NWAFW in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette


photo credit: Helaine Williams, AR Dem Gazette

Hey friends! I’ve been working on a NWAFW recap but wanted to share this lovely article written by the AR Democrat Gazette’s Helaine Williams.
Helaine was sitting close to me at the show on Thursday night and we struck up a conversation. She was sent up by the Little Rock paper to cover the event. We exchanged contact info an she called me last week to chat about the shows. She was kind enough to share the above photo she took that “didn’t make the final version” in the paper. She had some very kind things to say about my Thursday look on the second page of the article and there are a few quotes from me as well.
Outfit: hat/jacket – vintage via cheap thrills | transitions/earrings – vintage via grey dog | solar system dress – thrifted

Excerpts from today’s Style Section article:

Also – below is an amazing video of Thursday night from Truebadours!

Fabulously Feminine New Orleans Home

In honor of my trip to New Orleans this weekend (leaving tonight!) I thought I’d share this decadent, beautiful home of “a Southern-born media executive in New York who wears clothes with great silhouettes and really fun modern jewelry from Africa or France. She collects contemporary photographs and art. Her husband is a food and wine writer, and at the drop of a hat they’ll give a party for 60 to 70.” from House Beautiful. I’m drooling. That’s who I want to be.

The homeowner shares, “I think I dreamed the house. When you bump into something that’s in your mind’s eye, you recognize it. What’s the French term? Coup de foudre— love at first sight. The house is like a character in our lives. In New York, our home is a condo. It’s mostly where we retreat to plug in our batteries. But this is a real house, big enough to gather all our friends into, with a dining room table sturdy enough to hold a suckling pig. This is so Southern — in my walled courtyard, I have my late grandmother’s gardenias planted. We brought them over from Alabama, stem by stem, with the roots in little jars of water. To sit near them reading the newspaper in my pajamas while listening to the New Orleans soundtrack of crickets, steamboat whistles, children playing, cathedral bells, and the pie lady selling pies — it’s divine.” Divinity indeed.

On Display

Many of us who love fashion often have a hard time finding storage for (much less getting rid of) our treasures. If you’re short on space and proud of your beautiful things, why not display them? When your beloved items are visible they will be enjoyed by friends that visit and you’ll be reminded to wear them more often.


I love the look of shoes in bookcases or shelves. I’m so proud of my shoes and if I hide them away, I will occasionally forget an old favorite. I also die for the hat display.

Jewelry is another prized possession that can be neglected when one accrues more than a few favorite pieces. Who needs artwork when you have baubles strung about?


Storing clothes and bags in an open space can be a bit tricky. I think it’s important to play up the organized chaos rather than organized or chaotic. Also, play up the femininity with the color palette and furniture. Case in point: chandeliers and pastels.


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As much as we shouldn’t, we often judge beauty products by their appearance. Because don’t you feel more beautiful when surrounded by beautiful things? Especially Chanel…

All of this glorious inspiration is from my favorite blog: {this is glamorous}

Have a lovely weekend!


Coveting the Director of Special Events at Vogue

Lately, I find myself checking The Coveteur almost everyday. As editors and various people at fashion magazines and houses as well as gals-about-town have become style icons in their own right, this site comes at exactly the right time. People are curious about the fashion elite. What are their favorite pieces? What does their closet look like? How do they store their shoes? I was especially drawn to Sylvana Ward Durrett below.

“Sylvana Ward Durrett has been a veteran at Vogue for nearly 8 years,
starting her career at the most iconic magazine of all time as the
Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour. Her determination and
spunkiness helped her climb the ranks at American Vogue, moving into
the fashion department as the Accessories Editor and eventually
landing feet first in the role of Director of Special Events, a title
she currently maintains. She’s one girl with a full plate: her
responsibilities include producing over 30 events a year, including
the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner and the annual Costume
Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her style is the
epitome of effortless chic – mastering the art of putting together
envy-defying outfits on a daily basis.” via The Coveteur

<span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Shoes, Various Designers</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>All, Miu Miu</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>The dress is Roberto Cavalli from a few seasons back and I am absolutely in love with it. Every time I bring it out for an event I get butterflies! I love the flapper feel but I always add a touch of edge to modernize it a bit. For example with the Lanvin chain anklet heel pictured here. The chain and leather strap detail are just the right touch. The Chloe rose gold evening bag speaks for itself. It is an evening staple and goes with just about any look!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Roberto Cavalli; Shoe, Lanvin; Bag, Chloe</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I love this photo because it includes two of my favorite things in my apartment and closet: my Stubbs and Wooton skull and bones velvet slippers and my husband’s record player (he has never been so proud of anything in his life). The slippers are my Friday, wear-to-work staples. So comfy and great with a pair of boyfriend jeans. The necklace is vintage, a great statement piece to pair with a day or night look.</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Slippers, Stubbs and Wooton; Necklace, Vintage</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>This was one of my favorite seasons from Balenciaga. Such a vibrant print and it never goes out of style. I wear it with opaque tights in winter and with a bare leg and stiletto in summer. The clutch is a perfect statement piece for summer and fits everything!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>All, Balenciaga</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I don’t remember the season but it is a closet staple. I love that it has a preppy look with a modern twist.</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Clutch, Balenciaga</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Miu Miu; Shoes, Toms</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>Clutches are a necessity for me. I have so many different types and colors and I continue to collect! The brights pictured here make me happy every time I carry them!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Clutches, Various Designers</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Shoes, Manolo Blahnik</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>This Chanel clutch literally goes with me to nearly every event. The iridescent midnight blue mixes with most evening looks, casual or formal. Shoes are Miu Miu. I can never get enough of studs!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Clutch, Chanel; Shoes; Miu Miu</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Clockwise from left to right: Clutch, Devi Kroell; Clutch, Kotur; Shoes, Christian Louboutin; Boot, Balmain; Bag, Balenciaga; Clutch, Celestina; Boot, Christian Louboutin,; Dress, Proenza Schouler; Dress, Jason Wu.</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I’m a maniac for a mini. Enough said.</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Skirts, Various Designers</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I love these sequin “starry” tops ( Proenza Schouler and Derek Lam from right to left) paired with the photo taken by one of my closest friend, Victoria Will. She is a genius photographer, and this photo was my wedding gift!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>L to R. Tops, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam </span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Bag, Chloe; Necklace, Fenton/Fallon </span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Top, 3.1 Phillip Lim</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>Vuitton bow pump with sequin heel. There are no words, they are just.... incredible. I knew I could not live without them…but then again I feel that way about every pair of shoes.</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Shoes, Louis Vuitton</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I’m a huge fan of Jason Wu. He is an old friend, I love him and I love the way his clothes fit. He actually custom made my dress for the Costume Institute last year (my first Met Ball as Director of Special Events!). I felt like the belle of the ball!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Jason Wu; Shoes, Miu Miu</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>When you work at Vogue you are acutely aware of the fact that color always looks better! Whether it’s on the page or on your body. So, needless to say, I have a rainbow of colors in my closet from shoes to dress to clutches and tights!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Victoria Beckham; Shoes, Manolo Blahnik</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>This is a Celine top actually and it goes with a matching white lace calf length skirt. It so clean and simple and can be worn as a separate over my leather pants or tucked into a wide leg trouser. Ms. Philo truly has the Midas touch. Celine is so chic right now!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Top, Celine </span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I got this dress for my trip to China in November. Going to bring it out for London Fashion Week too!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Dolce and Gabbana</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>Another Jason Wu! I wore this to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner in November and got tons of compliments.</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Jason Wu</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Clutch, Marc Jacobs; Shoes, Christian Dior</span>

Images via The Coveteur. Photos by Jake Rosenberg.


Pleasing Pink Decor

When most think of utilizing pink in home decor, they gravitate toward images of something concocted by strawberry shortcake meets Miss Piggy meets fairy princess. That’s not always the case. While it does tend to indicate a feminine touch and is not necessarily right for an entire color scheme, when done right it can be breathtakingly lovely. I love the fabulous girliness of a pink couch or pink wall. I’m not sure Ro would go for the mirrored bed covered in lush blush but he might be amenable to a few touches here and there.

The more I look at these rooms laced with pink, the more I love it. Most of these lovely images were found via {this is glamorous} which I must say is my very favorite blog out there.


Images: {this is glamorous}, la belle vie, la belle vie, the decorista

Dressing Room Envy

So..this is pretty much my dream dressing room. Mine is coming together…a bit. Yesterday I got a wrought iron daybed (complete with trundle!). We have guests coming in town this weekend and I think a daybed befits a dressing room. I haven’t gotten it set up but I have high hopes. I need to hang pictures and a chandelier would really take everything to the next level.

So this is very raw but I’m going to incorporate the vanity, the shoe display and the day bed (below). I’d love to have a wall of mirrors, lots of art and I’m still considering the screen. Also needed: gigantic oriental rug.

Image Credits: Dream Dressing Room, Blurry phone photos – mine