Ode to More than a Piece of Luggage

This weekend I visited NYC to take in Hamilton, listen to some Jazz at the Blue Note, eat some good food, and generally enjoy Manhattan in the not so springy springtime.  My suitcase did not join me for the trip.  Somewhere between the vestibule and the trunk it went its own way – ending our association.

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Kate Spade for Streamline Luggage

I said it was fine, that its just a material thing, not my good health, or the loss of someone you love, or something truly tragic like living in the middle of the country and not being able to smell the salt in the air, and take a dip in the ocean, where truly all your ailments seem to vanish away.  Nothing that catastrophic, and still it’s left me a little melancholy.

Dallas . TX Top at Blue Print Store.  Bottom Left:  Cape Cod, Middle:  Farmhouse Pottery, Woodstock. VT, Right:  Hermes Pop-up . Nashville . TN

My Kate Spade for Steamline Carry-on had been a lot of places with me.  I bought it just after I sold my first home – that was three homes ago, and at least a half dozen rentals.  It had been to Paris three times, to the South of France, to Venice, Croatia, Bosnia, Switzerland, and Costa Rica.  It had been to Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, New York, DC, Illinois, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and probably a few states in between.

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The Club Car. Nantucket . MA

It was my constant Cape Cod companion, and adored Nantucket though it pretended to have no favorite.

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J’adore . Dior . Paris . France – Les Arts Decoratifs

Perhaps it grew tired of never be fully unpacked – not being allowed to breath.  Maybe it had some bad jeu-jeu like this rash that won’t seem to leave me alone.  Maybe I should consider it a ritualistic cleansing?  Do you suppose the same could be true of my adorable little Chanel booties – the ones that could carry me at a fast pace trot through the city with nary a complaint from me or the boot.  And what of my leather pants, and my beloved faux fir Gucci knock off slippers from Target?  What about them?

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Croatia.

That’s enough now – it’s enough.

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Water Taxi to Splendid Hotel . Venice . Italy – my Steamline was right beside me.

I had a beautiful weekend – even if I did have to wear the same clothes the whole time.  Sometimes you’ve just got to call a Spade a Spade – I’ll carry on….wink, wink.  See, I still have my sense of humor.  I never pack it, it should always be readily available.

Happy Sunday.

Doing Laundry Never Looked So Good: Hermesmatic

HerMAZEing.  Y’all, I’ll let you in on a little secret….”I Love Hermes”.  From belts to bangles, and miles of colorful scarves, I have a thing for the H.  It’s so classically elegant.  The designs so intricately artistic.  The brand so fantastically French it’s no wonder I am mesmerized by the House of Hermes.  Please, please whatever you do – don’t pronounce the H – it’s silent…”ermes”.  It’s tres gauche to make that American mistake.  Now you are in the know.

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Wash and Wear.

One of the things I admire about Hermes is their ability to stay relevant as trends and styles change, and fashion becomes more and more casual.  I remember the first Hermes scarf I purchased in my early 30’s.  I saw Madonna wearing it as a cute halter and I fell for it.  I wore that scarf all summer on Nantucket and felt like my ship had come in.

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Fuchsia over-dye.

Upon my arrival in Nashville, my incredibly chic friend Jennifer Borden announced that Hermes in all its brilliantness had a pop-up in the Green Hills Neighborhood, through this weekend.  Hermesmatic is a laundromat of all things, where one can bring their well worn scarves to be dip dyed in one of three colors of your choosing; fuchsia, violet, or denim blue.  The process is done on site and takes between 24 and 48 hours to dry.  I missed that window but don’t cry for me Argentina because while the dip dying of your own scarves was free for those that arrived on time – you can purchase already dyed scarves, neck and bow ties so there’s that.  Can you see my moratorium on spending sliding out that silky door?

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Branding genius.

Their quintessential color orange is splashed throughout the pop-up.  Washing machines, laundry baskets, logo.  It’s so brilliant it brings a tear to my eye.

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Be prepared to reinvent yourself.

While this is a limited engagement, I would bet you’ll see this service “pop-up” as a regular offering.  It’s too hip not to become an Hermes classic.

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Painfully chic laundress.

In the city that never stops singing – these scarves can carry a tune.

Happy Saturday.

 

Why Should Fall Fashionistas Have All the Fun?: On trend trims

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http://video.wmagazine.com/watch/fall-fashion-advice-from-a-very-young-stylist

This little gal, Ava Ryan, is one of the funniest people I have seen in ages.  She nails the fashion industry with her prima donna attitude, her outrageous references to food and fashion, and her over-the-top statements like:  “Big Bird is the fashion icon of our time.”  and “Why be the Fire Fighter when you can be the Fire.”

Left:  Moonlight Feather Taupe Ostrich Fringe Trim  Right:  Prada

I’ve decided to follow Ava, via W Magazine’s sage advice, and accessorize with the 2017 hottest trims for the home.  After all, why should Ava have all the fun.

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Samuel and Sons . Rhodes Trim in Cabernet

DON’T BE INVISIBLE:  Silver is the new gold.

Left:  Kravet Liquid Metal Nickel Trim  Right:  Ava showing off a Silver Channel Boot

Mauves, feathers, vintage inspired hats, plaids, power reds, florals, and leopard take center stage in this season’s fall fashion round-up.  Pleats, skirts of all shapes and sizes, asymmetrical, mini, mid-calf, and long.  Coats, coats, and more coats.  Velvet, fur, and baubles galore.  More is more – so get ready to bundle up, mix and match, and nail the runway trends in your home the way this little boss lady attacked the industry with her clever insights, wit, humor, and satire.

Left:  Kravet Peace Turquoise Trim  Right:  Gucci Pleated Floral Silk Crepe Midi Skirt $1800.

DRESS IT LIKE A FABULOUS CARPET

Left:  Kravet Snow Bunny Ermine Trim Right:  Miu Miu SSENSE Shoe

BOAS FOR THE BRAIN – Getting Feathery

Left:  Miu Miu Oversized Faux Fur Coat  Right:  Kravet Boa Brush Fringe . Ocean

ACT LIKE AN ANIMAL:  Trim it in Leopard

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Leopard and Floral Melange 

New York Fashion Week can be a jungle, but you can avoid the wild life, and still emerge on trend and the envy of your neighbors with these couture looks.