Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
If you're looking for a statement tote, look no further:
This tote is seems plenty big enough to handle a laptop. The leather is better than what you find on many far more expensive bags, and the color (pinot noir) is deep and rich and would go with everything.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
("Sixties" style in retrospect is often associated with hippie/bohemian fashions, but we tend to forget that the more buttoned down look as in the picture above was the norm for most people until almost the end of that decade.)
While I love the nostalgia factor of the dresses, I haven't forgotten the torturous underpinnings required to create those smooth lines. However there were a couple of looks from the Season 2 premiere I would happily emulate. The first was Betty Drapers' fabulous equestrienne ensemble. Look at her! Not a splash or mud or drop of horse snot anywhere! Look at that scarf! I've mentioned before that having grown up with horses, I'm a sucker for any kind of equestrian look. This is so over-the-top classy that I just about fainted. Someone, please-for-the-love-of-God tell me where I can find that cashmere (I'm assuming) jacket! Why can't I look like that when I hit the trail?The other ensemble that totally wowed me was what Betty's friend Francine was wearing in this scene: I would kill for that jacket. In fact, I'd wear the whole outfit exactly as shown here, print pants and all. I'm lighting incense to the Clothing Gods in hopes they see fit to put something like this in my path.
More Mad Men Style to follow after next week's episode!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday afternoon we threw the kid and the dogs into the car, plopped The Pogues into the CD player and headed north up the coast. We spent one night in Pismo Beach, and had dinner at the famous Alex B-B-Q, then continued north to Carmel-by-the-sea (yes, that's the official name) where we've planted ourselves for a couple of days before continuing north to the bay area. Carmel is quite lovely, but what I'm enjoying most is the weather: highs in the 60's F, lows in the 50's.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Retarded. Celebutard. Fucktard.
Monday, July 21, 2008
“It has the taste of the forbidden, the illicit — the subversive, even,” said Hélène Samuel, a restaurant consultant here. “Eating with your hands, it’s pure regression. Naturally, everyone wants it.”
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
In comments from yesterday's post about my Louis Vuitton dream (no, in my dream I did NOT purchase that horror above), Style Spy mentioned she'd purchased a great Cole Haan bag, and that reminded me that I'd been meaning to do a post about this oft overlooked brand.
It's une femme's humble opinion, that Cole Haan bags (and shoes, but that's another post) are some of the best quality available for the price. They're stylish but not trendy, well made and functional. Though some fahionistas may look down their noses at CH bags as being a bit staid and frumpy, if they looked more closely they might be surprised.
The Triple Zip Satchel bag was a hit last year in the gunmetal grey, but this camel color is perfect for summer. You can get an additional 20% off the sale price with promotion code JULYSALE. There are three compartments, interior pockets galore, and it fits over the shoulder with ease. If you like something flashier, check out this fuschia patent dome satchel, also on sale. Pretty! Shiny!! Don't forget code JULYSALE.
Love that luxe woven leather look, like on this Bottega Veneta bag? You can spend $2100 for the BV, or save over $1700 and get the Cole Haan Triangle Tote.
Cole Haan also makes some great basic (but not boring) work totes,and smaller bags for evening. If you live near one of their stores, be sure to go check out the sale in person. Last year I picked up this nifty snakeskin clutch for a song.
The selection on the website is a bit sparse right now, but once they start bringing in their fall bags, I'll be back with some of my favorite picks. I've had a few Cole Haan bags over the years; not only have they held up well, but I'm always asked, "that's a great bag, which designer is that?" by some fashionista with this season's "it" bag.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
I know some women who find a good person, and stick with them forever. I'm a bit more fickle. Even the best hair stylists sometimes hit a slump with me, or I with them, and I need to shake things up a bit. What about you? Are you True Blue or do you Style Around?
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Goldivas.com, an internet magazine for Women Over 50 Who are Too Young to be Old.
For some of the best fashion and style writing anywhere, check out Style Spy.
Flea at One Good Thing fights back against the Mommy-Drive-By. (A "mommy-drive-by" is when a complete stranger sees fit to publicly critique your parenting skills, usually based on about a three second observation of your child's behavior.)
Harry Fenton providing a man's viewpoint at The Thoughtful Dresser, bemoans the prevalence of Urban Wilderness Gear. (Look for a post here soon on this topic.)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
For those of us who check out The Sartorialist and other style blogs daily, "Eccentric Glamour" will be an amusing read confirming what we mostly already have grasped, rather than a revelation. The interviews are fun, but skip the dysfunctional "weight loss" chapter. Doonan's smackdown of our fascination with les Françaises (his take on that pouty French allure: they're grouchy because they're perpetually hungry) and snarky dissection of Coco Chanel -isms provide a bit of good-natured schadenfreude. I really wish there had been more photos of his subjects and examples.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
These are by Face Á Face Paris. My previous pair was by Robert Marc. Ooh La-La Paris eyewear (actually based in LA) also offers some great colors and styles.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
But first, one last hurrah:
These NYDJ striped jeans will make your legs look eight miles long. I promise.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
For the last several years, we've traveled with a bulky, oversized wheeled duffel bag that more often than not exceeds airline weight limits when fully packed, and is a real drag (pun intended) to navigate through crowded airports. Plus, trying to discern your oversized black duffel bag from everyone else's on the baggage carousel can be frustrating. I warned mon mari earlier this year that we will be investing in some better luggage before our Paris trip.
Rather than one big suitcase, I'm thinking that two smaller will be more navigable and will help curb our overpacking impulse (ok, I'm being charitable...my DH's overpacking impulse). Researching online, 25" seems to be the recommended size for anything short of multi-week trips. The one brand and model that seems to keep popping up as a favorite in luggage reviews is this Eagle Creek "Tarmac 25" bag.
The company also offers a "No Matter What" repair policy, good news if, like us, you've had handles break, zippers broken by TSA inspectors, or any other wear or damage. Best thing, the bag is available in a color other than black! I'm thinking I'll order one prior to our upcoming August visit to the midwest to see my mom, and if we're happy, will order a second.
What size and brand of luggage do you prefer? Do you travel light or pack for all contingencies?