how to be “Forever Chic”

posted in: Books, Chic, Giveaway | 160

Forever Chic by Tish Jett


I first met Tish Jett in Paris in 2009. She’s a lovely person, both inside and out. We hit it off immediately, and it wouldn’t be a trip to Paris without an afternoon spent with Tish. Over the years she’s shared some of her favorite drugstore beauty secrets, and she’s never steered me wrong. I’m still hooked on the Eucerin Hyaluron Filler moisturizer, and Bioderma Crealine Micellar H2O for removing makeup and cleansing.

Tish’s book “Forever Chic” is such a wealth of information about style, beauty, health, attitude, and being our best at whatever our age. It would make a wonderful gift, and I consider it a must-have for any style bookshelf. I’m delighted to be able to give away TWO signed (by Tish, bien sur) copies of this lovely book! (2 winners will be chosen to each receive 1 copy.)

Winners will be chosen at random. You’ll get 2 “entries” for your comment on this post (if you do not wish to be entered, please let me know in your comment) and 1 “entry” each for visiting my Facebook page here, for following on Twitter here, and for following on Instagram here. Contest will be open until 11:59pm on 11/26/15. I’ll draw the winners and announce on Tuesday 12/1. Winners will need to provide a valid shipping address so I can send your book.

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retail reconnaissance – cautiously festive edition

posted in: Jackets, Shoes, Shopping, Sweaters | 12

chanel-esque tweed jacket

While there is certainly no shortage of blinged-out pieces as we approach the holiday season, my inclination is to lean a bit toward the subtle side. Or at least subtle enough that you’ll still want to wear these come January.

If Chanel-esque jackets are in your style wheelhouse, this one from J.Crew is a tempting option. The tweed fabric has a bit of sparkle to it, and I like the collar. The navy looks nice with denim, black or grey, but there’s also a champagne color too. (Offered in Misses, Petites and Tall sizes.)

metallic pointed toe flat

These studded flats from Halogen approach sparkly while circumventing twee.

sparkly sweater

Also in the sparkly-not-twee neighborhood, this v-neck sweater from Two by Vince Camuto.

sequin sweater

I really like the kimono-style sleeves on this subtly sequined number from Melissa McCarthy Seven7 in Women’s sizes. (If black isn’t your thing, it’s also offered in a pretty raspberry color.) Sweaters like these are the kind of pieces you can throw on with black pants and a pair of sparkly earrings and be ready for those impromptu holiday get-togethers. You’re welcome. 😉

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mid-week miscellany – omelettes and more

posted in: Cooking, Good Food | 21
vollrath non-stick skillet
new Vollrath skillet shakedown cruise. I almost forgot the basil until the last minute, usually I’ll cut stracciatela


One of the first dishes I learned to make that wasn’t an English Muffin “pizza” or a ground beef casserole was an omelette. When I was about 15 years old a family friend* (who also happened to be my parents’ auto mechanic**) said, “if you can learn to make an omelette, you’ll never starve,” and proceeded to show me how to pull the cooked sides back to let the uncooked portion come in contact with the hot pan, when to add the fillings, and how to fold gently so not to tear. Through my high school and college years, an omelette was my go-to dish, one that could be rustled up with a few inexpensive ingredients, and cooked even on a hot plate.

I’ve recently re-discovered the humble omelette as a light, no-fuss dinner option. Add some grated cheese, some fresh basil, serve with a salad or some steamed haricots verts and you have a satisfying but not overly filling meal. But my ancient Le Creuset skillet wasn’t up to the job, and no matter how much butter I used or how careful I was, I couldn’t keep the eggs from sticking. A trip to Surfas Culinary District, a local professional cookware store, yielded this 8″ Vollrath non-stick pan, and have been quite pleased with it. It seems to heat evenly, and there’s no sticking (I still use just a little bit of butter in the pan for flavor).

A few of things I’ve learned about omelette Science along the way:

  • temperature is crucial. Butter should melt quickly in the pan but not sizzle
  • for lighter omelette, add a tablespoon of water (not milk) to the eggs before beating
  • eggs should be gently beaten until whites and yolks are well blended
  • once eggs start to set, shake the pan periodically to prevent sticking
  • pull the edges back as they set and tilt pan to let the uncooked portion run to the edges (this is key to even cooking)
  • don’t add filling until the eggs are cooked all the way through to the point they’re no longer runny on top
  • add fillings only on one side, then once cheese has melted, flip other side gently over.
  • slide out onto the plate

*no, there was nothing untoward going on

**in fact, two of the best non-professional cooks I’ve known were also auto mechanics for a living. Go figure.


wool shoe liners

Under the heading of How Did I Live Without These?? I’ve recently discovered Smartwool Secret Sleuth wool shoe liners. These are cut low enough to wear under your loafers or low-vamp ankle boots, and are warmer than nylon liners. Yes, they stay put! My suggestion if you are between sizes is to size down.


Finally, to kick off the holiday season, I have a couple of giveaways lined up! Good stuff, I promise! Check back on Friday for the first one.

How’s your week shaping up?

object of desire: the velvet jacket

posted in: Jackets, Shopping, Style | 27

velvet jacket day to eveningThere’s just something about a velvet jacket. A touch of velvet is feminine, romantic and just a little insouciant in a casual outfit. But pair it with something sparkly, and it grounds and adds elegance to an evening look.

Shown above: jacket – Chicos
left: earrings | scarf (similar) | sweater | bracelet | bag | jeans | boots
right: necklace | top | pants | bracelet | clutch | shoes

About this time every year, I re-launch my hunt for that perfect velvet jacket. Still haven’t found The One, but I’ve spotted a few this year that could be contenders. Black is my preference of course, but there are many lovely options in other colors for those who prefer.

I’m also seeing a good variety of styles available this season. There’s the traditional blazer style, and I like the cut of the J.Crew “Regent” blazer, with its standing collar. This pewter color is nice, though it’s offered in several other colors, as well as Petite and Tall sizes.

velvet jacket

More velvet blazers…

Boden |  Tahari | Talbots (Misses, Petites, Woman and Woman Petites) |  Rag & Bone |
J. Crew “Campbell” (more of a le smoking style) | Topshop Unique | Toast

The style I’m leaning toward most is this season’s longer jacket.

Eileen Fisher velvet duster

When I had lunch with Sandra (Apart From My Art) last week, she mentioned that she’d tried on this velvet duster from Eileen Fisher shown above and loved it. It’s a fun, dramatic look, and a piece that would look just as good with a pair of jeans as with the silk separates shown. Washable, too! I wish it were available in Petites, but I may try it anyway.

velvet kimono jacket

I like the shorter sleeves on this Zara velvet kimono, but it hasn’t shown up at our local store yet, so haven’t been able to see in person or try on.

More velvet long jackets:

BodenFree People | Chico’s | Eileen Fisher Women’s | Free People (quilted velvet) | Title A | Poetry

If your style skews more Bohemian, I’ve spotted a few printed, embroidered and embellished styles that will sing Stevie Nicks to your Inner Hippie Chick. 😉

floral embroidered jacket

This one from Johnny Was would look fabulous with denim or your favorite silk pants.

la bohème…

4 Love and Liberty | Johnny Was | ZaraChicos

Do you have a favorite velvet jacket? How do you style it?

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