Texture is often the forgotten element when shopping for clothes but it is one of the three keys: a good fit, the right color … and texture. How something feels to the touch and does it hold its structure and will it stand out – these are important questions to ask yourself. When I am shopping color and texture are the first things I notice. This See by Chloé dress has become a new favorite, with the combination of cotton, silk, and jersey that give it a unique look. I added the pin for even more texture! Happy shopping!
Dress, See by Chloé, shoes Pedro Garcia
Photos by Kendra Olson
Ooh, I have to have that necklace!
“Ooh, I have to have that!,” I say, as I pass a window: I have said it so often and in front of so many windows that I am abnormally great at it. If I look back at my life I realize that I have purchased my most precious things after passing them in windows. Not just for what they are but also for how they make me feel. I bought my white down coat by Searle 20 years ago when driving past a window in NYC – I got home, called the store and had it shipped to my house in NJ. A few years ago, while on vacation in my beloved Outer Banks, I saw a simple black summer dress by Splendid in the window – tried it on and bought it on the spot. Five years ago, when I was trying to push through my fears and start exercising it was seeing these super-cool pink camo yoga pants in the window at Lululemon that caught my eye and got me moving. When I bought them I took my first step to changing my health. And it was this necklace that has become my all-time go-to; while walking the streets of Soho, New York, I saw this unique accessory and I knew that I had to have it. I had never seen anything like it before – the textures and fabrics were a unique combination that drew me into the boutique. Of course it was the only one of its kind and I bought it! I always get comments when I wear it – it is a conversation starter.
Windows are the gateway to our dreams, what happens when we press our noses to the possibilities and make them our own. When you see something in a window and buy it, you take the unobtainable and will it into your closet. To literally window-shop is to make your imagination your reality. It is no wonder that all of these purchases are my favorites.
Photos by Kendra Olson
My Diane von Furstenberg gingham dress
You may have noticed that gingham is making a comeback this Spring. That fresh fabric that was all over J.Crew about a decade ago is now all over Instagram as it enjoys a 2017 resurgence. It is the singular color print and the close-knit checks that make gingham distinctive and full of charm. Not just the preppy standard it was years ago, gingham of today is styled in new and unexpected ways, including shoes and other accessories. Last year, I bought my own gingham dress (Diane von Furstenberg) and what I love is that this dress can be dressed up or down. I have worn it to work, for a family brunch, and plan to wear it to a summer evening party in a few weeks. Give yourself a fresh start to Spring with this ultimate playful fabric.
Dress, Diane von Furstenberg
Photo by Alexandra
I love red. Bright, cherry red. It is and always has been my favorite color to wear. This Valentine’s Day, I wore my new red dress by Maje that I bought at a crazy sale price. The entire week I have thought about the different kinds of love. The truth is that there isn’t just one kind of love – there are many. Because love has no boundaries. Is it wrong that one of the loves of my life is the color red? Wearing it makes me happy and brings out the best in me. We are good together. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is! I love red.
Dress, Maje, heart pendant, Baccarat
Photo by Abrina Hyatt
It happened the other morning – I woke up at 5:00 am with a conversation in my head: Why We Miss Loehmann’s. My friend Kate sat down with me to discuss why some of us cannot seem to replace this one-of-a-kind shopping experience …
Filmed and Edited by Eric Guarino; Shot on location at Mondo Summit
Eric Rego stitches boots in the facility where L.L. Bean boots are assembled in Brunswick, Maine – in 2011: Photo, Wellenbach / AP
In the last line of my last post, I reference my L.L.Bean boots. These boots are my tried-and-true go to’s. I have owned them for so long that I can’t even remember how old they actually are. Long enough though for me to take them for granted. These odd-looking but classic “duck” shoes that have gotten me through cold, rain, sleet, snow, and everything in between are now in high demand. Who knew that these very boots, synonymous with outdoor practicality, are enjoying a surge of popularity! It started in 2011; the L.L. Bean boot that has been selling for over a century since 1912 suddenly became trendy. That’s when the duck-boot shortage first began and consumers were heartbroken when retailers ran out. Last year in fact the Bean boot became a holiday sensation.
The company continues to make boots in its Brunswick, Maine facility (where they pump out up to 3,000 Bean boots a day) rather than export operations, to preserve its brand. And its materials are primarily sourced in the United States. “There is a significant sense of pride associated with actually making something here in Maine, with Maine employees, and producing something that customers love,” says Donna Lamberth, Director of Manufacturing for L.L. Bean.
Today L.L. Bean is proactive, producing even more boots to stay ahead of the demand and prevent potential heartbreak for this year’s holiday shoppers.
This is the time of year I love to pull out my heavy-duty, cozy Rebecca Taylor sweater – too bulky to wear with a jacket but warm enough to wear on its own. I love Rebecca Taylor’s feminine designs. The story of this sweater? Several years ago I noticed it in a fashion blog, loved it, and tracked it down – to a single remaining sweater in Atlanta! I knew I had to have it so I purchased it over the phone and had it shipped. In other words, I worked hard to get this sweater. But it was unique and I was willing to make it happen. Today, it is holding up so well that I don’t regret my decision at all. In fact, it was well worth the effort!
Sweater, Rebecca Taylor; jeans Frame Denim; hat Misaharada Millinery; shoes L.L.Bean
Photos by Sophie MacMillan
My super power: red lipsticck
On a typical day, I wake up my face every few hours by applying fresh lipstick. It is my own personal super-power. When I am feeling a bit tired, a moment of insecurity or stress – or both – I grab my lipstick and reclaim myself. It is that simple. Lipstick is the easiest way to find the super power within each of us. And there is a reason that red has always been the iconic symbol of beauty and power. It is perfect. You just need to find the red that works for you, and that has to do with your skin’s undertones – the second layer of skin underneath the top skin. You are either a cool (pink), neutral, or warm (yellow) undertone. I look best in a red with blue undertones.
I use Josie Maran Argan Balm to first moisturize my lips and then add my favorite lipstick, Cover Girl Tempt 455.
Who knew superpowers come in the form of lipstick?
Photo by Alexandra
… who liked to twirl!
Clothing can do many things. It can raise us up, it can give us strength, it can keep us warm and cozy, it can free us, it can help us to mature, and it can also bring us back to our younger selves. Growing up, I was a girly-girl. I used to love wearing dresses – especially party dresses – and I loved dresses with wide skirts that would allow me to twirl. The flouncier the better. Although I never lost my love of wearing dresses, I forgot how much I liked to twirl in a special party dress. So it was with an indescribable joy that I purchased this dress … and for an excellent price. It needed alterations so that it could be more fitted in the bodice but it was worth it. I had not seen a dress with this kind of swing, well, since I was a young girl.
Styled for the Autumn chill with my leather bomber jacket, black tights, and booties, I found myself twirling and feeling like my younger self. #Happy!
Photos by Jess Yee. Dress, Issa London; jacket, Diesel; boots Sigerson Morrison; tights, Wolford.