Thursday, March 29, 2012

Miss Maintenance


I don't have a child, but if I had a daughter I would certainly want her to grow up with every advantage in life. I would want her to posses grace, charm, intellect and so many other attributes that would take me the better part of a day to list. The one item of clothing that would be a must-have in her style chest would be this "High Maintenance" onesie from Barneys New York. If the saying "like mother, like daughter" holds true, she would without a doubt posses all that is necessary to rock this romper. Start the style (and probably the sass) early. I'm sure I'll be receiving phone calls from my "mommy" friends about my parenting skills...or lack thereof.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cats & Paris


As a little girl, I was absolutely infatuated with paper dolls. The smooth, glossy pages filled with statuesque figures and their treasure trove of haute couture and gleaming jewels kept me occupied for hours. I would mix-and-match and match-and-mix to my heart's content. I remember giving my papery pals exotic names like Nikolette or Gabrielle and I remember wishing that I lived in their world or that they lived in mine. I don't know whatever became of my beloved besties...perhaps a tear to the torso or a toss in the trash. But I'm certain that their fate was not as fabulous as mine.
  
Thanks to Pinterest, I recently stumbled upon a creative website that reminded me of my paper doll days. Artist and designer Joel Henriques is the brain behind Made by Joel, a crafty corner for kids where readers share art, crafts and handmade education projects. I made an immediate connection to Joel and his work when I discovered his silly shapes of cats and Parisian landmarks. The crafts were so Rue Le Chat...fancy felines and the fashion forefront that is Paris.
   
My heart melted and I was five-years-old again when I saw the video of Joel playing "Dressy Cats" with his daughter.  It reminded me of my father who used to play the same kind of games with me as a little girl. If Dressy Cats and Paper City Paris were around when I was growing up, they would have definitely had a place in my collection.
   







Cats or Paris...I don't know which one I love more, so I'll take both. Le Meww.

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Mon" Day

Here at Rue Le Chat, there is no Monday (I wish). It has been replaced by "Mon" Day...a day dedicated to me and the things I love to do. If I didn't have to submit to the constraints and responsibilities of daily life and dreadful Mondays, "Mon" Day would be spent like this...

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How would you spend your "Mon" Day?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Flip Flop Friday

I love flip flops...even more than I love heels. So with the sunny-70 degree weather in Boston today, I'm flipping for a few fun finds. Ladies, be sure to tend to those toes at Bliss before slipping into spring.

Tory Burch Matteo Bungee Flip Flop

Tory Burch Ray Wedge Flip Flop

Christian Dior Metallic Logo-Charm Thong

Prada Crocodile Tong Sandal

Prada Rubber Flip Flop

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Knock It Off

I love Kate Spade. I remember my first Kate Spade handbag -- a black nylon Sam shopper a.k.a the IT bag of the late 90's. Come on ladies, you remember this (at the time) posh purse. All the college girls had one (an authentic one that is) and if authentic wasn't in the budget...well there was always a nifty knock-off from Canal Street in New York City where designer thirsts are quenched on a dime.

Luckily, I was fortune enough to carry an authentic Sam shopper which today is retired amongst my other slightly-out-of-style but can't-let-it-go handbags. I have always appreciated and cherished the beauty of authenticity -- a trait passed down to me from my mother. My philosophy is, if I can't afford the real McCoy then I can't have it...or will have to work harder to have it one day. I believe in buying authentic because when women begin carrying imitation items (or handbags in this case) that emulate designer creations, the original pieces lose their lure.

This week, e-Bay and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) launched their second installment of the custom You Can't Fake Fashion totes. Designed to increased counterfeit awareness and promote original design, the limited edition totes range from $45-$200 with all proceeds benefiting the CFDA Foundation. This year's bags include designs from more than 75 fashion houses including Kate Spade, Herve Leger, Ralph Lauren and Badgley Mischka. Although all totes were sold out in a few hours and I wasn't able to snag one, here's a look at a few of my favorites.

Kate Spade

Badgley Mischka

Betsey Johnson

Diane von Furstenberg

Herve Leger

Nanette Lepore
{all tote images via eBay.com}

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Independent Fashion Bloggers

It's official! Rue Le Chat has just been accepted into the Independent Fashion Bloggers network and I'm thrilled!!! Check out my shiny IFB badge on the right.
Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) is a space where style bloggers network, collaborate and share best practices. Not just any blogger can join -- your blog must fit the IFB criteria before your membership is accepted. It's like a sorority for bloggers...without the dues. I'm so happy that Rue Le Chat has what it takes to be a part of IFB. I look forward to connecting and collaborating with some exceptionally talented fashion and style bloggers. Let the creativity begin.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Pop of Pastel

Spring has finally sprung and to usher in the season, I'm featuring the glamorously chic home of Ana Antunes -- Portuguese television host, interior designer and style blogger. Situated in Lisbon's fashionable Chiado district, Ana's apartment-style adobe is a mix of pretty pastels (think soft smokes, lovely lilacs and peony pinks) and family functionality (she's a wife and mother).

"The space is a perfect mix of old historic architecture with a modern glamourous decorating approach," Ana said in a recent interview with Adore Home magazine. "The light in this house is breathtaking and the view over the Tagus River and the bridge is amazing."

Ana's home reminds me of a sunny spring day. I love the abundance of natural light that pours into each room and the ornate accessories that add colorful bursts of happiness at every turn. Ana's décor certainly fits the style and sophistication that is Chiado. If you've ever visited the artistically chic quarter, you know that it's best known for local fashion houses, art galleries, bookshops and cafés. Personally, Chiado is one of my favorite Lisbon neighborhoods.









What do you think of Ana's home? Personally, I love the color scheme. It's soothing and feminine, but with enough vibrancy and character that it's not boring. Ana's pastel patterns are reminiscent of Rue Le Chat's teal-pink-grey design, don't you think? As they say, great minds style alike.

{all images via Adore Home magazine}

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Manolo Monday

The other day I realized that Manolo the Cat has not received much press since the launch of Rue Le Chat, a blog in which he helped to inspire. So, today's post is dedicated to Manolo and the three things he dreams about most during the day.


What does your cat dream about?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Green with Envy

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Today, I'm crushing over Kate Middleton's gorgeous emerald coat dress by Emilia Wickstead. Pairing her stylish frock with a chic brown cap, patent black belt and pair of sensibly sexy shoes, the Duchess of Cambridge looked incredible as she handed shamrocks to dozens of Irish guards in honor of St. Patricks' Day. I absolutely adore the bouquet of fresh shamrocks pinned to her lapel and the gold clover brooch that once belonged to Prince William's great-grandmother, The Queen Mother. Kate Middleton is a true style icon. I don't think I've ever seen her wearing something that I didn't love or didn't want to wear myself.  Maybe it's because I tend to favor classic pieces over trendy items. Regardless, her closets are definitely among the many that I covet and that always leave me green with envy.










{via usmagazine.com and huffingtonpost.com}