April Showers

Hiya. Happy Friday...I for one am grateful. Looking forward to a weekend of
catching up on some movies (still have not seen The Runaways...a crime) and
trying not to think about going to Jury Duty on Monday (ugh).

As it's April and stuff, you may be in the market for a cool umbrella. It's
worth showing you this super cheeky number from London Undercover, replete
with fish and chips on the interior and loaded with snarky tabloids on the
outside. The Brits know how to make a good umbrella natch. And with a bit of
wit to boot. Years ago while I nursed a broken heart in London, I bought a
fabulous and cheery tartan umbrella from a veddy proper brolly stockist,
which cheered me to no end, even in the throes of said brush off by an off
puttingly rakish Brit. I think that umbrella shielded me not only from the
rain, but also from my pain. And then I lost the damn thing in a cab...sigh.
(Story ends well- met my husband two weeks later. Don't despair...)

And if the April showers get you down, (although with this weird weather
we're having it's probably not raining much) check out the beautiful and
iconic musical the "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" starring the infamously
gorgeous and stylish Catherine Deneuve. It will make you want to go forth
and get a cute rain trench, some flats, and of course, a lovely umbrella. If
you look half as glam as Deneuve, you're in good shape. Much love to you
all...rain or shine, the weekend is upon us, and that's what's up this
Friday mid morning in April. XO


Here's the link to the umbrella should you feel the need...they have other
great ones too.

http://www.londonundercover.co.uk/shop/slim_walker/fish__chips/

Check out this awesome Calypso look on a budget

Courtesy of my dear friend Liz. She is a style maven like none other and
knows a thing or two about a fashion thing or two. After reading my post the
other day on the perfect travel wardrobe courtesy of Calypso, she kindly
sent along her take as created by her on shopstyle, in the form of a cool
little stylebook. (Make one for yourself. It's fun. Reminds me much of
fashion plates, if you remember them...)

Thanks to Liz, we can all afford a little packing chic on tax day...love it!
Click on the link and happy shopping! XO

http://www.shopstyle.com/action/viewLook?id=1713694&em_campaign=Organic+Emai
l+-+ShareLook

Happy Tax Day

Ah, April 15th. Ben Franklin coined the infamous "but in the world nothing
can be said to be certain except death and taxes." Nobody has proven him
wrong just yet. I'm also going to put music in that category if I may. So I
thought I'd post about IRS Records, them of the new wave and ska sounds of
the 80's. (They also had Black Sabbath, which I had no idea about).

In terms of icons, I think their logo was one of the coolest of all the
labels and looked great on a pin you would sport on your lapel (remember
that?). And on their fab roster they had no less than The English Beat,
Oingo Boingo, The Go Gos, Wall Of Voodoo, REM, General Public, and the
Buzzcocks and more that I am forgetting. Cheers to IRS Records today- you
are way cooler than taxes, that's for damn sure. Follow the link below cause
we all need a little "Tenderness" today...XO

Loved this dress on "Glee" last night...

Apparently it was from Target...the bow was custom made- meaning you could
buy a bow at any doodad place that sells trims and such and you'll be right
as rain. I've attached a Target dress that should do the trick. If you
create this look and wrap yourself in it, good for you. And don't even think
of NOT sending me a snap of your self dressed as the perfect little present.
I might go make one this weekend. So cute it hurts...XO

(PS- don't forget about the red flats. Divine. You're on your own to find
those suckers. Think about a teeny heel for a little oomph factor).

Great article here about the accessibility of Glee a la mode...

http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/04/glee-fashion-scoop-hell-o-to
-affordable-looks.html

Sailor Chic

I am sneezing my head off and rubbing off my eye makeup so spring is here
and summer is sure to follow- and the sea is top of mind. Most of you have
probably procured this ubiquitous fashion staple for your fine selves but I
give you the striped French Navy sailor shirt for good measure. I am in love
with it and although it is a bit counter intuitive (horizontal stripes not
so figure flattering), I dig how this classic works on most body types- you
just need to find the "right" one, and you've got a bounty of choices this
season as the sailor shirt is having a bit of a moment.

This shirt is French chic to the max- Jean Seberg, the ultimate gamine/pixie
rocked one hard as did that hack Picasso. And for years it was Gaultier's
signature garment as he showed his love for the style intuition of the
French. I love it with jeans, boyfriend khakis, under a blazer, and is super
chic as a tee shirt dress with flats. And the Balmain sparkly version is
beyond- I love casual pieces redone to be dressed up yet still laid back.

Any way you slice it, it's a fresh look and brightens the face and has a
cool, easy vibe that is one part creative, one part Francais, and ten parts
cute. Just don't overdo the nautical theme (as in sandals with anchors, red
pants, etc. or you'll look a bit like the fashion victim version of Alan
Hale. (Also not entirely convinced this shirt works on men...maybe Johnny
Depp but not many others could pull it off that I am aware of unless you
live in the south of France or are of course, a member of the French Navy).

You could find a cool vintage one, or purchase the "original" St. James
flavor at Calypso- they've got 'em for $135. If you want to dip your toes in
the sailor shirt waters but want to spend less, the GAP has a cute version,
as does Old Navy, Zara (I snagged a tee shirt version there for $20), and
all the other usual suspects. So channel your "Papa Don't Preach" era
Madonna loving self and grab one of these (or at least enjoy a sort of Coco
Chanel a la plage situation). Oh and this could easily make the packing for
vacation cut- you could wear this over a bathing suit or try it tucked in
with a skirt for evening with some sandals. And that's what's up this
Wednesday in April. Anchors Aweigh. XO

Let's Go!

As a young girl in Philadelphia, I had a great deal of wanderlust. Yes,
Philadelphia was a diverse city full of interesting people and global
cuisine. But at a very early age, I knew there was more, and I knew this
from the books I read at our grade school library.

I was completely obsessed with the books of Miroslav Sasek, He of the "This
is" series fame. His books on Paris, Tokyo, London and a million other
locales had me mesmerized. I'd sit in my pigtails and pore through these
fabulous tomes- enchanted by the pictures of places I had yet to see in my
young life. His point of view on how a child sees travel still is quite spot
on to me today- in that he found visual joy and inspiration in local people,
dress, and culture- three things that still inspire me whenever I visit just
about anywhere- and love his take on transport in each city- I've always
been fascinated on how cities GO. He manages to capture how I still feel
when visiting somewhere new to this day- a childlike sense of wonder and
spirit for new places and faces. If you have kids, I promise you they will
adore these books too. They are treasures and present a world of whimsy and
wonder that both young and old can discover together. And the illustrations
are divine. While we're at it, check out these fab illustrations by Blanca Gomez, a
really fun illustrator who pays homage to Sasek to the max. I love the wink
to his whimsy and her work gives me the same happy feeling as those books
did in my youth, and still do to this very day (minus the pigtails). And
that's about all I can ask for on this Tuesday late morning, really.
Sooo...Let's Go! XO

How to Pack

Thought this was worth posting about...I have always been obsessed with the
perfect travel wardrobe- I think the chicest people always manage to jet off
to here and there with only a carry on...it's the ultimate in a pared down
aesthetic that fits all situations and shows a real style confidence and
conviction...obviously, in wintertime it's a bit more of a challenge, but I
love the idea of a grab and go collection for vacation and warm temps that
suits all moods. This lovely grouping is from Calypso and they always manage
to knock it out of the park when it comes to chic hippy/gypset/on the go
style. I see no skirt in this mix but no matter...still love it. (I would
also add a bathing suit for good measure).

I have always fantasized about making a collection of clothes for travel
purposes...the business trip collection, the Tahitian honeymoon collection,
the family reunion collection- you get the idea. Donna Karan had the right
notion back in the day with her "Seven Easy Pieces" collection- everything
could be worn together or as separates but was unified by its practicality
(and dear Donna was one of first designers to make leggings chic. We owe her
a debt of epic proportions, in my opinion). I also remember Miguelina doing
a honeymoon collection, all in white and super beachy, that was perfect for
a newly minted Mrs. in search of the perfect looks for a week of post
marital bliss.

I know that Calypso is a tad spendy so look at their stuff for inspiration
and then hustle down to your favorite emporium of basics and duplicate the
looks. Or supplement with some of the classics you already own and invest in
a pretty scarf or light cashmere cardigan that will make your pre-existing
pieces come to life.

I am setting my sights on a New York trip next month and wish I could make a
carry on happen- imagine sailing through JFK with not a care in the world
and a light bag full of all the perfect clothes. Most likely, my editing
skills will betray me and I will schlep all that I own and curse myself as I
try to navigate my friend's walk up with said bag. Oh well. Something to
think about...it's cathartic to travel with less (less baggage anyone? Hmm
Hmm? Who doesn't want that?) and trust that you packed wisely. Check out
Calypso's site for the skinny on packing to perfection and the best in
travel minimalism. It's what's up this Monday. XO

http://www.calypso-celle.com/

Peonies. That is all.

It's a gloomy Monday here in Miami and I'm a bit gah. So here's some peonies
just because they're my favorite- they always cheer me up and are in season
at last. I know these are super girly but I live for them and they make me
want to wear a dress. I've yet to find a person (well, mostly female) that
doesn't love these fluffy things. They are fleeting and lovely so enjoy them
while they last...much like the weekend, non? XO

REAL VACATION: MONTAUK

Friday- so glad to see you. Bless you for arriving not a second too late...

So check it- it's the end of my weeklong festival of real. I can't think of
anything to bring a gal more back to her true essence than a vacation. With
an ocean. And a cold beer. And a killer tan. Though I live 15 minutes from
what is arguably one of the nicest beaches on this great earth, I miss my
summer jaunts to Montauk. Montauk- jagged, rough surf, and dune filled. How
I love thee. You are the quintessential surf town and perfect in your laid
back chic. I have had some deeply happy weekends there in my time. True, it
is a bit of a journey to get to you from the city but you are worth the
travel to the end of the coastline (and last stop on the Jitney, for that
matter). You are without the typical Hamptons bullshit for the most part.
And for this, I love you. You are REAL to me and inspire me to breathe a bit
deeper and say thank you. The Stones even wrote a song for one of your
landmarks...(Memory Motel. From my fav Stones album. Added bonus).

Your backdrop has hosted the likes of Andy and Jackie, and legions of surf
kids, yoginis, and city folk who want to recall a beach experience that is
truly salty and relaxed, yet still has that cool factor. I'm loving the look
of The Surf Lodge and am already planning a summer sojourn there. Yes I know
this spot probably draws quite a scene of so and so's but I care not. Your
décor is just my size. I want to go to there, wearing my husband's button
down over my bathing suit and a vintage panama hat with some old Persols
while summoning the ghost of Bunker Spreckels. I'm speculating the folks at
said lodge make an amazing rum punch or better yet, a wicked bloody mary,
the perfect accompaniment to rock steady and roots on my IPod. I will park myself in
that wicker hanging chair after a Vitamin D soaked day and read a biography
or a novel about India. This summer's bucket list will hopefully be filled
with sand and sunshine daydreams. Being a Cancerian, the sea keeps me
feeling fab, alive, and true. Have a lovely weekend- I seriously can't wait
till July when I fly up north for a little R&R Montauk style. There simply
is no substitute. And that's what's real this Friday afternoon, mon amours.
XO