A Few Odds and Ends

  As you know, I am an unregenerate tinkerer, always altering my clothes. I often forget to show you “BEFORE” photos and therefore will try to do better in 2017. I recently did a Google search for corset-style belts — something wider than a belt but smaller than a bustier — and want to advise … Read more…

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The Directrice Gives Back

  Oyez, Oyez!   I am cleaning my closets ruthlessly, which means giving away some dear things. I want them to have good homes.   You may be saying to yourself, “GiVINg AwAY?? To wHOm?”   To you, of course. Here’s the deal . . . A Contest!   But first, Eligibility. Eligible contestants are … Read more…

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Blending In

  I occasionally wonder whether being “properly dressed” is determined by reference to normative standards or relative ones. As with many legal questions, the answer is, It depends. While there are normative standards for attire, at the end of the day, proper dress is about respect for your host. You should dress the way that … Read more…

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The Beauty Routine

  The irony of being asked for the secrets of my beauty routine is profound. While I am good at picking out clothing, I am hopeless with hair and make-up. Totally hopeless. Therefore, I have boiled hair and make-up down to the essentials. I hope you won’t be too disappointed. So here is the daily … Read more…

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It Was The Best of Times, It Was The Worst of Times

  As we head into 2017 — a year so far in the future that I never even imagined it as a girl — it’s a good time to look back. Focusing on the positive, I’ve pulled together my favorite posts of the year.   The six (could not limit self to five) best High … Read more…

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Could Go Either Way

  I wore this outfit during the last week of October. Lesson No. 2: A distinctive blouse with a pair of old khakis and smart flats is a chic outfit. Isn’t that good to know?   Blouse: Vanessa Bruno; Khakis: Ann Taylor; Bag: Car Shoe; Shoes: Coach; Jacket: Anthropologie

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A Weight Off My Mind

  Do you know this feeling: the elation of solving a small problem that has been occupying an outsized percentage of your mental space? Finding the chair is more than half the battle and the customization that remains is the fun part: fabric, finish, casters.   I have to talk to the showroom about whether … Read more…

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How to Pack for Vacation

  The Directrice presents: How to Pack for Vacation.   Perhaps some of you are thinking, Thanks for nothing, Directrice. I took my vacation in July.   Please don’t be mad. Perhaps this advice will be useful next year. Or, perhaps you won’t find it useful at all, and therefore can’t be mad that it’s … Read more…

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In the Form of a PSA

  Just wanted to bring your attention to a few sale items before they are all gone! You will see some of them in the next few weeks modeled by the Directrice (that’s me) and others I just admire. You could probably call JCrew customer service to request the measurements of these particular items. Consider … Read more…

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Bonus Post: The Photographer’s Favorites

  In honor of The Directrice’s 200+ posts, and of our country’s Independence Day, The Photographer offers some of his favorite shoots with a little information about the technical side of creating the images. Captions written by The Directrice! I didn’t know anything about photography when my wife started The Directrice. I thought of myself … Read more…

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