Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

crazy new year's eve

Yves Montand eyeing Jeanne Moreau across a crowded room.

Middleweight champion Marcel Cerdan noticing a not so reticent Edith Piaf for the first time.

The come hither look.

The French accessorize better than anyone else because they understand signals a little more.

For the woman that knows who she is, what she wants, and doesn't care who knows it.

Gold Lace Choker (No. 2570). French lace, crystals, and velvet intertwine. Great flirtatious fun.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

"I have spent my life watching, not to see beyond the world, merely to see, great mystery, what is plainly before my eyes. I think the concept of transcendence is based on a misreading of creation. With all respect to heaven, the scene of the miracle is here, among us. The eternal as an idea is much less preposterous than time, and this very fact should seize our attention."

Marilynne Robinson
images: the drifter and the gypsy

Merry Christmas

"Mere forgetfullness cannot remove it

Nor wishing bring it back, as long as it remains

The white precipitate of its dream

In the climate of sighs flung across our world,

A cloth over a birdcage. But it is certain that

What is beautiful seems so only in relation to a specific

Life, experienced or not, channeled into some form

Steeped in the nostalgia of a collected past."


John Ashbery

:the drifter and the gypsy

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Facing winter

Bobbi Brown cleansing oil
A 2-in-1 formula that gently removes all traces of makeup & cleanses skin while maintaining natural moisture levels. Olive and Jojoba Oils condition skin.

Cleansing Oil

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


something so festive about taffeta
j. crew

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Volunteering is the perfect way to give of yourself. In these difficult economic times the need becomes even greater. You focus away from your own troubles and concentrate on others. Somehow your worries melt away in the simple act of service. You can give whatever you can, an hour here or there, in a nursing home or perhaps an animal shelter; or collect warm clothes for donation. Do you know a neighbor going through a rough patch? Does the elderly woman on your street need her sidewalks shoveled when it snows? There are myriad ways to help. Of course the truth is that no one benefits more than you for in the giving is the gift.

To donate to a foodbank, find one near you at: Feeding America

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Let it snow

Kate Spade's Hand in Hand Colorblock Mittens - $95

Since 2005, kate spade new york and Women for Women International have been working together to promote micro-enterprises for women in the still recovering communities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The enterprise is the next step in an ongoing product development partnership over the past four years. Women for Women International will provide the training in knitting for the women, with creative direction from kate spade new york.

Knitting, a traditional skill in the region that has passed through generations of women, is now a source of income for these enterprising women. This partnership has helped Bosnian graduates transform their traditional handcrafts into high-fashion winter accessories. Rabija Mujalo, a participant of the training program and current employee of kate spade new york, says "I earned nearly as much money knitting at home in my spare time as my son who works full time in a factory."
kate spade

Friday, November 13, 2009

Weekend bag

Belstaff® Colonial shoulder bag 556
J. Crew

Thursday, November 12, 2009

French lesson

An entirely black outfit BUT with a big tan leather bag.

A basic pair of leggings BUT with touches of leather.

via:garance dore

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Secret Thoughts

Secret Thoughts Coat (No. 2488).
One had to keep up appearances in those days. The fans expected it of her. So did the studios.

But when nobody was looking she wore an unaffected coat like this.

And she would walk the little gravel path near the ocean in it, her hands inside the pockets for warmth, thinking her own private thoughts that may not have been much more complicated than what she had on.

In later years she’d walk around New York City in it, still in her private world.

She never owned an evening dress, or wore makeup. Yet she was, by most standards, the most elegant (and mysterious) woman in the world. Not that she cared.

In later years she’d walk around New York City in it, still in her private world.

What she had, money could never buy. (And she had money.)

Secret Thoughts Coat (No. 2488). Simple, mid-thigh length cut of rich wool/cashmere. Full, straight sleeves. One real horn button in front. Pull the big, well-shaped hood over your head and slip your hands into the deep pockets when you want to be alone. Jacket is unlined.

One real horn button in front.

Color: Incognito Dark Olive.

J Peterman

Thursday, September 24, 2009


"The look — slim, easy and devoid of embellishment — conveys a feeling of “youth and reflects austerity and speaks to great elegance without requiring lavish materials."

:Chanel trailer

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Back to the Future

You have to love J. Peterman...

Classic Square Neck Black Dress

"Someone once said, "It's never safe to be nostalgic about something until you're absolutely certain there's no chance of it coming back."

True, there's a lot about the 50's we don’t need back, like telephone booth stuffing, panty raids, the Cold War, but I suspect you won't mind this classic coming back.

Doris Day wore a version of it when she played the "innocent" and tried to take Cary Grant's mind off himself.

Fonzie was first smitten with Pinky Tuscadero when she wore it.

Your Mother left her poodle skirt behind, snuck past her parents complaining about 50 cents a gallon gasoline, to hear some rock and roll.

You'll think of something.

Classic Square Neck Black Dress (No. 2596). Upper calf length in a fully lined smooth cotton sateen. Square back and front produces anything but square effect on its victims. Gathered fan shape sleeves frame arms. Further details: Invisible back zipper. Lots of pleat action front and back. Don't forget those bows. Demure. Charming. Sexy as all get out. Dig it?

Don't forget to load "Rock Around the Clock" on your iPod."

J. Peterman


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


A beautifully photographed romantic book about French style and culture—and making a new home in Provence

In 1999, Vicki Archer, with her husband and three children, made a lifelong dream a reality when she bought a seventeenth-century property in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. She spent three years lovingly restoring the farmhouse, bringing back to life the abandoned apple and pear orchards, and planting an olive grove of more than two thousand trees. In My French Life, Vicki shares an insider’s view of life in France— from its landscapes, delicious food, and scents to its charming people. And she offers an intimate portrait of what it’s like to adopt a new home on the other side of the globe. It’s a personal tale of taking risks, facing challenges, and the joyous experience of falling in love with all things French.
My French Life

Monday, September 7, 2009

Original Lace

The laced up wellington boot, designed to compliment the Hunter Original boot.

Friday, September 4, 2009


MADEWELLMadewell Leather Biker Jacket
wrinkled leather motorcycle jacket