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Late Summer Tweak

As we enter the final stretch of the summer, the weather has, thankfully, cooled and I even had a sweater over my shoulders last evening while dining outdoors. But, it’s still sandals season and these caught my eye. I keep giving my sunglasses away so I ordered this pair, and a new plate to showcase tomatoes from the garden is a perfect late summer tweak.

Cabana + Carolina Herrera plate, Isabel Marant sunglasses, Vince cashmere sweater, Porte & Paire slides

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What's New

ALAÏA

Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress

SAINT LAURENT

Cropped leather jacket

SOPHIE BUHAI

Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings

NILI LOTAN

Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket

SAINT LAURENT

Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag

DRIES VAN NOTEN

Belted wool blazer

SAINT LAURENT

Blade velvet slingback pumps

THE ROW

Silvia silk-twill scarf

SAINT LAURENT

Logo-embellished leather loafers

VALENTINO

Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt

LOEWE

Braided leather bangle

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The Gucci Horsebit

Of all the Gucci branded hardware, the horsebit gets my vote – especially since I am from an equestrian family. I removed the GGs on my Marmont pumps and the Double G buckle belt is long gone. Unlike the Double G logo, the horsebit can be mixed with Chanel’s CC, the Hermes H, Dior’s CD, and Saint Laurent’s classic YSL, the best logo in the history of logos. I don’t care if the bit is small or large, it just works for me. These new-season loafers are on my maybe list.

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A ’70s Inspired Shearling

This Nili Lotan shearling jacket transports me back to beautiful fall days at boarding school in New England. The leather trim and covered buttons make it swoon-worthy. I recently bought the two black leather jackets below, but this shearling is pretty terrific and serves a different purpose. To be continued.

In WWD

‘Zoey Deutch Logs On’

In WWD today there is a story on actor Zoey Deutch and her new film, ‘Not Okay’, and the accompanying photographs are stunning. The Saint Laurent cuffs, in all three images here, are incredibly chic worn over the sleeves and gloves. This is my favorite bit of styling in the SL FW22 collection.

WWD Story by Leigh Nordstrom  Photography by Jenna Greene  Styled by Alex Badia

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In The Wall Street Journal

‘The Design Detail That Lifts Moods’

When I read this article in The Wall Street Journal on the resurgence of scallop embellishments, my heart skipped a beat. I’m a details person and scalloped edges, piping, rickrack, smocking, topstitching, etc. make me happy. My friends question my taste when I mention my penchant for these design elements. Twee or not, I think the curved edges are a nice counterpoint to my Mies Van Der Rohe and Breuer furniture, and reclaimed wood table, shelves, and floor in my kitchen as seen above. When I moved into my home office top left, everyone asked if I’d remove the trim on the bookcases — not a chance.

Ballroom chair slipcover by Bunny Williams that can be monogrammed, linen placemats that can also be monogrammed, blue with white trim lacquer placemat by Mrs. Alice (my attempt at coronation chicken), and wicker tray by Mrs. Alice.

On my mind

I 🖤 Black in the Summer

Like @marimikh and @monik above and @alexandragolovanoff below, I 🖤 a black headscarf, dress, and button up shirt — my summer trifecta.

Jewelry

The Ring Is On The Other Finger

British Vogue senior beauty & wellness editor Lauren Murdoch-Smith‘s Trinity-like ring on her middle finger looks really good. I wear mine on my pinkie, but it’s time to switch it up. When it comes to everyday jewelry, I prefer super classic pieces — surprising placement keeps them from looking conventional.

Image August British Vogue

Editorial

Poppy Sexton-Wainwright in W.ICONS

Poppy Sexton-Wainwright, co-founder of the line ASCENO, is the #ICONSGIRL in the current issue of W.ICONS. Poppy has enviable personal style and it’s fun to see her at home.

While on a day trip to Florence in May, I got a W.ICONS email with a list of the editor’s favorite Florentine spots (unbelievable timing) — we went to them all!

On My Mind

August, O August

The scorching temps have been soul-crushing and took a bit of the joy out of July. I look forward to a quiet August with family, friends, and lots of fresh veggies. Zucchini noodles, roasted corn salad, lobster rolls, fruit crumbles, and grilled everything is on the menu. And my favorite summer drink: sparkling lemonade, Perrier, and a splash of limoncello. Cheers!

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The Khaite Denim Skirt

I have a few denim skirts, but not a midi length. The wash and style of this Khaite skirt are super appealing and a kinder price point than others I’ve considered.