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You, Too, Can Wear a Monet


By Abby and Elle

This hand-painted silk scarf was a gift from a lovely woman Elle works with. The scarf is from In Stitches and was made by the women of Stitching Hope in Nicaragua. The scarf is fabulous because it:

  • looks like a Monet painting or a spring garden
  • is giant, which makes it versatile
  • doubles as a blanket when you’re in a meeting room that’s 55 degrees (Yeah, that happened this week. Every woman in the meeting was cocooning; thus, raising two questions: 1) Why are dudes never cold? and 2) Where’s a Snugli when you need one?)
  • helps support women in developing countries
  • was a fitting gift, which makes it extra special

Elle already had the perfect skirt (an ivory linen Orvis, $16) to go with the scarf, sourced from It’s So You boutique in Willoughby, but she had to hunt for a top, which she found in no time at the local Salvation Army (Ann Taylor petite, $3). She feels the same way about slips as she does hose, but this skirt needed one. Goodwill to the rescue! The Fidji shoes were inspired by her footwear haul in Germany. We won’t mention the cost, except to say THEY ARE TOTALLY WORTH IT AND SHE’D EVEN PAY DOUBLE. Yeah, they’re Dang Superb, they are, and if one can worship shoes, these are worth the glory.

So take a look at what Elle wore today and be sure to check out In Stitches!

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Birthday Wish: Coco Chanel


By Abby and Elle
Fashion icon Coco Chanel, who was best known for the little black dress, classic handbags and her fragrance Chanel No. 5, would have been 131 years old on Aug. 19.

Coco Chanel
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Drunken Lunch Coming Up? There are Shoes for That


By Abby and Elle

Nine West’s recent advertising campaign has caused quite a hubbub, stirring up strong opinions across the globe.

Nine West claims to have a shoe for all of life’s special occasions such as a starter-husband hunt, a Drunch (that’s a drunken lunch or brunch, depending on whom you ask), baby’s first day of kindergarten and the anticipatory walk of shame. We actually didn’t know what that meant and had to look it up. (Praise be to Google.)

Take a look at Nine West’s ads here, and then tell us what you think.

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100 Years of Fashion in 100 Seconds


By Abby and Elle

We stumbled upon this superb video that shows 100 years of fashion (1911-2011) in just 100 seconds. So sit back and enjoy this history of fashion (and the toe-tapping music).

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Fashion 9-1-1 — How to Top this Skirt?


Dear Abby and Elle: I got a great deal on a pink and white skirt but don’t have much to wear with it. I could, of course, top it off with a pink or white blouse and a white blazer, but that seems boring. Any ideas about how to spice it up? — Feeling Edgy  

Dear Feeling Edgy: We know just what you mean. We tend to live our lives predictably, doing what’s correct and what’s expected. We pay our bills on time, stop at red lights, hold the elevator door for old people. But sometimes we yearn to go totally wild! Throw caution to the wind! Shout, “Damn the torpedoes; full speed ahead!”

Ah, but since we’re more or less civilized, we suppress those mad urges and match polka dots with stripes instead. But, to your question.

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6 Tips for Wearing Polka Dots


By Abby and Elle
Whether you love polka dots the size of birthday balloons or pinholes, splash some on for fun this summer. Here are 6 tips for wearing polka dots:
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