On My Mind

Patou & Loulou

Last November I posted on the revival of the Patou label and mentioned that I was considering having a gown made from my favorite vintage pattern. After a number of “go for it” comments from readers, I asked my friend Allison McCutcheon, designer of the line Loulou, if she would take on a bespoke commission. Thankfully, Allison said yes and the resulting dress far exceeded my expectations. Dark navy double-faced wool crepe was a brilliant choice for a December ball and the fit is perfection — I will wear this dress forever.


What's New


Suzanne necklace


Margarete poncho


X Suzanne Koller leather backless slipper shoes


X Suzanne Koller Gertrude cotton-blend parka


X Suzanne Koller Codeo striped cotton shirt


Katja wool maxi dress


X Suzanne Koller leather backless slipper shoe


X Suzanne Koller drawstring leather pouch


Ethan oversized wool sweater


Suzanna oversized felt tote bag

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WSJ. Magazine

‘Island Time’

My summer holidays are in flux and it’s disconcerting. The original plan was a trip to Italy in June with a stop at Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa, the newest offering from the Pellicano Hotels Group, and a few weeks on Martha’s Vineyard in August. When my younger daughter was accepted into a study abroad semester in Rome next school year, we postponed the first trip, and thinking back to the crowds on MVY last summer has given me pause. Sad, because I grew up summering there and consider it a second home. To be continued…

Images from ‘Island Time’ in WSJ. Magazine

It Items

Summer Evening

These are my three dream pieces for summer evening events. A simple black dresssandals + Sidney Garber Tahitian pearl earrings (I am really into grey pearls) = perfection.

Memorial Day

Long Weekend Ahead

Memorial Day Weekend always takes me by surprise and it’s hard to believe that, after weeks of rain, summer is soon to follow. I don’t feel the need to get away since I live, most of the time, in my “country” house. The weather promises to be gorgeous so I’m going to pull out my sandals, grab a good book, make a strawberry-rhubarb crumble, and get the kitchen herb garden going.


Dry Up! Continued

After the first post, I tried a few of the dry shampoos recommended by readers and here are my thoughts: Living Proof, OribeFurterer, and Drybar Detox ticked all the boxes. The Bumble & Bumble did not match my hair color so I’ll try their Pret-a-powder Tres Invisible dry shampoo, and the Aveda Shampure works well, but I inadvertently bought the loose powder, not the spray.  Thank you for the recommendations!

It Items

The NET-A-PORTER Sale: Outfit Inspo

I always find something in the NET-A-PORTER sale that makes me feel like I’ve won the fashion lottery. This season I bet I’ll find more than just one…

A print dress is perfect for a summer wedding (any event, actually) — I love this shape.

Rixo dress, Prada sandals, Tom Ford trench, Saint Laurent bag.


New collection

ARossGirl: NYC Pop-Up

I had lunch with the chic de la chic Amanda Ross earlier this month and she wore one of her ARossGirl❤️Soler dresses — needless to say, she looked beautiful. Eventhough Amanda has launched a line of separates, which I’m excited to see, I’m going to order the dress above. I know that my dear friend would love to get me into pink or lavender, but I will wear it in black often and forever.


The New York Times

Farewell, A Détacher

When I read in The New York Times that Mona Kowalska, the designer of A Détacher, is shuttering her label this summer, I fell into a rabbit hole of memories of my early years in NYC. The 90s were a very cool time for fashion and I remember when the A Détacher shop opened downtown. Chic and wearable, I had many pieces (a few still hanging in my closet). Closing in July, I’m going to pop in and see what’s left.

Photo by Nina Westervelt for The New York Times


Pony Up

After weeks of rain the humidity is on deck. I’m inspired by the ponytails at the Lacoste show — an easy way to manage the effects of the weather.

Hair by @paulhanlonhair  Styling by @suzannekoller

It Item

Bag It!

While perusing “Just In” on Matches Fashion I spied these Marni Trunk bags for $700. less than I paid  (MF already caught their mistake, but the bags are still a little less).  I love mine (top and bottom), they are a nice alternative to the classic CC. The tan with white piping must be a reissue from a number of years ago, I need to pull  it out.

Tan with white piping, cream and brown, black calf