Recently we posted a blog on this website about the publication of a new book entitled Women in Clothes – an exhaustive study of 639 women and how they dress.
Later on, I spotted an article in the New York Observer that described a book-and-swap party to celebrate the launch of this book. It was held in Rachel Comey’s boutique in Manhattan’s Soho (she is one of the contributors in the book) and it was a festive affair of book party-and-clothing swap rolled into one – accompanied by lots of champagne.
ONE HUMOROUS STORY came out of this event. A participant brought her would-be wedding dress. She had changed her mind at the last minute about the dress (not the fiancé). Can you imagine? A wedding dress stood up at the altar! But who would swap for it? After several glasses of champagne one attendee said, “Wearing this dress would be a great way to cook breakfast”.
Which brings us to this: why not throw a swap party for 8 to 20 people? After all, it’s much more fun than a yard sale – plus it’s a good way to clean out your closet. Let’s take a look at all the elements of this swinging social:
THE FOOD Keep it simple with easy-to-handle hors d’oeuvres and champagne, wine or beer and lots of cool music.
WHAT TO BRING Ask the ladies to bring “gently used” clothing that they no longer wear or have use for.
HOW TO ARRANGE THE CLOTHES Push back the furniture in the largest room in your home and bring in extra tables. Then make up categories any way you wish: tops/bottoms OR summer/winter OR you can just lay everything out.
WHO GOES WHEN Have each participant write her name on a slip of paper and put all the names into a big bowl. Draw a name and that person goes first. A name is drawn each time a new person picks.
HOW MANY PICKS The rule is simple. If you brought five pieces, you are allowed to pick five pieces brought by others.
WHAT ABOUT LEFTOVERS? Bundle these items up and drop them off at your local thrift shop or the Salvation Army. They’ll love you.
MAY WE SUGGEST…
The best leggings you will ever wear are coming in December. We’ll let you know more in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.
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When we saw Crazy, Rich Asians, the smash romantic comedy of 2018, we all agreed that one of the standout performers in the movie was Awkwafina (Nora Lum) – she was a definite scene-stealer. By the way, where are the sequels? The latest rumor is that filming will start with two movie sequels filmed back-to-back in 2020. Don’t bet the rent money. But never mind, when they do come out I’m sure they’ll knock our socks off.
I have a subscription to Air & Space, which is a bimonthly magazine that was first published in 1986 and comes from the Smithsonian. It’s especially relevant this year because this is the 50th Anniversary (1969-2019) of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Neil Armstrong’s first words – as he stepped down onto the soil of Luna were, “One small step for man, one giant step for mankind,” as the whole world watched.
Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not a morning person. This means that every day I get up, fire up the computer for emails, stagger into the kitchen to make a blistering hot, strong 20 oz. mug of coffee and finally, click on New York’s Channel One to check on the weather and/or news while sinking into the sofa and trying to wake up. Ergo: I hate mornings or as Moss Hart once famously said, “Nothing happens before noon, that doesn’t happen after.”
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Because of the body-hugging nature of the fabric and our body conscious fit most women prefer to wear our layering tops as under-layers. If you are inclined to wear them on their own we suggest you size up. Please email us or give us a call if you have questions about your sizing. We're happy to help you get it right.
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Please email us or give us a call if you have questions about your sizing. We're happy to help you get it right.
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