I figured since 70’s style flare jeans seem to be coming back in style that I better write this “favorite” post now, before it’s too late and it seems way too dated! Mind you, I am consciously ignoring this so-called trend, just hoping against hope that it fades quietly away. Meanwhile, I don’t know about you, but I am definitely still wearing my skinnies and have no plans to re-buy a whole closetful of jeans. So, this look that I am so crazy about? High heeled, pointy pumps worn with skinny jeans. There is really no sexier look on the planet (in my opinion) and it looks good on almost everyone. The narrow line of the pants is complimented by the point of the shoe, creating a long, clean line. I love the classic look of pointed pumps, and I especially love how they dress up a pair of jeans. The look can go dressy with a blouse or sexy tank top for a night out, or funkier with distressed jeans and a tee. Either way, it’s a classic. Sexy, edgy, universally flattering.
I first discovered antique cheese slabs when I saw them in a shelter magazine many years ago. For some time afterwards, I kept looking and looking in antique stores and at flea markets, but to no avail. I didn’t even know what they were called at the time. How naive I was! These antique dairy slabs are incredibly rare, and unbelievably expensive, with originals selling for literally thousands of dollars. Once I found out how rare they were, it all made sense. No wonder I never came across any! And if I had, I certainly would have been shocked to learn how valuable they were. Originally, they were used to display dairy products, “cheese” or “butter”, etc, in English groceries over a century ago. They have since grown in popularity, and of course, this has driven up the prices.
French Demijohns. I’m sure you’ve seen them. In the last couple of years, they have grown in popularity, to the point where even Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware have sold them. Ballard Designs even had a reproduction version. The word “demijohn” is a corruption of the word “damejeanne”, a term used for a large, globular bottle, usually covered in wicker. It is thought that perhaps its shape suggested a stout woman in the costume of the period. Wherever the term came from, they are large, narrow necked antique or vintage bottles, usually from France, that were used to store wine. They come in clear or different shades of green, sometimes covered in wicker, sometimes not. Often times the wine name was painted on the outside, or written on small paper labels (love that!) I first saw them in the magazine Country French a few years ago, and I fell in love. They are charming. And for me, they have a special connection since my husband and I love wine so much. I especially love filling them with corks.
I never thought I liked pearls until a couple of years ago. But for some reason, I fell in love with them. I love the classic look of them. They are the perfectly preppy accessory! Although, I admit, I like them better when they are paired with things that are a little less traditional. Not the “twin set with pearls” look, but more like ripped jeans, a white tee, and pearls. Or a leather jacket with a chunky pearl bracelet. I like the contrast of dressy with casual. But the great thing is, they go with everything. You can do them funky, or dressy, or classy, or business-y. They work in all situations and are a staple you can wear forever.
I love the look of a black swimsuit. It doesn’t seem to matter what style, they always look classy. Ever notice that even when they are really sexy, they never look trashy? There is just something inherently elegant about black. I know some people love bright colors for summer, especially in swimwear, and I appreciate that, I do. It’s just not for me. I like the simplicity, the clean lines, the elegance.
There is a shoe brand that I have fallen for….hard. Aquazzura. The line was started fairly recently, it’s only been around since 2011 and I probably first saw their shoes a couple of years ago. The designer is Edgardo Osorio and boy, does he design beautiful shoes! They are as comfortable as they are sexy. See if you agree……