The Silk Purse

The Silk Purse

My favorite local consignment shop will not be just a local haunt for much longer. If you live in my area, the The Silk Purse is a well known secret (yes, I know it’s an oxymoron) of interior designers and style mavens as a go to destination for fine quality household furnishings and accessories. Founded in 1973 by the current owner Keren Widmann, The Silk Purse sells everything from furniture to jewelry and accessories. There are many good investment pieces and all merchandise is attractively displayed.

window display

You could spend quite a long time perusing all that they offer, which is mostly consigned and occasionally bought outright.…

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The Lovely Lillian

The Lovely Lillian

Ever since I read the Caped Crusader article with Raquel Zimmerman in the August Vogue (the one where she is in Central Park and on the streets of NY with the horse), I have been searching for the photograph it reminded me of.  Well it turns out it was this Lillian Bassman photo that she took for The New York Times Magazine in 1997, on April 16th at 1 AM in NYC on the island between 43rd and 44th Street to be exact.

© Lillian Bassman

Evidently a fashion editor at The Times told her that he had had a dream about a woman on a white horse in the middle of Times Square.…

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Best of Cheap Week

Best of Cheap Week

All this week, WWD has been running a fun series of articles called Cheap Week. Let’s face it, “Never before has it been so chic to be cheap.” The high low combination is on everyone’s fashion plate. The big question of course is whether the nature of shopping in America has changed for good or whether this is just a temporary blip due to current economic pressures. The psychology notwithstanding, the general consumer is striving now more than ever to find the best value for her money.  The cheap we’re talking about is not bad quality or rock bottom prices but perceived value.…

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My How Things Have Changed

My How Things Have Changed

I saw an article last week by Kim Friday (senior fashion editor, sportswear, WWD) entitled 9 Right Now: Collegiate Favorites (Campus-worthy classics go luxe). Several things interested me about this piece. Firstly, I would have been thrilled to have any of these items in school – when I first went to college, at least where I was, girls wouldn’t have been caught dead in anything but baggy pants. No one wore make up or designer clothes and I had to sneak my Vogue in between text books while relaxing in the Blue Room (our very small “student center”). By the time I was a senior, things had already started to change – not to Bergdorf worthy threads but certainly beyond carpenter pants.…

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Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

I had always wanted to build a pool and pool house at our former home. We downsized and moved next door (yes, exactly next door) 3-1/2 years ago when my third was about to go off to boarding school and we realized we didn’t need the size and maintenance of such a large house. The lovely young couple who bought our property obliged us by building the said pool and pool house where my younger daughter now spends much of her summer (best investment I never made). They hired the same architect, Rink DuPont, who had done our renovations and builder Peter Schlubach and the results are stunning.…

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Hydrangea Happy

Hydrangea Happy

I love hydrangea – is there anyone who doesn’t? They are the perfect summer bloom. As the end of summer is approaching, I am so sorry I won’t have my masses of blue outside my window to look at for much longer. I am lucky to have quite a few hydrangea bushes that supply my house with multiple bouquets all summer long. Shirley, my right hand “man”, who keeps me and our home running smoothly in every way, is also a gifted florist, who created these lovely arrangements.

Mine seem to last for at least a week to 10 days if the containers are kept very full of water and even longer if the ends are trimmed when you change the water, which you should do every few days.…

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New Talent at Talbots

New Talent at Talbots

Talbots is not normally on my radar but I somehow stumbled on their fall catalogue and was surprisingly impressed. They are clearly trying to tone up their image. There are quite a few adorable items with great price points – could be just the thing to fill in some holes in your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank. Of course seeing the pieces in person will be the true test. And it didn’t hurt that the catalogue is beautifully shot and styled. Maybe they have a new art director :-)Fur collar $89, Sequin-trimmed sweater $129, Tweed pencil skirt $119Fringed silk charmeuse dress $349Leopard print coat $279  Leopard is EVERYWHERE this fall!!!…

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Nantucket Top 20 – Eat

Nantucket Top 20 – Eat

I could do weeks’ worth of posts on Nantucket. There is so much to see and do. Here, however, is an extremely abbreviated list of a few more of my favorite places, divided into three categories for when you are on island. First, of course, is eat.

Bartlett’s One of the two places I go for fresh island-grown produce, especially corn and tomatoes. I love the oak leaf lettuce, although my brother-in-law’s favorite is the Simpson.  Since opening the new store in 2006, they now offer a wide selection of organic and pre-prepared food (they make a great curried chicken salad), and household staples. 

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Nantucket Top 20 – Shop

Nantucket Top 20 – Shop

Nantucket is a shopper’s heaven. There is more quality shopping here within a small area than most places I can think of. I have focussed on not only personal favorites but traditional Nantucket stores that have strong ties to the island. Enjoy!

Flowers on Chestnut – The place to go for flowers if you are having an on island wedding or event. This charming store has not only fresh flowers and fabulous containers but also a delightful assortment of offerings for home and garden from select furniture pieces to desk and tabletop accessories and even a smattering of antique transferware. Great spot for gifts.…

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Nantucket Top 20 – Learn

Nantucket Top 20 – Learn

History and nature rich Nantucket offers many opportunities to explore both these areas. Trying not to exceed our top pick number of 20, I had to whittle my choices down to these four favorites places.

Nantucket Atheneum – An absolutely beautiful library. Any Nantucket year-round resident, property owner or Massachusetts library card holder is eligible to receive a free Atheneum card. Any other visitor can get one for $25, which entitles you to check out materials and lasts for a year. They also sponsor terrific lectures and activites. The 1996 renovation included the creation of The Weezie Library (smaller building on right) for children which is totally charming, has a great collection and offers storytime, children’s author events, and other special events.…

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