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Divan Japonais by Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893. 

You must understand that the accessories are an integral part of the picture. 

Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), French artist.

Yes! Hats! Gloves! Scarves! Jewelry! Accessories complete the picture, complete the look. A jaunty hat? That’s panache. A pair of gloves in red or … purple? How daring. An antique ring on every finger? What pizzazz!

We love it all and all of it makes for excellent holiday gifts. Particularly vintage and handmade.

Let the holidays begin with style.


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I’m a sock gal from way back. When I was a kid I collected what I called “crazy socks” which were just socks with patterns. But there are times when a girl wants a sock feel without a sock look. Enter – Keysocks.

Recently I had the chance to sport the new Keysocks for this review and I can say right now that I love them! Keysocks offer protection for the feet, warmth, and they are super soft and comfortable. Great with any kind of shoe, particularly the type that look better sans socks, flats for example. They even work well for layering, say with boots wear a little ankle sock underneath the Keysocks for added warmth but no bulk.

img_20161121_121700860_hdrThey are intended not to be seen but I say play with layering and wear them over tights for a fun and unusual look.

Keysocks come in black, nude, and pink. There are two weights: original and light for warmer months.


The Keysocks logo on the back is a nice touch.

Keysocks are available on Amazon.com. Think: stocking-stuffers, Secret Santa gift, Hanukkah, or just because.

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Image courtesy of Powerhouse Books.

Image courtesy of Powerhouse Books.

Just published is a unique fashion book by Brooklyn artist Jennifer Williams, What My Daughter Wore (Powerhouse Books).

Like many a tween girl Ms. Williams’ daughter, Clementine, began playing with fashion. Inspired by the creativity, Ms. Williams began illustrating Clementine and some of her friends. Soon after she started a blog, which in 2013 was named by Time magazine one of the 25 Best Blogs. Like all popular blogs it’s now a book.

I remember fondly my own young years tiptoeing into fashion. It’s a specific period of style exploration when we can get away with just about anything (that’s still tasteful) from playful irony to political statement. Ms. Williams captures this moment in time, which is never the same generation to generation.

What My Daughter Wore is an interesting peek into modern young style, a good addition to any library of fashion history, and a fun mother-daughter read. (Moms may get nostalgic and daughters may get inspired.)



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