Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fun & Funnel Scarves with Max Mara (with a little Sex and the City thrown in)

The Fall social season is well under way in NYC and that includes store parties.  I love store parties because they're a chance to get to see all the stores I never or rarely enter.  I'm so busy that these days when I shop it's usually for something very specific so I go straight to the store where I think I can find the exact item.  As much as I would love to do a tour of every store on Madison Avenue, it just never happens.  Last night I attended a cocktail party for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at the Max Mara store.  I've passed the store and am familiar with Max Mara (I had a Max Mara suit I used to wear when I worked in an office), but I'd never been inside.  The store is great!  Three levels of nice clothes from each of their three lines, and some cool accessories.  I saw a pair of blue suede ankle boots that I absolutely loved, but since I just got blue suede boots I had to pass. 

Sadly, I was running so late that by the time I got to the party it was all but over, but I was handed a very nice party favor on my way out:  a gray funnel scarf.  It's super warm and in a welcome neutral color.  Although it was almost 80 degrees in NYC yesterday, I'm sure it will soon be windy and cold and this scarf is going to come in handy.

Max Mara funnel scarf
Trying it sure kept my neck nice and toasty!
Because I go out so frequently during certain times of the year even I struggle with what to wear and I try to mix things up with accessories.  After almost three months this summer of not getting dressed up at all, I had to reacquaint myself with my own clothes.  I decided on a green floral Tucker dress with a bone colored swing jacket.  I carried one of my favorite purses:  a green woven Elliott Lucca clutch that I got at TJ Maxx a few years ago.  I'm sure the clutch wasn't expensive, but I think it looks expensive with its textured suede and patent leather weave. 
Elliott Lucca clutch

Since it was so summery yesterday, I decided to wear a pair of light, bone colored wedges.  I love these shoes, but someone else doesn't and it's a classic NY story.  I was at--where else?--a store party at Valentino several years ago, I believe to benefit the ballet.  I decided to try on some summer wedges and had narrowed my selection to two and was standing around in one of them when Candace Bushnell walked by, shook her head and said "no."  Well, despite the fact that I love Sex and the City and admire Ms. Bushnell (how can you not love the woman who invented Carrie Bradshaw!), I bought the shoes anyway.  I think it was the right decision and I love them even more because of the story behind them, so thank you Candace!
Valentino wedges
Side view of the heel with clutch in the background 

"The fact is, sometimes it's hard to walk in a single woman's shoes.  That's why we need really special ones now and then--to make the walk a little more fun." --Carrie Bradshaw

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