Tuesday, August 14, 2018

THE MODERN MUSE Princess Deena Ali Al-Juhani Abdulaziz


WHO
HH Princess Deena Ali Al-Juhani Abdulaziz

WHAT
A Californian-born Saudi Royal Princess, the first ever Editor-in-Chief of VOGUE ARABIA, entrepreneur, founder/owner of luxury concept store called D'NA, a members only fashion club

WHERE
Her family shuffles between NYC's Upper East Side and Riyadh

WHY
She's known as the 'Anna Wintour' of the Middle East, has the chicest pixie since Audrey Hepburn and can work the hell out of a midi skirt


Monday, August 6, 2018

THE LOVELY ONES Andy Warhol


"I'd prefer to remain a mystery. I never like to give my background and, anyway, I make it all up different every time I'm asked. It's not just that it's part of my image not to tell everything, it's just that I forget what I said the day before, and I have to make it all up over again."

Did you know...

1. Andrew Warhola was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2. He wore a wig most of the time in public. At a book signing in 1985, a girl snatched off his wig and Warhol later noted in his diary, "I don’t know what held me back from pushing her over the balcony"

3. He was known for having a very big sweet tooth. He would visit pastry shops daily, sometimes buying an entire birthday cake for himself. When more substantial meals were offered, he would refuse and one time gave the explanation, "Oh, I only eat candy".

Saturday, August 4, 2018

CHIC THIS WEEK Best Dressed for July 29-August 4, 2018

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


ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO
In Norma Kamali
At the HQ2 Beachclub at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey



LAURA HARRIER
In Versace
At the Build Studios in NYC, New York



AMY ADAMS
In Gabriela Hearst
('Hesper' heels by Jimmy Choo, ‘Amphora’ bag by Carolina Santo Domingo)
At 'The View' taping in NYC, New York




THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX
In Club Monaco
('Deneuve 105' heels by Aquazzura, knot-tie belt from MiuMiu, 'Anna' clutch by KAYU)
At the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks in Surrey, England



DUA LIPA
In Versace
At 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' in NYC, New York



SKAI JACKSON
At the Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ premiere in Burbank, California




Who is your choice for Best Dressed for July 29-August 4, 2018

Alessandra Ambrosio in Norma Kamali
Laura Harrier in Versace
Amy Adams in Gabriela Hearst
The Duchess of Sussex in Club Monaco
Dua Lipa in Versace
Skai Jackson in Red Valentino



Tuesday, July 31, 2018

SOCIETY Silence is Golden Mr. Markle


Is it ever alright to publicly shame a child, parent or family member to soothe your own ego if you feel like you have been wronged? Not necessarily a topic of proper etiquette but more a question of good manners and good ethics which I like to think is within the realm of this blog.
Today, instead of me telling you how late one can be for a dinner party, how much to tip your mailman at Christmas or the difference between white tie and black tie, I'd like to pose a question or two to you, the reader.
When is it enough already? When is it time to hold your tongue and incendiary opinion about a family member and stop the public airing of grievances every time there is a camera and paycheck around the corner?
This weekend, after he had already made a point of declaring his July 15 interview with The Sun as the final time he was speaking on the matter publicly, yet another interview with Thomas Markle, the father of the newlywed Duchess of Sussex, was unveiled by The Daily Mail and during the 9 hour interview, Mr. Markle continued his embarrassing tirade against his daughter because she has supposedly cut off communication with him due to pressure from the Royal Family. He wants to let the Firm know that he is not having it and won't go away quietly.

''I refuse to stay quiet. What riles me is Meghan's sense of superiority. I tell you, I've just about reached my limit with Meghan and the Royal Family. They want me to be silent, they want me to just go away. But I won't be silenced. 

He has been hurt you see, by the lack of support he feels he should have received from the Queen, the Royal Family and more importantly his daughter, who he said would "be nothing without me. I made her the Duchess she is today. Everything that Meghan is, I made her."

And because of that 'hurt', his temperament during the interview runs the gamut from trying to garner sympathy ("It wouldn't be so bad. I have something of a Buddhist philosophy about death. Perhaps it would be easier for Meghan if I died") to an anger that bubbles over every other paragraph.
"Oh, she's a mummy's girl now and Doria gets a lot of the credit....When Meghan was 11, she moved back in with me up until she was 17 and went to college....I was having my good years then, making good money, and could afford to give her the best, with a good school, good education, good home....She became the woman that she is today thanks to everything I did for her....And did I get any recognition for it? Any thanks? She doesn't even speak to me now. How cold is that?"

As a parent myself, I have tried to save a little understanding as to the hurt Mr. Markle might be feeling. Estrangement from a beloved child you believe you've supported, emotionally and financially, through thick and thin is a hard thing for the heart to bear especially when your child seems to have soared into a completely foreign world, out of your realm and out of your reach. It happens often enough in real life; parents grumble and air their discontent to any patient ears they come across, that their children have gone off to live their new lives and forgotten about them.
But when those 'ears' stop being those of a neighbour or close companion and their scope reaches global headlines (AND are accompanied by a financial payout), does it stop being just a parent's emotional catharsis and venture into bitterness and vitriol meant to sting and hurtfully embarrass the one you supposedly hold so dear?
Whatever slight sympathy some of us might have originally had for Mr. Markle has diminished into feelings of embarrassment, annoyance and some might add disdain. Wishing that by some cosmic fate this would reach the ears of the man himself, the waning sympathy for you and rising empathy for your daughter is because of you Mr. Markle and your insistence to publicly betray your child.
It's because of your insistence to not silence yourself, to continue to shame her and publicly tear apart your personal relationship with your daughter. It's because of your insistence to bring down another family, albeit a royal one, who, as I understand from your direct quotes, have offered to assist you at times but that you found their offers insulting and turned them down.
That is what has torn you away from you daughter and nothing else.
Your daughter is not locked up in the Tower of London, unable to access phones or texts or the mail but is living the life of Riley, as a newlywed should and has made a independent choice to steer clear of you and your clan. She chooses to not communicate because you have made it quite clear to her and to the rest of the world, that she can not trust the one person in her life whose loyalty she should never have to question, her dad.
Take a deep breath Mr. Markle, you've unloaded your tale of woe and now it's time to take a bow and stop, if not for the sake of the masses who deem your fifteen minutes of infamy are up but for the daughter you insist you love with all of your heart. We have grown weary of your antics and it would be a pity if this was your footnote in history.

 And now I ask my second question; when does a person draw a line in the sand and step away from family when they have gone too far? Family dysfunction is not that odd a commodity and more of us than we would like to admit have gone through some sort of strained relationship with a parent or close relative at some point. Every once in awhile though, you witness a family that is so overloaded with toxicity (much like the Markles) that you start to understand why and how one could cut ties wherever possible and walk away from all the drama, that by the sounds of it, did not just come to the surface with Meghan Markle leaving Hollywood for jolly old England.

I would love to hear what you have to say!
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Sunday, July 29, 2018

WHAT I'M READING RIGHT NOW

 True fact about me-I never travel without a boatload of books to read.
We spend a week in August up north relaxing in cottage country and my bags are usually packed with more books that anything else. It's my only time to binge-read to my heart's content so these are a few of the books that are already packed and ready to go this year!


1. 'The Last Mrs. Parrish' chronicles an envy so strong that it forces Amber to 'insinutate' herself into the life of the focus of her jealousy, the uber wealthy Mrs. Parrish. It's like a wealth-porn version of Single White Female

2. I'm a sucker for fine Southern ladies like Reese Witherspoon and their anecdotes about life below the Mason Dixon line and with a title like "Whiskey In A Teacup" I was hooked! (Reese credits her grandmother Dorothea for the title, it was her way of describing southern women -"We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery")

3. 'Glitz, glamour and the hidden world of high society'-need I say more?! The words are actually printed right on the cover so I think 'The Riviera Set' is literally calling my name!

4. There is just something about Candace Cameron Bure, not sure why I am drawn to her but she always seems to have such a positive outlook. 'Staying Stylish' is her manual for juggling faith, family, career AND looking pretty darn good while not missing a beat!

5. Molly Sims always looks so fabulous so if she has Everyday Chic secrets to share I need to know about them!

6. Dominick Dunne has always been one of my favorite writers. When he puts explosive pen to paper about the secret lives of polite society like he does in 'An Inconvenient Woman', I gobble it up especially when there are whisperings of it being loosely based on a true story!

7. Love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an exclusive island off the New England coast?? No wonder Summer Wives has been described as the best summer read of 2018

8. Queen Elizabeth's sister, the late Princess Margaret was the original royal wild child.



Saturday, July 28, 2018

CHIC THIS WEEK Best Dressed for July 22-28, 2018

Who is your pick for best dressed this week?
Don't forget to scroll down and vote!


MANDY MOORE
In Carolina Herrera
At the 'Darkest Minds' screening in Hollywood, California



PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO
In Versace
At the 70th Monaco Red Cross Ball Gala in Monte-Carlo, Monaco



KAT GRAHAM
In Ermanno Scervino
At Entertainment Weekly Hosts Comic-Con Party in San Diego, California



MILA KUNIS
In Valentino
At ‘The Spy Who Dumped' premiere Los Angeles, California



THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX
In Carolina Herrera
(pumps by Aquazzura, fan clutch by J. Crew, sunglasses by Tom Ford)
At the Sentebale Polo in Windsor, England



GEMMA ARTERTON
In Emilia Wickstead
At the Chris Evans Breakfast Show in London, England



JAMIE CHUNG
In Nadya Dzyak
At Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Bash in San Diego, California



MADELAINE PETSCH
In Monique Lhuillier
(pumps by Rene Caovilla)
At Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Bash in San Diego, California



Who is your choice for Best Dressed for July 22-28, 2018

Mandy Moore in Carolina Herrera
Princess Charlene of Monaco in Versace
Kat Graham in Ermanno Scervino
Mila Kunis in Valentino
The Duchess of Sussex in Carolina Herrera
Gemma Arterton in Emilia Wickstead
Jamie Chung in Nadya Dzyak
Madelaine Petsch in Monique Lhuillier