O.W.O. Turtle What?

O.W.O. (One Weekend Outfit) is all about a conundrum of mine…

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Why is it called a turtleneck?

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Granted it delivers warmth but why the testudine reference?  What does the rolled neck sweater style have to do with a hard shelled slow moving turtle?

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And do not even get me started on all the lumps & bumps that come seemingly attached to  sweaters!!

 

O.W.O. Whoa Flares!

O.W.O. (One Weekend Outfit) is all about flared leg jeans.  LOVING this style of jean, especially for fall.

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The cut allows for shorter jackets or tops tucked in so as to break up the flare and flow, otherwise you might be rocking the OOMPA LOOMPA no-waist-all-round look (not advised).

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Haven’t you heard?  Lots of denim designers are offering the flare style.

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Personal faves include MOTHER Denim’s Skinny Flare which is an ideal cut for shorter body frames, and J Brand’s Valentina in Sail.

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Chunky Knit Not Monkey

Chunky knits and winter coats don’t really mix well, unless you like feeling like the michelin man.

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reversecommuter has never fully embraced the Chunky knits because of the bulk issues under a coat, icky-uncomfy!

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Why not take the layering to the inside?

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Natural fabrics such as silk and cotton work best against the body to trap body heat.  Grab a long sleeve t-shirt or even silk long underwear on super chilly days.

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Next bring on the Chunkers!  Slap on a scarf and a pair of gloves and KABOOM!  Instant winter glam without the Chunky Monkey feeling.

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Here are a couple of gorgeous chunkers I found on net-a-porter (and they are on sale now too!  What Santa wouldn’t appreciate a little break on the wallet?)  Click here to peruse & purchase!

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Necessary Equipment

School mornings are crazed chez reversecommuter.

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Fast track, action packed, insane 2 hours…all about the bambinos!

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Critical outfit selection at 6am – stylish, flexible, layerable.   Bonjour prints from Equipment!

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reversecommuter has long loved Equipment, but the prints that are now offered have increased the boom boom boom of my heart!  Click the blue to shop your coeur away (French for heart fyi).

(rumor has it that Miranda Kerr lives in this line of delicious silks!)

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School bus pick up happy dance!

Wrinkle in Time

Linen season is officially open (although reversecommuter would argue there are NO rules in fashion…)

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I have loved linen since I was a little girl & my grandmother taught me that the phrase to describe this fabulous material is “wrinkle of wealth”  (click here for that post)

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Linen allows for ease – it will get wrinkled, it will breathe and flow, and it will still look fantastic!pants3Even when in full blown CRAZY mode doing 56 errands, entertaining & refereeing the children, cooking, driving all over the planet to 12 simultaneous sporting events and attempting to keep it all together!

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Shovel This

HH thought it would be funny to watch me shovel the driveway.

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Obviously he was beyond right!

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Atleast my 50 kazillion-billion ply cashcash turtleneck kept me warm. (click the blue for the meaning behind “cashcash”).

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I found this turtleneck in a nondescript little store in Florence and it is my all time fave.  Super lovely inexpensive holiday treasure.  Ridunculously thick too…purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

The best thing about cashcash is that there are so many options available, at many price points.  Did you know that J.Crew’s cashcash is made out of the same fine material as Loro Piana?  (click the blue to shop J. Crew’s cashmere shop).  And Joe Fresh sells cashcash sweaters for $40!  So layer layer layer and purrrrrrr all day!

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Not for nothing but a condo in the city does not include snow shoveling.

Mother jeans, Burberry vest, Rocco P. for Barneys boots, Hermes belt, Chanel sunglasses.

Wrinkle of Wealth

I would love to take credit for such a cool descriptive phrase for linen, but alas, this one is my grandmother’s.

She was an artist, a world traveller, (brought back the single most impressive collection of shoes from Paris one year that I to-this-day-drool when thinking about!), surprise surprise my grandmother was a fashionista, and the single most important person in my life for a very long time. And I miss her.

Daily reminders like this uber fantastic kick a** phrase remind me of how phenomenal she was, and that makes me happy!

Linen begs to be worn. And as soon as you put it on it wrinkles. So feel free to use this phrase, it alleviates the burning desire to warm up the personal steamer.

She also taught me that you are never to old to jump on a swing and act like a ten year old – I really love that one!