Monthly Archives: August 2011

Wedding Cake Crumbs – Lots of Weddings to Swoon Over

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I’m going to flesh out this post later with commentary on fashion, food, guests, decor, but the last two weeks were Wedderific!  From the tacky to the sublime, the over-the-top to the graceful, we have 4 weddings to discuss!

Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries (sort of have to!)

Petra Ecclestone & James Stunt (richest. bride. ever.)

Sofia Coppola & Thomas Mars (swoon – love her films!)

Pandora Vanderpump-Todd & Jason Sabo (her mom is Lisa, the owner of Villa Blanca, one of my L.A. favorites.)

Mixing a fresh Bloody Mary – I made the heirloom tomato puree!  Then, I’ll be back to dish weddings!


Sunday CakePop Crumbs…are YOU ready for Missoni at Target?

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OK, I admit, I have always loved Missoni – both vintage and new – and I’m lucky enough to have a few prized pieces – a tunic, a sweater, a bikini.  But they come at a price!  Well, frugal gals (and guys), Margherita Missoni and famiglia bring their prized zigzags to Target on September 13, with most prices under $40.  Here are a few of the things I am coveting.  I am sure I’ll storm the barricades that morning at opening, pronto!  Will you?

So many pieces for brides, bridesmaids, your newlywed home, those who love to entertain and beach!

So loving this demitasse set for espresso! Prego!How adorable are the appetizer plates?

Unrelated - Missoni Bugaboo. Spotted Rachel Zoe with hers last week in East Hampton Starbucks. She looked great and the baby is adorable!

Four fabulous looks! Check out the swimsuit!

Tuesday Shoesday – The Basic Shoe Wardrobe

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I firmly believe that every gal (and guy) should have a basic shoe wardrobe of staples.  I’ve taken it too far, but now, have learned how to store my shoes and boots in a well-edited, almost archival way with dustbags in clear boxes from Container Store and I’ve even gotten the reboot of the Polaroid camera and I tape a photo of the shoes on said box.  But, today is not about excess – I keep some of my designer treasures and wedding shoes to pass down to my decidedly tomboyish daughter, who will one day love them.

I also recognize the value of Saludos, Havainas, TOMS and other inexpensive but necessary summer and fall staples.

But, here’s what every gal should have in her shoes wardrobe (include those adorable Minnetonkas from yesterday’s post!):

High-heeled slingback pump.  I like a slingback better than a plain pump – and I wear my “Carolyne” by Manolo Blahnik in black for many meetings and events.  I’ve had them for 7 years.  You can find similar style in other price points on and, of course!   You can get them from 2″ heel height to 4″.  The white satin version is a bridal favorite as well!

Photo: Courtesy Manolo Blahnik

Moving on:  everyone should have a great pair of cap-toe ballet flats.  So many to choose from!  Revolutionized by the Chanel quilted ballet flat and updated recently with Gap’s Urban flats (they fold up and come in a little baggie – love), I am loving these cap-toes from LOFT this season.  Adorable. There are no images on the web for these, so click on the hyperlink to see the four different colors!  And a way softer price point than the Lanvin’s and Miu Miu‘s that are almost identical!

Wellies:  When the weather turns rainy, cute Wellies are a must.  I wear Hunter and J. Crew has some great ones.  They are cutest with short denim skirts or cute shorts – very leg-lengthening.  Or, tuck your skinnies into them.  A must have for rain or shine!  Remember Kate Moss at Glastonbury?  She rocked those!






The Nude Platform Stiletto Pump:  Nothing, and I mean, nothing, looks better on legs and makes them look miles long than these babies.  You don’t have to get Louboutins.  Nine West makes a respectable one.  But it must have the platform footbed in order to be comfortable.  I wear these shockingly often with everything from jumpsuits to pencil skirts and evening cocktail dresses.  You’ll be shocked how much you love them!


I would also add to this list strappy gold flat sandals, Sebago or Sperry Topsider boat moccasins, Tretorn sneakers and some adorable wedge espadrilles.  Oh, and one pair of absolutely knock-out strappy high-heeled silver stilettos (what I wore to my own wedding, by Giuseppe Zanotti)!  Happy Tuesday Shoesday!


Marvelous Monday – a few style tips that float my fancy.

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Summer party season is in full swing and whether you are a hostess, guest, bride-to-be or just follower of all things style, I wanted to share a few of my finds with you on this rainy (at least in East Hampton) Monday.  I refuse to go softly into the night that is fall, so these are really “year-round” finds that are particularly useful right now.  I have purchased and tried or worn all of these products and in full disclosure, have not been compensated to endorse any of said products.  We at F4 are our own guinea pigs and we’re happy to share!

Full disclosure:  my vanity countertop unretouched this morning!



I am always looking for the latest serum or heat-protector for days when I have my hair blown out or need to iron it myself without further damage, especially since I spend a lot of time in the sun, surf and chlorine.  I use Kerastase, Ted Gibson, Purology and WEN. But, I’ve been a fan of Kiehl’s for many, many years, mostly for its Creme de Corps body butter and mens’ shaving products.  I’ve used every hair line on the market and found these two products to be outstanding for creating a sleek mane in the humidity.

Kiehl’s Stylist Series Silk Straightening Cream : a distant cousin to their legendary Silk Groom, this lightweight cream is used on damp hair before blowing out.  It’s lightweight, you only need a little and it’s fragrance free without heavy waxes.  It relies heavily on soybean extract and sunflower oil to soften and protect hair.  Genius!

Next up, the Kiehl’s Silk Groom Serum – a perfect finish to your style.  Leaves hair soft and gleamy.  Concentrate it on the ends and don’t use too much.  It’s very light and keeps those strands glossy and tamed.

Lips:  EOS lip balm is the greatest. Invention.  Ever.  I order mine from by the dozen. Or, order here. The spherical shape, the flavor, the long-lasting formula all excite me.  It even seems to exfoliate your lips a little bit when you apply.  I use a chubby lip gloss pencil over the EOS for a durable, sheer, colorful lip.  You’ll chuck your Chapstick after this!

Nails:  Yes, I know we did a nail post, but I have new favorite – and it’s limited addition.  I found mine at J. Crew.  FACE Stockholm nail enamel in “One Hundred Seven” is a deep iris/cyclamen/violet shade that just POPS.  Love it!  Image courtesy of We Heart This – it’s sold out on the J. Crew website, but you can get it on Face Stockholm’s website OR in many J. Crew stores.

This post is very disorganized.  But hey – it’s a rainy Monday and I am blogging from the summer house while my kids play in the basement playroom.  Forgive me!

Fragrance:  I am a  Chanel fragrance (or any fragrance) addict.  I am particular to the “Exclusifs” collection  of limited edition concoctions and have found my new scent (everyone asks what it is but I never give a straight answer, so….) in the form of “Coromandel”.  It’s a glorious, woodsy Oriental that is perfect for the colder months.  The other two fragrances that I own that harken to Coromandel are L’Artisan’s “Timbuktu” and Balmain’s “Amber Gris”.  I just don’t like to smell like anyone else.  You should give all three a whirl.  YUM.

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Must have SHOE:  Say goodbye to Uggs, as I have a new retro passion!  The Minnetonka Moccasin Back Zip Boot.  Yep, it’s back.  The fringe and lug sole and buttery suede look fresh and fun.  I ride my bike in these and take them on the town with white shorts and great gingham shirt or Ikat tunic.  LOVE.  In the fall, pair them with colorful skinny jeans and a white tee and schoolboy blazer!

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