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  1. Laura
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    7:13 am

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    Laura said...

    Love the new white shirt. I think the fit is much more flattering on you; and fit is everything when the shirt is on it’s own, no blazer or cardigan to hide under. Excellent find.

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  2. une femme
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    7:16 am

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    une femme said...

    Love that Anne Fontaine shirt!!

    I’ve always aspired to be the “crisp white blouse” type, but I just never feel right in them. A white tee shirt on the other hand…like second skin.

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  3. MJ
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    7:17 am

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    MJ said...

    So glad to have this suggestion as I contemplate transitioning out of the corporate world. It’s one thing to wear a corporate white shirt with jeans, quite another when you’re dressing up a little. The new version is great.

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  4. the gardeners cottage
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    7:20 am

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    the gardeners cottage said...

    oh i love anne fontaine shirts. ea one is like a work of art. i think you looked fab in the picture. so classy!

    xo
    janet

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  5. kathy peck leeds
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    7:21 am

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    kathy peck leeds said...

    Love your new white shirt and Anne Fontaine is fantastic for finding a special one. However, I do love the shirt you wore to the dinner too. I would have rolled up the sleeves and sort of pushed them to just above the elbow, and then turned the collar so it was standing up, would have been great that way too.

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  6. Jan
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    7:26 am

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    Jan said...

    I love the new shirt, but I love the first pic of you even more – look at you, all in your pearls. :)

    I have many white shirts. Many stained white shirts, because I cannot wear one without spilling something on it. I think I have bad white shirt karma.

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  7. The Preppy Princess
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    8:01 am

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    The Preppy Princess said...

    You look so lovely in that first photo Miss Privilege, wow. To the topic at hand, you know how much I believe in the beauty of a white shirt, but don’t know that I have ever tried on Anne Fontaine, you make a great case to do so. :)
    tp

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  8. hostessofthehumblebungalow
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    8:13 am

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    hostessofthehumblebungalow said...

    I love a white shirt too especially with pearls.

    That Anne Fontaine shirt has such great detail…you’ll get a lot of mileage out of that one.
    You look fabulous in it Lisa!

    Stop by my blog today…I have mentioned you.

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  9. miss sophie
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    8:16 am

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    miss sophie said...

    i actually love you in both. they’re very different shirts, but i like a looser classic white shirt with the sleeves rolled up for a lauren hutton-esque look. the AF version is lovely and feminine on you! have you ever styled either with a floor-length ball skirt? that’s what i’d wear to a fancy evening affair :)

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  10. ChristineB
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    8:44 am

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    ChristineB said...

    I was scrolling down past the words: “I walked down the street to Anne Fontaine. The voices sang out” Oh! Oh! Oh! Yes, indeed, they did!

    I have been on a quest for The Perfect White Shirt, and at last have found it. Thank you!

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  11. belle de ville
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    8:52 am

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    belle de ville said...

    I love Anne Fontaine’s shirt designs because they have such a flattering cut.
    You look great in your new white button front.

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  12. RoseAG
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    8:53 am

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    RoseAG said...

    Both shirts are nice, but you’re right that the second is a better fit for this type of event.

    I like the collars on both versions.

    It’s really sticky here in the summer and if your blouse has a flattering collar you can skip the heavy necklace or scarf and appear cool without losing the polish.

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  13. Patsy
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    9:30 am

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    Patsy said...

    I love, love, love that first picture of you!! You should give a copy to each of your children. I would love to have a picture like that of my mom.

    06/16/11
    10:29 am
    Emmaleigh504 said...

    I second the love for that pic and that you should send a copy to your kids!!

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  14. Becca
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    9:44 am

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    Becca said...

    You have a way of illuminating the hidden truths of personal style and fashion. I’ve never been a white shirt girl myself, but I took something important away about how see my own sartorial choices as I try to transition.

    Also, I adore how the Anne Fontaine “emphasizes the rest of you.” It’s clear it fits who you are and yet takes you somewhere new. Lovely.

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  15. mary anne
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    9:59 am

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    mary anne said...

    When I first saw the picture of the second shirt, I thought “Eh”. Then you showed us what it looks like on and I love it! Good job. Love a nice white shirt.

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  16. quintessence
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    10:04 am

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    quintessence said...

    The Anne Fontaine shirt looks fabulous on you – so flattering!! I am also a white shirt girl – and have many in all different iterations. Of course what I really want is a Herrera – might have to be my birthday present to myself this year. And I have a divine ice blue silk ball skirt – because I like you and Carolina = love that combo!!

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  17. Kitty
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    10:14 am

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    Kitty said...

    Thank you for getting both photos for comparison. It is those small details in fit and style that make or break every clothing choice. And the fact that you noticed the problem and then knew what to look for in a replacement impresses me! I’m still at the “define the problem” piece of the puzzle many days.

    I worked for years in clothes that were never quite right. But I thought that smart, productive women shouldn’t spend time immersed in all that fluff. Once I slowed down and focused, I realized it is as easy to learn as any other skill. And I am a quick learner. I just never allowed it priority. And it’s exactly why I never felt polished or confident in my clothes.

    Thanks for the great one-to-one comparison!

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  18. Megs
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    10:18 am

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    Megs said...

    So I have a question: I have a dim memory of being very, very young and overhearing two women discuss the need for haircuts because they had reached in age where it was socially inappropriate for them to have longer hair. Are their such rules on hair length? If so, what are they?

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  19. metscan
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    10:27 am

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    metscan said...

    Both shirts look good, but the AF has ” that something “. You are lucky to be a white shirt girl.
    Shirts are not my ” trademark “, but I like them on others. Wearing a shirt reveals that you are good housewife ; )!!

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  20. cafeatte
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    11:05 am

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    cafeatte said...

    I simply love the lines on the Anne Fontaine shirt. The collar is unusual and its corners make your face and shoulders look lovely. Sadly, in spite of my mother’s best efforts, I am constitutionally incapable of keeping white shirts white beyond one or two wearings. If I were to invest in AF, I’d have to have a color matching either pomodoro sauce or/and red wine.

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  21. Valentine Hayes
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    11:09 am

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    Valentine Hayes said...

    I wear a tailored white shirt every day…they seem to flatter old ladies! But a dressy white shirt is next on my list of must haves!

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  22. Lori @ Lori May Interiors
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    11:16 am

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    Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

    I walked into my very first Anne Fontaine shop in London over 10 years ago. I feel in love with all of the amazing white shirts! The were my favorite then and now.

    Since I don’t have to go to the office anymore, I do have a standard outfit of sorts that always makes me feel good. A great pair of jeans, white t-shirt, a denim jacket and a beautiful pair of Lucchese cowboy boots given to me by my husband. I feel put together, but still comfortable and chic.

    Take care,

    Lori

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  23. Susan Tiner
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    11:33 am

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    Susan Tiner said...

    I love the collar of the second blouse. As for feeling like a burlesque dancer, here’s a link (a friend just sent) to an article and video of the famous Rita Alexander, the “Champagne Girl of 1960s Bourbon Street ” you might enjoy. Don’t worry, it’s pretty tame. She’s really talented!

    http://bit.ly/l5oeHM

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  24. materfamilias
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    11:35 am

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    materfamilias said...

    That’s a beautiful photo of you — and I actually like both shirts.

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  25. BethAnn
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    1:58 pm

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    BethAnn said...

    You look fantastic in the Anne Fontaine! I may just have to do a little shopping trip on Saturday. (Between you and Alice at Summer is a Verb, my wallet is getting a little thin. But I am ver fashionable as a result!)

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  26. Stephanie
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    2:05 pm

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    Stephanie said...

    1. Uh, I think your forehead looks better than mine.

    2. I remember an article about Anne Fontaine in a old Victoria magazine. Love the neckline on that shirt.

    3. My husband wears ONLY button downs. A loose, flappity collar just won’t do.

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  27. Sharon
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    2:07 pm

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    Sharon said...

    http://www.hourglassy.com/2009/10/great-white-blouses-from-doncaster.html

    I’ve always had great luck with crisp white dressy blouses from Doncaster and Worth – I especially love when they tie in the front or on the side – that dresses it up and softens it a bit. Here are some that I thought looked nice. But I think both of yours were great, Lisa!

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  28. HHH
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    2:38 pm

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    HHH said...

    You look marvelous in both shirts and I think you are being way too hard on yourself. The first picture of you, with long blond hair and the original shirt, is such a classically beautiful picture. I didn’t know your hair was so long.

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  29. Paula
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    3:04 pm

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    Paula said...

    I can’t believe how long your hair has grown! Why not change the avatar-photo? I love the new-you.
    Benetton makes nice white shirts, crisp and simple. Unfortunately Naracamicie is off my list, the staff in the boutique in Vienna is way too rude. :-(

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  30. Terri
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    3:13 pm

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    Terri said...

    This new white shirt fits you beautifully. White shirts are the bane of my thrifting ethic. I sort through them on every visit, but I am a stickler for the crisp and the very, very white. It is simply one thing I cannot thrift.

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  31. Audi
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    3:49 pm

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    Audi said...

    Firstly, I love that photo of you; you look so relaxed and at ease. Secondly, the shirt is a beautiful choice: the non-traditional collar and crystal-accented buttons are unique touches, but it’s still very much you. Still a classic button-FRONT, but decidedly non-corporate. Well played.

    And hey, let me know the next time you’re coming to SF. If you REALLY want to cross over to the wild side, you should shop with me. Or if that’s too terrifying, I’m always game for cocktails. ;-)

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  32. Flo
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    4:30 pm

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    Flo said...

    You are DIVINE. In both blouses.

    You don’t need one bit of advice or encouragement, but if you can’t sleep one night and you need to stir around, try turning the collar UP in the first blouse for a change of pace, unbelievably regal. If you like the regal look in the mirror, take that wonderful blouse to a seamstress and have those sleeves shortened to 3/4, i.e to the length of the sleeves in the second blouse; have french cuffs added if you like. Bling buttons optional.

    You are just divine and I love this Pulitzer-worthy turn of phrase so much: “Trust your instincts. Assume you know something. You’re probably right.”

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  33. tamera
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    4:33 pm

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    tamera said...

    Oh, that looks so pretty on you! Good choice!

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  34. QueenBeeSwain
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    5:25 pm

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    QueenBeeSwain said...

    Hello Helloooooooooooo!

    Love you, love the white shirt and love white shirts in general… one of the reasons I think we connect and get each other is that we’re white shirt girls; all about having your act together, being put together and not being afraid of rolling up your sleeves!

    I’ve been so bad about reading blogs, much less commenting, but yours is one that I always check into… and may I say that I felt very LPCish when I wrote today’s piece ;)

    xoox

    kHm

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  35. Duchesse
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    5:30 pm

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    Duchesse said...

    There I was admiring you in the original (Grace Kelly at NoCal dinner) and then you went and got the AF- hotcha, baby! AF is my favourite for great whites (and blacks). I think your wedding shoes would look fantastic with it too.

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  36. Town and Country Mom
    June 16, 2011
    06/16/11
    8:11 pm

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    Town and Country Mom said...

    You wear them well. Wonderfully well.

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  37. AN
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    1:02 am

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    AN said...

    You look wonderful in both!

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  38. Tabitha
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    1:44 am

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    Tabitha said...

    I adore white shirts, you look stunning in that photograph and what better to pair with crisp white but pearls and Manolos?

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  39. Blighty
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    1:52 am

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    Blighty said...

    Love both the white shirts, you look so elegant,xx

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  40. linda
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    4:52 am

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    linda said...

    You look beautiful in both…..the Anne Fontaine is gorgeous!
    -linda,ny

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  41. Northmoon
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    5:55 am

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    Northmoon said...

    that AF white shirt is marvalous!! I Want One.

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  42. Shelly Gregory
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    8:20 am

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    Shelly Gregory said...

    I’m following. You had me at “white shirt”, your age, your outlook!

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  43. DaniBP
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    9:14 am

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    DaniBP said...

    It’s the loveliest white shirt I’ve ever seen, and it looks as though it was made for you!

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  44. mary jo
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    10:52 am

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    mary jo said...

    I am such a white shirt girl since my teens and was wondering when you were going to mention Anne Fontaine–the pinnacle of white shirts–and never matronly! LOVE how this looks on you and so glad you added it to your wardrobe. Having the feeling you will be adding more :)

    xo Mary Jo

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  45. Julia
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    12:16 pm

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    Julia said...

    The first thing I noticed about the new white shirt is that it gives you plenty of space for interesting jewelry. Jewelry you might not ever wear to work with your more Hepburn-esque tailored shirt, although I like that look very much.

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  46. Ida
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    12:38 pm

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    Ida said...

    Another white shirt gal here like Kathy said mostly wear the collars up+ pearls.
    Like the shirt in the Ist photo best,very elegant love your hair.Ida

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  47. Legallyblondemel
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    12:46 pm

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    Legallyblondemel said...

    You look divine in your Carolina-inspired getup, but I realized what you meant when I saw the one of you in the Anne Fontaine – now *that* is a white shirt, racy clavicles peeking out & all.

    And I really like the concept of adapting the general of what you know to work for you already to the specifics of your new life. Feel like I’m going through the same, in my case weeding out the lawyer/pre-baby bod wardrobe to suit my current reality, and it helps me to see it in this positive light.

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  48. Vivelavie
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    2:34 pm

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    Vivelavie said...

    Your expression in the first photo is wonderfully authentic – and who cares about the shirt?
    That said, being broad-shouldered with a strong neck and a relatively small face myself, my one rule has become to wear necklines that are wider than my neck and if possible wider than my head. Anything else emphasises my shoulders and makes me look severe which is often the case with traditional shirts. In contrast, the AF shirt with the wider neckline looks wonderfully feminine on you!

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  49. K-Line
    June 17, 2011
    06/17/11
    7:14 pm

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    K-Line said...

    What a beautiful photo of you! And I love the collar on that shirt.

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  50. Fuji
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    12:42 am

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    Fuji said...

    The look of pensive contentment. You are beautiful.

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  51. Marsha @ Splenderosa
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    9:14 am

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    Marsha @ Splenderosa said...

    Lisa, yes, you are beautiful. I loved reading this about the differences in white shirts, so true. I feel the same about black. And, I must say I always return again & again to fabrics which feel good to the touch. xx’s

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  52. Lisa
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    12:32 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Laura – Thank you. And you’re right, standalone shirts are an art.

    Une femme – Thank you! I’m a tad jealous you can still wear tees. They have begun to betray my middle.

    MJ – My pleasure. I do look forward to wearing this shirt with jeans too:). Everything goes better with jeans, in my experience.

    Janet – High compliment. I can absolutely see you in Anne Fontaine. Come to SF sometime, we’ll go together.

    Kathy Peck Leeds – You are describing the perfect Grande Dame way to wear the first shirt. I have to work on my confidence to get there.

    Jan – Thank you. Look at your new avatar! I never wear white shirts if I’m the one cooking:).

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  53. Lisa
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    12:32 pm

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    Lisa said...

    TPP – Oh thank you Princess. As a Herrera lover, I think you’ll like Anne too.

    hostess – Thank you, for this and for the mention. Much appreciated. Go pearls:).

    miss sophie – I’d wear that Full Carolina to a fancy evening thingie that required long myself. But I haven’t gone to anything that needed long in ages and ages. Maybe it’s time. I keep thinking I should get my family to chip in on a table at some gala and we could all dress up and go together.

    ChristineB – Hooray! My pleasure.

    belle – Thank you. And the cut is fantastic. Much better on than hanging.

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  54. Lisa
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    12:33 pm

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    Lisa said...

    RoseAG – Exactly. It’s about the context of the event. I’m not chucking out the first one:).

    Patsy – I would ask them, but I fear the eye-rolling…Thank you.

    Emmaleigh – Aw. Thank you.

    Becca – Thank you so much. If I can be of use to someone so intelligent as you, I’m honored.

    mary anne – Yeah, it’s a tricky little one, that shirt:).

    quintessence – Thank you! And I don’t even dare LOOK at the Herrera shirts. If you do take that step, you will show us, right? So we can dream?

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  55. Lisa
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    12:33 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Kitty – You are very welcome. I simply have the time, now, to pay attention. And I like to solve puzzles, you know? As in, just WHY didn’t the first shirt feel quite right, and what other version would? You have to really keep you eyes peeled and think analytically. At least I do, given that I’m not so Artsy as I wanna be.

    Megs – Aha. Yes. The old lady hair question. I have an entire post brewing on that topic. Because I believe the rules were put in place for many reasons, some of which remain sort of valid, some of which do not. In brief, our hair has meaning, and we just want that meaning to be intentional.

    metscan – Thank you:). How do you mean, a good housewife?

    cafeate – Hahahahahaha. Well, the classic red shirt then.

    Valentine Hayes – Every day! I’m impressed! A dressy one is an entirely different phenomenon, I agree.

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  56. Lisa
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    12:33 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Lori – That outfit sounds completely perfect.

    Susan – Thank you very much. I love the glimpse of past culture that kind of video gives us.

    Mater – xox.

    BethAnn – I bet you are! And I wonder if Alice goes for white shirts. I think of her as a print kind of an Artsy Grande Dame.

    Stephanie – Ha! Here’s to well-lived foreheads then. Glad you like the neckline. And the thought of a flappity collar cracks me up.

    Sharon – Those blouses look great, especially for an hourglass figure.

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  57. Lisa
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    12:34 pm

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    Lisa said...

    HHH – Oh, thank you. As we speak, I’ve had my hair trimmed, but the strategic initiative right now is to grow it long, all one length, and get a good look at it au naturel.

    Paula – Rude staff! Absolutely avoid them. The people in San Francisco are exceptionally nice. I will think about a new avatar. It’s just like that I like to have one where I look directly at the camera and say hello, essentially.

    Terri – Thank you. I hadn’t thought about the thrifting issue, but that makes complete sense.

    Audi – Thank you very much. I’m thrilled you like the shirt. And I think you and I, shopping, would make for a great education even if I didn’t actually cross over. I’ll email you. Thank you.

    Flo – Thank you. I will tell myself all day long I am divine. I think it will be good for me.

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  58. Lisa
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    12:34 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Tamera – Thank you very much.

    QBS – Hellooooooo! “…white shirt girls; all about having your act together, being put together and not being afraid of rolling up your sleeves!” Excactly!

    Duchesse – Oooh, with the wedding shoes. I hadn’t even thought of that. Fun.

    Town and Country – Thank you!

    AN – Thank you so much.

    Tabitha – Much appreciated – pearls and Manolos indeed.

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  59. Lisa
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    12:35 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Blighty – Thank you my dear!

    Linda -Thank you so much for the kind words.

    Northmoon – :).

    Shelly Gregory – Welcome! I am following you as well.

    DaniBP – Thank you ma’am!

    mary jo – I should have known you’d be familiar with Ms. Fontaine.

    Julia – Yes, I agree. I’m currently mulling over how to combine two diamond solitaire pendants I’ve got. I wonder, did KH ever wear jewelry? Hmm.

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  60. Lisa
    June 18, 2011
    06/18/11
    12:35 pm

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    Lisa said...

    ida – Yes, very regal that way. Thank you for the kind words on my hair. It’s a project, of sorts.

    Legallyblondemel – I was thinking about that for motherhood. I always dressed kind of tough at work, and then as a mother I dropped that. Once I saw, in the playground, a mom wearing leggings, Converse, a leather jacket, and a concert tee. That was how I wanted to dress but I was too daunted to try.

    Vivelavie – I love that idea, a neckline wider than one’s head. Kind of a metaphor for all sorts of things. Thank you. I like photos with authentic expressions, not always easy to get one’s hands on.

    K-Line – Thank you!

    Fuji – Oh, that is so very nice. Thank you.

    Marsha – Aw. Someone could even write a White Shirt With Variations kind of a chamber piece. For cello, don’t you think?

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  61. Amanda
    June 20, 2011
    06/20/11
    7:51 am

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    Amanda said...

    I have written down those final three sentences and stuck them to my wall.

    That is all.

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  62. Bonnie
    June 24, 2011
    06/24/11
    8:41 am

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    Bonnie said...

    What a lovely trip to remember!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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