Wrapped in colour...Pauline de Rothschild

via Mark D. Sikes

Gotta love a woman who wraps herself in colour.
Baroness Pauline de Rothschild 

via Styleite

About Pauline de Rothschild
(according to Wikipedia)

Born Pauline Potter in 1908 to 
American Expats living in Paris.
Her mother was a descendant 
of Thomas Jefferson.
Pauline was a great-great-granddaughter 
of Francis Scott Key
and direct descendant of Pocahontas.

Pauline was raised in New York City, Paris, 
Biarritz and Baltimore.
She attended finishing schools 
in France and Maryland.

Her first break in her career came as a 
personal shopper to wealthy socialites.
She stayed in fashion, working with Marshall Field
following as Director of the fashion house Hattie Carnegie.
Pauline wrote for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue
and wrote a book, The Irrational Journey.

Pauline's first marriage appears uneventful.
At the age of 46, she added Baroness 
to her title with her marriage  to 
Baron Philippe de Rothschild in 1954.

At the age of 68 and after 22 years of marriage, 
Pauline's heart gave way in 1976
in the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel 
in Santa Barbara, California.

She is buried on the grounds of 
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 
in Pauiliac, Bordeaux, France
beneath a translucent tomb made 
of Lalique glass and marble.

A life according to Wikipedia...

Bare Feet and Blue Jeans...

Close Models

White Shirt
Blue Jeans
Bare Feet



And You?

The beauty of a smile... #ingridbergman

Ingrid Bergman

Is there anything more beautiful than when someone smiles with all their heart?
It is infectious...and a wonderful feeling.

In the video clip below, Ingrid Bergman is 56 years old...discussing her role
in 'Casablanca' with Humphrey Bogart. 

Truly...a beautiful smile.

More on Ingrid Bergman here

An eclectic menagerie in Saigon

Funny thing about staying away from a blog...it is hard to let go. I thought I would write about fashion on my primary blog, Collage of Life...but it is not as easy as it sounds...different audience, different things happening. It just feels write to keep it in one space.

Life in Saigon presents style challenges. I love jewellery of the creative type but it's too hot in Saigon to wear it all day. I should mention that...YES..that is a chopstick stand holding all my bangles on the table below. When in Asia...you use everything, in any shape and manner that you can think of. 

My mannequin is a shrine to my travels...
New Zealand, Israel, Morocco, England, 
Vietnam, Myanmar and the Solomon Islands.
An eclectic menagerie.

SO.. life in Saigon is hot...
and I dress light 
which means lots of light cottons and linen. 
I have most of my clothes made to suit the climate. 
Fortunately, in Vietnam it is easy and inexpensive.

One can't help miss what one does not have. 
I miss layers and layers and boots and coats and hats 
and gloves and black and more black. 
I am forever waiting for a cool breeze 
on a foreign shore.
When thinking about foreign shores..
I often turn to Pinterest.

Wool. leather. leopard. love.

via September Vogue 1959

 I would take all of my 56 years 
and gladly pour it into this
by Burberry.

via Burberry

via Burberry 

Every leather jacket deserves a motorcycle, 
especially if you look like Francoise Hardy.


Reality beckons.
Saigon is steamy.
 I am thinking black and red shoes.
and air conditioning.

You can find the 'pin' here

What are you thinking?

When only Grace will do...

Channelling Grace

There are days when I open my closet and can't get past go. Thinking colours, accessories, appropriate textures for Saigon weather... some days it all gets to be too much. When that happens, more often than not, I channel Grace, the simplified version. Jeans or white pants just above the ankle and one of the shirts below, sleeves rolled, a variation on a theme.  Because some days...only Grace will do. 
Shirts below available at Steven Alan

Reverse Seam Shirt by Steven Alan
Silk Crepe Button Up Shirt by SEA
Sadie Top by Steven Alan
Tilde Top by Steven Alan
How about you...ever have those days when you can't get past go?
If you do, what do you reach for?

Grace Kelly

The 'Enchanted April' Robe


I discovered the robe above on Pinterest...
it is long gone from the Etsy shop but it is a beauty.
The 'Enchanted April' robe..just wonderful.
It was sold from The Garden of Simples...one to watch.

I wouldn't mind starting with this one by Matthew Williamson.


If you like the look...there is a whole lot more here
and for those of you who remember 
the movie 'Enchanted April'..

The simplicity of Paule Ka

Enjoying the simplicity of this wardrobe..
working in two colours.
It can't get any easier than that. 

A winter's day on Sloane Street in London, 
viewing a window at Paule Ka.

Women in red...mango red

My most recent post at Collage of Life is entitled 'Life at the Chateau'.
We call our home Mango Chateau for it's colour...
it is similar to a very ripe mango.
Thinking of mangoes... kkkkaty from Down The Eyrie Road 
wrote from Washington, USA to say that she wondered 
what it would be like to wear a mango red dress.
I then started to wonder too.

I went off in search of mango red and came up with the following..

A long flowing silk skirt 
with a loose white silk top works for me.
How about you?


I have several mango red scarves,
this one is beautiful...


Would I wear Red Van's...absolutely!
How about you?


Mango red boyfriend shirt with jeans..
no question, it is a yes!
How about you?


 I then started to think about lipstick. 
Interestingly, when you google red lipstick 
and see a page of women staring back of you..
it is not as attractive as you would think.
Although..this one caught my eye.


 With black..red lipstick works a charm.
In Paris...even better.


The gorgeous Liv Tyler in red.


and Iris Apfel at 92..she's got what it takes.


I had to check in with Meryl for if she wears it, 
then I know it is a good thing.


Then of course, there is my style guru, Diane Keaton. 
We share similar colouring and I like that she wears 
what she wants.
Whether it is full on red or just hints of it.
Diane pulls off  red with ease and perfection.



That is my take on red.
I wear it as an accent.
Now I am thinking...
maybe I will be even more adventuresome.
Mango red is my choice.
How about you, what is your take on red?

Issa in the Pink..London..Spring..2013

All I can say... is bring on Spring 2013.
If Issa is anything to by,
it will be stunning.

I think I just fell in love with the
colour pink all over again.

All images via stylebistro
(Spring 2013- Source: Imax Tree)

Sweater girl at heart...

I am a sweater girl at heart..it is the New Englander in me.
My love is on hold whilst living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
I have developed another love...linen, cotton and silk.
But..you can't take the New Englander out of the woman.
I sighed when I saw this illustration by Rene Bouche.

Vogue artwork © by Conde Naste Publications, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Carole Lombard...taking to the woods

Appreciating that not everyone is considering
 a wardrobe around the summer tropics at the moment...
here is a little something to inspire those of you 
who are living the winter life.
Carole Lombard...taking to the woods c. 1930

PS..Pamela..this one is for you. 
I think you and Edward are made for this look!

What to wear in the tropics...

Grabbed a quick pic of this outfit in a shop window 
today in Ho Chi Minh City.
I liked the long lines and the fact that it looks 
reasonably cool to wear.
It is SO important to get the fabric and fit right 
in a tropical climate.
I think I am getting the hang of it. 

I recently had a few casual, loose, silk dresses made up in 
different colours and lengths. 
I like the look and feel of the outfit above and have had it 
made in silk with 3/4 length sleeves that have a button if I choose to roll 
the sleeves. I keep the slits, left and right, high for ease of comfort 
and wear slim lined pants to suit. I fashion it after the Indian Kurta.
I came across this look in India...and loved it.

Admiring an outfit with a zoom lens.

Throw on a hat, sunglasses 
and you are good to go!

When next in Paris...vintage Manolo

Since moving to Vietnam...
my world consists of sandals in every shape and form.
Five months on and I long for structure. 

I have never been one for what I call 'glamour shoes'.
This practical New England girl has
been a bit boring on the glamour shoe front. 
Boots are another matter.
I love boots...

I made a decision the other day...
When next in Paris...I am going for it. 
In my mind, shoes like this have to purchased 
in a special place...Paris it is.
I will then learn how to walk in them.

A trip to Paris to buy vintage Manolo Blahnik shoes
and a little black dress to go with them?
Sounds like a pretty good reason to go to Paris to me.
How about you?

Images via people who love shoes.


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