Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Modern Gamine At Work And Play

Modern Gamine

WORK – Jacket: J.Crew // Sweater: J.Crew // Pants: J.Crew // Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood // Necklace: Beladora // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Givenchy

PLAY – Top: J.Crew // Pants: J.Crew // Earrings: Beladora // Bracelet: Beladora // Shoes: J.Crew

>>Note: the J.Crew jacket, tee, and sweater shown above are all 25% off with code SHOPNOW as of Friday 8/22. Not sure how long the code will be active. Lots of other items 25% off too.<<

Bon weekend!!
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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

In Transition: Chambray Shirt

A chambray shirt is one of those items that helps carry us through transitional seasons. During warmer weather you can wear open over a tee or tank as a lightweight jacket. Come cooler days, layer it under a sweater. I’ve been looking for ages for one without chest pockets, a) because we Busty™ types don’t need more attention called to that area and b) because I think a style without the pockets can look more polished. This one from Ann Taylor is available in Regular and Petite sizes, online only.
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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Une Femme Économe: Beauty Storage Solution

Hobby Case

No, I don’t really use Play-Doh, chalk and crayons as part of my beauty routine… Translucent Hobby Case.

Yes, it’s true: I tend to accumulate beauty products. Our bathroom has a minimal amount of counter space, and it’s easy to overrun it, so I’ve been looking for a storage container that will fit in the cabinet under the sink and keep my products (skin care, makeup, tools, brushes) not in current rotation organized. (I’d been storing them in a clear plastic shoe container, but hated having to rummage through to find something specific.) I’ve been pricing “beauty cases” at various beauty supply stores and found them too small and/or exorbitantly priced. On a whim I popped into The Container Store over the weekend and found this one for $16.99. The brushes and smaller items fit nicely in those top trays, and the bigger containers fit nicely in the bottom sections. Glamorous it’s not, but certainly does the job. The best part? I can find what I’m looking for without digging!

How do you store your beauty and skin care products?
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Monday, August 18th, 2014

Style Inspiration: Les Gamines

Gamine: Classic & Modern

I like to browse through Net-A-Porter for styling inspiration, and loved seeing Charlotte Gainsbourg in this week’s “The Edit” (their weekly e-zine). I’ve always adored what’s often referred to as “gamine” style, originally exemplified by Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina” and “Funny Face” (featuring the now-iconic dance number in the smoky bar), and Jean Seberg in “Un Coup de Foudre.” The images of Gainsbourg in this article bring a modern (and ageless) sensibility to a classic gamine look.

While often including some masculine elements, the true gamine look is to my eye more feminine, just a little softer than a straight-up tomboy, sporty or menswear style. For a long time, I thought that this style was exclusively for the young and very svelte. And maybe in the most literal of Audrey-esque interpretations, it is. But those of us with curves or more than a few grey hairs can learn from and incorporate some of the best elements of la mode gamine. 


You don’t HAVE to wear a striped shirt, but it doesn’t hurt…

What’s not to love, anyway?

It’s comfortable. No need to squeeze yourself into stiff fabrics or body-con styles that require shapewear. Especially with today’s fabrics with a bit of stretch, you can find slim pants that still allow you to move, bend and sit. Soft sweaters or blouses, low-heeled or flat shoes…nothing that constricts or constrains.

It’s versatile. With a few tweaks and thoughtful accessorizing, you can go from weekend to office to evening.

It’s classic but modern. Does a pair of slim pants ever really go out of style? Or a perfect cashmere sweater? Yes, hemlines and cuts may change, but this look relies on simple classic items that are almost always available in some form, and can often be updated with a fresh accessory to look totally modern.

It’s elegance without fussiness. In fact, anything too frou-frou or stiff or overwrought will ruin the effect. It’s meant to be fresh and uncomplicated. Done right, this look can hit that perfect balance of polished and insouciant, which leads to…

It’s quintessentially French. The simplicity, reliance on a few good core pieces, the mix of masculine and feminine elements, the absence of anything overdone…it’s everything we admire about French style.

Are you inspired by gamine style? Have you found ways to incorporate into your wardrobe?


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Image sources: Top, Pinterest and Net-A-Porter. Bottom, Net-A-Porter, Pinterest.



Friday, August 15th, 2014

Up, With Olive

J.Crew chinos, Michael Kors jacket, Balenciaga bag, leopard pumps

Like James Bond, I prefer my martinis with vodka, but stirred, thank you and with as many olives as can be skewered on that little plastic spear. Olive is also a great addition to any wardrobe and these chinos from J.Crew are quickly becoming a workday favorite. If you’re in a Business Casual workplace that doesn’t allow jeans, they’re a great pants option and are available in other colors too.

Jacket: MICHAEL Michael Kors // Tank: Eileen Fisher // Cuff: Hermès Collier de Chien, similar (more options here) // Bag: Balenciaga // Pants: J.Crew // Shoes: Cole Haan

Much ink has been spilled over the LBD, but even more important in my wardrobe is the LBJ (Little Black Jacket). This one from MICHAEL Michael Kors is a great little piece and punches well above its weight. (I bought mine last year, but it’s still available.)

Hermès Collier de Chien, Balenciaga bag

Cole Haan Bradshaw pump leopard

I was SO happy to see the folks at Cole Haan have added a classic 65mm heel pump to their fall lineup. Between that and the perfect pointy toe (with a vamp just high enough for no toe cleavage!) these may be the best leopard pumps ever. While I wouldn’t wear them to walk in all day, they are perfectly comfortable for a full day at work (including doing grocery shopping on my lunch hour). If you are in between sizes, go up to the next 1/2 size.

It’s Friday, so do tell…what’s your favorite cocktail? (Alcoholic or Non)

Linked up with Share In Style at MIS PAPELICOS, and Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.


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