Saturday, June 30, 2012

Brown dress – La Garconne, bracelet – Folli Follie, silk scarf – Hermès, flats – Mia, earrings – Andrea Mader, tote bag – Modalu, orange wedges – J. Crew

Brown dress – La Garconne, knot earrings – Anna Beck, woven bag – Kate Spade, gold woven ballet flats – Dorothy Perkins, necklace – Lauren by Ralph Lauren, clutch bag – Miller & Jeeves, turquoise flats - Forzieri

Brown dress – La Garconne, earrings – LK Designs, scarfModcloth, coral flats – Fashion Union, yellow hoop earrings – Kate Spade, yellow bag – Dooney & Bourke, yellow flats – Avec Moderation

Brown dress – La Garconne, earrings – Annette Ferdinandsen, brown ballet flats – Fitzwell, scarves – Etro, red & gold bracelet – Kenneth Jay Lane, red pumps – Stuart Weitzman

Friday, June 29, 2012

Navy dress – Monki, knot earrings – Anna Beck, woven bag – Kate Spade, gold woven ballet flats – Dorothy Perkins, amethyst earrings – Deborah Pagani, purple bag – Salvatore Ferragamo, purple pumps – Miu Miu 
Navy dress – Monki, earrings – Tova Jewelry, spectator pumps – Seychelles, navy & white tote – Everlane, scarf – Aspinal of London, purple bag – Folli Follie, woven flats – Bottega Veneta

Navy dress – Monki, earrings – 2028, scarf – Lily and Lionel, green pumps – Nina, necklace – Lauren by Ralph Lauren, clutch bag – Debenhams, turquoise flats - Forzieri

Navy dress – Monki, brown earrings – Jenny Bird, navy & brown scarf – Aspinal of London, brown pumps – Christin Michaels, gold & cotton bracelet – Aurelie Bidermann, bordeaux scarf – Liberty of London, bordeaux pumps – Elizabeth & James

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Over at my favorite other blog - A Femme d'un Certain Age.

If there's anything I know about, it's how to dress in Ireland!  If you're going next week, you'll want to lighten this assortment up a little bit.  But if you're going to be in Ireland in the autumn, which is UTTERLY beautiful, expect sunshine, rain, wind, and to be cold most of the time...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Yes, I firmly believe that you can wear flat shoes with a dress.  Re-train your eye to see the beauty of a confident, graceful walk...

Grey dress – La Garconne, bracelets – Buckle, bag & pumps – Debenhams, yellow earrings – Kate Spade, yellow clutch – Ted Baker, yellow flats – J. Crew

Grey dress – La Garconne, scarf – Emilio Pucci, clutch bag – Lanvin, slingbacks – Wallis Fashion, carnelian bracelet – Sydney Evan, orange & grey bag – Mysuelly, wedge pumps – J. Crew

Grey dress – La Garconne, chain necklace – Olivia Collings, silver bag – Kelly & Katie, grey flats – Aerosoles, scarf – Hermès, red bag – Lulu Guinness, red pumps – Christin Michaels

Grey dress – La Garconne, amethyst earrings – Deborah Pagani, purple bag – Salvatore Ferragamo, purple pumps – Miu Miu, earrings – Irene Neuwirth, flowered bag – Cath Kidson, peach flats – J. Crew

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

over at Tish's always delightful blog.  Enjoy!

Black dress – Bruuns Bazaar (similar here), earrings – Katie Diamond (similar here), bracelet – Aspinal of London (similar here), cognac bag – Balenciaga (similar here), cap-toe flats – Elizabeth & James (similar here), scarf – Aspinal of London (similar here), nude bag – JosephM (similar here), two-toned cuff – Etro (not particularly similar, but very cool, here), nude flats – Christian Louboutin (similar here)

Black dress – Bruuns Bazaar (similar here), blue jade bracelet – Tess van Ghert (similar here), patchwork bag – 3.1 Phillip Lim (vaguely similar here), blue ballet flats – Giuseppe Zanotti (similar here), striped earrings – Dorothy Perkins (similar here), dotted clutch – Sergio Rossi (similar here), striped slingbacksManolo Blahnik (similar here)

Black dress – Bruuns Bazaar (similar here), knot earrings – Anna Beck (similar here), woven bag – Kate Spade (similar here), gold woven ballet flats – Dorothy Perkins (similar here), pearl & black crystal earrings – Azaara (similar here), clutch bag – Lulu Guinness (similar here), pearl-trimmed sandals – Touch Ups (similar here)

Black dress – Bruuns Bazaar (similar here), amethyst bead bracelet – Azaara (similar here), clutch bag – Emilio Pucci (totally different but cool bag, here), pumps – Miu Miu (similar color flats here), earrings – Jody Coyote (similar color here), glitter bag (similar here) & pumps – Jimmy Choo (no glitter, similar color here)

Monday, June 25, 2012

My antique pearl brooches

"Clothes should be worn. They should be used. They become more personal, more distinctive and more beautiful - for me - when they have been worn lovingly for years.


One of the key reasons I believe well-worn clothes look better on everybody is that the wearer is inevitably more comfortable in them. You never look stylish when you are conscious of what you’re wearing.

This leads to several conclusions. First, invest in clothes that are good enough to last a long time. Cheap clothes come and go. You rarely develop the same connection with them as with something that has worn with you over several periods of your life.

Second, don’t acquire too much. I know it’s a wonderful position to be in, but I know I have too many shoes. Even with a rigorous policy of giving away or selling old pairs, I have too many shoes. It is noticeable that the newer pairs take a lot longer to acquire character, because they are not worn as much or polished as often. They will probably never catch up. When you get more money, buy better shoes, not more shoes.

Third, look after clothes well and pay to have them repaired. Few stains can’t come out of a shirt if dealt with quickly. They can be taken in and out (to an extent) as you lose and gain weight. Treasure the frayed collar or cuff as signs of your connection to that cloth - don’t wear that shirt to a job interview, but be aware of how good it looks with your old denim and worn-in brogues at the weekend. This is age-worn, old-money style.

At some point you will have enough clothes. That’s ok. Like gradually filling up your house with good-quality furniture, your consumption will inevitably slow. Spend the money on something else. Your kids perhaps. The consumerist urge will fade, and give way to a far richer, more rewarding period in your life filled with easy, simple elegance."

Words of wisdom from the menswear blogger Permanent Style.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tee shirt – Topshop, flower earrings – Blue Nile, skirt – Orla Kiely, flowered flip flops – Debenhams, bangle bracelet – Alexis Bittar, gold skirt – P.A.R.O.S.H., gold & black flats – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Tee shirt – Topshop, turquoise earrings – Kenneth Cole, dotted skirt – Jil Sander, blue sandals – Wallis Fashion, bracelet – Dexter Jewelry Collection, chambray skirt – Preen, leather & denim sandals – Dolce & Gabbana

Tee shirt – Topshop, garnet stud earrings – Macy’s, color-blocked skirt – Jason Wu, red shoes – Nine West, black diamond earrings – Deborah Pagani, black & white skirt – Marni, black & white sandals – Matt Bernson

Tee shirt – Topshop, red skirt – J. Crew, scarf – Liberty, black flat sandals – Stella McCartney, ring – Fantasy Jewelry Box, green lace skirt – Romwe, sandals – Robert Clergerie

Friday, June 22, 2012

Chic sightings of black tee shirts abound - especially in New York!

Tee shirt – Topshop, bracelets – Chamak by Priya Kakkar, black & white cropped pants – Marni, sandals – Debenhams, leopard earrings – Belle Noel, camel cropped pants – Blumarine, leopard flats - Madewell

Tee shirt – Topshop, turquoise earrings – Ippolita, flowered pants – Romwe, pink flats – Roger Vivier, olive bag – Barbour, pants – Haider Ackermann,  olive loafers – Thierry Rabotin

Tee shirt – Topshop, orange flower ring – Kate Spade, gold pants – Elie Saab, flowered pumps – Tropic of Dancer, black & white necklace – Whitney’s Designs on, white linen pants – CP Shades, black & white sandals – Del Rio London

Tee shirt – Topshop, scarf – Aspinal of London, pink pants – H&M, penny loaferse – Florsheim, scarf – Weston, petrol blue pants – Hugo, python loafers - Lanvin

Thursday, June 21, 2012

So if you remember from yesterday, we had these garments in our Four by Four capsule wardrobe, planned for a trip to the shore:

All items: L.L.Bean

After finding that these items worked really well for our specific needs, it was determined that the entirety of the summer wardrobe would be purchased with the same guidelines.

First, a little something in darker colors, just so our jeans don't get lonely in the laundry!

All items: L.L.Bean

And then a really pretty color, just because it's summer, and because it goes with our three neutrals:

All items: L.L.Bean

Some more tops, in a variety of colors, and a few more essential summer accessories...

All items: L.L.Bean

All items: L.L.Bean

With these 24 garments, your summer is pretty much handled...


These garments are used for illustrative purposes, although in fairness, many women would be very well-served by the timeless style and quality of their merchandise.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

When I see the ocean, it is NOT at the beach - it's more Humboldt County, California, or the west coast of Ireland, or the coast of Maine.  Warm, sunny days, cool evenings, and a gray and damp day every now and then, where you spend the day sitting by the fireplace...  This Four by Four Capsule Wardrobe gives you options for any kind of shoreline...

all items: L.L.Bean

all items: L.L.Bean

Yes, our rental house DOES have laundry facilities....

Lots of possibilities...

Throw in a little bit of color....

all items: L.L.Bean

 And essential accessories.

all items: L.L.Bean

I'm not necessarily saying that you need to run out and buy your entire summer wardrobe from L.L.Bean - I use these clothes as an example of what's possible.  But if you're a sturdy New Englander, with a fondness for classic, well-made clothes in pretty colors, you could certainly do worse!  Add in a couple of swimsuits, a pair of jeans, and a hooded sweatshirt, and you'd be in good shape for at least a week...

Tomorrow, I will expand on these items, to build an entire summer's worth of leisure...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

DressJarbo, earrings – Tinley Road, pumps – Joan & David, white jeans – Awear, boots - Repetto

Tank – Patagonia, White skirt – Topshop, orange cord sandals – Debenhams, cream lace dress – Romwe, orange denim jacketDelias, espadrilles – Fair+True

Cashmere sweater – J. Crew, Black skirt – Joseph, riding boots – Frye, navy tee – MTWTFSS, capris – Toast, navy sandals – Wallis Fashion

Silk blouse – Acne, pants – Fenn Wright Manson, belt – Asos, flats – Stuart Weitzman, trench coat - Patagonia, boots - Hunter

Monday, June 18, 2012

A packing post over at  Amber, olive, and casual....


Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

Tee – Toast, Skirt – Fair+True, sandals – Office, Denim dress – Komodo, white jacket – Topshop, Slingbacks – Bella-Vita

Camp shirt – Old Navy, Denim skirt – Closed, sneakers - Superga, bracelet – Mexx, orange jeans – AG Jeans, jeans – Paige, tee – Reiss, sandals – John Lewis
Dress – Yigal Azrouel, cardigan – J. Crew, sandals – Seychelles, embroidered tunic – Calypso St. Barth, white capris – Mango, green flats – Corso Como

Bracelet – Mexx, dress – Balenciaga, green flats – Debenhams, green sweater – Chloe, blue skirt – Diane von Furstenberg, patent flats – Madewell

Sunday, June 17, 2012

This scarf beautifully illustrates the flags of the 17 participating countries of the Marshall plan, and architectural details from the State Apartment of the Hotel de Talleyrand.  The border of the scarf features a quote from General Marshall regarding the necessity of the Marshall Plan.  The Hotel de Talleyrand served as headquarters of the Marshall Plan from 1948 - 51.

Dress – Alberta Ferretti, cardigan – Jil Sander, sweater – Junya Watenabe, red jeans – Marc by Marc Jacobs, ballet flats – J. Crew 

Tee – Rag & Bone, pants – Emporio Armani, Red loafers – Gucci, tunicMonki, beige capris – Maxmara, espadrilles - Debenhams

Dress – Alice and Olivia, cardigan – Tory Burch, red pumps – Jimmy Choo, blue trench – Sonia Rykiel, green jeans – Paige, rain boots - Hunter

Black sweater – J. Crew, black pants – Donna Karan, gold loafers – J. Crew, white blouse – Acne, black skirt – J. Crew, red belt – J. Crew, patent ballet flats – Forever 21 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

If anybody has a better photograph of this scarf, please send it to me:  I'd be happy to update these graphics...

Silver stud earrings – 1928, Grey shift dress – Armani Collezioni, cap toe ballet flats – Lanvin, rust sweater – American Vintage, boots – Modcloth, jeans – Old Navy

Taupe tee – Neil Barrett, skirt – Bally, sandals – Dorothy Perkins, suede jacket – Sylvie Schimmel, denim dress – Mango, espadrilles – Pied a Terre

Wrap skirt – Witchery, turtleneck – Mango, boots – Bandolino, tee shirt – Acne, capris – Piazza Sempione, sandals - Birkenstock

Navy tunic sweater – Acne, taupe pants – Dorothy Perkins, rust boots – Resoul, rust dress – Awear, rust cardigan – Dries van Noten, pumps - Amalfi