Monday, September 29, 2008
Accessories: keeping the silhouette simple allows me to play more with scarves and other accessories. Still, there's a less-is-more factor at work, and with my lack of height it's easy to look swamped when there are too many focal points. Indispensables include a good watch, a simple pair of gold hoops, scarves (bien sur) and a favorite fragrance.
Later this week: shoes and bags!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I've read so many moving tributes in the last day, anything I were to add at this point would just be extraneous. The world is a little bit diminished today.
This is a great little movie that hardly anyone saw. It was one of Newman's last films (and Jessica Tandy's last). I can't imagine anyone else who could've made curmudgeonly Sully so likeable.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Milly Crop Basketweave, $510. Ditch the matchy-matchy skirt and pair with a black leather pencil skirt, or jeans, or even just some nice black wide leg trousers.
William Rast Twill Jacket, $387. Love the attitude!
Marc by Marc Jacobs, $458. Like Chanel on hallucinogens!See by Chloé, $1130. C'mon, you know you want it.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
But now that I'm officially on the other side of menopause, the euphemism rings true. It's not just saying goodbye (and don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!) to your periods, accompanied by maybe a hot flash or two. Nope, there's a whole package, and sister, you're along for the ride.
Most of the changes I can accept. I pluck the coarse hairs that occasionally sprout on my chin, I add a dab of concealer to the brown patches that appear suddenly despite my liberal use of 50+ sunscreen. A good night's sleep is no longer a given; some nights it feels like I'm trying to snooze atop a pile of bricks. My libido has gone into hiding, but reemerges after a few kisses. I've never been one of those women who trusted in or (knowingly) traded on her good looks, so the prospect of being no longer young and pretty holds little dread for me.
But last weekend I culled a half dozen or so pair of pants from my closet that fit nine months ago and are now too tight. This bothers me, but what bothers me more is the part of me that sees this as some sort of failure. I really thought I'd evolved beyond this kind of thinking and made peace with my body, but here it is again showing me that there is still work to be done.
I don't have many regrets in my life, but one that I still nurse is that I wasted so much physical and mental energy on the misguided attempt to force my body to achieve an impossible ideal, and to let the failure to achieve it impact my sense of self-worth so profoundly.
Wasn't she beautiful? Wasn't she beautiful?
A few days ago, Duchesse posted a picture of a lovely young woman in a tight red dress, and pondered whether she herself had ever dressed to create the same effect. Ultimately she concludes:
I know women who are mired in mourning for their lost effect. What is the point? I'd love to be able to carry off this dress, but know (and most of the time accept) that the natural arc of life has removed that possibility.
Let's have a moment of appreciation for our bodies, whether voluptuous or lean, smooth or lined, soft or firm. What we were, and on our journey, what we have become.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Lapis nugget and amber CZ necklace, $675.
Black Drusy Quartz wire wrapped ring $325. (stone dipped in 24K gold, wire is 14K)
18K gold-dipped cuff, $245.
Figure eight earrings, $240.
Amethyst slice pendant and gold chain, $750. Isn't this just stunning???
Gold and amber circle earrings (5" long), $495. I love amber but you so rarely see it paired with gold.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Eileen Fisher, but look at that gorgeous color!
I keep hoping this one will go on sale. Lafayette 148.Chasse en Inde by Hermès from Luxury-Scarves.com.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
NO one blinked at the Marc Jacobs fashion show last week when the model Freja Beha Erichsen appeared in a sheer black top that revealed that she was wearing a nipple ring. No one blushed at the Chris Benz show when Sasha Luss and Ekat Kiseleva posed in see-through camisoles. No one seemed particularly hot or bothered that Ali Stephens’s breasts were clearly visible through her dress when she walked for Derek Lam. No one was outraged that Francisco Costa showed a transparent raincoat at Calvin Klein with nothing but a thong underneath.
We have become so desensitized to images of naked celebrities, sex tapes and Internet pornography that designers are hard-pressed to create anything that seems really transgressive. Even a strong undercurrent of bondage in the spring collections, with harnesses at Proenza Schouler and Rodarte, caging stripes at Narciso Rodriguez and Thakoon and blackout bars across the breasts of a sheer top from Cushnie et Ochs, a new label by recent fashion school graduates Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, failed to whip up a frenzy.
One could argue that American tastes have become less puritanical, but it seems more likely that they have simply become dulled.
OK, I'll grant that (capitalF)ashion is supposed to be theatrical and edgy and push boundaries. But COME ON. Even when this season's runway themes trickle down to the ready-to-wear racks, who will be actually ready to wear this particular trend?
(And may I just add that for many of us, going braless is not "liberating," but just damned uncomfortable.)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
The bridge is known as the Bellaire Bridge, or the Bellaire Toll Bridge. According to this site, it was built as a private enterprise in 1926, and is a great example of a "cantilever truss" bridge. When it opened in December 1926, the toll was a nickel, and 7000 cars lined up to cross it.
Picture from 1936 (above) and sometime later (below) from here.
This is how I remember it looking in the mid 1960's.
The bridge was closed to traffic in 1991, and the roadway to the Bellaire side was torn down. It was purchased by a contractor named Roger Barack who has done nothing with it, though the Coast Guard wants it torn down.
And more Bellaire Bridge trivia:
An even more amusing note: it turns out this is the bridge which Special Agent Clarice Starling (played, of course, by Jodie Foster) crosses in an aerial shot toward the end of The Silence of the Lambs, on her way to investigate a lead in the fictitious (though strikingly believable-sounding) town of Belvedere, Ohio. (Une femme's note: the movie was released in 1991; they must have filmed right before the bridge was closed and the Ohio entrance demolished.)
Personally, I think this bridge is a thing of beauty and should be preserved. I'm guessing that puts me in the minority.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I tried something a bit different with this one. Usually I fold diagonally into an oblong shape to start, but this time I rolled in from opposite sides, and then tied in a single knot. Surprisingly, it stayed in place all day without fiddling.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Currently reading: Selected Letters of Madame Sevigné. These letters provide a fascinating glimpse into the life of an upper class Parisian woman of the 17th century. She knew everyone who was anyone, including the Royal family, writers, poets, soldiers, and was a prodigious correspondent on subjects as varied as a notorious criminal trial to gardens to gossip about those in her circles. The majority of letters in this collection seem to be to her married daughter, with whom she had an obsessive attachment, and apparently missed so much she seemed in constant danger of pining away to an untimely death. I'm reading this because one of our stops this trip will be the Musée Carnavalet, which was her home and now houses a museum of Paris history.
Just finished: Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac. The "red in tooth and claw" world of 19th century Paris high society provides cruel temptation for one man, and is the undoing of another, while their fellow boarders at Mme Vaquer's boarding house all engage in machinations to further their own agendas. We visited Balzac's house last year when we visited Paris, but I'd read so little Balzac (and so long ago) that most of what we saw was lost on me.
Last year before our trip, I devoured Ross King's The Judgement of Paris, which is one of the most fascinating art history/art/history books I've had the pleasure to read. "Judgement" delves in great detail into the historical, cultural and artistic climate that gave rise to Impressionism and provided amazing context for much of the art we saw at the Musée D'Orsay. I've always been interested in art history, but would recommend this book to anyone with a passing interest in Paris, art and/or history. It reads like a novel and is anything but dry. Those artistes were a fractious bunch, sort of like Heathers with oil paint! Stir in some wars, some snooty art critic types, some prostitutes and absinthe, and the result is the stuff of legends.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
A good leather jacket will last for years. Styles can range from classic to edgy, but the best are versatile and can be dressed up or down.
Office-worthy AK Anne Klein, $299. Would also look great with jeans. (Not loving that skirt, though.)
Classiques Entier, $348. I'm on the fence about this one. I like the shape and pockets, but think those buttons at the top are a distraction.
For beautiful leather and classic, sublime styling, look to Cole Haan. $695.Bluefly.com also has a great selection of Cole Haan leather jackets (at a discount!) like this one, $537. Another in walking length. While I like this length, it does limit your utility to outerwear. Kenneth Cole Reaction, $299.
Great color, great style! Ellen Tracy, $998.Cole Haan, $477. I'll bet those seaming details make this one look fabulous on.
Similar collar detail, an edgier look. Andew Marc, $357. Can't you just picture yourself zooming around Paris on a scooter wearing this jacket (and a fabulous scarf, bien sur)?
No scooters here. This one is the real deal; requires a Harley-Davidson, and oodles of attitude.