Tuesday, July 26, 2011

News & Views, This & That

Ines de la Fressange -- look how her trousers reflect in the buckle of her Roger Vivier ballerines.

Some of you have indicated we/I am in overdose mode with Ines de la Fressange. I shall not argue the point. However (isn't there always a however?) I thought you might like to see what she wore to a recent   soirée in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the iconic watch brand Jaeger-Lecoultre.

She does prove over and over the beauty of the perfect white shirt. It is ageless, flattering, and elegantly nonchalant. Of course it's the way she wears it with the cuffs turned back, the collar slightly turned up and the Roger Vivier accessories. Are the trousers the game changer? No, I think it's the shirt.


While we're on the subject of ageless dressing, I think I'll go waaaaay out on the proverbial limb. I suggest that a Frenchwoman of a certain age would wear this camisole. Yes, she might very well wear it under a jacket or a cardigan, she might also tuck it in and forget about the la-dee-da peplum thingie, but she's never as quick as some of us are to decide something is not age appropriate.

It's always the how and not always the what.
French Soule.
Definitely a universal summer accessory, espadrilles. But curiously -- or perhaps not in the world of fashion -- the price points.

Phillip Lim


Phillip Lim 240 Euros, French Soule, made in France, 18 Euros. Both feature fabric "uppers" as they say. I wouldn't want you to think the Lim version was leather to justify the slight difference in price.


Almonds. They seem to be the latest and the greatest topic of conversation this summer. It's not as if everyone didn't already know how unbelievably wonderful they are for us in every way -- hair, skin, suppression of the appetite (supposedly) and lots of other scientific stuff. All the stars claim they pack little boxes or bags of them wherever they go because they are tiny "miracles." They are quite calorific, but 10 or 12 really do fill a need at about 4 p.m. Friendly reminder entre nous: Don't pack more than you need. Because you'll definitely want more than you have.

20 comments:

Francine Gardner said...

I do like the look of a crisp white shirt, especially when sported by Ines. My personal take on it is that one has to be very thin to pull it off

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I cannot get too much of Ines...I love her style and she is so inspirational to me. Don't stop sharing her looks!! Thanks!

Martina said...

I'm addicted to almonds and almost cannot work without them. A handfull each day doesn't show on your hips at all, and they are so energizing. And so is the look of Ines above!

Villette said...

There is no such thing as too much Ines. There is always something more we can learn from her. One line from her book which I have made myself learn by heart: when shopping for clothes, "Always ask yourself: 'If I buy this, will I want to wear it tonight?" If the answer is "non" or..."Maybe one day, to a party, you never know," it's time to leave the store and fast.'

vicki archer said...

Hello Tish,
I can't buy espadrilles other than in the local market....as much as I would like the smart designer ones (i featured the Chanel ones the other day) I am too mean to pay the extra...as cute as they are....xv

sharon said...

Post away about Ines, she's an inspiration! Off to check my almond supplies
Sharon
x

helen tilston said...

I love the combination you featured on Ines. Your reminder for almonds comes at a good time. Those appetite tempting hours between 4 and 5pm are deadly (when I should be having my high tea!)
Helenxx

Duchesse said...

Coral and white is a beautiful combination, especially on a dark-haired olive-skinned woman.

Any size and shape of woman can wear a white shirt if she wishes; it's a matter of cut.

une femme said...

I'm still on the hunt for that perfect white shirt.

Almonds, yes! I buy the single-serving packs at Trader Joe's and keep in my office. They are indeed little miracles.

Anonymous said...

I cannot wear my shirts tucked in. Any recommendations on the perfect white top for someone like me?

Kathy said...

I like that her watchband is the same hot color as her pants. Nice look all the way around.

Michelle said...

Love Ines, love the white shirt, love almonds too...

Saw an ad with Diane Keaton sporting a white shirt and a good haircut, thought you'd be interested:
http://www.lorealparisusa.com/_us/_en/default.aspx#/?page=top{userdata//d+d//|diagnostic|main:brandpage:ageperfect_skincare|media:_blank|nav|overlay:_blank}

LPC said...

I appear to be on track to wear zillions of white shirts in retirement. I've been on the almond train since I used them to prevent nausea in my first pregnancy. Both the shirts and the almonds are sensible but delicious. What a combo.

ida said...

OH bliss another white shirt. Ida

That's Not My Age said...

Oh I like a regular Ines fix - keep her coming!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Almonds are a great snack...are they on the Dukan Diet?
I am on the hunt for another white shirt for fall...they seem to need to be replaced annually to keep them looking their best.

JMW said...

Wow, is she not sporting the most perfect outfit or what? Love what Ines is wearing and how effortless she looks wearing it! And, adore the espadrilles. I've been wanting a pair all summer - maybe it's time to take the plunge (and score a good sale price to boot!)

Lilacs In May said...

you can't OD on IdlF!

DesFruitsRouges said...

I love almonds. Perfect summer snack! And those espadrilles are to die for...

Monique said...

J'aime énormément les espadrilles fabriquées dans le Béarn. Elles sont à la fois confortables et jolies.

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