The Simply Luxurious Life®: September 2010  

September 30, 2010

Ralph Lauren’s Manhattan Retreat

Clean and classic, much like his designs, Ralph Lauren’s fifth avenue duplex exudes the All-American simplistic style that walks down his runways. Exhibited in October’s issue of Elle Decor, he displays very clean lines throughout his home and you’ll find his bathroom, which uses mirrors quite magically, frames an exquisite view of Manhattan.  Have a look.  (If you would like to read the entire article, click here.)

All images courtesy of Elle Decor

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Thursday Treasures

A week that begins with the sun shining can only lead to wonderful possibilities and indeed it has.  Here are a just a few of the things I’m thankful for this week . . .

. . . getting ahead . . .

. . . the whispers of fall . . .

. . . unexpected summer-like weather . . .

. . . finishing a book that I know I’ll want to read again . . .

  . . . and a kind note.

What has made you smile this week? I’d love to hear.


Images: (1) We Heart It (2) We Heart It (3) The Casting (4) Postcards from Far Away (5) We Heart It 

September 29, 2010

Dsquared² – Spring 2011 - RTW

Dean and Dan Caten, Dsquared², presented a rather low-key, preppy runway show in Milan this week that and while a change from what has been seen in the past, was something that still exuded a bit of allure that would have me perfectly clothed for a casual stroll or a relaxing day off.  With models donning oversized spec and straw hats, a bit of boyish appeal balanced out the seriousness, but not to completely stray from extravagance, the evening attire was simply impressive.  Have a look.

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Why Not . . . Be A Modern Lady?

With all of the fashions in recent past and upcoming seasons revealing a more feminine, classic appeal, I thought it very fitting to revisit the idea of being a lady.  So often in our modern culture, young girls and beyond aren’t able to understand or appreciate the privilege and value in presenting themselves as a lady in society.  But I must say that I truly believe it is indeed a privilege more so today than in any time in history because of the many opportunities that lay at our feet if only we choose to chase after them. Oscar de la Renta commented recently about designing for today’s woman,“Never in the history of time has a woman been so in control of her destiny than the woman today.” And the truth in such a statement could not ring more clearly.

As a woman, that mere fact, is something to celebrate, but in being a woman, this responsibility must not be taken lightly.  Too often it seems that many feel it is best to try to “run with the boys”, but the truth is while yes, we can run with them, why would we want to when we can be what they cannot?  Being a lady no longer means being silent and subservient.  A modern lady is strong, but in a more subtle confident way that doesn’t need to be abrasive. A modern woman is well-educated and staying apprised of the goings-ons in the world around her so that no one can pull the wool over her eyes.  The fact most surely remains that a woman’s looks can be helpful, but her brains will always propel her to where she wants to go.

With that said, during the next three Wednesdays, The Simply Luxurious Life will share ways to act like a modern lady.  This particular series could probably go on for quite some time, but I’ve tried to narrow it down.  Let’s get started.

Show Genuine Appreciation
A simple gesture that can say more than words can express is writing a thank you note to send to either a host of a dinner party you attended, a thoughtful gesture by a friend, or anything when the person clearly went out of their way to create a beautiful moment in which you were a part of.  Another similar gesture would be to always come with someone in hand – a bottle of wine, a beautiful luxury candle or another type of hostess gift to a party in which you are invited.  This courtesy communicates to your host your appreciation.

RSVP Please
Something that seems to have slipped a bit is the courtesy to RSVP whether you are able to attend a party or not.  By taking the time to communicate with the event host or party planner you are saving them unnecessary money and stress, and in the event you can’t make it, you are extended the message that you truly do appreciate the invite. Nowadays, RSVPing is much simpler as you can quickly send off an email to correspond your intentions.

Have An Air of Mystery
In our world of reality television and tell-all books, it seems a rarity to know a woman who shares just enough to keep you intrigued, but not so much as to make you feel as though you’ve stepped into her boudoir. Now, we all must have our closest friends with whom we share our intimate secrets with, after all, we all need to vent every once in awhile and not everyone can afford or wants a therapist, but just because someone asks you a question, doesn’t me you are obligated to respond or post it on your Facebook page.  In other words, always know something that nobody else knows, it keeps people on their toes.

Be Humble
Now if you are a woman who has great taste and common sense (which I know you are), you undoubtedly have had many reasons in life to celebrate.  The beauty of being a modern lady is that you have a healthy confidence about yourself that doesn’t require a continuous patting on the back. An initial celebration, fantastic.  Allowing your dearest friends and loved ones to raise a glass, absolutely, but beyond that, be reserved.  Consider this an opportunity to create a bit of mystery due to the fact that you know something that everyone else might love to know, but you won’t be divulging any time soon.

Be True To Your Word
There’s nothing more welcomed than a woman of her word.  If you say you’ll call, follow through.  If you mention you could lend a hand, do so without any prompting.  And on the flip side, don’t offer to do something that, while sounding great at the moment, isn’t something you’ll be able to actually do.  Initially, some may question why you aren’t saying yes to everything, but with time, when they realize that when you do step up, you do a lovely job, the right people won’t mind a bit and will take note.

*Click here to read Part Two or here for Part Three

Out of curiosity, I would love to know what your definition of a modern lady would be.  Be sure to stop by next Wednesday as the series continues.  Have a wonderful day.

September 28, 2010

Quaintly and Simply Modern

Throughout The Simply Luxurious Life I tend to gravitate toward very clean palettes of white, cream and ivory.  I find it to be a perfect foundation to create whatever environment your mood is seeking in any given room, and interior designer Lindsey Bond takes this idea and does a magnificent job modernizing a cottage-like dated home in Birmingham, Alabama. Whether it is the floor coverings, window treatments, kitchen countertops or furniture, this neutral base allows the inhabitants of the home to bring in the cheer, the life and the je ne sais quoi.

And be sure to check your inbox on Friday, October 1st, as you will be receiving our Create A Luxurious Home issue of The Simply Luxurious Life’s monthly newsletter is you are a subscriber.  A well-respected blogger with an eye for beauty in interior design, fashion and life will be contributing some very helpful advice on how to make your home as luxurious and comforting as you’d like.  And if you haven’t subscribed, simply enter your name and email address in the upper left-hand column of the blog prior to Friday to receive it.  You won’t want to miss it.

All images courtesy of House Beautiful

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A Tailored Shop At Home

Cedar lined closets, ample space, wooden hangers, a beautifully framed full-length mirror and unlimited ideas for pulling together the perfect outfit for any given occasion.  Ah, a girl can dream.

A closet of your very own has the ability to feel as if you’re walking into your very own clothing store.  Specially tailored to fit your gorgeous curves, shoes in the exact size you’re looking for and, most importantly, very flattering light. How you choose to display or hide your treasures is completely up to you because, after all, this is your store and you have stocked it.

Out of curiosity, what are some of the essentials regarding decor that you include in your closet design?  I’d love to hear.

Images: (1) Decor Pad (2) Decor Pad (3) Decor Pad (4) Decor Pad (5) Decor Pad (6) Decor Pad (7) House Beautiful (8) House Beautiful (9) Elle Decor

September 27, 2010

Feminine Sophistication

The long, lean silhouettes of the thirties were evident in the recent resort collections displayed this early summer, and what would be better than for models Caroline Trentini, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, to remind us of the beauty and sophistication these designs can exude. Found in the pages of October’s issue of Vogue US, the floor length body skimming gowns, classic sequin monochromatic sparkle, expertly hung trouser pants and head-hugging caps are quite appealing.  What do you think?

Images: Oh Fashion Models

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