Signing Collage of Life

First post, here.

I started this blog as a test. I was working on a presentation 
to show a group of women how to start a blog. 
I called it the first thing that came into my head. 
I was looking at the photo above and thought..perfect..
..everything I love... cashmere and jeans. 
Once the presentation was over, I thought on it and decided to add a few 
more things and before I knew it I was compiling another blog. 
Over time, Cashmerejeans became CJ Style Notes and
16 months later, here I am. 

On that note, I have decided to consolidate. I am in downsizing mode. 
 I will continue to write over at Collage of Life, my HQ so to speak.
Style will always be on my mind...the kind that suits women of my age, 
the very best kind of age. :)

I want to thank each and every one of you who followed this blog.

If you enjoy the same sort of style, you can still find me 
pinning away on CJ Travel and Style Notes @ Pinterest.

I will also write about my kind of style @ Collage of Life.

Before I go, I will end with the most popular posts
during the past 16 months. Is there any better way
to end than with women of enduring style and elegance?

Vanessa Redgrave here
Candice Bergen, here

Lauren Bacall, here

Diane Keaton, here
Meryl Streep and others in Praise of Older Women, here.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis, here.
Grace Kelly, here.

Katharine Hepburn, here

In the end, it really is about just being yourself.
Don't you think?

Jeanne xx

The End.

Browns of London

I spy the coolest shades from Illesteva 
and the wildest dress slippers from Charles Phillip.
All at Browns in London.

Illesteva 'Dasha Zhukova' Acetate Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

Charles Phillip Striped Cotton Canvas Slippers

Charles Phillip Leopard Printed Calf Hair Dress Slippers

Charles Phillip Peru Woven Striped Dress Slippers

Yves Saint Laurent Elegance

From Yves Saint Laurent
Women's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
What can I say but that I love them both.
The pant in pink and grey silk and the pleated skirt in grey and green silk.
White blouse, midnight grey blouse, black belt, fitted jacket...
the list could to go on, I think either would look wonderful with just
about anything.

How about you? 
Which do you prefer and what would
you pair it with?

Pant in pink and grey silk
Pant in pink and grey silk
Pleated skirt in grey and green silk

Pleated skit in grey and green silk

From Yves Saint Laurent
Women's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

Mango Massai @ Lotta Stensson

What is Mango Massai? 
The newest print from the Lotta Stensson Collection
She says..'A rich, earthy color palette, with a global-chic graphic, 
inspired by ancient African textiles.' 
I say....'I love it'!

All created in beautiful silk charmeuse.

 Mango Massai Long Robe-Dress

Mango Massai Shrug

Mango Massai Poncho

I admit I am partial to patterns and for the most part wear them
in the shape of a scarf but in this crazy time in my life...
I am ready to take a walk on the wild side.

My kids would roll their eyes and wonder what will come next.
To that, I say...'just you wait and see baby'

Then again, as I write this, I wonder if
there is a case of 'daughter like mother' happening here.

The shrug caught my attention. I am fascinated by them.
Slip one on and you have the most sensational look. 
No more pashminas and scarves falling this way and that...
you are in control and I like that! It makes me want to dust off 
the sewing machine...they are that easy.

How about you...have you experienced a shrug?
Any interest in walking on the wild side yet?

A Spin on The LIttle Black Dress

I am intrigued by the Cape Dress, 

" Our new version of The Little Black Dress- 
the elegant and flattering Cape Dress has a slim,
 fitted shift underneath a gauzy overlay. Perfect for chic days out 
and for day to night dressing. Wear with contemporary jewelry and high heels 
and expect everyone to ask where your dress came from"

It comes in Black and Silver Grey.
I am wondering how it would look over pants.
Love the overlay concept, perfect for those of us
who need a little me. :)

Even better, Ronit Zilkha will be teaming up with one of my favourites, 
The Travelwrap Company to create a Travel Collection 
of beautiful cashmere pieces and accessories designed by Ronit.

A Little Black Dress designed by Ronit Zilkha 
and a Travelwrap from The Travelwrap company.

image via LuLLiLu

MM & LV = Forever

{till death do us part}

A story, 25 years in the making...I have been searching for the perfect bag for some time. I strolled up and down Fifth Avenue when I was in NY without luck. The following week, back in London, I walked into Max Mara on Bond Street. A beautiful Italian woman walked in with the bag shown here and I knew it was the one. Fortunately for me, it was a Max Mara bag. I went right up to the counter and asked to look at it. The softest leather and light as a feather. I rationalised 25 years of waiting for the perfect designer bag. Seemed like a bargain when you diveded 25 into the price. I had to, as I had just purchased the Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag 30 minutes earlier. Madness.. but well worth the wait. Do you have a favourite that you feel extra special about?


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