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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2011

The Combed-cotton Cody Cardigan sweater in Pink Tomato Matinee argyle for $148

Well, it is the coming to the close of another summer season for fashionistas, and yet again the Gmail Inbox is starting to fill up with announcements of new arrivals!

Vintage cotton pique, Marisa dress in Hotty Pink Cherry Begonias for $198

One example of these is Lilly P, and they have some cute stuff (seen all over the page, I do like to space things out!).

Vintage slub, Worth Shift in Skye Blue Dark N Stormy for $178

Vintage cotton seersucker, Esmeralda dress in Beach Club Blue Take Me Away at $164

Basketweave stretch cotton texture, Bowen dress in Bright Navy Dress Rehearsal at $168

Silk/cotton blend, Cody cardigan sweater in Green Bean Bow Colorblock in $148

Some details are VERY Tory Burch-esque, but I am happy to see they did not raise prices on a lot of quality items.

If you are planning to go to the Del Mar races this year, like my BFF Muffy Martini, will you please comment on her blog and give your feedback?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tiffany & Company

There are so many things that have been bought and worn to death by women our age. I never jumped on the Return to Tiffany heart or round disc on the charm bracelet. It is over and done with. So big and showy. Generic. Copied by thousands. Yuck.

When I graduated from Randy-Mac in May, one of my gifts was a T&Co gift card that I wanted to go ahead and use. Of course I wanted to make it a 'thing' - a full day affair. Why not?!

Last Friday, Mom and I went up to Tysons Corner for the day and I came home with a lot of ideas for future gifts and one very special bracelet:

I tried on all three of these pieces, among many other things, but I ended up getting the lapis lazuli bead bracelet. Thankfully, the Return to Tiffany tag is smaller than my pinky nail! I can wear it with a nautical-stripe dress, a linen skirt and top, and jeans. It goes with everything.

The silver bead bracelet that is the same size really sets off the blue in the lapis, so I may get that piece next. The anchor necklace in lapis - which I really wanted - they had sold out of. However, the gentleman assisting us gave me his card so when I am ready to get it I will call him...

All photos are ©Tiffany & Company

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lee Smith describing Baltimore

"Even though our visits to Baltimore were a part of Mama’s grand design, I enjoyed them. I loved Baltimore itself, with its clanging streetcars, funny-looking people, lamplights, pigeons, and ice cream cones. I loved to sit out on the marble stoop after dinner and watch the teeming parade of street life; I always had a nickel in my pocket just in case the organ-grinder came by with his monkey, who wore a little green coat with brass buttons. I loved my sweet, refined grandmother in her dim, high-ceilinged row house with lace at the windows and doilies on the tables. She always referred to my late grandfather with great respect, often making such statements as, "Mr. Marshall raised trotters, you know," or, "Mr. Marshall loved oysters in any form." This deference enchanted me."

-Lee Smith, for Garden & Gun magazine