Jewelry

Tie The Knot

Classic earrings are my weakness and these J.W. Anderson knots are oversized and not super serious—hopefully they aren’t too heavy. I found some smaller ones here.

Image © La Garconne

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CHLOÉ

Long wool blazer

JOSEPH

Jamie panelled silk dress

REJINA PYO

Lila hooded checked wool-blend duffle coat

JOSEPH

Sinclair sucked silk-crepe blouse

JOSEPH

Collins draped silk skirt

LOEWE

Point-toe navy suede and leather chelsea boots

KHAITE

Doris cotton-gabardine trench coat

GIANVITO ROSSI

55 leather knee boots

VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM

Color-block ribbed merino wool turtleneck sweater

ISABEL MARANT

Nirvy studded leather sandals

REJINA PYO

Avery oversized belted two-tone cotton twill trench coat

J.W. ANDERSON

Scare Crow suede ankle boots

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New Obsession

Racquet Magazine

Knowing that I love both tennis and indie magazines, a reader (thank you, Justine!) introduced me to Racquet, a dream mashup. With Wimbledon midway through the first rounds, this is the perfect time to post on the new quarterly magazine that the Racquet co-founders claim “celebrates the art, ideas, style and culture that surround tennis. We fondly remember the swashbuckling sport of the tennis boom of the 1970s and ’80s, and our goal is to help restore some of that swagger to today’s game.”

The Racquet store has most of the 6 issues in stock along with fab tees and prints. Also, after a little searching, I found mixes that my fave Texas-based music blog Gorilla vs. Bear created to commemorate the release of each issue—now, that’s a cool collaboration.

I got the most info on the Racquet founders here.

Cool Collaboration, Cont.

The Pallas x Claire Thomson-Jonville Tuxedo

Pieces from the Pallas x Claire Thomson-Jonville collaboration are now available at Matches Fashion.  I’ve been thinking about a tuxedo since my post on suits last March and have my eye on the one Ms. Thomson-Jonville is wearing above.

Image courtesy @clairethomsonjonville

On My Mind

July To-Do List

Welcome to July! We’ve caught FIFA fever and, although the U.S. team didn’t qualify, we are cheering on France because my husband’s business partner is French. Wimbledon starts tomorrow, I love having it on while I work. For the beach: my friend Lisa recommended “Social Creature”, I need a new black swimsuit because the one I bought last year is terrible, and these gold rimmed sunglasses are getting a try. This fish recipe from @wsjoffduty looks delicious and a tart cherry pie is a 4th of July must.

Art

State of the Art

Summer before last we divided up my mother’s art collection and I only just hung the last painting. For two years I haven’t thought of buying new works and I miss discovering artists and adding to my own collection. So, I’m turning to a few of my savvy artist and art consultant friends to help me get back in the game.

Artist Kathy Leeds recommended the A.K Bellinger gallery in Inverell, NSW, Australia—I would’ve snapped up the above painted photo by Dani McKenzie if it hadn’t already sold—trying to find out about the one below.

I would love to know which artists and galleries that you like/support and will link to their sites in the comments.

Books

Two Chic Reads

Both of these books are in my cart and I need to pull the trigger on them. I’m especially eager to read Amanda Brooks’s “Farm From Home“—her new shop in the Cotswolds, Cutter Brooks, looks amazing. And India Hicks has enviable style so I’m sure “A Slice of England” is a visual treat.

Books

Modern Macramé

One of the reasons I have a “no gifts” policy is I don’t want to be pressured into posting on things that just show up. When a copy of “Modern Macramé: 33 stylish projects for your handmade home” arrived my first thought was “uh oh” and I put it aside. Macramé makes me think of belts my older sisters made one summer with double rings pinched from the local carousel. Then I spied this picture of a fabulous vest in May Numéro and did a double take—maybe macramé, the fine art of knotting—an age-old craft, is undergoing a renaissance.

“Modern Macramé” is fantastic—I’m inspired to make a wall hanging like the ones author and artist Emily Katz designs. She makes it look easy with photographs and step-by-step instructions on how to create everything pictured in her beautiful book. Happy knotting!

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Books

Taschen Sale

The Taschen sale ends today, however there are still a number of photography books available. They were display or slightly damaged copies, but the prices are hard to beat. I cast the photo below, Christy must have been busy.

Beauty

Turn Up The Volume

A few days ago I posted on long hair and that it isn’t just for the very young.  However, I will only keep it this length if it has volume, a challenge for many blondes my age. To do this, I rely on volumizing shampoos and products. Adding a few highlights helps too. TBC.

My hair hero Julie Christie 

On My Mind

Summer Solstice Resolution

Today is my favorite day of the year—I love that it’s light late into the evening. It’s also a good time to reflect on where we are. This year I’m taking that sentiment literally.

Last week my friend and fellow blogger Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic emailed that she wanted to visit Old Westbury Gardens and invited me to tag along. Over the years I’ve participated in numerous events at the nearby historic estate, but I’ve never taken a proper tour of Westbury House and the formal gardens. I learned so much that it really took me aback—I realized that there is a lot to enjoy right in my own corner of the world. It reminded me that I didn’t go to the Statue of Liberty until friends visiting from Europe insisted that I join them—I’d lived in NYC for 20 years at that point…

So, my resolution is to explore more, even places in my own backyard. Also, a big thank you to Heather for berating me (in a nice way) for using an old phone/camera.  I went straight to the Apple store and bought an iPhone X. My pictures are significantly better—it’s a game changer.

Welcome to summer!