long winter we just experienced (bet Punxsutawney Phil didn't see that coming), it is Spring afterall. So while the little black pants works in your favor year-round, try swapping the dark tops and blazers with some lights and vibrant hues. Here, we balanced the LBP with a simple white cotton tee (yet another staple that we all have), and completed the look with our "Sable" Starfish Silk Scarf in Caribbean Blue styled as casual side drape.  Didn't think you could be chic AND comfortable in the office with so little effort, did you?  

Casual Side Drape Featuring Sable Starfish Scarf

Silk Scarf Howto Tutorial for Casual Side Drape

For that extra pop of color, grab a candy-hued handbag like we did here with a structured orange tote. While this look is simple and effortless, the subtle color coordination between the bag and accessories will make for quite the ensemble! Not to mention the added color and pattern-play will undoubtedly change your mood for the better! Top it all off with a fedora for laid-back office settings and those Sunday brunches!

Below is a step-by-step tutorial on how to tie a casual side drape:

Terracotta Silk Scarf How-to Tutorial The Side Drape

P.S. Sorry New Yorkers, but the R has been ranked as one of the most unreliable subway lines, right next to the C, the L, the 6, the Z, the F...shall we continue?

P.P.S. Just in case you're still hunting for that perfect white cotton top, check out EVERLANE for great quality basics at fair prices. 

Cotton top by Everlane, lace-paneled black pants by Reiss, chiffon silk scarf by Terracotta New York, orange leather tote by Tom Ford, classic black pumps by Manolo Blahnik. 

Terracotta Tutorials - Scarf Bow Featuring "Cary" Beach Sand

In an attempt to share our love and appreciation for one of fashion world’s most versatile accessories – the silk scarf – we’re bringing you a series of mini-tutorials on a weekly basis, featuring how-to videos and styling tips on various ways to incorporate a Terracotta silk scarf into your daily outfit. Whether you want to add a pop of color or a touch of texture, these scarves could become your accessory staple in achieving an effortlessly put-together look.

To kick-off our mini-series, we styled the “Cary” Crab Silk Scarf in Beach Sand into an all-time favorite scarf bow.  

Terracotta Silk Scarf Bow featuring Cary Sand Beach

How to tie a scarf bow featuring Terracotta silk scarf cary crab in beachsand

When paired with a structured blazer, a silk scarf bow adds the perfect touch of texture and femininity.  Simply swap out the leather leggings with your favorite pair of cropped pants or skinny jeans for an office-ready look.  If your office is as chilly as our old neck of the wood at Eleven Madison Avenue, you’ll certainly appreciate the added warmth without the bulk. 

To help you along, below is a step-by-step tutorial on how to tie a silk scarf bow:

How to Tutorials on Scarf Bow

One final styling tip: to avoid the flight-attendant uniform look, opt for a semi-sheer chiffon silk scarf rather than one made of twill.  A more neutral color will also help tune down the intensity of a neckbow so you can look classy and chic without feeling overly dramatic. 

Blazer by Theory, faux leather leggings by Theyskens Theory, chiffon silk scarf by Terracotta New York, medium "Edge" tote by Celine, "Carrie" sunglasses by Tom Ford, open-toe pumps by Christian Louboutin. 

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Scarf Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s important we spoil the most important lady in your life with one (or more!) Terracotta New York silk scarves. Whether your mom is a beach-goer or animal lover, we’ve rounded up our favorite silk scarves for every kind of mom.

If she’s edgyShe'll want to rock the Finley Fishbone Silk & Wool Scarf. The repeat black and white fishbone pattern gives any outfit some edge.

If she’s preppy: Scoop up our navy Bailey Bicycle Silk Scarf. This preppy print goes oh-so-well with a white button up, a pair of fitted slacks, and a skinny belt. 

If she’s elegant: Pick up the Paris Pocket Watch Silk Scarf. Equal parts fun and feminine, this classy print and delicate fabric has the ultimate Parisian feel.

For the beach-goer: Bijou Beach Umbrella Silk Scarf. Whether she’s on the beach or bike riding on the boardwalk, she’ll love this repeat red and white beach umbrella pattern that’s semi-sheer and light-weight, perfect for warmer weather.

If she’s playful: Sable Starfish Silk Scarf in creamsicle. She'll stand out in the crowd with a pop of orange in a whimsical pattern.

For the animal lover: Selby Sea Turtle Silk & Wool Scarf. If your mom is an animal lover, let her pay homage with this sweet sea turtle pattern in pebble gray.

Remember we're running a Mother's Day Sale through May 11th! Don't forget to enter code "luvmom" at checkout and receive 30% off your entire online purchase. Happy gifting!


Terracotta New York Partners with Prologue Lifestyle of Toronto Canada!

Terracotta New York (www.terracottanewyork.com) is thrilled to announce its partnership with Prologue Lifestyle of Toronto, Canada!

The New York Collection at Prologue Lifestyle featuring silk scarves from Terracotta New York

On April 2, 2014, Prologue Lifestyle will launch The New York Collection, an exclusive exhibit of sought-after independent designers from the city that never sleeps. This collection is sharp, sexy and edgy – it defines New York City. The New York Collection offers Prologue Lifestyle's clientele statement pieces that exude the confidence of bright lights, big city.

You can check out The New York Collection starting from the opening weekend, Saturday, April 5 at Prologue Lifestyle. There will be a number of activities planned for opening weekend and subsequent weekends including designer events. Terracotta New York is excited be heading to Toronto on May 3rd for a designer meet-and-greet! Hope to see everyone there!

For updates be sure to check out Prologue Lifestyle's website: www.prologuelifestyle.com.

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Introducing Terracotta's SS'14 Hamptons Silk Scarves Collection

It's hard to believe summer will ever appear, but Terracotta New York is ready to get you in the mindset for warm weather, beach vacations and relaxation! The Hamptons Collection is the newest addition to our women's accessories family, and these scarves will transform any outfit. This collection features various beach characters such as umbrellas, starfish and even sea turtles!

The inspiration behind this line came from various suggestions from you, our followers, who expressed lots of interest in ocean-themed prints. TNY used a variety of colors from bright neons to grays and black. The androgynous, unique names are eye-catching and unexpected, like "The Bijou" Beach Umbrella; while others alliterations and tongue twisters, such as "The Cary" Crab or "The Oakley" Octopus.

Check out Spring/Summer "14 Collection on the website to see the new collection and to prepare your wardrobe for the summer!