Monthly Archives: September 2010

My Fall Five

It’s officially time to start fall shopping even though it’s still quite toasty.  I adore fall clothes, more so than any other season, so narrowing it down to five items was a little difficult.   I’m again trying to stick to my “buy less, buy better” mantra, but I also can’t pass up a well made item at a killer price.  I want my fall look to be comfortable, cozy, classic with a touch of edginess and artsiness. I’m thinking lots of layers, big sweaters with skinny pants and boots, faux fur, rich colors like deep dark green and navy and buttery leathers and animal prints.

1) Faux Fur Vest- This is a tricky buy because a faux fur vest can go SO wrong SO fast and before you know it you look like Bigfoot or worse, Alf. If it looks too fake, too small or too big it’s tragic. I am hoping this year I can finally pull the trigger on one.  I am still  curious about the Rachel Zoe for QVC (that collar scares me)…. but popped over jeans, a sweater and paired with boots or heels and some big “sunnies” you are all set to go!

Rachel Zoe’s and Modcloth’s version (which looks like a nice fit)

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2) Tall Boots- to go over the knee or not is the question. I think it’ll be a game time decision. But more boots in leather, suede, browns, blacks and grays are all on my wish list. Here are a few pairs that intrigue me!

Ann Taylor Loft killed it with these- will they fit my skinny calves though?

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Hunter now has so many chic styles- I am digging the equestrian vibe of these to keep my feet dry in testy New England weather

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Loeffler Randall always does it right

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I always am looking for good tall high heeled black boots for narrow calves- these look cool.

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3) LEOPARD EVERYTHING!!! I’ve been on the leopard train for a looooooong time. I love it in homes, on people, on accessories. I’m so glad it’s back (not that it ever rotated out of MY closet!) Some things I love: J.Crew flats, Talbots sheath dress, this bag that I would gladly make a deal with Satan for, Alexander McQueen spots and skulls scarf, my dream shoes.

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4) Long, cozy sweaters like this ombre number from Alice + Olivia, this to die for wrap cardi by Temperley London, an affordable braided collar long sweater coat and flyaway cardi, awesome stripe number from AT Loft and this dolman sleeve layering piece by Ann Taylor.

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5) Coats-A feminine trench/peacoat hybrid by Expresswool trench by J.Crew,classic black trench from Burberry (I tried this on and was nearly brought to tears it fit so exquisitely) and I’m a little bit obsessed with this L.A.M.B plaid number.

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…aaaaaaand some extras also on my list:

– a slouchy but ladylike bag- loving this grey version from Talbots (put tassels on anything and I’m a goner i.e. I might also need this small crossbody bag too!)

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– more stripes, like these adorable striped sweater dresses from Rag & Bone and Ann Taylor Loft.

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– this blazer from Ann Taylor. Obsessed.

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What’s on your fall wish list?

Southern Stunner

First of all, the re-invented Veranda Magazine under the inspired watch of Domino alum Dara Caponigro is really fabulous. Secondly, the cover home of this first issue by Dara is to die for.  Designed (and owned) by Melanie Turner of Turner Davis Interiors, this Atlanta estate is traditional, cool, modern, fun yet serious.  I think it’s a really interesting, textural look where we see both restraint and indulgence in equal measure.  It sure seems like Atlanta is fast becoming a hot bed for design!




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I would never, ever leave this movie theater room. Twilight, popcorn and some wine snuggled up on those chaises? Heaven!


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Love the large artwork here behind the tv- it conceals it a little by distracting your eye!


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images via Things That Inspire

A Shiny Happy Cookbook

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It’s too bad that this genius cookbook is so hard to find in print, because I’d love to own it. It reads more like a lifestyle magazine than simply a collection of delicious recipes.  And since my cookbooks have served merely as inspiration and not instruction these days, I think this would be the perfect one for me.  Neil Roake takes you into the homes and recipe folders of his coolest friends, showing great snapshots of varied, fabulous spaces and the food that is cooked up by the people that live there! How genius is that? I love the hand drawn portraits, the organization by color and the beautiful photography. Where ever am I going to find this?

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Fashion Friday: Oscar de la Renta Comes Home

Anytime Rachel Zoe goes to an Oscar de la Renta show or visits him in his studio I fall in love (can you tell I’ve been catching up via Tivo?)   He seems like such a classy gentleman with such impeccable taste you can’t help but be charmed. Not to mention the clothes! His dresses are always some of my favorite picks for red carpet events. I personally remember trying on a magnificently elegant lace sheath strapless wedding dress with long train by him six years ago.  I was with a friend, I had gotten engaged like five minutes earlier and I thought it was too soon to make a decision so I passed on it.  Cut to me scrambling to find a replacement gown after getting totally f*cked over by Vera Wang (pardon my French, but it still makes me THAT furious) and I tried on another Oscar gown with magnificent champagne waist sash that made me cry from it’s beauty, but it was too expensive after already losing my several thousand dollar deposit to Vera.  So no Oscar for me on my wedding day. Boo hiss.

Ok, that was one hell of a digression. What I meant to say is I love Oscar, and yesterday while at the Boston Design Center I stopped in Lee Jofa and got to see his new fabric line! It’s luxurious, classic but bold.  Lots of silks, embroidery and color with dressmaker details like delicate pleating.  I was told that he was the most involved of any designer collaborator they’ve ever had and went through samples of all the fabrics he’s ever used in his collections for inspiration. I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the dress form in the window with a skirt made of his ikat print (copied from a jacket he bought his wife ages ago).  Turns out, not only is my size, but they are auctioning off a few of them to benefit Oscar’s charity, Casa del Nino.

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To add to the insane talent of Oscar himself, he hired brilliant designer Miles Redd to be the creative director behind his home line! Here are some images of the Miles Redd styled showroom at NYC’s D&D building:

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On top of this fabulous Lee Jofa line, Oscar has a magnificent line of rugs with Elson & Company and furniture with Century! I love so many of these items!

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This sofa is the cat’s pajamas.

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Dying over these chairs (and this dining room- although it needs a baller chandy, don;t you think?)

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Yes and Yes.

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And how about the fashion, which is his bread and butter? I’d be HAPPY to show you some of my faves.

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