Sunday, September 30, 2012
While out and about doing some Retail Reconnaissance yesterday, I spotted these at Bloomingdales, and they were part of the current sale...20% off. I've actually admired this style for ages and Highland Fashionista's recent post featuring her Frye's with a skirt and tights put them back on my radar again. I tried them on and LOVED how they look and feel, classic and edgy at the same time. (I also remembered I had a gift card I was able to apply, so these turned out to be a bargain! I'm reading it as a Sign From The Universe.)
Now, if only we had some boot weather...sigh.
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Friday, September 28, 2012
Since last year, I've been on the lookout for a moto style boot that's Just Right. Not too high, not too low, not too trendy, not too boring, not too heavy, not too delicate. A little sleek, a little edgy. And they must be comfortable. These above from Stuart Weitzman are serious contenders. I love the hematite metal accents, and the leather is Very Very Good. (OK, that's from a nursery rhyme, so sue me.)
Haven't tasted this bowl of porridge yet, the price has me feeling a bit bearish. What do you think... will this style have staying power, or be in hibernation by year's end?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
|A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds... --Ralph Waldo Emerson|
There are two women sharing space in my closet. Both are actually me, which used to cause no end of consternation as I stumbled and bumped along toward that milepost known as Signature Style™. But I'm learning to make peace with this split style personality, and find balance and harmony between the two. Les deux femmes have arrived at a mutual understanding, and even step out together on a regular basis.
One veers toward the Crisp & Classic, the other toward the Existential & Edgy. (Neither is notably Fashion Forward.)
Madame C&C is drawn to:
- Button front shirts. White, or vertical stripes.
- Pointy-toe pumps. (E&E sometimes gets a vote too, and votes for snakeskin.)
- Trench coat
- Hermès scarves
- Chanel flap bags
- Equestrian boots
- Navy blazer that "goes with everything"
- Paisley prints
- J.Crew, Ralph Lauren
Madame E&E prefers:
- Tees. Black, navy or grey
- Black leather jacket
- Moto boots
- Hermès leather cuffs
- YSL Muse bag
- Black, charcoal grey
- Helmut Lang, Eileen Fisher
- Leopard prints
- Big hoop earrings
- Pencil skirts
- V-neck cashmere sweaters
- Black and white
- Simple, clean, uncluttered, streamlined design
- Mixing masculine and feminine elements
And both have an almost visceral aversion to the fussy, frou-frou or twee.
By (carefully) incorporating pieces from both mesdames in a single ensemble I can keep Mme C&C from looking too staid, and Mme E&E grounded.
Do you have Multiple Style Personalities? Are there common elements between them, and have they reconciled? Or do you prefer to keep them separate, as different expressions of different moods?
Monday, September 24, 2012
|Hermés, "A Walk In The Park" carré. Picture source.|
Scarves are certainly fun and ornamental, and I love the panache they add to even the simplest outfits. But scarves can also be serious medicine for what ails our wardrobes. Pour example...
Scarf Rx: take a large sheer square scarf....
|Scarf, Banana Republic, a few years old now.|
slip your arms through on either side...
Symptom: Fatigue. Your capsule travel or work wardrobe has a LOT of black. You want to change it up, or perhaps feel that black isn't flattering near your face.
Scarf Rx: A longer scarf in a contrasting color not only breaks up the black, but when looped once around the neck with ends hanging down helps create elongating vertical lines.
|Scarf, Eileen Fisher. Other Eileen Fisher scarves here.|
Symptom: Exposure. Your favorite v-neck top or sweater shows a bit too much décolleté for the office or book club meeting.
Scarf Rx: a silk square, tied "cowboy style."
|Scarf, Hermès. I can't for the life of me remember the name,|
but it's one of the smaller "vintage" size squares.
|Yes, I can see this old top is stretched out and fits poorly. It's headed straight for the "donate" pile.|
Symptom: Stiff neck. That unflattering crew neck top is strangling your style.
Scarf Rx: use a contrasting scarf to create a visual V. (This works for turtlenecks too.)
|Scarf, Hermès, "A Walk In The Park," pictured at top.|
This is one of my very favorite scarves!
- Scale your scarves to your size. If you're petite, big and bulky scarves will swamp you. If you're taller or larger, small scarves will get lost.
- If you're busty and want to draw attention elsewhere, avoid arranging scarves with knot or bulk directly over the bustline. A bright scarf tied midway between the shoulder and widest part of the bust works well, as do long scarves with ends hanging as above.
- Keep the fabric weight of your scarf in line with the rest of the outfit. A sheer silk will look odd with a heavy coat or sweater. A heavy knit scarf overwhelms a lightweight tee.
Do you have any favorite scarf "therapies?"
Check out the rest of Visible Monday over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
It's still convertible weather here in LA.
If you have any Eileen Fisher pieces on your shopping list, today is a good day to purchase, as it's their annual Shop & Donate event, with $25 off, and 10% of proceeds being donated to local organizations supporting leadership in women and girls. (And if you don't live near an EF store, order from eileenfisher.com today and shipping is free.)
If you're a Nespresso fan, you must try the latest limited edition - Crealto. I think this is one of the best blends they've done in a while, dark and earthy with just a slight bitterness and really reminds me of the wonderful espressos I enjoyed in Italy. I'll bet this one sells out quickly.
Huffington Post, this article about "plus size" (size 12) Robyn Lawley starring in Ralph Lauren's new ad campaign also has a nice slide show of "plus size" models. (h/t Girls of a Certain Age) I use the quotation marks to indicate my derision at referring to size 12 as "plus", though I applaud the effort at including models who look a bit less emaciated. Remember the flap a few years ago about the Ralph Lauren photoshop FAIL and the model who said she was fired for being "too fat"?
As I mentioned a few days ago, beginning next week I'll be posting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. So far it's looking as though next week's theme will be Accessories. Stay tuned!
And in the meantime, go read this most excellent post about vanity sizing from Fish Monkey's Writing Stuff.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Ah, if only le monsieur and I could just pop over to a Parisian sidewalk cafe for a little verre du vin and some people-watching after work today...
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I'm breaking one of my own rules here, and wearing two different animal prints at the same time. (I know, living on the edge!) There's a leopard at my feet, and a tiger round my neck.
You may have noticed that I've been tweaking the blog template again. The previous design was just feeling too busy to me, so I've gone minimalist. Let me know if anything's difficult to navigate or read.
I'll be back
Tee: Eileen Fisher, no longer available in this color, but here are some others.
Tunic Sweater: Eileen Fisher, not available online, similar here. (The one I'm wearing is a lighter weight wool mesh, you might be able to find in stores.)
Pants: NYDJ Sheri Twill, here. I've gone all in for the colored pants.
Shoes: Fitzwell, here. (These are SO comfy!!)
Scarf: Hermés, no longer available, other styles in this size here.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
(Ha! Far be it from me to resist an obvious and bad pun!)
I'd just finished a very long post complete with images and links, and as I was putting on finishing touches, Blogger ate it. Whole. In one bite. So due to time constraints, I'm recreating it in two or three parts. This is Part 1.
Ever since I pinned that image above, I've had Brooches on the Brain. And they seem to be having a Fashion Moment, as evidenced by the prominent display at our local Nordstrom's. If you're looking to freshen up your jewelry collection, why not try a brooch or three? And for those who have sensitivities to some metals, brooches are a great option for some sparkle that doesn't need to come into contact with skin.
While individual pieces rarely go out of style, to keep the look current opt for larger, bold pieces or group smaller pins to create impact. I love the denim+sparkle look above, but really any jacket, dress or top with enough body in the fabric to hold the weight of the pins can be a great backdrop. Keep the rest of your jewelry minimal, and let the brooch(es) steal the spotlight. I'd avoid single demure pins or matching earring and brooch sets, as to my eye they can look dowdy (leave these for the kids to wear ironically). Don't be afraid to mix styles and metals! (And to my shorter sisters, remember to wear your brooches high up, almost to the shoulder which draws the beholder's eye upward.)
If your budget has room for the Real Deal, Beladora II has some really unique and fabulous vintage and antique brooches. Many of these are a smaller size, but could be grouped together by theme, as with these bee brooches...
|Sapphire and Diamond Bumblebee Brooch|
|Vintage Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald Bee Brooches|
Or by style, period or materials. Pearls, for example:
|Antique Victorian Seed Pearl Brooch|
|Vintage Tahitian Pearl and Diamond Brooch|
(Somebody catch me, I think I'm going to swoon!)
|Vintage Pearl Sunburst Brooch|
|Vintage Garnet, Pearl, Diamond and Turquoise Brooch|
Isn't this stunning??
Next up: big, brash and bold!
Do you wear brooches? Any favorite styles or ways to wear them?
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Ann Miller working those gams. Pretty great dance number!
While a good portion of the Northern Hemisphere is beginning to ease into fall, we're just hitting our warmest time of the year here in Los Angeles. The humidity levels are in single digits; my skin feels like parchment and without almost hourly application of lotion takes on that dessicated, reptilian look. It's also brush fire season due to the dry Santa Ana winds. It's a nerve-wracking time, especially for those who live in the hills and canyons. As we do every year, we'll have to ride out this dry heat until sometime in October or even November, when the jet stream shifts and starts to bring some cool, moist weather our way.
Friday, September 14, 2012
|Gala 3/4 sleeve LOVE this print!!|
|Josie long sleeve|
|Penelope 3/4 Sleeve This style has POCKETS!|
|Megan 3/4 Sleeve|
|Ella - this style was inspired by costumes from "Boardwalk Empire."|
Dresses are made in small batches, so if you see a style and pattern you like, don't hesitate. And remember code FEMM30 for $30 off any full-priced item!