Thursday, March 9, 2017

How I Wear My: Lucky Charm

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I thought it would be fun to focus March’s “How I Wear My” on any accessory or item of clothing that could be considered a Lucky Charm, whether you attribute actual luck to it, or it just brings you joy every time you wear it.

You know what a big jewelry nut I am these days so it was a treat for me that so many of the photos coming in featured jewelry as a Lucky Charm! I always love to hear the stories behind people’s jewels so putting this post together turned out to be a lovely way to learn about pieces that are close to your hearts. I thank you for sharing all this beauty with me so I could share it with others. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country, my lovely “How I Wear My” partner, writes, “I think of this old pashmina as my lucky charm because, despite having lost it many times, it always comes back to me. I’ve left it in a movie theatre, in restaurants and in numerous cars and friends’ homes, yet somehow it’s always returned to me. Because I use it so much and had it so long (over 20 years!) it’s been with me for some important moments: my first trip to Paris, celebrating a new century on New Year’s Eve 2000 and our 10 year anniversary trip to Italy. Hopefully, it remains with me through future important moments, like turning 50 later this year!”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style.

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style writes of her red bracelet, “This bracelet is a purchase from my first holiday in the UK with my partner and as an adult, seventeen years ago. Since then we go at least twice a year. The bracelet reminds me of Britain and my love for that country.”

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen.

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen writes, “I call this my ‘Wedding Dress.’ Not because I got married in it (I wore a traditional wedding dress) but because it was my ‘going away’ dress I wore on my wedding day. I also wore it on my honeymoon to Australia and since then, I’ve worn it to a few fair weddings! I even had a friend ask me if I was going to wear my ‘Wedding Dress’ to her wedding; I duly obliged, of course! In the photo I’m at another friend’s wedding, boarding a London red bus hired to take guests to their wedding reception. I absolutely adore the jewel colours and the unusual patterns on the dress. They just make me smile and I feel fabulous when I wear it. he dress has so many happy memories and I hope me wearing it was also a lucky charm for the couples getting married!”

[Editor’s Note: I love this photo of Jacqueline and I love the idea of her Wedding Dress bringing good luck to the couple whose wedding she wears it to, don’t you?]

Judith of Style Crone.

Judith of Style Crone says, “This vintage black silk satin gown is filled with magical memories. It accompanied me to many a party in the past and was perfect for dancing. Which is why it fits for ‘gown yoga,’ with its bountiful and fluent skirt. It holds a place of honor within my gown collection, and will be with me always.”

[Editor’s Note: Another stunning shot of Judith that I just love! And honestly, if I thought that yoga was about wearing a glamorous gown and a leopard turban and jewels and kitten-heeled mules, I would join tomorrow, ha ha!]

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made says, “A way to look at this ‘lucky’ theme is something I wear when I need a boost. And this red trench is my go-to piece whenever I feel like a touch of extra self-confidence is called for. I have had this coat for ten years now and I still love it. It a beautiful striking red and made in America, of course, by Nanette Lepore.”

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge.

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge says, “One of my favorite lucky charms to wear is this locket which contains my birthstone and the birthstones of my husband and my two sons (3 emeralds and 1 aquamarine). When my husband was deployed to Afghanistan last year, he wanted to bring home something meaningful for me. He found ‘a guy’ who was selling precious stones at a local bazaar. So he purchased the unset stones for me to set however I wanted in jewelry. But I couldn’t quite decide how I wanted them set, so in the meantime to keep them safe, I put them inside this locket. I don’t wear it often because I am always fearful of it popping open and spilling out my super special stones!”

[Editor’s Note: I love this locket and think Shelbee should make it permanent. What a marvelous idea!]

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style says, “My husband gave me this Hermès ‘Collier de Chien’ bracelet for the 20th anniversary of my first PhD in 2012. It became my signature bracelet. I don’t take it off, even at night I sleep with it. I love the big studs and the width of the piece. Full disclosure, I love studs in general. It is a leftover of my rock-n-roll style phase, I suppose.”

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living.

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living writes, “I am wearing a Mexican Fire Opal necklace that I got on a trip to Mazatlan, Mexico several years ago. This necklace is a one of a kind created by a local jewelry artist. It is my favorite color and I always feel lucky when I have it on. It is bright and cheerful and makes me smile.”

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust.

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust writes, “The brooches I have clustered on my jacket all have special meaning to me. They either belonged to someone I love who is no longer with me or were given to me as a gift by a loved one. I love jewelry, but especially when it has meaning. The only rings that I wear every day are the same; of course my wedding rings, but also one that was my mom’s and two that belonged to my grandmother and my aunt. It helps to keep them close to me even though they are gone.”

[Editor’s Note: I hope Debbie will not mind but I enlarged the photo in order to show the brooches better. They are beautiful. What a wonderful collection!]

A close-up of Debbie’s amazing brooches. I am especially crazy for the red one!

Rena of Fine, Whatever.

Rena of Fine, Whatever writes, “How much luckier could a garment be for a fashion blogger than one that has the images of 52 artist’s muses including said fashion blogger? And that’s exactly what appears on this magical scarf.”

Rena shows the sketch of herself in the corner of the scarf. How fun!

Claudia of Happyface313.

Claudia of Happyface313 says, “In Austria it’s custom to give friends and family tiny lucky charms for New Year-s: four-leaf clovers, piggies, gold coins, chimney sweepers and horse shoes (made of plastic, metal or glass). They’re all considered to bring good luck. But do I have a personal lucky charm? Well, the Mr. gave a ring for our anniversary many years ago that I wear almost every day. Without it I feel kind of ‘naked.’ I wouldn’t want to miss it and I would consider it as my lucky charm. Here I’m wearing it with two Twillys that I wrapped around plastic bangles.”

A great shot of Claudia’s gorgeous ring.

Michelle of RetroChicMama.

Michelle of RetroChicMama says, “I don’t actually have a lucky charm per se, but I adore my vintage Chanel necklace which I saved up for years to buy. When I wear it, which is a lot, I feel amazing no matter what the rest of my outfit is. It could be a fancy schmancy dress or simple T-shirt and jeans - This necklace is transformative!”


Our friend Valerie writes, “For me it has to be jewellery—I’ve got several pieces which I never take off, and would feel lost without, and some which I wear on special occasions. The most sentimental and special is the gold and zircon necklace which my late father bought for my late Mum in Singapore in 1949, when they had just become engaged, and which they gave to me on my 60th birthday.

“Rings ... The two small diamond rings on my left little finger have never been taken off since I was given them on my 21st birthday, they belonged to my two grandmothers. The opal ring is for special occasions and was my Aunt’s who inspired me to sew.
“Bracelets … I wear all of these every day, day and night, apart from the gold watch chain bracelet inherited from a great Aunt which is again for special days. They include the silver bangle I bought on my first visit to Alaska to visit my daughter and a fine silver chain bought for me by my son on his wedding day.

“The vintage brooch was bought for me by my daughter on her wedding day
10 years ago, and I’ve worn it to every family wedding since.”

I wouldn’t call this scarf necessarily lucky, but I do consider it a lucky find! It is an Hermès “Faubourg by Night” 90cm by Benoît-Pierre Emery, which I found several years ago in perfect condition on Ann’s Fabulous Finds. I love the pattern and the different tones of gray and beige on black, as well as the scarf’s contrast hem (this one in dove gray), so prized by Hermès collectors. I believe it was issued in 2007-2008, before I was really interested in Hermès designs, but it was love at first sight when I finally discovered it and it has come to be my favorite Hermès scarf. The “Faubourg” in the title is a reference to 24 rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré, site of the Hermès mothership in Paris, which I hope to visit one day.

“Faubourg By Night” by Benoit-Pierre Emery.

Whatever you find to be your lucky charm, I hope you wear it often!

For April, we are taking Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 out for a spin! Please join us for “How I Wear My: Greenery,” showing ways in which you style the shade that Pantone describes as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green.” Send photos to us at by April 3, 2017, and be sure to include a description of your outfit, which we will use directly in our posts.

Do head over to Adrienne’s to see even more fun (and meaningful!) looks featuring a Lucky Charm.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Leighton Meester and Her Lucky Shoes

Leighton as Blair. Great blazer! Warner Bros. photo.

I have been watching re-runs of Gossip Girl here and there when I need some outfit, makeup, or jewelry inspiration. Those were some skilled and creative people behind the scenes of that show and I find a lot of those looks—and particularly the jewelry—still relevant today! I didn’t watch Gossip Girl back when it aired regularly since I had a baby and kindergartner at the time, was exhausted, and had no time for TV.

Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley film Gossip Girl. Warner Bros. photo.

I recently read that Leighton Meester, who played bad girl Blair Waldorf, claimed a pair of Marc Jacobs shoes helped her land the role! Her luggage had been lost on the flight from LA to New York and she spotted a pair of red leopard Marc Jacobs shoes on a shopping trip right before the audition. When she saw the price tag she told her mother, “If I buy them I can’t pay rent.” Her mother’s response? “Rent can wait.” Leighton went on to say, “As I bought them I imagined that these would be the shoes that would win me the part. They did.”

Leighton and her good luck shoes. Photo by Filmmagic.

Whether you have a great story like Leighton’s about a lucky pair of shoes or just a special thing you love to wear, consider this your friendly reminder that March’s “How I Wear My” is all about the Lucky Charm! Send photos to us at by March 6, 2017. Be sure to include a description of your outfit, which we will use directly in our posts.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dakota Johnson in Vintage Cartier at the 2017 Oscars

Dakota Johnson at the Oscars. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty.

What turned out to be my favorite look at the Oscars this year came from an unlikely source—Dakota Johnson, star of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie franchise, daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and granddaughter of hottie Hitchcock blonde Tippi Hedren.

Her gown was by Gucci. REX photo.

I loved Dakota’s pale gold Gucci gown with its pleated bodice, gigantic draped bow at the waist, and 1940s feel, and the Cartier gold and diamond necklace she paired it with was just divine. The moment I got a closer look at it I knew it seemed familiar and sure enough, I have seen it many times before, in between the covers of my favorite Cartier book, Amazing Cartier: Jewelry Design Since 1937 by Nadine Coleno.

The “Palmette” necklace in the book.

What Dakota wore is a 1958 “Palmette” necklace made by Cartier Paris, of gold wire and brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds. Each one of the five motifs can be removed from the necklace and worn as a brooch. Amazing indeed!

So gorgeous!

I loved the entire ensemble on Dakota, kudos to her stylist Kate Young for creating such a sultry and glamorous retro look. I was hoping to be wowed by some vintage jewelry on the red carpet and this particular necklace was a thrill to see out of the pages of a book and worn by the lovely Dakota!

Let me know what you thought of Dakota’s gown and jewelry at the Oscars, or any other look you loved!