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Layering Lesson

Dries Van Noten successfully fused masculinity and femininity by pairing skirts and ostrich feathers with flannel trousers. A modern and grown-up take on last season’s flirtation with grunge.

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Long wool blazer


Jamie panelled silk dress


Lila hooded checked wool-blend duffle coat


Sinclair sucked silk-crepe blouse


Collins draped silk skirt


Point-toe navy suede and leather chelsea boots


Doris cotton-gabardine trench coat


55 leather knee boots


Color-block ribbed merino wool turtleneck sweater


Nirvy studded leather sandals


Avery oversized belted two-tone cotton twill trench coat


Scare Crow suede ankle boots

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The Burgess Boys

Or rather, when it’s released on March 26th, it will be on my nightstand. Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize winner for her 2009 novel, Olive Kitteridge, is one of my favorite authors. The Burgess Boys returns to coastal Maine and promises to be a good read.

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A few thoughts on Milan

Peter Dundas, designer for Emilio Pucci, showed a fun collection. I’m definitely not cutting my over-the-knee boots after seeing this show.

Black leather is still going strong and this topper by Marni is pretty fab.

A coat is on my list for fall, and there were a lot of good ones in Milan. This ladylike version from Dolce & Gabbana is lovely, but I am not sure it’s the one.

The half shoe/half boot trend continues and I predict that Ferragamo’s offering above will do well.

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Bar cart in Marissa in Naples, Florida

For some inexplicable reason, I have been wanting a bar cart. Inexplicable because I barely drink and rarely entertain at home. But I still want one; I think they look welcoming.

Before lunch today we popped into Marissa Collections in Naples (I’m in Florida for the day) and lo and behold, a fab bar cart. With mini cupcakes no less.

Images © Domino magazine

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The return of the skirt

© Self Service Magazine blog, Photography by Ulrich Knoblauch

It’s been all about pants recently– skinny jeans, leather, and of course, the pant suit. But the skirt is making a comeback and there were some beautiful ones in the stand-out Proenza Schouler FW13 show.

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Tanga in Elle

One of my favorite models, Tanga Moreau, was photographed by Horst Diekgerdes for the March issue of Elle. The story highlights many of the hits of the spring season– Marc Jacobs’ satin flats, Dior skirt suit, the amazing Balenciaga rings, ruffles from both Balenciaga and Gucci, and the Celine twist top.

Now that my friend and KiC profile, Samira Nasr, is Elle’s new Fashion Director, I will give the magazine a closer look.

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Rhapsody in Blue

Finally! My favorite K. Jacques Triton sandal is available in navy. Every spring I would deliberate over having a pair custom made in France and shipped, but never did. From June to September I live in my dark brown and camel Tritons and have yearned for a navy pair to wear with jeans. Et voila!

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Oh, how I love a grey skirt…

Theyskens' Theory FW13

Theyskens’ Theory FW13

A few years ago, Miuccia Prada designed the perfect, grey wool, A-line, to-the-knee skirt for her Miu Miu line. With an inverted pleat and rough-edge hem, it was my dream piece. But for some reason, I didn’t buy it, and then kicked myself for not doing so. As luck would have it, I was in a resale shop looking for items for a school play costume, and there it was. I am not a resale or vintage shopper, but I snapped up that elusive skirt and felt like I had won the fashion lottery.

Grey skirt

Carolina Herrera and Alexander Wang

Paired with a matching grey sweater or a simple white blouse, the Miu Miu skirt is a workhorse in my wardrobe. I could always use another, and fortunately, there were a number of beautiful ones in the NY FW13 shows. This time, I won’t hesitate.

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Simply Celine cont.

This ankle-length, rough linen dress with a frayed edge, caught my eye when going through the Celine show images last fall. It’s one of my favorite pieces from all of the SS13 collections and it epitomizes the current just-be-comfortable mood to a T.

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Doughnut Plant, NYC

Doughnut Plant NYC

My family is obsessed with Doughnut Plant. We each have our favorite flavor ( Tres Leches for yours truly) and eagerly test-drive every new concoction they dream up. We even celebrated Valentine’s Day with heart shaped doughnuts– much better than chocolates or flowers in my book.

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