Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Rose Parade Continues on Tuesday, via Boots, Floral and Otherwise

I stumbled upon (not in) some desirable
boots the other evening and thought I would share them.

Many are floral, in keeping with the Rose Bowl Week, as it feels like chez moi.

These boots are by Valentino, and are embellished with embroidered flowers.




This pair is by my nemesis, UGG, but which appear to be conciliatory by incorporating William Morris' "strawberry thief" via Liberty of London print.



















These are rain boots by Valentino, and are adorned with appliqu├ęs. I liked the view from the back.


















And these non-floral rain boots are by Rag and Bone;

these winter boots are from Santana (from Canada);



and these rain boots are from Aigle.

I remember Santana as a go-to brand in Canada for winter boots. They were not terribly stylish, but when I lived there, winters were all about warmth, not looking fashionable. These boots however, have a particular slush appeal; I think that they'd be both warm and would look good.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Rose Bowl Monday, Gibson Girl Hair, and Anne Shirley's Puff Sleeves

Because we were traveling on New Year's Day, we thought we'd missed the Rose Parade, but, courtesy of the "never on Sunday" exception, I enjoyed it this morning, while dismantling my Christmas, well, mantle display of hand-carved Santas. A local artisan carves a different one each year and I love to put them out for the holidays.

And, in an appropriate coincidence for Rose Bowl Monday, I embellished my fireplace with a garland of white paper roses (it's either that or hand-made Liberty bunting [by me], which was up all fall).

I also added my Christmas gift from Mr. C, which is this antique oil miniature of a Gibson Girl.



I actually wore a version of this hair a year ago, while performing in Mary Poppins. This photo is just before "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and my poufs have flattened a bit. But not my Puff Sleeves, which any PEIslander knows are essential.


The hair plus the outrageous puffs remind me of the Anne of Green Gables video, when Anne is reciting "The Highwayman."



And it also reminds me of the AGG musical, for which I worked front-of-house one summer on PEI. There's a memorable moment after Anne accidentally dyes her hair green, cuts it off, and conceals the cut under a large hair band. Anne is terribly self-conscious and concerned about what people will say, but when her bosom friend Diana sees her, she squeals "Anne . . . your HAIR! You've PUT IT UP!!!!" And all is right in the world.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Ears Eve: Miss Cavendish Hearts Kate Spade's Bunny Accessories

Today I upgraded my phone and needed a new case. When I went to Kate Spade, my avatar was delighted to see the new "magic" collection, or as I call it, "bunny ears."

Interested readers can explore Kate's website, but I'll share my two favorites here:

the top-hat bag:










and my new iphone case:


The bunny-ear applique is on dove-grey leather, which doesn't show up so well in this photo. When you open it up, like a book, your phone appears, as if by magic.

Wishing every reader tonight a very Happy New Ears Eve!

The Shape of Things: Two Picks for 2017

Two shapes I love for the New Year:

These boots by Christian Louboutin


and this perfume bottle from Miu Miu.



I have no idea what the fragrance is like, but the bottle makes me happy every time I see it.





Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Edit: Small Caps (Cap Sleeves on Puffers)

As puffer jackets shrink and become thinner, it only makes sense that their shapes shrink too. The puffer jacket wth cap sleeves is enticing because it suggests more polish and style than a vest.

A favourite is from the Italian company Herno, pictured right, avec pussy bow, and below, sans:

Even though I've seen this jacket worn over a short sleeve, I don't recommend it, as the effect is a bit too Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love, aka not a flattering length/look.


Moncler has a version, too:



And there's a less pricey one at Kohl's, as well:


My editing pencil stets them all.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Pom-Pom Power

When I was little I desperately wanted a poodle because I LOVED the idea of pom-poms. Little did I know that a pom-pom-ed poodle would require meticulous grooming that was beyond my 10-year-old self. In fact, the only enduring pom-pom was the one in his name.

Over the last couple of seasons pom-poms have been appearing in miniature on scarves, shorts, bags, dresses, etc. I still like the dramatic touch of an oversized, often spare pom, though, as on these garments:

Diane von Furstenberg hat, to the right, circa 2009:


Universal Utility by Carin Mansfield, below:


Eugenia Kim baseball cap with pom, below:


And my childhood inspiration:


My own goldendoodle wears a more wild and woolly Scottish sheep coiffure:


                                     

But his "mother" *could* feel a bit like a poodle in these pom-pom-ed sneakers by Steve Madden: