On this weekend post, the spring pant you will want, creating outfits with forgotten closet pieces, chunky earrings, and humble grocery store potted flowers in a darling New York apartment..and more fashion related things .
It’s that time of the week where Juliet, Elizabeth and I share what’s fun and happening.
I hope your week had some bright spots with the Valentine’s Day. I made Max’s favorite dinner which is Martha Stewart’s Lemon Piccata Chicken and Nigella’s Madeira Cake, ( both linked here), which also uses lemons. In February we have oodles of Meyer Lemons in the yard. Thursday, we had a little date night and went to our favorite local Mexican spot, Andale. We were hoping to take a weekend drive to Carmel and have a beach walk and picnic, but the weather looks to be rainy so we may need to wait.
Pants are not my first go to when clothes shopping. As pants are more work to get right, I seldom seek them out when shopping and tend to buy tops. So this week when I bought a few pairs of jeans and also a pair of olive cargo pants, my closet options multiplied! Take the time to find pants you may need to fill out your closet gaps.. even though they are more work to get right.
The new shaped pant styles are one way to update your classics already in the closet. Experiment with new hem styles. Some are raw, others are tacked cuffs, and some are rolled. They all look fresh and are modern updates.
The Anthropologie Wanderer pant in olive just arrived at my local store when I was checking out with my jeans. The girls who work at the store were all abuzz and grabbing their sizes. My favorite sales person told me to try a pair and I did love them.
They fit great and the deep pockets just are fun and useful! I couldn’t help playing a little dress up with them, giving a downtown look with kitten heel slingback and the tiny rolled cuff. I also tried an arty day look with a mixing of greens and tans and sneakers.
One look I have always liked is a khaki pant paired with a feminine lacy white blouse. I will have to try that next with these. I’m 5’4 and sized one down to a 27 regular in both the pant and the jean in this style.
This is the wander jean from this week’s jeans post.
Grocery Store Flower Pots
This week I’m inspired by the small, but chic apartment of 26 year design assistant, Marshall Neve featured in Frederic Magazine. He has a wonderful collection of objects and art, in his small space, but what popped for me is his little grocery store daffodils in their original brown paper on his mantel.
These humble little pots of flowers really made the whole room. We need that in these dark months!
His small desk reminds me of Charlotte Moss’s desk with a similar vibe.
So maybe before spring starts, you can bring in a geranium, or a Begonia inside.
This cutie was from Whole Foods and has been thriving for over a month. I’ve never had a Begonia indoors and I love it!
On My Radar
I wear small diamond earring studs most of the time and rarely change them, but I dipped my toe into the larger earring trend last week and bought these Petra Mini-Drop earrings in silver. I was afraid they might feel heavy, but they don’t. If you are looking for chic sculptural earrings Anthropologie has so many right now!
I just got a mani/pedi and this lavenderish polish called Taupe-less Beach by OPI has gotten a lot of compliments. This color is a cool spring neutral and is cute on the toes too.
I just ordered Heidi Caillier’s book, Memories of Home.. I love her style.I think she has a west coast aesthetic that’s earthy and at the same time pretty. Many of the homes in this book are in the Bay Area, where she once lived.
I just got notified that Filoli is beginning its springtime Golden Hour 5-8 p.m. on certain nights. You can hike the trail, or attend a bulb talk, or perhaps grab a cocktail and a bite and walk the gardens. Fililoi Estate is stunning all year and a fun day is to combine it with a lunch at my favorite, The Village Bakery outside on the sunny patio, or dinner inside their cozy restaurant. Adjacent to the bakery is the best home and garden store in the Bay Area, Emily Joubert! If you haven’t been to Woodside, or it’s been a while, all three are worth a spring excursion.
A Fashion Challenge -Making New Outfits With What You Own
At the beginning of the year, my stylish Instagram friend Ilke, shared a fashion exercise she did. She went through her entire closet, pulled out items she didn’t wear enough, and created new outfits with them. She then photographed them to wear later. She says it was eye-opening and did it to reduce her carbon footprint, and to better wear the clothes she already owns. She says she hates that the quality of new clothes has gone down so much, and I so agree..
Ilke works in South San Francisco’s biotech corridor as a head of corporate communications for a company specializing in cancer medication development! So she is a busy woman doing great things and many of her looks are for work. I thought this was such a good thing for us all to try. I also think taking snaps of potential outfits makes it easier to get dressed when we run out of ideas and want to shop. I thought it might inspire you to try the same and then save them in a folder on your phone or iPad as she did…
Isn’t she lovely? Thank you Ilke for sharing this with us!
I am going to chat more about this next week and also attempt to create new looks with forgotten closet pieces. Give it a go if you have time on this rainy weekend and let me know next week how you fared and if it helped you get more creative with your dressing, and maybe be motivated to buy less!
NY Fashion Week Michael Kors Show
Right before I was writing about Ilke’s great idea, I was digging through the recesses of my closet like some gopher for a bag. I knew somewhere something similar to the structured bags shown at this week’s stunning Michael Kors’ Fall/Winter 2024 show. Watch the show, which is very late 90’s aesthetic, only better and see if you don’t have a few pieces in the closet that will mimic some of these looks.
I eventually found my Furla Bag bought while working at Nordstrom Palo Alto back in the late 90’s. I also discovered two other clutches with that same feel while on my closet excavation.. I will work these into some new looks inspired by his show.
I don’t think I’ve seen a runway show I’ve liked as much in a long time. It’s got beautiful classic silhouettes, luxe fabrics and just gorgeous clothes. There’s been a lot of cockamamie looks (as my mom would say), the past few years and I hope MK starts a trend back to beautiful again. You can see it all here.
Since it was NY Fashion Week, there were many pretty shows to see, but one more stood out the Batsheva Fall 2024 show that Molly Ringwald opened. I was not familiar with this brand or the designer, but being over 40 and feeling invisible, she purposely cast her show with women over 40, some she knew and others she walked up to on the street. It made for the most diverse and lovely group of women, whether or not you like the clothes, and I hope this is also a trend we see more of.
Have any of you started The New Look series about Christian Dior on AppleTV? I want to watch and may start this rainy weekend. You can see the trailer here.
Justine Picardie who wrote the great updated Chanel bio, and advised the V&A on their exhibit, also has a book, Miss Dior, on his sister Catherine. ‘She was a resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor, and cultivator of rose gardens who inspired Dior’s most beloved fragrance, Miss Dior.’ I love everythingJustien writes and people say they couldn’t out this down. My grandmother used to have Miss Dior on her vanity tray and I need to go test it again and try wearing it.
My heart was broken this week hearing the death of Alexei Navalny. Someone said he was the bravest man in the world, and I could not agree more.
The shooting during the Kansas City parade also saddened me on what should have been a wonderful day. Missouri ranks as a national failure in gun safety legislation not surprisingly. I have shared before I am part of the Mom’s Demand Action/Everytown group and if you want to help and be part of changing the gun culture in this nation, you can sign up to help in many ways. By the way, it’s made up of students, women and men, grandparents and people of all ages. Mom’s just started it. This group is making the most meaningful change in laws locally and working for change nationally too. Everytown just released their report on gun laws by state and how gun safety policies save lives. You can check your state to see how it ranks and if it needs help.
If you missed it, last week Cindy and I finally shared our denim posts for Signature Style and you can read mine here and Cindy’s here. It was an arduous process shopping, but I did come away with three new pairs and a better understanding of fits, trends, and brands, so check it out if you need new jeans.
The next day Juliet shard a great post on affordable linen sheets and I ordered a set! Read her post here.
Elizabeth had a wonderful info packed post on How to Live and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle, and it’s a great time of year to start fresh on a healthy path.
Last Saturday, I shared garden stools for your yard or home, trying the book table look out, a book for English Country House lovers, and J. Crew’s new resale site.
Wishing you a peaceful weekend,
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