Friday, January 30, 2009


Frenchie creates lovely custom skirts and wedding dresses at her quaint and welcoming studio on Devine Street. Go to "Frenchieskirts" to learn more. If only I had removed the green broom in the background. One day I may equal the "Sartorialist" but not there as of yet.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ayla...Santa Fe

Clothing Provenance:

Skirt: Hand-me-down (Originally very long. Ayla cut and hemmed it herself).

Jacket: From her sister.

Camisole: From her friend, Sage.

Metallic bronze low tops: Bought in a store.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Austin....Santa Fe

When I met Austin, he wanted to discuss hats. More specifically, Texas Hatters (from which his hat hails), outside of Austin, Texas. Manny Gammage runs the outfit. Customers include: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Duvall, LBJ, Bill Clinton, the Bushes, Don King...quite an array of humanity.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Shannon....Santa Fe

I was so relieved when I found out Shannon had done her St. John's senior thesis on The Brothers Karamazov. No wonder she knew the text so well while I frantically flipped back and forth searching for passages.

As for her outfit: Royal blue and black are a smashing and inventive combination. One can't go wrong with it. I hope to see more of it in the future.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Hughlings...Santa Fe

Just back from a 3 day seminar on The Brothers Karamazov at St. John's College in Santa Fe. All sorts of thoughts swimming like slow goldfish in my head. "Active love...resurrection...the Grand Inquisitor...where's my scotch?" Did you know that the Russian translation of "Karamazov" is something akin to "black greasy mud?" I didn't. Those poor brothers were cursed from the beginning.

I asked Hughlings, one of my fellow classmates, for a photo mainly to celebrate his beard. The ultimate Santa Fean fashion statement.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Peg...Finleaf Gallery

I have purchased far too many silk shawls these last few months, solely for the pleasure of visiting with the proprietress of Finleaf Gallery. Even were I not smitten with the lady, I would be over the moon about this ensemble she's wearing.

Sterling....Five Points

I have a confession. One day, for just an hour or two, I would like to have dreadlocks. I know. What an absurd wish for a balding British white man. But it's true. So needless to say, when I saw Sterling stirring a bit of sugar into his Starbucks coffee, I waited for him to come outside, and then introduced myself. He kindly let me ask all sorts of questions concerning his "locks" as he prefers to call them. He told me they are 6 years, 6 months and 12 days old. He also said other names could be "nubian locks" or "sister locks." "Nubian." What an absolutely fabulous word. Egypt...Sudan..kings and queens.

But I digress.

Sterling's clothing: Pulled together, perfect pop of red, and classic with a slight twist.

Jeans: Express
Jacket: Gap
Sweater & Shirt: Christmas gifts

Friday, January 2, 2009

Lindsey...Saluda Avenue

I know it's gauche to discuss the cost of things, but when I found out Lindsey's boots were only $14.99 (from, I simply had to share.

I adore the buttons on her shorts.

Bright & Sally....Mont Clare

I spent a most delightful New Year's Eve with my dear friends, Bright and Sally at their country house, Mont Clare, outside of Darlington, South Carolina. The words, "country house," do not in any way do justice to the stately sixteen foot ceilings, moldings to drool over and tasteful antiques. I thoroughly enjoyed the stimulating conversation over dinner, the roaring fires, and of course the flowing Veuve Clicquot. I left New Year's Day feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new year, not an easy feat at my age.

As for their attire: perfect gentleman farmer.

P.S. Look for one or two of the rooms at Mont Clare to be featured in an upcoming piece in Garden & Gun magazine.