November 23, 2012

Style Essentials- The Merino Tight

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Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant

Each year, as summer winds to a close, I anticipate reaching for one of my favorite autumn essentials- merino tights. Over the years, I’ve built a wardrobe of luxurious and elegant hosiery. Not unlike my lingerie wardrobe, my hosiery has to suit a variety of needs. My collection consists of Gerbe Spotty Tights for a bit of fun, superbly soft Matte Opaque 80 Denier tights, finely ribbed cotton, merino and cashmere tights. 

Wool and silk dresses are my autumn essentials. I find myself reaching for impeccably tailored dresses. Chanel, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Yves Saint Laurent are reliable favorites that seamlessly transition from day to evening. By now, you all know that I have a penchant for one-of-a-kind skirts and while I dream of the sun’s rays warming my legs, the reality is that autumn’s chill calls for warmth.

My merino tights strike the perfect balance between form and function. As someone with extremely sensitive skin and an allergy to wool, these tights are incredibly soft. There’s nothing more luxurious than layering my merino tights under an elegant dress. I adore that Wolford does warm (due to the high wool content and use of very fine wool) and cozy without bulk. They’re polished enough to wear under suits and even cocktail dresses! 

Wolford Merino Tights in Anthracite, Mocca and Black (Available here) 

I consider my merino tights one of my best fall investments. The quality is impeccable. They last forever and never fade, pill or run. I always look forward to visiting the Wolford store because the sales staff has been wonderful. Scouring stores nationwide to find that pair of tights that have been discontinued or sending over an order when I don’t have time to make it into the store.

Yes, my merino tights are love. A small luxury that’s been keeping me warm on brisk morning walks to work and romantic wanderings around town. 

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! Hope you are surrounded with friends and family. You can read my notes on gratitude here.

November 12, 2012

As She Was…

Courtesy of This is Glamorous

"I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it." —Breakfast at Tiffany's

Thank you to each and every one of you who reached out to make sure my family, friends, and I were well in Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath. Thankfully, all of my family, friends and loved ones are safe and sound. Your thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit is a reminder of how fortunate I am to have such wonderful readers. It feels like I’ve built a little community- albeit a very chic and elegant one. I’m forever grateful. 

Despite having no power, heat, or dependable cell phone service and a beautiful event venue with water damage the week before a big event, what I faced was an inconvenience that pales in comparison to what so many are dealing with. 

By now, you know my love for this city runs deep. The last two weeks have been heartbreaking. The damage and loss of life is inconceivable. Yet in spite of it all, there has been such resilience and good will. I couldn’t bring myself to post a photo of the city in upheaval. So I’ve included an image of the city as she was and as she will be once again.

I celebrated my birthday the weekend of the hurricane with very indulgent family and friends (more on this later) and I’ve never felt more content.  

There are still too many people who are suffering and in dangerous situations. You can donate to the Red Cross here. If you’re in the New York area, I strongly encourage you to volunteer. There’s so much to do in many areas. There’s a great list of volunteer opportunities here.

Hope you are all safe and that your week is off to a good start.