When I left New York I cleaned out my closets and looked over all the things I had bought in the previous year at Barneys - sky high Alaia heels, a structured Celine bag in leopard printed pony, high heeled Isabel Marant sneakers - that I would have absolutely no use for in my new life on the farm. Sure, I get glammed up to go to London every now and then, and I need something nice to wear for occasional meetings and consulting jobs, but the sheer volume of clothes I owned (many of which had gotten buried and been forgotten about) let me feeling like I do after a huge Thanksgiving meal - full to the point of feeling sick. While there are things I know I'll keep and wear over and over in the future, I was ashamed at how much money I had spent on all these things that suddenly seemed to have no relevance in my life.
When I packed my last bag (I took only three to England - for a whole year!), I made a quiet resolution not to buy any more clothes for a good while. Little did I know at the time however, that at the farm I would be 20 miles from the Celine outlet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I went with a girl friend, who only had to pretend she begged me to take her, thinking I'd allow myself to buy just one or two things. Oh boy. It was two good to be true! They had all the everyday classic things that you never get to see on the runway but that sell out in minutes at the stores. The quality is excellent, the fit perfection, and better yet, you have no sense that they are from any particular season. I convinced myself to have a bit of a splurge by dramatically telling my girl friend that "I will wear these clothes for the rest of my life!"
Have a look. Don't you think I will?
This was my best find. Even at 70% off it was still 600 pounds, but it's the perfect coat to wear to London and I've been looking for a trench forever. Can't imagine finding a better one.
Remember these sandals that everyone had in electric blue suede but with a much higher heel? I really wanted them - loved the color and the simplicity of the shape - but I knew that that heel on a single sole was not going to work for me. I was over the moon to find this lower version and in black and white snake nonetheless. The other day, I wore them on the train to London, did my errands and had lunch with a friend before surrendering to my flats for the train journey home. No bad.
God I love this tweed jacket. As you can imagine it works perfectly for the English countryside, and I love how sharp the tailoring is and how 70's the pattern is.
The truth is, I hate carrying a handbag. I like to have my hands free and not be lugging around some heavy thing that weighs me down. This bag is really just three pouches sewn together - one for money and credit cards, one for my phone, and one for keys and chapstick - and the strap allows me to wear it cross-body. It also goes with everything. I carry it every single day here.
I love the tiger logo on this sweater. It's sporty in an old school way, and it makes the sweater different from every other navy cashmere one out there.