New Year's Eve
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who stopped by and weighed in with comments this past year—that interaction is the heartline of kic. Also, a huge thanks to the folks who participated in posts or allowed me to run their work as content. Here are a few of my favorites from 2017:
The White Jeans Series tops my list of favorite posts this year and I am grateful to the women who participated. Not only did they supply pictures of themselves, they wrote their own text, which made the posts so thoughtful.
There were a number of fantastic exhibitions, indie fashion stories, books, and new albums in 2017—great content.
The posts about packing, shopping responsibly, and recycling items in my closet keep my fashion compass in check.
And most importantly, the women I see on the street, on Instagram, and in my life are the real inspiration for kic.
I’d love to hear what you liked or would like to see more of in 2018. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
Via Della Spiga Printed stretch-cotton dress
Reversible shearling coat
Frayed checked cotton-blend tweed skirt
Tiered ruffled silk crepe de chine mini dress
Buckle kitten-heel leather pumps
Cornelia double-breasted cotton trench coat
Nutson broderie anglaise ramie blouse
Jane cross-strap stud-embellished sandals
Stretch-suede 70mm bootie
Nautical touches, especially rope belts, float my boat. The rope strap on the Saint Laurent bag is beyond chic, and adjustable.
Saint Laurent sandals, and in black, dress, Valentino rope sandals, and in black.
An Updated LBD
Yesterday’s post on party tights got me thinking about my tried-and-true (read tired) LBDs, especially for evening. With a cardigan thrown over my shoulders and buttoned at the neck, a simple, strapless dress would be a welcome addition to my limited evening wear repertoire.
Top image by Inez and Vinoodh for Bulgari in Vogue Japan, bottom SS18 Toteme and PF18 Narciso Rodriguez
If my memory serves me right, the Chanel PF16 show, above, jump-started the resurgence of black patterned tights (I could be wrong). And now, I want a pair to jazz up my LBDs. Balenciaga (bottom right and on sale), Fogal, Wolford, and Emilio Cavallini make some of the best and I linked two brands to Amazon so you can have them delivered by New Year’s Eve.
Top images © Chanel, bottom @pernilleteisbaek, @khaite_ny
Believe it or not, I’m starting my Christmas shopping today. For a silly superstitious reason, I didn’t buy anything the past three weeks except for a pair of Saint Laurent sandals, which are still in the box, a few beauty products, and some books. I’m not sure if you noticed, but nary a kic gift guide was posted in December (I snuck in this one the end of November—the cookbook is amazing BTW and the pot will be under the tree). Added to this, my younger daughter nixed a fresh cut tree, asking for two small live trees instead that we’ve planted by the front door, and she suggested that all gifts be handmade. I agreed to the tree idea, but a few non-homemade gifts are in order and so, today I’m shopping local.
Vogue Paris 1975
On My Mind
Last December I posted on hygge, Danish for coziness, which we happily practiced a lot last winter. Now, the Swedes are getting in on the act with a book on lagom, the art of living a lifestyle of moderation.
Admittedly, I’m a bit obsessed with Scandinavia and it’s ways these days. There are currently a number of Scandinavian fashion designers and art directors who are making a huge impact on the industry right now—championing a spare design sensibility that I adore.
This picture of Vogue‘s Fashion Director Tonne Goodman is from a packing story that ran in the June 2007 issue, called “Fold Everything.” I was reminded of it as I’m starting to think beyond Christmas to a trip we are taking in early January. Like Tonne, I will do everything in my power to not check a bag. However, in 2018 I have far more electronics than the ones seen here, and that’s not including all the chargers. I, too, have used a Louis Vuitton rolling bag forever, but maybe this is an item that could be updated. My husband swears by Raden, the smart luggage with a TSA approved removable battery for a built in phone charger and weight sensor. And, since it’s sold on Amazon, I can get it before we go. As Vogue said “(t)his stylish smart luggage will completely change the way you travel.”
Photography by Arthur Elgort
Still need to shop for presents? I put up a post on Palais about giving something vintage, even if it’s from your own pantry or linen closet. Think of it as recycling those random silver spoons you never use (I have a drawerful).
An image from the most recent WSJ. Magazine has me excited for bold bracelets and cuffs. I love the vintage-feel of this one by Aurelie Biedermann—mixed in a stack would be nice.
We’ve been eating more squash than usual—I love that you can buy it and forget about it until you are ready to cook it. Delicata, not on my radar until this fall, is my current squash of choice—simply roasted, like this recipe from Martha Stewart, is the way to go. Don’t forget- no need to peel and you can eat the seeds.