Friday, February 26, 2010

Dear Cherie. . .























Cherie is delighted to report she has had another stellar week: glam-ish dinner party (read more below); seven kilos gone, gone, gone; Major Project coming along nicely; and finally life has been pure bliss without You-Know-Who in Cherie's recently trimmed (only the split ends) hair every five seconds.

Even the non-stop rain could not dampen l'esprit because, as you would expect, Cherie has the gear to be glamorous in all situations: long, long flowing black raincoat a la those American cowboys except in silk; shiny knee-high black rain boots and a snappy rain hat in a shiny something-or-other that looks like patent leather, but of course it's not because it scrunches right up and goes into Cherie's great, big Chanel tote. For color, a blazing shocking pink umbrella.

Enough about moi, although in Cherie's opinion that's an oxymoron. 

Without further ado, let's attack your questions. . .

Q: Mme. G: Cherest Cherie, Last week you were all worked up over the Sonia Rykiel collection for H&M. Did you show us everything or did you hold something back?
















A: Cherie does not hold back. However, to her great surprise and infinite pleasure Cherie did find more items, one of which is a scarf, not pictured here, which Cherie would kill to get her hands on, but it's probably too late. 



























































Q: Mme. S: Dear Cherie, Since you don't seem to wish to leap into spring until you see your forsythia in bloom, would you be so kind as to let us at least begin sampling a few items right-this-minute?























A: Dear Mme. S, Testy are we? Maybe you need magnesium instead of something special for spring? Cherie, however, in her boundless benevolence will answer your question. As mentioned last week, if one wishes to start slowly, a flowered scarf is the way to go and by definition all scarves are investments.

















If perchance you have a light-weight jeans shirt in your closet, pull it out, but don't wear it with jeans for heaven's sake. Mix it up with a black or navy straight skirt, a wide belt, some bijoux. If you don't own one, now is the time to invest. (Or how about tucking it into your gold sequined trousers. . . as pictured here in Figaro Madame and photographed by Naomi Yang.)



















Another hot item, although Cherie herself does not plan to indulge, is the safari jacket -- waaay too many pockets. Pull that out as well. If you happen to have an old YSL, lucky you. Cherie noticed even Landsend did a version. 

Fashion tip: If you have a bust, you know what Cherie's talking about. . . Do not, repeat: do not put pockets -- especially with flaps -- on top of it.

Would you really like Cherie to talk about a mariniere again? If you bought it last year as you were told (as Cherie suggested), you're all set. Start wearing it now.

Q: Mme. M: Cherie, dear, Have you done anything exciting lately and if so, what did you wear?

A: Chere Madame M, Isn't it curious how one's questions can often coincide perfectly with Cherie's exciting life? Why, yes, after sorting through all her invitations and obligations this past week, Cherie accepted an invitation to a charming soiree. This is what everyone wore:

1.) The Hostess: A simple beige wool dress -- long sleeves, round neck, two-inches over the knee -- with opaque brown tights, Roger Vivier brown suede low heels and masses of chain necklaces of all sorts.

2.) Guest #1: Black leather above the knee YSL leather skirt, black opaque tights, black pumps and a cashmere twin-set in coral, accessoried with a massive coral necklace.

3.) Guest #2: A tw0-inches-over-the-knee black sweater dress, scooped neck, long sleeves, black tights, bottines, wide black suede belt and two long necklaces (sautoirs) she twisted together one pearls, the other in coral with a large bluish jade pendant -- very chic.

4.) Guest #3: A beige sweater dress (they're very big), again above the knees, brown opaque tights, brown, double-wrap belt, brown boots, a mass of brooches on her left shoulder and an arm-load of gold bangles.

5.) Cherie: Black straight skirt (just tickling the bottom of the knee), black opaque tights, black-on-black Chanel pumps, a creamy beige satin, pleat-front Chanel blouse, masses of pearls, plus Chanel earrings featuring a large pearl in the center surrounded by some kind of maron glacé opaque stone and a black and brown Dolce et Gabbana striped spencer.

Q: Mme. B: Cherie, just for fun, show us something you think is adorable.

A: Cherie thinks this Borsalino hat is beyond adorable. (Photo by Dusan Reljin, from French Elle.)

19 comments:

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hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I would have loved to see all those great ensembles...so inspiring and so chic.

Deja Pseu said...

Ah Cherie, you've done it again. So much inspiration in one post! I love the idea of twisting the two long necklaces, will have to give that one a whirl.

Marsi said...

What a chic soiree indeed. I'm fascinated by the "ton sur ton" of coral on coral. Brown on brown, or black on black -- been there, done that. But coral!

Ever since you mentioned Liberty prints last week, Cherie, I've been seeing them everywhere.

Those Rykiel flats? To die for.

Very glad to hear about the progress on le project et le regime. Brava!

xoxo!

Dragonfly said...

Just discovered your blog due to a posting by Trish on Trovais. You are adorable and left me wanting more. Fashion is challenging as you get older and its frustrating and even frightening to try to puzzle it out on my own. Heavens--the last thing we all want is to look ridiculous...now there's help, Cherie!

BigLittleWolf said...

Ah, the descriptions of the soirée's hostess and guests make this a sublime read. Masses of bijoux, belts, pearls, brown on brown, black on black, the touch of coral... and the mere mention of Roger Vivier sets my chaussure-adoring heart to pitter pat, though personally, I'd need to go for Vivier with a heel. At 1m50, one does need all the help one can get. (And not to worry, never never, never pockets in or around the chesticular area with a bonnet of C. Sûrement pas.

materfamilias said...

it's raining here, and grey, and I'll be waiting along a dirt road to catch my ferry, navigating docks in as sharp an ensemble as I can devise to suit the conditions -- so I thank you for fuelling my rich fantasy life of glam dinners in a Parisien flat . . . and sending me out on a quest for the perfect spring scarf . . .

Jacqueline said...

I WANT, nay NEED the Borsalino hat, Tish, and did you notice how many times BLACK was mentioned in Cherie's answer's ?
I rest my case !!!! haha. XXXX

Clarity said...

Wait a minute - denim shirts are back? So cute and safari-like with those trousers. I like the jacket too but the hat is the winner, where can I get it oh Trishy Trish?

P.S. 7Kg?? I hope she didn't donate any organs to lose that weight.

myletterstoemily said...

you just saved me....had on a denim
shirt and jean! quickly changed. :)

Belle de Ville said...

I was just curious to know the average age of the guests. Is two inches above the knee the standard length now?

Bonjour Madame said...

I totally enjoyed the recap of what everyone wore to the soiree!

knitpurl said...

Nifty report on the soiree, Cherie. So many exciting things to check out and I was going to spend the weekend reading and knitting and knitting and reading.

So happy to read le regime is working, lucky you. Happy weekend and a dry one too!
xoxo

aaonce said...

Cherie,
Are sweater dresses a trend (or ist merely a particular style that is popular)-or are they a staple in the winter?
Sorry I have been absent lately in the comment section, for some reason my computer has not allowed me to post comments.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Tish
Thanks for your sweet sweet comment.. Strangely I work in IT for a living .. but blogging [and down time] is bringing out my creative side...

Now I had to laugh about the flaps over the bustline... until recent 'post 40yrs' that would have been an advantage for me!! Except the safari look has gone by the way side.. yet replaced with the industrial look..!! Oh to be thin again and wear anything!! Have a great weekend and thanks once again.. xx Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh I forgot to mention.. Jennifer Beaudet is one of my favourite bloggers.. so sweet and talented... I have one of her paintings myself...Julie

Drea said...

I like that scarf! It would work quite nicely with that safari jacket...

Must get me some of gold sequin pants! Now there's something to spice up your average work week...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Chère Chèrie,

You counsel is well taken and I just love your style! It makes being une femme d'un certain âge bearable!!! You're the best!

Anita

Tish Jett said...

Dear Dragonfly,

How happy I am to see you. I visited you and discovered your beautiful blog, but couldn't figure out how to leave you a message to tell you so. I hope you come back here to explain to me what I did wrong. I would have to lose you.

I know, Jackie, isn't the hat to die-for?

Aanonce, How nice to see you again. No, the sweater dresses have been a trend all winter and in all shapes, lengths and textures. They are so classic and can be worn in so many different ways and there is one that is right for every figure that I consider them a great buy.

Chere Belle de Ville, Excellent question. Typical of Cherie not to be thorough. The women were from 43 to mid-60s -- all with great legs.

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