Fashion

parasol

May 19, 2017

Springtime cocktails are best enjoyed under a parasol. Sunbeam Jackie produces some of the best I’ve ever seen, made up of gorgeous fabrics from Liberty, William Morris, Barbara Brown, Marimekko and plenty more. The company was founded by artist couple Charlie and Katy Napier and their studio, a 12th century grain store, is based in Cornwall. It’s impossible to choose a favourite –– in fact I’d want a half a dozen of them, and a beautiful English garden large enough to accommodate them all.

Second Coat

May 11, 2017

Next time you buy a coat, consider Nile blue or a barely there pink. Think about tobacco or teal. Any colour, except black. Of course, I understand the logic of  a dark coat, but there something wonderfully bright and impractical about an overcoat that’s as blue as the sky.

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brand on

May 9, 2017

It’s tough to justify spending lots of money on cotton pants and tops and caftans, but as that’s my wardrobe from May to October, I’m willing to splurge on brands I love. Ace & Jig is my absolute favourite in this category, with gorgeous fabrics and effortless styles that take me from the beach to a baptism. This girl has the right idea with batik pants and an ivory lace smoking jacket. It’s chic and carefree, which is what summer is all about.

 

flower power

May 3, 2017

Author and bloom magician, Lewis Miller is back to creating stunning floral pop ups all over NYC. From random little streets to major landmarks, Lewis and his team are adorning the city with daisies, orchids, gladioli, tulips, carnations and roses. The arrangements are theatrical and joyous, and are no doubt making a lot of New Yorkers very happy. And that’s his goal: to put a smile on people’s faces. In celebration of Rei Kawakubo and this year’s Met Ball, a mohawk of Liatris adorns the Botero sculpture outside the Crosby Street Hotel. “Rei is such an icon and an iconoclast, and Commes des Garçons is a groundbreaking label that represents metamorphosis through design. We thought it only fitting to turn the cat into an avant-garde skunk.”

ootd

May 2, 2017

Yes to metallic marigold shoes, well-worn jeans, bomber jackets and shirts with a sense of humour. All this outfit needs is a fun place to go –– bingo, bowling or dinner with the besties.

Italian way

May 1, 2017

Run away with me on this soggy Spring day, to an Italian farmhouse in the heart of Umbria. Just imagine the meals that take place around this gorgeous oak table. And what a charming way to display jars of homemade tomato sauce. This double height master bath is stunning (the copper towel racks are heated) and look at the floor and fabulous steel beds in the guest room. And when it pours with rain, because even in Italy it gets gloomy and wet, this is where I’ll be.

New Romantic

April 28, 2017

A summer wardrobe made up romantic Thierry Colson tunics, kaftans, rompers and blouses is my idea of sartorial bliss. The high neck and billowy sleeves on this tunic is a dream, as is the fabric on this kimono-style dress. The clothes look great with oceans and castles and whitewashed cycladic walls as their backdrop, but I can see this dress anywhere –– even Loblaws.

 

All Dressed

April 24, 2017

I like an evening dress that works for day and night –– something that can be worn with espadrilles and lip gloss or heels and Chanel’s Pirate. Magnolia Antic has many such dresses to choose from. There’s this frock, with delightful splodges of orange and pink, and this one, that looks like vintage Ozzie Clarke. This mid-length leopard print would look as perfect at a daytime meeting as it would at chic nuptials. As for this modern day Eliza Doolittle, I want to wear it morning, noon and night!

Anemone

April 21, 2017

These flower portraits by Steven Meisel are just so beautiful. They pay homage to Constance Spry, a famous British educator, florist and author. She created exquisitely grand arrangements for high society clients such as Cecil Beaton, and she did the flowers for the weddings of the Duke of Gloucester, princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, and for the coronation of the Queen. This is my favourite of Meisel’s homages, anemones that look like the prettiest and most delicate fried eggs.

I dream of Genie

April 17, 2017

I’m a little potty about these genie pants. They look like they’re made from some beautiful organza, but even in a 100 per cent rayon, I’d love them. I see them with a fun, embellished t-shirt and a flirty heel or a plain white t-shirt and espadrilles. And yes, I’ll take them in every colour of the rainbow, please.

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