Style: get a Grip

With all the different options of bags on the market the grip handle bag has always been a ladylike choice.

Grace Kelly with the Hermès bag named after her – still in demand.

There are pros & cons to carrying one.

It’s a no-brainer because you just grab ‘n go, it doesn’t mess up your outfit and always looks sharp for a more polished look.

Even though they’ve never really gone out of style (think Lady Dior or the Vuitton Speedy handbags – both best sellers) they lost their appeal for a while.

But they seem to be making a modern comeback.

Gucci – found on “Real Real” website

Harper’s Bazaar

On the other hand if you’re out walking the dog (leash in one hand, phone in the other) it’s just another thing to hang onto. An over the shoulder, backpack or cross body bag is much more convenient in this case.

But when it comes to the beach, most straw bags are hand held.  It would look awkward throwing one of those over your shoulder.

Bag, Staud.  Photo: Atelier Dore.  See below for where to buy.

Bag, General Store.  See where to buy below.

The larger purses that come two-fold (with grip and a strap to fit over your shoulder) are convenient but many of them don’t always look so nice. I prefer those where you can remove the larger strap. Which brings me back to getting a grip on it; as shown in these photos.

Audrey Hepburn from “Breakfast at Tiffanys”

Bag, Staud  (Moreau Bucket Bag)

Bag, General Store (handwoven by fair trade Ghanian artists from elephant grass)

Which kind of bag do you prefer to carry on a daily basis?

 

Monday Mood Board #5

For the love of hats & personal style (and things I like)

Variety from Lesley’s Girls Vintage Lifestyle

Sole Society Straw Panama Hat from summer box of STYLE

pajama dressing for daytime – zoe report.

I don’t know who makes these but they look like an interesting conversation pair of slightly uncomfortable shoes.

And finally, the woman who set so many trends that are still HOT

Nicknamed ‘Coco’ after a brief spell as a cabaret dancer, Coco Chanel was inspired by the bourgeois class of Paris to start creating hats. … Coco Chanel became a licensed modiste in 1910 and opened her first millinery boutique ‘Chanel Modes’ at 21 rue Cambon. 

Oh; something else you should know

 There’s plenty more to follow 

Style at the CFDA

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. or CFDA for short, is considered the Oscars of the fashion world for those of you not familiar.

From L to R: *Diane Kruger in Monse dress, Karlie Kloss (Karlie, you’re a beautiful young woman but could you not do better?) in Diane Von Furstenberg, Gigi Hadid in The Row.

It is definitely one of the biggest nights in fashion after the Met Gala.  Hosted by Seth Meyers, it was a star-studded affair at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, just days ago (June 6th).

All of the on-line fashion magazines have posted pics of their choices of best & worst dressed favourites but let’s cut to the chase and have a look at who wore it best (at least in my humble opinion).  Because as it turns out, unfortunately I did not love most of the ensembles and in fact I detested many of them. But I liked:

Kerry Washington in Prabal Garung. Elegant!

Actress Kate Bosworth ethereal wearing Brock Collection Dress

Eva Chen wore a stunning Sies Marjan dress. Love the colour which she pulled off amazingly.

A bit about CFDA

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA), founded in 1962 by publicist Eleanor Lambert, is a not-for-profit trade association of over 450 prominent American fashion and accessory designers.  The organization’s mission is to strengthen the influence and success of American designers in the global economy.

Bella Hadid wearing Off-White. And why not show off those legs??  Stunning!

*Diane Kruger always seems to get it right.  And kudos to her for apparently not using a stylist or makeup artist.  Really??!!

Do you have a favourite?

Style on Wheels

Prairie Couture

Prairie Couture is the brainchild of my sister’s longtime gorgeous friend, Marina Perilli.

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This is Marina

 After a long stay in Vancouver she decided to return to her hometown in Alberta and with a cute set of wheels she’s bringing quality, fun & fashion via her mobile boutique who by the way, goes by the name LIV. My sis went to her opening last week at Rainmaker Rodeo & said it was tons of fun.  Sorry I missed it but I love the photos.  And I want a cowboy hat and boots.

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Photos: Lisa King

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Don’t break too many cowboy hearts Marina + posse!

You can follow Marina on Instagram @PrairieCoutureMobile to find out where her next pop-up location will be – you never know!

Website: https://www.prairiecouture.ca/    See SPECIAL below:

CANADA DAY is coming up!

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AMY dress (shown in S) Receive 10% discount with Code KINGFORPC until June 19th @ https://www.prairiecouture.ca/products/amy-tshirt-dress

Style: sheer perfection

From Beach to Brunch and Beyond

A silk kimono with multiple uses is a perfect standout piece to go for coffee or cocktails.

This printed floral kimono is from LA-based label Helena Quinn and conceived exclusively for the summer Box of Style.  The lovely silk robe is lightweight, versatile and so vibrant it’ll punch up any ensemble. From a pool cover-up to a light layer worn over a T-shirt and jeans, the styling possibilities are endless (valued at $120).

Pack Helena Quinn’s kimono in your beach bag, then belt it over your swimsuit for an unexpected layer.

Are you getting ready for summer?

Photos: Andy Noel

Website: https://www.helena-quinn.com/

Monday Mood Board #2

The Destination

Photo: Fresh

UMBRIA, Italy

The Table Setting

Something bright for a Spring brunch

Ideal Ridemoodboard8Foot Jewelry

Nostalgia

Admirable characters, clothing, cars.

To Catch a Thief (1955) starring Cary Grant + Grace Kelly

Him: What do you expect to get out of being so nice to me?

Her: Probably a lot more than you’re willing to offer

Style: Just Cruising

DIOR’S CRUISE 2018 SHOW IN LOS ANGELES

For her first Dior Cruise show Maria Grazia Chiuri showed off the undiscovered side of Los Angeles by taking the fashion set into the picturesque desert of California’s Santa Monica Mountains.

The runway unfolded against a scenic sunset and mountain view, complete with two floating Dior hot air balloons in the distance. Taking inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe, the laid-back, Wild West-infused collection paired perfectly with its Californian backdrop. From the star-studded front row to the standout accessories, here are highlights from the show courtesy of Harpers Bazaar.

To reach the show’s location, guests went off-roading out to the Santa Monica Mountains via ATVs. The fashion pack was seated in safari-like tents featuring couches and cushions in lieu of a front row.

Two Dior Sauvage hot air balloons made for the ultimate Instagram bait. Throughout the show, the balloons served as an airy backdrop to the runway, but afterwards proved to be the Instagram gold of the night.

Rihanna, Demi Moore, Jaimie King, Charlize Theron and many more graced the front row. The star-studded show hosted a gathering of A-listers, all dressed in Dior.

 Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inspiration from the show came from wall paintings in the Lascaux cave, which Monsieur Dior himself was also inspired by back in the early ’50s. The hand paintings could be seen reimagined atop wide-brimmed hats and embroidered into airy dresses on the runway.

Every look was topped with a wide-brimmed hat, setting the tone for the ultimate Western vibe. Following Dior’s Fall 2017 runway filled with leather berets, the hats of this season took a more laid-back vibe, many of which were adorned with turquoise beads and cave-like paintings.

Following suit, the collection itself featured dresses, jackets, cardigans and more taking influence from the Lascaux paintings along with Georgia O’Keeffe.

J’ADior!

Monday Mood Board #1

Worthy places to see, travel, eat, play, love.  Things to do, wear, enjoy, laugh at + inspire.  IDEAS of the moment…things to cheer you up on a MOODY MONDAY!

Scent of a Woman:

NEW Perfume Museum in Paris

As if Paris isn’t magical enough….

If Willy Wonka made perfume instead of chocolates, his factory would look just like the Grand Musée du Parfum, the new museum of perfume in Paris. Because of course there’s a perfume museum in Paris…and it’s absolutely dreamy. You will step into an unforgettable experience of sense, emotion, pleasure, and understanding.

Located in a stunning Parisian mansion previously owned by Christian Lacroix, the scent-driven exhibits encourage visitors to sniff their way through a far more fragrant culture and history lesson than you probably would have ever imagined—did you know Cleopatra and Louis XIV used scent to woo their lovers?  Now you do.

ITHAA UNDERSEA RESTAURANT AT CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND: MALDIVES

Just in case you need yet another reason to add the Maldives to your list of swoon-worthy vacation destinations, check out this totally unique dining experience. Guests are taken 16 feet below the ocean’s surface to a glass-domed restaurant where they sample fresh Maldivian-Western fusion dishes—all while enjoying panoramic views of marine life. Just don’t look in Flounder’s eye before you take a bite.  And hope the ceiling doesn’t cave in!

Chic Peek – Street Style

I like what she’s wearing.  Classic white blouse with a dash of glitter & panache.  Very pulled together in an elegant, effortless (so it appears) way.  She looks interesting. And those shoes!

Inspiration: Pure Wow

 

Style: Met Gala

Fashion’s biggest night

Rihanna in Comme des Garçons

(a.k.a. the party of the year) is always held on the first Monday in May.  The MET GALA had celebrities and designers arriving at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s iconic steps on New York City’s Upper East Side to walk up the red carpet for the opening of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition. The theme is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” a show that examines the work of the famed 74-year-old Japanese fashion designer over the span of 40-some years.  It’s a subject that has inspired incredible fashion choices this year, some of which will no doubt go down as some of the most memorable ever.

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

Kate Hudson in Stella McCartney

Here are my choices for the top ten best dressed  post-worthy looks. I choose sublime over plain outrageous although each women owned their look!

Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel

Jennifer Lopez in Valentino

Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

Miranda Kerr in Oscar de la Renta

Cynthia Erivo in Thom Browne

 

 

 

Hailey Baldwin in Carolina Herrera

Style: Tailor Made

I always say a trustworthy tailor is right up there with finding a good dentist, doctor, hairstylist & cobbler (if there is an updated term for someone who mends shoes I’m not aware).

A good tailor is worth his/her weight in gold thread.  How many of us have been in this scenario: you found the almost-perfect dress, skirt, pant or jacket but if it only had a little tweaking it would fit perfectly.  That’s where the magic of a good tailor comes into play.  Anything is possibleWell, almost.  There are some things worth taking in or altering and there are others that just don’t make the cut (pun intended).  I know; I’ve been through it all.  I’ve had things altered that I’m really happy with and a few other items that have just been costly mistakes.  Like re-working a well-made floor length fitted brocade vintage opera coat that no matter how lovely it looks, even the fact that Grace Kelly wore one almost identical (I have the photo to prove it)…I will never wear.  Not even to the opera! The friend who gave it to me said her well dressed mother wore it to the opera & wanted to hand it down to someone who’d appreciate it.  Sorry! She should have given me the Chanel suit instead.

If something is really worth fixing to form (an heirloom piece or something you can’t part with) it may be worth the splurge but there are times when it’s just not.  You’re better off to go and buy new.

It can be more involved but worth it depending on the item  to fix things that have beading.

Here, six next-level alterations any tailor worth her salt can do, and a few things even the pros can’t fix.

They Can Rework a Neckline
If you’re worried about showing a little too much décolletage, or not enough, a tailor can help adjust a neckline by adding fabric, removing collars or turning a basic V-neck into a plunge worth carrying around a roll of double-sided tape for. (If that’s your sort of thing.)

They Can Add or Move a Zipper
If you avoid wearing a particular dress just because it’s a pain to pull over your head, you might want to consider adding a zipper instead of tossing it in the donation pile. This alteration does require enough fabric to accommodate the zipper, so it isn’t realistic for a dress that’s already pretty tight. Alternately, if you hate struggling to get into a dress that  zips up the back, a tailor can remove that zipper and add one under the arm instead.

They Can’t Take Something in More Than Four Inches
If you’re talking about pants, the cutoff is closer to two inches. After the four-inch mark, the original proportions of the item will be thrown off and start to look wonky in a whole new way. A good rule of thumb when making things smaller is that you shouldn’t try to reduce something by more than one size.

They Can Fix That Gap in the Waistband of Your Jeans
You finally found a pair of jeans that make your bum look Kardashian-level amazing. Only problem: The waistband is gapping in the back in a way no belt will fix. Have no fear, this is actually a super-simple problem to fix. If your tailor isn’t too busy, he or she might even have it done in time for your dinner date the very same night.

They Can Add a Lining to Simple Silhouettes
Adding a nude-colored lining to a slightly sheer summer dress means you’ll get infinitely more use out of it (and infinitely more compliments). A-line skirts, shift dresses and straight-leg pants are all good contenders for adding a lining, but be aware that not everything is easy to line. Anything too tight or too complicated is going to pose more problems for your tailor than it’s worth.

They Can’t Adjust the Shoulders Much
Think you can just remove the shoulder pads from that ’80s power suit and wear it proud through the rest of 2017? Think again. Adjusting shoulders is a risky move that rarely pays off. Removing shoulder pads often leaves excess fabric that’s difficult to sort out, and attempting to narrow the shoulders of a too-wide top often requires deconstructing and rebuilding the entire thing.

They Can Dye Natural Fabrics Darker
Fabrics like denim, cotton, linen and muslin are easy to dye a few shades darker or even make black. So instead of tossing those red-wine-stained white jeans, give them new life as a pair of sleek black skinnies.

They Can’t Dye Manmade Fabrics or Lighten Anything
On the flipside, there are certain fabrics that don’t accept dye very well, and few fabrics at all can be lightened more than one or two shades. Polyester and acetate can’t be dyed without factory-grade machinery. Leather is also very difficult to alter. So if you’ve been itching to turn your leather skirt pink (like you’ve seen on all the street-style stars), maybe consider just finding one off the rack.

They Can Alter a Heavily Sequined or Beaded Item
Take this one sequins. If you’re unsure of a tailor’s abilities, ask to see examples of his or her previous work. Many—especially those with a high skill level—keep portfolios at the ready in order to entice new clients. with a grain of salt. It is possible to shorten or take in the waist of a fully sequined pencil skirt, but it should be done only by someone who has experience working with

They Can’t Alter a Corset (damn!)
Corsets by nature are supposed to fit your body like a glove and are actually easier to build from scratch than they are to alter because of all the pattern pieces and boning required to make one. If you really have your heart set on a corset dress or piece of lingerie that isn’t fitting quite right in the store, take lots of photos and bring them to a specialist who can recreate your dream piece so that it fits you (and your girls) perfectly.

A quote from someone I admire:

Fran Lebowitz , the cultural critic, writer, and sometimes actress :People care more about trends now than they do about style. They get so wrapped up in what’s happening that they forget how to dress, and they never learn who they are because they never learn how to take care of anything. So much of what my generation was taught regarding clothes was how to make them last. How to wash and care for them.

Best advice: take care of what you already own!  Re-work only what you have to & shop smart: buy classic pieces you can wear forever and don’t pay a lot for trendy items.

Alteration info: Abby Hepworth; Pure Wow.