December 29th, 2020
On My Mind


We are all well aware of what a strange and challenging year 2020 has been. As someone who tries to see the glass half full, I’ve been musing on some of the good things that came about this year. Here goes.

I watched more TV, and really great shows, than I’ve cumulatively watched in my entire life. I read a much wider range of genres and authors. I’m more patient while cooking. I shopped my closet. With no need for new major fashion pieces, I bought a number of vests — an item of clothing I’d never given much thought to. I discovered new jewelry designers — Susan Foster is resetting Mother’s opal, it will be gorgeous and a very personal memento. An Ole Lynngaard ring was the loveliest 25th anniversary present. We celebrated our daughter’s 21st and it was just as fun as if we’d been able to go all out. And, most importantly, having the girls home has been a gift.

‘My Future’ by Billie Eilish and Missio’s ‘Can You Feel The Sun’ are my favorite songs of 2020. Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon, Susan Minot’s Why I don’t Write, and Dinner in French all get 5 stars.


What's New


Caged satin minaudière


Wool-crepe strapless top


Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans


Garcon suede loafers


Laser-engraved logo belt


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt

  • Well said! Just having us all focus on the “silver linings” helps. We will never be the same … and for the better.

    LisaDecember 29th, 2020  7:44 PM

  • Always enjoy a good re-cap and yes half full
    is how I try to be…this year was a true test of that. I decided to do a physical mood board to keep me excited about 2021 and hopeful that we will all
    be able to get back to “normal” very soon. Cheers and Happy New Year!

    Amy Thorne RichardsonDecember 29th, 2020  8:00 PM

  • Bravo, Preston. Like you, I am one of the fortunate ones who has been lucky with the silver linings. When things did not go as planned, other opportunities came along.
    Happy New Year and wishing you all the best in the new year,. Your blog posts are always a welcome appearance in the inbox and the first to be read.
    I can’t wait to see your newly reset opal and hope it is a lovely reminder of your mother. Also, I can’t wait to see your next Ole Lynngaard acquisition, I have my heart set on the shooting stars earrings or maybe a Lotus ring!

    ClaireDecember 30th, 2020  3:48 AM

  • I’m so happy it’s been a relatively good year for you with lots of periods of good changes and joy. It has been for me as well, and I will always be grateful for what this year has taught me, and brought to me. Happiest New Year P. xo

    KathyDecember 30th, 2020  8:23 AM

  • Love Kic. The Ole Lynngaard ring is lovely.
    Health and happiness in 2021. Love your style.

    JeanneDecember 30th, 2020  2:10 PM

  • It’s an understatement to say it’s been difficult to be a glass half full person this year but I agree with you Preston that it’s important to celebrate the joys, however small seeming. My father was always one to march onward, forward and my biggest lesson has been to fully live in the moment. A good book, a song that makes you feel, fresh air, feel of silk, watching someone enjoy food I’ve made, hockey in the summer and of course my baby granddaughter. Happy New Year. ❤️

    SueMDecember 30th, 2020  5:58 PM

  • The opal reset is so pretty! Happy New Year.

    myda y.December 31st, 2020  12:01 PM

  • I’m not doing much cooking, but there are some great images in Dinner in French and I also enjoyed Old World Italian by Mimi Thorisson.

    C.B.January 2nd, 2021  7:50 AM

  • I am almost finished with “Why I Don’t Write” at your recommendation. Susan Minot has been on my radar for decades but it is my first time reading her. I wouldn’t call her a minimalist, but she brings up so many complicated emotions with just the right amount of dialogue and descriptions. What an artist with much empathy and clear sightedness. I look forward to reading the rest of her books this year. A lot of good new books got lost with all the news in 2021, and thanks for bringing this one and others to our attention.

    CristinaJanuary 12th, 2021  9:30 PM


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