It Items

Summer Staples

This swimsuit from yesterday’s post caught my eye—I love the color and texture. And the pendant that Carolyn wears throughout the story reminds me of one that I cherish, a gold coin from my mother. Three items I’d like to add to my summer wardrobe: these Kendall Conrad gold studs (I’m a tad hooped-out), a black pair of Hermès Oran slides (I have a very old pair in tan), and an easy-breezy beach dress—this one by Toteme looks like just the ticket.


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Quant leopard-print calf hair ankle boots


Kellen ribbed cotton-blend tunic


Brixton horsebit-detailed leather collapsible-heel loafers


Emma shirtdress


Eva silk crepe de chine blouse


Linen-blend culottes


Crossover velvet flatform sandals


GV3 small textured-leather and suede shoulder bag


Almeria leather wedge espadrilles


Patch-pocket cotton coat


Bilbao mini tote


Ginger embellished two-tone textured-leather pumps

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WSJ. Magazine

‘Welcome to the Jungle’

Just when I was thinking that there is nothing that I want for summer, up pops this amazing story in the WSJ. Magazine. Carolyn Murphy + photographer Lachlan Bailey + stylist Geraldine Saglio = dream team. Guadeloupe as a location isn’t too terrible, either. On newsstands May 5.

On My Mind

I Love To Lunch

Today I am attending the first of many spring lunches. I’m excited to see friends, celebrate birthdays, and help support various causes. This post originally ran February 6, 2012, but is still apt.

Why are so many women opposed to meeting for lunch? The above story, from the February 2012  issue of Vanity Fair, has great vintage images and details the history of “lunching” as a verb. But I am surprised that the women interviewed for the article wouldn’t be caught dead having lunch with their friends today.  So when do they see them? Dinner? That meal is sacrosanct in my book; family time. Breakfast? I’m an early riser and get most of my work done in the morning—I don’t want to lose my momentum by going out to breakfast.

Lunch seems to have become a social taboo, a signifier of an idle life.  This is sad to me. I love to meet my friends for lunch and try to set one up monthly. We are all as busy as the women interviewed for the story, but an hour a month wouldn’t kill any of us. Life is too short to not make time for our friends.

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On My Mind

Doing Our Part: Earth Day

We (my family and I) try to do our bit to help the planet—reusable produce and filet grocery bags, straw market baskets, refillable water bottles, grow a lot of our own vegetables, keep bees, compost, recycle, take the train and subway often, buy quality items that we’ll wear forever, and are informed daily about food waste issues by our younger daughter. But I know there are so many other things we could/should be doing.

The filet bags expand and hold more than you’d think. They also fit in my handbag so I always have one or two with me and use them for more than just marketing.

I, too, like the long handled version to wear over my shoulder like this chic woman below.

M Le Magazine du Monde

Golden Eye

This M Le Magazine du Monde cover caught my eye—I love Edie Campbell’s golden lids. Not that I will wear glitter eye shadow any time soon, but I do love gold accessories, especially in the summer.

Photography by Oliver Hadlee Pearch    Styling by Charlotte Collet


‘New Jacket Required’

Spring seems to be taking its sweet time and I’m very ready to store my wool coats and transition into jacket weather. This quirky story in May Vogue starring actress Leelee Sobieski has the right idea. I still love the Balmain blazer in the bottom photo.

Photography by Nigel Shafran      Styling by Camilla Nickerson

Elle Decor

Claiborne Swanson Frank: 12 Things She Can’t Live Without

I love lists and this one does not disappoint. Photographer and author Claiborne Swanson Frank, whose third book Mother and Child has stormed Instagram, lists her cannot-live-without things for May Elle Decor—doesn’t get much better than this.

Classic LV

Looking Good, Again

During the years I cast the Louis Vuitton show under Marc Jacobs I acquired a number of pieces of monogrammed luggage that I still use all the time. However, I haven’t carried a traditional canvas LV handbag in years—I think that’s about to change. Once again, Vestiaire, The Real Real, Farfetch (has a ton), and Shopbop have many and they look great a bit pre-loved.


The Row

Georgina Grenville, one of my very favorite ’90s models who I cast in just about everything, is in The Row’s PF18 collection images—she looks amazing, as do the clothes and accessories.


It Item

A Classic Scarf

I posted on the classic scarf last fall, but, I’ve yet to wear one and I have a number of beautiful scarves that should see the light of day. I’m just not sure how to style it without looking matronly. Both The Real Real and Vestiaire have vintage Hermès scarves.

Image © Vogue Italia