TOILE DE JOUY

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

My apologies for the week of radio silence. Things were pretty hectic for a while, but I missed posting more than I thought I would so even though today is officially a national holiday and the weather outside is sweltering, I have snuck inside for a much needed cooling-off and some down-time (make that blog-time) for myself.  In honor of the gorgeous weather, and with the summer holidays looming, I just ordered an adorable blue and white Toile-de-Jouy sundress from Topshop.

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HOME ENVY: VALENTINO

Valentino with model Natalia Vodianova at Chateau Wideville

Valentino with model Natalia Vodianova at Chateau Wideville

Last week, while I was posting our story on celebrities and their pooches, I came across the stunning Chateau de Wideville, the home of couturier Valentino Garavani near Paris. This gorgeous 17th century abode, built by Louis XIII’s finance minister and once the home of one of Louis XIV’s mistresses, was purchased by Valentino in 1995 and redecorated by Henri Samuel, Continue reading

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PUPPY LOVE

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

It seems that everywhere I look these days, someone has adopted a puppy.  In Paris, you can’t cross the street without running into a chic Parisian and her pug. In our neck of the woods, the Goldendoodles, Dachshunds and Labradors rule the roost. There aren’t enough words to describe how cute these furry creatures are. Continue reading

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Balmain SS2014

Balmain SS2014

Feathers are all the rage for spring, and judging from the pre-fall look books, it appears that they’re here to stay. I’m not complaining! I love dresses with feathered hems, feathers as earrings, a good feather detail on a beautiful heel. I’m even partial to a bit of feathering in the home. You know, just something whimsical to lift the mood. Continue reading

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY QUEEN MAXIMA!

max 10It’s hard to believe that Queen Maxima is celebrating her 43rd birthday today. Like a fine wine, she appears to just get better with age. It seems like only yesterday that the king, then still Crown Prince Willem Alexander or Alex to his friends, introduced the out-going Argentinian to the Dutch people. Continue reading

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