apres ski

apres ski
I am in the throes of packing for a trip to Lake Tahoe.  Pro: absolutely everything going in is comfy and casual. Con: ski clothing and accoutrements are bulky as hell.  At least I’m not entertaining fantasies of getting it all in a carry on.  A Lafco Ski House candle and chocolates from our local sweet shop are also in the suitcase for our gracious hosts.  And my camera, of course.  I cannot wait to share pictures of this breathtaking place with you.

Isabel Marant sweater
$495 – net-a-porter.com

AllSaints silk tank
$58 – allsaints.com

Moncler down jacket
$955 – flannelsfashion.com

T by Alexander Wang knit pants
$295 – harveynichols.com

Sorel boots
$150 – jildorshoes.com

Judith Jack snowflake earrings
$62 – nordstrom.com

Paige Denim knit hat
$45 – backcountry.com

Ray-Ban metal aviator sunglasses
$195 – net-a-porter.com

The Friday Five: Classic Pieces You’ll Never Regret

Five for Friday: Classic Pieces You'll Never Regret

Donna Karan silk jersey dress
$2,080 – harveynichols.com

Helmut Lang jersey dress
$140 – net-a-porter.com

J Crew polka dot silk blouse
$128 – jcrew.com

Equipment star silk blouse
$248 – intermixonline.com

Nine West leather pumps
$79 – ninewest.com

Manolo Blahnik leather pumps
$625 – barneys.com

Vintage Chanel shoulder bag
$4,110 – harveynichols.com

J.Crew Edie grand handbag
$190 – jcrew.com

Dream in Sea Green

J Crew Swimsuit

Do you always gravitate to the same color?  This is it for me.  Thank goodness it works on brunettes.  I’m loving the above swimsuit from J Crew, though I’d rather cut off a small appendage than put it on after the holidays.  Seriously.

Equipment Sweater

Now this is more like it!  Throw this oversized cashmere beauty from Equipment on with some leggings or skinny jeans and the sins of overindulgence are washed away.

Fishing, summer 2012
Fishing off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard this summer.
Tumblr image – lost the link /:

Lou Piccadilly Demi-Cup Lace Bra

Lace and Satin Boyshort

What girl wouldn’t want these gorgeous underthings?  Lace and satin bra and boyshorts, available at Journelle.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Perfume

Tom Ford does everything right. Including this wallet-emptying perfume.

Living Room
A corner of our living room – custom ottoman in Lee Jofa’s Mallard velvet.

Hermes Enamel Bracelet

Hermes Clous en Tromp l’oeil enamel bracelet

image via http://meganthology.tumblr.com

Bounkit Earrings

Love these Onyx and Amethyst Earrings from Bounkit.

Barneys Fur Vest

Ridiculously indulgent, mildly impractical.  But this vest from Barneys would be warm and toasty.  Which DOES makes it practical.  Kind of. Okay, I’m reaching.  But it is sooo cold here!

Agate Costers

My favorite agate coasters.  I bought them at the amazing Megan Winters Atelier in Lake Forest, but similar available here.

Mulberry Bayswater Bag

Mulberry’s Petrol Snakeskin Printed Bayswater bag available at Stylebop.  Sigh.

Dining Room
Dining room detail – wallpaper is Schumacher grasscloth in peacock.

Tory Burch iPhone case

A cheeky little iPhone case from Tory Burch, on sale here.

Lafco Game Room Candle

I’ll admit it.  I have a Lafco candle addiction.  When you are done burning one completely, you can pop it in the freezer to get the remaining wax out and use the beautiful glass as a vase.  How’s that for being green?

A favorite painting.

Claus Porto Soap

Crazy over Claus Porto’s Brise Marine shea butter soap, available here.

Giuseppe Zanotti Suede Pumps

Dreamy suede pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti, on sale here.

J Crew Grand Stone Bracelet

And finally, the beautiful (and budget friendly!) Grand Stone bracelet from J Crew.

All images via me unless otherwise noted.

The Sartorialist in Chicago

Last night, famous style photographer and blogger Scott Schuman of the Sartorialist visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to give a talk and sign copies of his new book, Closer.  The MCA was clearly unaware of his enormous popularity.  The barely publicized event drew throngs of fashion and photography lovers all dressed to catch his eye (which made for fabulous people watching) and left hundreds of disappointed fans without books to buy (they sold out almost before it started – thank goodness I received one as a birthday gift from my super chic friend Samantha) and on a wait list to hear the talk.  All were invited to stay for the book signing, and wait they did!  Worries of blocked fire exits forced museum workers to move the most stylish single file line you’ve ever seen from one end of the museum to the other.

Having my book signed.

Luckily my friend Cynthia and I were at the front of the line for the signing as we were both wearing what my friend Kelley calls “five-minute shoes”.  He was gracious and amusing, indulging enthusiasts who had questions or simply wanted to snap his photo.

Exiting the MCA, happily on our way to RL for a late dinner.

The following are some of my favorite images from the book:

Photographer becomes subject. How can you resist a man in a trench?

For the Men

Today’s inspiration comes from the masculine shades found in winter’s austere landscape.  Silvery grey, snow white, midnight and weathered teak meld with the warmth of deep mahogany, rich amber, camel, and espresso to create a sophisticated neutral palette in menswear and interiors.

Images via The Gifts of Life, Patterson Maker, and Pinterest.

Girl Crush #2

If I could steal anyone’s entire wardrobe it would be Olivia Palermo’s. But it’s not just what she has, it’s her insane ability to put it all together. Palermo has mastered a two-thirds-uptown/one-third-downtown aesthetic that makes every look from casual to cocktail impossibly, enviably chic.

Weekend Casual

Weekend Casual

Enza Costa colorblock top
intermixonline.com

Sweater vest
barneys.com

Arlotta short robe
journelle.com

La perla
journelle.com

La perla
journelle.com

Madewell suede bag
madewell.com

Ileana Makri gold jewelry
matchesfashion.com

Moncler
bergdorfgoodman.com

Checked Wool Throw
williams-sonoma.com

Foul Weather Gear

The cold November winds are blowing through Chicago, taking down leaves and leaving a serious chill in the air.  Dressing for the elements and feeling stylish are not always synonymous, so I thought I would pass along some of my favorite outwear pieces and foul weather gear lines that look great and keep you warm and dry.

I love Helly Hansen.  The Norwegian outwear company has been around for 132 years and it manufactures gear for sailors, skiiers, and all around adventurers who need serious protection from the elements.  Truth be told, I use mine most often to walk the dog, but when that breathtaking wind whips off of the lake mid winter and the temperature goes subzero, it is an absolute necessity.  The above Paris Parka looks like a great option, but you really should flip through the entire site as they offer many layers of warmth.  Looking through the images will make you wish you were on the slopes, behind the helm, or summiting a mountain.  Okay maybe not that last one.

Sorel makes ridiculously warm and very stylish boots for women, men, and children.  You can find them on many online sites, but Zappos offers a myriad of styles (including both of the above) as well as free shipping and returns.

I have to admit that I am a little old-school and still wear the above L.L.Bean boots quite a bit (not quite as warm as the Sorels though).

If you are looking for a warm boot that reads a bit less outdoorsy, the fur lined Justine boot from Vince is a great option.

And those Vince boots would look amazing with this leather trimmed Zyta peacoat from Mackage.

Another great peacoat option (I cannot resist a great peacoat) is this shearling collared version from A.L.C. (one of my favorite clothing companies).

This insanely fabulous Faucon parka from Moncler has a nausea inducing price tag, but I swear Moncler makes some of the warmest – and definitely the most stylish – down jackets on the market.

The Moncler Clairy coat is simple but far from boring, comes in several beat-the-winter-blahs colors, and it’s half the cost of the Faucon.  It also holds up beautifully on the slopes.

As long as we are on the Moncler subject, how fabulous are these shearling lined Zillertal boots?!  Shoot me now.  Or at least take away my wallet.

Almost as cute (and much easier on the bank account) is the MacAlister shearling wedge boot from JCrew.

Finally, don’t forget a cozy scarf!  Love the pattern and size of this one from DVF.

This wide cashmere wrap from JCrew comes in a rainbow of colors, is relatively inexpensive, and will last you a lifetime.  So what are you waiting for?  Get shopping!