Am I crazy?

Three years ago when Karl Lagerfeld showed clogs for Chanel I thought ‘Hell no, not going there’. But, at horse shows everybody wears them and I started hankering for a custom pair in navy wool-felt with a red monogram to wear with jeans. Many of you say you live in clogs so, I’m going to take these Isabel Marant’s on a test drive. I’ll let you know.

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Classic Tribute 75 leather plateau sandals

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Tori paneled boyfriend jeans

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Lauren 1980 intrecciato leather clutch

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Films

Frances Ha

Now that my older daughter is home from boarding school, I will drag her to see a long list of independent films. At the top is “Frances Ha”. I first saw Greta Gerwig in “Damsels in Distress”, and it looks like she plays an equally quirky character in this film.

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My Two Lives

Isabel Marant dress

I’m sure everyone can relate to this dilemma– I have two very different back-to-back events this evening, a flower show cocktail (pleasure) in the country and a Cartier dinner (work) in the city, and no time to change in between. What do I wear? Sometimes I feel like I lead two different lives and that I am constantly over or under dressed because I’m running from one thing to another.

The silk Isabel Marant dress from FW12 (mine is grey), and the Valentino ankle-strap pumps may be the way to go. For the record, I’m giving my Rockstuds a well deserved rest these days, only the sandals are in rotation.

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Looks

I Feel Pretty

The last few days have been blisteringly hot (hopefully not foreshadowing a scorcher of a summer), so I pulled out my little cotton dresses. The ones I love best right now are pretty and a bit feminine, not my usual A-line shifts.

A few weeks ago I posted on the fact that I prefer to run-around in pants and a reader reminded me that dresses really are easy and make you look pulled together, even when just popping into to the market.

Sandals; Bracelet; Dress; Knot ring; Sunglasses; Tote; Diamond ring.

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Inspired By

Deeda Blair in T

Deeda Blair photographed by Julia Hetta for T Magazine

Thank you T magazine for this extraordinary profile on Deeda Blair. Aptly described as a “science nerd packaged as a fashion icon” by Harold Koda of the Met, Deeda Blair embodies simple and restrained elegance– a style that never goes out of fashion.

Deeda photographed by Helmut Newton for Vogue shortly after her wedding in 1961

A Polaroid portrait by Andy Warhol from the late ’70s

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The importance of being original

Copycats are not cool

If you knew your friend was wearing a dress to an event, would you buy the same one and wear it too? Would you go to someone’s home and then decorate your living room identically, down to the curtains?  How about liking a website and then imitating it, what would that say about you? I’ll tell you, it says you are a shameless copycat and copycats aren’t chic.

Being inspired by someone’s creative style is great, but blatantly copying them, especially their hard work, is not. Copying shows a lack of original thought and more importantly, hurts the person you steal from.  If you see something that you like, give credit to the creator, that is the gracious thing to do.

Thoughts?

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Grecian Delight

Chance - Julia Leach

Chance founder and summer devotee, Julia Leach, was inspired by a trip to Greece for her SS13 line. Chance’s past two collections reflected Julia’s half-French/half-American heritage and focused on Riviera and California style respectively. This spring, along with the world’s-most-perfect striped tees, Julia added simple cotton tunics and caftans in Aegean blues for us to covet.

I asked Julia to share her inspiration images and, if she did a perfume for this collection, what would be the mix of scents?
“If I were going to create a fragrance for this collection it would capture the spirit of late spring and early summer on the beautiful island of Paros.  White flowers, including narcissus and sea lily, blended with an undercurrent of lemon, thyme, and splash of salty sea air.  These feminine, light scents with a touch of earthiness evoke the essence of Greece and would bring back memories of my magical trip.”

Available at ChanceBarneys New York

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Bag Crush

The Saint Laurent duffel in bottle green is seriously gorgeous and would be even better next fall…

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What I’ve had my eye on…

I love these Altuzarra pieces from Spring and now that they are on sale, I would consider them. The Lanvin sandals are good too.

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Food

Prepping the picnic

Week before last I went to see KiC profile Jennifer Rudick’s documentary, Diner en Blanc. The film, which chronicles the planning of the yearly flash mob dinner staged in Paris, completely inspired me. Most impressive is the amount of thought that goes into each participant’s menu. Not only are the attendees required to wear white, everyone must provide their own food, table, chairs, cutlery, glassware, plates, and most importanly, wine. The primary focus of the film is the prep for this famous picnic.

In the spirit of Diner en Blanc, we are going to celebrate today with an amped up sunset picnic. No pb&j’s wrapped in waxed paper, but rather, lobster salad, a good loaf of bread, and of course, a nice bottle of wine.

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