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.

On My Mind

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!

On My Inspiration Board

I 🖤 Fall Fashion

Many September issues are out and I’ve been pulling images for an inspiration board. A quirky knit like the Miu Miu bonnet, camel coats, a snippet from Tiffany’s new ad campaign, and the dreamiest Chanel knee-length skirt are all getting me excited for a change of seasons.

Image top left September Vogue Germany, top right from Vogue‘s first global fashion story.

#Don'tOverPurge

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Am I going to wear the Bottega Veneta black mesh pumps again? Not sure. However, in the box, tucked beneath the mesh pumps, is a pair of Céline ballerinas from 2015. I’d sent the ballerinas to TheRealReal a few years ago; they were rejected and boomeranged back to me. Oddly, the elastic, that was originally intolerably tight, has eased a bit with time and they are now very comfortable. In a moment of synchronicity, Vogue posted that the ruched ballet flat is back big time.  #Don’tOverPurge

On My Mind

An ‘Aha’ Moment

I had an ‘aha’ moment recently when I read a Habitually Chic post on signet ring etiquette. Like Sylvana Ward Durrett in this 2011 Vogue image above, I’ve always worn my signet on my right ring finger and a Cartier Trinity on the adjacent pinky. After reading Heather’s piece, I had my signet ring sized down to wear on the little finger of my left hand, which I now know is customary. I love having it next to my wedding band — feels right. Thanks, HC.

Books

‘Face Values’ by Navaz Batliwalla

Navaz Batliwalla’s first book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman, is my all-time favorite style bible and I refer to it often. Her new book, Face Values, can be pre-ordered on her site Disneyrollergirl. Well done, Navaz!

It Items

August!

August, the Sunday of Summer. I postponed a trip to Maine until September, however, London and Amsterdam (no Paris, got tricky) at the end of the month will hopefully be a go. Until then, roaming the Hudson Valley and lazing by the pool are the activities du jour. A straw market basket, Havaianas flip-flops, and a gold cuff are a few of my August essentials.

Fall Find #5

A Cool & Quirky Knit

When I spied the chunky knit hood in JW Anderson’s Pre-Fall lookbook in February top, I posted that it would one day be mine. It’s actually a hood and snood combo where each can be worn separately. I have both the grey and white winging their way to me.

Fall Find #3

Think Tank

This post is pretty straight forward. A large Cartier Tank on a leather strap has been on my wish list for a very long time. When I spied Suzi de Givenchy’s watch (Santos?), it leapt to the top of said list.

Santos Dumont?, Tank MC, Tank Americaine.