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Memorial Day Shred

Goldsign Shred Jeans

I dipped my toe in the water with a little knee shredding on my denim last season and we’ve all noticed that designers have taken the look a lot further this season. I love contrasting super casual worn in jeans with a crisp white top or a silk blouse. For a comfortable higher waisted, relaxed hip shredded jean, try GoldSign’s Stevie. Just arrived at DIANI!

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Shredded Jeans

A.P.C Brode cotton top here. GoldSign Stevie jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information. Loeffler Randall Ceci pumps here. Emporio Armani clutch (old). Similar here.

Happy Memorial Day! Caroline xoxo

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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A Tale of Two White Shirts and a Denim Skirt

Mother Patchie Skirt

I think we can all agree that you can never have too many white shirts. They kind of fall into the jeans camp where different looks call for different cuts. Sometimes you need a high neck, sometimes a short sleeve, and sometimes the kind of fabric is what’s integral to making an outfit work. As we move into summer, I’ve started clearing out some older styles and restocking my wardrobe with white tops. These two by Mother and IRO have already been in steady rotation. And, I’ve found the perfect pencil skirt. And, it’s denim! And, that means I’ll be wearing it a lot!

Mother Patchie Skirt

Loeffler Randall Ceci Pump

Loeffler Randall Ceci Pump

White Mother Frenchie shirt here. Mother Patchie denim skirt here. IRO Vinton belt. Loeffler Randall Ceci heels here. All available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information.

Mother Patchie Skirt

IRO Jesse Top

IRO Vinton Belt

Dolce and Gabbana Nails

 IRO Kelsey top. Mother Patchie denim skirt here. IRO Vinton belt. Loeffler Randall Ceci heels here. All available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

 

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Overall Overhaul

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

I resisted the return of overalls until I finally caved in and tried on Citizens of Humanity’s Quincey style. I have to say it doesn’t take more thought than throwing on your favorite pair of jeans. You can still wear them with tees, sweaters and leather jackets and, as I discovered the other night, dressed up with a blouse and heels.

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

Reece Hudson Rider mini bag in taupe. New arrival at DIANI!

Overall Overhaul

Isabel Marant blouse (old) similar here and here. Citizens of Humanity Quincey overalls here. Reece Hudson Rider Mini bag. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Oliver Peoples Haley sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474. Zara pumps (old) similar here, here and here.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Head Over Heels

Jeffrey getting flowers

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s a great motivator to rev up the romance, get dressed up to the nines and go on date nights with your lover. And, it doesn’t hurt when your Valentine shows up with your favorite flowers. Painting the town pink never felt so good.

Isabel Marant Yann dress here. Ruby stone Marcia Moran earrings ($165) Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Isabel Marant Play sandals (below) here.

Photos Leela Cyd. Last photo Jeffrey Doornbos

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Stilettos and Sweats

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I often find myself on the road to LA for meetings or events wanting to be comfortable in the car, but also look put together on arrival. I don’t want to have to do some Wonder Woman-like change in a bathroom, or, as is the case sometimes, between my car doors. It’s quite an art form and something I’m now learning how to avoid. I’ve discovered really cool ways of dressing up sweats. Raquel Allegra always makes super soft, lightweight ones in beautiful muted colors and prints. I’ll wear them in the car with flats or sandals and a tank top and once I’ve reached my destination, throw on a pair of heels or booties and a blazer or cashmere sweater. It’s that easy! I drove down yesterday to see my husband in a play and pulled this effortless and easy look together.

Stilettos and Sweats

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Anya Hindmarch Carker Wristlet

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Raquel Allegra tie-dye sweats here. Liam cashmere sweater (old) similar here. Sergio Rossi nude suede pump here. Anya Hindmarch Carker wristlet in grey mist here. (also available in black).

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On The Fifth Day of a DIANI Christmas

On the fifth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a stripey tee by Whetherly, two fun shawl Eugenia Kim epaulet accessories and a pair of Oliver Peoples sunnies.

Whetherly tee (sold out) similar here and here. Eugenia Kim Epaulet in top photo here. Eugenia Kim Kenny knit hood in other photos here. Oliver Peoples Luella sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 64 74.

Photos Leela Cyd

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In The Band

Smythe Band Jacket

Calling all you jacket lovers. If you haven’t heard of Smythe, consider yourself in the know now. Take it from me, their jackets are not only the coolest, but they fit like a dream and are always so versatile. This Band jacket looks great with jeans, drop-crotch dressy sweats, a long pencil skirt and even a long full skirt. And, the gold braided detailing is calling the holidays.

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe band jacket here. Mother Runaway jeans. New Arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Rag & Bone denim shirt here. Zara heels (old).

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe band jacket here. Mother Runaway jeans. New Arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Rag & Bone denim shirt here. Zara heels (old).

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Flats and Flares

Louise Flats

If you’re not quite ready for the full bell flares that are coming back (don’t worry, skinnies aren’t going anywhere), I’ve found the perfect jean for you by Mother. It has the fit and stretch that we expect in our denim and, from the knee, subtly flares out. Some may call this a stiletto cut. They look amazing with heels, boots, wedges and, best of all, flats! I’m crazy about these new pony hair flats by Pantofola d’Oro. They’re cozy and comfy and perfect for a long day in the kitchen this Thanksgiving.

Easy Weekend

Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats in grey here and brown here. Anya Hindmarch Seymour handbag here. Mother Runaway jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goat cable cardigan here. The Lady and the Sailor stripe tee here.

Easy Weekend

Seymour Handbag

Goat Cable Cardigan

Louise Flats

Seymour Handbag

Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats in grey here. Anya Hindmarch Seymour handbag here. Mother jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goat cable cardigan here. The Lady and the Sailor stripe tee here.

Photos. Jeffrey Doornbos

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Nowles November

Nowles Boots

When Isabel Marant’s Nowles boots arrived in August, I wanted to wear them right out the door! Ever since seeing them in the showroom in Paris, I had been dreaming about their arrival. Unfortunately, the weather was so beautiful, I couldn’t justify slipping my feet into a cozy shearling lined boot. So, reluctantly I tucked them back in their box and tried to forget about them until the weather cooled. As the days turned into weeks, and the weeks turned into months, the sun kept shining and it seemed like I would never see the day when I could unpack them. But, finally, the day is here! Living in a canyon can get chilly, and it’s now chilly enough for me to justify tucking my feet into these cozy beauties. And, I’m heading to NYC in a couple of weeks, so they’ll definitely be in the bag! Oh, and did I mention, they have a hidden wedge? The perfect winter boot just got even more perfect.

Herno Jacket

Herno tweed coat with detachable sleeves here. Anya Hindmarch Maxi zip cross body bag. Available for pre-order. Call 1 877 342 6474.

Nowles Boots

Nowles Boots

Ready for the Chill

Herno tweed jacket here. Rag & Bone Adrienne camel sweater here. Whetherly Griffin stripe tee here. MiH Body Con jeans in faded black here. Jane Carr scarf here. Isabel Marant Nowles boots here.

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Gold Redone

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I featured this Sam&Lavi gold skirt, my favorite Golden Goose booties and Mason swing cardigan last week on my blog and had so much fun wearing the look that I wore it to work a few too many days in a row.  I wanted to figure out a way to dress it up a little and wear it out to a casual dinner party. Enter the perfect snuggly ivory sweater by no other than Isabel Marant, a simple black pump and an easy grab-n-go clutch by Anya Hindmarch and I was set for an intimate fireside gathering with friends.

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Gold redone

Isabel Marant Bolton sweater here // Sam & Lavi Aubrey skirt here // Anya Hindmarch clutch (old) new favorite here // Zara heels (old) similar here.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Since getting back from our honeymoon, I’ve been retiring all the summer pieces that served me so well and replacing them with the staples that will get me through the fall. I’m already finding that some new favorites are in constant rotation. MiH’s Body Con jean is top of that list. I first gave them a spin on a recent flight out to Paris and they are so unbelievably comfortable that I don’t want to wear anything else. I started looking for the perfect ankle boot to pair with them and I can always count on Golden Goose to come through on that front. The Viand boot has just enough distressing in the leather and the inside and outside zippers add the perfect amount of rock ‘n’ roll. When it comes to tees, I’ve fallen hard for The Lady and the Sailor. The quality is incomparable and I love the looser, but not too loose cuts. My go-to shape for this transitional weather is the Varsity V. I have it in every color. For another layer, I always like scarves and when I discovered Jane Carr recently, I’ve been drooling over all her prints. My new favorite is the super cool Zipper print. And, when it comes to sunglasses, I only wear one designer – Oliver Peoples. Hands down the best quality and on point colors and shapes. My new addition is the Hedda style in blonde. Being a business owner and buyer, I always have so many documents to carry around and recently found that large clutches are perfect for this. I can keep everything flat and still have room to add in my daily essentials. Anya Hindmarch’s Albion clutch is a great grab and go bag that takes me from day to night.

Favorite Things

Golden Goose Viand Boots

Golden Goose Viand boot here.

Favorite Things

Oliver Peoples Hedda sunglasses. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Jane Carr Zipper scarf. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Favorites

Golden Goose Viand boot here. MiH Body Con jeans in Faded Black here. The Lady and the Sailor Varsity V. Charcoal here. Call 1 877 342 6474 for Army shown. Anya Hindmarch Albion clutch here and other favorites from the designer here. Oliver Peoples Hedda shades. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474. Jane Carr Zipper print silk scarf. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Other favorites from the designer here. Dior Purple Revolution nail polish here. Georgio Armani Flash Laquer #528 here.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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The Not-Too-Shabby Sneaker

This morning, as is usual when I’m in Paris, I ran out to get my pain au chocolat at Paul across the street and sat with The International Herald Tribune. Suzy Menkes’s fashion section is insightful and witty, and is a must read during Fashion Week. Next to her usual coverage was an article by Benjamin Seidler, that confirmed what I’ve been believing for several seasons… you can wear sneakers with anything… even if you’re in the Senate Hall!  In the article, Benjamin writes, “This summer, the Texas state senator Wendy Davis wore pink Mizuno running shoes with a formal ice-blue coat and pearls for a lengthy filibuster. And, Julia Peyton-Jone, the director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, posed for the Royal Academy of Art’s magazine in a somber black shift and Crayola bright sneakers. Suddenly business suits and court shoes seem, well, archaic.” You gotta love the affirmation that functional footwear is chic, and that it’s appropriate to incorporate it into any ensemble. Which brings me to my version of “the look”. A sharp and tailored blazer with jeans and sneakers. And, in my book, there’s no better blazer than a Smythe, and no cooler kicks than Golden Goose!  

Smythe Blazer and Golden Goose SneakersSmythe Blazer

Smythe blazer here. Lady and the Sailor T (out of stock). Another favorite  here and here. GoldSign His Jean here. Oliver Peoples Aviators. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Golden Goose Sneakers

Golden Goose  Slide sneakers in Leopard here. Other favorites here.

International Herald Tribune

Smythe and Golden Goose

Smythe blazer here. Lady and the Sailor t shirt. Similar here and here. GoldSign His Jean here. Golden Goose Slide sneakers here. Oliver Peoples Aviators. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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NYC Buying Trip Continues – Rag and Bone

The weather couldn’t be more perfect in NYC this week. It’s crisp, sunny with a hint of fall when you step away from the overcrowded streets and see the falling leaves sprinkled along the tree lined brownstones. I bought this white Chloe skirt for my Bridal Shower this past spring and have lost count of how many times I’ve worn it. The fit and flare shape makes it so wearable and I’ve always believed that rules are made for breaking, so I wear white after Labor Day, especially if it’s still warm out. Yesterday I saw so many amazing designer’s spring collections and their take on this staple color. Rag and Bone offered up chunky, white tennis sweaters, ultra thin layering shells and soft and simple silk dresses. The collection floated into a more feminine direction than we’ve seen from their previous military inspired tailored creations. The great news is, mixing and matching sharp tailoring with whimsical feminine shapes is always in style.

Chloe Fit and Flare Skirt

Isabel Marant jacket (old) similar here. Etoile Isabel Marant t shirt here. Chloe skirt (old) similar here. Isabel Marant long necklace (old). Lulu Frost vintage pin necklace. New! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Manolo Blahnik suede pumps here.

Isabel Marant Mosaic Print Jacket

Lulu Frost numbers charm bracelet. New! Call 1 877 342 6474.

Chloe Fit and Flare Skirt

Chloe Fit and Flare Skirt

Rag and Bone Showroom

The Rag and Bone Showroom in the Meatpacking District.

Rag and Bone Showroom

Images of the Rag and Bone spring 2014 runway show as reference while I buy.

Rag and Bone Showroom

Rag and Bone Showroom

Rag and Bone Harrow Boot

I’m obsessed with the new take on their Harrow boot in white! Yes, yes, yes!

Rag and Bone Bag

A favorite cross body style bag.

All images except last two Rebecca Dale

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Maxing Out in Mason

I arrived in New York last week to begin my buying trip following New York Fashion Week. But, this weekend was extra special because we traveled from NYC to the country roads of Doylestown, Pennsylvania to watch our good friends tie the knot. It was a beautiful evening and we couldn’t be happier for them, and were honored to be a part of their special day. Since it was a black tie affair, I opted for a Mason maxi dress and ivory blazer.

Maxing Out Wedding Look

Hanii Y jacket (old). Similar here and here. Mason maxi dress with leather bodice (old). Similar here. Anya Hindmarch clutch. Similar here. Chanel necklace. Similar here.

Maxing Out Wedding Look

Maxing Out Wedding Look

Chloe sandals (old).

Maxing Out Wedding Look

Maxing Out Wedding Look

Oliver Peoples Hayley sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Maxi Dressing Up

 

Photo Credit Jeffrey Doornbos

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The Hit List – The Coat of the Season

I’m not going to lie, I have to have a new coat every year. When I’m in NYC during the coldest months (December and February) and England and Paris in March, I have coats in constant rotation, so the investment always pays off. Length is always a factor and toosh coverage keeps you extra toasty. Color is key and I like to try and stay away from black as much as possible, because, although it’s a practical color, it can be limiting with looks that you’re pairing with. Lastly, I lust after fresh new shapes that make a statement. If you’re bundled up and not going to see the look you’re wearing underneath, then the coat has to make an impression.

My new coat checked all these boxes. It’s a flattering and warm thigh length, it’s a beautiful, rich bottle green AND it has mad style. The white leather collar is detachable and the fitted shoulder and swing skirt speaks to my desire for femininity. It’s pretty much the perfect addition to my coat family and I can’t wait to wear it…..soon!…..Swoon!

Isabel Marant Zeph Coat

Isabel Marant Zeph coat here. Rag and Bone jeans here.

Isabel Marant Zeph Coat

Isabel Marant Zeph Coat

Isabel Marant Zeph Coat

Chloe Suzanna boot (old). Last seen here.

Chloe Suzanna Boot

Photo Credit Jeffrey Doornbos

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NYFW Essentials

As I get organized for my buying trip to NYC, I’m realizing, eleven years in, that I have some key essentials figured out. There are certain things that I need on hand at all times. Every day is a non stop circus, rushing from one showroom to another, spotting and forecasting the latest trends that my customers are going to want to buy five months from now. That means chasing down cabs and navigating cobbled streets, all while looking effortlessly chic. I also need to be ready to photograph or illustrate inspirations in my note pad, that are unique to the places I’m in. While heels are a must for me to feel put together, they are ridiculously impractical for fourteen hour days. My trick is, when in transit between appointments by cab or on foot, give your feet a breather and throw on a pair of flats (that you have handily placed in your bag).

NYFW Essentials

In flight essentials: Anya Hindmarch Travel Case. Call 1 877 342 6474 to special order. Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes here. These are so great for freshening up your face during the flight. Smythson Bright Ideas notebook here. Muji pen here. Pantofola d’Oro flats (similar). JVC headphones here.

Arrival essentials: Oliver Peoples Hayley sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Leica D-Lux 5 camera (similar).

Anya Hindmarch Travel Case 2

Anya Hindmarch thinks of everything and always creates useful compartments in her bags and accessories. Her travel case is two-sided. Zip open one side for all of your “take-off” needs, and flip it over for your “touch-down” essentials. Genius!

Anya Hindmarch Travel Case

 

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Weekend Wanderings

I had some errands to run in LA this weekend, to get organized for my buying trip to NYC and I can’t think what I did before my Anya Hindmarch cross body bag. It’s so practical, lightweight and all the interior pockets keep your essentials well organized. It’s a staple that will be coming to the city with me.

Anya Hindmarch Bag

Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Bag

Goldsign His Jean in Delphine wash here. Rag and Bone sweater (similar). Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Crossbody here. Call 1 877 342 6474 to special order black. n.d.c Made by Hand nude patent sandals (similar). Oliver Peoples Braverman sunnies. Call 1 877 342 6474.

Photo Credit Jeffrey Doornbos

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Trend for Fall – A for Aran

When I was buying for fall back in February, a recurring theme came up with knitwear. Good ‘ole Aran. Think fishermen in Ireland and sheep farmers in the Scottish Highlands. But don’t think smelly, scratchy thick wool aran. The designers took their inspiration and propelled it forward into refined, slim shapes and super soft cashmeres and blends. Pair with skinnies or pencil skirts.

Alice Aran Sweater

ALICE by Temperley sweater. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Alice Aran Sweater

Alice Aran Sweater

Alice Aran Sweater

ALICE by Temperley sweater. New arrival. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.  MiH Body Con jeans here. Loeffler Randall booties. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

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It’s a Boot Thing

Anyone who knows me knows that my wardrobe is filled with boots. I have a serious weakness when it comes to all things boots and in all shapes, heel heights and colors. The reality, though is, I wear them all and many of them year round. My latest addition to the family are these insanely soft, impossibly comfortable, undeniably cool biker inspired knee highs by Alberto Fermani. You can’t go wrong with a well made, sleek shafted flat boot in dark chocolate and this one check on all accounts.

Alberto Fermani Boots

Alberto Fermani Boots

Alberto Fermani Two Buckle Knee High boots available here.

Alberto Fermani Boots

Alberto Fermani Boots

Helmut Wide Hem sweater here. MiH Body Con jeans in Faded Black here. Alberto Fermani Two Buckle Knee High boots here. Jane Carr scarf. New Arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Alberto Fermani Boots

 

Photographs Jeffrey Doornbos

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Transitioning Made Easy

Now that fall is just around the corner, it’s time to start finding those key pieces to invest in that will transition you into the cooler months. I’ve started with a crisp white shirt, a trusty pair of pale wash skinny jeans and Isabel Marant’s new Delphia suede gaucho boots, which are an instant year-round classic.

Isabel Marant Delphia Boot

Isabel Marant Delphia Boot

White cotton Pomandère shirt. Rag and Bone Skinny jeans (old). Similar here. Isabel Marant necklace (old). Isabel Marant Delphia gaucho boots. Call DIANI at 1877 342 6474. New arrival! Jerome Dreyfuss bag (old). Similar here.

Isabel Marant Delphia Boot

Isabel Marant Delphia Boot

Isabel Marant Delphia Boot

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