I’ve been blogging long enough that I feel completely justified in showing you something you’ve seen before — particularly when I’ve sort of forgotten it myself.
Had you forgotten this charming dress from 3.1 Phillip Lim?
I hadn’t forgotten the dress, but I had forgotten how nice it looks.
When shown to you previously, I wore it as a sleeveless dress (which it is) and over a lightweight merino wool crew neck sweater.
Today, I am wearing it over a tissue-weight cotton turtleneck, which may be my favorite look of all.
This dress is half wool challis with a woven windowpane check and half silk. The two fabrics are pieced together with a wonderful jigsaw border, which you can see in the bodice.
Note: When I bought the dress, the wool challis was very soft and had a wonderful hand (as the drapers say). After drycleaning, the fabric lost that soft, supple quality. It’s still a fine, smooth wool, but it’s somewhat stiff.
My cameo — which can be worn as a necklace or a brooch — is the prize of a Terminator-like shopping expedition in Sorrento Italy.
The Photographer finds shopping with me very entertaining and a little unnerving. I can walk down a street of window-fronts filled with merchandise at an exercise-pace and then stop, pivot, and enter a store on a dime when something computes.
I was recently in New Orleans and inventoried the entire contents of a crowded jewelry store in the French Quarter in less than ten minutes yet am certain that I walked out with the very best thing — which is a carved jade pendant that only cost $60. It’s very interesting and I look forward to showing it to you.
The cameo enthusiasts may already know this, but for everyone else: It’s very hard to find a round cameo. Most are ovals. I can’t imagine why, but it’s true.
It’s also hard to find a cameo that features a scene or multiple figures, rather than an individual face. That makes more sense because it’s challenging to work on such a small scale.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your Leap Day!
Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Turtleneck: JCrew; Shoes: Tory Burch