the velvet jacket

posted in: Jackets, Silk, Style | 20
Not your ordinary velvet jacket. If only I had someplace to wear it...
She wore blue velvet…make an entrance in this one.


This is the time of year when I start coveting velvet jackets. Like sequins, sparkle and patent leather, velvet is no longer relegated to evenings or dress-up-only occasions, though it still serves up some elegance when needed. A velvet jacket can be a true Hero Piece, elevating jeans and a tee, topping off a pair of palazzo pants, or draped over shoulders with that LBD.

I did purchase this one in Charcoal a couple of years ago, but at the time chose to ignore that it was just too snug through the shoulders and back to button comfortably, and that it hung oddly on me when worn open. It’s been sadly under-utilized. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a viable replacement, and have come across some really lovely pieces. (Click on arrows to scroll through.)


Do you have a velvet jacket? How do you wear it?

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wearing: autumn colors

Stella Carakasi Dazzling Details Top
Stella Carakasi Dazzling Details Top

The lovely people at Stella Carakasi sent me some fun tops to try, and I chose this one to style first. The Dazzling Details top in Aubergine is a beautiful autumn color, which inspired me to pull out my cognac boots and the hand-woven silk scarf purchased in Vancouver a few years ago to accent the deep eggplant hue of the top. There are diagonal bands of different fabric textures, which also creates some visual interest. It has a flattering scoop neck and asymmetrical hem. I’m wearing an XS here, and the top is available up to XL, so seems to be available in a nice range of sizes. It’s a lightweight piece (rayon/spandex, machine washable) so will layer nicely under a jacket or cardigan. I’m wearing a silk camisole underneath for warmth.

Stella Carakasi top

Top: Stella Carakasi, provided for review
Camisole (not visible): Eileen Fisher
Scarf: artisan piece, similar color
Jeans: Eileen Fisher (also available in Plus and Petite)
Bracelets: Aurelie Biderman, Tory Burch
Boots: Cole Haan from last year, similar (and on sale)

The boots, well yes they’re a little wide in the calves. I bought them on sale over a year ago when I was on a mission to get some cognac knee boots. But they’re beautiful boots otherwise, and I’m still mulling over whether to invest in getting the calves taken in by my cobbler. This is such a classic style, and the color works with just about any other combo.

Stella C 2

What is your favorite accent color to wear?

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Linked up with: Throwback Thursday at Happiness at Mid-Life, Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.


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weekend update

Ms. Liquidambar is taking her sweet time getting dressed for the Autumn Ball.
Miss Liquidambar is taking her sweet time getting dressed for the Autumn Cotillion.

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I’m now on my third rental car since “the bash.” The first car had mechanical problems, and the second one was filthy inside and smelled like an ashtray. (I’ve developed a theory that Big-Rental-Car-Company-That-Rhymes-With-Fred-And-Ethyl’s-Last-Name hands out the dregs in the fleet to insurance-paid renters. Just a theory, mind you.) After making a nuisance of myself for a few days at the local rental office, I succeeded in getting them to cough up a bare bones Nissan Versa, which is a pretty nice little car. It was clean inside and had no unwanted aromas. The good news is that repairs on my car are expected to be completed on schedule, late next week.

Sweaters in Shop

Now that we’re in Sweater Season, I’ve updated my SHOP page with some of my picks from around the web.


How is your weekend shaping up?

sweater trifecta

Eileen Fisher stripe merino v-neck
This one’s a winner…Eileen Fisher merino stripe sweater


After my last closet cleaning, I gave myself a stern talking to…

mommie dearest text 2

I have nothing against crew neck styles in general; it’s just not a flattering neckline on me. I’ve kept a very few that have overriding qualities or that can be styled in such a way to mitigate the neckline, but have put in place a ban on purchasing any new ones.

For some time I’ve been looking for a warmer striped sweater, but just about everything I’ve seen up until now has a crew or high neck. So when I spied this one, I snapped it up.

All boxes ticked:

  • Subtle stripes
  • V-neck
  • Non-boxy cut. Even though the shoulders are dropped, this isn’t the kind of squarish or dolman shape that’s been the predominant style in knitwear lately. There’s a slight A-line cut to it, which I prefer and find more flattering.

And bonus points for a very soft merino wool that isn’t stiff or scratchy.

Available in Plus too.

Are there any particular necklines you either avoid or prefer?
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baby, it’s cold outside

posted in: Coats, Shopping | 13
Bundle up!
Top row: Diane von Furstenberg, Barbour // Bottom row: Fleurette, Canada Goose, Canada Goose

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions expressed are my own.

You don’t have to be Ned Stark to know that “Winter Is Coming.” ;-) And with this week’s Polar Vortex, for many of you it’s already here. If “winter” where you live means being bundled up to set foot outdoors day after day for weeks or months, a coat that’s stylish as well as practical makes that prospect just a little more bearable. I was so impressed with Nordstrom’s selection of coats; city elegant, country casual or something in between, it’s a great time to shop for the best choices.

Several years ago, I was periodically required to travel for my job on very short notice. One of those trips was to New York in early December, and I had no winter coat and no one to borrow from. With just a few days until departure, I dashed over to Nordstrom and was able to find a warm, gorgeous black camel-hair coat; Nordstrom even altered the sleeves for me in time. Walking between my hotel and the office during that cold New York week, I was SO glad to have that coat!


Keep the chill at bay…

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