Monday, November 29, 2010

Gorsuch and Warm Thoughts

I was standing on a football field yesterday watching my son 
play soccer and freezing my you know what off.
I kept thinking about a post I wrote last year 
featuring clothes from Gorsuch. I thought if I had 
any of the items below I would be nice and toasty. 
I was living my inner fantasy and keeping warm 
just thinking about them.



Ok, you may spot me coming from a mile 
away with this hat...but it would be nice :)


A little off track but a weakness for capes
 has kept my closet very full for the past 10 years.
These would work...

Ah yes, the boot. Now this is a tricky one.
So many gorgeous boots but which boot will
keep my feet nice and warm? I think
this will need further investigation.

The wild and wooly foxy boot?

There is always the UGG boot, 
but I can never find a style that I really like.


Skandia goat fur?



 and then there are these...
which suit the inner me.
Not sure about the warmth though.


There you have it...
warm thoughts on this freezing cold day.
How about you? 
What keeps you warm on a cold cold day?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Yoga Pants

The Shaping Yoga Pant 


To me, life begins with black yoga pants. They just make my day. 
If I could fashion all my pants after yoga pants I would. 
They are comfortable, slimming and look good with everything. 
Just give me black yoga pants in a fabric that extends beyond the gym 
and I would be the happiest woman in the world...really!

The trick is in the top section...it has to extend.
I picked up a pair by Elle Sport the 
other day. They are hang beautifully and are
made of a jersey material that lasts forever.
One of these days, I really should take up yoga :)

The image above is from Yummie Tummie
a website devoted to Shapewear. 
I imagine these are a lovely fit too.







Tuesday, November 23, 2010

French-cuff Dress Shirt

A few years ago I started a fashion inspiration file.
I refer to it when I am stuck. It happens often :)
 I clear things out regularly but this one 
has always been a keeper. It is from Lands End.
Not sure why I am always surprised when I read that.
French cuffs or not, I love the image, the 
colour and simplicity of the shirt.
It could also be that she looks great in the shirt
 and I love those earrings :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Michael Kors Cashmere

I think I just died and went to heaven. 
Cashmere turtleneck ponchos...
just imagine wrapping yourself 
in one of the Michael Kors beauties...
with your tootsies toasting by the fireside. 
Apres ski or for me just a good book by the hearth.
The only think that is missing is black.
Last season's poncho...darn!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Enduring Style: Diane von Furstenberg




I remember it clearly, the day my mother came home with her first Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. I am pretty sure it was just like the one above. It was 'cool', as I would have said back then. It was in the 70's and the dress magically transformed her from everyday housewife in the suburbs with six kids to a sophisticated woman of the world. My Father said she looked very 'chic'. That sealed the deal, she was a new woman.  I could tell she felt differently too. The power of a dress. Funny that.

This all came to mind while reading an article in the Huffington Post. 
'Life After 50: What Can Diane von Furstenberg Teach Us About Starting Over'



Diane von Furstenberg has had an interesting life. By the age of 28 she
had created the famous wrap dress, was a successful businesswoman, style icon and was pretty much living the American dream. Things changed. By the time she was in her 40s she had given up control of her company, moved to a house in Connecticut and lived a quiet life.  By 50 she was ready to go again. She bought back the company, remarried and reinvented herself


Barbara Hannah Gufferman met with Diane not to long ago. She mentions that
Diane believes women are their best, most confident and sexiest after 50
I like that thought :)
What impresses me most about Diane are her thoughts on being a woman today.
The article is worth reading (here). 
Highlights:
Be Comfortable, wear clothes that feel good and make you look better.
Be Confident, self confidence makes us more beautiful as we age.
Be the Priority, be your best friend and take good care of you.
Be Compassionate,  engage in activities to create a more compassionate world.
Be You, "if you are healthy and comfortable and feeling good about yourself, 
then you'll give of an aura of confidence, sexiness, and power"
Bottom line: 
Forget rules and just feel good about you.
I like the way this woman thinks :)
Major cool!

Diane's attitude shows in her recent collection.


Her enduring style carries on and we are lucky that it does!

Getty Images

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Monday, November 15, 2010

Croc Boots and a Shearling Jacket

Doing a little window shopping the other day at LK Bennett. 
I have been eyeing shoes like this for the last year.
I would be happy with any of them but the same 
question always comes to mind...where would I wear them?

Still, they are pretty and I think it would feel wonderful to own a pair or two.
How would you wear them?
With a skirt or pants?
I can never decide.

Hazel Clutch Bag
Wilda Shoe Boot (left)
Cancan Boot (right)

Noho Shoe Boot


While we are at it, I am doing a little coveting of this jacket too
and wouldn't mind a matching hat. Now, this I could find
lots of places to wear...even with jeans :)


Shear Shearling Jacket 


images via L.K. Bennett and me

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sharon Stone and 'the white shirt'

My hat will always go off to Sharon Stone and her attempts to do her own things all those Oscar nights ago. Thank you to those of you who commented on my 'In my Closet' post. I am loving all the suggestions and I can see we are all on the same page and most likely of the same age. 

The mention of Sharon in her famous white Gap shirt had me running to Google search.
How could I have forgotten the flurry of comments around that ensemble?
Here she is...in 1998 with her Gap men's shirt and a lavender Vera Wang skirt.



By that point she was no stranger to the Gap theme.
In 1996 Sharon paired Armani and Valentino with a Gap mock turtleneck.


Oscar dresses come and go but there is something about her classic outfits that is beautifully enduring. Both would look just as lovely today as they did back then...of course, diamonds help too!

 Sharon being Sharon, still looks great all these years later.
Here she is at the 2009 Oscars...with her diamonds.




images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Friday, November 12, 2010

In my closet...a skirting dilemma


In my closet...I have a long skirt...sort of 1950's tea length skirt that I love. It was love at first sight on a cold rainy day on Pimlico Road in London last year. I found it at Moloh. It is for the English country horsey set (in my own words) and everything there is is smart and elegant. The skirt was paired with a very proper dress shirt and waistcoat which really wasn't me...but I loved the skirt.


I have found several tops for different occasions but not the one that says 'wow'. I need a 'wow' and I need help. The skirt wraps around, hangs nicely until the end when it poofs...I can tame it to a low poof or go wild. I can't tell you how much fun that is. It makes me want to twirl to my heart's content. I call it my Grace Kelly skirt although it is not as full as the one below :)


Ok, back to the top for the skirt. The occasion will be black tie. I am looking for something simple so I can add a little bling. I tried black but it did not do much for me...wondering about white.

Any thoughts, whatsoever, would be most appreciated!

Many thanks :))

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

They are back...finally!

I often kick myself when I think of all the
sunglasses I have tossed over the years. If I
just held onto all those cool ones from the 80's ...
It seems like I have been waiting forever for
a rounder frame and it is here.

Just figures that the one I love is the men's version.
They have it so easy....
No matter, 
I bought it anyways.
When you are onto a good thing 
you just gotta go with it!

I picked them up at Selfridges.


POSTSCRIPT...found this image.
So happy to see that I was not the only one
who liked this look :

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Little Black Dress and...


I am thinking that these earrings from net-a-porter would look great
any season. For winter, I would love to wear them with black.
A little black dress, these earrings and voila!


Toggle Me, Musto and NYDJ

I have no doubt that if you bundled yourself up in this cape 
on a cold winter's evening you would be one happy lady. 


Paul & Joe Sister
Chabotte Shearling hooded cape
from net-a-porter


The Musto store has become a regular stop for me and I never
regret the day I bought my first pair of Not Your Daughter's Jeans

Monday, November 8, 2010

cashmerejeans...the beginning



Here we go...a test blog to show a lovely group of women how to start a blog.
Now that it is here, I think I will keep it around for a while.

I have taken what I am wearing today, cashmere and jeans
and created a blog...cashmerejeans

It's that simple!

PS..photo from White and Warren,
it's not me  :)

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