70s inspired

70s inspired black and white dressing - Photos: Alexandra Queripel

70s inspired black and white dressing – All photos by Alexandra

Black and white are meant for year-round dressing and are always clean, crisp fashion choices. These Rachel Zoe Jett Wide-Leg Tuxedo Pants were on my radar the minute I saw them; as luck would have it my patience paid off and the pants went on sale. With a bit of alteration in the length and the proper undergarments I am now wearing them. Today it was the farmer’s market. Tomorrow, who knows? Feeling inspired by Rachel Zoe herself, I added a black 70s-style wide-brimmed hat. It’s a good day!

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What Lies Beneath

Shimera nude seamless boyshorts

Shimera nude seamless boyshorts

No, I am not referring to the 2000 horror film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, although that was a scary-as-hell movie worth seeing. I am referring to undergarments because what lies beneath your clothes is as important as anything else but too often overlooked. The proper-fitting bras and panties bring out the best in you and literally lift your spirits. It was about a year ago that I met Eddy, a smart and savvy salesperson from The Town Shop in NYC who reminded me how important it is to wear the right fitting bra. Today my friend Kim is saving the day with more undergarment advice; this time, it’s panties.

I recently purchased Rachel Zoe’s Jett Wide-Leg Tuxedo Pant white, with a full black stripe on the sides – on sale! I loved its ease and elegance. Sadly though, I was ready to return it because my son told me he could see my underwear from the back. Not good, especially when wearing white. But I wasn’t ready to let go. In a last-ditch effort I called Kim for her expert styling opinion. She was emphatic: keep the pants but find proper panties. She sent me on a mission to find nude, seamless boyshorts (a nude thong would also have worked, depending on your personal preference). My search ended at Nordstrom, when I tried them with the pants and found success!

How sad I would have been if I had given up and simply returned the pants. Reminders to us all that a good foundation is key. What lies beneath matters. You matter. Take care of yourself – under to cover.

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Prom: Now/Eric …

Eric: Prom 2013

Eric: Prom 2013

I couldn’t resist one more feature on prom 2013. Eric is my son; he is 16 and a junior in high school. Last night he went to his first prom. There wasn’t much fanfare to prepare for the occasion except to take a trip to the barber shop for a new haircut, rent a tuxedo and shoes and purchase new dress socks. And of course, he selected a corsage for his date. But this story is worth telling because he attended his prom in the very same location where my junior prom was held 36 years ago! That does kind of freak me out but it is special and something that he and I will share forever.

My last prom feature is about my own son and a connection with me, his mom.

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Eric and me

Eric and me

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Wearing white …

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Wearing white – my bebe tuxedo jacket

… in November and beyond …

I personally wear white all year round … winter white, off white, ecru, crisp white, all of it … Little known fact – I love to mix it with black. I love a black pump, or a black bag … a little cherry red lip … amazing! I never get sick of white. Do it. Don’t be scared of it.

~ Rachel Zoe, stylist, designer

What happens when two style trends come together? You get fashion perfection! That’s how I felt when I saw this bebe jacket in the store window. A black and white tuxedo jacket? I knew I had to try it. Not only are the colors my all-time classic favorites (so crisp, so chic), but the feel of this jacket is also soft and supple – a little spandex makes the difference. And if my style guru Rachel Zoe endorses wearing white all year round, I say … why not? Do it? I’m doing it. And I encourage you to do it, too!

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Jodie in her own words …

Jodie on The High Line, NYC

Jodie on The High Line, NYC, wearing one of her favorite outfits

I met Jodie Berlin Morrow in the early 1980s after I graduated college. I was taking a walk in my neighborhood with my mom (probably pondering my future) when we ran into Jodie. Because, for a brief and wonderful interlude in her life as a New Yorker, she lived in my town in New Jersey and became our neighbor and very special friend. Jodie eventually moved back to New York and we lost touch with her until a few years ago when we all reconnected. How happy my mom and I are to have Jodie back in our lives. She is a beautiful woman with the gift of bringing out the best in us. Stylish as always, she truly inspires me. But enough from me. Now, Jodie, in her own words …

I didn’t have any identifiable style until I was in my early 40s. Before that, I had worked in a school setting and in human resources, and I wasn’t that interested in fashion. A significant change happened when I became the owner of an antique store, and that is when I began to find out what I liked. It took leaving those earlier environments and becoming a buyer for my own store, responsible for choosing and selecting pieces that I liked, to change my style perspective. I would travel to do my buying and developed new relationships and friendships along the way. I soon fell in love with vintage. I began to wear Victorian Whites and I started to buy clothes that felt like me and that I absolutely loved … Continue reading

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