Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Mary Norton
I've had a stretch of cocktail parties the past two weeks with nothing new in my closet that made me want to go out and celebrate. That is until I found a burgundy ostrich feather collar that I tried on just for fun, and it looked pretty fabulous. I'm a fairly conservative dresser, so wearing ostrich feathers was going out on a fashion limb for me, but I felt the need to change things up a bit. I found a fitted sleeveless silk top that perfectly matched the feathers, put on my new MAC burgundy lipgloss and channeled my best Zsa Zsa Gabor for the party. My 16 year old daughter, who I've dubbed my personal Anna Wintour gave me a "looks good mom"- a personal best for me. My doorman nodded appreciatively at my new look and murmured how really good I looked. I wondered if that was a reference to the sweatpants and sunglass outfit that I normally wear in the morning waiting for my daughter's school bus.  No matter, I felt pretty glamorous- until the wind picked up outside and I found myself picking feathers out of my lipgloss. Ah, the price of glamour! Anything new and fabulous in your closet for the Holidays?
  Cynthia Rowley
Brian Atwood

Prabal Gurung

Yves St. Laurent

Ralph Lauren

 Manolo Blahnik
 Jason Wu


Splendid Sass said...

I have to have one! Love all of these. I love the purse too!Teresa

Ann said...

Yummy, love the Jason Wu. Although when I worked in fashion when I was younger, I remember a season where the designer used a lot of marabou and I thought, "gosh for us tall and not small people it would sure look like big bird!" I think the shoes are more realistic for me!

I Dream Of said...

My friend Pamela wrote a piece for Elle magazine years ago in which she described leaving her job as an editor at Vogue to move to Seattle and go to work for Microsoft, where the dress code was a little... different. Her ostrich feather collar caused quite a stir! I think a little flight of fancy from time to time does one good - I would love to walk into a party clutching the fine feathered friend in the first photo!

All in the Detail said...

Cudos! Now I have to go shopping - looking for Brian Atwood boots. Dang it - oh well!
I would have loved to see you walk into that room in all your "flight of fancy"! Waht a night...
Bravo, dawwwwlin'

Splendid Market said...

oh, a little dash of feathers or fur do go a long way. I'll need to find a fancy bit to keep on hand, bravo!

Whitney Cosgrave said...

wow, what gorgeous items! I am now obsessed with the first purse at the top!

The French Tangerine said...

I love the idea of feathers... I'm like you - a little on the conservative side so it's hard to show up with feathers! I do think you've picked out some fabulous choices, and if I got brave enough to do the feather thing, one of these picks would definitely work!

JMW said...

I be you looked fabulous! I love the look of feathers this season. All images you featured are gorgeous.

Acquired Objects said...

Sounds like you were dressed to the nines! Sometimes it's nice stepping out of our comfort zone. I love that handbag in the first picture...I need one!

::little projects in style:: said...

i love feathers! the husband is not too sure.. but i totally love love them!!

how awesome is that dress!! :)

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

I've been looking for my New Years eve love something similar to the Jason Wu pretty! :)
Happy holidays! :)))))))))))

Amy @ Five Kinds of Happy said...

I love the look of feathers! ... but have yet to wear any. :)

The French Hutch said...

I love the added glam o feathers. I'm a bit of a conservative dresser too so I understand what you're saying. You sure gave me a good early morning chuckle about picking the feathers off the lipgloss. I'm sure you were a knockout if you had the nod of the daughter!

Merry Christmas
The French Hutch

Party Resources said...

Stunning and one of my pals has those Manolos - love! xx

Stacy Curran said...

Oh. My. I. Must. Have. Those. Shoes.
:) Stacy

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Hahah! I loved this story of getting ready in a more than glam manor~ostrich for you, well I just picked up a white mink cape at a consignment shop~you might see me in the grocery store wearing it with my fun parties on my list this year!