December is the month for sequins. Add a sequin shoe, or a sparkly collar to your all-black office attire and you’re ready for a Christmas party. I’ve got a sequin cape that I’ve had for years that I may pull out this year. It’s black and deco-inspired and looks just as good over a long sleeved t-shirt as it does a little black dress. This Trompe L’oeil one is very Gucci, and at $40 you could justify bringing out just once a year.
December 5, 2016
December 5, 2016
Herringbone floors are costly, and tricky to install, but what a stunning look they render. It’s a decidedly Parisian look –– and who doesn’t want a slice of Paris at home?
December 2, 2016
December 1, 2016
I don’t wear shirts often, but Bruta is a line I would gladly throw on my back. The collection, that references Gauguin, Hockney and Gaucho style, is the brainchild of artist Arthur Yates and his girlfriend Phoebe Saatchi (Charles’ daughter). “My girlfriend and I love taking road trips through Italy, so this collection was a love letter,” is how he described Fall 2016 in Vogue. “I wanted the collection to have a souvenir feel. Each shirt feels like a memento of each place I’ve visited in Italy.”
December 1, 2016
I bought a Chanel bag today. It’s black leather and quilted –– oh, and it’s the size of my thumb. It’s part of a line of charming miniatures handmade in Brooklyn by Phillip Nuveen. It even comes with a chic paper bag. It’s a gift for a friend in Athens. She’s got plenty of the real thing, but something tells me she’ll love her tiny version just as much.
November 30, 2016
I was watching painter and stylist, Kate Schelter earlier today, and she said something that reminded me how important it is to get a glimpse of your city from a far sometimes. “In New York I always feel like you have no perspective, you literally have no view of anything, you can’t see very far. You need to go and get a view of something –– I think it’s very inspiring to have a view.” My neighbour Gina likes to go to the island in the summer for the feeling of vacation that the outing gives her. “I actually feel like we’ve gone somewhere.” I often walk up the steps to Casa Loma and catch my breath up there. That’s a view I like. I also like the familiarity of the fences and roofs and lawns outside my window. And the view of our late summer garden from the kitchen table. But Schelter’s right –– sometimes a wider, less familiar view is inspiring, and necessary, too.
November 29, 2016
Inside our rather dilapidated garage are boxes and boxes of books. We’ve nowhere else to put them. The idea was always to create alcove shelving for our fiction, travel guides and art tomes, but somehow the project fell by the wayside. It’s a little heartbreaking to think that all those books that once brought so much pleasure and wonder, are now gathering dust among our disused car seats. It’s the memories, the nostalgia, that I hold on to. But the more I think about it, the less reasons I can think of to keep them. A much better idea would be to go through the boxes and put aside select books that are particularly meaningful, unique or beautiful. And then take that edited collection and create a home for it within our home.
November 28, 2016
I have a long pink coat. It’s the best pink because it’s Schiaparelli pink. The blue and white lining looks like a man’s stripe shirt. The coat has gold nautical buttons along the cuffs. Those, I’m less keen on. I’d like to replace them with red suede ones. Red and pink is one of my favourite clashes. It’s always fun taking a high street purchase and customizing it with your own twist. Buttons transform a coat.
November 25, 2016
I do love the designs of Louise Misha. Last year, I bought a batik dress from her kid’s line for Iole. If it were a few sizes bigger, I’d steal it often. It’s all very feminine and boho. This little cami in moutarde is delightful as is this embroidered gilet. And don’t get me started on the petite fille peices –– I want to steal them all.
November 24, 2016
A red dress for the holidays sounds a bit clichéd, but with a dress like this one, who cares about clichés. I kind of love the 70s vibe of this Gucci number, too. Zara has two flirty frocks that I rather like –– this one with frills and a sleeker, more dramatic option that I’ve been eyeing for weeks. If you’ve got red shoes and you can pull off a red lippy, I say go for it, and paint the town red.