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.

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GABRIELA ARTIGAS

Chain choker - yellow gold

SOPHIE BUHAI

Cowbell gold vermeil hoop earrings

CHLOÉ

Gold-tone choker

SOPHIE BUHAI

Gold vermeil hoop earrings

ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE

Alan shearling coat

CÉLINE EYEWEAR

Cat-eye square-frame sunglasses

PRADA

Belted wool-twill coat

WEEKEND MAX MARA

Berta sweater

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Buckled tweed blazer

TARYN ROSE

Nora leather kitten-heel booties

CÉLINE

Small Made in Tote in textile

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Knot small hoop earrings made of brass

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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!

Collaboration

ARoss Girl x Soler

Congratulations to Amanda Ross—her line of silk dresses, a collaboration with London-based Soler, are now available on Net-A-Porter. So pretty and classic, my dear friend may get me to wear color, yet.

British Vogue

‘Long Story Short’

When it’s as hot and muggy as it was yesterday and will be again today, I’m tempted to chop off my hair. Then I twist it into a knot or do a simple braid and ride out the heatwave.

Kirsty Hume and Cecilia Chancellor, two of my favorite ’90s models, continue to wear their hair long and it suits them. As hairstylist Sam McKnight says of long locks in July British Vogue, “those days of it being something for the very young are well and truly behind us.”

The hair aside, Kate Phelan’s styling is fabulous—the Hermès look above is going on my inspiration board, pronto.

Photography by Richard Burbridge

 

Father’s Day Fare: Kitchen Clambake

We’ve always done a version of a kitchen clambake, usually served on a newspaper-covered picnic table. Last year I had an “aha” moment and started using enamelware serving trays, and bowls for the shells and butter— they look great and keep everything relatively neat. This picture is from @bonapetitmag — I don’t put andouille or shrimp in my clambake, just lobsters, steamers, mussels, and corn. These are the enamelware pieces I use.

Wishing everyone a happy Father’s Day!