J. Crew U.

J. Crew U.

I was in my local J. Crew in New Canaan over the weekend doing a little back to school shopping with my daughter. The fall collection is just starting to come in and there were so many fabulous things, but what really caught my eye was the new merchandising in the store. There were books everywhere – not just the latest style books, which they occasionally feature, but really great art, photography and design books that store director Steven Plewa and his staff had artfully placed throughout. Maybe J. Crew is starting a trend in promoting art education as well as style.…

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Tabletop Tips

Tabletop Tips

I’ll admit it – I have a slight obsession with tabletop. I love it all – placemats, napkins, china, flatware, stemware. But with four kids, it didn’t make sense over the years to be using my nice mats every day. Unfortunately even the reasonably sturdy woven Deborah Rhodes mats that I love didn’t stand up to their abuse. So how to walk the line between satisfying your aesthetic sensibilities and the practicality of spilled milk. My answer became hard cork- backed placemats.  I actually received my first set as a wedding present. They were from Trimmingham’s in Bermuda, that long-time staple of traditional department store wares, that has sadly since closed.…

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Vive La France

Vive La France

Today marks the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Paris after WWII. Ralph Morse was a photographer for LIFE for decades. He was in Paris then and took these extraordinary photographs documenting the momentous occasion. Still alive at 93, Morse spoke with LIFE about his time in France in 1944 and 45. Go here to see more photos and read the full article.

watching the liberation from atop a Parisian light pole

heading for the Champs-Élysées and the The Arc de Triomphe

Lest we forget this remarkable day.

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Loro Piana Lust

Loro Piana Lust

I could live in Loro Piana. For any of you not familiar with the name, their line is truly the quintessence of modern Italian sportswear. The Horsey Jacket above, for example, was created for the 1992 Italian equestrian team. The chic yet effortless styling, unmistakable quality, and distinctive details make their products stand apart from the crowd. And from the looks of the fall catalogue, they may have outdone themselves this season. When you buy a Loro Piana garment, you know it’s going to make whatever else you wear with it look better. They are investment pieces that can stay in your wardrobe forever – and they’d better considering the price tag.…

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You Scream I Scream

You Scream I Scream

We all scream for ice cream. I’m not a huge sweets person (salt is my poison) but I’m a sucker for good ice cream. And I can now say I have found (actually my husband gets the credit) the best ice cream I have every had (not including Benny & Caesar’s, mentioned a couple of weeks ago, which I haven’t personally tried yet). If you happen to be in Connecticut for any reason, you really need to make an excursion to Newtown – about an hour northwest from downtown Stamford. This is probably more desirable while it’s still nice weather because the Ferris Acres Creamery is located on the last working dairy farm in Fairfield County.…

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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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