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.

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GUCCI

Oversized round sunglasses

LOEWE

Hooded leather-trimmed shearling jacket

GABRIELA HEARST

Leather-trimmed cashmere tote

RAINS

Hooded quilted coated-shell jacket

BOTTEGA VENETA

Metallic leather sandals

SAINT LAURENT

Leather-trimmed cotton-corduroy blazer

BOTTEGA VENETA

Hooded shearling jacket

CECILIE BAHNSEN

Giselle jumper

MADELEINE THOMPSON

Libra ribbed cashmere bodysuit

THE ROW

Lilibet wool and silk-blend crepe midi dress

GIA x PERNILLE TEISBAEK

Tubular Leather Knee Boots

SAINT LAURENT

Denim jacket

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On My Mind

September!

Thankfully, during these transition weeks into fall there are a lot of fun things to do that take the sting out of summer ending. Tennis! The US Open is underway and there have already been some super matches. I won’t get to Paris to see the Damien Hirst exhibition Cathedrals Built on Sand at Gagosian that closes September 22, but I am determined to see Cherry Blossoms at the Fondation Cartier before it comes down January 2. Fingers crossed. This Hermès look epitomizes the sumptuousness of a rich, deep brown — the best fall color.  And I’m continuing to build a jewelry wardrobe — love these Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole earrings worn together. We picked peaches in Vermont week before last and made scrumptious galettes. Apple crisp is up next. Welcome to September!

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!

It Items

Polar Temps Predicted

When I checked the Farmers’ Almanac’s winter forecast, the word ‘polar’ popped up again and again. At the same time, my inbox was stuffed with product emails full of cold-weather wear. It’s only August, but if I want a new puffer I need to start looking now — by December they will be long gone. I like this grey one by Joseph, it’s longer than anything I own, and the wool-cashmere blend certainly takes it up a notch. It would look great cinched with a leather belt and paired with a lug sole boot.

Joseph coat, Loewe belt, Diemme hiking boot.

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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An ‘Aha’ Moment Thanks To September Harper’s Bazaar

The September issue of Harper’s Bazaar is out and the FOB (front of book) is particularly good — lots to buy and how-to-wear tips. Recently, I was erroneously sent a men’s small cream crewneck sweater when I’d ordered a women’s small. I’ve been sitting on it because to return it to the middle-of-nowhere England via Royal Mail is a pain in the neck. When I spied this picture of Lauren Santo Domingo, with her fabulous Hermès Haut à Courroies bag (the Bazaar story is about the bag, naturally), I was struck by her oversized cream crewneck sweater. It looks great, and since I already have one, problem solved.

Photograph by Allie Holloway

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

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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.

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Fendi Boots

Banging the beige boot drum, here. These by Fendi, in a September Vogue Japan story, are a pinky nude and look really good.

Photography by Camilla Akrans  Styling by Sissy Vian