Style

Charade (1963): A Paris Collage

When American expat Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) returns to Paris after vacationing in the French Alps, she finds her apartment empty, her husband dead, and a number of dangerous characters out to get her. But she also finds protection and company in Peter Joshua (Cary Grant), a fellow American she meets at the Megève ski resort. The most iconic scence (my favorite) culminates with Regina running for her life through the colonnades of the Palais Royale at night.

Works Sighted

pillbox hat // leather gloves // wine // pearl earrings // sunglasses // ice cream

coat // shift dress // sheath dress // trench coat // handbag

flats // stamp 1 // telephone and address book // record player // stamp 2 // correspondence cards // stamp 3 // envelope

The Ironic Boat and Tote

I never get tired of looking at pictures of L.L.Bean’s iconic Boat and Tote. I take notice when I see them out in public. When I’m home, I conduct my search for vintage and one-of-a-kind totes via the #boatandtote Instagram feed. (Apparently, they are a hot commodity in Japan.) But these days, I’ve been gravitating to another hashtag. Scrolling through the #ironicboatandtote feed has proven therapeutic. I don’t believe in trends, but there’s a way to turn this one classic.

Although Air-Mail-writer Gracie Wiener wasn’t the first person to have her Boat and Totes monogrammed with text other than her name, she has made the trend viral. I wouldn’t be so bold as to emblazon The Heiress or PRADA on a timeless accessory, but I don’t see anything wrong with requesting a non-name monogram that is equally as timeless. The text should be carefully selected. Does this monogram have personal meaning? Will I tote it around next year? What about the year after? Is it crass? (A winning answer key: yes; yes; yes; no.)

Opting again for the Editrix monogram, I finally purchased the L.L.Bean medium Boat and Tote with long handles. You may recall that I had my eyes on it in April 2021. This is my second Boat and Tote with this monogram (the extra-large tote being the first). I have a few other classic monograms in mind, but this one means the most.

Works Sighted

L.L.Bean medium Boat and Tote with long handles

The Bigger Carry-On by AWAY

Further Reading

The Boat and Tote and Me (Air Mail)

A Preppy Staple Got an Ironic Makeover This Summer (Vogue)

The Rise of the Ironic Boat and Tote (Harper’s Bazaar)

Falling for Faherty

I came across the Faherty Cayman tee dress while window shopping at Out There Outfitters. It’s made of thick cotton, and, as you can see, has perfectly-spaced stripes and charismatic side vents.

I didn’t purchase the dress right away due to the steep price—it was originally $128. But then I saw a woman wearing it in Suburban Square, which reminded me that I’d be distraught if the item sold out before I had an opportunity to try it on.

Per tradition, I ordered two sizes directly from Faherty. The larger of the two sold out before my order shipped, and I felt that the smaller size wasn’t roomy enough and returned it. I found the dress in my preferred size on Nordstrom’s website after a quick Google search. Et Voila ! I ordered the dress, it arrived, and I wore it on a recent trip to Tampa. (The item has since sold out in every size on Nordstrom’s website.)

These days, I rarely buy all my clothes from one brand and often find items that suit me in unexpected places. I’d describe Faherty’s aesthetic as classic-casual, nature-appropriate, and bohemian. I prefer strong lines and polished silhouettes to floral, flowy dresses; the classic Cayman tee dress was a pleasant surprise.

Although I ended up purchasing the dress that I kept at a sale price, I would have paid full price for it. Faherty’s products are made to last. I plan to wear this dress repeatedly when the weather turns warm again in the Northeast. Until then, I’ll be searching for more elevated casual staples from the small family-owned brand and beyond.

Works Sighted

Faherty Cayman tee dress // Castañer Carina 60mm wedge espadrille

The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II

I’m watching the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on television right now, imagining what I would have worn if I had been invited as a guest. Camping out overnight on the pavement in London with onlookers would have required a casual outfit, but sitting in prime seating with others who are expected to look their best seems more bearable.

Works Sighted

Gigi Burris hat // LBV. dress // brooch (Bentley & Skinner) // Mark Cross purse // Sara Flint pumps

Stripes for my French Class

Striped tee shirt dresses and cardigans

I had my first French class at Alliance Française de Philadelphie this past Saturday. My particular section meets online, but, even though I didn’t have to commute, I found myself pressed for time while getting ready. I wore a solid white polo on the first day instead of a marinière. Never again! I traditionally wear stripes to French class. You may recall the previously-published post “Stripes for my Paris Class.” Well, here are the stripes that have been on my mind lately. P.S. The clever slogan is for sale on an Alliance tote; I can’t take credit for it.

Works Sighted

Faherty Cayman T-Shirt dress // La Ligne sailor cardigan // Banana Republic mini T-Shirt dress

Kule tee dress (navy/cream) // La Ligne braid stripe cardigan // Kule tee dress (cream/navy)

Further Reading

This Stripe-Obsessed Designer Is on a Mission; Nikki Kule wants to make you the perfect t-shirt. (Coveteur)

L.L.Bean Boat and Tote: Art Supplies Repository

An extra-large L.L.Bean boat and tote

It’s official: I now own at least one L.L.Bean Boat and Tote in all four sizes. The extra-large tote (my first) has arrived to help me return to my creative roots. As a child, I was fortunate to have a playroom that encouraged my artistic expression. I painted on paper affixed to my easel but also on the walls—only on the walls of the playroom, not on walls in any other part of the house. I don’t have a room set aside for the purpose of art now, and, until recently, my supplies were stowed out of sight in closets and woven seagrass baskets. Out of sight, out of mind. Eventually, I realized that my art supplies needed to be stored in a highly-visible place if I wanted to use them more often. The extra-large Boat and Tote personalized with Editrix provided a viable solution.

The dimensions of the extra-large tote are 17″H x 19″W x 10″D; it’s imposing as totes are concerned. Its capacity is 56 liters, substantial enough to hold an array of watercolors, watercolor pencils, sketching pencils, colored pencils, pens, Sharpies, pads of paper, a calligraphy instruction book, a Paris-themed coloring book, and whatever non-art-related book I am currently reading. The tote, filled to the brim, sits beside one of my bookshelves. It’s impossible to ignore. The title, Editrix, embroidered on the front reminds me daily of my artistic purpose and encourages me to fulfill it.

Works Sighted

L.L.Bean Boat and Tote