November 30th, 2013
Books

“A Story Lately Told”

© The New York Times

After I read a NYT’s interview with Anjelica Huston on her recently released memoir, “A Story Lately Told”, I popped it on my Christmas list (to give and get). The Oscar winning actress shares memories of a magical childhood in Ireland, her relationship with Jack Nicholson, love of fashion, and of course, her famous father, director John Huston. I cannot wait to tuck into this book after the holidays.

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November 28th, 2013

It’s just us, thankfully

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As a child my family took turns hosting Thanksgiving with my Connecticut cousins. It was a big cacophony of a holiday and I hated every minute. These days my sisters and mother are a bit far-flung (London, Doha, and Naples, Florida), however, I am okay to be celebrating with just my own family unit this year.

Simple is the motto today. I am using a turkey recipe from the NYT’s, making only a little bit of stuffing (none of us really want or need it), and an apple crumble in lieu of a pie.

Tomorrow and this weekend we will see friends and start the holiday swirl, so, I’m thankful that today it’s just us.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

November 26th, 2013
Inspired By

Malgosia Bela

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The ultimate cool-girl, Polish model and actress Malgosia Bela has personal style in spades. From her Saint Laurent booties to the rad sneakers and cozy scarf, I am always inspired by what she puts together.

Pared down evening with an edge, Malgosia stays true to her aesthetic.

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November 26th, 2013
My Music

Broken Bells

On the school run this morning I heard a new track entitled “Holding on For Life” from Broken Bells’ upcoming album “After the Disco”–  it’s really good.

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November 24th, 2013
Looks

The tunic is tops

One of my favorite tops is a tunic. I have even shortened a number of dresses to be worn over pants. Paired with leather leggings and a chic bootie, this is such an easy look. The tweed Proenza Schouler above would be a forever piece.

leggings, tunic, clutch, pump, cuff, duffle, bootie.

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November 24th, 2013
Food

Skol!

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Mini quiches, cheese and crackers, dips– not this holiday season. I want to shake up my hors d’oeuvre repertoire and am inspired by Daniel Boulud’s mini smorgasbord in Elle Decor. The famous chef lived in Denmark for three years in the late 1970s and shares his favorite Scandinavian recipes. Skol!

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November 23rd, 2013

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

We’ve made a few changes to KiC. Want to access old posts more easily? Click VIEW ALL at the bottom of the page and scroll through the entire archive. Also, if you are signed up for alerts and daily is too often, we now offer a weekly round-up which will go out on Saturdays. To choose this option, you will need to resubscribe, select weekly, and then you will receive an email to change your preferences. And lastly, only three category choices– people, things I love, and shop.

Keeping it chic (and easy),
Preston

November 22nd, 2013

Circling Back

I talk about things that I like, but rarely circle back and share if I’ve tried any of them. Here are two items that I posted on, bought, and LOVE.

Yesterday I walked miles in the Jimmy Choo boots and they were super comfortable. It helps that I ordered a half size larger so I can wear thick cashmere socks with them.

This works (or I am willing it to)– I do feel that I look a little more rested, even when I’m not.

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November 22nd, 2013

Loopy Love

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Yesterday, after I posted on resort hitting the stores, I hit the stores. The new pieces at Céline are truly lust-worthy– we will all be wearing long, tunic style white shirts this spring. Then, at Barneys, this Altuzarra open-knit top caught my eye. Thankfully I was wearing a black tank under my sweater, otherwise, trying it on would have been risqué. Paired with black pants now, then white in the spring, this was a keeper.

Wonder why designer sweaters are so expensive? The WSJ did too in ‘Sticker Shock” .

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November 21st, 2013

I’m ready for Resort

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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

© Elle Decor

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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