Parchment Nantucket

Parchment Nantucket

While I had intended to post several more shops from my trip last week, I couldn’t resist sharing a few more peeks from popular favorite, Parchment Nantucket. For the last ten years, this tiny store has been packing plenty of creative offerings in its small but charming space. From packaged letterpress note cards, to custom invitations to gorgeous wrapping papers, you could spend more time than you would imagine perusing all the possibilities.

Of course they include many Nantucket appropriate products, often working with design savvy brands like Rifle Paper to produce ACK worthy offerings.

Other artisanal companies contribute appealing ways to bring a piece of the island life home as well.…

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Wishing everyone a most wonderful 4th of July. Enjoy the weekend wherever you may be!

photo by Quintessence

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A Stylish Nantucket Wedding

A Stylish Nantucket Wedding

For her entire life, my niece has been summering on Nantucket, so it was only natural that a Nantucket wedding would be her choice. This past weekend, friends and family gathered on island to celebrate with a full calendar of special events. A destination wedding requires meticulous coordination and kudos go to Sarah Taggart of A Polished Plan, who helped my niece and sister-in-law every step of the way to flawlessly execute their vision. From the exquisite flowers (by Flowers on Chestnut - here in the church entry),

to the beautiful letterpress invitations, programs and menus, courtesy of Parchment (also a favorite cited by Jill Kargman),

to the charming welcome bags (filled with Nantucket goodies and custom printed guides), it was so pitch perfect, I had to share a few visual moments.…

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At Ease | 4th of July

At Ease | 4th of July

Last summer I inaugurated a light hearted shopping series At Ease that I hope to continue occasionally this season as well. For this week, I gathered a few casually chic items perfect for stylish at-home entertaining with the 4th of July in mind.

Starting from the upper left:

A fresh summer fragrance with a bottle too pretty to put away, the unisex Un Jardin Après La Mousson from Hermès expresses the post-monsoon Indian landscape with a light exotic mix of ginger, cardamom, coriander, pepper and vetiver.

Kenneth Jay Lane’s marbled enamel necklace is a an easy statement maker that adds a dose of affordable chic in a versatile summery blue.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Jill Kargman on Nantucket

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Jill Kargman on Nantucket

Jill Kargman is anything but your average upper east side doyenne. Daughter of Coco and Arie Kopelman, the former president of Chanel, sister-in-law to Drew Barrymore (wife of Jill’s brother Will), happily married mother of three and chic fashionista, she was raised in the inner circles of the Manhattan social strata. And yet this irreverent author takes pride in parodying versions of the very life she lives. From her books with writing partner Carrie Karasyov to her more recent solo novels, to pieces for such magazines as Vogue and Interview, Jill dishes her signature brand of uncensored humor with savvy wit and unbridled enthusiasm.…

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Thank You Flower Magazine

Thank You Flower Magazine

Whether in the garden, home or art and design, flowers are nature’s beautiful bounty, enhancing every aspect of life. Seven years ago, recognizing a empty niche in the publishing marketplace, flower aficionado and editor Margot Show launched flower magazine. Originally focussing on floral, garden and event design, it has since expanded its vision to include interiors, art, travel, entertaining and more. I was delighted to contribute in a small way to the July/August issue sharing one of my favorite ways to say thank you to a weekend host.

 

Stop by flower online to see other chic hostess gift ideas, including picks from several stylish blogging friends, that will “guarantee a repeat invitation.” I’ve already ordered a few!…

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At Home in the Hamptons with Susanna Salk and Aerin Lauder

At Home in the Hamptons with Susanna Salk and Aerin Lauder

Less than two years ago, Aerin Lauder expanded her focus beyond her role at Estée Lauder to launch her eponymous lifestyle label and since then has continued to evolve and expand the brand. While debuting with a cosmetic collection, the company now includes fashion, fabrics, furniture, lighting and tabletop. And in her seasonal Southampton shop, Aerin offers an even wider array of summer essentials, selected from her own lines and others she loves. Putting her own spin on her stylish heritage, AERIN is all about effortless chic in every aspect of life. Susanna and I were thrilled to visit with Aerin in the Hamptons – in town, at her shop and at her iconic family home for a lovely garden lunch.…

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In the Studio Video with Susanna Salk and Madeline Weinrib

In the Studio Video with Susanna Salk and Madeline Weinrib

In her eponymous signature designs, Madeline Weinrib has melded the once disparate worlds of art and decor. As the great granddaughter of the founder of ABC Carpet & Home, Madeline spent much of her childhood playing on rugs and carpets, so it might seem natural that she would be designing them today. But her career path was a bit more circuitous. Eschewing interest in the family business, yet artistically minded from the start, Madeline pursued painting, showing at a gallery in New York City and teaching drawing at CUNY. It was a graphic Tibetan carpet that first inspired her to translate her artistic vision to textiles.…

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Design Video Summer Extravaganza

Design Video Summer Extravaganza

Throughout the year, as Susanna Salk and I get inspired with ideas for our design video series, our enthusiasm perhaps gets the best of us. Month after month we cannot wait to execute our concepts, capturing the talent and vivacious personalities of designers in entertaining venues, out and about, at home or in their studios. But now, we are left with the somewhat delicious dilemma of having more stylish content than we have had time to share. So as of this week, I am banishing myself to the editing room (aka my office) to catch up. Every Thursday for most of the summer you can look forward to tagging along with Susanna as she visits with designers and top tastemakers.…

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In Art It’s Called Appropriation

In Art It’s Called Appropriation

Ever since Natalie Massenet’s brilliant realization that online luxury shopping and editorial content are an ideal match, many have tried to followed suit. And while I don’t always consider the bricks and mortar fashion catalogues must-reads, Bergdorf’s has been doing an admirable job, in their seasonal print mailings, offering an every expanding sartorial lust list with some entertaining and smart editorial. My favorite pieces, including the latest Pre-Fall mailing, are often from Joan Juliet Buck whose knowledge of French, as her bio states, “makes her an authority on style, clothes, manners, sex, food, philosophy and betrayal.” You know right there she’s going to be fun.…

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