On My Mind

Adding Beauty Every Day

Yesterday, I went to hear Aerin Lauder talk about her book Entertaining Beautifully. Even though I’d bought a copy for myself and gave it as a hostess gift to numerous friends last fall, Aerin drove home a point that I’d missed — add a bit of beauty every day, especially for yourself. Use your grandmother’s silver at breakfast in the kitchen and your finest china for afternoon tea just for yourself.  I’ve pushed myself to not save handbags, etc., rather, to wear and enjoy them right out of the shopping bag. This needs to apply to my stacks of linen napkins, tablecloths, and inherited silver and china. Here’s to adding a bit of beauty every day.

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SAINT LAURENT

Le 5 à 7 Small leather tote bag

KHAITE

Fulman cropped down jacket

THE ROW

Everett leather tote bag

THE ROW

Silvia silk-twill scarf

SAINT LAURENT

Caged satin minaudière

TÔTEME

Wool-crepe strapless top

ISABEL MARANT

Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans

THE ROW

Garcon suede loafers

MIU MIU

Laser-engraved logo belt

ALAÏA

Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress

SAINT LAURENT

Cropped leather jacket

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On My Radar

Random Bits

I loved the ‘In Vogue: The 1990s’ podcast — brought back many memories. Next up, ‘In Vogue: The 2000s’ should be equally as good. The podcast The Just Enough Family by designer Liz Lange, née Steinberg, is queued up. Liz and I were at Vogue together and she was great. @lizlangeofficial is a must-follow. Elizabeth Strout’s new novel Oh, William!, sequel to My Name is Lucy Barton, is out next month. Last year I overindulged in the sweater vest trend. Thankfully, according to Vogue Scandinavia the trend is still going strong. And, thank you Matouk for making table linens out of my beloved Schumacher print, Citrus Garden — oh happy day.

On My Mind

Styling Tips

It’s not always about buying something new to give your wardrobe a bit of oomph, it can be as simple as restyling the pieces you already own. Black and navy have been the combo du jour, but black and brown look good to my eye again. Fair Isle with evening wear is super chic and I plan on copying this concept. And, a button-down under a crewneck sweater is not news, but when the proportions are exaggerated it becomes an instant update on the classic pairing.

@carineroitfeld, Vogue, Gloverall

On My mind

Eugénie Trochu Inspired

Eugénie Trochu has been appointed head of editorial content at Vogue Paris following the dismissal of editor in chief Emmanuelle Alt.  Trochu, previously a fashion editor and most recently market editor at the publication, will lead Vogue Paris’ editorial operations as it transitions to a more international entity. “Her role is part of a new global editorial strategy that will enable local content in all Vogue markets around the world to reach a new global audience across all platforms.” I’m a fan of Ms. Trochu’s personal style and winning smile and wish her the best of luck.

WSJ. Magazine

‘Pattern Play’

Photos by Miguel Flores-Vianna

In the current issue of WSJ. Magazine there’s a gem of a story on interior designer Michael S. Smith’s five gorgeous new wallpapers that he created for de Gournay. We have been looking at wallpapers for a few rooms in our home and Nordic Garden above and Botanical Studies below are a dream come true.

Books

Fall Reads

I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped this summer and plan on catching up in the fall. Top of my list are Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life, Sally Rooney’s third novel Beautiful World, Where Are You out Tuesday, and Modern Manners by The Gentlewoman available in the U.S. October 6.

Food

In The WSJ: End-Of-Summer Tomato Recipes

Nothing beats end-of-summer tomatoes and the WSJ has recipes that capture the flavors and help preserve the bounty. yum!

On my inspiration Board

Bits & Bobs

On my fall inspiration board: a nipped-in waist like the Sportmax FW21 campaign image, a bandana scarf bag à la Givenchy’s, and the Dary’s arm bracelet, in a story from September Vogue Paris, is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

September Vogue Paris image photographed by Michael Jansson & styled by Emmanuelle Alt

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Awaiting Henri

Flashlights? ✔️ Candles? ✔️ Wine? ✔️ We’ll batten down the hatches and then wait. When Sandy hit, we lived at the water’s edge, literally, and are here to tell the tale. With some unexpected idle time, I want to finish The Paper Palace, watch the second season of Modern Love, fine-tune plans to convert the dining room into an art studio, handwash some sweaters, and try a Sisley hair mask sample. Not a bad way to ride out this storm.

Bunny Williams’ art studio in her Connecticut house is my inspiration

It Item

The Miu Miu Bonnet

I bought this Miu Miu bonnet/cap/balaclava in grey and I’m on the lookout for tan. I like this one because it’s trim to the head, can be worn under the hood of my parka, and it doesn’t look infantile. While searching for it, up popped a Miu Miu crocheted vest I’d whiffed on years ago — woo hoo!