A recent style article in the New York Times said it best: “There is something about chirping birds that makes us want to say goodbye to earth tones.” In case you’re one of the, umm, six women on earth who wants to cling to the depressing ochre, umber and sienna…


So it looks like 2012 is the year of bizarre, freak-show storms on the East Coast. First, there was the derecho (a new word added to my vocabulary). And now there’s the impending “frankenstorm”—Mother Nature’s pre-Halloween mash-up of a nor’easter and a hurricane…

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Besides a Lanvin dress and a Chanel purse, I also dream of one day owning a frock by Tunisian-born fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa. I’ve read all about how his clothes flatter the female body like nothing else…

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I returned to DC several days ago, just in time for the heat wave blasting straight from Hades itself. I wasn’t off exploring a faraway, exotic locale. No, I drove to the Philly ‘burbs for a pathetically short visit to my mom’s house to celebrate her 70th birthday. I figured this trip would also be […]


I read somewhere that you should try keeping a childhood photo on your desk as a happy reminder of when you were innocent and carefree. It’s apparently a fine way to relieve stress and keep some perspective on your hamster-wheel-of-a-life. Because as a kid, you weren’t freaking out over terrorism, global warming, and the debt […]


I prefer certain things in my life to be white: rice, teeth, iPhones, men. But ever The Practical Fashionista, I don’t own any white or cream-colored dresses, trousers or shorts. They would be too difficult to keep clean, and dry cleaning soon turns bright white a dingy yellow or dishwater gray. (C’mon, how many run-of-the-mill […]