I still love

© Self Service magazine

I still love my 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch, it has been a real workhorse in my wardrobe. It’s the perfect size and the perfect price point. And the one in snakeskin is on my list…

Related  —  

SHOP

what's new

VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM

Belted denim shirt

CASTANER

Jean canvas espadrilles

BOTTEGA VENETA

Bow-detailed crepe midi dress

THE ROW

Nude leatter sandals

MARA HOFFMAN

Camilla one-shoulder textured-organic cotton maxi dress

CHLOÉ

Knotted sleeve-waist wool sweater

M.I.H. JEANS

Paradise high-rise jeans

THE ROW

Nude leather sandals

JOSEPH

Pearl ribbed-knit wool sweater

JOSEPH

Cropped leather trousers

JOSEPH

Ryder leather shoulder bag

CELINE

Square sunglasses

view all

Wild Food

I went to a very cool lecture yesterday given by Tama Matsuoka Wong on foraging for edible wild plants. I spent my childhood summers on Martha’s Vineyard picking beach plums. They were used to make a popular jelly (popular in New England in the 70’s perhaps) and we kids were paid by the pound of plums we gathered.

We have an organic garden with some unusual plants (grey shallots anyone?), but we have not ventured beyond what we grow ourselves or pick up at the open market. Ms. Wong is a wild plant supplier for many outstanding NYC restaurants, including Daniel, by Daniel Boulud. I am so inspired by her book that I’m going to attempt to forage for some of the plants she recommends, and try them.

Related  —  

My Music

Arcade Fire

Although I was disappointed when I first heard a few tracks from Arcade Fire’s new album, Reflektor, I now love it. Really, really, love it.

Related  —  

Beauty

A low pony

low ponytail

It seems I’m obsessed with un”done” hair these days. This low pony is chic, yet relaxed. Would look great with a big sweater and it’s hat friendly.

Related  —  

The perfect pullover

The pale chunky-knit sweater is the must-have item of the season, and this one by Michael Kors, is perfection. Paired with jeans or trim wool pants by Theory, it’s a simple, yet pulled-together look that can go anywhere.

I love these Isabel Marant wedges (just when I thought I was way over the wedge), they would look great with either skirts or pants.

Related  —  

Beauty

Glossybox

My friends at Net-a-Porter read my posts on my makeup and moisturizer woes and sent me this beauty box full of samples.  I already use and love the dry shampoo and will test-drive the other products. And the best bit? I can take them with me to London later this week as they are small enough to pass through airport security. A true win win.

Related  —  

‘The Big Easy’ in T

Modern minimalist dressing made simple in T’s Luxury issue. The belted top and palazzo pants is my favorite look in the story— a nice change from skinnies with an oversized top.

Photographs by Scott Trindle   Styled by Celestine Cooney

Related  —  

Bedroom Redo

Now that the days are shorter and we are heading into winter, I am focused on making my bedroom cozier. To break the monotony of working at the dining table, I will often read the papers and catch up online in bed. Sometimes I work  up there to get away from the dogs and family and constant distractions.

However, my bedroom is a bit of a mishmash. We have a gorgeous sleigh bed, a 2 seater couch that desperately needs to be recovered, some side tables, and a jute rug with Oriental rugs I’ve inherited from my family layered on top. It kind of works, but not really.

The bureau above as a bedside table and the grey drapes are my favorite bits in this room. My flea market chandelier would be good too over our bed, it would help with the lighting. But what I love most about this room is that it’s chic and a tad masculine. I tend to go overboard with scalloping and monograms, etc. which does not thrill my husband. This would be a good compromise.

Related  —  

Books

Amber and Guinevere and Kate, Oh my!

Photographer Craig McDean (husband of the adorable stylist and shoe designer, Tabitha Simmons) focuses on Amber, Guinevere, & Kate in his recently launched new book. Shot from 1993 through 2005, many of the images have never before been published. All three women are still top models, now that’s amazing.

Related  —  

You asked for it

Untitled-11012013

New month, new leaf. I get many comments asking me to show less expensive clothing. It’s not that I don’t ever wear more affordable pieces, it’s that I don’t like buying them online. I find that the sizing is often inconsistent which means I have to go try everything on. And there is the rub.

However, I hit H&M and found some great run-around basics. The navy jacket especially, it’s $35. and great if you drive a lot because it’s short. And the olive drab jeans and grey beanie are perfect trendy items that I don’t want to spend a fortune on.  The boots, by Ivanka Trump (believe it or not), are just above the knee in supple suede with a gold zipper– I bought these for my daughter and they are awesome and under $200.!

Rabbit Rabbit!

Related  —