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Sienna Miller from January British Harper’s Bazaar

Okay I’ll admit it, I’m excited to see what Michelle Obama wears to the inaugural festivities today. Will she wear a graphic piece from spring? Doubtful.

I admire Mrs. Obama for re-wearing looks, that’s what great clothes are for. And as much as I love the checks from Vuitton SS 2013, I am not sure I would buy one as it’s a memorable print and I’m worried that it would scream ‘repeat’ every time I put it on. An added concern, I have already seen it out and about.  Actually, this has become a bit of a pet peeve; seeing the best pieces from collections on celebrities before they are available to buy. Last year I was besotted with a Valentino lace dress, but I saw it so many times on so many celebs (and show-goers), that when it came in to the shop, I passed on it. I felt it was already over-exposed and that I was the last person to wear it.

I think I am circling around to my affinity for under-the-radar pieces that have longevity. I rarely, if ever, buy something that  can only be worn one season. This does not mean that I buck trends completely, I just buy carefully with longevity as the goal.

The Dolce & Gabbana striped dress on the far left below is more of what I am considering. An on-trend piece with it’s bold stripe, yet it may not be as identifiable to this season when I pull it out in say two years time.

Dolce & Gabbana SS 2013 campaign

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Lila hooded checked wool-blend duffle coat

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Sinclair sucked silk-crepe blouse

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Collins draped silk skirt

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Point-toe navy suede and leather chelsea boots

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Doris cotton-gabardine trench coat

GIANVITO ROSSI

55 leather knee boots

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Color-block ribbed merino wool turtleneck sweater

ISABEL MARANT

Nirvy studded leather sandals

REJINA PYO

Avery oversized belted two-tone cotton twill trench coat

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Rooms

Apartment Envy

I grabbed this photo from RDuJour, one of my favorite blogs. The mix of modern and traditional is right up my alley. What is it about a gilt-frame mirror and black lamp shades?  Irresistible.

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Kick up your heels

Perhaps it’s time for a return to fun, not-too-serious, heels. I bought these Sophia Webster sandals above for my daughter to wear to a holiday dance. Paired with her little black sheath dress, they were show-stopping.

The Aquazzura sandals below are good too, and not as whimsical.

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Cara Delevingne ‘Heavenly Creature’

My favorite (relatively) new model, Cara Delevingne, is stunning in an upcoming W Magazine spread entitled Heavenly Creature. Shot in Sicily by Mikael Jansson and styled, in 60s inspired looks from the Spring collections, by Edward Enninful, Cara is a divine creature indeed.

Despite her posh lineage (or maybe because of it), Cara is a free spirit with quirky, in-your-face, personal style. The 20 year old British model walked in an enormous number of shows last season, had a role in the recent film adaptation of Anna Karenina and stars in the current Chanel campaign. With her signature bushy eyebrows and devil-may-care attitude, Cara is my ‘It girl’ pick to watch.

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Saint Laurent is in

In stores that is. The first delivery of Hedi Slimane’s debut Saint Laurent collection is here.

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Loving Repossi

The spring Repossi ads, featuring one of my favorite girls, Norwegian model Iselin Steiro, are really beautiful. Photographed by David Sims and styled by Joe McKenna, these gorgeous shots may inspire us all to wear ear cuffs.

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Cruising into spring

Cruise collection

Gucci pants; Derek Lam dress: The Row sweater; Givenchy sandals; IRO jacket; Maison Martin Margiela rings.

Wondering what’s in stores now? Cruise aka Resort aka pre-Spring collections. It’s the season in between fall and spring and it’s a dynamo. Packed with great and wearable pieces (Cruise is not known to be too fashion-forward), yet it often heralds the spring trends to come. There is a wide range of options, from swimwear and sandals (ergo the name Resort), to cashmere sweaters, jackets and booties (the pre-Spring element). This small, but mighty, season has something for everyone and most temperatures.

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Urban Pastoral

I have Brooklyn on the brain. Last week we went for lunch and wandered around a bit afterwards. I am toying with getting a place in Brooklyn Heights (reminds me of Beacon Hill in Boston, my hometown) and this story from Vogue may be the thing that sways me.

We lived for years on the Upper East Side, right on the park. My country-loving family needed to see greenery every day and this worked, for a while. Now we live on the water minutes from the city, but the commute is a bore.

So, we have started to rethink our living situation (keep the cottage for weekends) and Brooklyn is on the list. When I saw what my old Vogue colleague, landscape designer and Vogue Contributing Editor Miranda Brooks, did with her Brooklyn brownstone, especially the outdoor spaces, I am seriously hooked on this borough.

If this is what we decide to do, Miranda will have a new project and neighbor.

Amanda and her adorable husband, architect Bastien Halard.

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It’s good to have L-atitude!

I love to travel and my husband is co-founder of Tablet Hotels, but for some reason, we have not ventured beyond our usual haunts (Martha’s Vineyard, Maine and Palm Beach/Naples Fla.) for some time now. Yes, we went to Paris and L.A., but no far-flung, exotic locales as of late.

One of the best parts of traveling is finding unusual, cannot-buy-at-home items to bring back for myself and friends. Fortunately, there is the fab site L-atitude which offers unique and handmade pieces from all over the world. Alisa Ng, L-atitude’s founder, travels extensively to fill her online shop and we benefit from her far reach and numerous finds.

Thank you L-atitude for including me in your Globe Trotter series!

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The long and the short of it

Proenza Schouler

There are some great jackets from Resort and this one by Proenza Schouler tops my list.  The mixed media, basket weave tweed with black leather trim, is really modern. Paired with jeans and flats, this jacket would anchor a run-around look nicely.

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