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Three for Fall

It may not feel like it, but fall is around the corner. I have three items on my list: a vintage Cartier Tank watch with a leather strap, a new coat (there are some good ones for FW18), and a black handbag that is not as big as my hobo and a bit more subtle than a classic Chanel. This Marni Trunk fits the bill and the polished calf is super chic.

Watch, Miu Miu coat, Marni Trunk shoulder bag.


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Long wool blazer


Jamie panelled silk dress


Lila hooded checked wool-blend duffle coat


Sinclair sucked silk-crepe blouse


Collins draped silk skirt


Point-toe navy suede and leather chelsea boots


Doris cotton-gabardine trench coat


55 leather knee boots


Color-block ribbed merino wool turtleneck sweater


Nirvy studded leather sandals


Avery oversized belted two-tone cotton twill trench coat


Scare Crow suede ankle boots

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You ‘Glow’ Girl!

Makeup has never been my thing, however I’ve been a fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow since it launched. The “glow” phenomenon is now huge and I’m interested in the skin care products that are a part of this booming trend.

Granted, skin is a natural extension of nutrition, health, and wellness, but despite the amount of water I drink and miles I run, my skin is very dry. So, to help me get that dewy, post-workout-looking complexion, there are a number of products I want to try.

Top of the list, which came highly recommended by my friend Kara, is Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum—the entire line got rave reviews. I’ve used a serum from Sunday Riley and want to try their other products, and I keep hearing about Tatcha. I’m sure there are many more to test drive and I welcome recommendations.

Carolyn Murphy by Steven Meisel for 2014 Vogue Italia.

Summer Tweak

Heidi Wynne Straw Totes

Pre-Fall collections are in the stores, but it’s only July and I’m craving a summer tweak. Heidi Wynne makes the best straw totes—the gold one would certainly add a little snap to my summer uniform.


Reading Time

The weekend is almost here and I cannot wait to tuck into Anne Tyler’s new novel “Clock Dance”. Hey, in preparation for the painters, I cleaned out all the stuff that should’ve been tossed ages ago—I deserve a little reading time.

On My Mind

Dorm Room Decorating Denial

Last September, while we were deep in the college process, my friend Amy Astley posted this picture of her daughter in her freshman dorm room. I put it on my inspiration board for later. Well, later is now and I’m in complete denial that my younger daughter is leaving for college in less than two months.

I always wanted to be a mother and tweaked my career to spend more time with my girls—this turned out to be a blessing as I watch magazines dwindle and fold. My older one went to boarding school; going to college seemed like an extension of her already being away. The younger one stayed home for high school and we are very close. So, when she asked if we could start thinking about dorm decor I pulled up this image and my heart broke. Thankfully she will be in the U.S. and within driving distance, but still, I didn’t expect this day to be here so soon.

Furniture by PB Teen

It Item

Tip Tops

My Atlantique Ascoli tops are in heavy rotation this summer—so much so that I may buy doubles since they are on sale for a fraction of what I paid two years ago. I love them because they are more feminine than a button-down, but not frilly with lace. My friend Amy, a fellow blouse connoisseur, is a fan of Merlette (and here) upper right. The Isabel Marant top bottom left (also on sale) caught my eye—the scalloping and gathered sleeves are nice details.

Clockwise: Altlantique Ascoli and here,  Merlette,  Chloé,  Isabel Marant.

Deliciously Ella

Strawberry Chia Jam

My daughter is a huge fan of Ella Mills and has been making Deliciously Ella Strawberry Chia Jam. With just three ingredients, it’s fast and delicious. Ms. Mills’s cookbooks are packed with yummy recipes.


It Items

Feeling Blue

Four great items in navy—need I say more?

The Row trench, Wandler bag, Tod’s loafers, Gucci loafers.

The Sunday Times

‘Surf Chic’

I love the sporty vibe of this story on Isabeli Fontana from The Sunday Times. Also, the light reminds me of the Vineyard late in the summer, my favorite time to be there. I’ve been looking for a two-piece swimsuit and like the one by Dos Gardenias below.

Photography by Rory Payne   Styling by Verity Parker


On The Hunt For

Tee Time

Two t-shirt styles I’m always on the hunt for are v-neck and ribbed. I’ve heard a lot about Everlane and I’ve had good luck with Uniqlo tees.