Fringe theater

November 4th, 2011

Didn’t I just say that I never wear patterns of things — martini glasses, poodles, flamingos? Well, take a look at this scarf. It’s a pattern of lipsticks, necklaces, and similar girly things. Something about the color and irregularity of the pattern, however, make it less obviously representational than it really is. It’s a gorgeous scarf of a thick, heavy silk, and I always get compliments on it, and I can’t for the life of me remember where I got it.

I wore this to the theater with a black leather skirt and a sage sweater.

Skirt: eBay
Sweater: Eileen Fisher, eBay
Pearls: bought while traveling
Scarf: ???
Rhinestone hoop earrings: eBay

Spooky style

October 31st, 2011

If you aren’t the costume type, it’s easy to dress “up” for Halloween without dressing “as.” One way to do this is to start with a black base and add accessories in appropriately Halloween-y colors. On Friday I did a segment for NECN on tips for appropriate Halloween style, wearing a little black dress, orange tights, and an orange ruffle scarf:

Poison-green tights would also work beautifully with a black dress or skirt, particularly if you have pointy black shoes to go with them. (A similar look can work for men: a dark suit with green or orange socks and tie. Modified, the style can work year-round: check out this sharp dresser caught on camera by PeaceBang.)

Color-blocking on a black base also works. NECN morning host Bridget Blythe’s gold jacket is festively autumnal. Orange isn’t your only option: fall colors, like Bridget’s, work, as do “evil” colors like dark or vivid green, red, or purple. Mrs. Obama wore glowing fall colors to dress up-but-not-as for White House trick-or-treaters:


Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Images

Another option is to add a touch of punk or goth to your usual look. I scored a grey cashmere hoodie at Found in Davis Square last week. It’s got a rhinestone skull on the back. I plan to wear it tonight with a long-sleeved lace t-shirt, leather skirt, fishnets and short boots.

I do love gothic and spooky jewelry, from antique cameos to steampunk inventions to more directly evocative pieces. This necklace is called “Scar” and was designed by my friend Yleana Martinez:

Happy Halloween! Be spookyfabulous!

Palette: Make like a leaf and display an ever-changing symphony of rusts and golds

October 14th, 2011

I haven’t quite figured out the calculus of this, but sometimes colors that don’t “go” can be made to harmonize if surrounded by enough other colors. I wouldn’t normally pair a rust-colored tank with an orange cardigan, but here it works as part of an autumnal theme.

Brown tights: We Love Colors
Rust tank: Chicos, eBay
Orange cardigan: Max Mara Weekend, eBay
Brown skirt w/zippered gussets: Looks boutique
Denim jacket: Levi’s, Oona’s
Brass & crystal bracelet: eBay
Pearl & grosgrain necklace: Talbot’s

Palette: Pattern fix

October 13th, 2011

What patterns do you like to wear? Do you mix patterns? I wear stripes, florals, animal prints, geometrics, and lacy/architectural patterns like the below. No polka dots, plaids, paisley; no whimsical teacups or high-heeled shoes or Eiffel Towers. Nothing against those patterns, which do show up occasionally in my scarf collection, but overall but I find them harder to integrate.

Stripes and animal prints are so easily assimilable, visually, that they can almost function as solids. You can easily pair a floral print with a subtle stripe, or wear a leopard or tiger scarf over a houndstooth blazer. Lacey, gothic patterns also blend well with all of the above, and with each other. These two shirts go together so well I keep them on the same hanger.

The white t-shirt is from Target — I bought two of them, and wish I’d gotten a couple more. (No good finding them online, as the brand/manufacturer’s name is LOL. You try googling that.) I often wear it under this v-necked cotton hoodie from Raspberry Beret.

I wore this over jeans (Marc Jacobs, Second Time Around) with bracelets by Victoria Tane and Ettika (Ideeli).

Palette: Back to the drawing board

October 4th, 2011

Monday turned out to be colder than expected, so this cheery ensemble had to be re-thought: I traded the yellow cotton cardigan for a heavier grey one, and added tights.

Yellow cardigan: Boston Proper, eBay
Aqua tank: Chicos, eBay
Grey jersey maxi skirt: Old Navy
Rhinestone starburst pin: eBay
Freshwater pearls: boutique
Aqua belt: Target

Palette: Happy New Year!

September 30th, 2011

We eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize our hope for a sweet new year. For service yesterday, I wore a silk and lace jacket trimmed in red and green over a textured gold skirt. Honey-apple colors.

Lace & patchwork jacket: Susannah’s Boutique
Black tank: Chicos (eBay)
Gold skirt: Thrifted
Orange crystal necklace: Naschmarkt flea market

Palette: Sturdy style

September 16th, 2011

Thursday was a long day of office, appointments, schlepping, and theater. I wanted to look pulled together, but not necessarily formal. When I’m going to be running around a lot in my home town, I’ll often wear some of my travel staples, like this crocheted skirt and my striped pashmina.

Striped pashmina: Boutique in London
Grey tee: Old Navy
Crocheted skirt: J Jill, eBay
Gold braided belt: Target
Necklaces: Raspberry Beret, other
Black pearl earrings: gift
Black cord & crystal wrap bracelet: Miami airport store

The necklace with multiple chains and beads is from a consignment store. The other is my talisman.

My mother gave me the Star of David on the silver chain when I converted. Last Thanksgiving, she brought me my paternal grandfather’s pocket knife. It has four tiny blades, a small sapphire on one side, and his initials engraved on the other. This necklace is one of my favorite things.

Palette: Fortune cookie Tuesday

September 14th, 2011

Tuesday, I wore a sleeveless black wool shift dress with a vivid pashmina-style shawl for my WGBH interview and a series of meetings and coffee dates. This fortune-cookie necklace is one I picked up at a Macy’s clearance table in Kansas City for $5 some 20 years ago. I get compliments on it every time I wear it. There used to be a little metal fortune inside that said, “A thing not looked for is seldom found.” That’s silly. Do you think I went into that Macy’s looking for a fortune-cookie necklace?

Shift dress: Eileen Fisher, eBay
Shawl: Gift
Necklace: Macy’s
Bracelets: various

Palette: High-contrast Monday

September 13th, 2011

I dress as much to get myself in the proper frame of mind as I do to shape other people’s impressions of me. Monday morning, I wanted to bust out of the gate and get a whole lot of things done. Bold colors and contrasts made me feel assertive. This is not an outfit easily ignored.


Yellow corduroy skirt: Anthropologie, eBay
Black & white striped long-sleeve tee: Old Navy
Patent-leather belt: Ann Taylor
Cubic zirconia bangles: eBay
Crystal studs: gift
Pearls: various

Palette: Bad-girl blues

September 12th, 2011

Rocking a motorcycle vibe for a cocktail party on Sunday night, in a snug-fitting graphic tee with zippers on the collar and sleeve, jeans, sturdy pewter wedge sandals, and purple toenail polish and lipstick.

Graphic tee: Custo, thrifted
Jeans: Marc Jacobs, thrifted
Bracelet: J Crew, eBay

Palette: Somber celebration

September 12th, 2011

Saturday I attended a memorial service that was very much a celebration of the man’s long, accomplished, and joyful life. This palette reflects light, as did our friend, but is subdued enough to be respectful.

Beige raw silk jacket: Looks Boutique
Textured tank: Chicos, eBay
Green satin skirt: Looks Boutique
Necklace: Talbots
Bracelet: Victoria Tane

Palette: Back to school pinks

September 9th, 2011

I’ve decided to resume style blogging with the new school year. Today’s outfit (for errands in Harvard Square and a meeting with my HBS boss) featured grey and pink:

Dark grey jersey maxi skirt: Old Navy
Dark grey open cardigan: Old Navy
Rose tank top: Chico’s, eBay
Pleated reversible rose scarf: Boutique in DC train station
Smoky quartz earrings: Ditto
Pearl & grosgrain-wrapped chain necklace: Talbot’s