Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Farfetch Vintage Map

Calling all thrifters! If you are like me, you get all proud of yourself and preeny when you make a particularly good thrift, consignment, or vintage score. Now you can not only shout it from the rafters to anyone who will listen on social media, but also via the new Vintage Map that the good folks over at Farfetch have created. It's super easy to use, and really fun. Go on, strut your stuff and show off your thrifty finds to the world!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Makeup For The 40-Something Hinterland And Beyond

There is certainly no shortage of makeup tips for women of a certain age on the internet. Everywhere you look, there are tutorials about how to make mature skin look glowy, dewy, rosy, tighter, younger, more reflective, yada, yada, yada. Yes, this is all well and good, but like many of you, I find myself in a sort of cosmetic hinterland, buffeting about à la Dante's Inferno somewhere between the circles of Mature and It Girl. You'll notice I have not used the term "middle-aged" here. I feel that "middle-aged" gets used as an epithet too much in modern dialogue, and hardly seems relevant to the modern forty-something.  So I'm not going to go there. Nope.

If like me, you feel like you are in the Makeup Hinterland and are not yet feel ready for the heavier cosmetic formulations they market to those with "mature" skin,  all is not lost. It is still possible to present a natural look that is quick and low-fuss, while still paying attention to the needs of your forty-plus skin. In my quest for answers, I looked once again to makeup artist Lisa Eldridge's online tutorials, and found exactly what I was looking for. The best part?  This, as with so many of her tutorials, is a look that is really easy to do,  can accommodate the products you already have on hand that you know work for you,  and doesn't look too "done" in natural light. It's just a bit of s boost. Nothing more. Behold.

Okay…My Turn…..

The Stuff: Counter-Clockwise From Upper Right Corner

Stila Eye Shadow in Kitten(lower right hand corner)

not pictured…

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Heat Thrifting

Sure, I was disappointed when the tennis pro called and cancelled my outdoor lesson, but actually in doing so, he probably saved my life. See this map? I am home in the U.S. for a visit right now, just on the cusp of one of those pink-colored, 100-degree bits of map. Yup. Massive heat wave, with a stiff humidity chaser. All claims I have made about not getting a real summer have now been rendered nil and void. I am getting a one-off, concentrated dose of a proper, oxygen-depleting, American late summer heat wave, and it is impressive.

During the hottest part of the day, we moved indoors to the air-conditioned bliss of one of our favorite local thrift shops.  The thrift spoils are always good in my hometown, and today did not disappoint. To mark the occasion, I wore my newly acquired J. Crew madras halter dress that I found on Ebay for $10.

Of the many treasures we found, this vintge 90's Dooney & Bourke leather duffel is one of my favourites. In pristine condition, this bag jumped out at me almost immediately. Oh, and it was twenty four dollars.  I know, right!?

The Stuff
J. Crew Madras plaid halter dress (via Ebay), similar
Dooney and Bourke leather duffel (thrifted), current version here

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Thrifty Find + A Red Dress

Another fantastic thrift score happened this week, this time in the form of this pair of italian leather gold strappy sandals with a leaf-motif t-strap. As you will have heard me say by now, gold is a neutral, and that hard-to-pin-down, just-the-right-shade of burnished, not too bright, goes with everything gold….well, that's a true gift from the Gods of Thrift.

I am so happy to have found these, because they filled a real hole in my wardrobe. The gold strappy sandal hole, to be exact. I have decided to showcase them here with my red silk Anthropologie dress that I got on sale last summer, which until this moment I had to wear with the same pair of burnished gold pumps over and over again, because they were my only gold shoes. Thrifted Italian Leather Leaf Sandals, you complete me.

The Stuff

Thrifted gold sandals
Anthropologie "Oscar" dress (last season), similar

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Inspiration: Beatrix Ost

Those of you who follow Ari Seth Cohen's amazing blog Advanced Style will have seen this earlier in the week, but I thought it was so stunning that really it required sharing again. If there was ever any doubt that living stylishly can only get better with age, this should solidify the concept for you.  Enjoy. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Links A La Mode Roundup

This week, I am very excited to say that for the first time in like... ever,  one of my posts got chosen to be featured in the Independent Fashion Bloggers' Links à la Mode Weekly Roundup! I am ever so grateful, as always, to the good folks at IFB, and hope you guys enjoy the roundup!


Autumn is Coming
In August, Autumn often looms over us like Winter does in Game of Thrones. You know it’s coming but it still seems so far off. Personally, I’ve already snagged by boots for the season, and jacket too! While bloggers are curating their fall wishlist, you can’t help to get a little bit excited, the lush fabrics, the layers the sophistication of the season. This week’s round up has links that will help you squeak the last days of summer as well as get you prepared for fall. So find a nice sunny spot to enjoy the weather, relax and read these links!

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

SPONSOR: Shopbop  Jordan Carlyle, Zac Posen, Rodarte, Jay Ahr, Generation Love, Eddie Borgo,  EastDane, Ileana Makri,  Matt Bernson, Kaufman Franco, & Merch June

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thrift Find: The £1.99 Necklace

I've always been very adamant about not spending a lot on costume jewellery. Sometimes, I am absolutely shocked at what some of the mid-to-high-end fashion websites are charging for something that contains zero precious metal or gemstones, and cannot even claim artesian craftsmanship as a means of jacking-up the price. Not that long ago, I saw what amounts to a string friendship bracelet on a very high-profile website (which I frequent, and so therefore shall not name) for two hundred pounds.  Two. Hundred.  It's not that I have never spent a lot on a piece of jewellery, it's just that I think you have to be smart about it. Splash out on something timeless, like a pair of diamond studs, or a really unique piece that has a great story behind it. Leave the two hundred pound friendship bracelets on the shelf for the next sucker.

Today I found this necklace at a local charity shop, and it ticks a lot of boxes. It has that 60's quasi-tassel with stations look that I love, makes use of some actual materials (agate and quartz I believe), and has an adjustable, ultra-long length that is just what I have been searching for to finish-off several looks I have in my closet. Here I tried to create a relaxed, faux Chanel look with another secondhand find; my J. Crew lavender bouclé tweed jacket.

The Stuff

J. Crew "Bellflower" tweed jacket (via Ebay), similar
Kohls skinny jeans (old)
New Look ballet flats (old), similar
Mother of pearl ring (old), similar

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Walking Softly in Kickass Shoes

After much deliberation, these shoes won out over many others when it came time for me to spend the rest of my Topshop gift voucher from the good folks over at Today I'm Wearing.  I am a sucker for a nude sandal. I have a hard time leaving them on the shelf, as they are such amazing wardrobe extenders. I have a few pairs at home, but they were more of the hurrache variety. What I liked about this gladiator sandal, was it simplicity, the very on-trend block heel (lower heels! Huzzah!) and the spikes, giving it just that wee bit of edge that makes them a perfect pairing with some of my more girly pieces. Something to give pinks and florals a bit more toughness.

This ASOS shirtdress is about a year and a half old. I usually wear it on holiday when the temperatures soar, as it is loose-fitting and made of a light cotton fabric. These nude gladiators were a perfect pairing; not interfering with the floral print, yet adding just a bit of edge while still being super-comfortable.

The Stuff

ASOS dress (old), cute similar
Amythest Ring, similar
Peridot ring, similar
Citrine earrings, similar

Friday, August 16, 2013


You've seen this vest before.  The weather cooled-off a bit today, making me want to reach for an additional layer, but not one that would amount to knitwear or some other such non August-like piece, so out came the vest. It's just the right thing to add a bit of dimension to what is, let's face it, just another jeans and a t-shirt. I took the layering just a wee step further with the necklaces, and added a pair of truly amazing Donald J. Pliner shoes that I got at Marshalls while I was in graduate school for….get this…$25. They are beautifully-made (you can see that they are hand-stitched on the inside), totally comfortable, and of course, leopard. I always say there is nothing in life that can't be made better with the addition of leopard print.

The Stuff

H&M tunic tee (old)
7 For All Mankind skinny jeans
Large 14K leaf necklace (my own, old),similar
Triple-leaf necklace (my own, old), similar
Donald J. Pliner shoes (old), similar

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Your Wardrobe: The Ultimate Home Shopping Experience

As a fashion blogger, one of the things that is never far from the front of my mind is what's coming next. Emerging season trends, new acquisitions, thrift treasures, bargains; all of these are things that occupy way more than their naturally-allotted amount of brain real estate inside my head. Today, as I was perusing the emerging fall trends on, I made a couple of realisations. Numero uno:  I have a lot of pieces already in my wardrobe that I can easily incorporate into these emerging new season trends, and dos: creating a digital image where you are looking at your entire wardrobe all at once (minus underwear) is a great way to see how much colour you have in your wardrobe, if not learn a little about yourself and how you make wardrobe choices. Okay, that second thing is more of an exercise in self-awareness, but an interesting one nonetheless. Not so long ago, a photo of my closet would have been a study in the various nuances and permutations of the colour black.

This fall, I am going to make more of an effort to wear the pieces I have. As you can see, I am not exactly hurting for choices. I want to (as Gok Wan would say) buy less and wear more for fall.  Here is some of my game plan. What's yours?