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Feeling Blue

I don’t own a navy coat, not sure I ever have. This Saint Laurent and here (it’s belted, too!) stopped me in my tracks and, even though it comes in my go-to black, it’s magnificent in navy. Oh, boy.


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Gucci Horsebit 1955 small bag


Belted wool-twill jacket


Hooded virgin-wool duffel coat


Belted distressed denim jacket


Hooded velvet cape


Hooded wool duffle coat


Cashmere sweater


Cotton-blend minidress


Longline virgin-wool tunic


Tubular Leather Knee Boots


Haines Ribbed-Knit Cardigan


Monfumo Leather Hiking Boots

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The New York Times

Summer Sauces

Summer means simple, super fresh, and often grilled dishes. But, when I saw this article in this weekend’s New York Times, I had an ‘aha’ moment. Simple is good, but these sauces would up the tasty factor.

On My Radar

Really Random Bits

Eyeliner is beyond my beauty capabilities, however, Chanel claims the Stylo Yeux is easy to apply — I’m game. The recently released Women on Waves: A Cultural History of Surfing by Jim Kempton is on my bedside table. The author’s article in Air Mail is really good. The fanaticism surrounding the Kardashians mystified me until I saw a WSJ. Magazine interview with Kris Jenner — it’s all business. And Skims, the bodywear line launched by Kim and fronted by Kate Moss is pretty brilliant. Sam McKnight’s hair and Val Garland’s makeup on Kate are sublime. I just got back from the Vineyard where, for the first time in my life, I stayed in a hotel. The Charlotte Inn in Edgartown was home for a week and it was wonderful. The bathrooms are stocked with Bulgari au thé vert products and the citrus scent is perfect after a day at the beach — I’m addicted. And, I loved the white boots in the Fendi couture show, happy this trend is sticking around for another season.

News Alert

The Rumors Were True: Phoebe Philo Launching Own Fashion House

According to WWD, former Celine creative director Phoebe Philo is launching her own namesake house. Out of the spotlight since 2017, Philo’s return with her own eponymous brand is exciting. Oh happy day.

It Items

Packing List: These Three Are Coming With Me

Packing for the Vineyard is a challenge this summer. Years past, I threw swimsuits, tennis gear, and my summer go-tos into an L.L. Bean tote and that was that. In addition to the habitual standbys, for this trip I’ll need dressy outfits for a cocktail at the beach and a small dinner I’m hosting at our hotel. I dug deep into my closet for inspiration for the cocktail party and pulled out a Valentino black lace shift that I will cinch with the Saint Laurent chain belt. The K. Jacques bikini sandals will make the look a bit more relaxed. For the dinner, my Louboutin sandals, similar to the ones Jeanne Damas wore to a Louis Vuitton event top, will jazz up a simple cropped Matteau top and Anine Bing midi-length satin skirt combo. And, the beige Hermès clogs were the best purchase of SS21, I pretty much live in them.

Chanel Fall-Winter 2021/22 haute couture collection

Chanel Couture, Sigh

I love the Chanel Fall-Winter 2021/22 haute couture collection that was presented on Tuesday at the entrance to the Palais Galliera in Paris. These shoes and knee-length skirt make my heart sing.

On My Mind

Random Bits

I’m packing for the Vineyard and have challenged myself to take a number of items that I, for whatever reason, rarely wear. These Celine slides are in that category. While on island, I’m cohosting a cocktail party and Mother’s opal, newly reset by Susan Foster, will be perfect. We are starting the next round of house renovations (I still have PTSD from the first round) and I’m taking The Maine House for inspiration.

On My Mind

White Looks Right Again

I have not worn white jeans since I ran the White Jeans Series in 2017. They’d stopped looking cool, especially when paired with a colorful top at cocktail parties, etc. But, I’m feeling them again, and love the flare cropped style with a raw edge in a relaxed fit. Ann Mashburn makes the best ones. I cut the hems this morning and I’m channeling Monica de la Villardière above right. With a cream crew-neck sweater and my similar Fendi sandals, it’s a good look — perfect for this chilly Fourth of July.

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On my radar

Dark Denim At Hermès

I appreciate all of the helpful comments on the Dark Denim Dilemma post — paired with brown is styling tip I’m going to try. The four opening passages of the Hermès FW21 show were all dark-wash denim — it could be a significant fall trend.

Vogue Paris

Une fille, un style: Suzi de Givenchy

As you well know, I’m a huge fan of the Vogue Paris series, Une fille, un style. This profile on Suzi de Givenchy is particularly good. Ms. de Givenchy’s sartorial and interior design styles are equally très chic.