Monday, July 28th, 2014

Street Style, Beverly Hills Edition

Quite literally, "street style."

Quite literally, “street style.”

I resisted the urge to title this post, “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road.” ;-)

This street is near my dentist’s office, and every time I drive past it I think what a great backdrop it would be for an outfit shot. So Saturday evening as le Monsieur and I were on our way out to dinner, I grabbed the camera and asked him to make a slight detour. He was very jumpy about me (and the camera) poised in the middle of the street even though there was minimal traffic, so it was a very rushed photo session.

That’s the Theory top I picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and it’s definitely a winner. (Even though the style is currently sold out in Black in most sizes, keep checking back if you’re interested. Often items become available again once people start returning wrong sizes, etc.) The silk is opaque enough that I don’t need a camisole underneath, but lightweight enough to not stifle. This one’s definitely going with me on our Hong Kong trip in a few months.

The glasses are the same pair I’ve been wearing the last few months, but as I’m often too lazy to switch back and forth between regular glasses and sunglasses, I had the “Transitions” lenses added which automatically darken in bright light. Sometimes function wins out over form, but I think these look good as sunglasses too.

Clare V leopard clutch bag, Metal Pointu's bracelet

I’m usually not a clutch gal, but had picked up this one from Clare V.  last year with a gift card and it seemed the perfect bag for the outfit. The bracelet is one of the two I purchased in Paris at the Metal Pointus boutique in the Marais.

Earrings: vintage from Beladora. Similar style with emeralds. // Top: Theory // Jeans: NYDJ purchased last year, similar (and on sale!) // Clutch: Clare V. purchased last year, similar // Bracelet: Metal Pointus. Similar shape in silver // Shoes: Belle by Sigerson Morrison.

Belle by Sigerson Morrison wedge heels

These Belle by Sigerson Morrison wedges are quickly becoming one of my favorite pairs of shoes. They are comfortable, walkable, and look great with just about everything.

What’s the craziest place you’ve ever posed for a photograph?

I’ll be linking up (bien sur!) with Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, because it doesn’t get much more visible than standing in the middle of the street!

PUT IT TOGETHER…

Tops:

Jeans:

La-la-la-Leopard! small bags:

Shoes:


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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Samedi Matin

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Posting this morning with the iPad, as the relatively new trackpad in my laptop is doing a St. Vitus’ dance again. So hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to the Genius Bar I go. Fingers crossed there’s still some warranty action as the current one was just installed a few months ago.

The scene above is from our wanderings in Paris in May. Loved this little street in the 6th (I think).

It was interesting to see how my post on Home Ec became in part a discussion of hunger and food shortage in America. This is a real problem, and a systemic one. It isn’t simply a matter of people learning to shop and cook. To help, I’d encourage you to find out what local food banks and programs are active in your area and what their needs are. (One of the food banks we donate to asks for non-perishable items that don’t require cooking, as so many of the people they serve don’t have regular access to a kitchen.) Some organizations may be able to make better use of money than donated goods.

If you work for or know of a good organization in your area helping to alleviate hunger please share in comments.

Bon weekend!

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Shop Like A Parisienne

Shopping Like A Parisienne

French women love les soldes, but also have a reputation for shopping wisely, being discriminating and not buying just because something is on sale. They look for pieces that can fill a wardrobe gap, replace basic well-worn and loved items, and perhaps update and freshen their wardrobe. While les soldes are only held twice yearly in France toward the end of the season, we’re fortunate here to have more frequent sales and markdowns. Below are some classic wardrobe items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that une Parisienne might be delighted to add to her fall wardrobe.


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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

How Home Ec Made Me A Better Executive

Cooking class. Source

Cooking class. Source

Back when I was in Junior High School, the boys took Shop and the girls took Home Economics. It was assumed at the time that most of us would eventually be homemakers. There was no opting out or choice offered. I was fine with it, as I wanted to learn to cook and sew. One friend of mine lobbied the school administration to be allowed to take wood shop, which was dismissed outright and caused her to be called some ugly names by some of the boys. She went on to become a successful architect as an adult, but at the time decided to make the best of Home Ec by performing merciless impressions of the teacher, a mild-mannered woman who occasionally lost it when a roomful of 12-13 year-olds wouldn’t stop talking and listen to directions.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but aside from learning to make hamburger casseroles and English muffin pizzas, I was introduced to concepts that would serve me well in an administrative career.

Time Management. One of the lessons drilled into us was how plan out meal preparation so that all of the dishes were ready at once. It was a new concept for me, and made a big impression. Think about it…you don’t wait until the roast is cooked to start peeling the potatoes. I learned to prioritize tasks so that I could set one thing in motion while I worked on another. While that quarterly report is processing, answer some emails. I’ve always been very good at time management, which has served me well in all areas of my life, and is a skill I’ve come to realize not everyone has.

Organization. This goes hand-in-hand with time management, but I remember our teacher showing us how to write up our grocery list by market section, to avoid the wasted time and effort of dashing back and forth. Gather your resources and know what steps are required before starting a project.

Flexibility. No tarragon in the spice rack? What else might work? Don’t be afraid to try workarounds and be adaptable.

I can’t think of any other course I took, up to and including college classes that helped develop these skills as effectively. Having now been in the workplace for a few decades and having encountered a lot of people who haven’t learned how to manage their time effectively or prioritize or organize, I have to wonder if Home Ec shouldn’t be required curriculum for everyone. I also reflect on how our culture still tends to devalue what are regarded as “feminine” spheres, when actually probably a lot of the skills that make one a good homemaker are the same skills that are highly prized in successful managers and executives.

Was there a class or area of study that developed skills that have helped you be successful in unrelated areas of your life?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Rinse, Repeat

Covered Perfectly Mandy Top

So…funny story about this top: a few weeks ago a family friend remarked how much she liked it, so I gave her mine. And almost immediately experienced a pang of remorse, thinking about the ways I could have styled it. So I ordered another one. :-) (Pauline, upon hearing the story, generously offered to send it gratis.) The jeans are from Madewell. These are the “slim boyjean” style, which are a nice alternative to skinny jeans, especially in warmer weather. Madewell stores will hem full-priced denim at no charge, so I had these taken up a couple of inches. Still like to roll them, though.

J.Crew Viv Flats, Madewell Jeans

Jacket: Eileen Fisher // Top: Covered Perfectly “Mandy” (provided) also in Plus // Jeans: Madewell // Necklace: French Kande // Shoes: J.Crew (run small so order 1/2 to full size up)

Pop that collar!

Pop that collar!

Have you ever re-bought an item you’d given away or worn out?

Linked up with MIS PAPELICOS Sharing In Style: White.

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