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The Billy Bag

In Fashion on August 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

What is this terribly chic bag, you ask? “Is it Helmet Lang?” a salesperson at Barneys desperately wanted to know. Is it from Alexander McQueen’s camo collection? guessed another.

It is not.

I’ve dubbed this totally glam piece “The Billy Bag.” This past Saturday on his last night in town, my dear friend Billy Fong brought me this beloved parting gift. Who else would think to purchase a camouflage tote for about $20 at a nearby Army Navy Surplus store and accessorize it with an Hermès twilly plucked from my closet? Thank you, Billy, for keeping the folks at Barneys guessing and for glamming up my wardrobe. You would not believe how many complements I’ve gotten on my new Billy Bag—the elusive must-have accessory for fall!

Change is Good

In Fashion on November 11, 2009 at 9:31 am

bottega box

I have carried the same Louis Vuitton red epi leather wallet for over a decade—that is, I’ve bought the exact same wallet at least three times. Once, a brand new one was stolen off my George Nelson Walnut Roll Desk at the LA Times (the desk was an original from the 60s- some of the furniture at the newspaper was AMAZING), so my parents took pity and kindly bought another to replace it that year for my birthday, which brings the total to four. And I would have gone that route a fifth time, except that LV discontinued the simple, sleek design (square billfold, with three credit card slots on the left and a discreet coin purse inside on the right). I’m not crazy about wallets with a lot of hardware and compartments, especially cumbersome coin purses. So, for someone’s special day, my lovely and generous husband gave me this absolutely gorgeous Bottega Veneta classic woven leather wallet in lilac leather. It is soft beyond belief and the prettiest color. And it features a very discreet coin purse. So dare I say, change has never looked better!

lilac wallet

Smythson Travel Wallet

In Fashion, Out of Town on October 17, 2009 at 7:35 am

smythson travel walletIn a few hours I’ll be heading for LAX to begin a three-leg journey to Portugal for a weeklong business trip. Several birthdays ago, my friend Booth got me a Smythson Travel Wallet that I’ve used for every subsequent international trip. Booth, who travels overseas a good 2-3 months out of the year, has used a stunning pink version for years. It acts as both a functional wallet—oversized with gold-stamped compartments to organize your passport, tickets, documents, currency, credit cards and receipts but it’s also chic enough to carry at night as a clutch. Last year on a layover at Heathrow, my husband picked up a matching keychain that has room for three tiny photographs of Tiny G and his dad.

smythson keychain

Courtroom Chic

In Fashion on April 1, 2009 at 7:30 am


This morning marks the start of my official jury duty. I’ll be on a case that is likely to last for several weeks. I can’t help think this all had something to do with my outfit during jury selection, which I described to my friend Billy. (It involved a metallic ballet flat and some Spanish jewelry.) “You should’ve played the ultra-religious card and worn lots of Southern Baptist Talbots if you didn’t want to be picked for the jury,” he chastised me. “In conservative Orange County they would have loved it, but not LA.” 

For today’s appearance, he said, if you want to be remembered as chic Juror #12, channel lots of vintage Winona courtwear. “Remember all the demure little Marc Jacobs numbers Winona wore when fighting her shoplifting charges?” he asked. Of course I’m on the jury, not on trial, but I get where he’s going with it, and in fact I do have several of his trompe l’oeil jackets and blouses circa 2001-2002, and I also have a great Marc by Marc black acrylic headband I picked up in NY a year or so ago to borrow from my favorite of Winona’s fashionable turns in court (above). And heels! And bags! Here are some other of her genius ensembles, and I credit Paris for taking a page out of Noni’s legal pad with the headband (though I’m thinking that silly Chanel bag didn’t do her any favors):

Arriving at the Beverly Hills Municipal Court for her preliminary hearing on shoplifting charges June 3, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA.

Arriving at the Beverly Hills Municipal Court for her preliminary hearing on shoplifting charges June 3, 2002.


Entering the courthouse after a lunch break on the third day of her shoplifting trial.

Entering the Beverly Hills Municipal courthouse after a lunch break on the third day of her shoplifting trial, October 30, 2002.


Arriving at Los Angeles Superior Court, May 4, 2007.

Arriving at Los Angeles Superior Court, May 4, 2007.

Ring My Bell

In Design on March 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm


First off, let me say that I do not really want this, would feel like a major horse’s ass for owning this, but all the same cannot stop fantasizing about the new Hermès leather iPhone case in “blue jean” calfskin with orange goatskin lining for $305. It’s wrong, I know. But just for one sliver of a second, can’t we just pretend?

Kelly Locke Bags

In Fashion on February 6, 2009 at 6:37 pm


It’s a rainy day, and I wish I’d saved my pennies for a Kelly Locke “Sharyn” bag in brown croc! The Los Angeles-based company launched its line of über-chic bags, clutches and totes today. They’re luxe to be sure, but trust me, the designer is married to a former colleague (with the dreamiest vintage yellow Mercedes convertible imaginable) and I’ve seen the prototypes up close and personal and they’re incredible! The bags are entirely handmade in the U.S., and use exotic skins, semi-precious gemstones and sterling silver details. Price point starts at $500, but they’re about half of what you’d pay for one of the usual suspects from the major labels.

Thurston Tote

Thurston Tote

Francke Clutch

Francke Clutch

Metropole Bag

Metropole Bag

Hats Off

In Fashion on January 26, 2009 at 7:01 pm


Aretha Franklin has had me obsessing about hats all week, and while I don’t think I quite have the bravado to pull off the wool-and-crystal number she wore at the inauguration from Mr. Song Millinery in Detroit,  I might take a page out of my cousin Stefanie’s book and hit up East Village milliner Eugenia Kim. (Stef has more than two dozen hats from Eugenia Kim alone.)eugeniakim I love this cashmere/wool Marlena ruched rose beret in charcoal and black plaid, or this grey and chartreuse feathered Nikki headband, which I won’t be getting because my husband just glanced over and saw the price and was like “A hundred and five dollars for a HEADBAND?” But if you’re in the market, Barneys and Madison LA both carry Eugenia Kim, or order online by clicking here.


Eugenia Kim Nikki Headband

Eugenia Kim Nikki Headband



Green Party

In Fashion on January 22, 2009 at 7:34 am

hoss necklace

My Spanish host had to return a dress at a Madrid boutique near her office, and so I tagged along. The shop is called HOSS Intropia, and has the best party dresses and coats, sort of bohemian chic with gorgeous fabrics, all very feminine, along with fantastic accessories. I got this silk braided necklace in emerald green and white, and can’t wait to wear it with a white shirt and jeans, or over black.

California dreaming on a winter’s day

In Fashion on January 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm


In reality, it really doesn’t get all that cold in Los Angeles. (We’re currently in the “dead of winter” and it’s 67 degrees out today. Sorry, Lizzie.) Which means we get cheated out of one of life’s great pleasures—the serious winter wardrobe, Burberry Prorsum wool trench coats, Prada metallic leather gloves, Wolford merino wool tights, etc. Looking on the bright side, we can “bundle up” with pretty silk woven scarves, which won’t get you very far in Buffalo in January let me tell you, but are just fine cruising down the Miracle Mile. Above are my two favorites, both Missoni. The striped scarf in rich tones of jade, amethyst, coral and silvery blue was my mom’s, circa ’79 (she now claims I stole it, but in fact I traded her a pair of Louboutins for it; they were sky blue strappy sandals if anyone’s wondering), while the cheerier zigzag scarf in tangerine, candy pink, yellow and white was purchased in Lake Como on our honeymoon, pre-economic meltdown. Both look great with neutrals and jeans, and will bring a hit of color and a bit of warmth to a cold, drab (L.A.) winter’s day. For current Missoni stripe and zigzag scarves, check out the offerings at Net-a-Porter.

Toast 2009 with a Tiara!

In Fashion on December 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm


On the eve of New Year’s Eve, it’s hard not to think about tiaras. Nobody wore a tiara like Princess Grace—set halfway back so that it almost becomes part of the hairstyle. Diana also rocked this look, dianathough her hand-me-down Spencer family tiara was flashy even by HRH standards, to say nothing of  the “Cambridge Knot” Queen Mary tiara from her mother-in-law. (Love the eye roll in this shot.) 

The closest I’ve come to anything this fabulous was when Erica Courtney let me try on one of her custom platinum and diamond tiaras several years ago—lord knows what lucky starlet now owns that glittering piece of heaven. For the rest of us mere mortals, there are some pretty crystal offerings over at the Swarovski boutique in Century City, like this appropriately festive Confetti tiara. confettiTomorrow night I’ll be ringing in the New Year with the faux pearl and diamond number from Barneys pictured below, which I wore down the aisle in lieu of a veil several years ago. 


Or for sheer fun, check out a marabou number  ($12) from the Barney’s kids section by clicking here.