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Vvardis

According to the Violet Grey site, Vvardis is dentist-created using natural ingredients to rebuild enamel. And the chic packaging is sustainably made — I’m in.

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SAINT LAURENT

Le 5 à 7 Small leather tote bag

KHAITE

Fulman cropped down jacket

THE ROW

Everett leather tote bag

THE ROW

Silvia silk-twill scarf

SAINT LAURENT

Caged satin minaudière

TÔTEME

Wool-crepe strapless top

ISABEL MARANT

Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans

THE ROW

Garcon suede loafers

MIU MIU

Laser-engraved logo belt

ALAÏA

Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress

SAINT LAURENT

Cropped leather jacket

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It Items

The Belt Bag

Every so often I revisit the belt bag, but never find one that I’d wear — until now. These by The Row and Jil Sander are good-looking, and the Jil Sander looks great as a shoulder bag, too. While working on this post up popped this Gabriela Hearst knit dress (comes in black as well), and Habitually Chic just posted a roundup of the best fall sneakers — all told, a great la rentrée aka transition-to-fall outfit.

On My Mind

Tinker, Tailor, & DIY

In a post a few weeks ago I mentioned that I am having bags updated, shoes repaired, and six dresses dyed. The bags and shoes are perfect, but the dresses are just okay — they all came out midnight blue and on a few the stitching did not take the dye. Live and learn. But I haven’t stopped there, a Ralph Lauren cream, wide-wale corduroy blazer is getting an overhaul. I’m having the shoulders tightened and the sleeves shortened to above my wrists — I want the shirt cuffs to to peek out. And I, myself, just shortened the very long straps on this unworn straw bag from an earlier post (super glue, fabric repair adhesive, raffia ribbon) and now it’s exactly what I need. #MakeItWork

On My Mind

Packing for Paris

One of the reasons I love a quick trip is I don’t have to be practical about packing — I can take fun things that might be worn only once. Next up, Paris for 48 hours and these three are coming with me.

The Slate leather jacket, Dior bag, Chanel sandals.

In Vogue Easpaña

Prada Perfection

My cold weather go-to combo of a white turtleneck under a grey sweater looks even better topped with a brown leather jacket. No one does updated basics like Mrs. Prada.

Prada grey cashmere and wool turtleneck sweater here, FW22 collection post ,and my favorite Prada sweater ever (I bought a spare).

Image courtesy August Vogue España

It Items

Late Summer Tweak

As we enter the final stretch of the summer, the weather has, thankfully, cooled and I even had a sweater over my shoulders last evening while dining outdoors. But, it’s still sandals season and these caught my eye. I keep giving my sunglasses away so I ordered this pair, and a new plate to showcase tomatoes from the garden is a perfect late summer tweak.

Cabana + Carolina Herrera plate, Isabel Marant sunglasses, Vince cashmere sweater, Porte & Paire slides

It Item

The Gucci Horsebit

Of all the Gucci branded hardware, the horsebit gets my vote – especially since I am from an equestrian family. I removed the GGs on my Marmont pumps and the Double G buckle belt is long gone. Unlike the Double G logo, the horsebit can be mixed with Chanel’s CC, the Hermes H, Dior’s CD, and Saint Laurent’s classic YSL, the best logo in the history of logos. I don’t care if the bit is small or large, it just works for me. These new-season loafers are on my maybe list.

It Item

A ’70s Inspired Shearling

This Nili Lotan shearling jacket transports me back to beautiful fall days at boarding school in New England. The leather trim and covered buttons make it swoon-worthy. I recently bought the two black leather jackets below, but this shearling is pretty terrific and serves a different purpose. To be continued.

In The Wall Street Journal

‘The Design Detail That Lifts Moods’

When I read this article in The Wall Street Journal on the resurgence of scallop embellishments, my heart skipped a beat. I’m a details person and scalloped edges, piping, rickrack, smocking, topstitching, etc. make me happy. My friends question my taste when I mention my penchant for these design elements. Twee or not, I think the curved edges are a nice counterpoint to my Mies Van Der Rohe and Breuer furniture, and reclaimed wood table, shelves, and floor in my kitchen as seen above. When I moved into my home office top left, everyone asked if I’d remove the trim on the bookcases — not a chance.

Ballroom chair slipcover by Bunny Williams that can be monogrammed, linen placemats that can also be monogrammed, blue with white trim lacquer placemat by Mrs. Alice (my attempt at coronation chicken), and wicker tray by Mrs. Alice.

On my mind

I 🖤 Black in the Summer

Like @marimikh and @monik above and @alexandragolovanoff below, I 🖤 a black headscarf, dress, and button up shirt — my summer trifecta.