I repeat: What a let-down. Only the hood is lined with Sherpa. The body of the coat is lined with a very stiff and heavy anonymous quilted material. I could hardly stand up in it,
Black suede single-breasted blazer, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Keeping this one. LRL (green label) is Uncle Ralphie's bridge line, not as edgy or expensive as Black Label, not as casual as Blue Label, not as Halloween-Hippie as Denim and Trouble or whatever it's called. Thus, dependable, even though you don't have to look too hard to find ruffles every season, on something or other. Anyhow, the lines of my blazer are slender and sleek.
I have to decide if I'm keeping the J.Crew silk leather flowers tee to add to the suede blazer/lace skirt combo, as this top represents a serious future commitment of resources. Why? Because it is a delicate though opaque white silk tee onto which are tacked little leather cutouts of clovers and little stiffened chiffon cutouts of clovers, each of these last centered with a bead.
Moving on, I like this blazer, too - a J.Crew pop-back - and I'm keeping it.
The buttons are an inexpensive knock-off of some Ralph Lauren buttons from the 90's, although the RL buttons had a full back, not just a front shell. If I can find the extra ones that came with a certain jacket, you know, the little white envelope, I may change the buttons that get the most work. Because the fabric is so heavy, I can't wear this jacket over a sweater, and I think unless our heating fails, I'll be using it mostly as a light outdoor jacket this coming fall. I'll like it over an oxford shirt or a chambray. The check is camel/dark winey-brown/green, and for some reason it was shown with a swirly pink and fuchsia blouse. I think that's what put me off initially, but I got a great deal on the markdown/40% off, so it can live in my closet till October 2014. No complaints.
Now let's talk about this year's shoe purchases:
The shoes I got this winter are Chie Mihara, because I've figured out what my Chie size is and can order from sources all over the world with impunity. Right here in the city, I tried on a few pairs at Lord &Taylor, and then waited out the sale. This was so worth doing! Good US web sources that I have used are Ped Shoes, Simply Soles, and City Soles. L&T's selection isn't large, but their sales, promos and discounts happen often.
In a moment of madness and extravagance, I let this follow me home for a visit during a site-wide promo.
My Escargot sweater arrived from Macy's. Actually 3 Escargot sweaters arrived from Macy's, in separate packages. Fortunately there's a small Macy's branch not far from Flintstone Manor, so I was able to return without braving holiday crowds at 34th Street. The one I kept hasn't pilled yet. I like it. The structure is a crew-neck (higher than the JC crew) and the body is a little longer and more fitted than the JC cashmere tee. It seems to be generally available, at a good price.
Jewelry - I pretty much controlled myself this year. My fingers have spent a lot of time being swollen and clumsy, so I haven't been tempted by rings. I did bite on a sale plus promo event at yoox.com, and here's my little treat:
It's 925 silver (sterling), with a rose gold overlay. With its chain, the necklace fits like a 17-inch chain. I'm happy. It's staying.
I showed you my Christmas table before the Huns and Visigoths sat down - there was going to be an "after" picture, but - not pretty. Menu: foofy nibbles in the living room, then Roast Tenderloin of Beef with Horseradish Sauce, roast carrots with chives & cream, sautéed wild mushrooms with shallots & parsley, roast potatoes with caramelized onions, roast balsamic red & white pearl onions, cauliflower gratin. There was a lot of the cauliflower left over, so I won't do that again. Dear friends brought a Bûche de Noel for dessert. Yes, from Balthazar Bakery!
I will certainly ask, no, beg, them to do that again!
Oh, and by the way, when did Roast become Roasted?