Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
Her catwalk is the sidewalk.

Posts from — April 2013

Brighter Than Sunshine

I’m re-posting a previous piece I wrote in honor of the incomparable Lilly Pulitzer.  She will be dearly missed but her colorful spirit and style will shine on. Heaven just got a lot brighter!

Ooh La Lilly!

You don’t have to be the subject of a Slim Aarons photo to appreciate the Ooh La La of Lilly Pulitzer, lovelies.

Classic & chic, preppy & pretty ~ Lilly is a party waiting to happen!

When Manhattan socialite Lillian McKim eloped with Peter Pulitzer and moved to Palm Beach, she needed something to occupy her well-manicured hands…

As the young bride of an owner of several citrus groves, what better endeavor than opening an orange juice stand? Lilly enjoyed this new venture but found herself covered in splashes of fruit juice by the end of the day ~ so she and her dressmaker designed colorful shift dresses in citrus hues to camouflage the stains.

vintage lilly pulitzer dresses on rack natucket cococozy

She soon realized customers were thirsty for only one thing: her fabulous frocks! To the delight of local ladies and other chic girlfriends like Jackie O., Lilly closed the juice stand and opened Lilly Pulitzer Inc. in 1959.

“Jackie wore one of my dresses – it was made from kitchen curtain material – and people went crazy. They took off like zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business.” ~ Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly fabrics - deja vu vintage

Lilly running from Peter’s plane ~ fabric swatches in hand.

La Lilly in one of her designs ~ love the sassed-up pose.

A prismatic palette of pretty, preppy and posh prints was born ~ and the rest is Palm Beach fashion history.

Pool or beach, yacht or garden, patio or porch, lunching or lounging ~ if you want to make any occasion special, bring on the Lilly.

A Lilly a day keeps the blues away ~ and with her vitamin D infused spring collection, you’ll feel sunshine on your sun-kissed shoulders when you slip on her lovely looks…

“It’s always summer somewhere.” ~Lilly Pulitzer

Here are some of my favorite pattern picks, pretties. Quel dilemma ~ it’s not possible to pick only one… Looks like I’ll need to try something in every chic & cheery print!

Spring Fever Toile

Scorpion Bowl

Jungle Glam Toile

Call Me Kitty Cat


“Lifes a party ~ dress like it!” ~Lilly Pulitzer

Illustration credit, Lilly Pulitzer.

April 7, 2013   No Comments

Fashion Plate Flashback

Ever since I first penned this post on Fashion Plates I have been on a quest to find an original set. Little did I know they were right under my style-sniffing nose. Thanks to my fashion plate Mom for finding my beloved collection ~  in a box of my favorite childhood treasures!



Pretties, do you remember Fashion Plates? As a little girl they kept me entertained for hours. My sister and I would giggle as we matched up the outfits.


I can so vividly remember every delicious detail: the 70′s high-waisted jeans, the wide-brimmed hat, the Dorothy Hamill wedge hairstyle, the Charlie’s Angels feathered hair, and then there’s the tennis outfit. Who didn’t love the (now très vintage) tennis outfit?


As it turns out, most of my friends remember, too. Wouldn’t it be marvelous to bring those Fashion Plates back? Before our plastic-plated dolls there were paper dolls~ the dress up dolls of choice for my ever-chic Mom’s (still very young) generation…


And before the delightul dawn of Downton were Godey’s fashion plates…


Then there are fashion plates of today….


But for a lucky & fashion-loving few, we’ll never forget our plastic 1970′s Tomy Fashion Plates. The memories are priceless. My friend Terri and I once designed an exclusive “petite” line by omitting the center plate, and combining the head and leg plates. I can still hear our peals of laughter…

Before Fashion Plates, I dabbled in other toys, including Barbies.


Today I plan outfits on Pinterest, sketch while watching Project Runway, and style and dress my friends and clients. I guess some things never change!

“The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration.” ~Karl Lagerfeld


Fashion Plate photos courtesy of The Medestrian and Pattern of Life.

April 4, 2013   2 Comments


You know those days. You have a fan-flipping-tastic outfit on, feeling like the bee’s knees, and then record scratch! Someone more fabulous flits in the picture with a lovelier, lust-have outfit on, leaving you feeling like a fourth-grader in knee socks (no matter how chic the socks are). Le sigh and c’est la vie, mes chéris.


New Year’s Eve circa my freshman year in college: I was at my friend Jacque’s house with a pack of our sorority sisters, primping before some pop-fizz-clink in NYC. We were feeling pretty pleased with our outfits until someone sassier stepped in. The scene stealer in this case was Jacque’s older sister and the lust-worthy outfit (or more specifically, the coat) wasn’t just from any old store…

Bergdorf window - doll clothes

It was a gorgeous glam trench coat, in a flirty length just above the knee, in an elegant champagne hue with a shimmery belt and chic fur collar. Her sister click-clacked down the stairs in her heels and golden locks, and dashed out the door. “Where…did she get that coat?” I asked Jacque. “Oh, Bergdorf’s,” she said. “She works there.”


Of course an older sister is always sophisticated, especially in a young girl’s eyes, but Bergdorf’s evokes a certain je ne sais quoi, and I’m not the only one to feel the fashionation…



BG Shoe Salon 1969

party at BG

Bergdorf’s is as famous for dressing its clients as it is for dressing its windows. See for yourself what the infatuation is all about ~ Matthew Miele’s documentary, Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s, opens on May 3rd! Color. Me. Giddy.


It promises to take fashion-loving mere mortals behind Bergdorf’s magical window displays to a place where “the rich and famous wield their power and eccentricity, where young and talented designers have their dreams granted and denied, and where money and ambition co-mingle with radical ideas of beauty and provocative style.

BG 111th Bday

“There is ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and there is Bergdorf’s—it’s just something you fantasize about.”  ~Diane Von Furstenburg


In the meantime, you can get your fashion fix with the “companion” book to the documentary ~ and drink…

BG Scatter Companion

“Drinking.” ~Bergdorf’s Personal Shopper Extraordinaire Betty Halbreich’s answer, when asked what she’d be doing if she weren’t at Bergdorf’s.

Photo credits: Bergdorf Goodman, Le Petite Chic.


April 3, 2013   1 Comment