Week in Review: 5/20-5/26

Take a look at what we had to get off our chests this week:

How do I dress my age anyway?  Where do I begin? Weekend Observations: Dress Your — What Does that Mean?

I get that CK wants to remain exclusive but, come on, he still needs to sell his stuff somewhere! Pic of the Week: What’s Up Calvin Klein?!

While we may be bombarded by tons of BIG DATA, the digital world has actually made us more aesthetically inclined How Digital Has Made Us More Aesthetically Inclined

Great beauty-in-culture reading we’ve ripped from the wires More to Love: Additions to the Reading List

Enjoy the weekend…its my daughter’s birthday!

Weekend Observations: Dress Your Age — What Does that Mean?

Now that I’ve hit the big 4-0 I feel like I need to start dressing my age.

But what exactly does that mean these days?

I’ve never been one for dressing conservatively or primly.   After all, I work in tech.  I can’t look outdated in a world that lives in the future!

Does it mean wearing more expensive or higher quality duds?  LOVE THAT.  But I’ve always been cautious about spending tons of money.  Something deep down stops me.  I think I always felt expensive clothes was one of those luxuries I had to deserve, and, well, was I truly worthy of them?

Another nagging question: am I confident to know if the investments I make in my wardrobe are right?

Enough with the crazy thinking…time to reinvest in myself.  I know I have to take the big leap and find a personal shopper.  Too much of a time, energy, and cash commitment for right now.  BUT, with enough encouragement, I think I may go for it.

Yet, I still need to get something.  I got an extra push after reading an excerpt by my colleague Eileen Naughton in the book, How Remarkable Women Lead.  Her advice: “Take of yourself, indulge a little…” (And, Eileen is TRULY remarkable!)

So, I ran into Helmut Lang an hour before it closed and bought these two items:

What do ya think?





Dress Risque and You’ll Feel/See the Difference

Clothes don’t make the man/woman.


Sure there’s a lot more to a person than what she or he wears.  But clothes can definitely change one’s outlook, attitude, and behaviors.

W magazine published a piece about this very notion called “Risque Business.”  In it the author shares her metamorphosis from good girl to brazen, confident women as a result of wearing the fetishistic-looking fashion seen this season.  Latex dresses aren’t just form-fitting outfits.  They are a message to the self and the rest of the world that you have attitude, chutzpah and some mystery too.  And the story you tell yourself by donning such an outfit, as the author points out, WILL change your behavior.

And isn’t one’s behavior and attitude really a reflection of who one is anyway?

I have a black Helmut Lang dress from a decade and half ago.  At first blush it looks rather prim.  It’s a sleeveless sheath, cut high at the neck and it hits a bit above the knee.  BUT, it has a special feature: a black ribbon draped around the dress making it appear that I’m kinda tied up.  When ever I wear that dress, I feel like I can kick some major ass.  And sometimes I do!

See below for the dress


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Weekend Observations: Where Does Your Sense of Style Come From?

Individual Sense of Style

Sitting among 4 older boys playing a game of Monopoly is my daughter Laila.  She is decked out in blue footsie pj’s and a Yankees hat, rim facing the side.  While I’m used to her tomboy fashion sense, I still marvel at how un-girly her style is given how much I loved dressing up Barbies and fantasizing about being a glamazon when I was her age.

Everyone’s response to my concern for Laila’s style is:  “What do you expect, she has 2, very boyish older brothers!”   Or “She’ll grow out of it as she matures.”  Yeah, yeah, I get this but I know plenty of people who aren’t influenced by their siblings’ style at all.

So what’s at the root of our “senses of style” anyway?  The notion of an individual sense of style is bandied about all the time in fashion and beauty mags.  “Dress to match your style”, or “How to express your style in the workplace”, or “Don’t squelch your sense of style”, blah, blah, blah.  But where or how does our sense of style form in the first place? Is it related to our body types, i.e., I have broad shoulders so I might as well embrace a more masculine look, or I have a tiny waist so I’m a fifties chick all the way….?

Or does it have to do with upbringing?  My mom isn’t a particularly frilly dresser and neither am I.  But then again, my sister is pretty preppy and I’m more rocker chick.  Does some synapses form prenatally that are predisposed to Helmut Lang versus Tory Burch?

Maybe a few brain scans, infant observations and cognitive test are in order?  Ha, ha.

But seriously, does anyone have an explanation?


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