The Bodysuit

A few months ago I posted Grown-up Evening with a picture of a woman in a suit with a beautiful lace underpinning. It’s a sexy, yet understated evening look. While editing items for the KiC shop this morning I came across this bodysuit and had an ‘aha’ moment. Good price point too.

By Malene Birger bodysuit

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VANESSA SEWARD

Dorian double-breasted checked cotton-blend tweed coat

GUCCI

Embellished quilted leather gloves

GANNI

Camberwell leopard-print linen-blend canvas jacket

FRAME

Le High straight-leg jeans

GANNI

Ipanema shirred halterneck swimsuit

LOEWE

Hammock small leather tote

SIMON MILLER

W006 Enid mid-rise wide-leg jeans

BLAZÉ MILANO

Silk and linen-blend blazer

K JACQUES ST TROPEZ

Fusain leather sandals

CEFINN

Belted muslin dress

JENNIFER BEHR

Black velvet bow barrette

MAX MARA

Belted cotton-twill midi dress

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H&M for fall

The perfect run-around look, although it seems more appropriate for summer than fall. Doutzen is as beautiful as ever, she’s one of my favorite models.

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Sisters and business partners

Carol and Malia Mills

Carol & Malia Mills

Carol and Malia in Italy, background images from the company’s 20 year history, current swimsuits.

At a dinner party last February I met Carol Mills, sister and business partner of Malia Mills, the swimwear designer. We hit it off immediately and I asked if I could profile her, Malia and the business they have built. Turns out, this year is the 20th anniversary of Malia Mills— with 11 stores in the U.S. and a fantastic line of RTW in addition to the gorgeous and best fitting swimwear ever, the sisters have a lot to celebrate!

Carol’s children in India, vintage Mills photos, while living in Hawaii.

From a large and close-knit family, Carol and Malia make an impressive and hardworking team. Not only do they have a tremendously respectful business relationship, but their respect and compassion for women in general is the company’s mission. As stated on the Malia Mills site “Freedom, truth, feminist spirit, limitless potential! at Malia Mills we are passionate about articulating a new voice on the subject of women and beauty. the revolution starts with you– love the differences!”. Well said.

 I asked the Mills sisters what they would pack for a summer getaway:

Vacation can be a nice time to keep it breezy and simple. Carol always packs our easy throw-it-on Joni Dress – great for the beach or midday cocktails on the porch. To stay shielded from the sunshine, a good hat is key – our Double Duty hat in Charcoal Stripe is reversible – two hats and half the luggage space!  A Majesty Pareo adds a touch of casual elegance to any outfit in the evening, as a scarf, a turban, you name it, and it works perfectly as a sarong on the seashore. And of course, a killer suit in our exclusive Majesty print to match is a must. Carol brings three pieces for two swim looks – namely, a classic LowriderCalendar Girl and Juliette for some unexpected mix and match magic.

Malia never travels far without a dramatic maillot, her trademark, ready to turn some heads on the beach wherever she goes. The Emmanuel in Sergeant with its bold cut-outs does the trick. She loves our Misaki Shorts (you can wash our signature stretch woven fabric in the sink in your hotel room!) topped off with our amazing Hepburn Blouse. Nothing beats the effortless style of our Monte Carlo romper, also hand washable and easily given an extra pop of drama for sizzling summer nights with our statement making Glory Belt. A vacation would not be complete without a great carryall – our Day in the City Bag is made of durable and understated black canvas – light enough for a hot day of strolling the shops.  A perfect assortment!

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Films

Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett plays a New York woman whose life goes off the rails in Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine. Wish it was out today, I would bundle up and go.

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Barneys and Me

Barneys

Barneys asked me to put three looks together. I chose white jeans to be the base because they are really an all-year-round staple these days– they work just as well with sandals as with booties and a sweater.

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Editorial

The Fab 4 in Vogue Paris

Fab 4 jackets that is. I’m still on the hunt for a good looking jacket for fall and would take any one of these.

1.Ralph Lauren Collection, 2. Alberta Ferretti, 3. Chanel, 4. Ann Demeulemeester.

Daria photographed by David Sims for the August issue of Vogue Paris.

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Two of my favorite things

Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung via Instagram for mytheresa

Braids + a Valentino dress = perfection! The scalloping is so beautiful. From a story on Alexa Chung courtesy of mytheresa.

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Summer Essential #3

The Triton by K. Jacques is my summer go-to sandal; they are pretty much welded to my feet June thru August.

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Food

Fresh is Best

For Christmas I gave my husband a share in a local CSA garden. I picked up our weekly box this morning and just unpacked it above. The best part is that I’m forced to cook and eat vegetables that I would not gravitate to in the market. Swiss Chard is a good example, anyone have a good recipe?

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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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