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Beyonce vs. Rihanna

Beyoncé in Bloom

While many are wondering whether the great minds at British Vogue and US Vogue got together to plan their September issues, we’re more interested in finding out who wore the flowers best!  Both editors chose two of the most influential female pop stars as models and bedecked their heads with an abundance of flowers, but while Rihanna’s fashion spread (styled by Edward Enninful) is more traditional in its style, Beyoncé’s shoot is decidedly romantic.

Ravishing Rihanna

Beyoncé has appeared before on the cover of Vogue but this time she was given free reign over the issue and made history by choosing 23-year-old black photographer Tyler Mitchell.  Set against the backdrop of an English country home, Mitchell’s images capture a soft, dreamy aesthetic that is a departure from the usual September vibe.

Headdress by Phil John Perry

Golden Girl

“It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter,” recounts the icon about her choice.

Rihanna in McQueen

Rihanna in Noir Kei Ninomiya

When it comes down to Vogue covers, these have to be some of our favorites and think that both Beyoncé and Rihanna wore a garden full of blooms quite well!  Don’t you?

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Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Moschino Spring 2018

Ready, Set, Walk!

New York Fashion Week has come to a close and we never fail to be wowed by all the pretty things we see coming down the runway.  One show that caught our attention (and no, not because we’re My Little Pony fans!) was Moschino where Jeremy Scott took spring florals to a whole new level and not in a subtle way.


Calla Lily

Strike a Pose

The finale was blooming with beautiful evening gowns shaped like orchids, lilies and dahlias…

Human Bouquet

and Kaia Gerber (yes, Cindy Crawford’s daughter) wrapped up like a bouquet of flowers.

All Abloom

We think the best part of this outfit was the can of fragrance made to look like a purse.  Now we know what to do with our spare stems next spring…  Happy Friday and may your weekend be fashion-filled and fun!


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Fashion Friday: Hobbs London

Hobbs London

Take a very British style and add a dash of Italian flair and you get the essence of Hobbs London.  We discovered this brand for the first time at Women in Business, a Moffly Media event held at the Greenwich Country Club last Tuesday.

Alma Top

Lottie Trouser

Magnolia Print Dress

The company’s in-house design team has been whipping up creations and spearheading affordable luxury in its central London atelier since the very beginning.  Many of the patterns are hand drawn by artists and come to life in the hands of expert pattern-cutters, designers and craftsmen.  Fabrics are sourced all over the world, from pure Asian silks to fine European linen.

Palace Collection – Caroline Coat

Meadow Sandal

And the result? Beautifully crafted pieces, brimming with effortless style…  Elegant armor for the modern woman (including Princess Kate!)  We loved everything we saw during the fashion show so it was incredibly hard to pick just five so head on over to Hobbs’ website to see more!


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Fashion Friday: Michael Kors Spring 2017

Floral Sequined Tulle Dress

Winter storm Stella (a.k.a. the Blizzard of ’17) put the kibosh on thinking that spring was just around the corner and with more snow predicted for the weekend, we’re not even attempting to pull out our floral frocks.  Perhaps in a month or so when the two feet of snow and ice have fully melted can we dream of bright azalea and tangerine hues…

Floral Crepe de Chine Dress

Embroidered Floral Coat and Clutch

One thing’s for sure, we’ll be adding something from Michael Kors’ Spring 2017 collection to our closet.  His mix of flouncy feminine florals with bold tailored silhouettes strike the perfect balance and we’re loving all the tortoise accents.

Blue Contrast Floral Dress

Floral Silk Coat

Tortoise Flower Purse

Do you have a fashion favorite this spring?  Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

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Fashion Friday: Purple Rain

Ishigaki Drops

Ishigaki Drops

We were shocked and saddened to hear yesterday that Prince died in his Minnesota home at the young age of 57.  For those of you who, like us, were teenagers in the 1980’s humming along to this unique and prolific artist’s songs, here’s our tribute to the “Purple One”…  No Raspberry Berets but lots of pretty plums, violets, lavenders and lilacs.

Neeva Pump

Neeva Pump

La Laque Couture in Violet Baroque

La Laque Couture in Violet Baroque

Lara Backlit Clutch

Lara Backlit Clutch

Nina Ricci Silk Shift Dress

Nina Ricci Silk Shift Dress

Yves Saint Laurent T-shirt

Yves Saint Laurent T-shirt

The world has lost a true musical prodigy.  R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson…  We’ll think of you Under the Cherry Moon this weekend.

earrings / pumps / polish / clutch / dress / t-shirt

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Meet Marissa Webb

Spring 2016 - White Floral

Spring 2016 – White Floral

A quick glance at our weather forecast next week tells us that spring is on its way (even as it threatens to snow today)…  Temps will be climbing into the high 50’s so we’re hoping to break out some pretty florals to celebrate the sunny days.  One designer we’ll definitely be investing in this season is Marissa Webb.  With an FIT education and over a decade at J. Crew in various design roles including Head of Womenswear and Accessories Design, this Korean born and American raised designer knows how to blend elements of nature and architecture by mixing highly structured pieces with soft and feminine accents.

Spring 2016 - Blue Floral

Spring 2016 – Blue Floral

Spring 2016 - Yellow Silk

Spring 2016 – Yellow Silk

The new Spring 2016 collection marries leather, lace, cotton and silk for a modern mash-up that looks both effortless and elegant.  We love the floral prints (of course!) as well as the bright colors and sophisticated textures.

Spring 2016 - Orange Lace

Spring 2016 – Orange Lace

Juxtaposing high fashion with everyday wearability is not new but we think Marissa takes the concept to a new level by pairing grungy plaids with feminine silhouettes and black leather jackets with long lace skirts.

Spring 2016 - Leather and Lace

Spring 2016 – Leather and Lace

We’re counting the days ’til spring and wishing you a fashionable Friday!

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Fashion Friday: Channeling Downton Abbey

Lady Edith, Countess Cora and Lady Mary

Lady Edith, Countess Cora and Lady Mary

Like many of you last Sunday night, we were glued to our televisions watching the first episode of the last season of Downton Abbey.  Having valiantly resisted the urge to download Season 6 illegally on our computers for a year, we stayed up beyond our usual weeknight bedtime (we do get up very early to get teenage boys off to school so please don’t judge!)  While we found the first episode a bit slow (they needed to wrap up lose ends with Anna and Mr. Bates and remind us of Mary’s wild week of romance), we so loved the Dowager’s one liners (“Does it ever get cold on the moral high ground?) and the fashions.  Even Mary showed up wearing last year’s Marsala (Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year) looking lovely.

Jennifer Ouellette - Madonna Hat

Jennifer Ouellette – Madonna Hat

Kate Spade - New York Hat

Kate Spade – New York Hat

Given this week brutal change in temperature, we’re dedicating this fashion post to hats and pins – and hope that the ladies of Downton Abbey would approve.

Lanvin - Flower Brooch

Lanvin – Flower Brooch

Theo Fennel - Dragonfly Pin

Theo Fennel – Dragonfly Pin

Stazia Loren - Floral Brooch

Stazia Loren – Floral Brooch

Are you a fan?  Let’s us know what you thought of the fashions…

Happy “Flapper” Friday!

blue cloche / cream cloche / flower brooch / dragonfly pin / floral brooch


Scarf = Cuddle

Tory Burch - Dapper Paisley

Tory Burch – Dapper Paisley

Where did the week go?  Between three photo shoots, two trips to JFK, an impromptu visit to the Boutique Design New York and finishing a large project for five restaurants, we’ve barely had time to gather our thoughts let alone write our blog.  On one of our drives, we were thoroughly entertained with an interview with Donna Karan, who has just written a memoir called My Journey.

Burberry Prorsum - Printed Cashmere

Burberry Prorsum – Printed Cashmere

Etro - Wool and Silk Blend

Etro – Wool and Silk Blend

When asked what every woman should own in their wardrobe, Donna said the following.  “I believe a scarf is the most important thing that women have to own.  It covers up what you want to cover and it shows what you want to show.  And it’s sort of like a cuddle that you use forever.  So, I love scarves.”

Diane von Furstenberg - Hanovar Floral

Diane von Furstenberg – Hanovar Floral

H & M - Floral Tube

H & M – Floral Tube

Well, we love scarves, too, especially in the colder months.  Our weather has been unseasonably warm but we know winter is coming so why not cuddle ourselves with some pretty scarves!

Gucci - Floral Print Silk Georgette

Gucci – Floral Print Silk Georgette

Do you have a favorite?

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Friday Fashion: Jacqueline de Ribes at the Met

Diane and Daughters, c. 1971

Diane and Daughters, c. 1971

When people meet our mother, the first thing they say is how much she resembles a certain Jacqueline…  The one who is most known here in the States, of course!  But given our mother’s passion for Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, we think she would be all the more flattered if she were to be compared to “the last queen of Paris”, the very elegant and fashionable Jacqueline, Comtesse de Ribes.

Jacqueline in Her Own Design

Jacqueline in Her Own Design, c. 1983

Mother could hardly contain herself when she found out that the Costume Institute at the Met will be exhibiting 60 or so of this Jacqueline’s gorgeous gowns and we’re looking forward to sharing the experience with her.  In reading more about Jacqueline de Ribes, we learned that she was much more than an “it girl” – she always worked in a creative field even though she really didn’t have to.  From her family’s hotel particulier (where they’ve lived since the 1860’s), she launched careers in fashion, theater, television, philanthropy and even architecture.

Jacqueline in the "Ibis" Dress, c. 1959

Jacqueline in the “Ibis” Dress, c. 1959

Jacqueline at Home

Jacqueline at Home

While not much has been written about Jacqueline’s own home, we did uncover some pictures that were published in Vogue in 1984.  By the looks of it, she also had an eye for interior design and a love for flowers…  just like our mother.

Living Room

Living Room

Sitting Room

Sitting Room

Who’s up for a field trip in November?  We’re going to “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style” the day it opens!

Photos: Diane and daughters, Jacqueline in pink, Jacqueline in Dior, Jacqueline at home, living room and sitting room

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday (on a Thursday): April Showers Bring…

Look #1

Look #1

May flowers and Luisa Beccaria knows how to pick them!  Her Spring 2015 collection is filled with intricate botanical embroideries, appliqués and flowery prints.  Sweet but not precious, her dresses capture a youthful, bohemian spirit that is so perfect for spring.  While Luisa says she wanted to reference “the atmosphere of a boudoir, the sensuality of exquisite antique lingerie, yet in a modern and sophisticated way”, we think her clothes should be worn at garden parties for all to see.  Then again, we don’t have a boudoir in our homes…  If God is in the details, then we’re in heaven with this collection!

Look #2

Look #2

Look #3

Look #3

Look #4

Look #4

Look #5

Look #5

Look #6

Look #6

We’re off to the races in Saratoga (crew, that is) this weekend and wish you all a winning one!

P.S.  Yes, regatta season is in full swing and we’ve been traveling a bit so please forgive the lack of posts.  We’ll be back and blogging next week!

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