November 11, 2009

10 over six

10over6 racing glovesLoeffler Randall

I just discovered this store called TENOVERSIX and immediately found 3 things I want to buy. The coat is so chic and I love anything you can wear in the winter thats not black. Driving gloves have become a new obsession and have me shopping endlessly on leatherglovesonline for the perfect pair. But these just might be it. I love the zipper. The heels from Loeffler Randall

well, as Rachel Zoe says, I die.


Kid dressing for adults

October 25, 2009




Kimchi Blue skimmer

I dont know what it is about fall but as soon as the tempature drops I start wanting to dress like an 8-year old. Little cardigands mary janes, knee socks. Maybe its all the “Back to school” dressing that has been permenantly ingrained in my mind over the years, but I love to have a prim and proper wardrobe of grays and navy for the cooler times. Also, I love this teddy bear.


Dieppa Restrepo shoes

October 20, 2009




My boyfriend really likes to live on the edge when it comes to gift giving. When he was in Paris awhile back, he brought me back some treats from laduree (well that one is a sure fire bet with me) and a pair of shoes. Me, the girl with a wall of shoes, very picky designer taste and lets be honest, what bf even knows his girlfriends size without asking 10 times? And to take it further: what girl wouldn’t need to try on a few pairs before being sure that her usual size isn’t too snug? And he bought me flat shoes, which could go seriously wrong considering there are many ugly flat shoes that I would never wear. But he pulled it off with a pair of patent leather wingtips that fit like a glove and scream “Oui, I am zee real thing and I aum fwom Pareee!” (terrible french accent) and this was last winter before Urban Oufitters starting knocking em off.

Now Dieppara Restrepo has made these classy casuals in a rainbow of colors to match all my favorite macaron flavors! 

Oh wait, I have to wait until spring to get em? Drat!

yum macaron!

One of the many hats I wear is a personal shopper and wardrobe stylist. Since I am always in the process of cleaning out my closet and assessing what I really need, I thought I would share this list for  Six Spring Must Haves with you. This year it’s all about streamlining and shopping smart. At least that’s my mantra for now.

Lee angel

The Statement Necklace


The best Spring investment as far as I’m concerned is a great necklace or piece of jewelry. It can be worn every day, always fits and usually yields more compliments than any item of clothing. This season its about statement pieces that take risks and dress up an outfit. Pick one that speaks to you and has a bold style.


The Nude Heel

If you don’t already have a nude-ish heel in your closet than you are missing out on a big fashion workhorse. Not only do they create the illusion of legs that go on for decades, but they look elegant and springy with everything from bright colored dresses to white pants. Unfortunately, some of the cheaper versions are made with an icky leather that looks like those comfort sneakers nurses wear. Be sure to look for a pair in suede, patent leather or snakeskin will help to avoid that strange, fleshy tone. Chunky sandals in a neutral tone will work too.


The Tulip Skirt

The tulip skirt is a great new silhouette that looks fresh for spring. It somehow manages to conceal wide hips while creating a tailored waist. They key is to find one that isn’t too snug, hits above the knee, and has an interesting print. You will be amazed at how this chic look goes from work to cocktail in a snap. Extra points for pockets!


The T- Shirt Dress

I cannot emphasise the importance of a great simple dress enough. When it comes to the warmer months, its just a no brain-er that you would want the simplicity of a tee shirt in dress form. Its so easy to dress it up or down. I even have a few tank dresses that I layer under sparkly dresses for a more casual look. The look has a rocker edge when it’s not too snug, highlighting what you add to it- accessories, cardigans and structured jackets.




The Boyfriend Jean


It seems that the trend in denim is slowly migrating away from the skinny jean. While the pencil thin leg is still a relevant shape, a look that is more current and comfortable is the Boyfriend jean. They are best when beaten up as if you’ve spent weeks working in the field or on the railroad (you know, the usual.), and then paired with some fab heels or top for an unexpected twist. Roll the bottoms up to keep the silhouette dainty and chic.

Marimekko for Anthropologie


The Printed.. Anything

One big mistake most people make is stocking up on basics like tees and jeans and forgoing the special “impulse” buys. Remember that if you don’t have a few fun things you love, then you’ll end up with a closet full of nothing to wear. Indulge in a few special pieces that speak to you and make you stand out. A sign of a truly stylish lady is one that isn’t afraid of prints and spring is the time to celebrate that artful side. I love when I see someone in a bright Orla Keily coat that seemingly doesn’t match with anything she’s wearing. Sometimes impulse buys end up being the pieces you are really passionate about and thus withstand the test of time. A splashy scarf or a printed sundress is a a good, recession-friendly way to add spice to your wardrobe. 

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April 20, 2009

Best Bar, bar none.

My spell-check is objecting to my use of “thrift” as a verb, but as I’m sure many would agree, its the only appropriate way to refer to the act of spending an obscene amount of time pilfering through other people’s old discarded treasures. (whew, run on sentence, to boot!) It also happens to be be a favorite activity of mine, mostly because I get to fantasize about how to re-purpose old teacups and one day having the largest collection of milk glass in all the land. And most importantly, after all this is said and done, I usually leave empty handed (you may remember me explaining this shopping practice before). Such a trip happened last week and I happened across this enthusiastic sign which reminded me why I love thrifting in the first place. Quirky shop keepers and their equally quirky tags.

I must say, it was a pretty cool bar.

Plaid coat

January 16, 2009

Gap coat

Yesterday I was at the Gap, and if you know me at all you understand that this is not a common phrase out of my mouth. I really don’t like spending money at chain stores or chain restaurants of any kind, i think it just encourages the mediocrity of service and quality that you get (okay, I guess my love of J.crew and Urban Outfitters is cheating a bit). I usually prefer to find unique stuff that isn’t running around on the asses of the masses. That being said, if the price is right I’m always open to a good deal no matter what the label. And this jacket is so swingy and cute- I feel like Audrey Hepburn goes to the country via Paris. And did I mention it only set me back a mere 20 some-odd dollars?! Its listed at 59.99 on their website so maybe there was some glitch in the store, but whatevs. It’s mine now, suckers!

This fab handbag would be just the right accessory to go with. But its a tad more authentic- made from an antique flour sack by brit designer Tamara Fogle and thus, pricey. Im probably better off without it considering my handbags take such a beating that it wouldn’t be wise to start out with fabric from the 20’s. I mean they literally take a beating. Its not just a figure of speech. I hit dudes with em. 🙂