Category Archives: Interesting brands

Some Days You Want To Save The World, Some Days You Just Want Pretty


In the midst of storms both political and thunderish, I’ve found myself drawn to pretty things. We were at the Stanford Shopping Center the other day and I saw this, from Stella McCartney. Beautiful. But expensive. I noticed Anthropologie is also offering decorative, almost painterly goods. Less expensive. Still pretty and a balance to passion. […]

The Sturdy Gal Hears The Call Of The Moors And Succumbs


I meant to get a J. Crew field jacket in black, but they discontinued the color. So, here I am now that California is raining. And raining. And raining. We shall call this Queen Elizabeth tromps the moors and then gets on a motorcycle. A photo posted by Lisa Carnochan (@amidprivilege) on Jan 12, 2017 […]

Take Back Our Ray-Bans And Show Them What We’ve Got


This post is sponsored by Ray-Ban. All opinions are assuredly my own. Today I have one message for my fellow baby boomers; remind the young ones we’ve still got it. We still think and feel. We still style it out. But we’ve also been around too long to try too hard. You know what’s easy? […]

Possibly The Coolest Sturdy Gal Sunglasses In The World?


Yes, I am standing in a field of dry grass, in front of a trailer park. Yes, that is my 59-year old stomach. Good detective skills, my friend. However, I’m wearing new Ray-Bans, so I look more cool than idiotic. I am perhaps exaggerating. Let’s back up. It is an almost universal tenet of personal […]

Where To Go For A Good (Very Good, Stand-Out, Spectacular) Handbag?


This post is sponsored by Neiman Marcus Certain stores do certain goods best, don’t you find? For example, I like UNIQLO for most of my daily basics, and J. Crew for my mid-range lotta-color stuff. But for bags, the no-holding-back, oh-I-shouldn’t-but-think-of-the-low-cost-per-wear, handbags, there’s nowhere like Neiman Marcus. It dawned on me the other day that […]

The First Great Candle Burn-Off Of 2016 — Black Orchid from Aquiesse vs. Black Hibiscus from India Hicks


Although the days are getting longer, and I can feel summer on the other side of the fence, every day around 4:30pm I remember we’ve still got a lot of night to trudge through. To say nothing of the cold, even in California. Time for another Great Candle Burn-Off! Let’s compare Black Orchid from Aquiesse […]

A 59-Year Old Woman Reviews The Apple Watch In Real Life


Have any of you thought about buying an Apple Watch? Does anybody actually own one? Oh, yeah, me. Huh? To be clear, I am not one for gadgets, I have no particular interest in tech for tech’s sake. But I am fascinated by human behavior, and wanted to get an early look at the world […]

Object of Desire: Wolford Tights


Illustration by Marilyn Pollack Naron I have two pair of Wolford tights in my top right-hand dresser drawer. This is not enough. Having retired after a late-career earnings spurt, I find my closet to be quite full enough of high-end goods. My budget does not allow me to own new Dries van Noten every year, […]

Aging Out Of Shorts, And Into A Long, Navy, MaxMara Dress


This post is sponsored by Halsbrook. Retailer particulière to the Grande Dame in all of us. The photo above, although I didn’t know it at the time, signaled the end of my street shorts days. I’ve aged out. It’s not that I hate my knees, or worry about shocking my neighbors. But, to be blunt, I find the texture of […]

A High WASP Glorious Fourth, From Coast To Coast


One of the things I have learned from this blog is how Northern Californian I have become. I am beginning to suspect we few High WASPs who journeyed West just can’t help but trend Artsy. I could discourse at length on High WASP geographical variants. A long time ago I posted on High WASPs in the People’s Republic of […]

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