Credit card wallets are great for situations when you need to be free from the hassle and restrictions of a handbag, like, say if you want to bike to dinner. For some reason though, I find these wallets are marketed much more to men than women. Maybe that's why I see a lot of girls putting their cards in their phone cases. Even though I use a small daily wallet, I'd love one of these as an alternate. What kind of wallet do you use? Would you ever carry a credit card wallet?
Some green for your green...
William Wallet (back in stock next month); Maxx & Unicorn Card Holder in lime ($50) and in camo ($50); Goyard Credit Card Holder (approx $315); COMME des GARÇONS Super Fluo Card Wallet ($91).
Victoria Legrand of Beach House performing last night at the Serge Gainsbourg Tribute concert at The Hollywood Bowl. Her bow tie did not disappoint.
Photos of Gibson in action at Wimbledon and in her living room by Genevieve Naylor, 1957.
"Most of us who aspire to be tops in our fields don't really consider the amount of work required to stay tops." —Althea Gibson
Photos of French race car driver Marie-Claude Beaumont at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971 and 1975.
"Very sporty, Marie-Claude skied, skated, rode horses and played tennis. She was—and is—highly spontaneous and tenacious, with a very positive outlook. (Greder was to nickname her 'never satisfied'.) Thanks to that combination, and the will and desire to be a champion in her own right, she became the equal of the best male racing drivers. As with Annie Soisbault, her target was not the Ladies' Cup but the 'winning'." —an excerpt from Fast Ladies: Female Racing Drivers 1888 to 1970 by Jean Francois Bouzanquet
I was paging through the September issue of Vogue Paris last night and this Rolex ad segment really caught my eye. I don't think I've ever seen a watch ad with women wearing men's watches before. Love it.
Photo by Toni Frissell, 1940 via Pretty Odd Wonders.
As the book comes together I have become thoroughly obsessed with fashion and war photographer Toni Frissell. How incredible is this image? Color photos from the 1940s-1960s seem to have this invisible magical layer that really gets me.
Photo via L.L. Bean Signature.
Blucher Mocs have been around since the 1930s, ebbing and flowing with footwear trends for nearly 80 years. I wore them in grade school. Did you? Would you wear them now?
Mark McNairy for Bass Blucher mocs ($119); L.L. Bean Signature Eastport Blucher mocs ($69); L.L. Bean original Blucher mocs since 1936 ($69); Mark McNairy for Bass suede Blucher mocs ($129). See also: Quoddy Blucher Mocs.
Photo of a gearshift on 1953 Ferrari 340 MM; woman driving a sports car by Ed Eckstein, 1980.
Growing up, both my parents drove stick and it always intrigued me. There's a certain control, power, and synchronicity that a manual transmission car provides its driver, unmatched by anything automatic. Learning how to drive stick can be embarrassing and frustrating (especially for the teacher), but once you have it down, you really own your car. My husband used to drive a stick car before we were married, and let me tell you, it was a big selling point. Do you drive stick? Have you ever?
Photo via Priscilla Woolworth.
I've known Priscilla for ten years or more. She lives in one of my most favorite homes in L.A., and from there started PriscillaWoolworth.com, an online eco-friendly general store. Above having super cool French/California tomboy style, Priscilla is a true inspiration.
If not in Los Angeles, I would live in...an old stone house in the South of France, with a red tile roof, ivy growing on the walls, wisteria and grape vine shading the terrace, and lavender filling up garden beds next to olive, fig and apricot trees, and of course there would be piles of books in the house. Yum.
My dream holiday would be to...wake up in the morning with a cup of tea sitting on the dock on Lake Cobbosseecontee in Maine; bike along the flower-scented road in Cuixmala, Mexico; lunch at the Mamounia Hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco; have a post-lunch wander through Musee de la Chasse et la Nature in Paris; tea at Petershams Nursery in London; dinner at Deetjens in Big Sur California. Possible?
My current obsessions are...juicing every morning from my garden; my daughters Arielle and Lucie—two wonderful young women; listening to cello music; eating kale; wearing my Kendall Conrad "Maja" cuff; collecting seeds; owls; composting; artist Phoebe Washburn; and writing my monthly Almanac.
I channel my childhood self when I...putter around my garden and listen to disco music.
The fictional character I most relate to is...Séraphine, because she felt so connected to nature and Alice from Alice in Wonderland with her absurd adventures.
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...jump on my bike with my camera and lunch in a bag, and take off for an adventure in the french countryside where I grew up.
My favorite quality in a man is...joie de vivre!
My favorite quality in a woman is...authenticity.
I'm terrified of...washing my hair in the shower when an earthquake hits Los Angeles.
My dream car is a...vintage Toyota Land Cruiser retrofitted for energy efficiency.
My cocktail of choice is...Pétale de Rose.
My celebrity crush is...Annie Leonard.
My friends and I like to...celebrate each other. We all work so hard, but equally give support and encouragement to make our dreams come true.
If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...1770s London, when Captain Cook had just returned from one of his transatlantic voyages with a bundle of nature curiosity specimens no one had ever seen before.
As a teenager I was totally into...what was happening in France in the 70s: espadrilles, Velosolex, Asterix or Tintin, François Truffaut and Françoise Hardy.
I tend to splurge on...samples of products I test for my eco-store, wood cutting boards, organic honey, organic olive oil, heirloom flower seeds, books, magazines, and Agnès B jackets.
Loving being a girl in boy's clothes...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
Photos of Mrs. Beryl Markham clockwise from top left: in 1936 by Bettman, via Little Brown Book Group, in Brooklyn being revered as the first person to fly the Atlantic solo from East to West, 1936. Image below via New York Public Library.
Markham was a British-born Kenyan aviatrix, adventurer, and racehorse trainer. In 1936, still the pioneer days of aviation, she became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. She apprenticed as a trainer and breeder of racehorses, and in the 1930s became an African bush pilot as well. If this sounds familiar, it might be because Markham is the real-life inspiration for the character Felicity, the outspoken horse-riding tomboy in Karen Blixen's memoir (and adapted film) Out of Africa. Markham later authored an acclaimed novel West With The Night of which Ernest Hemingway said, "She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer." And just one final note: she wore ascots.
Thanks to Kaylee Corcoran for the rec!
My grandfather worked for Elgin Watch Co. in the 1950s, the first large watch company based in the Midwest. During World War II Elgin produced the A-11 military issue wristwatch that is, according to J.Crew, the inspiration for their Timex military-inspired watches (although these guys would disagree). Now I can't help myself: I'm on the hunt for an A-11. How cool would it look with a great nylon strap or maybe something crocodile? If you need me, I'll be on eBay for the next two weeks.