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Photo © TOMBOY style.com by Lizzie Garrett

You know when you hear about something a number of times from different sources and it starts to stick in your head? This happened to me recently, and the “something” is a pair of Tretorn sneakers. The plain, white on white, all-canvas style. But, let me back up first.

It really started with my Superga sneakers that are sadly, not very comfortable. I think they are too narrow and I can no longer justify bandaids just so I can wear them. The retro, European styling is what got me to try the Superga, but in the end, comfort trumped looks and they have been shelved. When I started to look for new sneakers (I am not talking marathon-worthy or super tricked-out athletic) I realized that I still want a pair to wear running around doing errands in lieu of ballet flats or loafers.

The classic Tretorn has been on my radar to re-try. I grew up in Boston and they were the de rigueur shoe of my childhood. So, when KiC L.A. photographer, Agnes Baddoo, emailed me the above post from one of our favorite blogs, Tomboy Style by Lizzie Garrett, I knew it was a sign.  I may even copy Lizzie on the cool laces.

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Looks

Easy and timeless run-around pieces

I have not bought a cocktail dress or evening-specific item since I-don’t-know-when. Daywear is my priority and that’s what I spend my money on. I buy three-season investment pieces that are somewhat classic. Perfect example, the cashmere poncho, above, which I will wear all year long (even over shorts and a tee on a cool summer evening). Ditto the perfect skinny jeans and cute flats.

Jeans, Current/Elliott; Earrings, Monica Vinader; Poncho, Inhabit; Tote, Sophie Hulme; Flats, Givenchy; Bracelet, Givenchy.

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Ring me up

Photo © the NYT’s

It’s no secret that I am a ring stacker. So, when I saw these on the Balenciaga runway last week, I flipped. They are sold as a set per finger; I will take five please.

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Art

Fun Art

Cloud City at the Metropolitan Museum

“Fun art, no pictures on the walls” is how we proposed a multi-exhibition, whirlwind museum outing to our kids. Last week, courtesy of a mid-week holiday, my friend wrangled me, six kids (mine, hers, 2 nieces and a nephew) and one nanny to go see some amazing art installations. It took a bit of strategic planning to get the timed tickets and travel to three locations, but my friend, a true force of nature, had us in and out in just over two hours. And boy, was it fun!

First stop was “Cloud City”, an interactive work by Tomás Saraceno which sits atop The Met. A bit like a hamster toy, we climbed up and through the habitrail-like structure composed of plexiglass and mirrored surfaces. Although it was overcast, the views from the Cantor Roof Garden are spectacular.

“Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City” is on view through Nov. 4 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; (212) 535-7710, metmuseum.orgContinue…

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Isabel Marant dress © style.com

Spring collections are always a bit confusing to me. It’s partly because I live in NY where it is cold until April and then super hot. We rarely have an extended period of 50° days to wear spring suits, peplumed this and that, etc. So I scour this round of shows for summery warm-weather pieces. This is probably why I buy so much from Resort. But I digress. The above tunic dress and white dress below, both by Isabel Marant, are on my spring list. Continue…

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Beauty

I’m just a simple gal

Last week the NYT’s ran a list of classic tried-and-true beauty products (KiC loves lists) and I had an “aha” moment. Practically since it’s inception, I have been wearing Chanel’s Bonheur lipstick (that is, when I wear lipstick) but feel it’s a little too pink-y for fall. So, when I saw Clinique’s all time classic, Black Honey, which I have not worn in a million years, on the Times list, I knew it was the answer. Black Honey is still going strong because it suits most skin tones and I fell in love with it (all over again).

The Black Honey lipstick was my first beauty product purchase in ages. I’m just not a beauty junkie. This is partly due to my overly sensitive skin and redness from years of skiing and sailing. Jennifer no longer just hints that lasering my broken capillaries is a good idea and she will be happy to hear that I have a date with my dermatologist. The upside of sensitive skin is that I never go in the sun unprotected and have not aged that much. The down side is that I cannot try all the fab new creams out there.

So my beauty musts are pretty slim. Mascara (I am not picky), Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (a lighter shade than my skin tone is best), and two fragrances. I wear two, always, together. The primary scent, Annick Goutal’s Mandragore, is perfection, but doesn’t last long enough, so I pair it with a La Prairie body spray, Eau de Soin Cellulaire. This one is powerful. I don’t spray it directly on my skin, but rather, I spray the air and walk through it. I also put a tiny bit in my hair.

And once in a while, a spritz of Klorane dry shampoo (mostly in the summer) when my hair looks a tad flat. Ta da!

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When in doubt, wear black

The Paris Vogue team at Fashion Night Out in Paris © vogue.fr

And they’re off! The shows have begun in New York and the gang’s all here. Even though I am fully aware of the show schedule, the Spring shows always catch me off guard. They start just as we are returning from vacation and getting the kids back to school.

In an attempt to be prepared, each August I buy a few pieces to update my wardrobe. This summer I successfully snagged the accessories I had my eye on, but I seriously whiffed it on clothes. This is partly due to the Fall delivery schedule and that many runway pieces are not in stores until mid September. It’s also too warm to pull out the great new Balmain sweater and cool-weather pieces I bought. But these are just excuses. This year I clearly dropped the ball and have nothing new to wear this week.

What to do? Do what the Paris Vogue girls do- wear all black with my fab new Valentino Tan-gos, fringed booties and Hermes Collier de Chien a la Emmanuelle Alt.  Ta da!

If I bought evening wear

Kasia Smutniak in Valentino © Paris Vogue

Recently, when I asked a few friends what they were buying this fall, I was surprised that they all had cocktail and evening wear on their lists. It’s not that I don’t go out at night (granted infrequently) or to fancy events, I just don’t prioritize evening clothes in my wardrobe. But I think I should. I cannot tell you how many times I stress over accepting an invitation because I don’t have something to wear. This is because I like my purchases to be somewhat evergreen and I worry that after a few outings, an expensive cocktail dress would linger guiltily in my closet. However, there are a lot of beautiful brocade and embroidered dresses right now that I think I would wear forever.

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On My Mind

Labor Day

Maine coast by Michael Davis

For us, Labor Day is the last day of summer. I drove my older daughter back to boarding school this morning and the air smelled different in Connecticut and the trees were starting to turn. Although I am ready for a change of  seasons, the end of this summer is bittersweet. My younger daughter tells me that “summer would not be special if it lasted all year”. So true.

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Looks

Matchy-matchy, the pantsuit rules

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Upper left and lower right from J.Crew; Upper right, Valentino; Lower left, Miu Miu

There are a plethora of matching tops and bottoms in the Fall collections. Miuccia Prada brought back the traditional pantsuit (jacket & trousers), but I prefer a matching tunic and pant; best example is the bright blue one from her Miu Miu show. I also love the J. Crew coordinating printed foulard pieces. And the Valentino dress over a matching pant is great too.

A pantsuit is a simple silhouette and such an easy way to dress. Whichever way you choose to put this look together, I think this is a trend with staying power.

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