Beauty

Polish Up

I’ve never been a nail polish fan, I prefer clean, healthy nails. But when I do wear polish, I want it to be barely-there and non-damaging. This one by Butter London does what it claims, brightens and treats. I’m a convert.

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COURRÈGES

Racer leather slingback pumps

JIMMY CHOO

Diamond Tilda 45 embellished patent-leather slingback pumps

SACAI

Cargo twill midi skirt

SAINT LAURENT

Le 5 à 7 Small leather tote bag

TOD'S

Leather penny loafers

KHAITE

Fulman cropped down jacket

THE ROW

Everett leather tote bag

SAINT LAURENT

Caged satin minaudière

ISABEL MARANT

Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans

MIU MIU

Laser-engraved logo belt

ALAÏA

Belted leather biker jacket

SAINT LAURENT

Cropped leather jacket

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On My Mind

Dear Brooke, Wear The Jacket

My friend Brooke left a comment on a post earlier this week saying “I bought an Alaïa motorcycle jacket in Paris this spring but I fear I am just too old for it.” This got me thinking about biker jackets and all the photos of Emmanuelle Alt looking insanely chic in a number of them. I haven’t worn a motorcycle jacket in years, but after Brooke’s comment, I wanted one. Lo and behold, while roaming Newbury Street in Boston, I came across this SS20 Gucci jacket at Revolve — kismet.

Brooke, in my book a biker jacket is ageless and I’m rerunning the picture below from a 2014 post on this very topic.

On Vogue Scandinavia

How To Keep Your White Laundry White

Thank you, Vogue Scandinavia, for the 5 expert tips on how to keep your white laundry white — very timely and helpful.

Photo: Katrine Gøth & Sissel Abel

On My Mind

The End of the Beginning

Acorn Street, in Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts.

My sage friend LS said this to me when I told her I am in Boston helping my youngest daughter move to Beacon Hill — next week she starts her first postcollege job. LS is right, it is the end of the beginning, and as a rational human I knew it was inevitable but it’s still strange and a bit sad.

For me, coming to Boston is coming home. I remember clearly why I left postcollege to work in NYC and have happily been a New Yorker for 30 some-odd years. However, I could easily see myself living here now. Boston has changed a lot, and yet not at all. We are staying across the street from my mother’s last apartment and, once again, I am reminded that life is a circle.

On My Mind

A Shift in Thinking Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Image above photography by Nathaniel Goldberg and styling by Alex White

Metallics are all the rage as seen in the FW22 and recent haute couture collections. I bought the Valentino Logo chain pumps in gold to be a nod to the trend, but after seeing this Louis Vuitton dress (which reads metallic) in August Elle above and on the runway below, my thinking on how to wear metallics shifted. Styled with a trench and sneakers is very chic.

It Item

Wedge In

I love a wedge heel boot, especially in crepe, but haven’t worn one since the early aughts. And, I haven’t bought anything by Isabel Marant in a few years. When I spied these IM boots, I thought yes, please! — the crepe wedge looks really good to me, again.

Black, short brown, tall brown, short black

August Harper's Bazaar

‘Going Places’

Photographed by Vincent Van De Wijngaard Styling by Isabelle Kountoure

When it’s searingly hot, a stunning editorial of fall looks, like this one from August Harper’s Bazaar, is like a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. On location in Tangier, Morocco makes for a beautiful story. I especially love the cuff and ponytail in the second picture.

It Item

Shirt as Coverup, Cont.

I first posted on the shirt as a coverup in July 2020 with the collage below of @natashapoly and @pernilleteisbaek. In the two years since, my shirts have gone from borrowed-from-my-husband to truly oversized — see @ngoldenberg ‘s above. Like Natasha Goldenberg, I’ve been sporting a Jil Sander white shirt, but there are many to choose from. Linda Wright’s Crimson and Thakoon also make super chic oversized options.

On My Mind

Hot Town, Summer in the City

In a city during a heatwave? Go to a museum, a movie, and shop in a real store. Stay cool, everyone.

On The Hunt For

Sandals Search

After I posted the below picture of designer Kendall Conrad wearing Barbara Shaum slides in late March, I started searching for similar sandals. I found two Saint Laurent pairs in Rome early May, but the hunt is still on for variations on this style. I love the rustic, made-by-hand-in-Greece feel – perfect for the city and the beach. The two images above are from @streetstyleglobal_ and K. Jacques makes a nice version of the sandals on the left. K. Jacques will make a custom pair in black with a black sole — I’ve done this a number of times.

Kendall Conrad in Barbara Shaum sandals

My Saint Laurent sandals in brown and black

Barbara Shaum sandals that I snapped at Ann Mashburn’s Georgetown store in 2019.