j’adore dior

January 23, 2018

I went to the Christian Dior exhibition at the ROM on the weekend which left me all in a flutter. The ribbons, sequins and silks, oh my. It was learning about the companies –– Maison Hurel, Masion Rébé and Ginistry et Quénolle –– that produced all the hand embroidery that I found most fascinating. And the ones that created velvet ribbons, (Giron Frères) and dupioni silk (Staron). One of my very favourite Diors in recent memory, was the embroidered white dress that Mara Rooney wore in Cannes in the spring of 2017. It was modern day Hepburn. The sheer fabric added edge to her demure collar and hem length. And her choice of black heel and clutch was perfection. It was classic, crisp and utterly chic. Dior would have approved.

Lindo maravilhoso!

January 22, 2018

It’s hard to imagine, but soon enough we’ll be sliding bare feet into summer shoes. I’m a little in love with these rope sandals from San Paolo based designer, Lane Marinho. Her colour combinations are brilliant. Two small caveats: the shoes are only available in Brazil, and you need pretty darn perfect feet to wear them. So, I won’t be buying a pair, but I’m delighted to know they exist.

second skin

January 19, 2018

I came across these lovely body suits this morning –– the perfect first layer in cold winter. I love the muted colours –– pale blue, peach, cream and olive –– and fine ribbing. The last time I wore a bodysuit was circa 1995, with lots of eye makeup, bottle green jeans and biker boots. Twenty years later, this is more my speed. I should dig up the old biker boots, though.

eye to eye

January 16, 2018

I find these lover’s eyes both creepy and charming. “In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged “eye miniatures” — love tokens so clandestine that even now, in the majority of cases, it is impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict.” The largest collection, upwards of 100, belongs to an Alabama eye surgeon and his wife. It’s thought that the Prince of Wales gave one to his mistress, Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert, a Catholic divorcée. The two did eventually marry, in a secret ceremony, and it was possibly them that brought the Georgian miniatures into the fold.

paper chase

January 6, 2018

I don’t know that I would wear these earrings, but I am intrigued by the creative process behind them. Each pair, super light and one of a kind, is made from layers and layers of paper, handpainted with gold, silver or copper and finished with several coats of waterproof varnish. The colours are rich and the shapes decadent, (there is a Renaissance feel to them) and at 18 Euro, they’re an affordable alternative to chandeliers.

sock shop

January 5, 2018

The only socks on my feet these days are Chups, but when the cold lifts, I’ll be wearing Lirika Matoshi’s beautiful stockings. Imagine ladybugs, flowers and starry nights beaded onto fishnets with exquisite precision. They’re expensive, but the work is so intricate. take a look at Matoshi’s Instagram feed –– it’s such a delight.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

December 27, 2017

Iole and I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s this week –– a rite of passage for mothers and daughters. Well, it was a rite of passage for this mother and her daughter. Iole loved it, thank goodness. So now that I’ve introduced her to Audrey’s most recognized film, we’ll make our way through them all. Sabrina is next, and Roman Holiday, will come after that. We’ve been humming Moon River for days and talking about our favourite outfits (the pink rhinestone Givenchy, of course).

all dressed

December 26, 2017

Yes, to velvet and pompoms, and walking to parties barelegged in December! I like everything about this look, down to her short nude nails and chic knot ring. Who knows where this gal’s going, but she’s turning heads before she’s even reached the fête.


put a bow on it

December 22, 2017

If you’re off to any parties this weekend, please be sure to wear a ribbon or two. Nothing says festive like a red velvet bow. Macarons are lovely, but the very best hostess gift is a witty and stylish guest.


December 21, 2017

I rarely wear big baubles on my ears, but these mobile danglers designed by Jessica Winzelberg are just my style. I love the wonderfully unexpected mix of gemstones, such as tiger’s eye, jade and aventurine or sodalite, jasper and lapis. I like these malachite beauties, too. There’s something very retro and chic about them. Yes, Santa –– I’ll take a pair in any colour you choose for me.

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