Black & White Done Right — Or, What’s in the Window? – May 6th

Don’t worry. I don’t claim to be some B&W guru, but it does rhyme. Nonetheless, you just can’t beat black and white for spring and summer and you don’t have to be a fashion guru to pull off a stunning look. The stark contrast creates a coolness that defies the scorching tentacles of any summer’s day. There is a crispness about these two colors brought together.

Dress by Chadwick's, Size 4, $18.00
Dress by Chadwick’s, Size 4, $18.00
Dress by B. Darlin, Size 5/6,  $23.70 (Tags Still On Dress)
Dress by B. Darlin, Size 5/6, $23.70 (Tags Still On Dress)
Strapless Dress by Campaigne, Size L, $32.00
Strapless Dress by Campaigne, Size 6, $32.00




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Dress by Marc by Marc Jacobs Size Small $80.00 Purse by Nine West $8.00
Dress by Marc by Marc Jacobs
Size Small
Purse by Nine West $8.00

Treasures in a Dark Corner

Treasures still lurk in the backroom and I take great joy in uncovering them. I found this collection of handkerchiefs in a dark forgotten corner, tucked neatly into a hand embroidered linen pouch (top right). Carefully pinned to the pouch was this note.

“Handkerchiefs from early 30s from brother at sea & two aunts from Nova Scotia. (Dad’s sisters.)”

These delightful memoirs of past lives are more than eighty years old. The imagination soars with stories as to how these delicate handkerchiefs came to be in the hands of a man traveling upon the seas. Were they talismans of good luck for a safe journey? Were they for a sweetheart in a far away land?

Handkerchif Shot

I suppose we will never know their stories, and yet I find myself carried  back to a time when ladies carried beautiful handkerchiefs — often embroidered and adorned by their own hands. Some were made of fine linen or Chinese silk, which was a sign of a woman of means.

Today’s paper substitutes lack the charm and usefulness of yesterday’s handkerchief. A handkerchief was reserved for the discreet dabbing of tears yet unshed.  The handkerchief protected delicate nostrils from the indelicate odors of city life — saturated with perfumes and held to the nose. This little square of cloth even served as a tool for coy flirtations, the handkerchief was a great opener for conversation. “Excuse me, ma’am. Did you drop this?”, he would ask with a winning smile and a knowing glimmer in his eyes. A borrowed white handkerchief edged in blue nearly always found its way into a bride’s trousseau.


Take Spring One Step at a Time


It’s time to remind everyone to not be so hard on themselves. We’ve been in hibernation during this winter. We’ve enjoyed richer foods that comforted and warmed us on those cold dark  nights. Shorter days meant less exercise. I see women come into the boutique with such high expectations as they try on the first of the spring clothing. Some leave in tears. I totally get the disappointment and the struggle. Be gentle on yourself. Self flagellation isn’t going to help, and likely will make things worse.

Spring is a time of new beginnings. Tender green leaves escape dark brown cages of bark. Cherry blossoms reach for the sun. Spring is a time of breaking out and starting fresh. Spring is also a time of new beginnings for us as well. We can leave the drabness of winter behind, break from of our cocoons and chase the sun. We will never be perfect — at least not in our own eyes. Perfection is overrated and often stymies our efforts to step out of our comfort zones.

As for spring fashion? Start slow. The outfit below is a perfect example of how to ease into your spring body. Longer shorts give coverage to thighs that may be less “perfect” than you would like. The beautiful pink embroidery draws the eye away from hips and tummy. The look is soft and feminine. Feel like spring. The rest will follow.

YL Sweater & Striped Shorts