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

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?

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Gallery Night

Designed by Miranda Levy

Just a quick post – I have to watch the Bears vs the Lions in Monday Night Football! Touchdown!

Friday was Gallery Night in Milwaukee. This event happens four times per year and as an art lover, I really enjoy it. Galleries stay open late and art is everywhere — from boutiques to restaurants, and even on the street. This time, I only made it to two events but they were both really good: A student/alumni art sale at the Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design, and MAM After Dark: British Invasion – a celebration of all things 60s and British at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This event was a tie in to the current exhibit of paintings on loan from the Kenwood House in London (which is wonderful, by the way. Don’t miss the Rembrandt).

We didn’t buy anything at the MIAD art sale, but several pieces were tempting. At MAM, we enjoyed a fashion show with designs by local woman Miranda Levy. I particularly admired Miranda’s oversized chunky knit scarves and a black and white leather jacket. My friend Alisa modeled a very cute cropped yellow top and a high-waisted pencil skirt.

It’s great to see Milwaukee designers getting attention and showing their work. I just wish this show had been publicized more. I only knew about it because my friend was modeling, and no announcement was made at the event when the show started. For fashion to make it in Milwaukee, we need to give it a little more help.


Bag lady

Our Paris trip plans are starting to come together, and I’m getting more excited by the day. I confirmed with my Parisian friend that we will be in town during the pre-sales, which kick off a week before the city’s official semi-annual sales. I plan to look for deals on clothes, of course, but for my big purchase I really want to focus on getting a special bag. Preferably a classic style that I can carry for years — it’s not like I’m going to outgrow it! Sure, I’d love a Chanel 2.55 or anything Hermes, but those are way out of my budget. Fortunately there are plenty of chic bags in the sea! I really hope some of these are on sale in January.

Lanvin quilted Happy bag
Givenchy Antigona duffel
YSL Chyc shoulder bag
Balenciaga Tube S
Fashion · Lifestyle

Fashions Night Out

Fashion’s Night Out in Milwaukee
Lori and Leah
Color blocking
Sheer elegance
A glamorous gown
Big bad wolf
Timothy’s models

The first official Fashion’s Night Out event in Milwaukee was a success. More than 1,500 attendees enjoyed an evening dedicated to style. I dressed up in my new Jason Wu blouse, Celine pants and Lanvin heels. My husband and I attended a great fashion show at the Pfister Hotel featuring Timothy Westbrook‘s beautiful and innovative designs, created with repurposed materials such as plastic bags, umbrellas and cassette tapes. I wonder if I can get him to make me a custom dress…

Then I headed down to the trendy Third Ward neighborhood to meet up with friends, stopped by my favorite boutique, Lela, and checked out the Boston Store pop up shop. The department store did a wonderful job on this space, with a minimalist, modern look that highlighted a well-edited selection of their trendiest items and hottest brands.

It was a fabulous night, but I am very jealous of a good friend who lives in Paris — she spent FNO drinking bubbly at Chanel, and even spotted Karl Lagerfeld. Wow.

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Birthday style

Carolina Herrera dress, Prada shoes

Recently I happened upon the sale of a lifetime at Gigi of Mequon, a high-end boutique in Milwaukee’s northern suburbs. I saw a post on their Facebook page advertising a designer cocktail blowout sale, with Herve Leger, Temperley London, Carolina Herrera, etc. dresses for $100. I was skeptical, but I figured I’d kick myself if I missed out so I woke up early the next morning and drove up there.

Turns out, the sale was real and as advertised. Granted, selection was limited but I scored majorly. Two Carolina Herrera dresses, one short and one long, both $100. The gown was originally $4,000!

I’ll show you the gown in an upcoming blog post. I haven’t worn it yet but I’ll try it on for a picture. I did wear the short purple dress out for my birthday dinner at Ristorante Bartolotta on Wednesday. Happy birthday to me!