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


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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.


SS17 Collections

Paris Shopping List

For the first time in a long time, I have a considerable spring shopping list. Over the past few seasons I’ve picked up an item here and there, but for SS17, I already know the pieces that I want, especially from PFW.

Clockwise: I have a grey Miu Miu coat from a few years ago that is so good I’d grab it in a fire—this one in camel looks equally as good. I fully intend to become a Dior woman and have circled this look. This Isabel Marant grey, belted tunic will be a seasonless forever piece in my wardrobe. And the Louis Vuitton show was sensational, I will start with these boots and go from there.


Long Weekend Reading

I don’t mind that it’s raining, I’ve been dying to crack these books.

Commonwealth and Today Will Be Different

On My Inspiration Board

Odds & Ends

This is my current inspiration board: the wide crossbody strap on Lucinda Chambers’ bag—big, but not dangly, earrings—my Céline hobo in chamois feels right this fall—and, I’m on a bit of a pendant bender.

Images © Sandra Semburg for Vogue Paris, Phil Oh for Vogue


The Micro-Mini Bag

Spotted on a number of runways in Paris (Valentino- the show was sublime, Céline, and Hermès)—the micro-mini bag looks to be a SS17 trend.


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