On My Mind

Dorm Room Decorating Denial

Last September, while we were deep in the college process, my friend Amy Astley posted this picture of her daughter in her freshman dorm room. I put it on my inspiration board for later. Well, later is now and I’m in complete denial that my younger daughter is leaving for college in less than two months.

I always wanted to be a mother and tweaked my career to spend more time with my girls—this turned out to be a blessing as I watch magazines dwindle and fold. My older one went to boarding school; going to college seemed like an extension of her already being away. The younger one stayed home for high school and we are very close. So, when she asked if we could start thinking about dorm decor I pulled up this image and my heart broke. Thankfully she will be in the U.S. and within driving distance, but still, I didn’t expect this day to be here so soon.

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What's New

TOTÊME

Capri cotton-poplin shirt

PRADA

Leather knee boots

BASERANGE

Shaw wrap-effect ribbed organic cotton-fleece top

MAGGIE MARILYN

+ NET SUSTAIN We're Not Done wide-leg jeans

LA LIGNE

Striped cashmere sweater

BOTTEGA VENETA

The Pouch leather clutch

SAINT LAURENT

Hiandra toe-loop leather sandals

BALENCIAGA

Logo-engraved stacked ring

THREE GRACES LONDON

Cleo ruched swimsuit

SAINT LAURENT

Jimmy logo-embroidered leather slides

GUCCI

Print jute tote bag

AQUAZZURA

Very Boogie 60 suede ankle boots

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It Item

Tip Tops

My Atlantique Ascoli tops are in heavy rotation this summer—so much so that I may buy doubles since they are on sale for a fraction of what I paid two years ago. I love them because they are more feminine than a button-down, but not frilly with lace. My friend Amy, a fellow blouse connoisseur, is a fan of Merlette (and here) upper right. The Isabel Marant top bottom left (also on sale) caught my eye—the scalloping and gathered sleeves are nice details.

Clockwise: Altlantique Ascoli and here,  Merlette,  Chloé,  Isabel Marant.

Deliciously Ella

Strawberry Chia Jam

My daughter is a huge fan of Ella Mills and has been making Deliciously Ella Strawberry Chia Jam. With just three ingredients, it’s fast and delicious. Ms. Mills’s cookbooks are packed with yummy recipes.

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It Items

Feeling Blue

Four great items in navy—need I say more?

The Row trench, Wandler bag, Tod’s loafers, Gucci loafers.

The Sunday Times

‘Surf Chic’

I love the sporty vibe of this story on Isabeli Fontana from The Sunday Times. Also, the light reminds me of the Vineyard late in the summer, my favorite time to be there. I’ve been looking for a two-piece swimsuit and like the one by Dos Gardenias below.

Photography by Rory Payne   Styling by Verity Parker

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On The Hunt For

Tee Time

Two t-shirt styles I’m always on the hunt for are v-neck and ribbed. I’ve heard a lot about Everlane and I’ve had good luck with Uniqlo tees.

Jewelry

Tie The Knot

Classic earrings are my weakness and these J.W. Anderson knots are oversized and not super serious—hopefully they aren’t too heavy. I found some smaller ones here.

Image © La Garconne

New Obsession

Racquet Magazine

Knowing that I love both tennis and indie magazines, a reader (thank you, Justine!) introduced me to Racquet, a dream mashup. With Wimbledon midway through the first rounds, this is the perfect time to post on the new quarterly magazine that the Racquet co-founders claim “celebrates the art, ideas, style and culture that surround tennis. We fondly remember the swashbuckling sport of the tennis boom of the 1970s and ’80s, and our goal is to help restore some of that swagger to today’s game.”

The Racquet store has most of the 6 issues in stock along with fab tees and prints. Also, after a little searching, I found mixes that my fave Texas-based music blog Gorilla vs. Bear created to commemorate the release of each issue—now, that’s a cool collaboration.

I got the most info on the Racquet founders here.

Cool Collaboration, Cont.

The Pallas x Claire Thomson-Jonville Tuxedo

Pieces from the Pallas x Claire Thomson-Jonville collaboration are now available at Matches Fashion.  I’ve been thinking about a tuxedo since my post on suits last March and have my eye on the one Ms. Thomson-Jonville is wearing above.

Image courtesy @clairethomsonjonville

On My Mind

July To-Do List

Welcome to July! We’ve caught FIFA fever and, although the U.S. team didn’t qualify, we are cheering on France because my husband’s business partner is French. Wimbledon starts tomorrow, I love having it on while I work. For the beach: my friend Lisa recommended “Social Creature”, I need a new black swimsuit because the one I bought last year is terrible, and these gold rimmed sunglasses are getting a try. This fish recipe from @wsjoffduty looks delicious and a tart cherry pie is a 4th of July must.