If you follow me, you might notice I haven’t been posting as often. It’s for various reasons including, but not exclusively, that my new jewelry line takes a up a lot of time, that life gets in the way (and takes priority), and also that I am trying to figure out what seems valuable to me as a writer/editor to share with you as a reader. I can’t give a definitive answer yet, but for the time being, I think that a weekly post/newsletter is what feels right. What will the focus be? For now, whatever is on my mind. It might be random thoughts. I hope you will stay along for the ride and would love/appreciate any feedback. So….this week’s “newsletter”.
My current obsession is a standout, warm coat. I’ve wanted a shearling for a few years, but none have been just right. Then I saw the Toteme Teddy Shearling in chocolate brown with black accents and toggles. Chocolate brown with black is as good as navy and black, but really only works for me when it’s about outerwear.
This coat straddles the classic vintage feel of Audrey Hepburn, above left, along with the more modern feel of the latest Celine show last week (top right). The NY Times talked about the return of skinny jeans with Celine’s new show, sure but I feel like it’s a mood that’s already out there. It’s also nothing new. (I had found an amazing image of Catherine Deneuve and another actress in the 70s–the actress wearing almost the same Celine outfit on IG, but didn’t screen shot it and sadly cannot find it again, if I do I’ll share.)
You can buy the coat here, and here. Or call the Toteme boutique in Soho, Sie who runs personal shopping will help you. It runs quite large; I have an XXSmall and it’s plenty big. (I will post a picture of it soon.) I like the idea of wearing it with jeans, tucked into knee-high boots, but the jeans and boots can’t both be super fitted. I want a little looseness somewhere. The Khaite Davis boots would be my choice, because they are a bit forgiving–in regular leather (they come in moc croc, too). Then, I actually need a new, fitted pair of jeans since I mostly wear vintage Levi’s. I will do some sleuthing; I don’t have an answer for you yet. I don’t like the Celine bag or blouse shown above. I’d add a white tee or turtleneck. Keep it simple. Or ditch the jeans/boots and go for a black turtleneck, black pants and sneakers.
If I could buy a second fun coat, it would be leopard print. Their popularity might wax and wane, but they have serious longevity; buy one, wear it out, pass it down. I like this reversible Yves Salomon shearling, this Halfboy faux fur and this more affordable Rixo faux fur (cheaper on MyTheresa than NAP). I love the white jeans/green sneakers combo at left. I would probably opt for a pale camel sweater and these Anna jeans from Nili which have been on my radar for a while, because I like the trouser details. Then sneakers or ankle boots.
This week I went to Sara Beltran’s chic appointment-only boutique of her jewelry, Dezso, for a celebration of James de Givenchy’s line, Taffin Fragrance, that is an offshoot of his incredible jewelry line. (Yes, he is the nephew of Hubert and his father worked with his uncle on the Givenchy perfume factory). The fragrances are extraordinary. I bought Le Rouge, which a rich wintery fragrance “leathery vetiver, smooth woods, ginger and cardamom are blended with light magnolia”, but I also fell in love with Le Gris (Jame’s everyday fragrance) “the rich citrus of blood orange is infused with a textured, woody background of sandalwood and cedarwood”, and Le Rose which is more summery and pretty “Turkish Rose accented by the depth of natural oud and the sensuality of labdanum”. I’ll admit the packaging and bottle does not vibe with my minimalist tendencies, but then I’m wearing the scent, not the packaging.
Tomorrow, I am going to throw on my Toteme coat, spritz myself with Le Rouge and finish my holiday shopping. Enjoy your weekend. Until next week!