Grin and Bear It


Jean Shrimpton in New York City,1964

My love of a good coat is well-documented on this blog.  Fabulous, teddy-bear inspired coats have been appearing in street style photos for a few months now, and the style is still fresh.  The only thing better than cozying up to a teddy bear is wrapping yourself up in its plush, textured fabric.  With the snowy weather and estimated 18 to 24 inches of snow headed to New York City, there isn’t another coat that I would rather be cuddling.



Carine Roitfield in Max Mara


















Alexa Chung wearing an Isa Arfen coat constructed from Steiff teddy bear material.







Some of the best runway iterations of the coat came from Burberry, Calvin Klein Collection, and the Queen of the Camel Coat, Max Mara:


 Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2015





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 Max Mara




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Sonia by Sonia Rykiel

 If you want to find a cuddly coat in stores, there are still some options remaining.  The Orla Kiely coat above was one of my favorites.

This coat, by Trina Turk, is similar in texture and hue to the Orla Kiely version:


Other viable options for keeping the cold out:  a luxe textured cocoon coat by Adam Lippes, a brownish gray version from Asos, a beyond bright Carl Donoghue coat, a fluffy light pink topper from Asos, or a light pink confection of a coat from French Connection, a light beige H&M version, a Freda taupe gray shearing coat, an Ashley B. Mongolian fur coat at Barneys, a Collection B. coat from Nordstrom in either light pink or white, a super furry Zara coat on super sale, an MSGM light pink faux shearing coat, an extra nubby white J.O.A. jacket from Nordstrom, a Bar III shearing coat, a Joseph pea coat, an extra plush Whistles faux fur in pink, a Ganni coat with big pockets, or a Sam Edelman topper in a variety of colors.  Or, for warmer climates, an open jacket from June at Shopbop or an inexpensive version from Forever 21.

You might also try the Trouve faux fur topper from Nordstrom;  I did.  I loved it but it didn’t do me any favors.  I also found that the low neckline would require some serious scarf tricks to keep out the cold.  The only catch I see with this style is that the coats are often cut into a “blobby” form that can be unflattering.  A belt could solve the blob problem.   Try a belted option like this gorgeous Edun coat, an Isabel Marant or Isa Arfen with a contrasting belt, a belted white Rochas, a Carin Wester, or add a belt yourself.

My prediction is that these furry friends will return next year.  Teddy bear coats from the Pre-Fall 2015 collections are already available for pre-order:



Stay warm and enjoy the bear hunt!


 Image Credits from the top of the post: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. 11. 12. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Ode to Oscar



Oscar de la Renta.   July 22, 1932 – October 20, 2014.  Image via Pinterest.





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Oscar de la Renta's Spring / Summer 2015 collection

 Spring 2015 via Ann Street Studio

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Oscar de la Renta's Spring / Summer 2015 collection

Spring 2015 via Ann Street Studio


Moda Operandi 

“When I started, the woman went to the store to buy a dress. She saw it in pink and red, and then she remembered that the husband, who is probably going to pay for the dress, loves it in pink. So she buys the pink. Today, the same woman goes to the store and remembers the husband likes pink, and she buys the red.”  -ODLR




Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015.  Harper’s Bazaar.

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Images 5-9 Harper’s Bazaar.

Images 10-13 Harper’s Bazaar.

All other image credits noted above.


See also:

Happy Voting and First Lady Fashion

Bow Regard

Derby Dressing


About Oscar… 

The Power of a Pink Coat


Jean Shrimpton in Vogue Paris August 1965.  Photographer Guy Bourdin.

This summer seemed to go faster than any other, and my plans to share my summer fashion favorites have been scrapped to make way for autumn styleaspirations.  I plan to spend the next several posts sharing some of my favorite fall fashions.

First up is the pink coat.  I’m sure that you’ve been spotting them.  I have a special attachment to the pink coat because I’ve had one in my winter coat collection for the past 7 years.  Mine is another Lilly Pulitzer find, a beautiful pink wool coat that I believe that I purchased for 50% off at a boutique in the midwest.  In the months following my purchase, I saw Meredith Viera wearing the green version of my coat on The Today Show.

Readers, I have received more compliments on this pink coat than any other piece of clothing I have ever worn.  When I get dressed, I’m not looking for compliments (though they are always welcome), but I relish the fact that this piece of clothing has garnered me more compliments than any other because it’s the only piece of clothing I own that my husband complains about!  So when a man on the subway asked to take my picture because he wanted to show his sisters who love pink (Do I really believe that?), not exactly the type of attention I want, I couldn’t wait to share this anecdote with my husband.

Here is a little pink coat inspiration to push you into fall:


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3.1 Phillip Lim 



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Kate Spade



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Paul Smith


 Harper’s Bazaar

I particularly love how this pink coat adds just the right amount of punch to basic black and white.


Here are my Top Picks for Pink Coats:





French Connection


VSVictoria’s Secret  (A steal!)


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And one of my favorite pieces for fall…

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Are you thinking pink when it comes to coats these days?  What is the item of clothing that has fetched you the most compliments?


White Now


Image via Diner en Blanc- New York Facebook page

Before I leap full force into fall, I want to share how I ended the summer.

On Sept. 18, I joined approximately 4,000 others clad head to toe in white and carting white chairs, tables, fine china, candles, and flowers for an organized yet impromptu picnic in a secret location.  The partygoers met in different locations and then made their way to the once secret spot, Bryant Park, located directly behind the New York Public Library (NYPL).  I loved the choice of location.  It is classic New York.


My photos are somewhat blurry, but in a way I feel that only adds to the magical feeling that the evening bestowed.


This spectacular event, Diner en Blanc (DEB), started 25 years ago in Paris.  It has no fundraising aspect or political or social agenda.  The only goal is that participants experience an elegant evening complete with live music, dinner, and dancing.  The challenging part of DEB is the preparation… finding a table in Manhattan that meets the required specifications is a particular challenge.  To make the dressing aspect stress-free, I wore the white Lilly Pulitzer dress that I posted about here.  Next year, I look forward to planning my outfit and table decorations well in advance.



One of the best parts of DEB is the people watching.  I loved that the event was filled with a crowd diverse in age, race, demeanor, and style.  Below are a few of my favorite styles I spotted at DEB.







While dancing and smiling with strangers, I realized that I wish for Baby Boy to grow into an adult with the ability to have similar experiences; to put aside everyday routines and stressors, surrender to the magic and the joy of being alive, and recognize the beauty and uniqueness of a particular moment.

I can now say that I’ve danced on the steps of the NYPL.




I hope to carry a little DEB style into the fall.  White has always been elegant, and recently, it has proven to be seasonless.


Harper’s Bazaar

DEB7How did you end the summer?  What are your styleaspirations for the fall?


Picnicking with Panache

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Picnic season is in full swing.  We’ve enjoyed a picnic in Central Park for the past two weekends in a row.  A picnic can be impromptu or carefully planned, a beachside event or a gathering on a bench.  I find picnics to be one of the most enjoyable activities.  For a history of the picnic, visit Cassandra Considers.


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Picnic 8Rooftop picnic via 7 Year Wedding

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Picnic 7Tumblr.  I’m loving the vintage plaid lunchbox.  I used to carry one myself!

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And let’s not forget the food!

Picnic 22Le Figaro Madame

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Picnic 19The Enchanted Home

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Our picnics typically include a few good cheeses, salami, garlic stuffed olives, and fruit.

The key to any great picnic is packing a mix of savory and sweet items:

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Crostini with peaches, bleu cheese, and honey via Bev Cooks or Pear Walnut and Ricotta Crostini

Picnic 28Avacado and tzaziki sandwich via Pinterest

PIcnic 29Corn, tomato and cheddar pie via Clockwork Lemon

or a simple prosciutto, mozarella, and basil sandwich on crusty bread

Picnic 27via Linzer Tart.

A refreshing salad always complements a picnic:

Picnic 30White House Salad via ivillage

Picnic 31Avocado chicken salad via Becoming Betty

Picnic 32Blood orange and fennel salad via Kiran Tarun

Other ideas:  seashell pasta with basil, tomatoes, and garlic, a simple fruit salad with honey lime dressing, or melon and prosciutto skewers.


For an alternative to packaged chips, try:

Picnic 34Baked beet chips via Martha Stewart


Picnic 33Crispy Edamame

Store a tasty thirst quencher in leftover jam jars:

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How about filling the jars with…

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Peach summer sangria via Pizzazzerie

Picnic 46Blackberry Bourbon lemonade via Runchickenrun

Picnic 16A champagne grapefruit mojito via Style Me Pretty

Picnic 17Sparkling strawberry limeade via bless her heart


Picnic 18Basil Limeade via Celebrating Everyday Life

For dessert, may I suggest:

Picnic 10Salted caramel brownies via A Spicy Perspective

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Smores cookies via Martha Stewart

Picnic 12Shortbread caramel sandwiches via Dust Jacket


Picnic 13Olive oil, yogurt and lime cake via Simple Provisions


Picnic 38Strawberry shortcake in a jar via Honestly Yum

For more picnic food inspiration, check out 101 20 Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics.


I definitely love picnic food, but naturally, one of my favorite aspects of a picnic is the accessories!  For a stylishly accessorized picnic, here are some products that get my stamp of approval:

Picnic 35Yield picnic bag that folds into a blanket via Cup of Jo.

From Kate Spade, picnic basics that pack a punch of color:

Picnic 36Kate Spade picnic basket

Picnic 37Kate Spade champagne box.

For a more modern take on picnic accessories, uncommon goods has a great selection of clever products, including a picnic backpack.

For those seeking a more traditional picnic basket, Picnic World and Dann-Online offer beautiful selections:

Picnic 45Sutherland Classic picnic basket

Picnic 43Canterbury fully stocked picnic basket

Picnic 44Sutherland Nottingham picnic basket

Picnic 42Sutherland Doppio Vino Picnic Basket

For the most aspirational of picnics, a vintage Rolls Royce picnic basket fits the bill:

Picnic 40via Luxist.

Ready for a picnic?  What will you bring?

Pink Seating and List Making

Shelter Pretty pinkImage via SHELTER

I continue to have great excuses for not being present here, but I’m hoping that this is the start of easing back into a regular blogging routine.

Tonight I cleared out all of the starred items from my Google reader, quite a job.  Yes, I waited until the last minute to complete this task, but it wasn’t a top priority until it had to be.  I starred a lot of the items as inspiration for future blog posts.  After taking about 22 pages of notes in a Word document, patterns of inspiration have emerged.  Out of all the hundreds of posts I browsed tonight, one hit me in particular:  this post from SHELTER, one of my favorite interior design blogs, on pink upholstered seating.

I thought of my grandmother’s pink chair, similar to the one pictured above, that sat proudly in her living room with another matching chair.  The elegant pink upholstered chair now sits in my parents’ bedroom, one of the rare furnishings of the past century in a home filled with antiques.  Tonight I thought of my grandmother and how she cared about the furnishings that filled her home, just as she cared about what she wore.

I  have always admired that chair, but it has become dearer to me in the past couple of years after sitting in it to nurse Baby Boy in the middle of the night.  It was in the early hours of the morning that I gained a greater appreciation for its comfort and its beauty.  And I couldn’t help but think that my Grandma would be happy that I was enjoying her chair in such a profound way.

Something else that’s hereditary is my curious list making/note taking habit.  I have a need, a compulsion, to compile lists of things that inspire me.  My mother does the same thing.  She keeps lists of things that she reads or hears about for future reference.  Sometimes she shares these items with me.  She reminded me recently that her mother did the same thing.

Some compulsions are in the blood.

Happy Weekend!

Betty Autier 1Bettier Autier 2Images via Le Blog de Betty


Sorry for the silence around here lately.  Other priorities have asserted their dominance over my time, but I look forward to sharing a lot of content with you that I’ve had planned.

For the past week or so, my mind keeps traveling back to these images of Paris-based style blogger Betty Autier photographed in Florence.  She seems like she’s ready to jump into the weekend.  At least that’s what I like to think.  You could certainly do worse for weekend wear than a  Rochas dress with Thierry Lasry glasses, Valentino rockstud heels, and a Lulu Guiness clutch, no?

Kate Spade Moves On Up to the East Side

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Kate Spade opened its new flagship store on the Upper East Side last Friday.  On Monday, I took advantage of a rare day off from work and toured this Madison Avenue jewel box of a store.  I enjoyed exploring the four floors of colorful merchandise and snapping photos on my iPhone.

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I tried on this fabulous bow blouse, the first of many Kate Spade Madison Avenue store exclusives to come, but unfortunately it didn’t fit me correctly.  I’ve found other Kate Spade items to be ill-fitting, so I’m always pleased when a Kate Spade piece that I love works out.

KS 4I love the black trimmed roman shades.  Chic!


KS 5A cash register is accompanied by a delightful bar set up.

KS 7Excuse the poor photo.  My dream home won’t be complete now without these tiles arranged like a bow.
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So not only did I find the colorful merchandise inspiring, but I also felt inspired by the store’s interior design and location.  Pedro, one of the lovely sales associates, shared the view from the store’s pink hydrangea decorated balcony overlooking Madison Avenue.  We both remarked that, “It doesn’t get much better than this.”

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I loved my tour of Kate Spade and look forward to returning.  Special thanks to Pedro and the other sales associates who were extra welcoming!

To Visit:

Kate Spade

789 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10065

Are you a Kate Spade fan as well?  Have you had issues with Kate Spade’s sizing?  Do you plan to visit the new flagship store?