Once Upon A Time In Professorville

As much as the present is supposed to be about New York Fashion Week and collections upon collections, hashtag #coffeetime with the Fashion elite, jet set travel, streetstyle paparazzi and visual screams of ‘me me me’, we are staying put in good ole’ sunny California, enjoying the fact that sometimes we much prefer the quite life of the Palo Alto suburbs like two Grandmas than the hustle hustle hustle of NYC.


We all have busy lives, and there is something wonderfully serene about taking a stroll around Professorville, the historic Palo Alto neighborhood filled with quirky architecture that has become the home of many Stanford intelligentsia, inventors and innovators who all have the uncanny ability to look slightly like Einstein or mad professors.  Like any good grannies, we always have tricks up our sleeves and a desire for some good drama and intrigue.  We thought it would be fun to stir up the quiet calm of Professorville and see what would happen when we staged our version of a fashion spectacle – a celebration of that glorious, decidedly Californian feeling, of a hot Fall day that won’t allow any hints of knitwear, scarves or dare we mention the dreaded word… sweaters.

We traipsed from Hanover Street to Harvard, found a McClaren to act as our third wheel, and had a great time posing with the orange beauty as a herd of engineers walked back and forth across the other side of the street testing robots and completely ignoring the shoot.  Ahh…this is why we have a soft spot for engineers…they have no interest in fashion, are brilliant, and usually so involved in anything they are trying to accomplish they would never interrupt a shoot with questions or commentary.  What is not to love?!


Feeling rebellious indeed, we also consciously embraced the white after labor day rule.  White. The purest of the pure, billowing clouds, a color that also speaks to modernity and contemporary design white represents new beginnings and our ability to start anew on a blank slate. Why on earth would one not embrace white this Fall?  Just don’t spill your hot chocolate on your new white threads…Francesca is definitely cursed with the spill syndrome.  But if you happen to add some food or beverages or dirt to your white or cream ensemble don’t fret – wear that spill in style and be proud of your reiterations to your look!





Get the Granny Valentina look with this Marni cotton-blend crepe mini dress and jacket byTopshop

Blue and White … naughty or nice?  Get Francesca’s similar look with this embroidered Miu Miu cotton-poplin dress  and Aquazzura Pixie Box suede sandals

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