Scents of Spring

One of my spring rituals is to try new fragrances. Annick Goutal’s Mandragore has been my signature scent for years, but every so often I get the urge to try something new. The recently launched colognes by Annick Goutal sound light and summery, but I think it’s time I tried the Frederic Malle perfumes, my friends rave about them.

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What's New


Small Sidonie top-handle tote bag


Belted leather-trimmed twill jacket


Shelly stretch-cotton poplin tank


Flat-front skinny pants


Atrita metallic leather sandals


Lorna crewneck long-sleeve midi dress


The Rockstud Spike medium appliquéd leather shoulder bag


Paneled cotton and silk-blend midi dress


Bow-trimmed satin slingback pumps


Ribbon-tie silk blouse


Slim-leg wool-blend trousers


Woven trench coat

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My Current Run-Around Uniform

Honest to God, these are the pieces I have been living in recently.

Elle MacPherson may be doing the school-run in leather pants; I save mine for meetings. The Frame Denim black skinnies are my run-around pant of choice. They are really comfortable and have a lot of stretch so the knees don’t lose their shape as I get in and out of the car. Note: they run large by a size or two. I bought 2 pairs, the second are smaller to wear under tunics, almost like leggings.

The Banjo + Matilda cashmere  sweater is the perfect spring staple. I have it in both black and light grey and layer it with the Proenza Schouler Tees in python and tie-dye.

My Chloe snake-print scallop-edged flats from two seasons ago are camel (too orange-y) colored and not as versatile as the ones above. I may have to put these on my wish-list.

I know I have already raved about the Givenchy Pandora, but it’s the ‘Ginsu’ of bags. It can be worn on my arm, shoulder, or cross body. And the best bit are the separate compartments for wallet and stuff– no more digging for keys in a big, dark hole. Mine doesn’t have the woven top unfortunately.

Yellow gold is my thing and I love this Aurelie Bidermann braided cuff and Dean Harris hoops, both are classic, yet modern.

The Isabel Marant navy scarf paired with all black is super chic.

I love my Dita aviators so much that they are welded to my head.

Ta da!

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White on White

This is one of my favorite spreads in the new issue of Self Service. The Victoria Beckham white-and-cream cotton wrapover shirt-dress looks crisp on Iselin. I will simulate this look for my spring uniform.

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La Belle Beyoncé

Talented, successful, and gorgeous, Beyoncé is truly a modern woman. I suspect she is nice too, which only adds to her tremendous appeal. I came across these images while cleaning out my magazine pile and was struck by how lovely she is. The barely-there makeup and pale lip is perfection. Bravo Vogue!

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By Terry

Baume de Rose lip balm

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the bold and bright lip colors that have been so popular these past few years. It’s okay on other women, it just doesn’t suit me.  So when the WSJ ran an interview with Terry de Gunzburg, founder of the cult product Baume de Rose lip balm, on her new line of lipsticks, I decided to give them a try.

I think it’s time for a return to a pale lip. Terry claims that her new Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Lipsticks are light in texture and have ‘lip-plumping abilities’. Sounds good to me.

Terry’s go-to products © the WSJ

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‘Everything and the Kitchen Sink’ from Habitually Chic

Heather Clawson, author of Habitually Chic, posted a fantastic and inspiring round-up of kitchen photos– I pored over the images in this story and love the sensibility of each space.

We are on the final week of spring break and I have been more focused on food than fashion, so this post came at the perfect time. Thanks Heather! and check out the entire story here.

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That’s a Wrap

I have been touting skirts for a few weeks now and my favorites wrap. Layered, or piped in leather, are good too. These are not your everyday A-line or simple pencil shapes, these skirts have attitude. Makes me love Isabel Marant’s FW13 show left all the more.

Three skirts at right on show-goers.

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Lovely Lanvin

 I don’t have much need for evening wear, but if I did, this Lanvin dress would top my list. Everything about it is beautiful and it would look just as good in 10 years time.

The skirt is good too.

When in Rome

Altuzarra gladiator sandals

The knee-high gladiator sandal is the shoe of SS13. The Altuzarra pair, immortalized on this week’s New Yorker cover, are the ones to covet.

© British Vogue

On a recent show-goer.

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‘Rear Window’ in April Vogue


Rear Window, my favorite Hitchcock film, is the perfect story to showcase the 50’s inspired pieces from the spring collections. Vogue’s casting of Carolyn Murphy and Tobey Maguire is spot-on. I cannot wait to see this story in the April issue.

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