The Perfect Boot

A taller ankle boot in black, with a chunky heel is a chameleon in your wardrobe. Pair them with short frilly dresses or denim shorts in warmer months for an edgy look or wear them with slouchy trousers and an oversized jacket when it’s chilly. Don’t worry about matching the black color with whatever else you have on; it can work as a statement of its own.

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Free People
Gianvito Rossi
Dear Frances
Loeffler Randall
Vince

At A Glance July

What I find notable for the month.

Gucci x Adidas It’s a such a great collaboration.
Roasted Cauliflower. Boil a whole head of cauliflower in salted water until it is fork tender. Dry well and chill in the refrigerator or flash submerge in ice water then dry well. Preheat oven to 500°. Sprinkle Kosher salt over the entire head and pour olive oil liberally as well. Roast in oven safe -I use the aluminum- pan so I know it can withstand 500° for 45 minutes or until char begins to form. Serve with tahini dressing or herb aioli.
Sandro I post a lot of these cropped cardigans. I find them polished looking over t shirts or under a blazer.
Cropped Jacket This jacket has so many pockets that you could almost forgo a purse or tote.
This may be controversial, I am loving no polish, short nails. Yes, that is my 57 year old hand.
Gianvito Rossi I think a taller ankle boot with a chunky block heel is chic all year long. I saw a women wearing a pair with a short, white, frilly dress in 90° heat. It grounded her look in such a cool way. This is on my wish list.
Diptyque This substantially sized ceramic vessell holds a bug repelling Citronnelle Lemongrass candle. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
This Time Tomorrow, By Emma Straub. I enjoyed this novel that combines time travel, family, and NYC.

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At A Glance, June

What I find notable for the month.

Banana Republic. When I saw this multi-pocketed vest, I wondered if I could forgo a purse.
Derek Lam/10 Crosby. I want this.
Loewe sneaker. I saw a woman wearing these this summer and I knew immediately I would feature them here. Love the low key, but colorful vibe.
Petite Maman. This quiet movie is deceiving. The dialogue is minimal, no soundtrack-but it’s powerful and moving. I was on a plane while watching this crying from beginning to end. Nothing happens that is upsetting, it’s just so moving, I couldn’t help myself.
Etro. I love this colorful bag for summer.
After two and a half years Covid finally got me. I will not complain. I didn’t have it nearly as bad as many. I just hope that people don’t think that it’s over. Let’s not minimize the concern for at-risk people.
I stalked these Clergerie oxfords for a minute before I finally bought a pair.

The “Woman Who Was Kept On A Shelf” as part of the anthology of Roar. An Apple TV series of dark comedic fables of feminism, misogyny, gender roles and identity.
Tory Burch Sneakers. These suede sneakers look like terry cloth.
This Time Tomorrow. I am enjoying this new release by Emma Straub.
Alex Mill. This classic button down is the perfect summer staple. Wear it as a jacket, under a vest, as a cover up. Roll up the sleeves or leave them long and slouchy. It is signature, summer 2022.
Target Dad Sandals These quilted ones look a little like the Chanel ones (they come in black too.)
I adore this satin short set. This is the link for the top, here is the link for the shorts.

At A Glance, May

What is notable for the month.

Crying In H Mart. I am late to reading this book, as it was published last year. I still want to share that this deeply moving memoir by Michelle Zauner is a worthy read.
This COS outfit is so me. Wide leg, no pleat, high rise trousers with a fitted 3/4 short sleeve sweater. I don’t know why they didn’t list the sweater on the COS site-I’m sorry I don’t have information on it.
Loft riviera shorts. I have a thing for plaids and gingham. If you are are shorts wearer, these are lightweight and can be styled so many ways. First way would be with a black cable mock neck sweater (see below) and some black fisherman sandals.
Joe’s Jeans mock neck sweater that I referenced above. I know some of you will think I am crazy for recommending a sweater for summer. Sometimes, I love the clean line of a sweater instead of a jacket when dealing with a cool evening or an agressive a/c.
Summer Rain Boots. It rains all year so why shouldn’t we have summer specific rain boots?These Asos boots are your lighter looking functional summer footwear. Even if it stops raining while you are out and about, you will still look cute.
Use Miso in your recipes. One of my sons’ girlfriend* made these delicious chocolate chip cookies–made with miso. Another sons’ girlfriend* made a miso pasta dish that was incredible. The umami taste of the miso is a welcome depth in both sweet and savory recipes.
*Grammar nerds come for me. I have 3 sons. Each of whom have a girlfriend (well, one has a fiancé.) So I want to impart that one of the women made cookies and another made pasta- did I punctuate correctly?
I don’t love hearing too much about a book, television show or a movie before I get to it, because if the hype is too much, it may disappoint. This was the case with, The Silent Patient. I had heard such good things about it. I didn’t dislike it-but the build up was too great to reach.
GAP Factory I went into the store to purchase navy pants but really loved these pink pants more. They run a bit large.

High Maintenance

I am obsessed with white shoes this spring. I tried on a gorgeous Mary Jane pair from Aeyde (see photo below.) Within one minute of fastening them on my feet, I noticed I had scuffed the supple white leather. Thank goodness the scuff was quickly buffed out, but it got me thinking about high maintenance clothing and accessories. The patina of wear on white leather shoes is to be expected, patent leather doesn’t have this problem. High end shoe cream and light touch with a magic eraser helps. I am usually up for the care my clothing and accessories require- but I think those white shoes may be too high maintenance even for me.

Aeyde
Clergerie
The Row
Everlane
Prada
Loewe
Aquatalia
Sam Edelman
Re/done
Gucci
Dadawen

The Row

At A Glance, April

What I find notable for the month.

Harrowstyle Falafel Recipe

1 28oz can of chickpeas rinsed and drained
1 red onion rough chop
1/2 cup of parsley, rough chop
5 cloves of garlic minced or pressed. 
1 ½  teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
½  teaspoon of cumin
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ cup chickpea flour
Avocado oil

Preheat the oven to 250°. 
Spread out chickpeas on aluminum foil or parchment lined baking sheet. Place in the oven to dry out canned chickpeas while you are preparing other ingredients. 

Place onion,parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper flakes in a food processor, add chickpeas. Pulse gently until chickpeas are in small but still recognizable pieces. Do not over pulse mixture. 

Move mixture to a large bowl. Add chickpea flour (any flour will do if you don’t have chickpea-it’s just to help bind.)

Make the mixture into balls. Lightly fry in avocado oil and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. 

Prior to serving, preheat oven to 350° and bake until fully heated through about 15-20 minutes.

Serve in a pita or a bowl with tahini sauce, mediterranean salad, pickled onion or pickled turnips. 

Loeffler Randall metallic sandals
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe. I listened to it as an audio book. Anderson Cooper’s voice is familiar yet authoritative. I can’t get enough of how the Vanderbilt family built, spent and squandered their wealth. The very rich are just as enviable and abhorrent as you may imagine. This book delivered with details, poignancy and a little bit of caution.
Aeyde I have recently became aware of this brand and love this classic Maryjane pump.
I love this cropped denim jacket by Me + Em. The rivets have a plus sign detail.
Has anyone tried this newer Ralph Lauren Unisex cologne? I am intrigued.
Julia. I I feared that this HBO Max series wouldn’t be as good as the 2009 movie about Julia Child, Julie and Julia. No fear, I am loving Sarah Lancashire in the title role. The other incredible actors include, Bebe Neuwirth, David Hyde Pierce, Judith Light, James Cromwell, Isabella Rossallini as well as many others.
This Saint Laurent quilted leather bag is a great example of my new obsession with vertical bags. Also, take note: no loud hardware.
I have a thing for shallow bowls. I prefer them to using a straight plate. They also also great as serving pieces for hummus, chips, and vegetables.
I am enjoying this Apple TV, fictional series, but based on the true story, about the rise and fall of the WeWork as told through the lives of its founders. I love watching Anne Hathaway in anything-and she doesn’t disappoint in portraying Rebekah Neumann. Jared Leto, who’s performance in the House of Gucci was incredible, is equal to the task of portraying the dynamic Adam Neumann. It’s a fun ride albeit, a little dragged out. I have fun looking at the clothing, the sets and watching entitled behavior run amok.

At A Glance, March

What I find notable for the month.

Jonathan Adler. I gave this little bowl to a friend for her birthday. I always think it’s a good idea to give something you would love to receive.
SomiSomi. This Korean dessert known as “Ah-Boong”, a fish-shaped waffle cone filled with your choice of filling and topped with soft serve. They have locations in TX, WA, and, California where I enjoyed it. I predict it will expand to other states.
Eres This crisp looking swimsuit is my idea of chic.
Tory Burch. This combines my love of fisherman sandals with espadrilles.
Stella McCartney. I love the size of this tiny Falabella tote. It’s almost a cell phone holder but so much more functional.
SKIMS These cozy boy shorts are perfect as the weather gets warmer without being cloyingly hot.
If you get a chance, visit the 2022 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in West Palm Beach. It’s a good one. It’s running through April 3rd. For more information click the link above.
“Better Things” on F/X is one of the best written television shows about motherhood. Season 5 is its final season. It was a treasure to enjoy this series and while I haven’t finished watching this season, I already know I will miss it.
COS This is the perfect little trench.

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At A Glance, February 2022

What I find notable for the month.

I am loving this HBO Max streaming series about The Gilded Age of New York City.
The Official Gilded Age Podcast. More of my obsession about this series. This isn’t just a recap podcast, it full of history and facts that are relevant today.


Fo more Gilded Age fun. Check out @keithyorkcity on Instagram and his website for fascinating NYC history including photography, architecture, industry, personalities, titans etc. He gives walking tours too. Find his website here.
Cos sweater. Just loving the camel/pink combination.
Brown is the new black. I love these brown Mango jeans.
I only have a grand dog, and I live in suburbia, but if I had a dog in a city, I would so love having this paw washer.
COS, I love vests because they pull together an outfit without bulk.
One of the best articles about friendship at middle age and beyond that I have ever read.
Felix. I wear a bucket hat while going on my daily walk for sun protection-not for fashion. This one would be perfect to wear with any outfit as it’s so neutral.
Karhu. This brand is new to me but I really like their look.
Joseph Joseph. I bought this portable sink basin to clean my delicate sweaters and other hand washables. I keep finding other uses, like cleaning fruit and vegetables, separating fine cutlery and knives from other things in my sink, and soaking really dirty stuff without using a ton of water.

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