Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Donna Barton Brothers’ Racetrack Style

Donna in the saddle, looking so elegant! Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images.

The last few years I have really gotten into watching the three major horse racing events in the U.S.—the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. One person who makes it so entertaining to tune in no matter if there is a Triple Crown contender or not is the lovely Donna Barton Brothers, horse racing commentator for NBC and a former jockey herself! I love her horseback interviews with the winning jockey of the races and I love her style. She has very short blonde hair and beautiful eyes and she highlights both with her statement jewelry and flair for bold color. I have seen her wear tweed, I have seen her wear leather. She can wear pearls, she can wear chunky chains. She knows what suits her and she always looks great!

Lovely in yellow and pearls. Photo courtesy of Starlight Racing.

Ready to interview! Photo by Greta Polites, courtesy of Horse Channel.

She has a book that I hope to get my hands on soon called Inside Track: Insider’s Guide to Horse Racing. She talks about how to place a bet, how to watch a horse race, and even what to wear to the track. There’s a fun interview with her over at Style Blueprint if you would like to learn more about her and see how great she looks in a pink-tipped blazer (now I want one). I think she is such an interesting person!

Let me know what you think of Donna’s style and if you will be watching the Preakness Stakes on May 20. My money will be on Always Dreaming, who won the Kentucky Derby in fine fashion on a sloppy track! Can’t wait to watch and see who Donna will interview. Fingers crossed it is John Velazquez, Always Dreaming’s jockey!

Always Dreaming wins the Kentucky Derby May 6, 2017. Photo by Patrick Smith.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Liz’s Cartier Earrings Return to Auction

Back to auction this month! Lot 263. Photo courtesy of Christie’s Geneva.

I was surprised to be scrolling through the Christie’s Geneva online catalog last week and come across a pair of ruby and diamond earrings I immediately recognized—Elizabeth Taylor’s Cartier ear pendants that were a gift to her from husband Mike Todd in the summer of 1957. It’s interesting that they are returning to auction just five and (almost) a half years since they sold in 2011 for $782,500. They will be joined on the block by the ruby and diamond bracelet Todd also gave her the same day, which originally sold for $842,500.

Lot 264 in the May 17 auction. Photo by Christie’s.

Liz receiving them from Mike Todd in 1957. Photo by Eve Johnson.

If I had to guess who will bid the highest for them when they go to auction on May 17 I’d say Cartier, so they can put them right in their archives and display them whenever they wish—think of the Bulgari pieces that Liz owned that Bulgari bought back and have exhibited around the world. Cartier already owns the necklace. They may want the complete set Todd gave her that day in August!

I know if Cartier buys the earrings there is a chance I can visit with them some day if they go on tour—they were sadly not at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza when I went to an auction preview recently—but you know who I would love to see buy them? Jennifer Tilly! She’s a huge Liz fan, already owns some of Liz’s jewelry, would truly appreciate them, and they would look amazing on her! I hope she has some money set aside in her jewelry fund to bid on these. It would be so much fun to see her wearing them.

Jennifer at an event in LA, October 2016. Photo by Frazer Harrison.

I am guessing that the Cartier earrings will go for more than the Van Cleef & Arpels earrings I got to try on last December since they are more recognizable and are a famous part of Liz’s jewelry story. The earrings I tried on originally sold for $338,500 and this past December when they came back to auction they sold for $307,500. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Cartier ear pendants since they are more well-known!

Liz wearing the earrings for Vanity Fair in 1985.

Let me know what you think of Liz’s earrings and bracelet and which you would pick if you could only have one! (For me it would probably be the bracelet. I think!)

Update: The earrings sold for $640,783 and the bracelet sold for $482,490. The legend of Liz lives on!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How I Wear My: Ladylike Elegance

May is a month when it seems no matter where you look there are flowers in bloom and beautiful signs of spring at every turn so Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I wanted to focus this month’s “How I Wear My” on Ladylike Elegance, a sartorial style that suits May so well!

We received so many photos for this roundup and I think we may say this several times a year, but this is my new favorite “How I Wear My” post. I bet Adrienne will say the same thing! Everyone is looking particularly gorgeous and fresh and fun, and I hope you get as much inspiration from looking at this post as I did putting it together. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country, my “How I Wear My” partner, writes, “I practically live in jeans so I wanted to create a ladylike look for this month’s theme that would be both elegant and fit with my somewhat casual lifestyle. I bought this turquoise top at a hotel boutique. It’s by Josef Seibel. I wore it with micro flare white jeans, nude block-heeled sandals and a retro-inspired flower necklace by Kelli Hollis of Berkeley. I decided this ladylike look called for an up-do so I wound my hair into a French Twist. I forgot how easy it is to do those!”

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb and her handsome husband!

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb writes, “I wore this red gown to the UK Blog Awards (the UK’s blogging equivalent of the Oscars) where I was shortlisted in the Individual Fashion & Beauty category—it must have brought me luck because I won... I was totally blown away! I felt a million dollars in this dress as it was the perfect shape for my hourglass figure, but I will admit I was somewhat restricted as I couldn’t pick up anything off the floor or sit very easily—it was totally worth it though. I think it will always be my lucky red dress...! My husband joined me on the night and this one taken of the two of us together is my favourite by far.”

[Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Catherine! What a huge honor. And what a great shot of her and her dapper and elegant husband!]

Yvonne of Funky Forty.

Yvonne of Funky Forty says, “This is how I wear my ladylike elegance. You cannot go wrong with a little black dress—it will look elegant in every situation. I like to team it up with red to make the details shine out. This photo was taken along the beautiful shores of Lago Maggiore in Switzerland.”

Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish.

Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish writes, “I know pink is trending now, but I have always loved the look of red hair with pink tones. The floral pencil skirt is Ann Taylor and my statement sandals have pearls on the heel.”

[Editor’s Note: I also love to see a redhead in bright pink! And yay for pearls on shoes!]

Oh do I love these sandals on Jess.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun says, “A simple fresh white shirtdress can feel chic and ladylike, and still be casual and comfortable.”

[Editor’s Note: I love the explosion of color in this photo!]

Gail of Is This Mutton?

Gail of Is This Mutton? says, “I love a floral skirt with cashmere cardigan, bow top and matching wedges in soft green and peach shades.”

Michelle of Retro Chic Mama.

Michelle of Retro Chic Mama has on a Rixo London dress she wore to the UK Blog Awards. She says of the two ladies who started the line just two years ago, “Their dresses are a modern boho chic combination made of the most exquisite fabrics and cut to fit and flatter. Absolutely ladylike heaven to me!”

[Editor’s Note: Doesn’t Michelle look like a Vogue model here?]

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life joins us once again and says of her look, “A bright yellow sheath made more ladylike with pastel accents. A flowing Kimono and a floral pump make a fashionable yet ladylike statement.”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style.

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style says, “The black and white dress with the blue touch is a design I really love to wear. I think this is a very feminine and ladylike dress!”

Malia of Style by Malia.

Malia of Style by Malia writes, “Nothing says ladylike to me than giving back to the community and I do attend a ton of events. This dress from Christian Omeshun was a perfect dress to travel in.”

Annette of Lady of Style.

Annette of Lady of Style sent in a photo of the black dress she wore to the UK Blog Awards. That makes three lovely ladies in this roundup who sent us photos from that event! All three of them looked gorgeous!

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living.

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living says, “The red top in this outfit stole my heart when I saw the tiny ruffles on the yoke and the bell sleeves. It didn’t hurt that it had a tiny short fringe around the hem. I wore it with jeans, carried a colorful clutch and wore neutral wedge sandals.”

Laurie of Vanity and Me.

Laurie of Vanity and Me says, “I created a romantic ladylike look with a long skirt and everyday shirt. I like the ladylike floatiness of the skirt.”

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge.

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge writes, “I recently found this dress on the clearance rack at Dress Barn. It had a slight flaw, so I received an additional 10% off the sale price, making this beauty only $19! I was not even in the market for such a dressy dress, but I love the feminine feel of the lace combined with the contrasting black and taupe colors so much that I just had to bring it home...just in case I needed it! Well, it turns out that it fits the May theme perfectly!”

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carilloo says, “I’m channeling my inner ladylike 1960s secretary in this vintage-inspired tweed dress in my office.”

Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style writes of her mother Charlotte, above, “I always think of her as so classy and elegant. She always knows how to look so glamorous in my opinion!”

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion.

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion says, “This is one of the few mixed prints outfits I have created. Or rather the shop assistant created it for me. And I like it very much. I added the black belt and black and white shoes.”

Rosemary of Distinctly Southern Style.

Rosemary of Distinctly Southern Style writes, “This is a Michael Kors jumpsuit that I recently wore to a charity black tie event. Although black tie refers to the gentlemen’s dress code, I find that I always feel very comfortable dressed in black too. I like to add some ‘Fire & Ice’ to black dressing! This beaded bag along with some rhinestones and diamonds does a perfect job of adding the bling for my evening!”


Our friend Sandy says, “White is my absolute favorite color and I can never pass up a white dress, top or pants—I have so many! This Ralph Lauren dress is crocheted and has beautiful work on the neckline and the hemline. I paired it with blush colored pumps and a matching Tory Burch handbag.”

Michele (@chele_clark on IG).

New participant Michele, @chele_clark on Instagram, shows her ladylike elegance with a Sheln blouse, a Kendra Scott necklace, Walmart trousers and thrifted leopard pumps by Banana Republic.

Naomi of Coulda Shoulda Woulda.

Naomi of Coulda Shoulda Woulda writes, “This is my go-to coat dress that my mother got me for Christmas about a decade ago and it has gotten me through so many occasions. It’s loose so forgiving through thick and thin—literally! 3/4 sleeves and only three fasteners lighten it and make it flexible to wear anything underneath. Chanel for life!”

[Editor’s Note: Oh wow do I love this coat dress of Naomi’s. Chanel for life indeed!]

Love this beautiful cuff of Naomi’s coat dress.

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style says, “I love dresses. They are instant polish and look professional. One can style them down to posh-casual with a denim jacket or ladylike with a pair of court shoes. One can even style them sexy. This dress has a vintage 40s-cut that I found on eBay and I made it from a black with white daisy print fabric. Daisies look so friendly.”

[Editor’s Note: I love the old hunting lodge vibe of wherever Nicole is at. I wish I could visit that restaurant!]

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made writes, “This is an all #madeinUSA work-appropriate outfit that has a few ladylike qualities, such as the turtleneck top with neck-tie silk bow and the patent Mary Jane T-strap shoes worn with a skirt and dark hose. The pearl drop earrings add a final classic touch. And depending on the location, I might wear this as a ‘going out’ outfit, too.”


My good friend Rosie says, “I like to wear black and crème together, particularly in the evening. This combination is so simple and easy to accessorize and dress up or down. I frequently wear hats and sunglasses because of the strong sun when I am in Florida. The geometric silk scarf adds to the evening look. And, my pearl necklace goes with everything.”

[Editor’s Note: I love this entire ensemble and I am especially crazy for all of the accessories!]

I think because of the post I just wrote on Catherine Zeta-Jones’ terrific travel style, and my good friend Rosie, above, looking so amazing in black and white, I could not help but want to be part of that fun! I love a ladylike spin on trousers, just as Catherine and Rosie wore, so I paired a J. Crew palm print sweater I bought last summer during their clearance sales with a Zara blazer I have had for a few years, a pair of Gap pants, and my Hermès Jigé in Rouge Vif, which is one of the best bags I ever bought (secondhand and on eBay!). I really love the embroidery on the J. Crew sweater. Here it is in detail.

With all this black and white I had to scoop up my tuxedo cat Tippi for a photo. She fits right in though she was ready to bolt as soon as I picked her up. Should’ve had some Fancy Feast in my hand!

With the ever fashionable Tippi.

I hope your spring provides many opportunities to revel in ladylike elegance!

With warmer temps on the way it’s time to get sporty! So break out your track pants and hoodie and join us for “How I Wear My: Athleisure.” If you have a fun way to style this casual trend based on athletic wear we want to see it! Send photos to us at by June 5, 2017 and be sure to include a description of your outfit, which we will use directly in our posts.

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see even more Ladylike & Elegant looks!

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