head over heels


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love this girl! can't wait to see her in the upcoming fashion weeks ♥






This is my staple leopard-print piece. I got it on sale five years ago at Club Monaco. I wear it whenever I want to make a statement. Even though I have worn it consistently since I purchased it, I was psyched last winter when designers sent animal prints down the catwalks. Pat on my shoulder for a good purchase! I was further encouraged after the Burberry Art of the Trench collaboration with The Sartorialist was launched, and the word trench found itself on the tip of every one's tongue. I thought, wow a two-for-one! But this fall when I pulled it from my closet to send it to the cleaners for a seasonal freshening-up, something just wasn't right.

Image courtesy of style.com

I revisited collections like Isabel Marant and decided that it was the silhouette of my coat that wasn't working for me anymore. I didn't want a faux fur trench. I wanted something more of-the-moment. Then I remembered that a friend of mine found a great vintage leopard coat at an estate sale a few years ago. I decided to take the vintage road. I looked around for a cute version, but as of a week before the men's collections here in Milan, I hadn't found anything interesting. I did however, see something cute at the Mango end-of-season sale. But, deterring me after I get an idea in my head can be a daunting enterprise. I remained on my vintage course.

There are ways to knock me off course though. And it often has to do with stylish men or women that inspire me. So, on the last day of the men's shows, Anna, Aurora and Viviana transformed themselves into Anna's angels. Fabulous! I drifted south as soon as I saw them.

Later that day, I described my leopard situation to Tommy of Jak & Jil who aptly encouraged me to go to Mango and get my leopard coat.

Top image: Hat, Zara; coat, Club Monaco; jeans, superfine; thigh-high boots, Prada; necklace, H&M.
Last image: Turban, vintage; tights, Wolford; suede peep-toe wedge sandal, YSL. Turtleneck worn throughout, Zara.



in the clear


i've been obsessing over clear frames lately and these are perfect!

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i can't wait for the HQ shot. she looks fabulous!

My journey to personal style refinement

When it comes to investment pieces like jewelry and watches, I always choose the safest, cleanest, most elegant look. The earring, bracelet or watch that I can wear everyday and with everything. Or that "good" piece that I reserve only for special occasions. I apply this criteria because I suffer from a bit of undiagnosed, sensory-overload ADD. I don't know if this condition actually exists, and in this case, I refuse to look it up on Wikipedia. I know I have it, and that's that.

What are the symptoms? Well let's see. The more fantastical, colorful, impractical and, usually, the more expensive an item, the more I like it. And, it doesn't help that ever since I have known my husband he has said things like, "if you are going to get that bag, don't get it in black, get it in red or mint green." I guess [it] is an older cousin to the "like a kid in a candy store" syndrome. But the problem is that after about 26 seconds, the object usually looses its luster and I am on to the next thing. I know, this is not a rare condition. That many of you out there probably suffer from it too. But where is the personal value, the sentimentality of a piece if you are constantly spinning from object to object like an out of control tea cup? For me it is often dizzying and highly dissatisfying. So over the years, as a way to refine my acquisitions, I have developed a habit of only purchasing important pieces based on these practical criteria.

But while working on a recent accessories project, I came across this Vacheron Constantin stunner. Named Matsu to tsuru, the Pine Tree and Crane, it is from the "Métiers d'Art- La symbolique des laques" collection, Vacheron Constantin's latest collaboration in their ongoing quest to combine watchmaking and decorative techniques. The decorative technique here is Maki-e, a laquer art that is achieved by delicately sprinkling gold or silver dust over lacquer while it is still wet.

Upon seeing it I thought: "Wow this is really special. I could wear this. No, it doesn't go with everything I own, but it doesn't matter. Gosh it's pretty." The more I looked at it, the more I fell for it. The pine tree and crane motif extremely attractive to me, a personal symbol of All the Pretty Birds? With my purchase criteria stripping away as fast as that out of control tea cup, I realized with striking clarity that this watch (I don't know if I can even dream of affording it) was something that I came to love based on my years of restraint, my exposure to fashion, at all levels, and my personal style growth. If I could purchase it, it wouldn't be because it's "the" status piece. It would be because I just find it really beautiful!

I have reached another stage on my journey to personal style refinement. With this newly acquired knowledge, I will go and search out something that I can afford. Valentine's day is almost here! Sweet dreams. Tamu

one of everything please


An Island Girl

Meet Sarah Grittini of L'Uomo Vogue. I met her this men's fashion week, and I am totally enamored by her style. She is from Isola D'Elba, a beautiful island in the Tuscan Archipelago. Are you noticing a pattern here? Islands and fashionable women? You know, Garance Doré, Sarah, and little old me? (Smile) Hey! I like to think that I am fashionable. Watch it!

Anyway, back to Sarah. She was discovered years ago by Franca Sozzani herself and has been with L'Uomo Vogue ever since. She's an extremely interesting and inspiring person: an avid traveler she just got back from a trip to Brazil; and she has a penchant for vintage Ossie Clark. Cool, right? But it doesn't end there. One of the most endearing things I learned about Sarah is that she is a kind soul. After knowing me for less than 16 minutes, she offered me a ride to the next show.

oh man

jessica simpson dany platform

want. want. WANT. and sold out in my size. grrrr.

got 'em!! there are still a lot of sizes over at victorias secret!!

thanks to Cuhsandra over on twitter for letting me know!


burnt sienna





the new studded givenchy nightingale


Stimulating the senses: The Mineral Edition

The grain-like texture of Jeff's coat reminds me of clay. While his acid wash jeans look as though they have been sculpted from marble. The combination is visually engaging as the graininess of the coat fades into the optically-veiny surface of the wash. What do I think about the black and white shirt/vest combo underneath? Charming, as it is the graphic detail that pulls the entire look together.

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brand new with box, dust bag and extra heel caps.
black with gold hardware in size 39- fits anywhere from a US 8-US 9.
i normally wear 9 and they fit me great.
my friend wears a size 8 and they fit her perfect too.
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déjà vu


i think i've posted this before, but i just adore it ♥

give me the sun


Style and Beauty

It's in their DNA. Sisters Giorgia and Giulia outside the Men's Gucci show. With distinctively good looks, you can't help but wonder what the rest of the family looks like.

Giorgia (above) adds a personal twist to Italian glamour in a timeless Prada coat, an of-the-moment Silence & Noise romper, Ash booties, Alexander Wang bag, an Emanuele Bicocchi necklace and large-rimmed sunglasses. While Giulia (below), in a vintage theater-worthy skirt, hooded topcoat and Gucci platforms, embraces the "formal meets casual" theme that pervades the men's catwalks this season.

I don't know about you, but I would gladly accept an invitation to dinner at their house. Maybe the key ingredient to their beauty and style is in their mamma's cooking.