November 3rd, 2011

Preston’s Fall To Do List

Charlotte Casiraghi photographed by Mario Testino for Paris Vogue

I hit the ground running this fall with kids going back to school, fashion week and all the general craziness that follows the end of summer. Before the holidays are upon us, I want to get a few things done and off my plate.

1. I pulled out all the pieces of clothing that I hold onto but rarely wear.  Two coats got shortened into jackets, a ruffle came off the neck of 3 identical Calypso dresses and I altered some jeans to fit just so. I am a tweaker and have been meaning to do a post on my alteration obsession (knee boots cut into booties, that type of thing). Rather than let something go, I will mess with it until I want to wear it again. If that fails, out it goes. I actually returned a Balenciaga dress last month because it “needed” so many tweaks I felt it would be sacrilegious. Even my trusty tailor felt uncomfortable with what I wanted to do to it…

2. Throw small impromptu dinner parties. The problem is we have 3 annoying dogs (I love my dachshund but may be alone in this) and have shied away from entertaining. Forget it, if you cannot handle my dogs, have another drink and I will shut them in the kitchen. I am going to put a beef tenderloin in the oven and get people over.

3. Replace my everyday sneakers. I want a pair that are cute enough for the school run. Supergas look like the answer and I will post on what I get.

4. Recover the couch in the den with fabric from curtains I bought at the church fair (very Sound of Music, but the fabric is sensational!).

5. I say this every year, but I am going to try to Christmas shop earlier- my girls’ birthdays are in December too and if for no other reason than to spread out my Amex charges…

6. Start riding again. Been a few years and my girls are far better than I am at this point. Since I spend an enormous amount of time at the barn, I might as well get back in the saddle. This will also require new riding clothes…



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  1. My son’s birthday is in December (he’ll be 3 on Dec 12) and I will always feel bad about the fact that it is right in the middle of holiday season. I hope he won’t ever feel as though is birthday ends up being of less importance because the holidays take over everyone’s thoughts. Certainly won’t be me, but the greater world might overlook him.

    November 3rd, 2011  1:07 PM

  2. Preston – if you haven’t looked at Natives for everyday runaround shoes, check them out! I have 2 pairs of Jeffersons (1 black + 1 navy) and I wear them everyday. They are perforated so I need a “winter” shoe, but they are awesome!! – Melissa

    November 3rd, 2011  1:43 PM

  3. Please give details about your “tweaking.” I need to do it, too, but I never know how to ask for things, or what the possibilities are. And how did you find your wonderful tailor? I don’t know where to start.

    November 8th, 2011  10:55 PM

  4. So funny about your dogs! I have 2 English Springers – one is a puppy. Very annoying and I too find my self not entertaining. Need to do it anyway and a drink right away may help :) My son’s birthday is Dec 17th – always tough. We used to celebrate the weekend before TG. You sound like a busy Mom!

    November 15th, 2011  11:10 AM


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