Wednesday, March 31, 2010

THE ICONS OF STYLE: Andre '3000' Benjamin

Todays guest post on style icons brings us the musings of one of the sharpest style bloggers out there, Robert I. Brown. The sixteen year old blogger extraordinaire is taking the style world by storm with his fabulous blog (that you must check out!) and his regular guest post at Details Magazine. I could go on all day about Robert and his blog but my simple words can not do either justice, so click on any of the links found above (or in the favorite blogs link in the sidebar) to be taken to his blog.
Young gentlemen like Robert restore my faith that all is not lost with the younger generation when it comes to style, manners, and the art of elegant living. We are beyond honoured that he found the time to tell us a little bit about his style icon, Andre '3000' Benjamin.
Thank you so very much Robert!

André "3000" Benjamin.
The creative gentleman from Atlanta is simply the best-dressed man of our time. Why do I say this? Mr. Benjamin is an innovator of style.

During his early rapping career, I must admit I was confused with his choice of wardrobe. He favored loose trousers, crazy tops, and even wigs. I remember one image of the style rebel dressed with football shoulder-pads apart of his ensemble. Sure, Mr. Benjamin may have looked eccentric in his own way, but I do believe the message he sent through his earlier dress was meaningful: he dressed the way he wanted without thinking about what the next man had to say about it. This was all that truly mattered.

André later refined his style. This is when the man behind Benjamin Bixby, his fairly new clothing line, became a sartorial threat. He still has that eccentric edge, but it isn't so "show-off," as in the previous years.

Today, you can see André still wearing his favorite accessory (hats), bow ties, sharp formal wear, denims that fit, items from his new line, and what I'd like to think as everyone's best accessory: his big smile. This is the same guy who brought the world fine musical pleasure, and he'll now be showing his stylish tastes through the Benjamin Bixby line.

André "3000" Benjamin doesn't boast, he just dresses like it's his last day on Earth, and if God was to choose individuals by their creativity through dress - guess who's going to heaven first?

Free People CA

Monday, March 29, 2010

On the Cover: Penelope Cruz at Vanity Fair

One of my favorite beauties, Penelope Cruz graced the pages of Vanity Fair (another one of my favs) in September 2001. A very chic European feel to the shoot, courtesy of the very chic European lady I am sure!

All images courtesy of Vanity Fair (September 2001) and Annie Leibovitz

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Psst....I Have a Secret

I dream of having my own bedroom.

Now, I want to go on the record saying I love my husband and he is a wonderful man. With that said, he is a very restless sleeper and on occasion he has been known to snore something awful. I, on the other hand, require complete stillness, darkness and silence to get a good night's sleep.

I don't need to make it a permanent move either, just a room where I can escape to every once in awhile for some quiet time and a nap (or a 10 hour sleep marathon!).
I voice my desire occasionally to my husband but he doesn't seem to get it and looks at me like I am joking around so I daydream in silence now.

A few days ago, I was reading a hilarious post written by the ever so charming Mrs. Bliss at Housewife Bliss (click on the link or here) about the trials of escaping for a few moments of solitary bath time and it got me thinking about it once again.

I figure since I have shared my little secret with all of you, there is no harm in occasionally showing you some images of what my daydreams look like!

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I know this is fantasizing in a very large way but what post on my dream bedroom would be complete without some images of Jackie Kennedy's White House bedroom! Does it get any better???

JBK Bedroom White House 1962

JBK Dressing Room White House 1962

JBK Sitting Room White House 1962

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Style Icon: Edward Herrmann

If anyone knows what it takes to be a stylish gentleman, it would be today's guest blogger, James from Man of the 50s. Surely we are a bunch of lucky readers in that, not only has James chosen to shine the style spotlight on who he considers to be a style icon, actor Edward Herrmann, a favourite of many who loved the hit show "The Gilmore Girls" but he has also allowed us a glimpse into how he started courting his lovely wife (men, take note, this is how it's done!). Click on the link above or here to be taken to his blog. Let's do the male population a favor and introduce them to James and his words on the art of being a real man, it would be the best thing that ever happened to them (and quite frankly, to us).
A very gracious thank you to you, James!

After our first “pity date“, acknowledged by both parties as such, I had decided to pursue little Elaine. I had insider knowledge due to our mutual friend Kate. She supplied me with two important bits of information. Elaine was a big Robert Redford fan and I wasn’t the only horse in the race. My rival was one of those guys I hated in high school. You know the type, hair always perfect, shirt tail always tucked in, perfectly shined shoes, just the right amount of Canoe aftershave and everybody liked him. A real cretin. I had to save her. After a telephone call ended in “I’m really busy in school why don’t you call back in two or three weeks, thanks”, I decided to spring “the Plan”.
I don’t care much for Mr. Redford, Jeremy Irons would have been so much better in “Out of Africa”, but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. There were three Redford movies playing at the time and I figured I had three tries to wear her down. For the love of mike, am I ever going to get to the style part? Hooray we’re finally here! Right out of the gate was “The Great Gatsby”. And there for the first time I saw Edward Herrmann. The tall, lanky kid playing the piano. He reminded me of well…me. We are both tall, I’m 6’4” and he is 6’5“, and are what polite people call big boned. I also have a baritone voice, but don’t possess his wonderful ability to articulate the English language.

He speaks and his charcoal smooth voice simply overwhelms you with honesty, sincerity, and knowledge. Don’t think you have never heard him, he has narrated many shows on PBS and the History Channel . My favorites are “History’s Lost and Found” and “ The Ultimate Auto”. He was the voice of Dodge automobiles for many years.

He was a 1965 graduate of Bucknell and a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He was the perfect preppie. When he graduated he studied acting in London which I’m sure added to his sense of style.

I have always held Mr Hermann to be the ultimate in male style. His clothes are on the conservative side, mostly traditional looks with a few extras like daring socks and ties, oh yes, bow ties also!

He lives his life and practices his craft with style and dignity. He can be summed up as a true class act. While until recently he was Richard Gilmore , his body of work is too vast to list here.” Google “ him to see it all. You may be surprised that you have watched him work.

As we were leaving a restaurant the other night my middle daughter commented as I took Elaine’s arm. “ How nice Dad”

“Nice hell”, I replied “ I’m still afraid she’ll get away!”

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Look of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

images courtesy of and Kevin Mazur/WireImage

This fine southern lady (who also celebrated a birthday this week!) looked radiant in a dark blue Jason Wu knotted peplum dress at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards held earlier this month at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Elegant diamond drop earrings, a couple of simple bracelets and black peep-toed pumps were her only accessories. No one does the modern, classic American look like Ms. Witherspoon! I can't get enough of the delicate detail of the fanned embellishment on her dress

What do you think of Reese Witherspoon's Look of the Day?

Monday, March 22, 2010

On the Cover: Sandra Bullock at Harper's Bazaar

Some very unpleasant news lately about the lovely Sandra Bullock and her husband. I usually don't pay too much attention to that sort of thing but I couldn't help thinking of Ms. Bullock this week.
Seems her face keeps popping up everywhere and since I hate to associate her name with anything other than that beautiful smile, I thought I would share some images from the Harper's Bazaar shoot she did last year.

All images courtesy of Harper's Bazaar (June 2009) and Peter Lindbergh

Friday, March 19, 2010

Where in the World is Lily Lemontree??

image courtesy of Vogue Nippon April 2009

No, no I have not gone AWOL or anything of that nature. It is March Break for us and since we have been having the most glorious weather, entertaining the little tykes outdoors has taken precedence over my posts. I do apologize for this and I promise to be back tomorrow with a daily schedule of posts and some fabulous guests bloggers on tap.

Enjoy the sunshine!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

LOOK OF THE DAY: Abbie Cornish

Miss Abbie Cornish looked absolutely stunning at a Vanity Fair function in this tailored, belted, traffic-stopping red Dior frock that she paired with black peep-toe pumps.
A little black clutch completed this sleek and sophisticated look, c'est magnifique!!
I love nothing more than a chic bob! Okay, I have sported one since the dawn of time so I might be a little partial to the look but Miss Cornish looks exceptional in this chin length version, just short enough to showcase these beautiful diamond drop earrings.

What do you think of Abbie Cornish's Look of the Day?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Style Icon: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Today we are privileged to have the always fabulous Jen from A Place to Dwell guest blogging about the epitome of style icons, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Mrs. Kennedy is tops in my book of style icons (some might call it a little bit of an obsession!) and we are very lucky to have someone as chic as Jen from A Place to Dwell, who just happens to be a great wife and mom, writer, member of the Junior League, and blogger extraordinaire grace us with her musings on one of the most celebrated women of all time.
Thank you Jen for the great post and beautiful images of this true style icon!!

Don't forget to click on any of the links above or here as soon as you are done reading to be taken directly to A Place to Dwell!

The lovely Lily Lemontree invited me to guest blog about a figure I would consider a style icon. Hands down, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Style, grace, poise, charm – she had it all. Everything she wore – from summer shift dresses, to gorgeous suits and gowns, to a simple pair of white Capri pants with a cotton T and those “Jackie O” sunglasses. She personified simple elegance.

JKO was such a private person, especially after the White House years, and perhaps because she was so elusive this added to the mysterious aura that surrounded her.

It’s so different from many of these so-called socialites (Bravo’s Housewives, series, anyone?) who put way too much of themselves out there. They show no restraint. To say they are polar opposites of JKO is an understatement; yet you hear so many of them say they want to emulate her. Ladies, it’s never going to happen if you continue to behave in such a fashion, but, I digress…

One of the biggest influences JKO had on my own personal style was when I purchased my wedding gown. I wanted understated elegance and because my wedding was in the morning followed by a champagne brunch reception, I wore wrist-length gloves, like JKO. My wedding gown was an Oleg Cassini, who designed many of JKO’s clothes. Some of his designs for JKO have been on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the JFK Library. So, yes, perhaps I was channeling Jackie a bit on my wedding day.

She had a regal air about her, in her posture, stance, voice and how she carried herself in general. A true lady to the end.