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Joan Didion

Some days I find it difficult to view my favorite fashion blogs with the attention they deserve. I like to soak up the images and ponder over what it is about a look that catches my eye, or maybe doesn’t, and why. I like to do more than just glance at the posts. Yet, there are a couple of blogs that I’ll carve out the necessary time for, no matter what.

Keep it Chic, founded by Preston Davis, is one of those blogs (the other being Man Repeller by Leandra Medine). To my great elation, Preston’s Wednesday post was about a documentary in the works on the utterly amazing Joan Didion – ‘ We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live’ . It’s hard to believe that it has taken this long given her illustrious career which spans over 5 decades.

Perhaps that is how it was meant to be as her nephew, Griffin Dunne, actor and filmmaker, is making the documentary along with documentarian Susanne Rostock. Who better to give us an intimate and in depth account of Didion’s life than a close relative?

The film covers her life and her more vital works of fiction and journalism along with details of Didion’s career at Vogue. She joined the editorial staff in 1956, the same year she graduated from Berkeley, after winning an essay contest sponsored by the magazine.

Dunne, who wanted to “reach as many people as possible”, choose crowd sourcing at Kickstarter to fund the documentary. Seems I’m not the only one dying to see a documentary about the uber talented writer – the Kickstarter campaign reached its goal of $80,000 in just one day! (They have now raised over $135,000.) The Kickstarter’s rewards include a digital download of the film for at least $15, and, for $2,500 a pair of Didion’s “personal” sunglasses. (Those, the Kickstarter now reveals, are “all gone.” Damn!!)

View the trailer at

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Vogue Editorial

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I love the fresh take on fall in this month’s Vogue editorial featuring Sasha Pivovarova and photographed by, the one and only, Patrick Demarchelier. Adding a pop of white to fall looks bequeaths a lightness and modernity that is rather unexpected, but equally delightful!!

Since these photos say it all, today I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Zara Leather & Fur Slip-Ons $79.90Clare V Oversize Clutch $290.00

Lauren Geoghegan Godiva leather cross Body Bag $569.00Gucci Leather Horsebit Loafer $575.00


Vince Camuto Women's White Croco-Pattern Leather Strap WatchMM6 Maison Martin Margiela $128.00

Zara Leather & Fur Slip-Ons $79.90 //  Clare V Oversize Clutch $290.00 // Gucci Leather Horsebit Loafer $575.00 // MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Ring $128.00 // Vince Camuto Women’s White Croco-Pattern Leather Strap Watch $195.00 // Lauren Geoghegan Godiva Leather Cross Body Bag $569.00

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The Blanket Poncho

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Last week when the temperatures dipped at night I reached for my version of a security blanket – my Elizabeth & James cashmere poncho. It is still as warm and cozy as when I first purchased it 5 years ago. This being the season of the knit, ponchos are again trending strong, and make a great investment piece for fall.

This season the new take on the poncho is the blanket poncho (I’m sure you’ve seen all the pics of celebs wearing the Burberry version), perfect to wrap your self in on these cool fall days. But if the traditional poncho is more your thing, don’t worry, they are not going anywhere…. it is a classic after all.

Free People Legends Poncho $148.00Festival Aztec Hooded Scarf $44.00

MIH Striped Wool-Blend Poncho $425.00Intermix Basket Weave Turtleneck Poncho $395.00

Aztec Fringe Knitted Poncho $72.00Burberry Color Block Check Blanket Poncho $1395.00

Free People Legends Poncho $148.00 // Top Shop Festival Aztec Hooded Scarf $44.00 //  Intermix Basket Weave Turtleneck Poncho $395.00 //Burberry Color Block Check Blanket Poncho $1395.00 // Aztec Fringe Knitted Poncho $72.00 // MIH Striped Wool-Blend Poncho $425.00

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R.I.P. Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

The designer, Oscar de la Renta, who is famous for dressing First ladies (Jackie Kennedy, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton), A-list stars (Amy adams, Sandra Bullock and Jessica Biel), and “ladies who lunch”, has passed away yesterday at 82. His elegant collections were best known for their exquisite red carpet gowns and evening wear.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta moved to Madrid at 18 to study painting. After discovering fashion, he landed an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga whom he considered his mentor. Later, de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio del Castillo as a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris. In the early 1960’s de la Renta became internationally well known after catching the eye of Jacqueline Kennedy, then first lady, who repeatedly donned many of his designs. The name recognition aided in launching his own label in 1965.

From 1993 to 2002, Oscar de la Renta designed the haute couture collection for the house of Balmain, becoming the first Dominican to design for a French couture house. In 2006, the Oscar de la Renta label diversified into bridal wear — his latest bridal gown (absolutely beautiful) was worn by Amal Alamuddin at her wedding to George Clooney.

Always known for being a gentleman, charming with a generous and warm personality, he knew how to make women feel and look radiant! Oscar, you will be missed.

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Amal Alamuddin & Oscar de lA Renta

View Oscar de la Renta’s last collection, RTW Spring 2015,  here.


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Fall’s Lightness

Isabel Marant Linares Mesh Chain Necklace $620.00Melinda Maria Pyramid Drop Earrings $58.00


Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C $195.00Jennifer Fisher Silver Ball Chocker $350.00

Eddie BorgoV Jewelry Deco Baguette Lobe Earrings $160.90

Pamela Froman White Gold Eternal Arabesque Ring $1650.00Ralph Lauren Leather Tri-Strap Belt $225.00 on sale for $99.00

Viewing the Spring 2015 collections (and as far back as the Fall 2014 shows) I was inspired by all the silver jewelry the designers were showing. Their takes were refreshing and modern after years of yellow and rose gold reigning supreme in the land of accessories.

It’s not just jewelry that silver has graced with its sparkle, the hardware on handbags and belts is trending silver too. And, we’re not simply talking the spring/summer months with this trend, you can expect to see a great deal more of silver all year long.

For those who love their gold there is white gold or platinum to satiate your taste, but at a much bigger price!

Isabel Marant Linares Mesh Chain Necklace $620.00 // Melinda Maria Pyramid Drop Earrings $58.00 // Jennifer Fisher Silver Ball Choker $350.00 //  V Jewelry Deco Baguette Lobe Earrings $160.90 // Ralph Lauren Leather Tri-Strap Belt $225.00 on sale for $99.00 // Pamela Froman White Gold Eternal Arabesque Ring $1650.00 // Eddie Borgo ID Toggle Bracelet $125.00 // Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C $195.00 //

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“I’m Having Trouble Breathing In…”

Courtney Barnett

I’ve been listening to Courtney Barnett for months now, non-stop. Can’t get enough of her. Love the honest emotive ramblings of her hit single Avant Gardner, a song depicting a  journey which starts with an enterprising gardening venture eventually ending in a panic attack. Her American debut double EP “A Sea of Split Peas” (a compilation of two previously self-released EP’s) has garnered rave reviews for her witty and evocative lyrics poured over lo-fi, psych-influenced washes of guitar.

It took a little longer for the U.S. to catch onto how freaking utterly awesome she is (a year to be exact), but when we did it was with a fervor. Her American tour stops are sold out, and I can not wait to catch her at the El Rey Theater on November 4th.

Below is my dream look for her concert at the El Rey. But, alas, these awesome high waisted, side zipped Rag & Bone pants are only available through pre-ordering, and won’t be available till the end of November. Not to worry, Top Shop’s Moto skinny jeans are a fantastic substitution. A simple white tee under the plaid Smythe blazer is an easy way to finish up your look, or you could opt for my choice of  Zara’s quaint cream embroidered blouse.

For those not living in Los Angeles check out her tour schedule here.


SMYTHE Plaid Smoking Jacket  $622.00Rag & Bone Chatel Side Zip Pants $395.00

Bumber Odin-04 Pointy Toe Ankle booties $39.99Burberry Mini Eyelet Detail Leather Crossbody Bag $425.00

Smythe Plaid Smoking Jacket  $622.00 // Rag & Bone Chatel Side Zip Pants $395.00 // Burberry Mini Eyelet Detail Leather Crossbody Bag $425.00 // Bumber Odin-04 Pointy Toe Ankle booties $39.99

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Bon Voyage Laurie

Rosie Hunington Whiteley

In honor of my girlfriend, the uber talented writer Laurie Sandell ( Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family & The Imposter’s Daughter), who is about to embark on a two month journey abroad (that requires more than a few stops at airports), I’ve selected a few of my favorite jet setter/airport looks that will let anyone travel in chic style.

Shop Rosie Hunington-Whiteley’s look below.

Rebecca Taylor White Noise Flight Jacket $357.00Linea Pelle Embossed Python Brooklyn Zip Satchel $465.00

Paige Skinny Jeans $199.00Charles By Charle David Gemini Bootie on sale for $139.99

Rebecca Taylor White Noise Flight Jacket $357.00 // Linea Pelle Embossed Python Brooklyn Zip Satchel $465.00 // Charles By Charles David Gemini Bootie on sale for $139.99 // Paige Skinny Jeans $199.00

Alexa Chung

Shop Alexa Chung’s look below.

Paige Denim Sierra Overalls $289.00Women IDLF Trench Coat on sale for $99.90

Coach Samantha Ballet Flat $198.00 Dolce & Gabanna Miss Sicily Bag $1595.00

Paige Denim Sierra Overalls $289.00 // Uniglo Women IDLF Trench Coat on sale for $99.90 // Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag $1595.00 // Coach Samantha Ballet Flat $198.00

Gwyneth Paltrow

Shop Gwyneth Paltrow’s look below.

Vince Light Weight Wool Sweater $225.00Hudson Krista Crop Jeans on sale for $132.00

Roberto Del Carlo Ankle Boots $615.00Saint Laurent Mini Duffle $1450.00

Vince Light Weight Wool Sweater $225.00 // Hudson Krista Crop Jeans on sale for $132.00 // Saint Laurent Mini Duffle $1450.00 // Roberto Del Carlo Ankle Boots $615.00

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