“word to the wise” wednesday — charles james

Charles James Ball Gown 1949

All creative work begins by doing something with the hands.  Creation is simply a problem and design is the way out.

Charles James

The Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibition closes at the Met on Sunday, August 10.

Who wants to take an impromptu trip to the Big Apple with me?

Photo of Ball Gown (1949-1950), fabricated of red silk velvet, red silk satin and white cotton organdy, via The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Part of the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1954 (2009.300.2786).  Thank you, Merida, for the reminder!  

ooh la la paris!

Did you do that silly Buzzfeed quiz about what city you should actually live in?  I got Paris — which is quite the relief considering that I’ve put my twins in a French language immersion school.  Thanks to a minor degree in French, I used to be proficient in the language  … but now my skills or lack thereof are a sad state of affairs.  I’m hopeful that the full immersion experience will give my boys a strong language foundation for a lifetime.

Kate Spade Ooh La La Embroidered ScarfIt’s also a fabulous excuse to indulge in my passion for all things Française, and unfortunately for my wallet, that’s the tune Kate Spade is singing this season.

Kate Spade Je Ne Sais Quoi ShirtIt doesn’t help that I also love typography.

Kate Spade Roanne TopAnd stripes.

Hotel Ritz Vintage Luggage LabelIf you are going to Paris for real — lucky duck! — Kate Spade has a super-fun City Guide.  If your trip — like mine! — is a vicarious one, enjoy the 32 Days in Paris daily (online) journey.  I may start collecting vintage luggage labels.

If you had a free ticket anywhere, where you would go?

All products (Ooh La La Embroidered ScarfRoanne TopJe Ne Sais Quoi Shirtby Kate Spade.  Vintage luggage label sold on eBay by lotsoflots.   

traci zeller