Thursday, March 28, 2013

Kate Spade Saturdays

This week, Kate Spade's new lower-priced Saturday line launched after a teased-out preview period on  My impressions are mixed. A few cute things, but for this almost 6' tall lady, I have to ask why all skirts must be so short? (Does that make me sound old?) Overall a little too cute for my taste.

Here are some picks from the collection. What are your thoughts?

Let Loose Dress in Stripe, $180, a bit shorty for yours truly
Fantastic Elastic Wallet in Abstract, $70
Saturday Sneaks by PF Flyers in Natural, $65
Deep V Ponte Top in Black, $60
Half Circle Bag in Natural Vachetta, $160

The coolest thing of all, however - is probably the 'design your own weekender' shop. Too many cool options, although I'm leaning towards the more minimal direction above, $280

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Toy Stories

Watcharapom - Bangkok, Thailand
This photo series, "Toy Stories," by Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti is incredibly endearing and endlessly fascinating to me. Traveling the world, Galimberti invited the children he met to put their most treasured possessions on display for his camera. The resulting images give incredible insight into the differences, but more so the similarities among these children from such disparate locales as Fiji and Malta. Their facial expressions run the gamut from unabated pride to timid uncertainty.

Bethsaida - Port au Prince, Haiti
Julia - Tirana, Albania
Kalesi - Viseisei, Fiji Islands
Alessia - Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
Stella - Montecchio, Italy
Botlhe - Maun, Botswana
In his interview with Times Magazine's Ben Machell, Galimberti analyzes his experiences over the 18 months he spent on the project:

"The richest children were more possessive. At the beginning, they wouldn’t want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them... In poor countries, it was much easier. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn’t really care. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside.”
Cun Zi Yi - Chongqing, China
Pavel - Kiev, Ukraine
Naya - Managua, Nicaragua
Noel - Dallas, Texas
Puput - Bali, Indonesia
Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi
 Often the toys revealed more about their purchasers than their owners:

"Doing this, I learnt more about the parents than I did about the kids. There was the Latvian mother who drove a taxi for a living, and who showered her son with miniature cars; the Italian farmer whose daughter proudly displayed her plastic rakes, hoes and spades. "
Davide - La Valletta, Malta
Allenah - El Nido, Philippines
Taha - Beirut, Lebanon
Jaqueline - Manila, Philippines
Tangawizi - Keekorok, Kenya
Reanya - Sepang, Malaysia
Abel - Nopaltepec, Mexico

Monday, March 25, 2013

Three Things for Spring: The Shirt Dress

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The final installment in my list of spring wishes and wants comes a week or two overdue, but with no perceivable change in the weather. Still it's a well suited choice for our still frosty mornings, as there is nothing more endlessly layerable than this closet staple, the shirtdress. Sweater over, tank top under, collared shirt under? Leggings, tights, boots, socks - until finally we start to thaw out, and then, what could look better than bare-legged, strappy sandaled perfection?

Office, weekend, date night, travel - this dress is the perfect multi-tasker.

Black and Belted
Silky and Sleek

Basic black either belted (can you imagine with brown boots?) by Michael Kors ($150) or LL Bean ($149) or a little looser: J Jill ($29.99) or Calvin Klein ($129.50)

Fluid crepe in nude either Suzi Chin ($103.50) or Kenneth Cole ($138)
Punchy Brights

Punchy brights from Banana Republic ($130) or Calvin Klein ($90.99)

Classic crisp cotton from Tibi ($262)

Black Shift

With partial buttons from Emerson Fry ($235) or Anthropologie ($118)

Notched Neck

Or none at all; Tinley Road ($79) or J Jill ($39.99)

Denim darlings from Paige ($158) or Splendid ($198)

Pretty Patterns
Pretty Patterns 2

Pretty prints from Land's End ($70), Anthropologie ($118), Asos ($127) 
or Gap ($41.96)

Floaty & Flowy

Finally, free-flowing, floaty options that will be perfect for beach vacations (if we ever get there). Gap ($59.95) and Anthropologie ($198)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The alps

I'm headed here -- see you next week

Friday, March 8, 2013

Three Things for Spring: Anorak

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Once it's finally time to pack away the heavy down and wool (don't forget to dry clean them first!) you'll be needing a new light-weight topper to fight off gusty breezes and sudden showers for a few months. My typical go to is a classic trench, but something about its cinched waist, full skirted stiffness is feeling, well, tired. So I'm looking for something with a little slouch and maybe a bit of an edge, packable, layerable and fresh

Nylon Anoraks

Cropped nylon, either The Limited ($49), or Colosseum ($78)
Safari Jackets

Short safari, either Banana Republic ($130), or Michael Kors ($275)

Classic Cotton
Classic Cotton 2

Classic cotton in a very green green from Madewell ($138) muted olive from Nasty Gal ($68), slouchy black from Urban ($69) and a more structured waxed version from J Crew ($148)
Longer and Looser
Longer and Looser 2

A little bit longer and looser: with a nicely cinched waist, Penfield ($170), with roll-up sleeves, RD Style ($69), dark green draw string, Angie ($49) or subtly sequined, Haute Hippie ($595)

Super Soft

Even softer options in liquid twill from Hive and Honey ($69) or an edgier moto look from Free People ($148)

Color and Pattern

Finally something only slightly less monotone, either color-blocked from Wyatt ($119) or full on camo from Urban ($89)