Ça c’est l’été

  • 3rd May 2013

We saw these lemon yellow jeans in Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong and just had to build a summer look around them.  We can’t imagine a time when they would not be au courant and fresh.

 

Yellow Jeans Weekend by MaxMara

Weekend by MaxMara, Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

 

 

Paired with one of these nautical slippers (featuring stripes and gingham in the most unexpected place) they are perfect.

 

Tod's Striped Satin Leather-Trimmed Smoking Slippers
Dolce & Gabbana Wally Striped Linen Slippers

 

 

 

 

Tod’s Striped Satin Leather-Trimmed Smoking Slippers, saksfifthavenue.com, $465.00

Dolce & Gabbana Wally Striped Linen Slippers, mytheresa.com,  $388.00

 

 

Church's Flora Embroidered Gingham Slippers
Prada Gingham Slippers

 

 

Church’s Flora Embroidered Gingham Slippers, net-a-porter.com, $410.00

Prada Gingham Slippers, 330 Euros

 

On top we recommend a breezy blouse matched with a stark white fisherman’s cap.

 

Whisper Gauze Peasant Tunic
Summer Greek Fisherman Hat White

 

 

 

 

 

Whisper Gauze Peasant Tunic, jcrew.com, $65.00

Summer Greek Fisherman Hat White, hats-plus.com, $25.00

 

 

 Finishing Touch

 

 

Sailorbloom Necklace

 

Sailorbloom Necklace, anthropologie.com, $38.00

 

 

Last Look!

 

Now

Fisherman Cap
Fisherman Cap
Fisherman Cap

 

 and Then!

 

Evangelista

Vogue December 1988

Short & Sweet

  • 2nd May 2013

The Bolero Jacket

 

The attraction of the versatile bolero is so easy to understand.  For women, bolero’s became especially popular during the first decade of the 20th century because they enhance the hourglass physique/mystique.

 

Dolce & Gabbana Lace Bolero Jacket

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Lace Bolero, barneys.com, $975.00

 

Commonly worn only around the shoulders, upper-torso and arms, they add some form and structure to that region (mirroring the fullness of the hips) while leaving the waist untouched and a slim, bulk-free focal point.

 

Bolero Met Museum of Art

c. 1905 Bolero from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo Courtesy of: Quinnmburgess.com

 

 

Bolero’s can serve to dress up, or down an outfit with perfect panache!

 

Bolero Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

Bolero Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

 

 

 

While traditionally they were worn in beaded velvet by Spaniards and intricate lace by the most elegant set, they come in all varieties today from heavy modern metallics to sheer gossamer.

 

Modern Bolero
Modern Bolero

 

 

Come summer-time, this essential piece can travel as easily to the theatre as it does nighttime cocktails under the stars.

 

Burberry Metallic Bolero

Burberry Metallic Bolero

Ralph Lauren Chiffon Layered Bolero

Ralph Lauren Chiffon Layered Bolero

 

 

Oscar de la Renta Open Knit Bolero

 

1.) Jacques Vert Organza Leaf Bolero, johnlewis.com, £89.00

2.) Paule Ka Ottoman Bolero, harrods.com, £275.00

3.) Oscar de la Renta Open Knit Bolero, farfetch.com, $1897.92

 

 

Flower Bolero Miss Selfridges

 

4.) Flower Bolero, us.missselfridge.com, $61.00

5.) Flower Detail Lace Bolero, yesstyle.com, $30.00

 

Armani Velvet Bolero

 

Giorgio Armani Velvet Bolero, neimanmarcus.com, $425.00

 

 

Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi 2013/14 Top with Bolero Fashion Sketch

Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi 2013/14 Top with Bolero Fashion Sketch

 

 

Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi 2013/14 White Dress with Bolero Fashion Sketch

Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi 2013/14 White Dress with Bolero Fashion Sketch

 

 

 

Last Look:

 

Great Gatsby Bolero

Photo Courtesy of: Elle Thailand, Gatsby Bolero

Trompe L'oeil Marchesa Gown

Trompe L’oeil Marchesa Gown with ‘fake’ bolero

Sur la Table

  • 1st May 2013

Michael Aram’s disposable elegance is almost too good to throw away!

 

Black Orchid Fine Paper Plates Aram
Black Orchid Fine Paper Plates Aram

 

Black Orchid 8 Count Fine Paper Luncheon Plates, madhousecollection.com, $6.00

 

Black Orchid Fine Paper Plates Aram
Black Orchid Fine Paper Plates Aram

 

Black Orchid Beverage Napkins, madhousecollection.com, $6.00,

 

The fine paper dinnerware from Aram is so glossy and gorgeous it is only upstaged by the disposable cutlery.

 

Translucent Twig Cutlery Aram
Translucent Twig Cutlery Aram

 

Translucent Twig 12 Piece Cutlery, madhousecollection.com, $6.00

 

 

For the more eco-conscious the unfussy tin plates from Au Bain Marie Paris are a casually elegant alternative.

 

 

Au Bain Marie Tin Plates

Bracquemond Flowers, aubainmarie.fr, 10,00 €

 

 

Au Bain Marie Tin plates

If You’re Heading to…Laos

  • 30th April 2013

Indochine Revisited

 

Deneuve in Indochine

Catherine Deneuve in Indochine

Anakha Boutique

Anakha Boutique

 

 

Located in a beautiful, historic, “Blue House” French Colonial building constructed in 1920, Anakha Boutique is straight out of the ’90s best foreign film Indochine.

 

Store Front Anakha Boutique
Song Sunglasses

Sunglasses for sale from the French Vietnamese Designer ‘Song’

 

For anyone visiting Luang Prabang, Anakha is an absolute must!

 

Silk Dresses for sale in Anakha

 

 

Anakha captures that perfect essence wherein the taste is French and the fabrics, the products are Asian—colonial in spirit with a touch of modernity.

 

 

Decor Anakha
Vintage Photos Create the Most Transformative Atmosphere

Vintage Photos Create the Most Transformative Atmosphere

 

 

The Anakha brand is French designed with Lao fabrics, 100% Cotton hand made, natural dye, no chemicals

 

Silk Shirt Anakha
Deneuve Indochine

Deneuve in Indochine

 

 

 

They produce a limited range of items so each one is unique and special.  Due to the 100% hand made Lao fabric and the natural dye, many products cannot be reproduced (since no two fabrics are the same).

 

Purse Anakha

 

 

 

Anakha is located in the ‘Blue House’ a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

9, rue Sakkarine, Ban Vat Sene

Luang Prabang, LAO PDR

+33 (0) 662 62 80 43

anakhalifestyle.com

La Mer

  • 29th April 2013

Somewhere under the sea a whole lot of sea creatures don’t even realize how they are being celebrated up here!! As we are getting beach-ready so to are designers in every realm from home décor to jewelry.

 

Tentacled

 

Octopus in Glass, Silver Mint

 

 

Octopus in Glass, Silver Mint, plantationdesign.com, $425.00

 

 

Gold Octopus Pin .o5ct Diamond with Ruby Eyes
Opening Ceremony Octopus Patch Sweater

 

 

 

Gold Octopus Pin .o5ct Diamond with Ruby Eyes, scullyandscully.com, $2800.00

Opening Ceremony Octopus Patch Sweater, shopbop.com, $185.00

 

Jellyfish Giclee

 

Jellyfish Giclee, Ballarddesigns.com, $169.00

 

 

Jelly Bowls, gulnurozdaglar

 

Jelly Bowls, gulnurozdaglar.com

 

 

 

Anchors Away!

 

Awikio Riviera Stripe Dress by Malene Birger

 

Awikio Riviera Stripe Dress by Malene Birger, shopbop.com, $195.00

 

Joie Valera Anchor Jacuard Sweater
Cardigan in cotone stampa "mariniere,"

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire Italy

 

Joie Sweater, Valera Anchor Jacquard, bloomingdales.com, $219.30

Cardigan in cotone stampa “mariniere,” Marinayachting.it, 149€

 

Juicy Couture Knots & Anchors Necklace

 

1.) Gold Tone Stripe Anchor Drop Earrings, us.riverisland.com, $12.00

2.) Anchor Wheel Drop Earring, betseyjohnson.com, $40.00

3.) Juicy Couture Knots & Anchors Necklace, piperlime.gap.com, $48.00

 

 

 

The Big Fish

 

Chantecaille Save the Sharks Palette

 

Chantecaille Save the Sharks Palette, chantecaille.com, $83.00

 

Papier-mâché Shark

Papier-mâché Shark

 

 

Papier-mâché Shark, rhbabyandchild.com, $119.00

 

Enameled Dolphin Bangle JCrew

 

 

Enameled Dolphin Bangle, jcrew.com, $98.00

 

 

The Sea Equestrian

 

Anthropologie Bar Sea

Under the Sea Bar Ware, Anthropologie

 

 

 

Seahorse Bottle Opener Anthropologie

 

4.) Seahorse Bottle Opener, anthropologie.com, $14.00

5.) Blue Seahorse Charm, juicycouture.com, $48.00

6.) Finn Gold Pygmy Seahorse Pendant Necklace, barneys.com, $995.00

 

 

Ship-Mate

 

Anchor Locket Necklace Forever21

 

Locket Necklace, forever21.com, $3.80

 

Boy by Band of Outsiders, Sailboat Intarsia Sweater

Joules Womens Ships Print Silk Square Scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boy by Band of Outsiders, Sailboat Intarsia Sweater, shopbop.com, $365.00

Joules Womens Ships Print Silk Square Scarf, psyche.co.uk, £33.99

 

 

Gap Large Striped Tote
Rosetti Ships Ahoy Sailboat Striped Shopper

 

 

Gap Large Striped Tote, gap.com, $39.95

Rosetti Ships Ahoy Sailboat Striped Shopper, kohls.com, $35.40

 

 

Shells & Coral

 

Shell X-Ray Photography Williams Sonoma
Shell X-Ray Photography Williams Sonoma

 

Shell X-Ray Photography, williams-sonoma.com, $350.00-$1250.00

 

Anna G Shell Cuff Shoplatitude

 

Anna G Shell Cuff, shoplatitude.com, $80.00

 

 

Sea Life Tea Set Anthropologie

 

7.) Sea Life Tea Set, anthropologie.com, $16.00-$34.00

8.) Coral Hooks Wall Décor, rshcatalog.com, $29.00

9.) Shell Carafe, Quattro Home Thailand

 

 

Last Look:

 

These lanterns from Pottery Barn provide the perfect way to do seaside accents, like sand and starfish alongside your candles.

 

Pottery Barn Lanterns

Pottery Barn Lanterns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pottery Barn also features an amazing array of resin sea creatures.

 

 

 

 

Pottery Barn Shells
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