A Refreshed Post: Winter Coat Decision Tree

  I published this post in 2015 but have updated the photos and products to things that are currently available. The advice is as good now as it was then. And it was very good then!   A winter coat is a big investment and if you live in a climate where winter lasts a … Read moreA Refreshed Post: Winter Coat Decision Tree

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The Directrice Is Fifty

  I’m fifty! I am my mother’s fifty year old baby.   APPLAUSE!   Sweater: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Pants: JCrew; Bag: Furla Metropolis; Watch: Shinola; Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff   * I had a terrible episode of Norovirus several years ago, but it actually jump-started a very successful effort to shed a few pounds. That’s luck. … Read moreThe Directrice Is Fifty

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The Wool Patchwork Dress Returns

  Because most dresses can only be worn one way, they are rarely repeated on this blog . . . unlike certain hardworking jackets, tops, and one pair of wide-legged pants that some believe have received an amount of air-time grossly out of proportion to their beauty and function. I am also wearing it with … Read moreThe Wool Patchwork Dress Returns

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White Pants March Deeper Into Fall

  True to my word, I am taking the white pants deep into fall.   So French!   Jacket: DSquared2; Belt: Marni from YOOX; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: French Sole New York; Bag: Sophie Hulme

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The Abyss of Casual Friday

  I was recently chatting with a colleague about Casual Friday and Free-fall Thursday — how Thursday prepares the eye for Friday.   Blouse: Marques/Almeida; Pants; JCrew; Tank: Garnet Hill; Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff; Bag: Coach Rider Bag; Watch: Shinola

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An Inappropriate Blouse For All Seasons

  I fell in love with this lace blouse two years ago.   You have a fantastic weekend, too! If you missed Monday’s post, please do check out some of my favorite picks from the Smithsonian Craft2Wear show.   Blouse: Marissa Webb; Pants: JCrew; Jacket: Marc Jacobs; Shoes: JCrew; Bag: Orla Kiely

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Old Dress, New Combination

A Post in Which We Prove that All the Greens Go Together.       Dress: Diane Von Fustenberg; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Shoes: Tory Burch   * If you were just scanning the crowd at Craft2Wear and didn’t know why it had gathered, you might have imagined that it was a competitive eye-wear event. The … Read moreOld Dress, New Combination

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White Pants Early Fall

  As promised, white pants into fall.   When visiting Paris in October years ago, I saw a woman wearing white jeans with a heavy weight plaid wrap jacket and Converse sneakers and thought, “Perfection!”   Visit Denisa’s website and see her current projects!   Sweater: Eileen Fisher; Blouse: Jack Wills from ASOS; Pants: JCrew; … Read moreWhite Pants Early Fall

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Denim Dress Altered

  I did what you said.     Dress: Marni from The RealReal; Shoes: JSlides; Belt: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti; Brooch: Rebecca Collins; Bag: Sophie Hulme   * I have one other piece of religious jewelry, but I don’t think it counts as such: an antique wood bead bracelet adorned with a religious medal. When … Read moreDenim Dress Altered

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  It’s September 23rd and I am still showing you summer clothes. I have another 3-5 summer posts before we’ll change seasons. I hope you can accept that. (Note: There is no alternative.* Also, I have no ideas — yet — for fall.**)   If you haven’t seen last Thursday’s post, please take a look. … Read moreCinnamon

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