Pieces like this Alberta Ferretti draped black lace blouse are what make a closet come to life. They take those classics a working closet is stocked with & turn them into a look that oozes style. Plus, they're surprisingly versatile and can easily keep up with whatever fashion personality you happen to be channeling on any particular day. For Look #1 (right) with this blouse, I styled it a straight fashion-forward way, complete with white lace Lanvin pencil skirt, Jimmy Choo pumps & a leopard clutch. In Look #2 above), the blouse takes a walk on the wild side with Philip Lim leopard track pants paired with the same Jimmy Choo pumps to lend the top a much more rocker-chick vibe. Bold red touches add some fun, while a rich red lip is pretty much mandatory for hitting the right notes.
GET LOOK #2: leopard track pants - 3.1 Phillip Lim; two-tone jacket - Tibi; pumps - Jimmy Choo; clutch - Charlotte Olympia; earrings - Oscar de la Renta; lipstick - Kate Spade - all Net-a-Porter.com
Stay tuned for Look #3, yet another completely different way to wear this blouse.
Those classics in your closet are must-haves, of course, but in their very classic'ness, they don't really make your heart sing. What does? Those crazy pieces you buy on impulse 'cuz they call your name and you can't wait to wear. Especially in the morning when faced with the what-shall-I-put-on-today dilemma. But the thing is, if you impulse well, these types of pieces can be surprisingly versatile. Like this Alberta Ferretti draped black-lace top. It's somewhat demure (a prim high neck), somewhat not (billowing open back) and completely fabulous - from any angle.
Sometimes the best weekends are the ones marked by what didn't happen: errands made to wait 'til later, to-do lists left to cool their heels, chores instructed to chill. While you proceed to slip into something as comfy as it is cute, paint your toes, listen to good music, read something completely unrelated to work - and generally relax & refresh a bit. Leaving you to emerge come Monday, feeling fabulous & ready to show off your new pedi - full steam ahead.
GET THE LOOK: robe & playsuit - Eberjay; necklace - Solange Azagury-Partridge; nail polish - butter London - all Net-a-Porter.com; slippers - Isotoner; illustration - anopensketchbook.com
A part of me longs to permanently reside back in the late 50s & early 60s inside one of those glitzy vintage postcards of Palm Springs. Even the name, with its refreshing springs & shady palms, seems impossibly glamorous and the livin' so effortless. Photos from the era taken of the wealthy doing their thang always show an easy/breezy, yet still stylish approach to fashion - particularly with the fellas. For a more modern, less flamingos-n-plaid style statement, think elegantly understated gray with white. Classic Ray-Bans are a must, as is a snappy straw fedora.
And a bigass bank account.
GET THE LOOK: hoodie - L.L.Bean; wide-legged drawstring pants - NewLook.com; fedora - SK Hat Shop (Amazon.com); Ray-Ban wayfarers - StuartsLondon.com; lip gloss - bareMinerals (asos.com); tee - James Perse; loafers - NewbarK; necklace - Olivia Collings; bag - Karl Lagerfeld - all Net-a-Porter.com
Livin' should be easy in summertime. But even if it ain't, at least the fashion part shouldn't be overly difficult. Black & white with red is always a winning combo & this fun movie-night popcorn bag should help remind you not to take it all so seriously.
GET THE LOOK: hoodie - Proenza Schouler; Team Slimane tee - LPD; shorts - R13; loafers - Pedro Garcia; sunglasses - Miu Miu; bag - Charlotte Olympia (all Net-a-Porter.com)
These snazzy t-strap Snowplush wedge sandals, which Aerosoles recently sent me so I could let you know about them as part of my gig as a Brand Ambassador, made me think "Gatsby!" Of course a neutral metallic sandal pretty much goes with anything summery in your closet, but for a more unexpected choice, go upscale and elegant with longer, floatier hemlines and rich-money muted hues. Um, okay, so the owl pendant isn't exactly "old money" but it's so dang cute, I couldn't help myself. Which is just what Daisy would probably think.
GET THE LOOK: duster - Calypso St. Barth; dress - Band of Outsiders; fedora - Maison Michel Virginie; sunglasses - Miu Miu; owl pendant - Anita Ko; clutch - Charlotte Olympia - all (except the duster sweater) Net-a-Porter.com
A classic white 3/4 sleeve tee is pretty much a warm weather wardrobe no-brainer: it's comfy, chic & can be worn in an amazingly diverse number of ways. I took a Splendid supima-cotton sheer shirt and styled it to suit five completely different moods...one for each of your various fashion personalities or tribes!
LOOK:#1 BEACH BABE To give your white tee a beach bum vibe, think worn-in denim cut-off shorts, easy flat sandals and a Cali-girl surfer style hoodie. Toss your sunscreen & ereader in a jute or handwoven tote & hit the sand. GET THE LOOK: Baja hoodie - Proenza Schouler; denim shorts - Ksubi; toe-ring flipflops - Ancient Greek Sandals; woven bracelet - Monica Vinader; sunglasses - Selima Optique (all Net-a-Porter.com)
LOOK #2: GAMINE NERD Nerds are the new black, just like this cute pencil skirt - paired here with some must-have cap-toe ballet flats, your fave worn-in jean jacket & jaunty scarf. Of course, chic geekery requires cute glasses & a satchel to hold all yo' various gadgets - such as a goose-themed iPhone case. GET THE LOOK: pencil skirt - Donna Karan; jean jacket - Rag & Bone; ballet flats - Tory Burch; scarf - Alexander McQueen; glasses - Cutler and Gross; satchel - Reed Krakoff; iPhone 5 case - Moschino (all Net-a-Porter.com)
LOOK #3: HAUTE GYPSY Adding a swishly silk full-skirt in a mid-calf length, a hand-crocheted sweater & some colorful chandelier earrings is a fun way to be all boho. Stripey heels & a bookish clutch seal the deal. GET THE LOOK: skirt - Tibi; cardi - Oscar de la Renta; sandals - Christian Louboutin; earrings - Shourouk; clutch - Olympia Le Tan; sunglasses - Thierry Lasry
LOOK #4: ROCK ON Sometimes you gotta get your badass on. Which means badass threads: buckled boots; skinny graphic-print pants & of course a leather jacket, but in red, 'cuz you're a fashionista first & foremost. Which also means tying everything together with really cool armcandy. GET THE LOOK: skinny jeans - Etoile Isabel Marant; jacket - IRO; boots - Toga Pulia; bag - Diane von Furstenberg; necklace - Maria Black (all Net-a-Porter.com)
LOOK #5: SUMMER BOMBSHELL White + leopard = majah sex appeal. A dab of oud perfume & a diva'ish lip will render all your victims pretty much helpless. GET THE LOOK: linen shorts - Theory; jacket - Dolce & Gabbana; pumps - Gianvito Rossi; clutch - Karl Lagerfeld + tokidoki; 18k gold ring - Gucci; lipstick - Kevin Aucoin; eau de parfum - Byredo (all Net-a-Porter.com)
This chic McQ Alexander McQueen's fine-jersey t-shirt was printed with a revised version of the label's much-loved tartan pattern & incorporates pleating for a touch of interesting visual texture. For warmer days, easy espadrilles always give off a summery vibe as does a skirt in a yummy shade of citrus. And when fall finally hits, wear it over a cashmere longsleeve tee (just as you would a vest or sweater), shimmy into some leather jeans & toss on some kickass boots. Booyah.
GET THE LOOK - NOW: tee - McQ Alexander McQueen; skirt - Vivienne Westwood Anglomania; metallic-lace espadrilles - Valentino; clutch - Antik Batik; sunglasses - Cutler and Gross; lipstick - Kevin Aucoin & LATER: gray fine-knit tee - Alexander Wang; leather jeans - Current/Elliott; boots - Toga Pulla; bag - Diane von Furstenberg; boucle coat - Missoni; ring - Etro
Thin-weave nautical stripe sweaters the perfect piece to wear poolside, aboard or at the shore when the air is still a tad chilly in the early morning or later, after the sun sets. They also let you bring some of the beach home when you make them city-ready with a pair of crisp cotton trousers. While you could do navy accents for a fun matchy-matchy look, a more interesting way to go - as I did with this "Breton" one from Celtic & Co. that they recently sent me - is with other shades of blue, from aquamarine (the sneakers) to a more dusty denim shade (the bag & patterned scarf).
Selling your old engagement ring or wedding ring can prove a difficult proposition emotionally, so why make the process even more convoluted by selling to a pawn shop or other place that buys gold...& guitars & guns & vacuum cleaners.... And don't even get me started on posting a craiglist ad & the types of people that might show up, giving you even more than you bargained for (& not in a good way). "We specialize in buying diamonds," note the diamond experts at The Diamond Lining, who are online exclusively, meaning no steep brick & mortar costs which translates into a more lucrative offer for you (as a rule of thumb, count on getting back about 25% of the purchase price of the ring). "We can quicky and accurately evaluate your ring and offer you top dollar because of our knowledge and expertise." Plus, you needn't leave the safety of your castle but when your ring does, it will arrive safely & you could be done with the entire transaction in about a week's time. They also have a lot of experience with vintage
and antique pieces, so if you decide it's time to sell estate jewelry, be sure to keep them in mind. "No matter what the circumstances, we can help you understand the provenance, age, uniqueness and ultimately the value of any piece of estate jewelry that you might have."
The Diamond Lining has earned a flawless record & legions of happy & loyal customers, but if you do change your mind or decide their offer isn't for you, at least you'll have a reliable, non-binding quote and it will have cost you nada - except a great experience. "We never take our customers for granted," they add. "We know that some of your previous relationships have ended poorly, but we promise to always honor and be faithful to you, in sickness and in health, till death do us part."
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with The Diamond Lining. The words & choice of artwork are mine.]