Road trip style

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Hello, everyone! My summer mini-break got extended, as we reveled in these beautiful days of high summer, but I’m glad to be back now. We hit the open road last week, driving across country, and it turned out to be a lovely and rejuvenating trip. I will probably share photos, too, once I have gone through them and sorted them out.

Spending a few good days on the road prompted me to think of ways to stay comfortable in the car without compromising style. Travelling attire is not exactly one of my strengths, but this time I managed to dress accordingly. I went for short pants or boyfriend jeans (jeans can be confining, but a great pair of slouchy ones is ideal), a relaxed-fit linen or cotton top and loafers. Keeping it minimal and comfy is essential for a fresh, clean summer look. But here are other adventure-ready clothes you should consider if you are heading out on a road trip this summer: a maxi skirt or a sundress, a dress shirt, a cardigan, an army jacket or a denim one (not necessarily blue, I would try white or an earthy tone), a chambray or safari shirt, a pair of chinos or linen trousers and a few classic t-shirts, like a grey tank top, a white tee and the breton top.

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As always, accessories are key, so I pay extra attention to these, starting with the shoes: from chic metallic flat sandals and ballet flats, to moccasins, loafers and lace-up sneakers. You just have to choose whatever suits you and your destination best. A panama hat (or simply a good straw hat in a classic shape), oversized sunglasses and a couple of scarves will round up your essentials. But let’s not forget about the travel bag. My new Mary Jo Matsumoto Thalia Street Shopper, a birthday present from my husband, met all my needs. I will have to properly introduce it to you in a separate blog post, so, for now, I’ll just say that it was the perfect finishing touch for a stylish travel look…a drop of luxury against the picturesque landscape.

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photos: 1-Hanneli / 2-Derek Hudson, via Wall Street Journal / 3-for Classiq / 4,5-Michael Thompson for Vogue US, January 2000 (Gisele Bundchen in “Two for the Road”) / 6-The Glamourai

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It’s my birthday…

Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story

…today, summer is calling, so what better time for a road trip? I don’t know where the road will take us, but I know there’s going to be David Bowie’s Heroes playing on repeat in the car. See you next week!

photo: still from the film The Philadelphia Story, 1940

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The Bag Edit: My dazzling high summer picks


Today I invite you over to The Bag Edit to have a look at some of my favourite Mary Jo Matsumoto picks that will help you look dazzling during the high summer days.

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Notebook pages

Here are my latest finds and news from style, fashion, film, photography and beautiful living.

Peter Beard Collectors' Edition

A stunning journey into the world of photographer, diarist and writer Peter Beard, this two volume special edition book is something I would love to have on my coffee table. Peter Beard began keeping diaries of every trip he took from a young age, and his love affair with wildlife, which plays a center part in his work, began when he was a teenager and read the books of Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen). He actually befriended the Danish author after having spent time in Kenya and he even bought a property near hers. As a fashion photographer, he took Vogue supermodels like Veruschka to Africa, and brought new ones, like Iman, back to America with him. This unique publication chronicles his life and work in New York City, Mauntauk and Kenya through photo collages, hand-written diary entries and old-masters-inspired drawings.

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Jackie Kennedy by Peter Beard- Collectors' Edition

• The Centre Cannot Hold is another book that has captured my interest. David Gulden is a photographer and environmentalist, who has spent the last 20 years in Africa photographing wildlife alongside the likes of aforementioned Peter Beard. The book contains black and white photographs that feature a personal yet universal safari, “where nature’s creatures are captured with great intimacy and artistry”.
• I love Sofia Coppola’s style in this campaign for her limited edition Louis Vuitton SC bag
• Have you watched Homeland? I can’t wait for season 3. I think Claire Danes is fantastic in it and one of the reasons I didn’t find Jessica Chastain’s role in Zero Dark Thirty groundbreaking, like many others did, was that I kept comparing her to Claire in Homeland and there is no doubt who’s better. More on the Homeland actress and her career changing role, on
• The still life photography of Jordi Canosa
• It’s the season for watermelon and I can’t wait to try this perfect summer salad

photos and collages: Peter Beard, Peter Beard Taschen Collectors’ Edition, by Steven M. L. Aronson, Owen Edwards, and Nejma Beard

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Summer styles: Donna Karan 2008

Donna Karan Spring Summer 2008 ad campaign

A true love of style never wears thin. Not even in the middle of a heatwave. Summer is a time when you still want to look feminine and elegant, but not uptight. Donna Karan’s Spring/Summer 2008 collection was the perfect example of how to keep it carefree and stylish. Shirt dresses with deep slouchy pockets cinched with raffia stretch belts, pencil-skirt suits with jackets with utilitarian-style details, ’50s style full skirts, chic short pants and tilby hats that lend a sensual feel. A simplicity and ease further emphasized by the colour palette, from sand and beige and chocolate brown to white, grey and khaki, with hints of red and indigo. No-jewellery and natural hair-do are key to the raw and polished, at the same time, look.

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The cinematographic ad campaign beautifully carried out the “Chez Nueva York” theme of the collection and told the story of someone, Kate Moss, who had energy, passion, sophistication and cool. The Donna Karan woman.

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photos: 1,6-Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Donna Karan Spring/Summer 2008 campaign / 2-5, 7-10:

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