No, I didn't buy it!) Figureheads, from the illustrated ones in Miss Rumphius, through the unusual Stephanie Seymour "trophy wife" piece, to vintage carvings from actual ships, may just be my favourite form of art. So I guess it is reigning figureheads around here.

) I was very happy when Christian Lacroix showed his poufy dresses collection, with these poufy bougainvillea-coloured decorations (above). Indeed, I daresay that I particularly like poufs in pink. In addition to wearing a pouf, I would like to sit upon one. Here is a pink-and-white...

like are this grey sequined one, by Karl Lagerfeld for Net-a Porter: and this hammered-brass collar choker by the very talented Young Frankk on Etsy*: I'd wear them with, say, this heart crewneck by J Crew: and in another colourway: or, for spring, this commes des garcons...

In those early years, coffee--just coffee in a mug--was on the menu, and we could zoom it right out to the diners, offering refills from an elegant silver coffee server. Somewhere along the way, the specialty coffee craze took over, and the once simple coffee-and-dessert coda became an...

And the shell buttons: These shoes, though, are my real objet d'amour: Made by Brunello Cucinelli, their laces are not mere grosgrain, but silk grosgrain. And this confuses me: an iPad (tablet) case that costs more than the actual tablet? Ooh la la: To be sure, it is made by Bottega...

I graduated from the University of Ottawa and soooo miss the Rideau Canal (for running and ice-skating) as well as Parliament Hill, where we used to throw softballs on the lawn, in gentler times. I thought that the Duchess looked so very elegant yesterday in her blue lace Erdem dress...

But--oh dear--by the time I had finished my walk, the tiny flower was missing! So I had a third tran-sportation challenge this week, alas! (I am trying to be a good "sport" about it, though.)

So what would you suggest, then, Miss Smartypants? I'd have dressed the duchess in this broderie anglais dress by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania: I like its full skirt, as a slim white skirt can be too slenderizing on the duchess. And the bow on the bateau neck would not be too jeune...

So I signed up my alter ego, Kate Cavendish, the journalist. This is the email that she received: And to proceed, she was expected to sign up a friend as well, and could not proceed without, ahem, Submitting. (She signed up her new pal Privacy Please to see whether the process was...

Rita (Sally Hawkins' character) wore a borrowed Biba, with large, diamond-shape buttons. The more I thought about it, the more the two narratives began to intersect. Both Kate and Rita work for well-known institutions (The Firm and Ford Motor Company); both are commoners (though I dislike...

 

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