Thursday Reading

I can’t wait to go through these magazines, they’re two of my favorites.


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Embroidered bag


Shearling-lined boots




Mini tote


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Cropped trousers

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Tunic Time

I’ve owned these The Row dresses for years and wear them as tunics over white or black jeans. But jeans are not ideal, especially when worn with a belt. I had an ‘aha’ moment when I spied these The Row leggings—problem solved.


Le Labo

I’m on the hunt for a new fragrance and want to try these by Le Labo. The vials are the perfect size for travel, too.

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The Bermuda Bag

In my wildest dreams, I never thought the Bermuda bag would make a comeback. Thanks to the uber chic version that came down the Miu Miu SS17 runway, I may need to dust off my collection.

Top image courtesy ©vogueparis, bottom my bags, including my mother’s monogrammed, plaid one.

The Wall Street Journal

‘Bowls Are the New Plates’

Last January, I saved this story, ‘Bowls Are the New Plates’, from The Wall Street Journal. As we head deeper into fall and colder weather, the idea of tucking into a meal in a bowl sounds downright cozy.

Image © Vogue Nederland


Gamine Chic

Emma Stone is a modern-day gamine on the November Vogue cover—her upcoming film “La La Land’ tops my must-see list.

Image courtesy @markdsikes

Guest Post By L.A. Artist Kathy Leeds

Keeping it Chic – in L.A.

Inspiration images from ‘The English Patient’ and ‘Out of Africa’


I’m a Los Angeles native, and have lived here until I made a temporary move to New York City, while my daughter was in college on the east coast.  I loved my time there, and still visit often.  But I always knew I’d be moving back in LA, where I’m now happily and forever ensconced.

I wanted to retain some of the polish and nod to fashion that I felt I’d achieved in NY, while staying authentic to my roots and lifestyle – a thoroughly LA woman.  Comfortable, casual, modern, and like everyone, still a bit unique.

I was very flattered and surprised when Preston asked me to write a guest post on LA style.  I’ve never thought of myself as particularly fashionable, but I do have a “look”.  I’d describe it as essentially West Coast and a bit tomboy in its origins, but I think it works just about anywhere now.  However, in LA you can wear it at night to any restaurant or dinner party, with a just a few tweaks to make it more “evening”.

In my admittedly ubiquitous uniform of jeans, tees, lightweight sweaters, boots and a bag, each Fall/Winter I make a few adjustments, that hopefully helps set me a bit apart.  I buy and edit, paying attention to details and trends such as silhouettes, and proportions. I think this keeps my uniform both current and modern.

For a few seasons, I’ve been on the lookout for a special bag, a sort of signature piece and one that I wouldn’t see coming and going.  I finally found the one while in Italy this summer on vacation.  A bag makes a big statement in LA.

I do want to thank Preston, because her “Will I grab it from my closet?” has been the sentence that guides me in every single purchase I’ve made since I started following her blog, and the truer I stay to that question, the fewer mistakes I’ve made.  I’ve always gravitated to neutrals, and minimalism in my clothing, so I stick to that.  I also love to support designers from Southern California and buy as much as I can from Jenni Kayne, Kendall Conrad, and James Perse.  My shopping mall is the Brentwood Country Mart, which I can walk or bike to, and has all three shops.  Pippa Small has a shop there, too.

I’d love to share some of the updates I’ve bought in anticipation of our fall and winter.  Boots have always been the first thing that I (and most of my friends) get excited about.  I think it’s because we have so few items that are generally considered winter wear, we definitely don’t get as excited about sandals!


Vogue Italia


If you love Peter Lindbergh’s pictures, then pick up an October issue of Vogue Italia. Many 90s supermodels were cast for this multi-page story, and Julia von Boehm’s styling is really good.


Lyn Harris Inspired

My favorite profile in “The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman” is on London-based perfumer Lyn Harris. Harris co-founded the luxury fragrance brand, Miller Harris, before launching her solo endeavor, the bespoke atelier Perfumer H.  I’m heading to England for college tours and look forward to meeting Ms. Harris.


“The New Garconne- How to be a Modern Gentlewoman”

My friend Navaz Batliwalla, editor of the fab site Disneyrollergirl,  just released her first book “The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman.” To quote Navaz, the book “is a tribute to the kind of cool, discerning, grown up tomboys that I admire”. The fourteen women profiled in this thoroughly-modern style guide are indeed very cool, and they all embody “the duality of old meets new, luxury meets utility, masculine meets feminine”—the core qualities of a modern gentlewoman.

I’m urging Navaz to do a book signing in NYC- will keep you posted.


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