November 21st, 2013

I’m ready for Resort

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© Elle

Now that I’ve filled in most of the gaps in my winter wardrobe, I’m excited to pick up a few “deals” at the upcoming sales, and then move on.

On to resort that is. There were so many great collections and covetable pieces, especially from Louis Vuitton above, this may be one of many posts on the season’s offerings. You are forewarned…

November 21st, 2013

Katniss Fever

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I know, I know, but I have two teenaged girls. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens tomorrow and we cannot wait to see it. I am a huge Jennifer Lawrence fan after Silver Linings Playbook, and I like that Katniss is a brave, smart, kind, and persevering character; not a bad role model.

I was at Net-a-Porter the other day and previewed their collaborative collection with Trish Summerville, the Hunger Games’ costume designer. She designed 19 pieces of rtw, jewelry, and leather goods to celebrate the film’s launch tomorrow.

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November 20th, 2013

It’s a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World

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Plaid is everywhere this fall, and I missed the boat on this one. I did not buy a Celine jacquard check piece, a plaid sweater from either Stella or Saint Laurent (I was eyeing both early in the season), or a tartan anything. I have been struggling to come up with fun, not your run-of-the-mill hostess gifts, when I came across this collage in Elle Decor’s December issue. The plaid-patterned serving plates would be new and unusual, the salad tongs too. Maybe I can get in on the trend this way.

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November 19th, 2013

Shopping like a man

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Want an oversized sweater? I did, so I hit the men’s department at J. Crew and bought this lambswool crewneck in grey, and black, in a size small.  And the best bit– they are on sale online.

Pure wool can be scratchy so I wear a long sleeve T underneath.

If you follow KiC,  you know that I am not a fan of J.Crew women’s clothing, so obviously, this is not a sponsored post…

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November 18th, 2013

Layering Lesson

Untitled-11172013-2A few days ago I posted on falling in love again with my own cashmere turtleneck sweater after I layered it over a longer T. A few readers commented that they layer over a button-down when their sweaters feel too short. While looking for product for the KiC shop this morning, I came across these new season looks from The Row at Barneys and had an “aha” moment. I think we are all on to something.

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November 15th, 2013

Holiday Flats

406106_e2_xWow, it’s mid November and the holidays are upon us. I already have a stack of invitations to trim trees, deck halls, Christmas teas, and lunches. This weekend I am going to pick up (and will post on) hostess gifts, and start to think about what I will wear to these events.

As you know, I am not a big evening-wear girl. Beautiful accessories are my way to dress-up an outfit. The Gianvito Rossi lace flats and Valentino’s with crystals and a bow would be great with either a LBD or black pants.

How chic are these Jimmy Choo slippers– they would take jeans and a sweater to a whole new level.

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November 15th, 2013

Give me the slip

We’ve had a cold snap and the dry air creates a lot of static electricity. After I pull on a cashmere  turtleneck, my hair can pretty much stand on end. The solution? A slip and Static Guard are my secret weapons.

Some of the most beautiful lingerie is from Stella McCartney– it’s pretty, but not too frilly. And most importantly, it’s comfortable and designed to wear under fashion pieces (not too long, doesn’t bunch). This slip comes in off-white, and black, both necessities.

Wish I could find the small travel size, that would be good. I spray the inside of my clothing.

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November 14th, 2013
Looks

It’s a start

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Well, I certainly didn’t expect to get so many comments on my In a rut post, and all of them were really great and helpful!

My tight rotation is not just a lack of things to wear, it’s laziness too. If an outfit works, it becomes my go-to look, and sometimes I need to force myself to not over-wear things. I am a big believer in shopping my own closet and was happy to read that so many of you do the same. Just recently I pulled out a grey cashmere turtleneck that I wasn’t wearing because it felt too short. I layered it over a slightly longer T and it’s now one of my favorite pieces. Sometimes all it takes is a little tweak.

But one comment really struck a chord. I do tend to hesitate when buying something if I don’t LOVE it. Perhaps my puritan roots make me overanalyze an item’s potential value in my wardrobe. I feel guilty when something sits unworn; I am seriously considering consignment.

So, yesterday I ordered a few items to fill the holes: The Jimmy Choo booties (here too) look great for meetings and have a walkable heel (I could also use a flat pair, but had to start somewhere). That’s the reason I didn’t keep the Marant wedges or the Tabitha Simmons’, they were too high. I don’t live a car service lifestyle anymore, or sit at a desk for hours on end.   Until Adidas rereleases Stan Smiths, I am trying the Converse Jack Purcell, another classic sneaker that is on the masculine side. I tried on a zillion sneakers in London and all the good ones were for men. What’s that about?   After I posted on the Theory pants, they sold out before I could order a pair. I put myself on the waitlist and my size just came back in stock. And a big sweater. Not sure either of these will work (grey & white), but they both sure look comfy.

The perfect jacket continues to elude me– I will keep you posted.

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November 13th, 2013
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The Real Carine

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Carine Roitfeld and her granddaughter Romy Nicole. Such a funny and real moment. I don’t miss having small children, especially after my younger daughter proved to be such a great traveling companion last weekend (no food issues, carried her own bags). But I see snapshots like this and feel a little wistful.

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November 12th, 2013

In a rut

This fall I have been out and about a lot. Weekends away, school visits and open houses, trips, meetings, etc. And the sad truth is, I feel like I am wearing the very same things to every event. I love the ease of a uniform, but my uber tight rotation is becoming an issue. Last evening while touring a school for my younger daughter I realized that I had worn the very same outfit to two other schools. Yikes!

How can this be? I look at great product for the KiC shop daily, so why don’t I have more tops, a great new jacket, nice pants, cool sneakers? It was cold and wet in London; flats were ridiculous, and my old grey sneakers, unfashionable. I should’ve taken booties like the ones worn by every chic woman I saw there. But I don’t have any, I’ve never found a pair I couldn’t live without.

When I see something I love and will wear forever, I buy it. So where are these pieces that I need?

Hmmm…  I am in a wardrobe rut.

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November 12th, 2013
Field Trip

Julian Schnabel Retrospective

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A comprehensive exhibit of Julian Schnabel’s work just opened at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, Ct. I have posted on shows that I’ve wanted to see at the center before, but have yet to make it up there. My older daughter comes home from boarding school in less than two weeks for Thanksgiving. The school’s bus makes a stop in Connecticut before NYC. I’m going to pick her up, take her to the exhibition, and then stop for a lunch of crepes and soup at our favorite downtown Greenwich restaurant, Meli Melo.

This could be a fun pre-holiday-madness field trip.

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November 12th, 2013

LSD

These images of Lauren Santo Domingo from Vogue Spain have been on a number of blogs, but they are worth running. She really is a modern style icon with an enviable lifestyle.

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November 11th, 2013
Field Trip

London

Great weekend in London. I was too jet lagged to meet Jane Birkin Friday evening (the cold and rain didn’t help matters), but I did have coffee with the incredibly smart and beautiful Aly of That’s Not My Age. We chatted about blogging and life, it was really nice. However, the main reason for the trip (and why there are no KiC pics except on Instagram) was to visit with my family and see the “hits” of London with my younger daughter. The Eye, Tower, palaces, Harrods (what a nightmare, a tourist attraction more than a store), Big Ben, The Blue Hahn (cockerel), Portobello Road market– it was great.

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November 11th, 2013

Pale Pink cont.

Pale pink, nude, blush– all are news right now, and not just for accessories. This Stella McCartney dress (it has a matching coat) tops my wish list. Sadly, by sale time it will be long gone. If this is the new ladylike, I like it.

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November 11th, 2013

Pale Pink

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Until recently, pale pink accessories did not appeal to me. A few weeks ago I bought a pair of Chloé flats in a beige-y nude, however, in the sunlight they are really a pale pink. At first, this was a bit of a disappointment, so I put them aside to be returned. One morning I decided to try them with all black for a meeting, and I have been living in them ever since.

Clean Sweep in the WSJ. magazine makes pink more than just appealing, it’s the color to covet.

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