My Day at Oscar – the Furs

My Day at Oscar – the Furs

It all began with the furs. The new collection at Richards was the ultimate temptation. In fabulous spring colors and fun wearable styles, it beckoned me every time I passed by. I think I tried on every coat or jacket in my size – on numerous occasions! Friend Linda Levy made the introduction to the charming Anthony Orlando, Director of Retail Sales for the division. It wasn’t long before we were chatting away and I was addicted. And as things go, one thing led to another…

Like everything Oscar touches, the furs are simply sublime. An essential part of the fall collection, it is difficult to separate them from the rest of the line, as with the incredible paillette and beaded silk gown worn with the fabulous black goat and fringed mink coat above.…

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My Day at Oscar – the Accessories

My Day at Oscar – the Accessories

You may not have realized how many coordinated collections there are under the Oscar umbrella. It makes adding to the look so easy and fun – supplement with as little or as much as you like – the layering is key. Oscar de la Renta’s fashion jewelry line is a bold take on accessorizing. I adore the chunky statement quality of the pieces that can hold their own against the embellished styles of the season.

Take a look at some shots from the runway to see how it’s done.

Naturally, color coordinated with the collection, ice and rosé were the color story du jour.…

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My Day at Oscar – the Collection

My Day at Oscar – the Collection

Who doesn’t love Oscar? Oscar de la Renta is one of only a few designers who consistently delivers timeless elegant fashion statements season after season. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to score a few pieces on sale which have remained treasured mainstays in my wardrobe.  And last month, I was thrilled to attend the Oscar de la Renta fall runway show for the first time.

A relatively intimate affair in what is to be the company’s spacious new offices overlooking Bryant Park, it was a veritable who’s who of fashionable New Yorkers. While only two seated rows deep, it was still rather difficult for me to capture good shots of the fast moving runway.…

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The Ivy League – the Book

The Ivy League – the Book

Although the Ivy League was originally formed as an athletic conference, the connotation associated with this group of eight prestigious schools casts a much wider net. Whether it’s education, influence, or even style, most people have formed some sort of mental association with the term. And as author Daniel Cappello in his new book for Assouline, aptly points out, “the Ivy League might be seen as one of the most successful and singularly American brands.”

Glancing through this new tome by Assouline, one is offered an inside peek into the individual and distinctive style of each school. And while the landscape both in general and at each has certainly changed over the years, including perhaps most importantly, the introduction of co-education, some traditions and eccentricities have not.…

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L.A. Style File – At Home at Hollyhock

L.A. Style File – At Home at Hollyhock

The Sunday evening before the Design Bloggers Conference was one of supreme visual artistry. First was an awe inspiring visit to Hutton Wilkinson’s Casa Contessa and Tony Duquette’s Dawn Ridge next door. Somewhere in between James Hilton’s Shangri La and Auntie Mame on steroids, the creative expression at both these residences is beyond words.

The gardens at Dawn Ridge

Tony Duquette’s monkey room

Hutton and Ruth Wilkinson’s amazing house Casa Contessa

For a more extensive selection of photos and information about our visit, please stop by friend Liz Morten’s blog Dovecote Decor here.

Next on the agenda was a cocktail reception at the chic la Cienega shop Hollyhock in honor of blogging friend Ronda Carman of All the Best and her upcoming book with Rizzoli (the Hutton Wilkinson tea was also an L.A.…

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L.A. Style File – House of Honey

L.A. Style File – House of Honey

It’s true – all the clichés and jokes about the traffic in L.A. – the ubiquity of cars is not exaggerated. Unlike New York, where walking 10 – 20 blocks is an everyday expectation, in L.A., going even a short distance seems to necessitate hopping behind the wheel. Thank goodness my shopping companions Anne and Suysel (Tilton Fenwick) had rented one. Even though we walked in town like true New Yorkers, it allowed us to make a little excursion to Pasadena where we visited fellow New Trad Tamara Kaye-Honey’s shop House of Honey.

Describing her style as New Vintage, Kaye-Honey’s charming shop offers a truly eclectic mix of new, vintage and “re-invented” home decor objects, furnitures, fabric and wallpaper as well as jewelry, art and I suspect whatever happens to catch her visual fancy.  …

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L.A. Style File – Design Digs About Town

L.A. Style File – Design Digs About Town

Los Angeles seemed such a long way to go for just the two days of the Design Bloggers Conference, so I was thrilled to go a couple days early and tag along with designing friends Suysel and Anne of Tilton Fenwick while they did a bit of client shopping. While it was a tad disappointing to discover that many of the charming West Hollywood shops are closed on the weekend, we still managed to visit several chic outposts of L.A. style.

Cain Modern is a well respected source of mid century and modern classics. Open to the public as well as the trade, they offer full design services as well as their curated collection of investment grade furnishings.…

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A Haus in L.A.

A Haus in L.A.

1. Large Copenhagen Carafe  2. Silver Rope Pitcher  3. Facet Medium Candleholder

One of my first stops in Los Angeles was Nina Freudenberger’s new outpost of her NYC Haus Interior in Nolita (currently home to David Stark’s Wood Shop). This chic shop is an oasis of neutral based furniture and accessories. Filled with graphic patterns, natural textures, streamlined glass and sparkling silver, it successfully walks the line between classic and fashion forward with tempting vignettes on every surface.

1. Pendleton Queen Blanket Arizona  2. Round Nickel Lantern  3. Polished Nickel Tray – small  4. Navy Chevron Pillow

As you’ve heard here before, it’s all about the mix and Freudenberger is a pro, creating a sophisticated yet well priced assortment of classic pieces combined in a fresh and inviting manner.…

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L.A. Style File – The Chamberlain Hotel

L.A. Style File – The Chamberlain Hotel

As most of you know, I was at the Design Blogger’s Conference last week in Los Angeles. I hadn’t been to the sunny state since I was nine years old when my mother, sister and I traveled cross country by train to visit my aunt. Those were the days when train travel still could be an elegant affair. We took the Twentieth Century from New York to Chicago and the California Zephyr from there to Los Angeles – it was quite the adventure.

While this was an adventure of a different sort, style was most definitely a part of the picture, including the fabulous Chamberlain Hotel in West Hollywood.…

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High Point Happy

High Point Happy

So I am beyond excited to share more good news. A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to attend High Point Market (for the first time) as part of the Market Authority’s Sponsored Blogger program. The sponsorship is shared between the market and an exhibiting company. I am honored to announce my company sponsor is Wesley Hall, the well respected upscale Hickory, NC based manufacturer.

A third and fourth generation family owned business, Wesley Hall prides itself on its consistent dedication to quality, service and value – my kind of company!

I was thrilled to be able to meet two key principals from the company at the Design Bloggers Conference this past week in Los Angeles.…

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