Monday, October 17, 2016

Toto, I Think We’re in Paris!

I have a special treat for you today – an interview with a young American in Paris. 

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

In an era in which most young American women don’t even own a dress or a pair of high heels, a Kansan transplant to Paris has given me some much-needed hope.  Let’s just say that the future of style and class is in very capable, tiny hands. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Curtain Up on a New Season – Part II

In Part I we were back in our seats in the Grand Tier as the curtain went up on our new season at the Metropolitan Opera.  The opera was Mozart’s Don Giovanni (for a synopsis of the story, see Part I). 

It was a good news/bad news sort of day.  The good news was that it was a good (not great) performance.  The bad news was that the well-dressed operagoer is fast becoming an endangered species.  The good news is that there are still a few shining examples of how to dress for the opera, even on a dismal, drizzly day in New York. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Curtain Up on a New Season – Part I

The curtain went up on our new season at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday afternoon.  It was a good news/bad news sort of day. 

It’s always good news to start the season with Mozart, particularly one of my favorite Mozart operas, Don Giovanni (a/k/a the notorious love ‘em and leave ‘em Don Juan). 

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. 

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