Tomato Overload

Everything seems to have ripened at the same time in our garden, especially the tomatoes. We are eating them in myriad of ways, but there are still plenty to share. One of my favorite hostess gifts is just-off-the-vine tomatoes or something made with our own vegetables. Cherry tomatoes are always a hit—put them in a nice container that the hostess can keep. Ceramic berry baskets or a cabbage (or lettuce) leaf  bowl are my go-tos.

Image of heirloom tomatoes from Wild Boar Farms © Veranda


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Chunky large hoops


Trio bag


High neck sweater in double face Shetland cashmere


Wrap skirt in wool felt


Elliptic Heel nappa lambskin ankle boot


Signet ring


Square sunglasses


Coat in double face cashmere


Crew neck sweater in double face shetland wool and cashmere


Elliptic Heel nappa lambskin ankle boot


Baroque hoops


Knot ring made of vermeil

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Vogue Nederland

A Shirt Dress For Fall

My friend Alyson, editor of That’s Not My Age, rocked the shirt dress this summer. It looked so good that I’ve put one on my list for fall. This Hermès beauty, from September Vogue Nederland, is on my inspiration board. Let the search begin.

Photography by Quentin de Briey   Styling by Marije Goekoop

On My Mind

The Belt Bag Worn Crossbody?

I’m going to pause the ladylike earrings conversation for just a moment and shift to belt bags worn crossbody (as seen in yesterday’s post). I loved the belt bag (or bum bag as we fondly referred to it in the ’90s) the first time around and embraced it again when it resurfaced a few seasons ago—it’s just so practical. Wearing it crossbody modernizes the oft derided bag and my eye has adjusted to the look.

Image © Vogue Nederland

Perseid Meteor Shower

Wishing On A Star

This weekend is the yearly Perseid meteor shower and this stargazing fanatic is getting ready. From tonight through Monday morning, the Perseid meteor shower will send between 60 and 70 meteors shooting across the sky every hour. The meteor shower’s peak is expected to occur Sunday night, Aug. 12 into early Monday morning. Due to the crescent moon, the sky will be darker and thus the meteor shower is predicted to be even more spectacular than usual. Remember, it takes 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness and it’s best to lie on your back. If it stops raining, it should be quite a show!

Stella McCartney sweater, LL Bean slippers, cashmere throw, Coleman cot, thermos.

It Item

The Weekender

The good-looking Italian-made luggage line Paravel has been on my radar since it’s launch last fall and this colorway is super chic. Paravel has a great packing system, the canvas is waterproof, and the price is nice—what could be better than that?

Available here and here.

Vogue Germany

Charlotte Casiraghi: Up Close and Personal

A few years ago, I met Charlotte Casiraghi at a Cartier event and she was just as beautiful, if not even more so, in person. She was, also, incredibly nice, which is beautiful, too. The hair and makeup, in these pictures by Daniel Jackson for September Vogue Germany, is stunning in it’s simplicity.

Styling by Christiane Arp and Nicola Knels


On The Hunt For

Henley Help

I am on the hunt for ribbed-knit henleys and I’m not having much luck. If you see one, please let me know.

On The Hunt For

Loafer Love

I’ve been hunting for a new loafer that is understated—no bow, no bit… This one by Bottega Veneta popped up in my inbox—kismet.

Full story on Net-A-Porter.


Here Comes The Sun, Cont.

Last summer I tried bronzers to achieve a golden glow without sitting in the sun. But I have rosacea, which means my face already has some color and bronzers are often uneven in the humidity. I was happy to hear that Gucci Westman, who has rosacea, too, is developing products to combat it (if you didn’t catch the video, it’s a must-watch). What I really want is something for my legs—for some reason, they don’t get tan even when I play tennis.

So, I perused Into The Gloss for some self-tanning tips and these two products got top marks. I’ll let you know.

La Mer gradual tan and here, Josie Maran self-tanning oil.

On My Mind

August To-Do List

The summer is zipping by and we haven’t even taken a proper vacation, yet. The Vineyard is calling like a siren song and I’m counting the days.

I have a few signature dishes and my corn salad is a family favorite. Fresh corn, tomatoes (peeled and seeded), red onion is optional, balsamic vinaigrette, and goat cheese—easy-peasy. This salad is an August staple along with purple coleslaw.

‘The Wife’ got a rave review from a friend who has great taste in movies. And ‘All Happy Families’ tops my reading list. Jeanne McCulloch’s youngest sister was my boarding school roommate. I spent my teenage years with her family in both NYC and East Hampton. This memoir is sure to be a trip down memory lane.

Hope everyone has a wonderful August!