Ode to Helmut

To me, Isabel Marant’s fall collection is a serious nod to Helmut Lang (the Helmut). Like the pieces Helmut gave me after each show, items that I still love and wear, I suspect that the same will be true of this IM collection– beautiful and wearable clothes for the long haul.

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Mohair-blend sweater


Charlotte medium leather bag


Kim square sunglasses


Charlotte leather-trimmed canvas bag


Classic Tribute 75 leather plateau sandals


Tori paneled boyfriend jeans


Lauren 1980 intrecciato leather clutch


Oversized wool-blend cape


Den high-rise straight-leg jeans


Le Marais leather boots


Square belt bag

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Sticker Shock

A gorgeous Proenza Schouler look from their F/W 13 show

I’m a pretty simple gal– the only things that I am willing to really spend on are educating my girls, riding, and a few new pieces each season to freshen up my wardrobe. But this fall it’s going to be a challenge regarding those ‘few new pieces’. I realize that I spend more than many folks do, but even I have my limits, and some of the things I am loving right now will not make it into my closet. I cannot justify the prices.

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Zero to Sixty in W

I love this opening spread from a Fall collections story in the August issue of W. Photographs by Craig McDean and styled by Edward Enninful.

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On My Mind

Amanda Brooks

Amanda Brooks © British Vogue

In the July issue of Bristish Vogue there’s a thoughtful piece by Amanda Brooks in which she talks about her new life in England. I have been thinking about Amanda and her decision to move her family from Manhattan to her husband’s ancestral farm in Oxfordshire. I understand that the impetus was wanting to support her husband’s family during trying times, but I suspect that the unanticipated move became a welcome life-change unto itself.

The focus of the article is how Amanda, most recently the fashion director of Barneys, edited her wardrobe to fit into three suitcases for her yearlong sabbatical. My take-away from the piece is not only how happy her children are in the English countryside, a far cry from life in downtown NYC, but when Amanda says “I was also excited to stop and take stock of my life. I had worked for nearly 20 years in fashion and I was good at it but I had never really felt I had found the job that satisfied me over a long period of time”– this resonated with me.

I felt the same way when we left the Upper East Side to be closer to the barn. Wanting a break, but not happy to stop working completely, I started KiC to fill my time. Amanda’s blog I Love Your Style, back burnered during her year at Barneys, is now her work. Still style focused, the site includes more family posts as Amanda chronicles her farm lifestyle. While still in New York, Amanda was inspired by an article on Ree Drummond and her successful blog, The Pioneer Woman. Ms. Drummond is a mother of four and lives on a cattle ranch outside Pawshuska, Oklahoma. Amanda told the NYT’s “(i)t’s the idea of having a career on your own terms, anywhere” that “got me really fired up”. Hear hear.

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Eeny Meeny Miny Moe

If I needed a new bag for fall (I don’t!), a Celine would top my list. I love tan (camel, saddle, tobacco), it goes with everything.

Image © paperblog

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Étoile Isabel Marant for Fall

This collection has three of my favorite things– over-the-knee boots, cozy sweaters, and a beautiful coat. I’m excited for next season’s offerings.

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Celine for Fall

And they’re off! The Fall campaigns are breaking and once again Daria is the face of Celine. Simply gorgeous, and the blue boots are divine.

Thoughts on the long red nails?

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The Seventeen Watch by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci

I have been looking for a non-dressy watch. My “sport” watch is still too fancy for the camping trip I’m planning this summer. Love the Seventeen by Riccardo Tisci, designer for Givenchy– 17 is Tisci’s lucky number.

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Off to a Show

Charlotte Casiraghi by Maciek Kobieleski for Self Service Magazine

It’s an exciting day for me, my younger daughter is showing on a horse for the first time. Her beloved pony is better off in a field this summer, so she moved up to a horse and bigger jumps. Cross your fingers for blue ribbons.

In my daughter’s honor I am running one of my all time favorite editorials featuring Charlotte Casiraghi from Self Service Magazine.

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Lovely L’Ombré

© L’Oréal Professionnel

In the summer, not only do I let my hair grow long, I get a tad lazy with color. So the ombré trend is timely. I think I’m an unintentional adopter…

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