Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Photo: Country Living 

Friday, October 30, 2009

Vintage Find of the Day

Oh la la. This mint Pierre Cardin omega and rhinestone chain is superbly 70s and chic. It is the perfect accent for an otherwise bare neckline!

See more photos and details at

Chairloom Chic

Out with the old and in with the new. Don't be afraid to totally revamp the look of an inexpensive flea market find or an old quality piece of Granny's furniture. See Chairloom for inspiration and their collection of redesigned looks, at 

The bolder and brighter, the better! 

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Marie Chantal Chic - 15% Off

Enjoy 15% off the darling selection of dresses made by Marie-Chantal clothiers, sizes 0 - 12 years. Sale is on now through November 1. See  

Vintage Find of the Day

Enjoy the crisp tailored look of this Pauline Trigere cropped black jacket. Adorned with a large metal buckle at the waist, this piece is meant to naturally flatter and stand out! In outstanding condition - fully lined and beautifully made.

Making it work: Pair this with a wide leg denim pant for day time. Keep the under layer simple - a black turtleneck or fitted tee, and the buckle is sure to get the attention it deserves. Or, substitute it for a basic suit jacket and it will immediately transform your look.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shoe Chic

I love these Alaia booties on sale at Available in size 7 at 40% off.

Vintage Find of the Day

What's not to love about this ultra feminine and cool Robert DeMario necklace. It's a beautiful piece of varying textures and is ever so slightly reminiscent of a present day Tom Binn's creation (only, in gold).

In excellent condition. Check it out at

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Accessory Chic

Gloves are one (or two) of my favorite accessories. Now that we're in the thick of fall, it's a great time to start experimenting with different styles. The long, fingerless look is the best. Seen here as a perfect way to stay warm without donning a full coat, and perfectly styled under a short sleeve sweater.

Try your own version - casual or more refined. Play with textures and keep knits for day and leather varieties for evening.

Maison Martin Margiel has two wonderful pairs at

Monday, October 26, 2009

Art Chic

Make time to explore the wonderful collection of work by artist Gary Lee Shaffer on the Lost Art Salon website. His uplifting expressionism is characteristically bold and colorful, like this pastel completed in the 1960s.

Making it work: Use unexpected art to add an element of surprise in your home. This piece would look wonderful in any room, and would be especially eye-catching if paired with more traditional decor. Try it over a nightstand, an end table or in a powder room.

See and search by artist to find Gary's work.

Shoe Love

Photo: Jak and Jil

Vintage Find of the Day

Unique and chic. These statement earrings are beauitfully crafted of yellow rhinestones in various cuts complete with a striking glass briolette in dark amber. They hang over three inches. All the stones are intact and in great condition.

Make these yours and enjoy them through autumn and into the holiday season. Also use them to brighten up your winter wardrobe in the coming months.

Find them at LaDolceVitaVintage on Etsty (

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Delight

My favorite wine country residence.

Source: Backen Gillam

Vintage Find of the Day

Enjoy this fabulous snake paste bracelet. I'm certain it will be on the receiving end of countless compliments - no matter whose wrist it's adorning. Purple and clear pastes are set in silver tone with a blue cabochon accent.  In excellent condition.


Friday, October 23, 2009

When in Doubt - Day or Night

Carry a clutch!

And ditch your over the shoulder hand bag (or wear it over your forearm).

Photo: Garance Dore

Love That Look

A little fashion inspiration for your Friday.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

Vintage Find of the Day

The perfect designer LBD. This Valentino original has wonderful detail and is a great piece to kick off your holiday season this year. The back offers a sheer cutout over a low plunging hem. And, the fixed oversized origami flower on the side is pure designer's touch.

In excellent condition. Size 6. See the boutique section at

Stella McCartney Chic - For GapKids

Stella McCartney's much-anticipated, 70-piece line of clothing for GapKids will be available at select stores on November 2. I can't wait! I suspect that UK stores will have the best selection. I am determined to find out which US stores will have her merchandise. Stay tuned. I will keep you posted.

(The collection will carry sizes newborn - 12 years.)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lanvin Chic

The new Lanvin resin bracelet. So understated and chic. I bet it comes in the most beautiful blue packaging you've ever seen.

Sold online at

Minimalist Chic

Photo: Aylesford Estate Agents

Vintage Find of the Day

Not quite ready for the more daring green cargo military jacket (see yesterday's post)? Then check out this vintage Burberry trench. Ever a classic, it will never go out of style and will always prove versatile - no matter what style you favor.

In excellent condition, this double-breasted military look is incredibly current!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Love That Look

The perfect ensemble for fall - wherever you are. Try your own version of one of my favorite Voguettes chic look. Pair a bright fall bottom (be it a mini skirt, cropped pants or a more conservative pencil skirt) with a  neutral print top (you can't go wrong with a basic plaid). Add an optional layer with an ivory or grey cardigan. And, top it all off with a fabulous military jacket - which will get you through the entire year of seasons (especially in Northern California).

Et voila!

Looking for a great military jacket? Try your closest H&M for the one pictured above.Also try the Arthur Mendonca version at

Vintage Find of the Day

Art deco and so chic. This rhinestone clamper bracelet, from the 1930s, is gorgeous and speaks for itself. Its design and sparkle are reminiscent of decades past, but would suit a perfectly fashionable modern woman today. It's a fabulous piece!

Make it yours at and search for Art Deco Rhinestone Clamper Bracelet.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Boot Chic (Part III)

Photo: Peter Stigter

Boot Chic (Part II of Many)

Photo:Peter Stigter

Boot Chic

Be inspired to make your boot purchase this fall. Any style, shape and height will do. Wear them with everything!

Photo:Vanessa Jackman

Vintage Find of the Day

This wonderful yellow swing jacket is a collector's item indeed. It's made by Valentino, and comes from one of his secondary lines (that was big in the 80s) called Oliver (after one of his beloved pugs). The jacket's wide collar ( which falls beautifully on the shoulders) and cinched waist and will flatter any frame!

Brighten up the daily school run with his warm, wool jacket and your day will become instantly brighter.

Make it yours for $75 at

Monday, October 19, 2009

More Lattice Chic

 Photo: Ashley Whittaker Design

Vintage Find of the Day

I love this vintage piece. It's a significant (not dainty) chunk of beautiful, ruffled gold. In excellent condition, this size 7 ring is the perfect accessory to tie a casual fall outfit together. Make it your signature piece! 

See ruffle ring at for $58.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ruffle Chic

Photo: Stylesightings

Vintage Find of the Day

Stylish and functional. This is the prefect winter hat for looking great and keeping warm. Notice the mink wrapped sides hit above the ear, which means that there is no risk for the hat interfering with your styled hair.

Enjoy this adorable topper made by Marche (The Bon Marche, I presume) and in excellent condition (for $68). See

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Green Chic

I love the coordinating hues of green. 

Vintage Find of the Day

Perfect for an early-fall event, this pristine Oscar de la Renta silk party dress is a lovely choice for a chic cocktail party or wedding. Fall in love with the designer's mastery of femine style and enjoy the exquisiteness of detail - self-covered corded piping and bias-cut side panels. C'est magnifique.

See more details at (measurements included).

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Love That Look

Check out one of Jessica Biel's latest casual chic looks. Her combination of comfort and style with coordinating shades of blue and pale neutrals work perfectly for a great daytime look. Try your own version of this comfortable and chic look.

Getting started:
Marias USA Oxford in black - here.
Banana Republic Medium wash boyfriend jean - here.
Bluefly's Kashmere Sapphire blue lightweight cashmere scarf - here.

Art Chic

Lose yourself in the excitement of exploring Artaissance's vast collection of  artists and artwork. Their portfolio spams the gamut and offers something for everyone, be it a traditional portrait or contemporary abstract. Take this beautiful landscape, for example, painted by Sandra Pratt. Her use of color and layers, by way of a palette knife, creates soft and evoking pieces that are easy to fall in love with. Offered in canvas, or paper and of varying sizes (at very reasonable prices) - check out this and thousands of other enjoyable pieces of work at

Vintage Find of the Day

Fall in love with this stunning green rhinestone baguette necklace. It is a fabulous accent for fall and would look great day or night. Pair it on top of a black knit for daytime. Show it off against a more bare neckline for evening. The color and setting are so striking that I guarantee the happy owner of this will never tire of it. 

See item number N9061 at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pumpkin Chic


Use white and black flat acrylic craft paint (from the craft store) and a black fine tip paint pen to create your own version of these creative and very chic pumpkins. Don't limit yourself to what's seen and get your creative juices flowing......why not try a monogram, a single intial or leopard print sampling.......or any of your favorite autumn motifs.

Photo: Country Living

I Love Daybeds

I especially love them for childrens' rooms.

Photo: Pamplemousse.

Pink Chic - For My Sister Kate

 Don't you love these pink beds?!

Photo: Tobi Fairley

Boot Chic - On Sale


This might be the coolest and prettiest version of this season's hot OTK boot trend. Made by Dusica Dusica, this Phoebe boot is ultra chic. The soft grey color may come across as daring, but treat it like a trusty shade of black and you'll be the fashion envy of all around you. I promise!

Making it work: Pair with skinny jeans or leggings. Use a boyfriend blazer or cardigan to cover up a bit and dress your look down or up with a casual tee for day, or a silk ruffled blouse for evening.

See for more details!

Vintage Find of the Day

Enjoy these gorgeous Ben Amun topaz earrings. They are signed and in excellent condition. If you know Ben Amun, you know these are a wonderful find.

Considering? At $65, a great buy. Go to for ordering details.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Baby Chic

It doesn't get any better than Flora & Henri for children's and baby clothes. The style and quality of their merchandise is more commonly found across Europe but adored by so many in the US. I would argue that they are America's answer to Bonpoint, only better! For a limited time, enjoy 10% off. See for details.

Tray Chic (or Tres Chic)

Be inspired by the wonderful tray that Grace Bonney uses under her kitchen dish rack, as seen in the premiere issue of Lonny. Try your own version of usefullness - a catch all in an entry, a proper serving tray, or a decorative piece on a coffee table.

Get yours at - the Serving Tray, Suzani.

Biker Chic

Jackets are great investments and you can almost never have too many. Here's a cool take on the traditional waxed jacket with a very accommodating price tag; the biker jacket by Boden. Casual enough for a dog walk or raking the leaves, yet chic enough for a more stylish, on-the-town ensemble.

Available in UK sizes where a UK12 is an 8; a UK10 is a 6, a UK8 is a 4,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Vintage Find of the Day

Prepp it up a touch with this black basket woven bag. They don't make bags like this anymore! Note the yellow leather interior (so chic) and attached change purse (handy dandy). Made in Italy and in excellent condition. On sale!

Add this adorable accessory to your fall wardrobe at

Sunday Delight

One of my favorite living rooms. 

Friday, October 9, 2009

Love That Look

More over the knee boot love.

Photo: The Sartorialist

Vintage Find of the Day

Add some sparkle to your daytime routine with this vintage cocktail ring. It's a great size for making a statement and in excellent condition. It's also adjustable to fit sizes 5.5 through 8! The crystals are intact and ready to catch some light to show off their shine.

Make it yours for $32 at OhFaro's wonderful Etsy shop (

Thursday, October 8, 2009

24K Gold Chic

Drape yourself in a little gold this season to add instant warmth and glamour to your look. Keep in mind that gold is an easy metallic to wear and can flatter any complexion. Wear it head to toe (literally) or opt for a single piece or two as accents. Here are a few ideas:

For your feet:
Chanel limited edition Gold Fiction nail colour - here.
 Pierre Hardy metallic Sailor Heel - here.

Lauren Merkin Eve pale gold metallic lambskin clutch - here.

J. Crew Estate link bracelet - here.
Kenneth Jay Lane gold pyramid dome ring - here.

Adorn in:
Christian Siriano gold silk Red Carpet shift dress - here.
Ishii metallic dress - here.
See by Chloe Chiffon Sequined skirt - here

Photo: Garance Dore

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Elias & Grace Chic

Can you resist these metallic baby shoes?! They come from one of my favorite children's store called Elias & Grace, which is tucked into the adorable Regents Park Road in Primrose Hill, London. Take a peek at their online selection at and note that they ship to the US (it will cost you).

Trellis Chic

My favorite wall covering is lattice (the spray painted kind from the lumber yard). When I'm ready to change the fuschia walls in our dining room, I'm hanging white trellis all around.

Photo: Lonny