Fashion Inspiration

I get my fashion inspiration from all over, but the women who truly inspire me are my grandmother, great grandmothers and great aunts. All of them were truly unique women who possessed such amazing style. They were fearless in their fashion choices, be it a Sunday afternoon or a gala, they always looked impeccable. My grandmother in particular really shaped the way that I approach dressing. When it came to her take on jewelry, the bigger the stone the better. Her way of getting me to improve my reading and vocabulary skills as a child were centered around trips to the jewelry store. One of the first words out of my little impeccably over-dressed self was “jewelry”…and my friends and Darling Boyfriend wonder why I am fashion obsessed. However, her everyday style was always clean, classic and elegant. I love looking back at old photos of her as a young bride in Dior or sitting on the deck of a boat in chic summer whites. I lost her a few years ago, but I like to think that I keep a little bit of her with me daily by wearing her watch.

The Ladies…my grandmother is the portrait hanging on the wall and my great grandmother is the portrait is on the chair

And to all the petite women out there, you can thank my great aunt Hannah Troy for creating a size geared totally toward you. People know her as the woman who adapted the Italian styles for consumers in the United States and the fashion world knows her as the woman who set up couture shows in Florence in the 1950s. Her career spanned decades; Bergdorf’s and Bendel’s carried her line, and even the wives of American presidents wore her pieces. I have two of her dresses that are packed away for safe keeping since they are so delicate after many loving years of use by my great grandmother, but every once and a while I’ll take them out and try them on. I guess you can say I never quite got over my love of dressing up.

My great aunts, Hannah is in the pink on the left and my great grandmother is in the white on the right

My other great grandmother and my great grandfather on the day of my grandparents wedding

My grandparents wedding, St. Regis Hotel in New York City

Dress: Chanel
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Jewelry: Vintage pearls from my grandmother, necklace and ring


  1. Wendy H

    April 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    What a great legacy! Love the story about your “first” word!

  2. Eugenia

    April 29, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful piece of history…YOUR history. It is truly a legacy to be proud of and it shows that you come by your impeccable sense of style quite honestly indeed! I had no idea you are descended from such fashion ‘royalty’….!! Love the Chanel dress & Louboutin’s on you, naturally…..simply stunning, dah-ling !! xox

    1. jessica

      May 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks Ev! I’m so proud of the women who came before me and the women who continue to inspire and support me now. Xoxo

  3. Carly

    April 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    I had know idea you had all this fashion history my dear…love it! Thanks for sharing..those paintings are beautiful!

    1. jessica

      May 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Car, I like to blame my genetics for my love of all things fashionable and the resulting bills that come with it!

    1. jessica

      May 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks Laura, hope you’re enjoying yours!

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