Summer Black

Maybe it’s because I am a New Yorker at heart, but black still resonates style for me, even in the summer. Here are a few black dresses that can easily transition into colder weather– one day, far into the South Florida future.

White Out


All white outfits used to elicit comments like,” you look like a nurse,” but since there has been a generation of people who never saw nurses in anything but scrubs, I haven’t heard that comparison in forever. An all white outfit is timeless chic.

To What Length?

So much of what I enjoy about style isn’t what is “in fashion” but the appreciation of why something looks great. The litmus test of what is good looking isn’t that it’s the hottest trend, but a well done execution including the right proportions. To that end, I am scaling back on shorter dresses and skirts. The longer, below knee length not only works because it’s currently fashionable but it works with my post middle age sensibility.

Iconic Palms

CW Stockwell Martinique
CW Stockwell Martinique, CW Stockwell Image

The April 2019 issue of Architectural Digest features a wonderful “Object Lesson” article by Simon Upton of the origin of the iconic banana leaf/jungle wallpaper. The wallpaper used to be the only way to enjoy this tropical feast, but now you can purchase an iPhone case, robe, or beach towel with this iconic design at


Very tired of the yellow

We have all heard of Marie Kondo and her KonMari method. Some people have more of a hoarding tendency than others. Some are natural purgers. They see an item in their home that isn’t being used and feel no attachment to it. Out it goes to goodwill, the garbage or to a friend. I like to think that when I bring an item into my home, a corresponding one is removed. It doesn’t work perfectly (I do share my home, so it’s hard to make an unanimous decision.) I was very tired of my laundry room painted yellow walls and harsh fluorescent lighting. A little freshening was in order.

Paint, lighting, moulding.


Gua Sha

If I could only stop my own aging so I could actually find out if any of the skin care regimes I have been following throughout the years have been at all helpful in staving off wrinkles and/or gravity. The incessant movement into the future is preventing any perspective to judge the efficacy of my long term use of Tretinoin, microdermabrasion, serums and masks. What would my skin look like without all this crap– er, I mean, intervention? That being said, I welcome the Gua Sha to my tool box.