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.

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Charlotte leather-trimmed canvas bag

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Classic Tribute 75 leather plateau sandals

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Tori paneled boyfriend jeans

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Le Marais leather boots

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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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‘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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‘Field Notes’

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Designer Richard Mishaan knocked the cover off the ball with this veranda in Amagansett — I am seriously inspired by this image.

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Gifts

Father’s Day

I’m a little late on the Father’s Day gift front, but I think my husband will like these two items. An amazing cook, I bet he’ll love this cookbook by personal chef Mina Stone—it’s packed with family-style recipes. And these painted canvas totes are actually plant holders—a bit quirky, but could be wonderful filled with herbs.

My Music

Ti Amo

NPR sat down with two members of Paris-based band Phoenix to talk about their upbeat new album Ti Amo. The All Songs Considered podcast is a good listen.

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Feeling Belgian
Ti Amo