I get great satisfaction from rewearing my clothing. I once had an assistant suggest that I wear a different necklace because she was tired of looking at it #lol (I can’t make this stuff up)!! Over the course of my life, I have come to appreciate the style of women who are creative about repurposing signature items in their wardrobes. To me, this signifies a level of confidence about their style.Read More
Some say that as we get older we regress until we finally become babies again. I’m already seeing the signs! I’ve started wearing my old faithful baby clothes again - this time in adult size. It always felt like my mother was the undercover publicist for smocked dresses.Read More
This time last year I was sailing on a boat in the Tyrrhenian sea bound for Capri for the first time. I forgot to get nervous about all the things that I usually get nervous about on boats because the level of mesmerization I felt with my physical surroundings squelched any notion of anxiety.Read More
And I’m not referencing Easter Egg dying. Just when you had relegated your tie dye tees to the Halloween section of your closet or preserved them for the inevitable 70’s theme costume party corner of your abode, fashion had other plans for this print and dying wasn’t one of them!
Have you ever gone to meet a girlfriend for dinner and her outfit is simply perfection? To the point where all you can focus on throughout the meal is how to recreate the essence of it the next time you leave the house?Read More
It’s not simply that I love fatigue green or the excuse to accessorize my outfit with aviator sunglasses, it’s that I have always responded to the look of army jackets, cargo pants and classic utility style jumpsuits. There is something unfussy yet so “cool girl” about the style and usually the women wearing utility suits have an air about them.Read More
I’m just a girl in the world and I unapoligetically love heart motifs. I came out of the birth canal with a sticker book filled with them, bestowing them on any surface that seemed fit including my earlobes. For me leopard prints, stars and hearts are always in fashion and no matter how many times they are reinvented or reimagined they feel good.Read More
Brace yourselves, this idea is sure to leave some asking the question, really?? Yes, really. Sometimes trends emerge that make us feel unsure. Usually, it’s because they are presented to our eyes in exaggerated proportions or we have reserved them mentally in the “Halloween” section of our brains. The fun for me has always been to extract a dime dropper’s worth of a new and potentially scary trend into my imaginary fashion beaker and combining it with existing ingredients in my closet.Read More
In my experience, red carpet season is the “first sign of spring” in the fashion world. Even though it’s a formal affair, it’s still the first whiff of some of the big ideas for the upcoming season.Read More
It’s hard to believe it’s the start of another new year! Looking back my propensity has been to try and connect the dots to see what I accomplished or to make meaning of what it all meant? Did I get where I wanted to go? Did I stick to my list of resolutions? Am I where I want to be in life? It feels like these thoughts are unavoidable. Rear view evaluation mode can be a troublesome spot for me. I think rather than looking to connect the dots backwards, my goal is be where I am right now and to be content there.Read More
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a dreamer. I know I’m not the only one. Not just the day variety but the intense REM vivid dreamer. Let’s just say these visions have layers potentially too complex to decipher or just the opposite, they are so overt it’s absurd and I should pay way more attention!
Powder Puffs, Cream Puffs, Puff Pastry, a Puff of Smoke and of course our favorite magic dragon. The word “puff” conjures the sweet and frivolous as well as something elusive and mysterious. When it comes to this seasons fashion, I’d like to think this “puff” is a little bit of both. So what is a puff shoulder you ask?Read More
I’m putting my proverbial fashion stake in the ground. I want the world to know how much I love denim skirts right now. I’m going with my gut on this one. I’ve been proclaiming my affection for denim skirts for a few months to the surprise of many and even an occasional eye roll. My friends know that when I love or believe in something, you will hear about it on repeat until it works its way out of my system #sorryguys #love you.Read More
This Friday, on the Today Show, I had the opportunity to talk about how to repurpose your summer wardrobe staples come fall. I honed in on three key pieces: white jeans, a striped tee shirt and a dark ground floral maxi dress. As far as I’m concerned, you do not need to relegate these items to the back of the closet at the stroke of Labor Day; you can re-imagine these pieces with some easy style updates.Read More
It was between this title or “Baby why can’t you just meet me in the Midi”!! If you’re wondering what I’m thinking when I stare longingly out the taxi window, something along these lines is about right #deepthoughts by Brooke Jaffe.
Yes, I love tennis and no, I couldn’t help myself when thinking of a title for this post. The new wave of coordinated set dressing really excites me. When I was growing up, my mother emphasized the importance of matching whenever possible and I came to intuit over time that matching and coordination signaled to the world you had your act together. As a child of the 80’s, matchy matchy styles and strategic color coordination have always looked right to my eye, even when the idea of matching became theoretically “out”. The return of all things coordinated is one big #throwbackthursday for me and I like it.Read More
ACK is the airport abbreviation for my favorite place on earth---Nantucket. I’ve been going there every summer including the one I spent in utero and it is definitely part of my essence. If you were to come over to my apartment you might notice the embroidered throw pillow on my bed with the word Nantucket sewn proudly across the front.
I’ve always had a thing about shoes and feet. It’s hard for me to watch women walk in shoes that are uncomfortable. It actually pains me because I know first hand how much it can hurt! Johnson and Johnson owes me one for my support of Band Aids through the years. When I read fashion advice columns telling women they must invest in sky high heels to look their best I wince.
Please tell me you’ve heard of Capri Sun? Am I dating myself? Raise your hand if you remember with joy unearthing one of those silver vacuum packed drinks inside your “Strawberry Shortcake” lunchbox? Not only was the juice inside delicious, the imagery of palm trees and undulating waves on the packaging made me feel like I was sipping something special, even exotic at lunchtime #childofthe80’s.Read More
“Prints are personal Brooke”. I had never heard this expression before. Wise words uttered by my kind boss Frank as he prepared me for what lay ahead. Handy adages are in abundance at Bloomingdales. They echo in the halls reverberating from the ghosts of buyers past, always readily available to be plucked from the air and repeated. Prints are personal. Boy did I learn that lesson. I would like to update the expression and go so far as to say “Prints are actually Polarizing”.Read More