some new makeup

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We like some makeup, not a lot of makeup. In fact, it’s kind of our ethos here: put on some makeup.

As we’re living with two teens and a make-up loving young adult, our kit is usually MIA, really can never even find mascara. Went out and picked up these things here, all Bobbi Brown. We like her mojo, ‘The secret to beauty is simple: be who you are.” And, she wears lots of denim. Natural looking makeup and a lipstick that looks like lips, count us in. Bobbi, thank you.

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It’s eve of Thanksgiving eve and if you’re wondering this is what our kitchen really looks like. xoxo

 

meet me here

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Always moving and working to make good things happen, I was recently asked ‘what do you do all day after you drop your daughter at school?’. And she’s youngest of six.

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Like women (and men) all over, plenty.

Really no need to list it all, we all get it, I think. And with that thought this post is titled meet me here.

Kind of where I like to meet all the humans in my life, where they are, doing their best.

Now, some style notes: had my momma take this photo outside of our work space, at the bus stop. She likes the pink silk, not so much the rips. Promised myself that I was not buying one more pair of denim with rips at the knee, yet this was the favorite Emerson fit, and there was embroidery. Sold. Thank you Juliana and Tony Walker & Co. As for the blouse, you know, what we do most days, Worth New York. They show it looking fab all tied up in a bow, we style it kind of rogue, a loose square knot with sleeves all rolled up. Momma, we always try to wear good shoes, especially with our rips. 🙂

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Every day dress, meet me here, and I’ll meet you there too, wherever you are at that time. xoxo

Powder Pink Charmeuse Tie Neck Blouse | Worth New York

Citizens of Humanity Emerson | @ Tony Walker & Co

Bag | Vintage Hermes | Heritage Auctions

Shoe | Christian Louboutin

photos aren’t perfect, this is the every day 

event dressing with separates

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Start your engines, it’s go-go time with event dressing. While we adore a great dress, separates give us wardrobe miles.

As we’re back working trunk through November 10th, (the entire month of October was a wipeout with a wicked head thing), here are a few Worth New York images for outfit inspiration:

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the black taffeta ball skirt is a carryover from last winter, 

already have that piece in the wardrobe rotation

thinking of adding that decadent black cutaway for an upcoming gala

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LOVE the simply red taffeta pieces,

and how about that one shouldered cashmere sweater 

with a pair of jeans after the party?

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navy velvet slip dress with navy velvet pant?

fashion forward worn together, as separates simply stunning

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gorgeous beaded top, after the party why not back to denim?

amazing Valentina pant in navy that can go desk to dinner to event anywhere…

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putting in your gym time? show it off in gold lame…

again, that navy Valentina pant, we love separates that go places…

professional images all Worth New York

We’re booking style sessions so you can look your best now and after the big night. We have all this and more including some gorgeous stretch silk taffeta blouses in colors like Verde and True Blue. (we all love a little stretch). Over are the days when you just want to get home to take off your clothes, or not. 🙂 www.worthnewyork.com/rebecca-collins

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in the office and unless it’s a great dress of course we’re wearing separates

and often black while the focus is on what YOU are wearing

get your fishnets on

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It seems every five years or so fishnets are back on, although Carine always rocks them.

We love them as they disguise some of the good times we’ve had with our legs.

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dress and jacket | Worth New York

We always love a strong boot with a dress, not for everyone, we know, happy that trend is happening now too. So much easier to get around town when you can walk strong.

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We love a good little bomber jacket with a dress as well, especially in plush chenille, and more so when it has a hood. Sixteen year old daughter promptly picked that one up, might not see it again. Guess that’s okay, keeps her warm while she’s learning to drive.

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Professionally we’ll be working trunk again, this weekend through Thursday, November 11th. Give us a ring, we’d love to share the best fishnet source out there.

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Every day dress and get your fishnets on. xoxo

a quick getaway

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Saturday afternoon husband and I snuck away for a quick little Canadian overnight: wine tasting, spa time, an early dinner, theatre, and a nightcap. Breakfast the next morning, a brisk fall walk, and out of there. All in twenty-four hours, we were back stateside before game time on Sunday.

We stopped at Two Sisters Vineyards, one of our favorites, love the idea of sisters being proprietors of a Niagara winery. Spa, room, and dinner all at Oban Inn. Theatre at Shaw Festival Theatre, we try to get there at least once a season.

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image courtesy Worth New York

Wore a version of this outfit Saturday and Sunday, but in black, of course, and packed a dress for dinner and theatre. Kept it super simple.

Every day dress, a quick getaway, highly recommend.

feeding others

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Most recent comment on the blog gave me great pause: ‘while I enjoy the fashion posts, I love the food, celebrations, family and just your style and attitude posts the most. They are the ones that inspire me to light the candles, stop at the farmer’s market and enjoy it all! Thank you!’

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two tenderloins, prepped for oven roasting

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serving up 4 scratch blueberry pies with whipped cream, all out at the country house

My reply was that fashion is a true professional and personal passion, feeding those I love supersedes all. It’s like this thing that I have to do to make the day whole, and right.

Last night I was on deck to lend support to colleague, partner and friend at a gig she was in charge of, a fundraising fashion show with 375+ women in attendance. To get there without guilt needed to have dinner ready to go for the crew at home, even while I wasn’t there. It was sautéed chicken breasts, with fresh herbs, and roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Nothing crazy; simple, honest food. No photos, it was a weeknight work night. We know men and women all over are cooking for those they love, we LOVE that. We LOVE coming together at day break or days end to break bread. We’re really all about feeding others.

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gotta love hosting in an apron, this time is ski town for fall festival, when it’s all ready to serve, off it goes

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arranging the porterhouse and the rib eye, always by hand

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we like to serve on huge platters

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steak and greens, always a hit

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ketchup and A1 on the table, yikes, fresh flowers on wrapped gifts, yay

So, our true roots here of this little blog are every day dress and that encompasses the clothes we wear, the way we move, the food we eat. It’s even as simple as making the bed, even though no one else is looking. It’s like a lifestyle kind of thing, taking what needs to happen each day and putting forth some effort and making it a little special.

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bacon, eggs, pancakes and bagels, next morning |  we had a houseful, 14 of us in all 

Sharing here some iPhone photos of recent food happenings, the digital camera just really doesn’t happen when we’re in the thick of it.

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we’re kind of liking pumpkins that aren’t orange this year

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casual weeknight table setting, real linen, not necessarily matched

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fast food = salad, ciabatta rolls, burgers, lettuce, tomato, and lobster ravioli

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oops, we’ve got two knives here 🙂

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we hang at home in our mens’ shirts, sleeves rolled, and make single colored simple flower groupings 

If you’ve been reading and have arrived here, thanks for being part of our community. xoxo

made the cut

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Okay, so we’ve got this kind of struggle: post or not? We say post, as this is about the every day, the long haul, the sustainability. There are times that style/fashion blogs get us down with the always new, always fresh, we just can’t keep up. And, with raising daughters and launching two adult sons, also with young women in their lives, wearing something new all the time just doesn’t feel right, let alone get along with the bank.

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With the recent closet cleanse and wardrobe edit here are some things that made the cut:

  • navy wide leg wool pants, high waist, with front pockets, Donna Karan, purchased eleven and a half years ago at Bergdorf Goodman.
  • white wool blouse, jewel neckline, elbow length sleeves, back zip, purchased from Worth New York maybe five years ago? can’t really remember. (remember the above pants as it was a 40th birthday NYC shopping trip).
  • luggage tote, Celine, added to the handbag rotation September 2012 while wine tasting in Italy. now, four years later, and at 51, I would probably only buy an Italian made bag while touring. and, when in France, would similarly buy a French brand. this bag is showing wear, like our face, and it’s okay.
  • the footwear? new boots, made for work and walking with a stacked block heel, really the only kind of thing we can think about wearing on our feet lately. shoes that look and feel good, and can go for days and miles.

We like to write and inspire about style and lifestyle. We love beautiful clothing and things that are new. We also love what we can count on, and things that have been around for a while. These things and more to come, all made the cut.

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And this is how we wore it after hours, with the ubiquitous denim and some favorite been around Chanel boots, to third daughters late afternoon field hockey game. Our clothes should be multi-purpose, for sure. Women want clothes that work.

in edit mode

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Dear friends,

We’re in a bit of transition: went abroad, blog crashed. Ditched the trainer (he was great yet it’s not the look I’m going for), and the housekeeping (how hard is it to vacuum?), wicked head cold set in and worked a full tilt fall winter 16 trunk. And the election?….

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The major thing going on (haha) is that we’re in edit mode: every decade or so it’s good to do a wardrobe cleanse. We’ve driven car loads to the Goodwill, we’re just really into a pared down wardrobe. We want our clothes to look great, feel great, be great, and if they don’t measure up out they go. White shirts and blue denim, lifetime keepers.

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We’ve dressed women professionally 16 years, dressing daughters for 26 years, time for a little time out and wardrobe reassess. We’ve got three living it home, aged 23, 17, and 16, and they’ve even been involved in the great closet clean out.

We’re studying trends and taking note of what works exceptionally well, stay tuned.

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picked up some Gucci ghost, might be for the men yet we like it

Blog posts have been few, the work has been real. We’ll get back to being social real soon.

xoxo

one to one

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We could have updated the blog on any one of six flights we’re recently been on; way too complicated, wifi too spotty, and kind of wanted to watch five movies in a row – something we never, ever do.

While away blog caught the ‘white screen of death’ for about five days, sorry, really had no idea what that was until it happened and then had to google and ultimately talk with a nice guy from Go Daddy and he figured things out. Kind of funny as no one was really missing it, that’s how life goes. And the Instagram feed still not aligned with the blog? Oh, well, we’ll figure that out too, in time.

Anyways, we’re back and here’s a little info about what we do professionally: help women, one to one, through personalized style sessions, look and feel great in the clothes we all wear. I’m convinced we all love a little love and affirmation, especially in the ‘what should I wear?’ and ‘how does this look?’ department.

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Being a mom to daughters, and we’ve got four, keeps you constantly in the wardrobe loop. A week ago or so, Friday, two of four daughters and I checked into the Worth New York and W by Worth showrooms on 57th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City. They loved so much of what was in front of them. In a city of unlimited clothing choices, they were looking for a little one to one; one to one attention on what looked best on them, what would work with their individual look and lifestyle.

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That’s what we do: one to one personalized style sessions, in our showroom on Delaware Ave in Buffalo NY, on 57th and 5th in NYC, in the privacy of your own home or office, or virtually while online sharing our computer screens.

We believe all women should look and feel great in the clothes we wear. Every day dress, each time we put on clothes we have a new opportunity to do it again, make it different, make it better. xoxo

 

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