Bow out

November 24, 2017

I very nearly bought a bow for my hair today, but it looked ridiculous in my top knot, and I’m too grownup for school girl accessories. An oversized bow, in black satin, I would wear. Yes, that feels feminine, playful and chic. It’s funny how a bigger bow makes a statement I’m comfortable with.

Mighty Aphrodite

November 22, 2017

If a Greek goddess, say Artemis or Aphrodite, went to the Oscars, this is what she’d wear.  Lauren Hutton (at the Academy Awards in 1975)  in this rainbow goddess style Halston dress is pretty damn dreamy. The fur stole adds a wham of glamour. Not that this goddess ever needed it.

Textile me

November 17, 2017

Here’s my idea of winter whites. I love this look from Brooklyn based knitwear designer, Lauren Manoogian. It’s very Audrey Hepburn, no? Sustainable, minimal and ethically produced, Manoognian’s pieces blend effortlessly into any wardrobe. The capote coat is kind of perfect for layering, as is the gorgeously chunky beuys cardigan. My winter wish list just got longer.


November 15, 2017

Is it too soon to fantasize about a feathery headpiece for summer? At a glance, this one from Gucci SS 18 looked like a fabulous retro swimming cap. And then I realized it was all feathers and mesh. It’s a lot to pull off, I know. But in the right mood, I think I could do it, without looking too much like Carmen Miranda meets Big Bird.

Pleats, please

November 11, 2017

Oh yes, to pants with pleats that button up around your belly button! These trousers are kind of perfect, comfortable and sexy and perfect with flats and a simple white tee.

coat check

November 3, 2017

My introduction to fur came early in life, at about eight-years-old. My father used to take me with him to his fancy parties and I’d hide in the cloakroom fawning the furs all night. There were minks, sables and chinchillas, some jackets and gillets, others long to the ground. This was Gstaad in the 80s –– decadent, flashy, over-the-top. The chinchilla was the softest thing I’d ever felt. Then came the lessons from my grandmother. Yiayia loved fur coats and she had plenty of them. Hats and cuffs, too. When I was in my mid-20s, she sent me a mink in the mail. She’d picked it up at a consignment store at the plaza near her apartment in North Palm Beach. It was beautiful, but I was never sure how to wear it. I’m still not sure. The truth is, I haven’t loved fur since my cloakroom days. I don’t feel comfortable in it. Maybe if ever go to the ballet in St. Petersburg, I’ll bring out my mink. It even has my name stitched into the lining.

Do I know you?

October 31, 2017

My mum has an original sense of style, so much so, that my bother used to pretend he didn’t know her when she came to pick him from school. When she cut her hair really short and dyed it berry red, he crossed to the other side of the street. So when my daughter very politely asks me not to wear certain outfits to school, I know not to take it personally. One day, she may embrace my style, much like my brother does our Mother’s. But she’s a a kid and she wants to fit in, not stand out. A bejewelled pink coat in the schoolyard is more spotlight than she’s comfortable with. “You can wear it anywhere else though, Mama.”

All Dressed

October 27, 2017

On what occasion might I wear white lace under tiers of chartreuse silk? Certainly not to drink a glass of rosé on my friend’s terrace as this señorita is so chicly doing. I love getting dressed up, and I wish I made more of an effort, even it’s just drinks with a neighbour. But comfort and ease, i.e. jeans and t-shirt, always win. Yesterday, I mentioned accessories, and shoes, belts and tiaras are an easy-peasy way to up the ante on an outfit. Here, just the earrings, rings and teal velvet shoes would do it for me. But it’s a good reminder though, that sometimes, it’s fun to get totally over-dressed for no reason.


October 27, 2017

“If there was a choice on spending a lot of money on accessories or dress, I always chose accessories,” said the fabulous Iris Apfel. Some women have a knack for taking cotton basics to the next level with one or two carefully chosen accessories. My friend Patricia is one such woman. Yesterday, she paired a black turtle neck and grey joggers with huge cardinal red plastic hoops. Her look reminded me of Balenciaga Spring 2018 –– simple, sexy, standout.

forever in blue jeans

October 25, 2017

Jeans are the most ubiquitous clothing item ever –– how you wear them is what makes your pair unique. Paired with bare feet and a simple cotton t-shirt is always a favourite. I personally love to see jeans dressed up with a breathtaking top and standout heels. And much to my grandmother’s chagrin, (she had a strict no denim after sundown policy) I’m fine with denim at the opera. In fact, I think denim can go anywhere.

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