Zara top and blazer, Talbots skirt, See by Chloe shoes

When I bought this Talbots striped skirt in the spring, I don't think I realized how much I would wear it.  I love the stripes and how I can wear them with about anything from bright colors to florals.  This go around, I wore the skirt with a bright green Zara top and white Zara blazer.

Saami bracelets, Hermes bangle and scarf, Celine bag

When I was in Nantucket last week, we popped into Johnston Cashmere for a quick browse and I saw these cool leather bracelets.  They are handmade in Sweden by a company called Saami Crafts and I love the mix of silver and gold, leather and beads.


My Shoe Closet - the Flats

Here we go again...this is the third installment of my shoe closet series (previous posts here and here).  Today I'm going to show you some of my flats.

Who doesn't love a jewel embellished pink suede Miu Miu flat?  I got these eons ago on one of many trips to Italy.  On this particular trip, we stayed in Florence and took a field trip out of town to the designer outlets where I scooped these beauties up.

I spied this pair of purple suede Pradas with a buckle in the Bergdorf shoe salon which is what I consider heaven here on earth.  As I sometimes do, I left them behind but couldn't get them out of my head.  So on the next trip to Bergdorf's they found their way home with me.


These are my beloved Chanel flats.  The tan with the black tip makes them so versatile but the chain detail gives them that little something extra.

When I bought these green Jimmy Choo flats, I was looking for a bright pop of color.  Whilst I got the pop of color, they turned out to be quite a neutral for me.  I've worn them to death and green though they may be, I've worn them with everything.



Bumble Bees

Kate Spade dress, Michael Kors cardigan, Moschino belt, Chanel necklace

Bright yellow is such a happy color and on a hot summer day I shouldn't need the cardigan but for the super cool office where I work, it's necessary.  This Kate Spade dress is so easy to wear.  Sometimes I wear it unbelted with flat sandals for bopping around town during the day but for work, I belted it with my Moschino belt and wore these Stuart Weitzman platform sandals.

Hermes bangle, Miu Miu bag, Stewart Weitzman sandals


Sunday Supper - Veal Milanese

I was rummaging around in my freezer and happened upon a bunch of meat that my friend had given to me.  She was moving across the country to Colorado and didn't want her meats from the Houde Family Farm in Vermont to go to waste.  Lucky for me, I was the beneficiary of some ground pork (that I'll use sometime soon to make a ragu for pasta), lamb shanks and veal cutlets. 


I  seasoned the cutlets with salt and pepper then dredged them in flour, eggs and panko bread crumbs sprinkled with pecorino romano cheese.  Once they were all breaded, I put them on a baking sheet and refrigerated them for about an hour.  I've never refrigerated the breaded cutlets before but Anne Burrell was making chicken milanese on Food TV yesterday and that's what she said to do, so I thought I'd try it.

I heated olive oil and a wee bit of butter and then cooked the cutlets up.  Once cooked, I let them sit on a plate with a paper towel to drain a bit of the oil.

While the other cutlets were cooking, I kept the rest of the cooked ones warm in the oven.

My normal inclination would be to make some pasta or orzo to go along with the veal, but since I'm trying to smack down after last week's food and wine filled vacation, instead I made a salad of butter lettuce, zucchini, squash and hearts of palm.


In My Bag

I'm back from Nantucket and reality is setting in so it's only appropriate that I start planning my fall wardrobe.  J Crew has so many great things for fall and here's what's in my virtual J Crew shopping cart.

No. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge wool

I love this pencil skirt and in fact have a very similar one from last year in fuchsia.  The fit works for me and this flame color is right up my alley!

New café capri in wool

These cafe' capris can be worn so many different ways and I really want them in fuchsia.  Online they don't have my size but the baked citron color is just as fabulous and perfect for fall.

Biella patent loafers

I am thinking I could wear these nude patent loafers to death in lieu of ballet flats for a change.  They also have a gorgeous teal green version that is the kind of green that could be a great neutral.

Darlington satchel

The Darlington satchel is a great everyday bag and comes in a gorgeous indigo blue.  At under $300, it's a steal.

What's in your fall shopping bag?