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
Insta-grab

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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November 8th, 2013

On my inspiration board

I posted on, but did not buy, the mini Pandora and this pic makes me want one all over again.

This is the perfect, more dressed up, run-around look. I am definitely having a tailored pants moment.

As hard as I’ve looked this season (and last winter), I have not found the jacket. I love navy, but I’m a bit over leather sleeves above. Emmanuelle Alt’s shearling below is more of what I am looking for.

November 8th, 2013

I still love

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I still love my 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch, it has been a real workhorse in my wardrobe. It’s the perfect size and the perfect price point. And the one in snakeskin is on my list…

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November 8th, 2013

Wild Food

I went to a very cool lecture yesterday given by Tama Matsuoka Wong on foraging for edible wild plants. I spent my childhood summers on Martha’s Vineyard picking beach plums. They were used to make a popular jelly (popular in New England in the 70′s perhaps) and we kids were paid by the pound of plums we gathered.

We have an organic garden with some unusual plants (grey shallots anyone?), but we have not ventured beyond what we grow ourselves or pick up at the open market. Ms. Wong is a wild plant supplier for many outstanding NYC restaurants, including Daniel, by Daniel Boulud. I am so inspired by her book that I’m going to attempt to forage for some of the plants she recommends, and try them.

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November 7th, 2013

Animal Attraction

I’ve never been a huge fan of leopard print, but I’m warming up to it this season. Not sure I would wear a coat à la Virginie Mouzat, but animal print booties would be fun!

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November 7th, 2013
My Music

Arcade Fire

Although I was disappointed when I first heard a few tracks from Arcade Fire’s new album, Reflektor, I now love it. Really, really, love it.

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November 6th, 2013
Beauty

A low pony

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It seems I’m obsessed with un”done” hair these days. This low pony is chic, yet relaxed. Would look great with a big sweater and it’s hat friendly.

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