Exiled in Style

Fashionable Living on the Fringe

Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.”

— Alexander McQueen

Review: Complete Unknown

Complete Unknown, starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, is directed by Joshua Marston and distributed by Amazon Studios and IFC Films. I received a screening link from IFC.


I rather enjoyed this film. While the mystery is solved for the viewer rather quickly and the plot is a bit slight, the performances are top-notch. A coworker brings a date to a friend’s birthday party and at first they are all smitten with the lovely and witty Alice (Weisz). Only the birthday boy Tom (Shannon) seems less than impressed and it soon becomes clear why he is so nonplussed by her charming anecdotes. Tom knows that Alice is not who she appears to be, something the audience has already been clued into by the opening montage of Weisz in different guises and occupations.

As the party continues and Alice’s lies start to unravel the rest of the guests turn on her and demand answers. Alice makes a hasty retreat, but Tom follows her out into the street and continues to follow her through much of the night as he tries to understand how someone could just pick up and leave everything and everyone behind.

The film doesn’t really answer that question and the story comes to an ambiguous end, which I found strangely satisfying despite its lack of definitive conclusions. I’ve often fantasized about what it might be like to just pick up and move somewhere exotic, perhaps not going quite so far as to change my name and never speak to my friends or family again.

I enjoyed Complete Unknown. I liked the chemistry between the two leads and I found the film visually gorgeous to look at. Even small parts are played by acting greats such as Kathy Bates and Danny Glover. Brief glimpses of Weisz in her various personae left me wanting more, but with a scant 90-minute running time, brief glimpses and unanswered questions are all you get.

Complete Unknown has a release date of August 26, 2016 and will open in Baltimore at the Charles Theater on Friday, September 9, 2016.

Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.”

— Diana Vreeland

The Brunch Report

The Brunch Report is a Monday recap of my weekend activities including who I saw, where I went and of course, what I wore. 

Well, friends. It was quite a weekend. The weather and my ex-husband conspired to put a damper on my spirits, but it simply couldn’t be done. Good friends, good food and great fashion will always prevail!

I dressed for my date on Saturday in a lovely light coral Floral Ruffled Challis Sundress from Torrid. The weather was awful, so I added a white 3/4 sleeve cardigan to give myself a bit more coverage. I really wish this rain would go away. I’ve got too many cute and flirty sundresses hanging in my closet that are just dying to be worn!

Not Saturday Night (same outfit though)

If you’re wondering how my date went, guess what? I am, too! We’ve only seen each other a few times. It’s so hard to tell early on how someone is feeling or if we’re even on the same page. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if this particular fellow makes an appearance in any future Brunch Reports!

On Sunday, I joined three of my best gal pals for brunch at Silver in Bethesda. The company was divine and the food was highly enjoyable as well. Silver is in the newly built out area of Woodmont Ave. and if you haven’t tried it yet, you really should. I’m in love with their all-day brunch menu and can personally recommend the Bison Huevos Rancheros and Banana French Toast. The weather was gray and dreary, but my outfit was bright and sunny with a smattering of tropical flowers on my printed Old Navy shift (last season, no longer available, similar cut here).

I apologize for all the selfies, but since I’m still without my own personal paparazzo, it’s the best I can do at the moment. Perhaps I should invest in a better quality camera and tripod, but I rarely think to take a snap of my outfits before I leave the house. Maybe I should work on breaking my selfie habit? Tell me how you capture your looks in the comments! Maybe you’ll inspire me.

Have a great week!


Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”

— Ralph Lauren

Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“Buy less, choose well.”

Vivienne Westwood

Open Letter to a Ghost

To My Ghost,

I’m not going to demonize you for what you did. You probably don’t even realize that cutting off all contact between us with zero explanation has a catchy pop culture term. “Ghosting” is common for people who originally met through digital means and this isn’t the first time it has happened to me. I’ll admit your sudden disappearance hurt a little more than usual. I thought our first two dates had been great and we already had plans for a third. There were no red flags or warnings that I could see. I can only assume you’ve met someone else who has commanded your full attention. That, or you’re dead. I would rather imagine you happy with someone else than dead, so let’s stick with the original theory.

I’m writing to thank you for the short time we had together. I’ve spent years trying to protect myself from being vulnerable and not opening up to anyone, expressly to avoid the type of hurt you caused me. That’s why actually being hurt, and having these feelings, is a win for me. I wasn’t sure it was even possible for me to care anymore. My heart isn’t damaged beyond repair. I can have feelings for another person. It was way too early to use the word “love” to describe how I felt about you, but the first spark of affection and attraction was starting to stir. Even though that spark was ultimately pretty one-sided, just knowing that feeling is still possible for me means more than you’ll ever know. Mostly because we’re no longer communicating, so I can’t tell you, but also because the type of person who thinks ghosting is a good way to end a dating acquaintanceship – even one as brief as ours – isn’t the type of person who could ever really understand me.

I also want to thank you for the timely reminder to be discerning in my dating choices and for showing your true colors so early on. Both are much appreciated.

In the end, we can only be judged by our actions. So I will wish you well now and in the future. I would also tell you to lose my number, but it seems you already have.

Take care,


Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.”

Karl Lagerfeld

NYFW: Early Buzz

New York Fashion Week is here!

And while the runways have been hot, a lot of the buzz is happening away from the official NYFW’s shows – some of it’s not even happening in New York!

Saint Laurent

The stars showed up en masse for the Saint Laurent Show at the Palladium in Los Angeles. GQ floated the rumor that it might be Hedi Slimane’s last show as Creative Director. Things that make you go, “Hmm…” I’m dying over the gold boots and other metallic pieces – you can never have too much glitz and glam for my taste. It was all very rock n’ roll, complete with a performance by Joan Jett at the end of the night. You can watch the entire show here.

Source: Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America
Source: Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America


The Yeezy show was more like a concert as West debuted his new album and packed Madison Square Garden in an event that fell outside the official NYFW scope. I don’t want to give myself too much credit, but I really think I nailed my description of Kim and Kanye’s signature style in my post yesterday. The entire Kardashian clan showed up at the Yeezy show in hyperluxe fabrics and furs in various shades of winter white while Kanye rocked a faux spray-painted tee, a homage to his mom and Kim’s dad. I’m not even sure how to describe the Yeezy line. It’s definitely interesting, but I’m going to leave this one to the professionals to parse. I know when I’m in over my head.

 Photo: Kevin Mazur
Photo: Kevin Mazur

Nicholas K

This show might not be getting as much press, but it’s one of my favorites so far – and it was the first! Nicholas K had the 9am spot on 11 Feb and the bar was set high, in my opinion. I love the “urban nomad” look. It’s as if the Mad Max universe was suddenly very, very posh.  The brother and sister designer pair weren’t even on my radar, but now that I’ve found them, I’ll certainly be paying more attention!

Photo: Marcus Tondo /
Photo: Marcus Tondo /

Blog at

Up ↑