I first read about the film I Am Love (Io Sono L’Amore) in Vogue, and I went to see it yesterday afternoon as part of my stay-cation this week.   The main character, Emma Recchi, is the wife of a wealthy Italian textile manufacturer.  And her clothes are gorgeous.  They are also meaningful, with the colors and styles reflecting the emotions throughout the story.  Check out this article for the scoop.


I love this recent blog post from www.garancedore.fr about “What is Elegance?” and thought it was worth a repost!

Ayn Rand

I read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged this spring, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Published in 1957, Rand’s ideas seem very modern to me.  It’s a dense and philosophical book, but I think it was well worth the time spent to consider her ideas.

Read this interview with Rand to get a snapshot of her philosophy.

I started my summer reading with a book I didn’t know was on my list.  When I picked up my books from the library,  I came across Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire. It was written by Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, which I read a year or so ago and very much enjoyed.

Guiliano was president and CEO of the champagne company Veuve Cliquot, taking it from 1% to 25% of the market share during her tenure.  The lessons she learned and her approach to life as a native Frenchwoman  inform the stories and advice she gives to working women in this fun and helpful read.

Much more than a typical business “self help” book, Guiliano is a mentor for women who want to be lovely and accomplished, stylish and interesting, and create a life that is balanced and enjoyable.

Visit Guiliano’s website to read an excerpt.

I had been reading about the style blog Garance Dore for some time, but I just recently visited it myself.  I’m officially obsessed!  French illustrator Garance Dore’s blog is all about fashion, including the “streetstyle” photos she shoots.  You can explore the archives by Illustrations, Photos, or Beauty.

I especially love her street photography of women looking fabulous during their everyday life.  Tres inspirational!

Anyone who knows me or has visited my Etsy shop knows that I adore scarves, especially vintage scarves designed by Vera Neumann.  Today I discovered a book at Anthropologie about this designer’s career.  The book is described as “A chronicle of the career of the incomparable designer, artist and entrepreneur Vera Neumann, who built her company on the philosophy that fine art should be available to everyone…”  It’s now at the top of my wishlist!

A few weeks ago a group of girlfriends and I made time for drinks and a movie after work.  I had been dying to see The Young Victoria, as I was intrigued by the story of this interesting woman and the costumes looked gorgeous.  The movie was great — one I would definitely watch again.  Emily Blunt is a beautiful young Queen Victoria, and her costumes made me wish I could wear dresses fit for a queen every day.

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