It seemed like fate that gingham just happened to be one of this seasons biggest trends. It makes life easier when fashion mimics your environment. Gingham is todays adaptation to my wardrobe for my day in the country. After all, if Brigitte Bardot wore a gingham dress on her wedding day I could definitely incorporate it into my look.
I paired my gingham J. Crew popover with a skirt by Proenza Schouler, J. Crew beaded stacked heels, and a vintage necklace. There is a certain confident feeling I get when I mix two patterns; in this case gingham and stripes. It is walking out the door with a guarantee that no one will be wearing the same outfit as you… think back to Kelly Taylor and Brenda Walsh and the infamous prom dress. My nightmare.
My return to the ranch is bittersweet today, it will be the last day of my country sabbatical. However, I am excited to start working with the very talented Ashley Yeates in Carmel next month. One last night of wrapping myself in cashmere and sitting by the outdoor fireplace before I hunt for the perfect beach bungalow. Cue Wilco & Billy Braggs Califonia Stars.
My love of fur dates back to the first time I visited family in Argentina when I was 10. Exploring Buenos Aires was like walking through a museum, one beautiful muse after another passing me in the street. It was wintertime and I was sitting inside a restaurant in Recoleta with my eyes glued to the street; women with classic style wrapped themselves in fur to bare the chilly weather. I knew then I wanted my personal style to have function (keeping myself warm) and still maintain an air of luxury and glamour. Two words you rarely hear when paired with function.
When I was packing to move to Miami it occurred to me that my years of collecting sweaters, coats, and fur was not going to assist in my ever-evolving personal style. How was I going to incorporate my love of fur into a wardrobe that contained mostly resort wear? The answer was simple- fur vests, clutches, and scarves. I decided to forget the fashion rules and began incorporating small touches of fur into my resort wear look. Fur would no longer have to be packed away during the arrival of spring.
It is has become common practice when traveling to pack a fur vest as my layering piece; this trip was no different. My Elizabeth & James vest was the perfect accent to my Zara paisley dress, Marc Jacobs purse, Jeffrey Campbell gladiators, and Givenchy cuff.
It was simply a matter of time before we would start to see designers incorporating fur into their spring/ summer collections. A few years ago when I launched a collection of fur cuffs I was thrilled that we were evolving from a basic brown mink to a color collection that mimicked the colors you could find in a box of crayons. So you can imagine my enthusiasm when I saw the SS15 collections…
As I approached San Francisco I could see the fog bank swallowing the cities skyline and watched the temperature gage in my car fall drastically. Luckily, 10 years of living in San Francisco has trained me to layer my clothing to battle the ever-changing climate of the city by the Bay. Armed with over the knee Stuart Weitzman boots, a classic black blazer by Elie Tahari and a vintage fringe cross body bag- I braved the chilly weather and headed up to my Dads roof deck soak in the view. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in the 80’s that I love fringe. Whether it’s a fringe hem or fringe detail on the ankle strap of a shoe…there is something magical that happens when the element of movement is added to a garment. Taking into consideration that I was arriving from the country and did not want to run the risk of appearing as though I brought the rodeo to town, I used my fringe bag as a statement piece. I paired the bag with a city appropriate look of simple black and white clean lines, providing a classic backdrop for my bag.
Fringe made many appearances in the SS15 collections. The theatrical element of amazons dressed in garments that swished down the runway had me hooked. Classic shapes were transformed into current statements with the simple addition of fringe, giving this trend the romantic element us fashion addicts crave during spring.
Many of us in the fashion world look forward to Coachella to admire the street style – images of favorite festival girls dancing in the dessert heat with outfits that make you want to run around barefoot and take up playing the tambourine. With that said, it was not a big surprise to see a handful of designers had crochet on their mind when designing their SS15 collection. After all, crochet is a staple in the wardrobe of every festival girl.
I decided just because I wasn’t able to attend Coachella should not mean that my favorite festival gear should be forgotten this season. As it turns out, most of the pieces in question could easily transition to country life when paired with Ralph Lauren Collection cowboy boots.
For wandering through the sequoia trees, I wore one of my favorite vacation finds from Ecuador. It’s the perfect dress to bare the California heat with its touch of crochet. I completed my look with a Hermès scarf and wrapped a vintage Bakelite necklace around my wrist to accompany me on my walk. My Ferragamo hobo happened to be the perfect accessory to collect random pieces of nature for the imaginary jewelry line I’ve been designing in my head for a few years.
I can already tell The Whisky hotel will be the perfect place for me to get back to my entrepreneurial roots and create…. ahhh fresh country air.
After injuring my back while living in Miami (hazard of being a visual stylist) and moving to Baltimore to rehab my back for a few months, my childhood best friend offered me a stay at her ranch for a much-needed sabbatical. Packing for a trip has always been exciting to me, however packing for six months was frightening. As I thought of not seeing the entirety of my wardrobe for another six months, I could feel the beads of sweat starting to form on my brow. I, of course, packed the obvious for California countryside life: blanket coats, cowboy boots, & comfy knits… but I couldn’t leave behind the prints & bold colored garments I had just added to my collection from Miami. I figured for my next style phase I would step into the shoes of Jane Birkin if she was stranded in the middle of the Italian countryside with her suitcases still full from a trip to South Beach…
The shift dress is one of my favorite shapes for spring & summer; the ease of the style and comfort in the fit can be worn dressed up or down. I found this leaf print scuba knit dress on one of my many afternoons walking on Lincoln Rd. at Forever 21 and could not resist the print and the neoprene feel of the fabric.
I spent the day today catching up on digital copies of my favorite magazines, drinking a perfectly chilled bottle of local rosé, on the southwest corner of the property where the pond ends.
My vintage snakeskin boots were essential in navigating the swampy turf near the pond and gave my Miami shift a little bit of country edge; The Simon Ju earrings tied both worlds together with the natural beauty of white coral. I am looking forward to many afternoons drinking rosé in this spot the next few months.