So it doesn’t hurt to start out with lithe limbs, shiny black hair, and a beautiful face, but you have to give Ali McGraw credit for taking casual American style to another level. Timeless.
Pucci or Paganne?
I had not heard of Paganne by Gene Berk until I discovered this little 80’s jersey dress in psychedelic hues and pattern so reminiscent of some other designer that starts with a P.
Paired with Cutler & Gross aviators, chunky Ben Amun necklace and a Mimi vintage purse from the ’60s. I think this lady is ready.
Ah, Bag Ladies.
My bag collection is slightly out of control. I have bought for years based on sheer aesthetics that have nothing to do with either practicality or the possibility of actually using these little bits of beauty. I have started to downsize my inventory, choosing to sell my more lady-like (read: I will never carry this) pieces at my friend’s wonderful vintage store, Vintage Vixen (vvclothing.com), in Charlottesville, VA.
Here are three beautiful purses, waiting to be adored by new owners. The two outer bags are 1960s gems, exquisitely tailored by the Florence School of Leather. The true masterpiece is in the middle: new, unused Gucci leather bag with a bakelite handle from the 1950s. Perfection.
While I am terrified of the real thing, I am obsessed with snake accessories — jewelry, shoes and handbags. Walking down Madison Avenue in New York, I spotted this Van Cleef & Arpels turquoise beauty in the window of an estate jewelry boutique.
There is something so immensely rewarding about finding a thing of beauty among the mundane, hence my addiction to thrift stores, flea markets, charity shops and anywhere else where I just may find a diamond in the rough, carelessly discarded.