Monday
Aug112014

Wear Now, Wear Later


Outfit details: Lafayette 148 dress, Valentino shoes, Hermés bracelet, Balenciaga bag

I'm always so confused in a fashion sense this time of year. It's still hot and summery out but you wouldn't know it stepping into any of the retail stores. In the fashion world, fall began months ago. This is one of those dresses that is easily worn now but come fall can also be worn with a coat, tights and booties.

Friday
Aug082014

Easy Weeknight Supper :: Pesto Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli

After my overindulgence in Nantucket, I was ready for a meal at home and a couple of days with no wine. Tuesdays are farmer's market days near my place so I popped over there as soon as I got home to get lots of fresh veggies and made a quick trip to the grocery store for a few other necesseties. I had some pesto in my freezer that I had made recently (see when I made it here) so I defrosted that to serve over pasta with some freshly steamed broccoli and roasted chicken thighs. And since I can't resist tomato season, I made a salad of fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes.

Thursday
Aug072014

Wanderlust :: Postcards from Nantucket

I'm just back from my annual jaunt to Nantucket with my girlfriends. It started out iffy as the weather was less than desirable. Most of this summer's weekends have been just beautiful, but this past weekend started out damp, cold and rainy. Things started looking up Sunday and in the end, weather aside, we had a blast.

 A beautiful church around the corner from our hotel (and look at the colors of the hydrangea!)

After lunch at Millie's in Madaket

Cool building reflecting off the water in Madaket

The nautical bar area at The Nantucket Hotel

We spent our last night at Summer House in Sconset (and I agree "beach life is best")

My last foggy morning walk

Tuesday
Jul292014

Red and Rockstuds

Outfit details: Jil Sander dress (similar style here, on super sale here and here), Valentino shoes, Alexander McQueen bag, Stephanie Kantis necklace, Hermés bracelet 

I've been spending my shopping dollars of late on high quality (and albeit more expensive) pieces.  My jaunts into the likes of Zara and H&M have had me leaving empty handed. I think this is in part due to my tastes changing as I'm getting older but also due to the fact that I'm finding myself reaching for the same things over and over again. While I still have quantity, I prefer a bit less quantity and higher quality. Don't get me wrong, I still get the fast fashion thing, I'm just finding that it's working less for me now than it used to.  This brings me to two things; my dress and my shoes. The dress is by Jil Sander from last year. On super sale thanks to my eagle eyed friend and personal stylist at Neiman Marcus Boston. I constantly find myself reaching for this dress the better part of the year (without a jacket in the summer and with a leather moto jacket when it's chillier like here). Next up are the rockstuds. I now have multiples of the rockstuds but this nude pair is the first pair I bought when Valentino first introduced them. I remember hunting them down in nude and I have worn them over and over and over again (ask my cobbler who has replaced the heels countless times).

Monday
Jul282014

Wanderlust :: Postcards from LA

The pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel

My friend Elisha and I spent five glorious days in LA this past June. I had been to LA a few times before but hadn't appreciated it as much as I did this trip. I think this was for many reasons; I adored the Beverly Hills Hotel and its staff, the weather was perfect, the lush vegetation was extraordinary and we rented a car and drove through California's beautiful canyon roads with sweeping views of the mountains and the ocean. There were points where I almost felt as though I was driving through some little Italian town in the mountains and near the sea. Elisha and I left kicking and screaming (it's always good to be left wanting more, right?) and we decided that we'd make this an annual jaunt. 

 

With Elisha at the Bevrly Hills Hotel

One day we drove to have lunch at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica and another day we drove to Malibu. While Santa Monica was nice, Malibu was spectacular.

At Geoffrey's in Malibu

The views in Malibu were incredible. As we drove up the winding canyon roads, I thought to myself how fortunate the people who live in the beautiful homes with views of the mountains and ocean are. We were thrilled to take it all in over lunch at Geoffrey's. 

Our hotel room at the Beverly Hills Hotel

View from Shutters on the Beach

The Ivy

 

Happy Monday and hope you had a great weekend!