Mood Indigo

Maybe it’s because I’m the mother of 3 boys, cough…young men, that I’m drawn to the color blue. Not to mention their (and my husband’s) school colors over the years! Good thing blue is such a deep and versatile color in the best ways possible. With its spectrum from sky light to inky dark, there’s a shade or two or three that’s flattering to everyone. At the moment, electric blue is on the fashion radar, but it’s a bit too intense for me. I’m more of a navy and dusty blue girl. I believe fashion is about being inspired by a trend and making it your own. So find the shade that suits your mood, the moment, and just be true to your blue.

I pretty much LOVE every piece in this outfit, but this whimsical sweater is one of my newest purchases for Fall. It’s a classic crewneck updated with playful, faux fur pom poms. (We all know I am OBSESSED with pom poms!) In keeping with the playful theme, the frayed flounced hem adds an unexpected finish to these faded denim jeans. I can’t tell you how many people compliment me on them. And they are so fun to wear. There’s more faux to show, too. This plush trench is a great transitional coat. Love that it’s leopard with the twist of blue, and the brass buttons polish it off perfectly. And this bucket bag in black-and-blue faux fur is going to be a Fall-into-Winter favorite. Last but not least, these gorgeous navy velvet booties. They are a sophisticated alternative to basic black, and their block heel makes them eminently walkable. Plus they look equally great with pants or skirts. How are you going to “do blue?” I’d love to know!

Sweater: (Banana Republic, also in grey AND on sale!) fun alternatives here and here

Jeans: (Citizens for Humanity) leopard skinnies here, more affordable flounce options here and here

Coat: (old, Band of Outsiders) but love this and this

Bag: (Zara) super cute options here and here

Boots: (old, Stuart Weitzman) but this year’s version and more affordable here, here and here

Photos by Chris & MP Allegaert

Paisley, Please!

Sure everyone is Falling for florals, but paisley is having a moment, too. Maybe it’s because I’m a child of the 60s, but paisley is one of my favorite patterns. Especially in autumnal tones like the brown, rust and teal of this dress from the Olivia Palermo Collection for Banana Republic. If ever there was a style icon to emulate, Olivia is it! No matter your age!! And if you agree, run, don’t walk to the BR website and check out this must-have, sure-to-sell-out capsule collection!!! And how about these velvet mules? I’m totally crushing on them.

C’est Cool

New York Fashion Week came and went once again. My closest brush to its spotlight was long ago in the early 80s when I walked in one show. This year? I wasn’t invited to any shows, which were by and large panned by most fashion critics. But I did love seeing all the street style — some of it inspiring, some outlandish. All in all, I was feeling the need to step a bit out of my comfort zone. Perhaps forego my usual flats in favor of some heels. I’d also recently learned that my vision has actually improved, so I would need new prescription glasses. No better time than now to try out some pretty fashion-forward sunnies and see just how I felt about going bolder, bigger. The answer? I’m not sure they are really “me.” But I did get a kick out of trying out a new look, even for just one day.

Wild Things

IMG_2204With Daylight Savings this past weekend, I was wishing Spring felt closer. (You hear that, Groundhog!) Up at our cabin, temps dipped below zero. Made for drinking wine and playing Scrabble by the fire but not for debuting any new “warmer weather” fashion. So…I pulled together a Best Of Look that features some of my favorite “wild things” pieces. Apologies to my PETA followers. I’ve included fur-free options for you too.