Thursday, February 28, 2013

Best Feet Forward

(Dominique Issermann for Maud Frizon - winter 1985/86)

"Well dressed?  Look down. Expensive boots and expensive shoes are worth saving up for. 
Not because of a designer label but because one good pair is the basis for a pared down, solid classic wardrobe. They age well too." - from Cheap Chic Update by Caterine Milinaire and Carol Troy

3 of our top kicks:

Christian Louboutin Miss Tack pump

Repetto BB ballet flat

Isabel Marant Dicker boot in Gris


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bag Ladies

A handbag can say a lot about the person who is carrying it. It not only holds the essentials of your daily life, but also affects the way you carry yourself. And since we assume you want a bag that says very nice things about you, the good news is you don't have to spend a lot to obtain a fantastic one. In fact, some of our favorites were bought for a song. Like anything else, this search for the "perfect" bag (on eBay, in consignment shops) is an exercise  in timing and patience.

Here are our three top picks: the Hermès Kelly (of course!), a classic Prada frame bag (iconic 90s Prada), and the Tod's toaster ( a new classic).

And usually when a high end bag has a lowly imperfection, like a little pen mark (see the Tod's bag), that will bring down the price. This kind of thing doesn't bother us, as long as it isn't a ghastly stain or odor (eww!). We think it adds a little character, and doesn't make it too precious to use and enjoy every day. 

And, we really try to recycle leather -- so buying vintage and pre-owned bags is a good practice. What do you think?

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Photo portraits by Roy Schatt

As sisters growing up in Princeton, NJ – a university town a short train ride from NYC, we can remember when our obsession with fashion was ignited. Trips to Fiorucci on 59th Street, the Italian emporium for new wave and punk-inspired looks. Boutique shopping in SoHo at Agnes b. for French mariniere tops, and Tootsi Plohound for chunky loafers. Madison Avenue missions to Margaret Howell for impeccable linen shirts, then wandering into Yohji Yamamoto – where we discovered amazing ideas from Japan delivered in stunning black silhouettes. And, of course, we found a way to mix it in with the preppy fare of Nassau Street in Princeton, shopping with our mom for Fair Isle sweaters, oxford shirts, and wide wale cords, in unexpected colors like citrus yellow and petunia pink.

We're excited to share with you how we navigate fashion and all of its delicious ideas to continually build and enhance our personal style, with a commitment to "the timeless." We’ll be sharing our closets, special finds, shopping tips and address books, and inspiring images.