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Working for someone when,


I love heels! Absolutely LOVE them.  When I went to school in LA and worked in Seattle, I used to wear them every single day. I love that they slim you down, make you taller and can dress up almost any outfit.  Since then my life has changed.  Now I live in New York City, which means walking everywhere, running for the subway and crazy uneven sidewalks. Sadly heels are usually out of the question.  Of course sometimes I will throw a pair in my bag (to change into at work) or spare my feet and take a cab to special events, but I opt more and more to forego the heel. It's simply a choice I make and don’t really think about ...until I read this excerpt about working for Nicole Miller in TIME OUT NY, "Find a Better Job" issue.

Yoon-Krupkin VP of sales for Nicole Miller says "Most of the women forego makeup, though there is an unofficial footwear policy: “You will be shot if you wear flats in our office,” she jokes, adding that if Miller starts seeing the offending style too frequently, she’ll ask that a memo be circulated reminding everyone of her preference they wear heels. When asked about her pro-stiletto stance, Miller responded simply, “Well, I’m not a fan of flats.”

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Doesn't she seem like such a joy to work for? (insert sarcastic tone here) What an absolute DOLL!!  I remind you that this was in the “FIND A BETTER JOB” section of TIME OUT NY!!! If this is the solution for a better job in New York, I think I'll keep the one I have...thank you very much. I would also like to state for our non-heel wearing readers, that if you wear heels to an office job for the entire day...your feet will be KILLING YOU! Why is it acceptable to demand this?

Besides my obvious annoyance at this heel stance, I feel the larger problem with this article is making it acceptable for leaders in the fashion industry (particularly women) to be demanding, bitchy, and enforce demeaning rules on their employees.  Is this really how we are classifying “good jobs” these days? We watch shows like "Mad Men" and are shocked by how women used to be treated in the workplace. Isn't it ironic that strong female leaders today subscribe to some of these same sterotypical ideals?  Would it be acceptable for a businessman to demand that his women employees wear heels everyday? How about short skirts? Just kind of makes you think...doesn't it? 

 Finally, to anyone out there working for Nicole Miller, I would suggest that you develop a major foot issue (if you have not already) making you unable to conform to this insane heel policy....just to piss Ms. Miller off. Best of luck.


Orange dream

Get dressed in this crazy orange boa thing and devour these orange soda floats!


Spring 2012 L'Wren Scott 

The sky blues and sunshine yellows are looking oh so fresh at L'Wren Scott.  All of the detailed sweaters, sweet cocktail dresses and precious heels, would be the perfect attire for an intimate garden party!


Film, Food & Fashion- Troop Beverly Hills

Tent, Red dress, beret, cookies, hat, compass, smore maker, khaki dress, olive cape

Long ago, this was definitely my go to slumber party movie. My friends and I would eat smores and dream that Shelley Long was our Girl Scout leader. I loved the out of control fashion, glamorous camping and feel good lovey dovey ending.  In short, it's about a bunch of spoiled girls in Beverly Hills that don't know anything about girl scouting (big surprise), but Shelly Long (a rich about to be divorcee) leads them to victory and learns the ropes of the great out doors. I know..I know...this movie is sooooooo cheesy, but I love it! My favorite part as a kid, is their revised uniform fashion show.  Never underestimate the power of gold lame and khaki. 


Olive of Approval


My good friend Annie (an honorary member of the Bloody Mary Brigade) always says, "If you have a great Bloody Mary you really don't need breakfast!!" Truer words have never been spoken. An exceptional bloody should have a stand out garnish (celery, capers, pickles, shrimp, or assorted cured meats), perfect spice and overall unique complex flavor. A good one can make all your brunch dreams come true. Here are The Lady D Bloody Mary Brigade's top five picks for New York.

Prune -We love the selection here. TEN different amazing Mary's to try and each comes with a shot of Red Stripe to balance the flavor and mellow out the acidity. The "Chicago Matchbox" is a favorite, made with homemade lemon vodka and garnished with pickled brussel sprouts, baby white turnips, caper berries, green beans and radishes (see what we mean about not needing breakfast...this baby is a MEAL in a glass).  Other options include the "Greenlake" (a wasabi Mary with beef jerky garnish), "Danish" (made with aquavit, fennel and garnished with a white anchovy) and "The Southwest" (a tequila Mary made with chipotle pepper and lime).

Char no. 4- This is our ultimate go to spot for a uniquely smoky bloody. Their bloody is made with chipotle bourbon and garnished with an amazing house made pickle (I would get a side of those pickles, if I were you). This is a true kick in the pants and nice alternative, if vodka isn't your thing. This also is an outstanding compliment to all their smoky southern brunch fare.

Buttermilk Chanel- This wins for best bloody vodka and garnish pairings. They offer four real winners. My two favorites are "The Court Street", with rosemary vodka paired with an antipasti (cured meats and cheeses) on a stick and "The Star of the Sea” a celery-peppercorn vodka Mary with an oyster garnish.

Enid’s- You have to love the old reliable and this is it!! The perfect recipe of the original bloody, garnished with a HUGE caper berry... you can just tell a lot of love went into the recipe of this gem.  It's the, "DAMN THAT'S GOOD" every time kinda bloody. Also, please get a side of collard greens to go with this, you won't be sorry.

Clover Club-We love the Bloody Mary here cause the unexpected flavor is out of this world. The Bar Man's Bloody Mary is made with bourbon, fernet and loads or basil. Just the aromatic quality of the drink is worth coming to Cobble Hill for. I crave this drink every single weekend.... I’m not kidding...I kinda want it right NOW.

Do you have a Bloody Mary favorite? Are you mad we left something out? Let me know and I will get the brigade on it!!


Spring 2012-Jil Stuart

Color was in full force for spring and Jil Stuart brought some of the best.  Her dreamy collection was a sweet breath of fresh air.  The bold brights were key in balancing the soft cotton candy neutrals.  The charming girly silhouettes seemed effortless with scallop detailed skirts, quilted jackets and organza slips, all of which spoke to her signature sweet-sexy look.

Jil sometimes gets reviews on being a tad too girly, but I thought here her use of bold layered graphics, contrasted with soft florals added a sweet vintage detail that made the collection seem special and timeless.


Spring 2012-Marc Jacobs

The Marc Jacobs show is always a fashion week highlight and the razzle dazzle was in full force at his spring show last night.  The looks channeled Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity showgirl (in swingy sheath dresses), all the way to the Oklahoma cowgirl (in gingham and plastic boots). Every piece seemed luminous, with long sequins, clear synthetic fringes and jaw dropping lace textures.  At face value the girls seemed ready for cocktail hour, but in true Jacobs form, there is always an edge that makes them modern, fresh and  dynamic.