A Travel Challenge Solved

  Traveling to a place where you expect bad weather is a challenge, particularly for a person* like me — who thinks that traveling with more than one pair of shoes reflects a failure of imagination, common sense, and moral fiber.** Come closer and take a better look.   * A nut. Nut like me. … Read more…

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The Only Way Out Is Through

  Despite holding myself out as a pseudo-expert on dressing for work, wardrobe-building, and general efficiency, I have some orphans in my closet.   One such orphan is a purple tweed jacket that I bought several years ago from JCrew. I love the color and pattern — an over-sized, diamond herringbone — but . . … Read more…

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The Directrice Coming and Going

  The social contract! It binds us all and enables us to live in some approximation of civility if not harmony.   The social contract, like any Terms of Service, is a long (though incorporeal) agreement with many sections and paragraphs, but not all of them are equally important. For instance, Taking Care of the … Read more…

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The Directrice Re-Presents: Best Suit

  You’ve seen my closets. They aren’t that big.   Here, I must express gratitude for having more than one closet. I don’t have as much space as some, but I have more space than others. I am not complaining. But you can see where I am heading. No, I didn’t! You know me better … Read more…

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Falling into September

  As part of our continuing discussion of transitioning between seasons — which could easily turn into a lifelong conversation — I suggest that we take a page from the French, and wear white denim deeper into the year. At least into September.

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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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The Ripple Effect

  Ripple Effect: an effect from an initial state that can be followed outward incrementally.   Hmmmmm. This phrase is often used to describe a profound or lasting economic, political, or social impact. But I’ve been witnessing one this summer in my closet.

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Blue Willow

  I have hazy but warm and cozy memories of my paternal grandmother, who died when I was six years old. The kitchen (gingerbread, pancakes) is at the heart of them. She was a master of domestic arts and had a special knack for keeping small children (like me) occupied and entertained. I have her … Read more…

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Casual Friday: A Simple Plan

  This outfit is so simple that you might be wondering why I’ve even bothered. I’ll give you four reasons. White blouse: JCrew; Floral Camisole: Theory; Jeans: JCrew; Shoes: Cole Haan ZeroGrand Wing Tip Oxford in Marble Ivory Court Shoes; Bag: Tom Tote from Les Toiles du Soleil; Watch: Michele CSX with white alligator band

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Beating the Heat (Part II): Black and Blue

  Continuing our discussion of Dark Colors Light Fabrics, I’ll take this opportunity to re-affirm that blue and black are an effective color combination, and an alternative to all black. Did you wear wrap skirts in the 70s and 80s? Then you will remember that they were nothing but trouble. Always flying open. This one … Read more…

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