Layering Up with Gilets

Although you might be unfamiliar with the name, in all likelihood you have worn or will wear a gilet at some point during your lifetime. Back in the day–say the 18th and 19th centuries–gilets were fitted and embroidered. Women wore them as dress bodices shaped like mens’ waistcoats, as shown below. Riding jacket, 1750-59. From…

Slip Up: Slippers with Detachable Soles

Something of a clean freak, I have declared my home a shoe-free zone. I discovered shoe-free homes when studying for a year in France. There, people walk their dogs and do not, I repeat “do not,” pick up the dogs’ poo. Sorry to be so blunt but there it is. Seeing all the piles of…

Ageism…the Next “Me Too” Movement for Women

Ageism (n.) prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group and especially the elderly. In my fifties, I do not consider myself old. I buy into the “fifty is the new thirty” mentality, preferring to not let my age define me and still striving to better myself and learn. So it really shocked me when a family…

Dressing Royally: The Fashion Agreements Between Celebs and Designers

Ever wonder how movie stars and royals–even newly arrived and not yet official royals like Meghan Markle–are able to wear new designer gowns to every event?  The sheer Ralph & Russo gown Markle is wearing in this official engagement photo apparently sells for $75,000. Now, I am not sure if Harry’s new fiancee or the…

La Minaudiere

Minaudiere (n.) a small decorative case or purse for ferrying small items, such as makeup and jewelry. Pronounced mē-nōd-ˈyer, these ornate little clutches are often carried as evening bags. The history of the minaudiere goes back to the 1930s. Van Cleef & Arpels–The French jeweler and perfume house–has been credited with the clutch’s creation. The story…

Metallic Mania

If you don’t already own a metallic sweater, it’s time to set things right. Nothing else is going to give you that festive pop as well as a shimmery pullover.  I bought one recently and it has been my go-to top nearly every day–I should have bought multiples because I am seriously wearing this all…

Two for the Price of One: Reversible Outerwear

I love multipurpose beauty products–balms that work on both eyes and lips, creams that do double duty as blushes and lipstick…you get the idea. One of the winter trends that I am most stoked about this year is reversible outerwear. Yup, you read that right…coats, jackets, and vests that you can turn inside-out for multiple…

Product Review: One Two Magnetic Lashes

I love a dramatic eye, and nothing boosts eye drama more than long, bold lashes. Because I am already somewhat “high maintenance”–I get my nails done; I do Botox and fillers; and I am meticulous about good skincare, which can be pricey–I didn’t want to add yet another monthly beauty expense in the way of…

Booty Call 2017

Who says you have to look like the Abominable Snowman when out and about in the white stuff? Thanks to clever designers who care about form and function, it’s possible  to safely and cutely (is that a word) navigate through fluffy billows of snow and even the gray mushy slush. Take a look at my…

Rose Gold Moments

Rose gold…I think it has to be the prettiest of metallic hues. If you, like me, love this blushing bride of a color, consider finding a way to wear it. Check out the many ways to deck yourself in this delicious color. The watch in the featured photo is from Olivia Burton. Featuring an array…

Caped She-ro

Wanna dress like a grown-up? This savvy cape from Zara is just the ticket. You can wear it in high style or low. Look how well it pairs with jeans and a baseball cap. Imagine it with a more dressy look…say flare trousers and a turtleneck. Also the stuff of sartorial sophistication. Either way, you…

Buy of the Day: Sequin Blazer

It’s all about sequins this holiday season 2017. If you have never worn them, it’s time to change your ways. They brighten the face, offering an instant facelift effect, and elevate your look to the status of holiday gold…or silver, or green, or red…,depending on your sequin color preference. I just spotted this gorgeous blazer…