Superga

Every spring, when it’s time to shelve boots and yet it’s too early for sandals, I have the same dilemma. What are the best transition shoes? Loafers? Belgians? Ballet flats? I have posted on this frustrating topic a number of times and keep ending up in the same place; wearing the same old things.

Inspired by the adorable Alexa Chung, who models in their campaign, I have decided to test drive a pair of Supergas as a run-around option. A sneaker, but not athletic in the least, the Superga is light and comfy. One weird aside, they make my feet look disconcertingly small. They are also a tad young, like Keds for kids. But so far, I like them. I bought all white to pair with my white jeans and am considering navy.

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Ashland cropped mid-rise straight-leg jeans

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Wool and cashmere cardigan

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Lauren flat suede Mary Jane slide

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Round-frame tortoiseshell sunglasses

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Linda 45 leather pumps

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Zip-detailed stretch-cotton bomber jacket

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Maisie ruffled crinkled silk-satin blouse

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Blue and white is so right

Stella McCartney ss 2012 courtesy of the New York Times

I am a huge classic sportswear fan and as much as I love a good dress, perfectly put-together separates can send me. Stella McCartney’s look above and Victoria Beckham’s below epitomize the best of this clean and very wearable genre for spring.

The blue and white is a welcome nod to the sea and reminder that summer days are coming.

Victoria Beckham ss 2012

Collecting shoes?

The Sunday NYTs ran an article on a woman who collects high heels. She owns 1200 pairs, 700 of which are Louboutins and many of them are unworn. I posted a bit ago on wanting/buying yet another pair of Valentino studded sandals and a friend, jokingly, advised me to view myself as a collector in order to allay my guilty conscience. I have 4 pairs, this is a far cry from 1200.

To me, collecting implies that the items are cherished and preserved and I have a hard time thinking about clothing and accessories this way. I certainly try to buy carefully with the intent that my purchases will go the distance. A classics fan, I love when I pull out a piece and it still looks fresh and relevant although it is years old. And it is no secret that I often buy two identical items to insure their longevity. But this does not mean that they will live on a shelf to be adored from afar.

Shoes, like anything, can be collected. But in my opinion, they should be worn to be truly appreciated.

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Already missing the Ritz

Kate Moss by Tim Walker for American Vogue

The Ritz Paris is closing for renovations this summer and is slated to reopen in over 2 years time. This is making me a tad panicky. Not only will I not be able to stay there, but what if some of the charm (and utter opulence) is lost in the renovation?

Hands down, the Ritz Paris is my family’s favorite hotel. It’s all about the pool. There is no better spot to kick jet lag than napping poolside on a chaise lounge.

I am seriously considering one last visit before the fateful temporary closing.

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Looks

Spring Neutrals

These pale Miu Miu boots are perfect right now and I figure that if I am already wearing white jeans, it is okay to pull out a white skirt too. Add a slouchy grey tee or henley, simple clutch, and Aurelie Bidermann cuff , and I predict this outfit will be one of my go-to spring looks.

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Joanna Della Valle

Joanna in Greenwich Village by Marko MacPherson for KiC

Joanna Della Valle, like some of our other Style Setters, is someone we’ve crossed paths with many times over the years. We all were at Vogue at the beginning of our careers and continued to run into Joanna at fashion shows and other events when she worked for Interview magazine. Joanna, whose style veered toward a more downtown rock’n’roll vibe then, was, and still is, fun, warm, and engaging.

Then, in what seemed straight out of a fairy tale, she married Emanuele Della Valle, son of Diego Della Valle, and moved to Milan. Now she’s back living in New York with her husband and two adorable children in Greenwich Village. Recently, she convinced her husband to launch a website (and app), Elizabeth Street, which premieres today, where women like Joanna–chic, fashion-forward moms, can hear from other style-setting moms about everything from where to find the best onesy to favorite date-night restaurants to where to take your kids if you’re visiting Paris, LA and other destinations. We think it’s a must-read for moms, mothers to be, aunts, grandmothers, and beyond.

It was refreshing to see that Joanna is still the same girl we got to know years ago, but now with a more grownup style and sensibility. Here, she shares some of her style essentials and more.

What is Elizabethstreet.com, and who is the Elizabeth Street woman? Elizabethstreet.com is a website started by my husband, Emanuele, after my complaining that there wasn’t a site out there that spoke to me and my mom friends. An Elizabeth Street woman is a mom who likes to travel with her kids, lets them jump in puddles on a rainy day, and tries out the hot new restaurant but at 5:30 so she can take them.

Five Spring Essentials: Céline black double-breasted boy blazer with gold buttons, Isabel Marant batik jumpsuit, Roger Vivier fuchsia leopard clutch, LL Bean boat tote with yellow handles, James Perse orange T-shirt.

Three beauty musts: I cannot live without Creme de la Mer original moisturizing cream. I have been using Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser for all skin types forever. I mix Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose and Fleurs D’Oranger perfumes; I spray both scents and it smells a little differently each time.

Next destination: A weekend getaway to Bucks County, Pennsylvania. My husband and daughter are obsessed with finding the perfect farm.

A perfect day is: A trip to the zoo, a playdate with a friend, and dinner at home cooked by my husband, who is a great cook!

Latest obssession: Downton Abbey

Keeps me sane: My sister!

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Spring ahead

With this sublime, unseasonably warm weather, I am not sorry we skipped Palm Beach and are happily at home. It’s so nice, that we bailed on skiing too. Every window is open and the dogs come and go freely. The longer days and extra daylight in the evening, courtesy of Daylight Savings, are also welcome.

I pinched the above image from one of my favorite blogs RduJour. The post, aptly entitled “rooms to inspire”, did just that. Here the pink and green is not so much preppy as pretty and fresh. Peonies are my absolute favorite spring flowers.  And the matching Gracie wallpaper panel and seat cushions is something I am seriously considering copying.

 

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On My Mind

Celebrating women

I spent International Women’s Day (yesterday) at a birthday lunch for my dear friend. The gorgeous birthday girl, flawless in a nude sleeveless shift, an Hermes watch and barely-there makeup, hosted a group of friends comprised of impressive women. All the guests have families, work and busy lives, yet everyone was relaxed and grateful for the get-together.

I cannot think of a better way to honor International Women’s Day than connecting and reconnecting with a group of interesting, smart and successful women.

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Valentino is divine

 

The Fall Valentino show was extraordinary. Folk, scalloped edges and sweet yet cool Penelope Tree elements- all gorgeous.

Image links to video of the show.

March on

Cookmaid with fruit and vegetables by Sir Nathaniel Bacon 1620-1627 from the Tate Collection

I have been bedridden with a head cold for 3 days and my older daughter comes home tomorrow for spring break. She is now vegan. So I hauled myself off the couch and went to the library and took out Kathy Freston’s book Veganist and a cookbook too. The NYTs ran a piece on the new vegan Blossom Bakery yesterday so we will check that out.

Besides being panicked about what to cook (or not cook), I have been making a list of things to do with the girls this month. I remember coming home from boarding school one holiday and saw a list my mother had made of things for us to do and thought it was odd. But now I get it.

My girls grew up doing homework under the racks backstage at fashion shows. Now they tag along as we shoot for KiC. Next week we are going to Greenwich to see new pieces from Blair Husain’s jewelry collection (she is an upcoming KiC profile) and have lunch at our favorite Meli Melo creperie. Also next week, my friends are launching a line of handbags called Eponymous that I bet are great and I will take some pics.

Cindy Sherman. Untitled #466. 2008

The Cindy Sherman show at MoMA tops my list of cultural activities, the Whitney Biennial 2012 which opens today is a must-see and we still have not been to the new American wing at the Met. And movies movies movies.

Then we go skiing.

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