Give Me a Ring (or 10)

I mentioned yesterday that I am compiling my spring wish-list and the Balenciaga rings below neared the top. But after seeing the above picture in February Vogue, I realized that I am already half way there (1 Trinity, a signet and numerous stacked simple gold bands). I also prefer the mix of styles and placement.

Balenciaga SS13 rings

Gaia Repossi in her Barbere rings © Tommy Ton for style.com

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Katie suede sock bootie

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Belted wool coat

SAINT LAURENT

loulou leather over-the-knee boots

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Suede Crooked-Heel ankle boot

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Everyday tote small leather bag

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

Padded velvet jacket

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Roll-neck argyle-sleeved sweater

GANNI

Ridgewood corduroy trousers

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Point-toe slingback kitten-heel pumps

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Patchwork fur jacket

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Alice square-frame acetate sunglasses

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Clever leather belt bag

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Anya Hindmarch tote

I have been asked a number of times about a tan tote that I carry. It’s by Anya Hindmarch and it’s on sale at the The Outnet. Black is good too…

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Homework

After a long weekend working on the first phase of KiC’s redesign, I am catching up at home. I’m going through the fall issues of magazines, putting together my spring wish-list, and watching ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’. Perfect way to spend a very cold day.

The photo is a tad tongue-in-cheek, I call it ‘the blogger’ pic…

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Cozy Up

Malgosia Bela © Paris Vogue, September 2012 issue

Baby, it’s cold outside. And I hear it’s unusually cold and that it snowed in Paris during the couture shows, a rarity.  Spring will be all the sweeter after this cold snap. Like Malgosia, I want to pull on a big sweater, get cozy, and dream of little summer dresses with sandals.

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Campaigns

Graphic Material

Sienna Miller from January British Harper’s Bazaar

Okay I’ll admit it, I’m excited to see what Michelle Obama wears to the inaugural festivities today. Will she wear a graphic piece from spring? Doubtful.

I admire Mrs. Obama for re-wearing looks, that’s what great clothes are for. And as much as I love the checks from Vuitton SS 2013, I am not sure I would buy one as it’s a memorable print and I’m worried that it would scream ‘repeat’ every time I put it on. An added concern, I have already seen it out and about.  Actually, this has become a bit of a pet peeve; seeing the best pieces from collections on celebrities before they are available to buy. Last year I was besotted with a Valentino lace dress, but I saw it so many times on so many celebs (and show-goers), that when it came in to the shop, I passed on it. I felt it was already over-exposed and that I was the last person to wear it.

I think I am circling around to my affinity for under-the-radar pieces that have longevity. I rarely, if ever, buy something that  can only be worn one season. This does not mean that I buck trends completely, I just buy carefully with longevity as the goal.

The Dolce & Gabbana striped dress on the far left below is more of what I am considering. An on-trend piece with it’s bold stripe, yet it may not be as identifiable to this season when I pull it out in say two years time.

Dolce & Gabbana SS 2013 campaign

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Rooms

Apartment Envy

I grabbed this photo from RDuJour, one of my favorite blogs. The mix of modern and traditional is right up my alley. What is it about a gilt-frame mirror and black lamp shades?  Irresistible.

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Kick up your heels

Perhaps it’s time for a return to fun, not-too-serious, heels. I bought these Sophia Webster sandals above for my daughter to wear to a holiday dance. Paired with her little black sheath dress, they were show-stopping.

The Aquazzura sandals below are good too, and not as whimsical.

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Cara Delevingne ‘Heavenly Creature’

My favorite (relatively) new model, Cara Delevingne, is stunning in an upcoming W Magazine spread entitled Heavenly Creature. Shot in Sicily by Mikael Jansson and styled, in 60s inspired looks from the Spring collections, by Edward Enninful, Cara is a divine creature indeed.

Despite her posh lineage (or maybe because of it), Cara is a free spirit with quirky, in-your-face, personal style. The 20 year old British model walked in an enormous number of shows last season, had a role in the recent film adaptation of Anna Karenina and stars in the current Chanel campaign. With her signature bushy eyebrows and devil-may-care attitude, Cara is my ‘It girl’ pick to watch.

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Looks

Saint Laurent is in

In stores that is. The first delivery of Hedi Slimane’s debut Saint Laurent collection is here.

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Loving Repossi

The spring Repossi ads, featuring one of my favorite girls, Norwegian model Iselin Steiro, are really beautiful. Photographed by David Sims and styled by Joe McKenna, these gorgeous shots may inspire us all to wear ear cuffs.

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