Happiness

Courtesy of Vogue Magazine

Happiness is in the air and the bookstores. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin is on everyone’s bedside table and on my Kindle. Continue…

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MAX MARA

Burano belted wool-blend cardigan

GABRIELA HEARST

Jane checked cotton shirt dress

ISABEL MARANT, ÉTOILE

Napoli cotton and wool cardigan

JIL SANDER

Leather top handle bag

SIDNEY GARBER

Rosebud rose gold ring

PARULINA

18K gold and diamond earrings

MIU MIU

Printed wool cardigan

CARTIER

Tank Française 25mm medium 18-karat gold watch

JW ANDERSON

Tie-front merino wool sweater

FRANKIE SHOP

Erica cotton midi dress

PROENZA SCHOULER

Trench cotton midi skirt

SAINT LAURENT

Cabochon buttons peacoat

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Pippa Lee

Director Rebecca Miller and cast of The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

I love the four women who made this incredible film! I missed it in the theater so I just watched it at home-  brilliant and thought provoking. What will I do when no one needs me to care for them? Liberating to contemplate. Rent this!

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Doubles

Do I really need three?

Recently I wrote a post on lending and I realized that one of the reasons I am willing to lend or give away my clothes and accessories is that I frequently buy more than one of something. Continue…

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Would you lend this bag?

A few weeks ago in a post on copying I mentioned that I lent a Chloe dress to a fellow magazine editor for a three week trip to the European collections before I had worn it. Recently, a friend was thinking about a Louis Vuitton Speedy bag and wondering if she would carry one so I brought her mine to test drive.  I have always been a lender.

In boarding school my closet was fair game and when I was at Vogue I would often lend clothes (or more often than not, give clothes) to my assistants.  Let’s face it, clothing and accessories can be expensive. I believe the true value of something is how often it is worn, and not just by me. I hate it when I find a great piece tucked away in my closet forgotten and unworn. As in an earlier post on cleaning out closets, I need to see what I have or I would end up wearing the same outfit daily forgetting that I have some really great things.

The good news is that I tend to buy only classics that go the distance. These are evergreen pieces because they are timeless. So even if many of my Hermes and Chanel bags are ancient, they are still current. If something really sits there for a few years and I don’t ever put it on, I send it to my mother. She too is a lender which is convenient. A few years ago I gave her a saddle colored  Chanel bag and when I saw her wearing it recently I asked if I could borrow it back. She was more than happy to hand it back to me, especially when I sent her the same bag in chocolate as a thank you. And the lending goes on.

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Color challenge(d)

My Neutral Overload

When I look at my wardrobe I realize that I am color challenged. Continue…

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Perfect vacation

Photo courtesy of Cookie magazine

Last week was a “Perfect Storm” of events for my family topped off by a real storm that knocked out our power and sanity. Continue…

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Borrowing from the (little) girls

Ralph Lauren girl’s sweater

I recently had lunch with the Kristinas (yep, two women, same name) at my club in the city. Conservative dress code is expected. If you know me, you know that I do not like to buy lots of clothes for different occasions. So my biggest fashion challenge was finding pieces that could go from my fashion magazine job to an Upper East Side club event. This was not always an easy feat and I feel like I was always switching shoes in a ladies room.  But I digress.

At lunch last week it came up that my tiny, perfectly fitted sweater belonged to my daughter, my 10-year-old daughter, not my teen. It is true, after years of searching for the perfect length sweater, I often buy them from the children’s department. The fit is also snug enough to wear under a jacket, making it a great transitional/layering piece. The price is better too! Ralph Lauren and J. Crew make children’s cashmere sweaters in every color imaginable.  I recommend that you shop the boys department as well, their sweaters are not as fitted and longer.

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Secret Address: Table d’Hote

Ok I admit it, I am a lady who lunches – often. Continue…

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Claire Dhelens

Claire Dhelens photo courtesy of thefashionspot.com

Claire was a model before she became a fashion editor. As a casting director and model editor, I am always interested to see what the girls pursue after modeling. Continue…

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