Monday, October 31, 2011

in no particular order....

  1. Leggings are not pants.  I don't care WHO told you that you looked fine in them.  You don't.
  2. Pearls do not set off metal detectors - yet another reason to wear them!
  3. I have never come back from a trip and wished that I had packed more.
  4. That said, it's never a bad idea to be prepared for the whims of weather.  Snow on October 29th is a rude shock.
  5. Blister bandages.  Yes, they're expensive.  Buy them anyway, put them in your bag, and at the first sign of a "hot spot" on your feet, apply said bandages to the clean and dry foot.  Make a mental note that you should send me flowers.
  6. Mom jeans.  Just get rid of them.  Yes, they're comfortable, but they look atrocious.
  7. Safety pins.  Put two on each skirt or pair of pants that you pack (put them at the waistline, about two inches in from each side seam).  If your hotel does not have nice pants hangers, you can just pin your garments to the wire hangers, and your clothes will still hang nicely.
  8. A travel-sized roll of duct tape is all it takes to be an airport hero.  Hinges, clasps, and zippers on luggage are prone to breakdown at the MOST embarrassing times.
  9. If you choose to wear footwear other than loafers to fly, you're just making an unpleasant situation worse.  Why compound the aggravation?
  10. Pill envelopes - save a TON of space.  Are the right size for the prescription stickers (your pharmacy will print you extras if you tell them why).  And are nearly indestructible, and quite cheap.  Space is critical when packing - see number 3 above.

I have secured a part-time job for the holidays, and what may prove to be a VERY demanding volunteer position too.  The blog will live on, but perhaps not on the very predictable schedule that I have kept heretofore.  Your forbearance in these challenging times is appreciated!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Coat - L.L.Bean, boots – Old Gringo, skirt – Junya Watanabe,  tights - Fogal

Hat – Missoni, jeans – Topshop, boots – Aldo, blouse – Suzannah, pencil skirt – Elie Saab, pumps – Giuseppe Zanotti

Cargos – Flannels Fashion, blouse – Etro, pumps – Ferragamo, tunic – Calypso St. Barth, pants – Reiss, sandals – Miu Miu
Dress – Lanvin, short boots – Giuseppe Zanotti, jeans – True Religion, slouch boots – Wetseal, poncho - Etro

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blazer – Daks, dress – Ax Paris, belt - Armani

Jeans – Levi’s, tee shirt – Paul & Joe, leaf bracelets – Topshop, tunic – Debenhams,  linen pants – Jigsaw, sandals - Givenchy

Skirt – Suno, tee shirt – The Row, cross-body bag – Gorjana, boots – Eileen Fisher, denim skirt – Old Navy, turtleneck – Old Navy
Faux leather pants – Nicole Miller, black pearl necklace – Debenhams, suede pumps – Ralph Lauren, hoodieTopshop,  cargo pants – Rag & Bone,  shoes – Converse Chuck Taylor, bag - Novica

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dress - Miss Selfridge, tee shirt – Proenza Schouler, boots – Ralph Lauren

Leather jacket – Acne, pumps – Miu Miu, scarf – Diane von Furstenberg, sweatshirt – Topshop, boots – Wetseal, bag - Novica

Jacket – Moschino, bag – Marc Jacobs, flats – Kelsi Dagger, cardigan – Diane von Furstenberg, boots – Mou, scarf - Burberry
Belt – Fendi, necklaces – Kenneth Jay Lane, sandals – Max Studio, beige sweater – McQ, espadrilles – H&M, scarf – Pucci

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Skirt – Preen, denim jacket – Notify, scarf – Etro, tee shirt – American Vintage, pumps - Ecco
Tee shirt – A.L.C., tights – Falke, necklace – Miriam Salat, flats – Palazzo Bruciato, bolero – Jacques Vert, tee shirt – T by Alexander Wang, belt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, flats - Trotters
Striped top – Old Navy, sandals – Cole Haan, flower brooch – Debenhams, t-straps – Irregular Choice,  tank tops – Buckle, plum bangle – Vince Camuto, teal bracelet – Kate Spade
Black blouse – D&G, boots – H by Hudson, bikini top – Diane von Furstenberg, white cardigan – Theory, espadrilles – Mymu

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jeans - Levi’s, blouse - Gianbaptiste Valli, woven bracelet – Roberto Coin, bangles – Citrine by the Stones

Sweater – Acrobat, bag – Debenhams, boots – Humanoid, tunic – Theyskens’ Theory, cardigan – Surface to Air, silver sneakers - Vans

Wrap top – DVF, black tank – Dorothy Perkins, jacket – l’Agence, white tee – Paul Smith, pocket square – Paul Stuart, shoes - Naya

Halter –, clutch – mstylelab,  sandals – Born, silk top – Antik Batik, ivory turtleneck – Derek Lam, boots - Frye

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pants – Alexander McQueen, blazer – Wren, top – L’Agence, shoes – Jeffrey Campbell

Print top – Beyond Vintage, tank – Chaser, shoes – Keds, bag – Mulberry, wrap top – Etro, blue tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, necklace – Assad Mounser

Dress – Vionnet, black tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, bolero – Alaia, tank – Zoe Karssen, scarf - Kate Spade

Corset top – Agent Provacateur, clutch bag – Monsoon, sandals – Rupert Sanderson,  gray top – James Perse,  scarf – Matthew Williamson

Friday, October 21, 2011

This book has all kinds of interesting suggestions in it!  One of the things that the authors do is to take a simple garment and suggest seven different ways to wear it.  Now bear in mind, some of these are not necessarily something you or I might wear, but they are thought-provoking, and that has some value, right?

Shirt – Steffen Schraut, red pants – Moschino, black tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins

Gold wreath brooch – Debenhams, other brooches – Versace, skirt – Robert Rodriguez, ballet flats – Repetto, floral skirt – Maison Martin  Margiela,  sweater – Lands’ End

Tank top – Pro Surfing, pants – Debenhams, shoes – Keds,  swimsuit - Missoni

Jeans – Levi’s, belt – Diane von Furstenberg, sandals – Loeffler Randall, skirt – Haute Hippie
I'm going to be on vacation all next week, so you're going to get a full week of "one garment - seven ways" while I'm out of touch.  Thanks, as always, for being here with me!

And if anybody can offer up better translations from the French than I have provided, please let me know; I'm always happy to learn more French.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Scarf - Hermès

Blazer – Diane von Furstenberg, CardiganTsumori Chisato, Blouse – Emmanuel Ungaro, Rust blouse – Max Mara, Pants – Diane von Furstenberg, Skirt – Diane von Furstenberg, Skinny Cords – Proenza Schouler, Scarf - Hermès

Gold silk blouse – Topshop, sweater – J. Crew,  brown leather trench – D&G, suede dress – Jitrois, plaid skirt – Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, pants – Miu Miu, gold wool coat – Paul & Joe, orange jacket – M Missoni
Caramel chiffon blouse – Old Navy, gold sweater – Dorothy Perkins, cardigan - Etro, Turtleneck – Diane von Furstenberg, green dress – Chinti & Parker, leather & merino top – J. Crew, suede skirt – RIKA, Sleeveless top – Diane von Furstenberg

Square scarves – Hermèswoven bracelet – Roberto Coin, emerald brooch – Charm and Chain, fedora – Rag & Bone, brown resin earrings – Amrita Singh, gold ring – Yves Saint Laurent, geometric bracelet – Topshop,  orange bracelet – Miss Selfridge, green leather bracelet – Balenciaga, sunglasses – Tom Ford, horn bracelet – Mai Tai, gold cuff bracelet – Nordstrom, horn scarf ring – Mai Tai, emerald and topaz dangle earrings – Mawi, faceted topaz earrings – Macy’s, amber star stud earrings – Marc by Marc Jacobs, boots Topshop, suede pumps – Bally, bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs, clutch bag – Lodis, camel pumps – Tahari, penny loafers – Franco Sarto, rust pumps – DV by Dolce Vita, desert boots – Pour la Victoire

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blazer – Ralph Lauren Cardigan – Debenhams, Blouse – L’Agence, tee shirt – Proenza Schouler, Pants – Michael Kors, skirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Cords – J. Brand, Scarf - Etro

blouse – Mulberry, Trench coat – Acne, Winter coat – Akris, Dress – Balenciaga, Pants– Jason Wu, Skirt – Topshop, Sweater – Derek Lam, jacket – Reiss

Dress – Thomas Maier, Cardigan – Paul Smith, Feather print blouse – Debenhams, Turtleneck – L.L.Bean, Striped top – Vince, Jeans – Levi’s, Cardigan – Roberto CavalliBlouse - Lanvin

Checked scarf – Armand Diradourian, ring- Andara, watch – Michael Kors, double-strand necklace – Wendy Mink, pearls –, clutch bag – Miu Miu, flowered scarf – Pucci, blue and brown diamond earrings – Fabrizio Riva, carved agate and pearl brooch/pendant – Georgian, beaded bracelet – Carole Wood, sunglasses – RayBans, zig zag scarf – Missoni, striped knit bracelet – Missoni, tote bag – Barneys New York, riding boots – Frye, ballet flats – Lanvin, sneakers – Original Penguin, penny loafers – Church’s, brown pumps – Balance, brown python pumps – Rockport, sandals – Gucci

I know I've said this before, but if you're committed to wearing brown as a core neutral color, make sure that you've got your shopping plan well mapped-out and in hand at all times; brown is DIFFICULT to find!  Be prepared to pick up your core items at any time, because truly beautiful, good-quality brown clothing does not grow on fashion trees...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm fighting the beginnings of a cold - FOUR DAYS before leaving on vacation.  (isn't that the way of it, sometimes?) But through the Lem-Sip fumes, I had one intelligent thought:

One theory about why we don't see a lot of stunning women; generally speaking, human posture is pretty poor.  Having taken ballet lessons for a few decades (my parents had high hopes), I couldn't slouch if you put an 80 pound backpack on me, but that's certainly not the rule anymore.  Decades ago, a young man I was dating was absolutely CONVINCED that I was a trust-fund baby, largely because of my posture. Who knew: posture makes you look wealthy?

How's your posture?

Monday, October 17, 2011

This is the view from where I'm sitting...

Even though I'm 47 days into my year-long shopping fast, I'm not unaware of stores, catalogs, and clothing websites.  If anything, since I've started blogging, and looking for perfect wardrobes for you, I see even MORE clothing than I ever saw before!  And while there's a fair amount of dreck being marketed to women under the guise of clothing (or shoes - what STUPID shoes there are in this world), most of what I see is beautiful.  At every price point, there are stacks of lovely clothes available - far more clothing than any of us need, or should want.

So the mystery is this - WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL OF THIS CLOTHING?  Because I do NOT see that many women who look really well-dressed.  And as you can tell from the above photograph, any time I walk out of my building (well, out of my apartment, even) I see literally thousands of people.  

I first observed this years ago when I was working in retail: the women who shopped on a daily basis (yes, we had customers who came into the store every day) and who bought the most clothing were NEVER the best dressed.  Ever.  They knew our markdown schedule, they could calculate (better than we could) exactly when a garment would go on sale, and to what percentage off, but they could NOT dress themselves well.  They wouldn't take our advice, and most of the time they refused to pay full price for the items that were best-suited to them.

Conversely, we had a few customers who only came into the store 2 or 3 times a year.  But when they came in, they bought quite a bit - probably 5 or 6 garments, on average.  Everything went together, everything was compatible with what they already owned, everything fit perfectly (or was altered to a T), and they weren't obsessed with the markdown status of what they bought.

I remember one woman in particular, who shopped twice a year: April and October.  She bought a HAUL each time - maybe 18 or 20 items.  But only twice a year.  And then she went on to do things more important than shop.  She is a terribly important local executive, and she always looks amazingly attractive.

There's a lesson there...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Blazer – Stella McCartney,  blazer – Steven Alan, top – Madeleine Thompson, blouse – Narciso Rodriguez, pants – Stella McCartney, skirt – Stella McCartney,  corduroy pants – Exit Brooklyn, scarf - Hermes
Kimono jacket – Charlotte and Co., skirt – Alberta Ferretti, gray top – Sportmax,  Maroon blouse – Yves Saint Laurent, taupe satin blouse – DKNY,  low-neck blouse – Oscar de la Renta, print blouse – Roberto Cavalli, navy cashmere top – Miu Miu
Navy scoop-neck top – Donna Karan, navy shirtdress – Steven Alan, sweater dress – Chinti and Parker, taupe trench coat – Derek Lam, skirt – Debenhams, pinstriped pants – Neil Barrett, taupe & navy cardigan – Tory Burch, striped sweater – Burberry Brit

Black pumps – MICHAEL Michael Kors, brooches – Chanel, bag – Hermès Birkin, gloves – John Lewis, taupe pumps – Gucci, black patent shoes – MICHAEL Michael Kors, navy loafers – Ravel, burgundy boots – Lanvin, paisley scarf – Etro, square scarves – Hermès, ring – Mode Kungen, earrings – Mikimoto, pearls –, watch – Tiffany, sunglasses – Ray-Ban, clutch – Asos, silver bracelet –, matte silver hoop earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane