Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tee shirt – Maison Scotch, pleated skirt – J. Crew, white sandals – Scholl’s, pink dress – Dorothy Perkins, denim jacket – H&M, crocheted espadrilles - Debenhams

Dress – Theory, sandals – French Connection, sweater – Enza Costa, jeans – 7 for all Mankind, athletic shoes - Converse

Cashmere v-neck – Closed, white denim skirt – Kookai, boots – Acne, tee shirt – J. Crew, capris – Fashion Union, orange sandals – DV by Dolce Vita

Dress – Diane von Furstenberg, cardigan – Madewell, sandals – Stuart Weitzman, blue sweater – Vince, yellow jeans – Current/Elliott, boots – Report Signature

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What I wanted...

Indulge me while I do some math:

10 minutes/day messing with my hair = 1 hour per week (I'm taking Sundays off)

1 hour/week = 6 1/2 work days per year

6 1/2 work days per year X 40 years (adult working life) = over ONE WORKING YEAR...

And what am I trying to do during these boring, and futile, 10 minutes per day?  

I'm trying to have hair like Louise Brooks.  Or maybe even Juliette Greco.  But it's a waste of time, electricity, hair-care products, and ultimately, I'm spending a little bit of time every day telling myself that I'm JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH the way I am naturally.

Which is this:

real photograph of my hair.  It's soft, it's all natural, and it takes zero time per day to get it to do this...

There are dozens of ways in which we engage in futile battles. We could easily just surrender, and be happier, more productive, better citizens of the planet, and more financially secure.  Isn't the definition of insanity "to do the same thing over and over again, and always getting the same result"?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why yes, you can build your personal style around a bag you love!  Why not... although I confess, carrying the patterned bag with the Missoni cardigan would be tough for me...

Dress – Pink Tartan, cardigan – Missoni, sandals – J. Crew, ivory silk pants – 3.1 Phillip Lim, turtleneck – Gucci, loafers – Debenhams 

Turtleneck – Lord & Taylor, Skirt – Debenhams, boots – Tod’s, tee shirt – La Garconne, orange capris – Dolce & Gabbana, woven flats – Burberry Prorsum

Silk tank – Alice + Olivia, skirt – See by Chloe, beige sandals – Loeffler Randall,  dress – Tibi, jacket – Allsaints, espadrilles - Bank

Brown dress – Donna Karan, bracelet – Aspinal of London, pumps – Salvatore Ferragamo, jeans – J Brand, linen sweater – Muji, loafers – Matt Bernson

Monday, May 28, 2012

orange tee shirt with blue pants, and a purple tee with hot pink pants
Tee shirts – J. Crew, bracelet – 9 West, blue capris – Dorothy Perkins, Orange sandals – Stuart Weitzman,
 pink capris – Diane von Furstenberg, scarf – Missoni, sandals – Hush 

bright yellow pants, and bright orange pants paired with complementary tops and accessories
Tunic – Emanuel Ungaro, earrings – Alexis Bittar, pants – Yigal Azrouel, ballet flats – Isabel Marant,
 brown tee – La Garconne, scarf – Hermès, jeans – Exit Brooklyn, sandals – Dolce & Gabbana

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Jacket – Virginie Castaway, vest – Humanoid, cardigan – Manestrale, dress – Go Green M by M, Rolled capris – Dorothy Perkins, jeans – J Brand, shorts – D&G

Black tee – Uniqlo, sunglasses – Lacoste, athletic shoes – Nike, White tee – Fat Face, bracelets – 1928, boots - Cordani

Tank top – Madewell, fedora – Forever 21, Sandals – Mulberry, flower earrings – Lord & Taylor, gold clutch – Style & Co., gold sandals – Sam Edelman

Short-sleeved shirt – Old Navy, cross body bag – 9 West, sunglasses – Wetseal, tee – Nike, espadrilles – Mad Love, woven flats - Blowfish
Tee shirt – J. Crew, scarf – Tillys, ballet flats – Aldo, earrings – Inc International Concepts, Blouse – Frenchtrotters, espadrilles - Toms

Bracelets – Fantasy Jewelry Box, Tank – American Vintage, Scarf – Julie Fagerholt, orange sandals – Michael Antonio, ring – Miss Selfridge, tan sandals – Gabriella Rocha

Sandals – Modcloth, bracelets – Dorothy Perkins, Tank top – Buckle, gold earrings – Panacea, ballet flats – CL by Laundry

Friday, May 25, 2012

Maybe it's because I was in such a good mood yesterday, but I saw LOTS of nicely-dressed women yesterday.

After a while, I realized that I could group these sightings in pairs, so that you get two perspectives on how to wear beige capris, two different outfits based on bright blue pants, and a way to wear the separates of a navy suit, paired with yellow.

Two things I must call out:
1.  If you would wear a dress over a swimsuit, you probably shouldn't wear it to an office.
2.  Leggings are NOT pants.  And FWIW, neither are yoga pants...

Blouse – Giuletta, Capris – Miu Miu, belt – J. Crew, black sandals – CL by Laundry, cardigan – A.P.C., leopard tee – Romwe, ballet flats – Jimmy Choo

Tee – J. Crew, pants – 3.1 Phillip Lim, plaid overshirt – Old Navy, white sandals – Modcloth, flowered shirt – Kaliko, white denim jacket – Dorothy Perkins, white flats – Jimmy Choo

Tee shirt – Calypso St. Barth, trousers – Etro, scarf – Brooks Brothers, navy blazer & pants – Windsmoor, navy loafers – Repetto, linen cardigan – J. Crew, silk tunic – Tibi, yellow flats – H&M

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I got a desk job...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A great question: I KNOW I want to take this cardigan, and use it as my "base" for my packing plan.

This sweater let me branch out in two distinct directions - brights, and black & white.  Lots of choices, and quite a bit of versatility, while still all in one carry-on bag!

Cardigan – Oasis, pearl & ruby earrings – Macy’s, red tote – Lulu Guinness, tee – Debenhams, scarf – Pashmina Art, pants – Donna Karan, loafers – Tod’s

Tee shirts– Madewell, pearl & red agate necklace – Blue Nile, bracelet – Dream Mullick, teal earrings – Amrita Singh, black and white earrings – Kate Spade, crossbody bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs, cardigan – Mango, flowered tee – Minuet, sunglasses – Ray Ban, White capris – Current/Elliott,  teal sandals – Dolce Vita, black capris – JOSEPH, striped skirt – Modcloth, green dress – Dorothy Perkins, Two-tone dress – Gucci, flat sandalsChocolat Blu, black & white ballet flats – Christian Louboutin

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What a great necklace!  It made me think of softness, iridescence, and creating a background that wouldn't detract from the details of the clasp, and the textures of the pearls.

Dress – Cacharel, sandals – Frye, sweater – Isabel Marant, jeans – J Brand, boots - Acne

Sweater – Miu Miu, skirt – Moss & Spy, boots – Frye, tee shirt – Mr. Mrs., sandals - Allsaints

Skirt – Cacharel, silk tee shirt – Jigsaw, sandals – Softspots, leather jacket – Vanessa Bruno Athe,
 silk dress – A.P.C., espadrilles – Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Dress – Cynthia Rowley, Cardigan – Orla Kiely, sandals – Sigerson Morrison, tunic sweater – Steven  Alan,
 pants – Michael Kors, loafer – Charles Philip


Monday, May 21, 2012

haven't you?  If not, come see me there today, and see what ideas I had for a mother of the betrothed to wear in a hot climate!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

One of the sections of the book French Chic, by Susan Sommers, which I read repeatedly, was one in which she listed seven items of black clothing, and then set out a little grid of how you could combine these items, and how they would be accessorized.

I could never visualize this.

So I decided to put together her suggestions graphically.  Some of the accessories ideas just scream "early '80's", and so I didn't stick to all 12 plans exactly as written...

This is an interesting approach to wardrobe-building, or to packing.  The vest is, to me, a difficult garment, and I would probably be tempted to substitute a leather jacket, denim jacket, or second cardigan.  And if you're not interested in 2 skirts and a dress, you could easily work with four different styles of pants.   

I think there's some potential to this type of plan, and I'm pondering recreating these outfits in other colors.

blazer – Romwe, leather vest – Thakoon, cardigan – Vince, dress – Moschino Cheap & Chic, pants – Chloe, pleated skirt – Isabel Marant, pencil skirt - Coast

Cotton shirt – Organic by John Patrick, pearl brooch – Debenhams, pearls – Mikimoto, pocket square – Joseph Abboud, lizard belt – Moss Mills, lizard loafers – Etienne Aigner, tee shirt – J. Crew, scarf – Hermès, bracelets – JCPenney, ballet flats – J. Crew, tights - HYD

Silk blouse – Tibi, pearl belt – Chanel, pearl earrings – Lanvin, flower brooch – Monsoon, pumps – Jimmy Choo, necklace – Marie Chavez, earrings – Jules Smith, ribbed tights – Fogal, belt – Mulberry, pumps - Valentino

Tee shirt – American Vintage, bracelets – H&M, socks – Kate Spade, loafers – Acne, blouse – Equipment, lace tights – Jonathan Aston, stud earrings – Nina Breddal, ankle boots - Acne

Shirt – Organic by John Patrick, velvet tights – Wolford, pearls – Kenneth Jay Lane, boots – Dr. Martens, scarf – Lily and Lionel, socks – Sportmax, loafers – Christian Louboutin

Black & red brooches – Yazbukey, Union Jack brooch – Lulu Guinness, clutch bag – Lulu Guinness, sheer tights – Wolford, slingbacksChristin Michaels, plaid shirt – Vanessa Bruno Athe, watch – Links of London, cross body bag – Radley Ealing, tie – Gucci, purple loafers – Debenhams

Silk blouse – Alexander Wang, leaf earrings – Blue Nile, clutch – Reiss, ballet flats – Cole Haan, earrings – Herve van der Straeten,  belt – Jigsaw, studded flats - Marais

Friday, May 18, 2012

One of the most frequent colors that I'm asked to work with is the teal/turquoise family.  This pairs it with navy, and a dash of pink.  You can see that you don't have quite as many outfit options when you include more colors, but still enough choices to satisfy almost anybody. 

Pants – Stella McCartney, Tank and shirt – J. Crew, skirt - DKNY

Jeans – Rag & Bone, cardigan – Mint Velvet, tee – Karl Marc, skirt – J. Crew

Flowered tee – Minuet, Pink tee – Mango, white sweater – 360 Sweater, striped top – Viyella

4 essential wardrobe accessories: scarf, bag, shoes, and bracelet
Scarf – Tiffany, shoes – Amalfi by Rangoni, fabric bag – Vera Bradley, bracelet – JCPenney

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Every day, I get a request for capsule wardrobes in camel and grey - I hasten to satisfy!

And please note, I'm NOT suggesting that your entire wardrobe should be 12 garments. (unless that's what is best for you, in which case I support your choice completely!)  This is a plan for wardrobe coordinating, and updating.  The number of these "pods" you choose to have is entirely up to you...

Also, if you're not fond of wearing classic styles, or if you're looking for garments for warmer (or cooler) weather, just substitute similar garments that please you more for the ones which I have chosen.  These guidelines are intended to be just that - guidelines - and not a specific prescription for what you should wear!

Button-front top – Giada Forte, tee shirt – Toast,
 chinos – Jack Wills, skirt - Missoni

Pants – Stella McCartney, Cardigan – L.K.Bennett,
 tee shirt – Debenhams, skirt - Chloe

Flowered tee – Wallis Fashion, sweater – Jack Wills, 
print blouse – Equipment, plaid tunic - Pero

Striped scarf – Missoni, floral scarf – Mulberry, loafers – Lanvin, bag - Longchamp