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The School of Flaunt Handbook

If you are not familiar with Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke, co-authors of “The School of Flaunt Handbook” and of their web site (www.schoolofflaunt.com), you should be.  Described as The Divas of Good Taste, Alexandra and Cate have dreamed up a tome in which they promise to navigate you safely through the snakepits and landmines of money, moda and manners.

With such interesting chapter titles as “Wardrobe – From Runway to Reality”, “Votre Maison – All Gated Communities Are Not Created Equal” and “Amour or Affair de Coeure – We Want to Light Your Fire!”, their Handbook is filled with tips and quizzes and a bevy of helpful hints to guide you safely into their “Flaunt Fabulous World.”  (Full disclosure:  I was very honored when the duo asked me to do the black and white illustrations for the Handbook.  Thanks so much Alexandra and Cate!)

So before you even think about accepting that next dinner party invitation or stepping foot into Bergdorf’s again, spend a few hours with Alexandra and Cate and The Handbook, available through amazon.com.  You’ll be glad you did and as the authors proudly state, “why go through life as ordinary, when it is just as easy to be extraordinary!”

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I Can’t Give You a Turkey Dinner. . .

. . . but maybe a few feathers will do.  Sorry for the silence as of late.  Will pick up the pace after the holiday.  Have a good one!

 Sketches by Joel Woodard

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October Changes Everything . . .

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Spinning a Yarn

Some of my favorite things to see at a county fair are all of the blankets and accessories made from the wool of alpacas and llamas.  The wool is beautifully heathered in color, even when dyed.  And whether the products are scarves, gloves, hats or blankets it’s always Rustic Chic to spin a yarn.

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Muzzle by Hermes (?)

I spotted handsome Lorenzo Llama sporting a stylish orange muzzle at this past weekend’s Hunterdon County Fair.  Was his fashionable accessory by Hermes perhaps?

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Pack Up Your Troubles

Let’s face it.  “Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” briefcases are rarely, if ever, chic.  And they are definitely never Rustic Chic.  But before you get all weird about slinging that stylish man-bag over your shoulder and strutting into your next business meeting, consider some of these simple styles I recently borrowed from some favorite vendors.  These guys are not expensive but are handsomely simple, rugged and beautifully constructed.  They don’t scream (well, most of them don’t) but they are the perfect thing to pack up your troubles for that meeting or the weekend.

Images from top:  Kilim carpet bag from a street vendor in Manhattan;  Cole Haan; Coach; Timothy Oulton; Filson; Coach, Hartmann

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Red or Dead

Ever go into a jewelry or watch store and try to find a replacement watchband that didn’t run the gamut from black to brown?  If you have you know how frustrating it is to try to find something with a little spark, a little zing and  a slight departure from the norm.  I have been able to find some interesting grosgrain ones in fun colors for summer in some shops but when I went looking recently for something amusing in crocodile, lizard or plain cowhide in a deep red, my time ran out. . . so I turned to the Internet.  Not only did that save me a lot of time pounding the pavement in my quest for a bit of elan but I did find the perfect saturated red croc band that I had been searching for.   It added just the right touch of unexpected color and chic to a plain tank watch.  Take a risk for your wrist – it’s red or dead – and most Rustic Chic.

Photo by Joel Woodard

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