Hostess Gifts

Never Arrive Empty Handed

Summer may be winding down, but I still have a bunch of fun events on my calendar. GOOP has a ton of great hostess gifts—I may have to give myself the glasses caddy, certainly beats a tray.

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BALENCIAGA

Suede Crooked-Heel ankle boot

BALENCIAGA

Everyday tote small leather bag

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

Padded velvet jacket

LOEWE

Roll-neck argyle-sleeved sweater

GANNI

Ridgewood corduroy trousers

PRADA

Point-toe slingback kitten-heel pumps

PRADA

Patchwork fur jacket

GANNI

Alice square-frame acetate sunglasses

VANESSA SEWARD

Clever leather belt bag

M.I.H JEANS

Icon wide-leg denim jumpsuit

TABITHA SIMMONS

Bexley brogue-detail; leather ankle boots

JEROME DREYFUSS

Serge large suede tote

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Books

Legendary Authors and The Clothes They Wore

Writers may not be the first group that comes to mind when thinking of stylish people, but journalist Terry Newman would beg to differ and her new book, Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore, proves her right. The Tory Burch blog has an excellent review with lots of vintage pictures and quotes.

Architectural Digest

Red (is) Hot

Like Claudia Schiffer’s lovely guest bedroom in September AD, I love red accents in my home. In fashion, red has been gaining momentum and is now the hot color for fall. A red dress is kind of a neutral, but red shoes, bags, gloves, etc. are statement pieces in my book and I can’t decide if I’m on board with this trend. To be continued…

Photo by Simon Upton

August To-Do List

Rabbit Rabbit! I love August—it’s quite possibly my favorite month. Yes, it’s the last leg of summer, which is bittersweet, but there are also a lot of fun things to do. First up, Coldplay concert tonight with my younger daughter. Unfortunately, it’s not at Jones Beach, the all-time best concert venue, but it will be amazing nonetheless. Coming up are some serious beach days and I’m ready with a new swimsuit and the must-read After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land by my ex Harper’s Bazaar colleague Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni. Then, tennis and riding—with the US Open and Hampton Classic both in my backyard, these are two events we never, ever miss. And last but not least, lots and lots of great food. Corn, tomatoes, blueberry pie, and lobster rolls just seem to taste better in August.

My Music

Sounds of Summer

This has been a very good summer for music. Panorama is this weekend and I’m trying to go on Sunday to see Bishop Briggs, NiN, and Glass Animals. Lana Del Rey’s new album Lust for Life just dropped and the songs are definitely sunnier, yet still very personal. Del Rey even does a duet with Stevie Nicks, which is pretty good. However, here are my fave songs of summer 2017 that I currently have on repeat and sing along to: Arcade Fire’s Everything Now, Dig Down by Muse, The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National, Sylvan Esso’s Die Young, Manchester Orchestra’s The Gold, Coldplay’s EP Kaleidescope, and of course the #1 Alt hit, Still Feel It by Portugal. The Man. Happy listening!

Vogue

‘The Forever House’

Marina Rust’s 1816 Georgian brick home in Charlottesville, Virginia is profiled in August Vogue and it’s lovely. The charming guest house above was once the summer kitchen—perfection.

Photography by Roberto Gigli

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Home

‘Get Guest-Ready’

Instead of putting together a collage of hostess gifts, I thought I’d turn the tables and run this page from July-August Veranda on items to spruce up your home in preparation for houseguests. Many, actually, would make great hostess gifts—anything from the Aerin x Williams-Sonoma collaboration would be appreciated, and the Dempsey and Carroll note pads are always a good idea.

On My Mind

July To-Do List

The Fourth of July holiday weekend—wow!  We hit the ground running this summer with everyone working and I’ve been attending a ton of events. Many have been Out East, a great excuse to spend more time on the other end of Long Island. Speaking of the Hamptons—the GOOP MRKT pop-up in Amagansett looks adorable and worth a visit.

On a cultural note: Magnum Photos’ 70th anniversary is being celebrated with a number of must-see exhibitions in NYC and Europe—the Tory Burch blog has the scoop. And author Julia Glass’ new novel, A House Among the Trees, looks like the perfect beach read—her award-winning Three Junes is still one of my favorite books.

I couldn’t resist putting in this tray of ice cream from a past issue of Cherry Bombe; it’s a great way to serve a sundae.

Red, white, and blue top.

My Music

Feel It Still

I had “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man on repeat last evening as I drove home from Jennifer Ash Rudick’s “Out East” book signing in Southampton–I predict that this groovy track will be the song of summer 2017.

Summer Solstice Field Trip

Seward Johnson at Old Westbury Gardens

I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the summer solstice than a field trip to the Seward Johnson sculpture exhibition at Old Westbury Gardens — it is in my back yard after all.

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