Puttin on the Ritz

Recently my husband and I attended a benefit for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, Puttin’ on the Ritz. He was happy because he could smoke cigars, watch amateur boxing and drink whiskey all evening. I was happy because I had an excuse to wear my new Carolina Herrera gown. Plus it was all for a great cause. Everyone wins! I have a feeling we might be making this one an annual event.

Dirk and Lori at Puttin' on the Ritz
Dirk and Lori at Puttin’ on the Ritz
Lori and Tracey
Lori and Tracey

Night out at the Pfister Hotel

Last Friday was Gallery Night in Milwaukee, so my husband and I dressed up to take in a couple of local art shows. I especially liked Claire Stigliani’s work at the Dean Jensen Gallery. Her pieces feel fresh and whimsical, with amusing nods to fashion, fairy tales and pop culture.

Afterward we attended the final Gallery Night fashion show for Pfister Hotel Artist in Residence Timothy Westbrook. His creativity and use of unconventional materials to make fabulous wearable art continues to amaze me. When we first saw his work during Fashion Night Out, only a handful of people were gathered for his runway show. This time, the show had to be moved into a hotel ballroom to accommodate several hundred attendees. See, Milwaukee does care about fashion! Before he leaves town, I need to give him a call–I have a tragic Zac Posen for Target tuxedo jacket in my closet that needs a Timothy makeover!

After the fashion show
After the fashion show
Modeling my Margiela
Modeling my Margiela
Tuxedo jacket made with x-ray film
X-ray tailcoat made with bed sheets, MRI film
Vintage wedding gowns, woven cassette tape, vintage fur/curtains, vintage lace, woven plastic grocery bags
Vintage wedding gowns, woven cassette tape, vintage fur/curtains, vintage lace, woven plastic grocery bags
Models and local students who helped with the show
Models and local students who helped with the show





Pretty in Paris

Unfortunately I came down with the flu while I was in Paris, but that didn’t stop me from trying to look fashionable. It did slow me down from shopping as much as I would have liked. However, I did manage one big score – a Celine trapeze bag! Photos coming soon.

Dinner with Sara at Septime, in Theyskens Theory
New Year’s Eve at Pershing Hall, in Jason Wu
Burberry Prorsum and Louis Vuitton along the Seine
31 Rue Cambon
31 Rue Cambon

Margiela purchase

Hitched up dress for HM

I’ve been sick lately with a nasty cold, so I haven’t felt up to posting on here. But I need to share my recent closet addition! My trip to Chicago the day after the Margiela for H&M launch was not in vain. Most of the collection was actually still available — it appeared to me that the only things that sold out were the candy wrapper clutch and the duvet coat, and maybe some shoes. I tried on most of the items that interested me. I gave up after 20 minutes of trying to arrange the horizontal dress properly. I was tempted by the mirrored leggings, but they aren’t my style. And I had those fantastic brown leather boots in my hand but I couldn’t justify the $400 price tag.

I decided to behave myself and only buy one piece. It came down to a choice between the darted sweater and the hitched up dress. It really wasn’t a tough decision. I love the dress. It’s sexy, avant-garde and AMAZING. I can’t wait to wear it. Holiday party, maybe?

Today I read rumors that the next H&M collaboration might be with Givenchy. Um, can I get in line now?

Narciso at Kohls

Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s

The Narciso Rodriguez collection for Kohl’s debuted this week, in stores and online. I was curious, so I headed over to Southridge Mall during my lunch break today. The store had a decent number of pieces. Several dresses, some tops and sweaters, plus the tuxedo pants and a couple of skirts. I was a bit underwhelmed — the materials weren’t that nice, and the styles weren’t that eye catching in person. Pretty much what I expected. After trying on several pieces, I decided to only purchase the turtleneck sweaterdress. I think it is sophisticated and stylish, it will keep me warm, and I can wear it to work. Sold! As an added bonus, the collection was 30% off today and I earned $10 Kohl’s cash to spend later. I’m going to keep an eye out to see if any of these items make it down to the clearance racks. Based on my impressions today (no one at the mall even seemed to notice the line), I’d say this is pretty likely.

Halloween style

Karl and Choupette
Leinie and Choupette
Antony and Cleopatra, buycostumes.com

I wanted to share a few photos of our Halloween costumes. This year we dressed up two nights. First, we went out as Karl Lagerfeld and his classic beauty Choupette on Saturday. Then for my husband’s work party on Halloween, we wore Marc Antony and Cleopatra costumes. He works for Buyseasons, the company that runs websites like buycostumes.com and costumeexpress.com, so of course Halloween is a really big deal for them. I did my best to channel Elizabeth Taylor with my makeup. We had a really great time. Now I have to start planning what costumes to wear next year!

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