Stylish Warby Parker launches new Beacon Line of eyeglasses and sunglasses

Warber Parker has asked me to help announce the launch of their latest collection, the Beacon Collection which was inspired by "impromptu, can’t duplicate- them all-nighters, when having no plans brings endless possibilities. To set the scene, we called on photographer Petra Collins, whose snaps of unsupervised thrills and sweetly private moments reveal a lot of smarts and humor. Petra joined us one June evening on a detour
through downtown Manhattan’s Doyers Street, an elbowshaped alleyway dotted with preserved neighborhood remnants and modern businesses. The collection name is a hat-tip to the morning star, which you can catch just after sunset or just before sunrise, depending on the time of year. We designed our Beacon Collection frames to make a similarly fine companion to late night dates, rooftop sunrises, and everything in between. There’s something just as unexpected about each new frame: they’re repeat contenders, no matter the hour."

For those of you unfamiliar with this fun, philanthropic and stylish brand their story is short, simple and very sweet. And you absolutely should get to know about who they are and why they came to be.

It all started with a very basic notion. "Glasses are too expensive. We were students when one of us lost his glasses on a backpacking trip. The cost of replacing them was so high that he spent the first semester of grad school without them, squinting and complaining. (We don’t recommend this.) The rest of us had similar experiences, and we were amazed at how hard it was to find a pair of great frames that didn’t leave our wallets bare. Where were the options?"

It turns out there was a simple explanation. The eyewear industry is dominated by a single company that has been able to keep prices artificially high while reaping huge profits from consumers who have no other options.

"We started Warby Parker to create an alternative...
... We believe that buying glasses should be easy and fun. It should leave you happy and good-looking, with money in your pocket.

We also believe that everyone has the right to see.
Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

There’s nothing complicated about it. Good eyewear, good outcome."

 Below, the in the Beacon Sunglasses you'll be brighter than the sun!

Nearsighted or farsighted with the Beacon eyeglass frames you'll be a sight for sore eyes!

Starting today, July 22, the Beacon Collection is available at, in stores and
showrooms. For a greater selection of eyeglasses click here, and for a greater selection of sunglasses click here. You should also check out their wonderful blog.  

Wardrobe Function :: 10 essential and timeless pieces that will age as gracefully as you do

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My two greatest fashion icons growing up were my mother and my maternal grandmother.Their style was timeless. Classic. Chic. They were elegance personified. My mother was a career woman in an era where many women weren't. But because she worked in the arts (she was head of Public Relations for two of New York's most prestigious museums) her style was hardly buttoned up. She always looked chic. My grandmother exuded style. She looked like an old Hollywood star. Even as a young child I knew their style was exemplary. I went through many styles and style challenges in my teens - I blame 80s fashion for all of it! But eventually I found my way. I too gravitated towards the classics. And over the years, my sense of style really hasn't changed at all.

I have a lot of clothes - Actually let me rephrase that. I have a lot of clothes that I've managed to to hold on to for many, many years. My favorite velvet duster was a "splurge" when I was in my early 20s. I also have cashmere sweaters, dresses and pants that are over a decade old now. I can be hard on my shoes and jeans tend to wear out but I tend to gravitate, for the most part, to the same simple styles. Of course I like to have fun with my clothes and toss in a few trendy pieces for fun and good measure. But I believe in sticking with the tried and true. They don't call them the classics or timeless for no reason at all. Not only are these items timeless in look and design, but they flatter a multitude of body shapes. Perhaps this is the reason that these pieces can be worn well by women from their 20s into their 50s and probably well beyond. I am quite certain that this is the reason I still have many pieces I bought in my mid to late 20s. 


1. A tailored blazer or jacket

Essential to every wardrobe. A well fitted blazer will carry you through many years. Classic styles and colors such as black, beige, grey and navy complement a wide variety of colors. These simple jacket can be worn with jeans, dresses, skirts and dress pants. They can be worn over T-shirts, blouses and lightweight sweaters. A well tailored jacket may well be the most versatile piece of clothing we own.

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2. A white blouse

You should own at least one classic, button down white blouse. But once you own one you will want many, and in many different styles as well. Simple and uncomplicated a white blouse can be worn to the office, to a cocktail party or with a pair of jeans. Add a pearl choker for a classic and polished look or a fun colorful bauble for a trendy or more bohemian feel.


3. A cashmere sweater

Start your collection with just one. Choose a classic color such as off white, black, beige or grey for the most versatility. Perhaps you will opt for a pull-over crew neck or a cardigan - but select a style that will give you the most use. Worn with jeans, dress pants, skirts and dresses, you will be instantly hooked. Watch as your collection of colors and styles grows instantly! For those with sensitive skin, cashmere is a godsend! My mother must have cashmere sweaters that are close to 50 years old. They will last forever if you take proper care of them. 


4. The Little black pant - The cigarette pant

I tend to think of the elegant Audrey Hepburn when I think of these timeless, flattering pants, for I do think that she made the iconic pant what it is today. These pants hit just above the ankle and can be worn with heels and flats alike. These pants can be paired with a dressier top, or worn casually with a simple sweater or turtleneck as Miss Hepburn did. I have several pairs of cigarette pants, all slightly different, and they are incredibly flattering and always stylish.


5. Well fitting bootleg jeans

I say well fitting because we all know that finding that perfect jean can take some time. My advice is this - when you find it, get several pairs. A good pair of jeans doesn't have to cost a lot, but should fit well. They should hit and flatter all your curves. They shouldn't cut into you or add bulk. I love my jeans. I wear them for almost every occasion. I have learned to dress them up with a well tailored jacket, heels and pearls - they can take me from work to dinner. I love them with a pretty pair of flats and a cashmere cardigan, and I love them with a little white blouse. I often wear them casually with just a little white T-shirt, then if I need to run out I can add a quick touch of sophistication by sliding into a pair of heals and a little jacket. My jeans go everywhere I go practically!

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6. A chunky pearl necklace

I wear pearls with everything. EVERYTHING! I have several chunky pearl necklaces. I have one that I wore on my wedding day that I still wear with everything from cocktail dresses, to - you guessed it - my jeans! 

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7. A pair of leopard flats

Leopard is the new black. It's become a wardrobe staple and goes with everything. It really does. It offers a bit more personality and pizzaz than a simple black flat - and yes, your wardrobe should have one pair of those too!


8. A good pair of black pumps

Self explanatory, yes?

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9. The LBD - Little Black Dress

Also, self explanatory, yes? If for no other reason, you have nothing to wear to a cocktail party or other event you can always rely on your LBD. It's like your BFF for your wardrobe. It will never let you down. Trust me on this!


10. The Trench Coat

Classic, timeless, this coat will help you weather any storm. Whether you're on your first post college interview or you're late to meet your new post-grad hire, this one coat will see you through most of life's events. If you live in colder climates, invest in a trench that comes with a warm liner. 

I think what I love best about these essential pieces is not merely the fact that they are indeed timeless, but they are so incredibly versatile and can all be interchanged and worn together.

Stylish notes on Fashion :: Black is the perfect Slow + Simple color

Black happens to be one of my favorite colors. I simply adore it. It's casual yet sophisticated. It's elegant yet relaxed. It goes with everything and stands boldly on its own. It works well with others and works well alone too. Black is mysterious. It's easy. It's simple. Very little thought needs to go into a black outfit or a simple black dress. It bridges morning to evening and everything in between. It's effortless without looking as though it is. Take a simple black dress or a simple black pair of pants and black top. Simple, clean, easy. Slip on a pair of flats in the morning and trade them for a pretty pair of slingbacks or elegant boots and chunky pearl necklace for dramatic nighttime attire. One's wardrobe can never have too much black!Yes, you can quote me on that! Black is the perfect Slow + Simple color for your wardrobe.

Now, as I get ready to head out I must decide between a black sweater dress and black boots or black velvet jeans with a black sweater and fab necklace... decisions, decisions, decisions!

Stylish notes on fashion and decor :: Grey is the perfect Slow + Simple color

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I think that grey gets a bad rap. When you're feeling grey, you're usually not feeling sunny... When the weather's grey usually it means it's got you down. Eeyore was grey. I, however, happen to adore the color. I think grey is fabulous. When I think of grey I tend to think of thick, cozy, warm sweaters - Sweaters that are perfect for today as the entire country dips into a deep frozen tundra! I heard on the news that many of us are as cold as Sibera! I'm wearing a long, heather-colored cashmere sweater over two shirts! Grey is often my go-to color. While I adore black - one can never go wrong with black, grey is a softer black, in my opinion and goes with every color possible. Grey is perfection. It really is. It's strong and yet subtle, sophisticated and elegant, yet completely casual. Grey lends itself to the workplace, to any formal social gathering, and of course to the comforts of home. From fur to sweats, from outerwear to footwear, from fashion to decor... I simply adore grey.  Come on in out of the cold, come in and warm up and cheer up with the warmest color there is! 


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Stylish Notes on Fashion :: Crushing on Velvet

When is it ok to start wearing velvet again?

Are there any true rules to this? I tried to do a little research but the results were thin and varied. So, I'm going to create my own rules - or rewrite existing rules to better fit modern times. Because, I do believe that if done properly, everything is a go. Take a look at my white jean fixation. I no longer pack these up after Labor day. They stay out year round... and get worn in a weather-appropriate manner. If it's still 80 degrees in September then I pair them with sandals and a thin, crisp shirt. If it's in the 50s then a cute pair of flats and a dark, thick warm sweater or lightweight jacket (corduroy, quilted, for eg) are perfect. But what about velvet?

In the past the velvet would sit in my closet for quite some time. Perhaps I brought it out right around Halloween or shortly thereafter. Now, I do live in New England where Mother Nature tends to get a bit bi-polar in respect to our weather... it's perfectly normal to have the heat on one day, and the air-conditioning the next. Still, I'd be remiss in telling you to put on your little Lilly Pulitzer sundress even when the temperatures are high.

But now I have a question that needs pondering. A stylish question that I've never had to give much thought to before... You see I'm in the midst of packing for my great BlogTourLondon adventure. The weather there, now, is meh. Eh. So-so. Mezza-mezza. In other words, it's your pretty standard, typical British weather. Cloudy with a chance of rainfalls. Mid 60s. So brisk. Cool. Damp. My summer clothes shall stay behind this trip. Virgin allows us 1 bag of up to 50 lbs. I think I can manage that. But I have 7 days of outfits for cooler weather to plan for. I will need pants, shoes, boots, jeans, sweaters (unless you're a Brit, then it's a "jumper") a couple of dresses for nighttime affairs and dinner dates... and I shall need some sort of outerwear... And this is where my dilemma lies... my question to ponder...

Is it ok to wear velvet in September? I am not talking about September in the Carolinas, Florida or Texas. I am talking about velvet in cool, brisk, grey London.... and here, I shall answer my own question with a yes.

I have a little lightweight velvet jacket that hits just above the knee - much like the one in the above photo. It's too light to be worn on its own in the wintertime. I've worn it with everything from the little black dress (LBD) and heels to jeans both denim and white, and with heels and boots. So seeing that all these items are headed into my suitcase, I'm going to defy any existing and antiquated rules. I am going to answer my own question and I am going to tell myself to go for it. I truly believe, these days, if it looks appropriate then it should be worn!

And you know I especially love the velvet worn with the white!

What do you think?

Is chilly September ok to wear velvet?



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Stylish Notes on Fashion :: Some like it white hot!

The white winter coat. The winter white coat. The winter coat. The white coat. No matter how you break it down, it's perfection. It's classic. Timeless. It's current. It's hip. No matter the style... Swing. Pea. Trench. Toggled. Belted.

My daughter could wear it. My mother could wear it. I live in mine. I simply adore it. It's a staple in my wardrobe and I can wear it 3 seasons out of the year. I can wear it with pants and dresses. I can make it formal. I love it with my jeans. A white coat with worn over all black is divine. Demure. Supreme. Sexy. Confident. Elegant. Sophisticated. Edgy. White over black is dramatic. Genius. I wonder if it will be cool enough to bring my white coat to London... I do wonder...

I'm in the market for a new one. To tell you the truth mine has seen better days. She's been worn. And loved. Perhaps worn and loved to death. And she's had more visits to the dry cleaner than Oscar the Grouch has to the Junkyard... Another secret. I found her at Old Navy about 5 years ago. Needless to say I got it for a song. I've had more compliments on that one coat than any other article of clothing I own! Truth be told I never thought it would last an entire season, let alone many years. I may even check back there later this fall... unfortunately the Valentino is a wee bit out of my price range at the moment....

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Valentino (2012)

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White Ungaro coat, 1969, worn by Lee Radziwill

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And this because every white coat piece should end with a sexy, smokin' hot naked chick! 

What do you think, could the LWC be the next LBD?



Summer... winding down

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It's that perfect time of year. But we know that if we blink it will be over. The temperatures are perfect -We can wear sweaters in the morning and wrap ourselves in blankets in the evening as the sun starts its descent earlier and earlier now. We can sleep with windows open and fans that bring in the sweet gentle breezes from outdoors. The days are still warm and we can enjoy our beaches, lakes and swimming pools. In fact being outdoors is most pleasant now, without the unbearable heat and humidity. We love this weather - we love that it is warm enough to still wear sundresses and cool enough to don our favorite white jeans. We can let the sun kiss our shoulders during the daytime, and we can wrap up in cashmere in the evening. We don't have to put away our favorite summer styles and yet we can get excited about all the fabulous fall finds that loom just around the corner.

We also know that school is just around the corner, and for many of our Southern and Western friends it has already started. Because of this we scramble to make the most of these picture-perfect days. We try to fit in all the activities we have yet to do this summer... all those mini adventures and road trips... We want to throw a few more outdoor dinner parties, enjoy a few more boat rides, a few more lazy afternoons on the beach or the porch. We want to enjoy a few more sunrises and sunsets... more picnics at the beach... more lazy raft rides on the lake... more s'mores... bubbles and sparklers... We're excited for the children to get back to school but we'll miss not having them around...

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Enjoy the rest of these fleeting summer days - and have a happy, wonderful weekend!



White jeans :: The most perfect pant!

Classic. Iconic. Casual. Elegant. Comfortable...

If you're a regular reader of the The Entertaining House you most likely know about my love affair with the white jean! They are my idea of the perfect pant. A couple of years ago I decided to defy tradition and not pack them up with all my summer clothes at the end of September. I think, this may have indeed been one of my best decisions ever. One pair has grown to several. I still have my favorite, ones though. Well worn, perfect fitting. But back-ups are a must. My little white jeans pair perfectly with little sandals, ballet flats, heels and boots. They transition from T-shirt to blouse perfectly. And for this reason they are also the perfect traveling companion. My white jeans will absolutely be accompanying me to London!

The little white jean also transitions perfectly from cool summer morning to warm afternoon, back to breezy evening. A simple tee with a light cardigan will keep you warm in the earlier morning hours. In the afternoon, shed the sweater for a clean, classic, casual look and should you need to run right out to dinner, slip off the flip flops, sling on the sling backs and a little black jacket or navy blazer and voila! For the same reason, these transition beautifully into fall and further on into winter. White looks so crisp and clean when paired with black, charcoal, navy and chocolate. A pair of ballet slippers or riding boots will complete your look.

And for those of you who feel a bit self conscious in a lighter color on your bottom half, I assure you that everyone can wear these. It's just a matter of getting a perfectly fitting pair and what's worn on top. Sometimes a longer shirt, sweater, or jacket is a safer option for many of us.

These perfect little pants should really be a staple in everyone's wardrobe!

Here I am below... I've totally got it as a fashion blogger... don't I?!
Just to show you that I can and like to poke fun of myself too...
I couldn't quite capture my entire image in the mirror... My 8 year old was sitting on the bed asking what I was doing... how to explain??!!

Yes, I am the biggest dork... ever!

The shoes. See the shoes? To die for, right?

Well, I was at Goodwill in Westport, Connecticut looking for some wicker baskets to spray paint and I saw them and took a look. I'm pretty sure they'd never been worn. Maybe once. Twice at most. The label. Not that it matters. Miu Miu. $65 baby. SCORE! My favorite summer shoes! (I am fashion blogger extraordinaire, am I not? Ok not!!)

Happy Wednesday!



Spring is in the air :: Florals are Hot, Hot, Hot This Season!

Happy first day of spring!

I can't wait for the warm air and sunshine. I can't wait for salty ocean breezes and running through a freshly mowed lawn in my bare feet. I can't wait to leave my coat and boots behind. I can't wait to toss on a sundress and a pair of flip flops. I can't wait to trade in my hot cups of coffee for cold, refreshing glasses of iced tea... It's almost here... I can feel it... despite these brisk temperatures I can feel it! I know it's coming! I really do!

Flowers are everywhere this Spring as we saw on the runways during New York Fashion Week...

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J.Crew via Style Bistro

Douglas Hannant via Style Bistro

Kate Spade via Style Bistro

Oscar de la Renta via Style Bistro

Ellie Tahari via Style Bisto

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Ralph Lauren via Style Bistro

April is fast approaching and with her showers we will see these and all the other wonderful May flowers!

I've also noticed lots of shorts on the runway... lots and lots of them... Time to get back to that spin class!



The Little White Blouse


As every wardrobe should include (at least) 1 little black dress, every wardrobe should have several little white blouses. This simple staple is perhaps the most umportant item in your closet. Dress it up, dress it down, this item transitions from day to night seemlessly, from the offfice to a dinner party, from the casual comfort of denim to the elegant sophistication of a body-skimming black pencil skirt. Whether taylored, loosely fitting, collared or ruffled... whether worn with sleeves rolled up or down, with jewels or not... whether you've pulled it from your husband's closet or the boutique down the street, there is nothing quite as versatile as The Little White blouse. Casual, fun, flirty, sophisticated, elegant, youthful... I've several in my closet and if I had to walk away with just 3 items from my wardrobe I would pick a white blouse, my favorite jeans and a black skirt. If I had then to bring 1 pair of shoes and 1 accessory I would pick a pair of black shoes - perhaps my mules, maybe my slingbacks... and my accessory would be my chunky pearl necklace. You see, it's The Little White Blouse that will bring all these pieces together!

Love the white shirt mixed with huge ball gown skirt.



Nothing better than black and white...Carolina Herrera

Shirt - white - wear with pencil skirt - slacks or jeans.

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Rolled sleeves...

Ralph Lauren - stunning

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"The Little White Blouse" by entertainingmom on Polyvore

I'm going out tonight, and one thing I know for sure - I'll be wearing a little white blouse!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Pearls of Wisdom :: A Stylish Lesson

Breakfast at Tiffany's
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I've always been a pearl girl. In college I'd wear my necklace everywhere and with everything. In retrospect I think it looked silly with workout wear, but paired perfectly with a little cardigan or even the oversized Boston College sweatshirt (not mine!) that I coveted. I wore them with my Laura Ashley dresses and skirts, my Bennetton rugby, or little cardigans and jeans. Pearls went with little pumps, my LLBean mocasins and most especially my Tretorns! My style has changed, evolved and grown since those days but I still relish my pearls. I have the same pearls I had in college and many, many more. I am happy to, and love to mix them all up. I love real and faux, large and small... long and short. In my mind, I love to play with them, the more the merrier. They complete an outfit. They can polish off a simple sweater and jeans, they can add pizzaz to a little black dress. I believe you can never have too many. I believe that you can wear them all day, and into the night!

Pearls are the only valuable piece of jewelry that comes neither from an expensive piece of metal or precious stone. Pearls are the result of a biological process - The oyster's way of protecting itself from foreign substances. Oysters are not the only type of mollusk that can produce pearls. Clams and mussels can also produce pearls, but this is much rarer in occurrence. As the oyster grows its shell must grow too. The mantle is an organ that produces the oyster's shell, using minerals from the oyster's food. Inside the shell lies the nacre which is created by the mantle and lines the inside of the shell. A pearl starts to form when a foreign  substance seeps into the oyster, irritating the mantle. It is a completely natural occurance. To simplify, this is much like an oyster getting a splinter! As the oyster naturally protects itself from this foreign matter, the irritant becomes layered by the same substance that is used to create the shell, thus creating what will eventually become a pearl! 

Pearls that occur and are harvested naturally are incredibly rare and incredibly expensive, unattainable by most financially. The cultured pearl, however, was then created, making these unique gems less rare and more affordable.

Following is a very condensed history lesson on the cultured pearl that I've shortened and adapted via PBS's Nova.

If you're savvy about the pearl you most likely know of Mikimoto. Kokichi Mikimoto, the son of a noodle maker, had a dream and together with his wife, Ume, they set about to do what no one else had done—entice oysters to produce round pearls on demand. 

In 1907 Mise received a patent for his grafting needle. When Nishikawa applied for a patent for nucleating, he realized that he and Mise had discovered the same thing. In a compromise, the pair signed an agreement uniting their common discovery as the Mise-Nishikawa method. This remains, today, the premier method of pearl culturing. In 1896 Mikimoto had received a patent for producing hemispherical pearls, or mabes, followed by a 1908 patent for culturing in mantle tissue. 
But he could not use the Mise-Nishikawa method without invalidating his own patents. He had to alter his own patents and then created one to cover a technique that would create round pearls. This patent was granted in 1916, and with this Mikimoto created a formula so successfful that he bought the rights to the Mise-Niskikawa method. Those names are now left to be found in history books, while his own remains synonymous with the elegant and cultured pearl. 
Of course when we think of the pearl we immediately think of the iconic photograph Audrey Hepburn in front of the Tiffany & Co. window in the classic, timeless Breakfast at Tiffany's. Yesterday's style-setters and socialites made them popular and wore them with grace and dignity.
Audrey Hepburn Classic Beauty! I love her eye makeup, I love the color of her lips, her flawless makeup, the way the contour of her eye brows frame her eyes, I love her pearls and her tiara, the perfect size of her earrings, the long black gloves and little black dress.  Everything looks so effortless but the sum of it all spells classic beauty.

Love those pearls

Pearls have become synonymous with preppy fashion and culture.

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And of course we think of Chanel, who is bringing the pearl back into haute couture with a sophisticated and playful vengeance.

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And, then there are the rest of us... with Chanel tastes and perhaps Target budgets... fear not, pearls can be worn with everything these days. They complete an outfit and bring it to another level.

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and a few of yours truly...

Property of Jessica Gordon Ryan and The Entertaining House

This picture above is one of my absolute favorites!

Property of Jessica Gordon Ryan and The Entertaining House

I love how I'm pouring the Coupe de Champagne (recipe here) without even looking down, and without even spilling... Impressive, no?!

Me above, self portait in Newport via Instagram in my trademark large pear earrings!

Have a fabulous Tuesday and
put your pearls on!



The Kitten Heel :: Stylishly Purrrfect!

Audrey Hepburn in Kitten Heels

Believe it or not the sweet, dumure, often sultry kitten heel has been at the center of fashion controversy. A longtime favorite of mine has been seen as a fraud, neither a true heel or a flat. Some have claimed this simply stylish heel to has little to no sophistication, they've called it doudy and unflattering. There are many kitten heel haters out there and I was quite surprised to learn this as it is, in my opinion, the perfect little shoe.

This perfect little pump, also known as a "petite stiletto" became wildly popular by Audrey Hepburn, who can be revered as the shoe's ambassador. The sweet little heel has been seen on the feet of fashion icons such as Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly. In more recent years Michelle Obama has renewed the popularity of the petite heel and they now can be seen all over Hollywood and the streets of Manhattan from designers such as Valentino, Prada, Feragammo and Kate Spade.

The kitten heel is named such due to its short, slender height, generally under 2 iches, with a slight curve setting in the heel from the esge of the shoe. The shoe was created as an alternate to the high, uncomfortable and hard to walk in stilletto. They were also a perfect "introductory" heel for young girls. In recent years pumps and stillettos have seen tremendous popularity, but I am happy to report that the kitten heel is indeed making a comeback.

The kitten heel is, in my opinion, a perfect little shoe that can be worn with anything from jeans to a little black dress. The look is classic and timeless, sophisticated and yes indeed, sexy and demure. They're easy to walk in and look well on all body types and heights. Whether a fashion trend or not, I've never stopped wearing mine and never plan to!

Audrey Hepburn, 1957 in kitten heels

Grace Kelly - kitten heel

Jackie Kennedy in kitten heels

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Yesterday's fashion icons...
and today's fashion icons...

karla bruni kitten heels

victoria and anna in kitten heels

Taylor Swift in kitten heels

Giovanna Battaglia in valentino kitten heels

Reese in kitten heels

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Modern, yet classic kitten heels...

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Below, a fresh and modern take, are a few outfits that I've paired with kitten heels via Polyvore.

"Out on the town" by entertainingmom on Polyvore
"A night out on the town"

"Black and Cheetah" by entertainingmom on Polyvore
"Cocktail Hour"

"casual sophistication" by entertainingmom on Polyvore
"Perfect Transition :: Day to Night"

"Call of the Wild" by entertainingmom on Polyvore
"Out on the town and lunch with the girls"

What do you think of the return of the kitten heel?
Playful, stylish, sophisticated, sexy or just not for you?

Cheers it's "Friday Eve"!



Peter Pan Grows Up :: A Stylish Guide to Dressing This Season

Always on our dress-up game.

I love Peter Pan collars. I wore them as a child with my smocked dresses, and with my uniforms under navy blue cardigans. I dressed my daughter in them when she was younger as well. They were a rite of childhood fashion passage - classic, simple and timeless.

Perhaps these qualities are why they've recently become so popular among the big girl set. They give your outfit the perfect polish, whether worn casually with jeans during the daytime, with sweaters and dress skirts or pants at the office, attached to a little cocktail dress or more elegantly and elaborately bejeweled for a more elegant look. Peter Pan, it seems, has grown up and I'm loving it!

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I have a thing for peter pan collars
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J.Crew herringbone sweater with jeweled peter pan collar. Perfection when paired with a leather skirt and booties
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There are many detachable collars to be found in the marketplace today in all price points, and in all styles from elegantly ornate to simple, clean and white.

Free Shipping Embellished Inspired Plastic Pearl Blouse Peter Pan Beaded Solo Jewelled Embroidery Collar-in Scarf, Hat & Glove Sets from Apparel & Accessories on
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via Holidickeys
I love this collar by Holidickeys. Simple, white classic (though they offer other styles) this little dickey easily slides under any sweater, cardigan, crew neck, boat-neck or V-neck adding a simple, easy and sophisticated elegance. Slip it under a little black dress to give it a new look, or under a little black sweater. I love the detachable collars and this Holidickey as it allows you the polished, finished look that a collar creates without any of the bulk under the garment!

I just love this look and think it's a perfect one to lead us into the holiday season, as it easily transitions us from daytime to evening wear. You can head out to your cocktail party immediately after work without having to change your clothes. I can think of nothing more perfect!

Have a wonderful week!

And happy Cyber Monday Shopping!



these boots were made for walking...

Oh Lordy do I love my boots. I love black boots and brown boots and beige boots and grey boots. Go ahead, toss me some red boots, or purple boots. I dare you too! I love flat boots and high heeled boots. I love boots that go to my knee and boots that go above. I love boots with pants, with jeans, with skirts and most of all I love boots and dresses. Easy, simple shifts and sheaths with a pair of boots. This, in my opinion, is wardrobe perfection.

And a piece of funky jewelry. Or some pearls. Big pearls. Big, fat, bold pearls. The bigger the better. The more the merrier. I love boots in the fall because we can toss them on and not have to worry about tights or hose. I hate to feel restricted and confined. I think dresses and boots are casual and simple and yet sexy and sophisticated. They're so easy. You can just slip into both. There's no effort involved and yet you can look so polished and put together, or so completely at ease and relaxed. I went poking around New Canaan today looking for a little dress. I'm in dire need of new dresses.

That's what I'm about... ease and comfort. But I want to look good. I just don't want to go to any trouble. Call me lazy. Really, that's what it's all about. A dress and a pair of boots. It really doesn't get any easier and lazier than that. But don't tell anyone! I'm all for high comfort and low maintenance. A dress and a pair of boots. Trust me on this!

Can't wait for boots and dresses

so me!




Short skirt, tall boots... Love this

Tall Boots+Dress

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And now I'm thinking I want a sweater dress too! Comfy lazy, slouchy, lovely sweater dress is just perfect for this low maintenance girl!

Have a great Thursday... we're almost there!



Back and white :: When not just one will do!

:) ahh

I can be indecisive. Sometimes I have a hard time making up my mind. Sometimes, well, OK - often, I want not one but both. Call me greedy. Call me gourmand. Tell me I can never seem to make up my mind or tell me that I want it all. The latter is probably the truest statement of me. I can make up my mind. It's easy as 1,2,3 or Eenie Meenie Miney Mo... But when you really want both... when you really have to have both the best thing to do is to come to some sort of compromise. This is a most genius of ideas and I am Queen of the Compromise. I like to be happy. I like to make others happy. And, I want it all! 

Especially when it comes to black and white. I am a rebel. I wear black in the summer and white in the winter. But sometimes I want a little bit of both. Sometimes I need a little bit of both. Some days my mood reflects a little bit of both. I wore black again yesterday. A pair of comfortable loose-fitting cargo pants, a thinly knit black T shirt and my pearls. Cargo pants and pearls. Why? I say why not! And, to confuse things a little more, as I was handbag shopping in my closet I opted for the white leather one. It was 80 degrees outside and I wore black. It's after Labor Day and I pulled the white leather bag from the upper shelf.  That's me... a great big juxtaposition... a great big paradox... But I know what I want and I know what I like. I know my style and I know what suits my style. Yesterday my style was a bit of casual playfulness with a bit of rebellion tossed in. Sometimes I am calm, cool and collective wanting to dress with quiet sophistication. Other times I am silly and whimsical never to dress overly seriously. I am classic and casual. I am modern and edgy. I am black and white. It is my absolute most favorite combination. I love it in home decor. I love it in my wardrobe. It's sexy, sublime, playful, witty, eye-catching... I am not just one thing; I am many things and the way I dress and decorate and live is a perfect reflection.

Even the foods I love are black and white!


But is black and white really a trend? We're seeing it all over the place these days... in the magazines and on the runways... I'm certainly not a trendy person. I don't follow or conform to them... and really, how can something so elegant and timeless and classic ever be considered a trend?

@Michael Kors #NYFW #SS13 via @Nina Garcia

Michael Kors graces the runways in black and white....
as does Marc Jacobs....

Marc Jacobs - Spring Summer 2013 Ready-To-Wear - Shows -

But um, hello! Pull up that skirt... or eat a few dozen yodels for crying out loud! OMGawd... I'm only just noticing... those shoes!

Marc Jacobs - Spring Summer 2013 Ready-To-Wear - Shows -

I do love this Marc Jabobs coat, but can you imagine if I decided to grace the streets of New York like this? People would be shielding their eyes, telling me to cover up!


I do love this classic, timeless, crisp clean look that's synonymous with the Ralph Lauren brand. It is definitely me but clearly this ad pays no attention to those of us who are over 40 and have nursed many kids through infancy... but all advertising is is an illusion to make us think that we too could look like this... and in my own little world I do... I look just like this model with no fat on her whatsoever and teeny perky breasts... Why yes, yes I do!

stripes on stripes

Now this I could do... I would look just as darling (maybe even more so!) in this dress, most especially on this little yacht off of some remote island in Greece...

black and white
via The Neo Traditionalist

Timeless, elegant, playful, flirty... this just screams to me. I must have it! Yes, Yes, YES!!!

oscar de la renta

Oscar de la Renta is my hero. My idol. For he has created the world's most perfect dress. He doesn't know it but he's created it just for me! This would be a perfect wedding dress for me... You know, because I'm not supposed to wear all white (and if we all stuck to that rule there'd be no market at all for white wedding dresses, but I digress...) and I love this dress even more and I know it was made just for me because it is nice and form fitting on top (though I need just a couple sizes larger, maybe) and it flows in such a lovely and elegant way from the waist down which is perfect for us non-waifs who actually eat and this dress makes it so we don't have to suck in our guts and be uncomfortable all night long... nor do we have to wear our Spanx! Oscar, I love you! Marry Me? Or maybe send me over a size 4.... I'm short - just 5'4", so you'll need to come over and hem it for me, and since you'll be down on your knee while you're hemming... I do! I do!

My love of black and white comes out of the closet and into my home... 

black and the ottoman and floors.
Belle Maison

💚Can we live here please?
New York Times Magazine

black. white. stripes. GORGEOUS!

coral, zebra, black & white, fun.
the lennoxx

fabulous walls!
Petrella Designs

love this
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black ceiling
La Casa de Mi Madre, Newport, RT

Look luxe


I hope this post made you laugh... I hope it made you smile... I hope it has you realizing that not everything is black and white, but maybe it should be!

Have a wonderfully happy Thursday!




Black is the new ... black!

LOVE this!!

I wrote the other day of my intent to wear my white jeans all year long and break the so called No White After Labor Day Rule. I believe in breaking rules. I believe that some rules are just meant to be broken. I believe in creating my own style. I believe in dressing in what makes me look and feel good. I believe in dressing comfortably. I believe that when we pair comfort and fit together we are well dressed. We all have different tastes and styles and what one might like another might not. We all come in different sizes and shapes and what might look wonderful on one might not on someone else. I happen to love black. I always have. I wear it year round - Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. There's a black for all seasons!

Black is the most flexible and the most forgiving of colors. It looks wonderful on everyone. It is sexy and sublime and supremely sophisticated while it can be casual, demure and as simple as can be. In my opinion no wardrobe is complete without a few black must-have items: black pants, black leggings, a long black sweater, a short black sweater - but who can stop at just one black sweater? Black sweaters are, to me like potato chips, one is simply not enough! I need cardigans, turtlenecks and crew necks. I need them long and short, heavy and lightweight... I think you get the picture. A black skirt and a little black dress are must haves. But who can stop at just one black dress? I'm sensing you see my will-power problem with black... a pair (or two or three) of little black flats, sophisticated pumps and sexy boots. That ought to do the trick!

The temperatures have taken a dip in New England. The weather is cooler, breezier... I pulled out a pair of black pants yesterday that I paired with a little black tank and long black cashmere sweater. The only accessory was an over-sized pair of pear earrings. I was not at all dressed up. I was dressed for running errands and work. And while I literally just tossed everything on, something about the all black gave me a polished look. I love black - it's the easiest way to look completely put together with very little effort.

elin kling

black with statement necklace

love love love.

black black black



Yigal Azrouel  --  The Perfect LBD

LOVE this top.




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It's time to get dressed now... whatever shall I wear?



White jeans after Labor Day...

Two years ago, when I was packing up my summer clothes I decided not to pack up my white jeans. When it comes to things like fashion and decor I sort of like to walk to the beat of my own drum. I believe one should wear what they like and what is flattering as opposed to what is "in style." I have learned after many years and many misses (especially in my teens and in the 1980s, which were really one and the same) that I am best wearing what is comfortable and looks best on me. Even if it's not "trending" at the moment. I wouldn't exactly call myself a rebel, free-spirit is more like it. My style, if I could sum it quickly would be Levis meets Chanel with a dash of humor and whimsy. I love to dress comfortably but I need to dress it up a bit. It makes me feel better. When I feel that I look well I have more confidence. I am happier and more comfortable in my own skin.

I'd say I live in jeans and crisp white T-shirts or casual blouses. They are perfect for me. I work from home and I like to be comfortable, yet to run out of the house I simply need to slip on a chic little blazer or cardigan and slide into a pair of heels or cute flats. (Mustn't forget a fun chunky necklace to dress if up if I'm meeting a client or headed out to lunch or dinner!) It's amazing how well put together you can look in minutes in a pair of jeans.

Because I really do love and live in my jeans, I am remiss to pack up my white ones. I have several pairs and they differ only slightly. But just because the temperatures will soon be taking a doesn't mean I won't be wearing my white jeans. I, after all, quite simply refuse to pack them up! I'll pair them with warmer autumnal hues, greys, browns, blacks, aubergines. I'll wear them with cashmere sweaters, suede jackets and boucle blazers. I'll wear them with ballet flats, kitten heeled shoes or tall boots. I remember when I first did this a couple of years ago. I felt almost, well, daring... but now it seems only fitting. While I do adore the look of all black, sometimes a pop of white just makes the outfit seem fresher, finished, polished.

White, after Labor Day, as you will see below, is stylish, sophisticated and really quite chic.

white jeans
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Whte jeans are all that and then some

for fall
La Redoute


white and black.... spring summer winter and fall!
Vista-se de Variadades

white jeans + boots!



So what do you think? Might you wear your white jeans now that Labor Day has passed?



It's Magnificent Monday... It's Magnificent My Day!

The weekend is over... it was a good one, wasn't it? It really flew by! Now we're back in the rush, back in the rat race... running all over town, rushing here and there... the office awaits, meetings and projects beckon... deadlines loom in the not too distant horizon. The kids, the sports, activities, play dates... But don't lose yourself in the chaos... try not to get overwhelmed by the details... Ease into our week gently. Have a cup of coffee, sip, relax, and savor... Savor the quiet of the morning before the rest of the family is awake... Savor the calm and tranquility. I find that I have the best days when I don't have to wake up and hit the ground running. I make lists. I love my lists. I have my To Do lists... those banal projects, grocery lists, and most importantly the lists of things that I want to accomplish - the list of personal goals. I find, for some reason, I get more done when I make lists. I love to take my pen and cross those words off the page!

So as we start out Monday, our Magnificent Monday, let's ease into her slowly... let's enjoy our coffee and figure out what we want to accomplish today and this week.

But Monday isn't about rushing... Monday is about accomplishing, assessing and setting goals... Monday is about new ideas and new opportunities. Mondays shouldn't be looked upon in a gloom and doom way. Mondays should be about celebration... celebrating all the wonderful possibilities and potentials that can come our way!

Today is the day... today is your day!

Carpe diem.

Always start your day with gentle ease and simplicity...


Wouldn't it be magnificent to shower here every morning?

Clifftop house in the San Juan Islands, Washington State, USA, includes a semi-detached bathhouse with a steel tube-framed roof that opens up to an angle of 90 degrees with a push of a button.

My mother always told me to dress for success... Dress well but dress comfortably!


And you know what I think of pearls and heels! Perfection!
Put on those pearls, slip into those heels and you'll be able to take on Monday head on!

casual preppy dressed up

Pearls and a cardigan

You're never fully dressed without a little lipstick!
I like the quieter, more subdued tones...
I have them in all my bags and in my car... God forbid I should be without... I have a small obsession, truth be told!
Pretty lips automatically make you smile!

Mac lipstick in Snob
Mac, Snob


Go ahead... daydream!
I'm a firm believer in the power of the daydream. I absolutely believe that they help us reach our goals!


And be productive!

at the desk

And when the day is over get some exercise...
Go to the gym, do yoga, Pilates, go for a run, bike, dance, or swim, ... Whatever your passion is... Do it! You'll feel better body and soul!


And don't forget to end every Monday with a Bang!
Celebrate Monday, Celebrate My Day!

drink champagne daily

What will you do to make this Monday a Magnificent one?



The Naptime Chef to sign her new cookbook at JmcLaughlin's Westport, Connecticut store!


Friends, I am happy to say that my friend Kelsey Banfield will be at JmcLaughlin in Westport on Thursday (March 29th) evening signing copies of her new cookbook, The Naptime Chef. The book is filled with mouth-watering recipes for meals that can be created in a short amount of time. Kelsey doesn't cut corners and uses natural, healthy products. Whether your children are young and napping, or older with busy and chaotic schedules, this book offers solutions to the home cook with a limited means of time to prepare healthy and delicious family meals. With recipes like Pesto Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Meatballs for Choir Boys, Pizza with Artichokes, Caramelized Shallots and Ricotta, Caprese Salad with Balsamic Syrup and Asparagus with Feta Vinaigrette I assure you your family dinners will bear no resemblance to fast food and yet you will spend minimal time in your kitchen and more time at the table! Please visit The Daily Basics for my full review.

And while you're at the store why don't you take some time to poke around...

Do you see it?
on the table below!
that's the bag I'm positively DYING for!

Isn't she a vision?

And she suits me so well!
It's like we're meant to be?
Aren't we?
Don't you think?
Hey, my Birthday's coming up... June 1st!

Meanwhile... you can peruse all the other wonderful goodies!

all photos courtesy The Entertaining House

Please stop by on Thursday. 

I'll be there for sure!



What's your style?

I most definitely have my own unique sense of style. I like comfort and elegance. I like class and sophistication with a dash of whimsy. I am always put together but I don't take myself too seriously... this season I am mad about the animal print and the faux furs. I've always loved a splash of color. In the daytime I much prefer to dress up a pair of jeans. In the evening a little cocktail dress that I can bejewel is fantastic. You'll notice on each of my looks you'll see pearls in some form. I wear some sort of pearls every day. Everysingleday! I don't think you need a lot of money to have style and grace, and there's nothing quite like the thrill of finding my look for less. My look can be very expensive you see, and I don't even have the budget to look at my look, let alone wear it! So recently I rediscovered Polyvore and oh what fun I have been having. It's like Christmas has come early this year! I've created some fun outfits that I would wear right this very moment if I could. In creating them I've spared no dime. You'll see Christian Louboutain shoes next to a $20 Top Shop ring. That's my style! If only these URL delights would magically appear IRL... In the meantime, I'll go back to being 10 and pretend that I am a stylist and a fashion designer in my pastel bedroom... My 13 year old even has her own a Polyvore account!

Below are a couple of outfits I created over the weekend. These are, and you'll agree if you know me IRL, unequivocally, completely, positively, me!

How would you describe my sense of style?

A splash of red...

Animal Instincts...

Black and Cheetah...

Leather and Pearls...

Black & White...

How would you describe my style?
How would you describe your style?

Jessica xoxo