Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Calm before the Fashion Storm

You remember me telling you about my friend Sylvie, whom I met almost 30 years ago when she worked as an au pair in New Jersey?  Based in Paris, Sylvie flies all over the world for Air France.  Over the years, she has become a true parisienne d’esprit, although her heart will always be in her native Provence.  And, like a true parisienne, she can’t wait to get out of town from time to time. 

Fashion Week Spring (Fall/Winter) 2016 from Loewe Show - Marcus Tondo

If you’re not involved in the fashion industry, there’s no better time to get the heck out of Dodge than Fashion Week, which begins with Lucien Pellat Finet’s show this Tuesday, the 27th, and ends with Miu Miu on Wednesday, the 5th.  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Don’t Leave Summer White Behind

Thursday, September 22nd, is the official first day of fall, although Mother Nature may have other ideas that have nothing to do with what it says on the calendar.  While we no longer adhere to that old “No White after Labor Day” dictum our mothers lived by,

All Women's Dresses - White Cotton Dress

we do tend to pack away those little white cotton dresses for next spring, which is a shame, I think.  While fall means warm, vibrant colors, it’s a pity to leave cool, crisp white behind.  If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a white cotton dress as the temperature drops, there are great ways to take white with you into fall and winter, and this is one of my favorites. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

New Products for Fall – Who Do You Trust?

September is finally here and not a moment too soon for me.  Of course, despite the oppressive heat, it feels as if it’s been coming and coming and coming……..  Since the middle of summer my email In Box has been filled to overflowing with skin care and makeup ads announcing the next best, greatest breakthrough/must-have item that I positively cannot think of facing the fall without…yadda, yadda, yadda. 

Not to mention the de rigueur tips and tricks from celebrity makeup artists I’ve NEVER heard of touting the latest and greatest tips and tricks, most of which I HAVE heard of (I’m hardly a newbie at this game.), and their corner drugstore finds that will give you a cheap thrill. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

I Love/Hate Shopping!!

How hot is it?  It’s so hot I could cuddle up with a Popsicle.  "Come to Mama, you tall, cold, flavored drink of water!!"  That’s the bad news.  

Illustration by Claudi Kessels

The good news is that the cool breezes of fall will soon be wafting my way bringing with them everything I love about the season – the crisp air on my cheeks, the comforting warmth of a wool sweater and the heavenly smell of sausage and apples simmering on the stove. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Like a "Poisson" Out of Water

I spent many years teaching French to adults and teaching American executives awaiting transfer to France how to cope with the cultural differences they would face.  One question always popped up more than any other – “Do you think of yourself as more American or more French?” 

It’s a natural question to ask someone who is bilingual, bicultural and bi-national.  In fact, it’s a question Yvan Jayne gets asked a lot. 

In 1998, the 16-year-old Marseillais came to the United States to finish his studies and fulfill his dream of becoming a champion Rodeo bareback-rider.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Brief History of the Humble Chemise

Lately, it seems as though I’m living in the heart of the Rain Forest.  Daily, heavy thunderstorms only add to the sauna-like humidity, while temperatures reach energy-sapping heights. 

Have the Pool Boy Bring my Cocktail in 10 Minutes When I’ve Finished my Nap.

When I was a kid and the thermometer on the back porch shot past 90˚F, my British grandmother would say, “It’s hot enough to make a girl want to sit around in her shimmy.”  Sitting around in one’s shimmy was not something a well-brought-up young lady did in my grandmother’s day, no matter how hot it got. 

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