Thursday, July 21, 2016

A JFK Jr. Story

JFK Jr. and his wife Carolyn, 1996. Getty Images photo.

I saw an article in the New York Daily News, published on the 17th anniversary of JFK Jr.’s death last weekend, in which the writer made the claim that everyone who lived in Manhattan at the time JFK Jr. was alive had a JFK Jr. story. Is it true? Maybe it is. Here’s mine:

I used to attend a poetry and fiction writing workshop every Wednesday night that took place in the home of the instructor, who lived in Tribeca. The sessions normally ended at around 10 or so and anyone who wanted to join the group would head to Walker’s, a nearby restaurant, to grab a bite to eat or drink. Walker’s was next door to the loft apartment that John shared with his wife Carolyn. One night, past eleven, I was sitting in Walker’s with my writing cohorts when I looked out the window and there was John, just outside, alone, walking towards his building. He was tall, extremely handsome, in a suit and tie, with a little smile on his face. He was absolutely alone—his wife wasn’t with him, there were no photographers around, there was no one else even on the sidewalk. He just seemed like a good-looking guy going home after a long day. None of my companions took note of him and I thought later that I was glad the one and only time I ever saw this man who had been photographed so many times over the course of his entire life was walking home at night as any private citizen would, as any New Yorker would, no one following him, no photographs being taken, no one even seeming to know who he was. He looked content and happy in that moment and that’s how I will always remember him.


The day he died I was in California for a high school reunion and I could not believe he and his wife (and one of her sisters) was gone—John and Carolyn seemed like the Prince and Princess of Manhattan! One of my writing friends told me the Wednesday after John and Carolyn died Walkers was packed to the rafters with reporters and cameramen, all wanting to eat after the long day of staking out the front door of two people who had perished in an airplane crash. Honestly, what did they think they were going to see?

Carolyn and John, May 1999. They both had incredible smiles! Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters.

I was so sorry John and his wife came to such a sad end but I was also relieved his mother wasn’t alive when it happened. I don’t know that she could’ve survived the grief.

I cannot believe it has been 17 years since he passed away.

If you have a JFK Jr. story to share, I’d love to hear it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Did Melania Trump Just Bring Back Bell Sleeves?

Melania Trump, applauded by her husband Donald, at the Republican National Convention, July 18, 2016.

I wanted to see Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention last night because I was curious how she would do, since she has been largely absent on the campaign trail so far, and I also wanted to see what she would wear. I guessed she’d go with white and I was right. She seems to favor solid colors and wears the paler ones often. I really liked the sleeves on the dress she wore and I must not have been the only one who was impressed with them. It took me about one second to find out who her dress was by, Roksanda, a Serbian-born designer, another second to find the “Margot” dress on Net-a-Porter—where it was offered in black as well as off-white—and it was sold out within an hour of Melania’s speech! The designer must be thrilled. It’s interesting to note that Net-a-Porter described the off-white version as a “beautiful option for the modern bride!”

The Roksanda “Margot” dress in ivory was $2,190.

The color Melania wore sold for $2,190 and the black version was $1,365. I would definitely wear this dress in black. It reminds me so much of the beautiful black dresses I saw at the Balenciaga exhibit five years ago.

Love the silhouette and sleeves...

...and I am crazy for the back of the dress too.

I think it would be so exciting if designers would learn how to put sleeves on dresses again, because it feels like they’ve all been too lazy and afraid to do it for years now, so if nothing else, I hope Melania inspired those folks to get busy learning how to fit sleeves, whether they are bell shaped or not! It does appear that she had the sleeves altered a bit from their original look. Hers are shorter and more ruffled. I like them both ways! How about you?

Great sleeves on this dress! Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.

You can see in this picture how she had the dress altered, both the sleeves and the fit!

Let me know what you think of the sleeves on this dress, the dress in general, and Melania’s speech, if you saw it. By the way, I am watching both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention, so this is NOT a political post in any way!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Saying Yes to the Dress

Sharon Stone looking amazing last October in a peach and black dress. Photo by AKM-GSI.

I normally stay away from dresses, even in summer months, simply because I prefer pants (and I think they are more flattering on me too), and yet the photos I have come across recently of these two ladies, Sharon Stone and Ivanka Trump, have me rethinking my position and wondering if I should say yes to adding at least one dress to my closet!

Sharon looks amazing in this peach dress with black accents that she wore last October in LA. I love the satin shoes as well! She paired her dress with a Magic Alhambra necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels of mother-of-pearl, gray mother-of-pearl, and onyx set in yellow gold (I weep). I hope she owns that necklace and it is not borrowed, it really suits her style and looks fabulous with that haircut.

Love the details on this dress and of course the jewelry! Photo by AKM-GSI.

Ivanka, meanwhile, in a floral print dress that’s probably from her own collection, looks so fresh and lovely in this photo from earlier this month. It’s hard to believe she had her third child in late March!

Ivanka looking very pretty in blue! Photo by Felipe Ramales/Splash News.

The two dresses I currently have my eye on are:

Press Blouson Dress.

This Press Blouson dress. I am watching to see if this sells out at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before I can get it (though it is not on sale at the moment). I like its high-low length, the fact that it is longer and yet not a maxi dress, and it seems like the kind of dress you could wear in fall too if you just pile on the layers. Hey all you Nordstrom shoppers, save me one of these, will ya?

Ivanka Trump Pleated Print Organza Dress.

The Pleated Print Organza dress by Ivanka Trump. Actually, this dress just showed up at my house and I’m giving it an audition. I have to say, I think it stays. It’s on sale, it is really easy to wear, I love the print and colors, and I have every single accessory needed to go with it—jewelry, bag, and shoes.

Let me know what you think of the looks on Sharon and Ivanka, and if you are like me and have a hard time saying yes to a dress!