dressing made easy

system 1 Systen 2 System 3 Systen 4 System 5Let’s face it girls, all you really have in your closet is black, black, white & maybe a little grey. It’s just so much easier that way. Everything mixes and matches. It’s practical. It’s slimming. Travel is super easy not to mention the day to day. You can practically get dressed with your eyes closed and look put together and different every day.

The new “System” from Eileen Fisher is a great core black wardrobe — a couple pair of black pants, a long skirt, a pair of jeans, a few tops & tanks, a couple sweaters and boom you can look put together and be comfortable all at once. With a core wardrobe like this you can always add on a fashion piece here and there to liven things up when you just can’t resist that gotta have trend. But one thing I’ve learned over the years, those amazing statement pieces don’t add up to something to wear to work everyday.

Hey, I’m a fashion girl who grew up shopping non-stop, started my work life with an internship at Seventeen Magazine, owned a clothing store and love love love my avant-garde Yoji Yamamoto coat more than anything. But there’s something to be said about practical. I’ve always loved the concept of a uniform but have never quite had the discipline to do it. The mix and match system seems the perfect solution. I’m diggin’ it!

See just how simple it is here

little black sneaker

School Life Sneak EF Sneak Gap SneakBest (top): Every day black sneakers with a fashion flare and a mission statement. Gotta love these wingtip style sneakers from the School of Life complete with their signature yellow tab detailing. And it wouldn’t be the School of Life if you didn’t get a little philosophy with your shoes — printed on the outside edge:  Head in the Stars, Feet on the Ground. Made by British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney in Italy. Available by mail order, in European sizing. Approx. US  $280

Better (middle): If lace up is more your style, these chunky sneakers are a perfect fit. Leather with mesh inserts to keep your feetsies cool. Made with enough support to keep you walking on a cloud all day. A surprising entry from Eileen Fisher  $175.

Bargain (bottom): Want all the style at a bargain price? GAP does these simple shiny slip-ons (also available in a lace up version) in both black and oxblood (oooh!). Just enough quality to get you through the season in style. And just $50 to boot.

perfect travel piece

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 7.39.32 AM Nothing is better for traveling than a simple knit cape. It acts as a blanket on board the plane. Provides warmth on a chilly evening. And simply fits over anything looking chic.

Nearly 20 years ago I purchased a black cashmere cape — a huge investment at the time but it turned out to be the best piece of clothing I ever bought. All these years later my prized possession is riddled with moth holes and I have been on the hunt for a replacement. The above grey wool knit by Eileen Fisher is pretty darn close — it’s ample in size, is the perfect weight and while wool instead of cashmere it’s nice and soft and I intend to make it my new travel companion.

Now, get me to the plane . . .

fancy feet

LA sneakers

If you’re proud to be from Los Angeles show it on your feet with these Joshua Sanders Grey Fleece Slip-Ons.

i love oliver peoples

2015 glassesI pride myself on never having lost a pair of sunglasses before. That is until now. The stress of packing up and moving cross country got the better of me and when I got to California and opened my glasses case, I found it empty. Whoops!

So one of my first stops in sunny Los Angeles was Oliver Peoples — the only place I buy my sunglasses. I’ve been shopping there since they first opened in 1986 (the same year I moved to LA originally). And I love that while the company has grown exponentially over the years, their flagship store remains exactly the same — same location, same interiors, same displays even — nothing has changed really.

I am extremely loyal when I find something I like. I have traveled cross country in both directions for haircuts, eyebrow shaping and the like for many a year. Oliver Peoples is on that list of must haves for me. And they are worth it!

Oliver Peoples, 8642 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood

this is art

Miranda BagThis is one of the wittiest, best projects I have seen in a long time. The Miranda bag a collaboration between Welcome Companions and artist Miranda July. The finished product comes complete with all the essentials Ms. July always has in her own purse from homeopathic sleep aids, to a single almond, to conversation aid cards, to a hidden $20 bill for emergencies. Each item with it’s own leather compartment. Brilliant!

Contents Miranda Sketch

Click image to read the artist’s commentary on the contents of her purse.

Only 100 of these lipstick red, envelope inspired purses were produced. So hurry! Available at Opening Ceremony, Los Angeles. $1500

wonder twin powers: activated

The Row Fall 14So much has been written about The Row’s new LA diggs (a beautiful mid-century style house turned shop on tony Melrose Place, shown below) and as fantastic as it is, nobody ever mentions the clothes. And I gotta say, the clothes are amazing! Who would have thunk that Hollywood twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen would have it in them to create such a sophisticated and classic brand. I don’t know if they are just the face of the brand, hands on or what but there’s not one of the items shown above from the Fall 2014 Collection, that I wouldn’t wear. That creamy lace dress is my idea of a perfect wedding gown — so my style all the way down to the black menswear inspired shoes. Love it!

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