Every time Francesca or I visit each other, one of us makes out like a bandit. Last time it was me, what with the Alaia heels and the Jimmy Choo boots and the Mulberry Alexa bag, and this time it was Francesca: she inherited a DKNY suit and crop top I love but never wore, a Juicy Couture leopard miniskirt that makes her look like she’s on vacation in Positano in 1986 (this is a good thing), and a grey wool cape that we discovered at TJ Maxx last summer and that really should have gone home with her in the first place.
(Have I mentioned how fun it is to swap clothes with your friends?)
But really, I made out like a bandit on Francesca’s visit this weekend too, because now I know about the five things listed below. And now you know about them, too.
So I suppose we’re all making out like bandits these days.
1. Sirena & The Sea kimonos (pictured here). Francesca is friends with the creator of this line, and told me about her and how I needed to own one of her hand-dyed kimonos (made in Bali, with belts that she hand-weaves from reclaimed, recycled silk saris that she sources via fair trade from India), and I was all “Ehhhhh when would I wear a kimono?” And then I saw Francesca’s, and I realized that the answer is “Always.” At home, over a nightgown; by the pool, over a bathing suit; out in public, over knit shorts and a tank.
2. The FaceBlaster. I’m not entirely sure what this is, but Francesca assures me that it’ll do all sorts of lymphatic drainage and make my jawline look spectacular and lymphatically drained and such, and so I feel like I need to try it.
3. One-piece strapless bathing suits. The suit that Francesca is wearing in these shots is one I discovered at a La Perla sample sale wayyyy back when, and now I think it needs to be brought back into rotation, along with all the strapless suits pictured above.
4. Adidas Slides. Remember how the cool kids in middle school were all about the Adidas slides? Now you (and I) get to be a cool kid. FINALLY.
5. Menocore. OK, I actually told Francesca about this one – it’s a look that can basically be encapsulated by Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give, and involves a lot of neutral, floaty layers of the sort typically spotted on menopausal Hamptons residents. It is, I feel fairly certain, my next stylistic iteration – and yet on our trip to Zara on Saturday, it was Francesca who spotted – and then bought – all the amazing white knit sweaters and shorts, and so Francesca wins. Ugh.
Below, more pics I took of my BFF wandering like an ethereal desert sprite in the hills behind my house.