Thank You, Kathy

In a post week before last, I mentioned that I’m eyeing the new iteration of the Saint Laurent Downtown tote. After Kathy commented on her first Downtown tote, I had an ‘aha’ moment — I (of course) kept my circa 2006 ivory YSL Downtown.  Now that I have a smaller laptop (life altering) I don’t need a massive travel bag and I prefer the dimensions of the original Downtown. Thank you for the reminder, Kathy!


On My Mind

Doubles Day

I allow myself to buy doubles on Black Friday. However, anything I’d post on today sold out two weeks ago when this crazy sale season began. I bought doubles of the Gauchere top and skirt. One skirt was shortened and the top recut smaller, the other set I left as is. This is the only brown ‘full look’ in my wardrobe and I’ll be very happy to have the skirt in different lengths. Most of my purchases never even go on sale and at this point in the season I’m not tempted to buy something just because it’s marked down. But when I do find a gem, I feel like I’ve won the fashion lottery!

Happy hunting!

On My Mind

Gobble, Gobble!

And then there were three… We are a small group for Thanksgiving this year, which is lovely. Football and games while we cook = magical family time. A very happy Thanksgiving to everyone!



To Give & Receive

Here are a number of my favorite holiday gifts for friends: Hermés Lip Balm, an indie fashion magazine, maple syrup, Diptyque La Droguerie candle, silver spoons from my drawerful that my daughters do not want, a festive Richard Ginori x Cabana plate with gingerbread tile cookies, and an olive tree from Orangerie.


Favorite Cold Weather Products

These are two of my cannot-live-without cold weather beauty products. Nuxe Dry Oil and Futurer Invisible Dry Shampoo to the rescue. Both smell great, too.

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Squeeze Me

I’m with Jo Ellison, editor of FT’s How To Spend It — I, too, would love a Loewe Squeeze bag. Will I buy one? Probably not. But if Santa tucks one under the tree I won’t complain. Small in chocolate would make me very happy. Chain extends to wear crossbody. Bergdorf Goodman has a few.

On My Radar

Bits & Bobs

I’ve had my eye on this Dior trench since it came down the runway. However, I have a similar Bottega trench that I cherish and wear all the time. Would this be considered a double? Mine isn’t belted, which makes the Dior different enough in my view. The Oceans by Chris Burkard and the brilliant art director Ezra Petronio’s Visual Thinking & Image Making are my two new books of inspiration. I love but don’t need this Saint Laurent Downtown Tote. I’m just going to keep telling myself that.

On My Radar

Toteme Jewelry

Toteme is launching a line of jewelry that perfectly compliments the founders’ minimalist aesthetic — it will be a great addition to the brand. I love enamel jewelry and have many pieces from my mother. A stack of these bangles would be very chic.


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All Wrapped Up

One of my all-time favorite skirt styles is a wrap, I’ve worn them since I was a child. So, when I find a good one, I give it a try. Gauchere’s lama-wool blend skirt left and below is with the tailor being tweaked. The middle image above is the closest to the true color. I bought the matching turtleneck, too, looks great with jeans. I’m back in Paris week after Thanksgiving and want to try the Soeur skirt — love the dark brown.

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Three Easy Pieces

A short duffle jacket is something I would wear a lot. The Prada jacket is the perfect length, but I don’t want navy. The Toteme grey felted wool jacket is a tad longer, but more in line with what I need. I’ve had my eye on the Polo Ralph Lauren plaid sweater, it’s a fun piece. These The Row mules look comfortable and would be great with pants. I’m leaning toward a pair in brown.