Sunday, February 28, 2010


Dinner at Wink last night. Amazingly, it's the first time I've ever been there, which is ridiculous considering what a terrific restaurant it is. The food was wonderful and the service was amazing. I'll definitely be going back.

Not an especially fashion forward outfit, but it felt good. I started with the shoes -- I haven't worn these lovelies in quite a long time and needed to bring them out.

They are a dark aubergine velvet and as seems usual for YSLs, incredibly stable & easy to get around in. I have really good luck with YSL shoes, they really seem to suit my feet. (Which I take to signify that I really do need a pair of Tribute sandals. And Tribute pumps.)

The skirt is Valentino, more about which here. Oh, I love this silly thing. It's one of those items that every time I put it on I like it more. I need to wear it while it's cold, because it's wool and once it warms up here in Austin it will have to come out of the rotation.

The cardigan is one of those things I bought two of. It's a tissue-thin lurex knit, and it snags very easily, unfortunately. On the other hand, it's kinda perfect. It has worked with pretty much everything I've ever put it with. After I'd had it for a couple of weeks and had already worn it several times I realized that I was going to wear it to shreds, so I bought a backup. So far I'm still on the first one, I've managed to catch & repair any sangs and the backup is still in its plastic wrap in the drawer. Is that crazy? I don't care -- I love this cardigan.

silk chiffon blouse: Diane von Furstenberg
lurex cardigan: Twelfth Street Cynthia Vincent
wool matelassé skirt: Valentino
velvet platform ankle strap pumps: YSL
tights: Pierre Mantoux (best tights on the planet, people)
faux gem collier: Fallon
black leather cuff: Adrienne Vittadini
gold knuckle ring: Kenneth Jay Lane
faux croc clutch: Valerie Stevens
fragrance: Chanel No. 22

Was banging on about evening bags on my other blog last week, so I made sure to show this one.

It's just some random cheapie faux thing I picked up at Macy's, I think. I love this Wedgewood blue color and it's such a nice, neat shape.

Holy cow. Just realized I managed an entire evening outfit without a vintage piece. Is that good? I'm not sure...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mom's Night

Miss A's mom is in town visiting, so we had a Moms' Night dinner tonight: 4 pals, 2 moms, 1 mother-in-law, and the most ridiculously expensive appetizer Bess Bistro had to offer. (Note: always ask the price of the daily special before you order it. Because if you don't you might wind up with 2 fist-sized fried balls of risotto stuffed with goat cheese that cost $28.00. Yes. Twenty-eight dollars for cheesy rice balls. The weird thing was, they were an entrée special, although we ordered them as an appetizer. Who eats two big fat cheesy rice balls for dinner, and who wants to pay 28 bucks for that? Jeez, Miss A had pork chops that were less than that!)

But enough kvetching about the dinner -- on to the fashion.

I've had this gorgeous paisley vintage dress for a while, and it winds up tucked back in the corner & I forget about it. So I busted it out today. It's a great dress, in a really unusual fabric for the period -- a bright paisley rayon crepe. (I think it's rayon crepe, there's no fabric tag, of course.)

I think this dress is probably 50's. It's a shirtwaist with an inverted pleat in the front of the skirt, which has a fair amount of fabric in it. Based on the fullness of the skirt and the colors in the fabric, I think it's later than 40's, but I could be wrong. Whenever it's from it's pretty great -- you can just see the little blue rhinestone buttons in the photos above.

But I wasn't feeling the sweet little shirtwaist vibe completely, so I wanted to toughen it up a bit

paisley-print dress: vintage
sequined vest: Golde (via Intermix)
leather belt: Harold's
boots: Stuart Weitzman Goliath
hot pink nets: DKNY
crinoline: vintage
fragrance: Chanel Cuir de Russie

I put the crinoline on for the halibut, even though you can't see it. But it definitely led me to conclude that I should get the dress hemmed. I'm tall enough (especially in these boots!) that the length isn't tragic, but it'd be better and more versatile a few inches shorter.

I love this vest, the cut of the back and the way it hangs. It's especially good with something with a collar, because those sequins can be a wee bit scratchy around the neck.

The cuff is a plastic redwood-brown faux tortoise vintage find that I think I spent five bucks on. Redhead does love a good cuff. This one is particularly small & light and doesn't slide around on my skinny little wrist, so it's become a favorite pretty quickly.

I'm also excited about this ring, which is new-ish.

It's Kenneth Jay Lane. I love it because it's big & statement-y, but it also lays pretty flat against my finger, so I can get gloves on over it. This is important in the cold weather.

I'm saving for my trip to London & Paris this spring, so I'm all about shopping the closet. I had a little burst of shopping last month, but I'm back on the wagon again. It's good for me. And I stay focused on dinner here when I start to waver.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Miss A's Birthday

Low-key celebration for Miss A's birthday last night, even though Miss A's birthday is next week. Dinner at my place, followed by drinks out.

tuxedo jacket: Ann Taylor
cashmere v-neck: Magaschoni
skirt: BCBG
black patent pumps (story of which here): Manolo Blahnik
pearl & rhinestone cuff: Neiman Marcus (I don't know the brand on this, I wish I did)
fragrance: MDCI Enlèvement au Sérail

I've had this jacket for ages & ages. It's a bit big on me and I've almost gotten rid of it several times over the years, but sometimes it really does the trick. Double-breasted tux jacket with satin shawl collar. Pretty classic, and wearing extremely well. This is my second bandage skirt -- found it on sale at Nordstrom and snapped it up. I want one in every color and five in black.

The bracelet?

So amazing. A gift from a dear, generous, beautiful friend. Here's a better photo:

It makes me deeply happy.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Scouting Mission

One of my best friends is turning 40 soon. We're planning a celebration for her in a couple of weeks and Sunday we went out on a scouting mission to check out some bars with rooftop decks. Problem was, it was raining. So much for rooftops, but an excellent opportunity to take the new patent boots out for an airing. We wound up in the cozy comfort of the bar upstairs at the Stephen F. Austin hotel, one of my favorite bars in Austin and wonderfully quiet for a change on a rainy Sunday night.

cable knit sweater: Gap
rose-print pencil skirt: D&G
patent & elastic boots: Vaneli
croc-print belt: Cole Haan
leather cuff: Adrienne Vittadini

I've been wanting some knee-high patent boots for ages & ages. I would have preferred them patent all around, but I found these at Nordstrom Rack (I went back near closing time and the place was almost empty and I STILL had to wait in line to check out) and the price was right -- I'm just not into spending a commitment sum on shoes right now. Plus, I really, really loved the little wedge heel. It's a shame I'm not going to Paris until May, these would be perfect for traveling.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dinner With Lidia

Often it starts with the shoes...

(Note Shine's intense interest in that ankle strap. That is why my shoes get put away as soon as I take them off.)

This adorable little sequined numbers are Emporio Armani and I haven't worn them for quite a while, so when I was deciding what to wear for a wine dinner with celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich Saturday, I started there.

cashmere sweater: Neiman Marcus store brand
black wool/silk skirt: Rochas
black patent belt: O Oscar de la Renta
copper & faux gems Alexis collier: Fallon
blue sequined ankle-strap d'Orsay pumps: Emporio Armani

Love me some big jewelry. I saw this at Barney's and watched & watched & it went on sale but not enough and eventually it wound up at the Barney's outlet in San Marcos at which point I snapped it up. It still wasn't cheap, but I think it was a good investment -- I love wearing it and it certainly makes an outfit. It's best with collar-less things, though, because the copper can rub against fabric and turn it green.

I found this skirt on Yoox and bought it in a hurry. It was from (I'm pretty sure) the last collection Olivier Theyskens did for Rochas. It's really stunning -- a silk/wool fabric and the finishing is exquisite. I had to have it taken in because the only one they had left and I still wanted it.

I went with the fuchsia nets because I was worried that otherwise the outfit was a little blah, but now I'm not so sure it was the right choice. What do you think?

Oh, and to answer the question, No, the wine dinner wasn't fabulous. Don't even get me started on that...

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Coffee Table

It was a gorgeous day Saturday, and Mom & I spent it shopping for furniture for her new place. She struck out, but I scored a fabulous new coffee table. By the way, if you click on these photos, they will get bigger.)

cashmere top: Jil Sander
jeans: Citizens of Humanity
high-heeled brogues: Donald J. Pliner
necklace: vintage
black leather cuff: Adrienne Vittadini
red glass ring: Aventurine, Paris

I love this top. The back panel of the top is hot pink, and there are hot pink threads in the weave of the cashmere. It's not quite as flourescent as these pictures would have you believe, but the hot pink in the weave makes the color very bright and glowing.

My $5 Antique Mall necklace that I wear all the time and garnered me a compliment in the Etro outlet Saturday. I love this silly thing.

Doing a little spin here so the top would kick out & you can see the pink underneath.

Merino wool cardigan from Banana Republic. I almost took this back after I bought it because I already have too many black cardis, but I couldn't bring myself to. Glad I didn't. And, notice, still wearing the hell out of those Pliners -- once again they were perfect, and they are comfortable enough to wear while stomping around all day shopping.

Probably a lot of people think this top is pretty strange, but it makes me deeply happy. I love pretty much everything Simons does, and was really excited to find this at (an incredible bargain) at the Neiman's outlet.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

October 17

More playing with the vintage bustier. I've been interested in wearing it with jeans, but none of my jeans have a high enough waist to make this work -- I really don't like the idea of a gap between the bottom of the bustier and the top of the pants.

So I tried them with a pair of high-waisted slacks to see what would happen.

slacks: Catherine Malandrino
embellished t-shirt: D&G
belt: Target
black patent double-strap pumps: Miu Miu

These shoes are the original Miu Miu double-strap mary janes from S/S 2007 that launched a thousand imitations. I have them in black and in robin's egg blue and they are still some of my favorite shoes, almost two years later. A brilliant investment.

Since I'm still on my mixing-patterns kick, I pulled out the Jovovich -Hawk blazer.

And pronounced it good. Although maybe a little predictable.

So then I tossed on the bustier...

(Had to remove the belt, of course.) And I really kind of liked it. I like the stripes peeking through the lace of the bustier, and wearing it over something light-colored really sows off the detail of this thing. And once again, I just love the way it looks from the back

Although those trousers are not doing a thing for my backside, are they? Yoiks!

There's a whole lot going on here:

Too much? Tell me what you think!