Archive for January, 2014

Our favorite vintage find…

Posted by Winifred on January 31st, 2014  •  No Comments »

Early on and always, our father dreamed in Spanish.  As a teenager in Suriname, he had become beguiled by the rhythms of Sonora Matancera.  He became determined to know the words that accompanied the drums, the trumpets, the moving vocals and he began to learn Spanish.  Then, he and our mother moved to the Netherlands and were married and he became a real student of the Spanish language.  He read Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  He traveled to Spain, he was lost to us forever.  

When he decided to immerse himself by studying in Spain, the family went with him.  We lived in Barcelona.  This is when our mother purchased some of her jewelry that we would covet from the time we first saw it.  The foot we wear on our Surinaams boto keti necklace, came from Spain.  We love the color, the smoothness, the unique shape of it.  We love our shared history of moving back with our family to the Netherlands, then to Suriname, returning with us to the Netherlands, and making the long journey to the United States.  

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It was with us when things were simpler, there to hear our parents’ laughter, see their dancing, smell their cigarettes and whiskey.  There to also see them grow apart…But what we love is that all of the significant experiences that make us who we are today, are carried with us through this piece.  It is only recently that our mother gave the foot to us. And that it is now witness to our glorious times and elegant times.  The foot is one of our most important things refined, forever our favorite vintage find.

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In love with Zuhair Murad

Posted by Winifred on January 24th, 2014  •  No Comments »

Spring Couture 2014

Spring Couture 2014

Zuhair Murad makes us feel in love with a glamour of times past,

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and a world refined,

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In love with being a woman, one who rules, a master of balance, timing and influence,

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In love with the feeling of knowing oneself fully, being in control,

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In love with choice, naughty or nice…

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And the satisfaction of peace, harmony, balance, love…

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Provocative Couture

Posted by Winifred on January 22nd, 2014  •  No Comments »

Alexandre Vauthier S Couture 2014

Alexandre Vauthier S Couture 2014

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Golden Globes 2014

Posted by Winifred on January 13th, 2014  •  No Comments »

For us, there usually is one, on a really good night, there might be two looks that make us start talking to ourselves out loud. Last night, however, there were quite a bit more. Our selection of Golden Globe looks most refined:

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Kerri Washington’s every red carpet appearance tends toward the elegant, this was no different. We loved the change of hair, loose and soft, the gentle smoky eyes and nudish lips, and the flow of her Balenciaga dress offered a beautiful outline of her pregnant shape. The color was soft and feminine. Notice our multiple use of the word soft, we love that…Strangely, this is the sexiest we feel Kerri has looked in our recollection.

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What a fantastic choice for Lupita Nyong’o. We are really enjoying her very extravagant uses of color both in make-up and clothes. This was so bold, such a strong way to highlight her gorgeous complexion. The make-up was more subtle this time, allowing the eyes to travel strictly down the lines of her Ralph Lauren dress. When the wearer is truly of the perfect proportion for a look it’s like that first bite of warm, moist chocolate…

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Sandra Bullock fascinates us in her absolute clarity on who she is, what she wants and consistently delivering us the best she has. Her make-up in recent appearances has had a lovely levity to it, a softness (soft and feminine rule our tastes) that so subtly highlights her beauty, one always feels it is more Bullock than make-up. Her selection of a Prabal Gurung (color blocked no less) was quite fresh and forward thinking in our minds. We much prefer this over many of the predictable mermaid and strapless big skirt silhouettes of the night.

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Again, we were delighted by the color red but also by the sexiness of this Dior dress. Emma Watson wore this so effortlessly, with hair and make-up perfection. Gorgeous eyes with a simple, but sleek and sophisticated bun – if you do these, placement of the part and clean, super clean, no strand moving out of place hair is required. The blue Roger Vivier pumps solidly puts this look in the annals of style we will refer back to for years to come…

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Though we would have preferred a more defined hair style, closer to, but not as retro as ‘Masters of Sex’ Caitlin Fitzgerald’s look was divine to us. So different, so fresh. The color as well as the silhouette of this Emilia Wickstead gown was such a standout from the sea of floor length puffery. We love how the higher folds of the front of the skirt show off Caitlin’s very ready for Spring two-toned pumps. She understood the look, without taking herself too seriously, revealing just enough of her playful side. We can now take that deep breath we had been holding while watching her more restrained ‘Masters of Sex’ side.

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Color was a big draw for us and menswear would prove no different. The strong well tailored lines of Usher’s Calvin Klein tuxedo are optimized in oxblood, a color the goth in us always finds alluring. The brooch was a new touch for us, we like how it draws attention away from the bow-tie thus making the look youthful and casually elegant. As we can’t say much about his make-up, we prefer to highlight how sexy a beard is on a man. This will only get better as more grey comes in…

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Thank you Mrs. Roberts

Posted by Winifred on January 7th, 2014  •  No Comments »

I wish I had discussed my love for vintage fashion with Mrs. Roberts. I think we would have liked many of the same things. I would have enjoyed discussing with her which decade’s fashion was her favorite, and what she wore when. I would also have loved to know how she wore cognac, a color I adore and would love to wear more. That was my intention when two months ago I saw much of the color popping up at vintage stores. And now, because of Mrs. Roberts, I’m nicely on my way.

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Mrs. Roberts is Neville’s mother and Neville is like my brother. Recently, when Mrs. Roberts passed, I reflected on my last visit with her. As usual she was quiet, not in a brooding, unfriendly way, but serene and listening. She would always listen and ponder her words. Like mother like son, never a gratuitous word spoken, never a judgmental tone taken. But always engaging when invited and easy in her skin. She made you feel at ease to express your thoughts and opinions and she would gently interject her own. You always enjoyed time with Mrs. Roberts, one because you respect Neville and his adoration for his mother, and two because you could see where he got his many great traits.

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Mrs. Roberts, I want you to know that you raised an amazing son. That you can rest easy knowing that all of your values and lessons live on through him. I want you to know that I appreciate the times that we were together, the times I was able to freely talk to you and you listened. You left behind a legacy of kindness, harmony, love and a gentle spirit. And you left me with this lovely clutch in cognac, my color, my style, a perfect new addition to my trove of vintage and refined. I will wear it proudly and gracefully. I will wear it easily yet sassily. I will wear it consistently yet gently. I will wear it like you…

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