November 14th, 2013

It’s a start


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.



What's New


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • I really like all your picks. I always have a pair of booties similar to the ones you picked. The simple, elegant line is timeless and so versatile. If they are comfortable, you will wear them to the ground. I love menswear and always lament on the fact the best looks are not translated into female proportions. Its like the female version some how lacks the essence of what I find attractive, and I do not have a physical build that allows for me to get away with the male sizing. I think you will enjoy all these items and maybe even LOVE them!

    AprilNovember 14th, 2013  9:19 AM

  • Regarding the sneakers, I love Jack Purcells too, but I just got some things out of storage and found the most DELICIOUS pair of Nike Air Force Ones in camo green that I bought in Honolulu 12 years ago!! They look great with skinny jeans because there is not a stark contrast in color. And so many people stop me and ask me where I bought them–they look super-hip and current!

    MJDNovember 14th, 2013  10:51 AM

  • Preston, thank you for following up with your picks. I love my Jimmy Choo pumps. They make a style that has a beautiful 3.25 heel and I can stand on those for hours. As a substitute for the Theory pants, have you tried Vince? I purchased their Slim Trousers in Coastal after seeing them on The, but Saks has them in black. I’ve had several pairs of Jack Purcells and love them.

    kimNovember 14th, 2013  11:50 AM

  • FYi….Saint Laurent has an all white sneaker available at Saks. Just like the Stan Smith without the green heel detail. Pricy but good looking.
    Cheers to shopping!

    CCNovember 14th, 2013  11:56 AM

  • Thanks for helping all of us with runaround looks. It’s too easy to throw on yoga pants and call it a day. Your suggestions are always on mark and comfy.

    NancyNovember 14th, 2013  12:26 PM

  • Alas, the boots are still a bit to dainty for me to negotiate slippery pavements in, but I really like the look of those fair isle jumpers- they look really cosy. Please report back about whether you get/keep one.

    BeccaNovember 14th, 2013  1:35 PM

  • I also wanted to specifically mention the sneakers. Love the style and glad you are sticking by your choice of white. I checked out the Hogan sneaker/casual shoe several people mentioned in the earlier post on sneakers. They look like a high quality, comfortable shoe, but missing the attitude and style of a sneaker, in my opinion.

    AprilNovember 14th, 2013  4:05 PM

  • I also have two turtleneck sweaters that I felt were too short, I paired one the other day over a long dress-shirt and now I’m in love. That’s my problem too, I find something that works and it becomes my go-to for weekends at a time. Now I need a long white-dress shirt….I love your blog!

    AnitaNovember 14th, 2013  4:57 PM

  • I bought those boots and really wanted to love them. It seems so luxurious to me to have a pair of black jimmy booties. But once I put them on they were so uninspired. I felt like I could’ve bought the same thing for a fraction of the price from any of the knock offs. I’m curious how you like them. Maybe I could be convinced again?

    So love your blog. It’s the first place I go every morning with my warm latte.

    SandieNovember 14th, 2013  5:25 PM

  • Thanks for the update. I, too, like a masculine edge to certain items. Have been looking for a perfect oxford/brogue, but cannot find in narrow. Love those pants. They would solve part of my wardrobe problem. Will look around for something close. And I’ve been layering my boxy sweaters over shirts–reduces the breeziness.

    PindaNovember 14th, 2013  7:33 PM

  • You definitely hit a nerve with a lot if people. Bottom line, just like eating healthy and exercising daily, having a perfectly edited wardrobe is a never ending quest. I think it makes us all feel better to know everyone struggles with this ( except perhaps Lauren Santo Domingo!)

    PaulaNovember 14th, 2013  7:38 PM

  • Ok. Resolved to play in my closet with an ancient but lovely grey Barbara Bui chunky sweater that I thought was “too short”. I will try layering with a white shirt first since they aren’t getting out much these days. Maybe this look will work with sneakers!

    MiaNovember 14th, 2013  9:34 PM

  • I admire that you don’t buy unless you LOVE. Good for you! Who needs more stuff?! Listen to those Puritan roots and be true to you.

    ToriNovember 14th, 2013  10:29 PM

  • After years of being faithful to Theory and ordering probably every pair of pants they made/make (I lived in the Max C’s in every color when I was a corporate lawyer – kept them long for heels and hemmed them for flats; I even bought them on eBay in bigger sizes when I was pregnantand wore them with the “belly band” for as long as I could…), I have discovered the Vince Strapping Stretch Wool trousers. Am the same size in them and in the Theory pants, and I think they fit even better; somehow they are even softer. Am a total convert! I imagine their “skinnier” pants may thus be worth a look too.

    KateNovember 15th, 2013  10:43 PM

  • Kate, thank you for recommending the Vince pants, I will try them. I love the fabric on the Theory ones above, but the fit was not good. However, the Jimmy Choo booties are great. Just waiting for a smaller size to be delivered.

    PrestonNovember 16th, 2013  8:11 AM

  • Just bought the Vince Strapping pant today at Nordstrom, the fit and fabric are great plus they were on sale!

    CindyNovember 16th, 2013  6:16 PM

  • Love this running around look! I found J Crew has a very similar pair of pants to the Theory, which I have in dark charcoal. Also just got a pair of black sequin converse which are fun and comfy, but have a little style. My other run around shoe that I’m loving now is the Sam Edelman low tan suede booty, from Nordys. Super comfy with just enough heel to last on the San Francisco hills all day without hurting me.
    Love your blog!


    kimNovember 17th, 2013  12:33 PM


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