Saturday, June 16, 2018

THE COVET LIST Frances Valentine Edition

1. Pauline    2. Bamboo    3. Bucket    4. Barcelona
5. Oberon    6. Beatrix    7. Anemone    8. Pocket    9. Transcend

The accolades and praises for the iconic Kate Spade, who we lost almost two weeks ago, still circulate on a daily basis.
And while it saddens me to read about her personal struggles,  I've welcomed the opportunity it has given me to get to know the very real person behind all the bags and shoes that have become permanent fixtures in my closet over the last 2 decades. From her humble but happy childhood in Kansas to the meteoric rise that landed her at the helm of a world-renowned brand like Kate Spade NY, the fashion legend and her incomparable sense of style will always be a source of authentic inspiration for me (and I'm sure for many others), even though I wish the last act of her epic story had ended differently.
One thing I did not know until recently is that Kate Spade had ventured back into business in 2016 with a new line called Frances Valentine, named in part for her daughter. Kate had even changed her name legally, to be known as Kate Valentine so she could distinguish herself from the original namesake brand she sold in 2006.
In a few words, the line is as delightful and whimsical as the lady was herself and although it has practically sold out in it's entirety since her passing, if you are up for the hunt there are a few pieces still out there for those of us who enjoy a challenge all in the name of fashion history.
(Yours truly was up for that challenge and I was rewarded when I found a pair of the Pauline slides in my size! I rank that moment up there with getting married and giving birth)
I've picked out a few of my favorites as an introduction for those who were tardy to the Frances Valentine party like myself but it has been reported that Kate Spade (Valentine) left behind four seasons worth of designs to carry on her work and legacy, which I can not wait to set my eyes on!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

THE LOVELY ONES Brooke Shields

"Don't waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window- or break down a door"

Did you know...

1. Brooke Christa Shields was born on May 31, 1965 in Manhatten, New York
2.  In 1966, at the age of 11 months old, she began her career as a model. Her first job was for an Ivory Soap print commercial and was shot by Francesco Scavullo, one of the most world famous photographers at that time.
3. In 1978, at age of 12,  she gained critical acclaim for her starring role in Louis Malle's film Pretty Baby, in which she played a child prostitute in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. Although she was praised by film critics for her performance, this was just another point of contention for detractors of her mother's, Terri Shields, who felt she took advantage of her position as Brooke's manager and sexually exploited her daughter for financial gain
4. By the age of 16, it was stated that she earned $10, 000 a day while the average American income was $22,787 per year.
5. In the mid 1980's, she took a break from modelling/acting to attend the ivy league Princeton University where she earned a degree in French Literature.

To learn more about the memorable life and times of iconic Brooke Shields, I recommend  'There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me'

Monday, May 28, 2018

WHAT SHE SAID Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy

"I have always believed that God never gives a cross to bear larger than we can carry. No matter what, he wants us to be happy, not sad. Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we?"

Sunday, May 27, 2018

CHIC THIS WEEK Best Dressed For May 20-26, 2018

Who is your pick for best dressed this week?
Scroll down to access poll and vote!

In Anna Sui/Rochas
(suede heels by Le Silla, 'Bounty' sunglasses by Karen Walker, 'Nina' bag by Gabriela Hearst)
At 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' in NYC, New York

In Co
('Matilda' heels by Jimmy Choo)
At the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in NYC, New York

The Duchess of Sussex
In Goat
('Siren' heels by Tamara Mellon, fascinator by Treacy)
At The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace in London, England

In Jonathan Cohen
At Showtime's "Shameless" event in Los Angeles, California

At the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 in Cap d'Antibes, France

In Zac Posen
At the 2018 American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala in NYC, New York

(suede and leather heels by Dolce & Gabbana)
At the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest launch in Los Angeles, California

In Zuhair Murad
('The 100Rosist' heels by Stuart Weitzman)
At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada

Who is your choice for Best Dressed for May 20-26, 2018

Anne Hathaway in Anna Sui/Rochas
Sarah Paulson in Co
The Duchess of Sussex in Goat
Emmy Rossum in Jonathan Cohen
Sara Sampaio in Elie Saab
Katie Holmes in Zac Posen
Olivia Culpo in Dolce and Gabbana
Jenna Dewan in Zuhair Murad

SOCIAL STUDIES Clinking Your Glass

In medieval times, the potential for untrustworthy 'friends' having you taken out so they could affirm their loyalty to king, country or what-have-you, was at high level.
And since nothing brings the Dark Age drama like 86-ing a rival with a poisoned wineglass, it must have become a bit of a thing so everyone from knights to serfs had to figure out a crafty way to protect themselves and show their dinner guests, they had no nasty ideas for them hidden up their sleeves!

Back then, wine being what it was (murky that is), a hardy clinking of goblets was a sign of trust between people that were seated at your table because it created the oppotunity for wine to spill from one goblet to another and spread the risk (if any was there) of potential poisoning. If you freely clinked your wine goblet with Sir Fancypants, you were letting it be known that you trusted this person and that they should trust you too, since no one would purposely put themselves in harms way by poisoning their own wine. It showed that you held your dining companions in high regard and that there were no worries about not making it to the dessert course.
Luckily for us today, clinking glasses with your peeps is more about friendship and celebrating good times then avoiding poison.

When you clink glasses, you should always look into the eyes of your co-clinker. If you are seated at a larger table (at a formal party or banquet), give it your best college try to clink glasses with everyone seated with you, especially if there are people you are not familiar with. Extending your glass to clink and being ignored or passed over could make one feel shunned and uncomfortable and that is the last thing you would want to do when breaking bread with others.

When clinking wineglasses, never clink the rims together. The rims of many wine glasses are very thin and if you make contact at just the right point, you may crack the wine glass. You should aim to clink the bell of your glass with the bell of the other persons. The 'bell' of a wine glass is the very roundest part in the middle of your glass.
Lastly, be gentle. There is never a need for acting like a baboon at the dinner table and forcefully clinking glasses will end with glass shards from broken glass all over the place and your drink having to be mopped up off the floor.
(sidenote-people preparing guests lists for their gatherings, parties or events always remember the 'brutes' from their last parties. Those names mysteriously start to disappear from future guests lists so unless you are cool with hanging at home on a Saturday night, a light, gentle clinking with your tablemates will do the trick and keep you on everyone's guestlist!

Lily O'Brien's Wedding Favours

Sunday, May 20, 2018

CHIC THIS WEEK The Royal Wedding Edition

Who is your choice for best dressed guest?
Don't forget to scroll down and vote!

(By now, we all know the princess bride was stunning but did you happen to notice that the majority of the royal wedding guests were also killing it in the style department?!)




In Alexander McQueen

In Emma Louise Designs

In Victoria Beckham

(In Stella McCartney)


(In The Fold)

(In Valentino)

(In Stella McCartney)

(In Suzannah)


Who was best dressed guest at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Lady Kitty Spencer
Gina Torres
Carey Mulligan
The Duchess of Cambridge
Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York
Victoria Beckham
Amal Clooney
Princess Beatrice
Pippa Middleton
Sofia Wellesley
Oprah Winfrey
The Countess of Wessex
Lady Karen Spencer