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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Belted denim shirt


Jean canvas espadrilles


Bow-detailed crepe midi dress


Nude leatter sandals


Camilla one-shoulder textured-organic cotton maxi dress


Knotted sleeve-waist wool sweater


Paradise high-rise jeans


Nude leather sandals


Pearl ribbed-knit wool sweater


Cropped leather trousers


Ryder leather shoulder bag


Square sunglasses

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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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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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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.

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The Real Carine

Carine Roitfeld Instagram

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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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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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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Field Trip


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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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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Pale Pink

© WSJ. magazine

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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