June 1st, 2014
My Music

Aviation High

My new favorite sing-along song is “Aviation High” by Semi Precious Weapons. Makes the school-run fun.

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May 31st, 2014
In British Vogue

A Cut Above

It’s never too early to think (and get excited) about fall clothes. This story, in the July issue of Vogue UK, hits all the right notes. I’m making my list…

Photography by Daniel Jackson  Styling by Kate Phelan

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May 31st, 2014
New Blog

O’ BOY!

Kule

Designer Nikki Kule has launched a blog, O’ BOY, on her site KULE. It’s fun to see family photos and the images that inspire her designs, like Ahn Duong’s self portrait below.

Ahn Duong

Follow Nikki on Instagram @kuleshop

May 30th, 2014
Insta-grab

Sneak Peek

WSJ

I’ll admit that I’m biased because I’m friends with the editor in chief, but from what I’ve seen, the next WSJ. magazine (out tomorrow) looks fab. I love what they are doing.

Image @kristina_oneill 

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May 29th, 2014
On My Mind

Summer Reds

Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of summer, but for me, the French Open is the opening act of my favorite season.

My stepfather was a television producer, primarily covering tennis. I grew up going to all the Grand Slam tournaments, except the French Open. Not until I was in college (and got out mid May) did I get to see matches on the red clay courts at Roland Garros. The color of Nantucket reds, I felt right at home.

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May 29th, 2014
Eponymous Co-Founders

Claudia Overstrom & Betsy Pitts

Eponymous New York

The hobo is currently my favorite bag shape and Eponymous has a really good one. The Eponymous line of handbags is designed by co-founders Claudia Overstrom and Betsy Pitts. Made in Italy out of top-quality leathers, it’s no surprise that so many of my friends have been carrying them since they debuted in 2012. An Anna Hobo in chocolate and black is super chic and tops my fall wish list.

With 5 children between them and their growing business, this post was a great way to catch up with my busy friends! Eponymous NYC Run around uniform: 

Betsy- I live in black pants, black leather sweaters and boots.

Claudia- Sadly, often times I’m in workout attire for far too long on any given day!  For basic wear in the winter, jeans with a sweater or with a great top and jacket.  When I have to pull myself together a bit more, I almost always opt for a dress – so easy!  I wear a lot of black and browns during the winter, so I try to avoid darker tones in the summer – especially outside of NYC!  Navy works year round though.  The summer is all about shorts or white pants with a cute top and easy dresses.  Flats and wedges are a must all summer – it’s so annoying to dig one’s heel out of the grass.

Three beauty musts:

Betsy- Hydration, sleep and exercise! I love Dr Haushka skin products and have just discovered Tracie Martyn serums that nearly work miracles. Deborah Lippman nail polish is truly the best. My mother always said that the most important thing to wear to look beautiful is a smile.  Corny but true.

Claudia- Chanel Twinkle lip gloss, Prescriptives concealer (yes, they still make it!), and Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.

A perfect day:

Betsy- Spent with my wonderful husband, three daughters, and friends.

Claudia- Any day when I’m with my children and my husband all day long.

Dream destination:

Betsy- We just got back from a trip to the Amangiri on the Utah/Arizona border. We were reminded that you don’t  have to leave the U.S for spectacular scenery and adventure.  We have so much right here.

Claudia- My bed before 10pm

Latest obsession:

Betsy- Net-a-Porter is like crack, I might need to be cut off…

Claudia-  Any juice with kale and ginger in it!

 Portraits by Marko MacPherson for KiC.

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May 29th, 2014
On My Inspiration Board

The Beach Is Beckoning

This page, from today’s edition of The Edit, is on my inspiration board. Catherine Deneuve, a white two-piece, and great books– I plan on channeling this look soon.

Actually, I’ve been struggling with a massive head cold this week and have read up a storm. Julia Glass’ first novel “Three Junes” was fantastic and I’m on the second of Peter Mayle’s “Caper” series.  The upside of being sick.

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May 28th, 2014
On My Mind

Do What You Love

Elle

A few weeks ago, a commencement speaker advised a graduating class to not follow their passions, she reasoned that doing so may not necessarily lead to success. This took me aback. I’m a huge proponent of doing what you love, and it’s a big part of how I define success.

Street-style-star Taylor Tomasi Hill, recently creative director of Moda Operandi, with earlier stints at W and Marie Claire, has found her calling as a florist. With the help of YouTube tutorials Tomasi Hill honed her floral style. And after posting her arrangements on Instagram, she was in business.

I know first hand how difficult it can be to shift careers, especially when at the top of your field. But in my book, doing what you love is a success unto itself.

Elle

Pages from Elle.

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May 26th, 2014
Memorial Day

My Dream Boat

I live on the water and the weather is beautiful today; I can’t think of a better way to spend Memorial Day than on a boat. Sailing is great, but I’ve never had the desire to own a sailboat larger than a Sunfish. What I really want, is a Hinckley Picnic Boat. We had one on the Vineyard mid 90′s, and a few years ago, I spent an afternoon circling Islesboro, Maine with friends on their 36-footer. My dream boat.

@kristina_oneill, editor in chief of the WSJ. magazine, boating in Virginia this weekend courtesy of Instagram, and an image of a Picnic Boat from ‘Hinckley Yachts’ (Rizzoli, 224 pages) by Nick Voulgaris.

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May 23rd, 2014
Field Trip

MONC Xlll

Last Monday I had lunch in Sag Harbor with friends. It was great to be in the Hamptons right before Memorial Day weekend; everything was open, and no crowds. After lunch, we popped into MONC Xlll, a shop owned by my old friend Natasha Esch. Once president of Wilhelmina Models, and then a stint as an interior designer in L.A., Natasha now lives out east with her husband and children. MONC Xlll is full of antique and vintage furniture, gorgeous homeware, and my favorite Cire Trudon candles. A perfect rainy day destination.

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May 22nd, 2014
In The WSJ

Denim & Diamonds

Despite the title, this is not a post on Texas socialite Lynn Wyatt circa 1980, but rather a story from the upcoming WSJ. magazine (on newsstands May 31).

I’m not an evening gown and jewels type of gal, instead, I like to wear my fine jewelry during the day. That’s not to say I’m sporting a tiara to the market, but I will wear my mother’s topaz cocktail ring with jeans and a white shirt to a school meeting, much like the pic above.

Photography by Lachlan Bailey  Styling by Beth Fenton

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May 21st, 2014
Chance SS14

Simply Swedish

Chance by Julia Leach

“DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT THE WIND, LEARN TO SAIL.” – Swedish Proverb

Chance founder and summer devotee, Julia Leach, was inspired by Sweden’s “seaside lifestyle, design heritage, and natural beauty” for her SS14 collection. This spring, along with her signature striped knits, Julia’s added beautiful tops in Liberty prints, an oxford shirt and shirtdress, tunics, hats, and espadrilles. Everything we need to complete the perfect summer wardrobe.

Chance Mood Board

I asked Julia to share her inspiration images and, if she did a perfume for this collection, what would be the mix of scents? About the fragrance, I can’t wait to do a scent, especially since I’ve tried so many white florals and haven’t found one I love. For the Sweden collection, I’d create a fragrance that fuses elderflower, freesia, and twin flower with a light, clean note of poplar trees and gooseberries…the scent of walking through an island in the Stockholm archipelago on a dewy Sunday morning. A fresh, light, greeny floral, yet just a little bit woodsy to give it a more sensual note.

Follow Julia on Instagram @julia_chance to see all of her inspiration pics.

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May 21st, 2014
Campaigns

Marianne Faithfull + Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent creative director, Hedi Slimane, photographed the 67-year-old English singer for the Saint Laurent Music Project campaign. Very cool.

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May 21st, 2014
In Vogue

‘Good Vibrations’

Vogue

These pics are from Tabitha Simmons’ story in the June issue of Vogue. The casting, styling, and especially the vintage Jeep are all great. Let summer begin!

Vogue

Vogue

Vogue

Vogue

Photography by Angelo Pennetta

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May 21st, 2014
Gifts

Hostess Gift

Cire Trudon

I don’t usually give candles as a hostess gift in the summer, but this new scent, Positano, by Cire Trudon sounds perfect for a warm weather present. The white glass is beautiful too.

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