Saturday, June 30, 2012

Le Collier

THE BLACK PEARL: Topshop dress & collar. Mandy Coon bunny bag & vintage jewelry throughout.
Removable collars are coming up roses... I remember reading about the dickeys & paper collars Francie's father wore in Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & wondering why they weren't popular now. A crisp collar strewn with flowers is the ideal finishing touch on a frock seeded with pearls, all courtesy of Topshop.
PEARL NECKLACE: Red Valentino dress (last worn HERE). Vintage collar. Karen Walker sunglasses.
Detachable collars range from the disposable to special gems, like this pearly 1920s treasure, troved at a tag sale in CT last weekend. Each various sized bead is handsewn to the silk lining & it fastens with an eyehook. It's the crowning glory on a coral double bow dress & sunglasses with arrows along the arms - walk this way.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Sisters Farrow

*Erin Fetherston shirtdress. Madewell necklace. Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. Mandy Coon 'Ginny' Bunny bag.*
A mod Mia Farrow in A Midsummer Night's Dream ran through Erin Fetherston's spring collection (shop HERE). My black crêpe shirtdress with delicate lace overlay & buttoned front/cuffs appeared in white. Sisters Stephanie & Mia Farrow were the ideal ingénues of the 1960s & would-be models for Ms. Fetherston's designs.
I tend toward the light, but this black dress beckons with dark Romanticism. As a product of school uniforms, I proudly hated collars but just can't get enough now, plus Queen Anne's lace, saddle shoes & crossbody bags.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Proenza Schouler camera bag, Mandy Coon 'Ginny' Bunny bag & vintage jewelry throughout.
PAJAMA PARTY: Vintage Micheline top (last worn HERE). JW Anderson pants. Delman shoes.
These charmeuse paisley skinny trousers walked off JW Anderson's runway & into my heart. In Harper's Bazaar, Diana Vreeland might've suggested: "Why don't you wear pajama pants when you host a soirée chez vous?" Paired with a cream crochet cutoff knit. Heat wave = icy interiors & redecorating with Tony Duquette.
SECRET GARDEN: Vintage Dorothy Hubbs dress (last worn HERE). Karen Walker sunglasses.
Proenza Schouler's camera case-inspired bag from their spring show indulges my 1970s photographer fantasy... Traveling the globe with my trusty camera bag crafted from leather & a plastic chain link strap. Landed in CT in a floral sundress, where I'm capturing creatures in the birdbath before leaping into the lake.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


PRINT: Wren 'Isabel' dress, Valentino shoes, Mandy Coon 'Ginny' Bunny bag & vintage jewelry.
Wren silk dress with button placket, paisley aswirl with sunset mandalas (shop HERE). We're perfectly paired as I constantly seek to dress like a literary heroine & designer Melissa Coker named Wren after Jenny Wren in Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend. Ms. Coker's clothes suit beatific lost girls, indulged ingénues & their ilk.
HAPPY: YSL 'Ingénue' slingbacks & Lula (#14).
My new YSL slingbacks are black suede with wraparound ankle straps, gold-dipped metal toes & low heels. Fawning over the latest Lula, wishing to be a dreamy editorial come to life in anything styled by Leith Clark.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Welcome Back

Mandy Coon 'Ginny' Bunny bag & vintage jewelry throughout.
BACKSTORY: 3.1 Phillip Lim dress. / Marc by Marc Jacobs dress.
T-shirt dress with back cutouts: black cotton with taupe polka dots, beribboned collar & exposed bra strap. Making wishes in fountain outside Plaza Hotel (first I wish for world peace, then to buy everything at Bergdorf). All turned around in violet V-neck with lima bean buttons printed in lucky clover butterflies.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Alexa Chung for Madewell 'Kiss Me' dress.
Metallic shimmer dress with gossamer skirt & bowtie behind me. Free as a fairy, missing wings to decorate my bare back. En route to dinner at Crown, clubby restaurant off Madison Ave, where I joined their secret society.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Champagne Bubble

Mandy Coon 'Ginny' Bunny bag & vintage jewelry throughout.
CHINOISERIE: Orla Kiely dress. / Topshop dress. Karen Walker sunglasses.
Orla Kiely resort featured my midnight silk frock peppered with flowers & a Peter Pan collar (shop HERE). Black & white clothes = Coco Chanel & classic movie wardrobes, like Catherine Deneuve's in Belle de Jour (see YSL shift). Cotton dress carved with crochet daisies, worn with Karen Walker tortoiseshell square sunglasses.
RAIN: Jason Wu for Target shirtdress. / Madewell 'Shrimp' coat. Selima Sun for J.Crew 'Sophia' sunglasses.
Earth from space in blue dress & green coat. Water bubble frock with mandarin collar from Jason Wu's Target collection. Cotton tartan mod mac is Brit essential - I wear it all buttoned up, or like a cape tied over my shoulders with the ribbon. This one feels lucky because it's called 'Shrimp' after my muse, Jean Shrimpton.
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