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.

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A few weeks ago, I discovered the website Looklet.com and realized that my true calling is being a stylist.  This super-fun site allows you to select a model and create a variety of different looks by choosing clothing, jewelry, and accessories.  I could play with it all day, experimenting with different combinations of my favorite pieces and looks for different occasions.  For me, it’s the grown-up, 21st-century version of Fashion Plates, which I spent hours playing with as a little girl in the early ’80s.

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!

The newest arrivals in my Etsy shop are vintage plastic objects.  Two bangle bracelets, a tissue travel case with mirror, and a three-strand beaded necklace.  Why buy new when you can buy vintage?  Each charming piece has unique character, and you extend the life of these objects.  I believe that buying vintage is a wonderful way to be green.

I’ve added a couple of new items to my Etsy shop — vintage scarf rings.  One is Oleg Cassini (Jackie Kennedy’s fashion designer during the White House years!) and is in its original box.  The other is a lovely double ring with a leaf motif reminiscent of olive branches.  Both are gold and would be wonderful accents with any scarf.

Oleg Cassini scarf ring from molly & mary

Oleg Cassini scarf ring from molly & mary

I did some research into how to wear a scarf ring appropriately.  You just pull the ends of the scarf through and adjust.  I came across this great blog with tons of ideas for how to wear scarves to glam up any outfit:

http://maitaispicturebook.blogspot.com/

It’s amazing what a piece of silk can do!  I’ve decided that scarves will be my thing this season…

vintage scarf ring from molly & mary

vintage scarf ring from molly & mary

Yeohlee Teng design from Fall 2009 collection

Yeohlee Teng design from Fall 2009 collection

Yeohlee Teng design from Spring 2007 collection

Yeohlee Teng design from Spring 2007 collection

I attended  a talk by fashion designer Yeohlee Teng last night, and I’m dying to see the exhibition of her work at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas.  She spoke of the relationship between her clothing designs and architecture and between the locally-grown food movement and locally-made clothing.  She also talked about the economy of fabric, creating “zero waste” garments.

I’m taken with her ideas about space and our clothing — the space between our bodies and our garments and the relationship between our clothing and the architecture that surrounds us.  She has an independent business rather than being part of a large fashion house.  She mentioned that this arrangement allows her to explore the idea that a cube can be a skirt — and a skirt can be a cube — and that’s lovely.

vintage green plastic bangle braceletsivory, brown, and wood grain vintage bangle braceletI visited a couple of estate sales yesterday afternoon.  In addition to coming home with a stack of books (I couldn’t resist!), I also found some lovely vintage bracelets that are now available in my Etsy shop.  I’m partial to anything green, so I adore the jade-colored bangles.