Poncho please.

Burberry Wool Cashmere Blend Hooded Poncho in Camel $1595.

Last winter I spied two very chic Upper East side ladies wearing their Lululemon (post work out?) covered by elegant ponchos. I wore a poncho when I was seven, it was white and had fringes. Above photo is a stunning Burberry, a bit ruined with the big logo on the back. I have seen ponchos in many retailers already this season but it takes a heavy worsted wool to give it the right heft or else it’s just a sweater without sleeves.


Hello Fall!


I have noted before that living in South Florida doesn’t give me the full fall/winter clothes experience, but that doesn’t stop my internal fashion clock from responding to the seasons. When I took a look at this Tods ankle boot my heart jumped. Hello Fall.

What do you wear for a hurricane?

I am thinking about Irma barreling through the Caribbean. We have shutters and supplies but we are in the direct path–and you don’t know how bad it will be. You don’t know what you will need in an emergency or thereafter so I thought I should make sure my toiletries are ready for a “go” bag. That’s easy. But what clothes should I pack if I have to leave afterwards in a hurry? What should I be wearing to react, if or when, something catastrophic happens? Hunter boots? Sneakers? Leggings? Should I pack my favorite clothes in large zip-loc bags? I won’t even be able to see what’s in my closet when we lose power. And forget doing laundry for a long while. While my focus is usually thinking about what looks best on me, I am all function over style. This is scary stuff. Let me lose myself in the details of preparing and cross my fingers that this will not be as bad as I fear.

Dressing for yourself, sort of.

Many years ago, I purchased a pair of camouflage pants that had a cool pink embroidered flower, or maybe it was a dragon on one of the legs. I was in my late 30’s and I thought they were pretty cool. One day I couldn’t find them–couldn’t find them anywhere. A couple of months passed and I was putting away laundry in my husband’s dresser, there they were, but not by mistake. He is not one to readily weigh in on my clothes so  why he would be so sneaky about removing them. No surprise that he hated them and just couldn’t bring himself to say it. So many things I have read said that women should dress for themselves. So, if we think we are dressing for ourselves but our family or friends are the ones looking at us, should we consider their opinion? My husband and I have worked out that communication issue and I do care what he and a select few think of how I dress. The GAP jacket in the below pic that was owned for a mere 2 weeks before I yielded to the pressure to get rid of it. It had a dual daughter and close friend condemnation that it wasn’t flattering on me.  When my best interests are at the heart of the opinion of others, I consider that dressing for myself. IMG_4101

Do I Really Want To Be A Hat Person?

I am not a hat person.  Even when I am wearing a hat for function I feel like it’s not me and I know I look like I am trying too hard to make it work. Of course, that hasn’t stopped me from trying. This year’s attempt is a high, high crown, wide, wide, wide brim palm leaf one from Madewell (communitie $69). My inspiration: a local landscape worker wearing one similar. He looked natty in his. So, you know, I may look good in one too, right? So far, I haven’t left out of the house wearing it.  But, I will, maybe, one day. Maybe to the beach? It’s a beautiful hat. It really is.IMG_3743

Time Capsule Decor

Master bath still looks good to me. Love the lighting fixture. I want it!

Last year, I came across the real estate sales listing from my paternal grandparents’ former home. It has passed hands to two other families since they owned the home.

I eagerly scanned the photos to see if my memory served me well. I was blown away how in the 22 years since my grandmother died, her house including kitchen and bathrooms were still meticulously intact. They were dated when I was a little girl. Today’s Wall Street Journal Mansion section, (yes, my favorite) features homes for sale that are in demand precisely because they are still untouched by a another decade’s imprint. No wall of mirrors from the 1980’s, great rooms from the 1990’s, grey grouted subway tile from the aughts, or matte applicances from the 2000 teens.

It’s fascinating to me that I could step in the room as if time stood still and my life never progressed.

The photos included are the actual current MLS photos of my grandparents former home.

Intact other than the television. I can smell the wood paneling.
This basement floor used to have red and beige vinyl tile. The bar stools are original. Crazy enough, my grandmother’s bust sculpture remains in the house (above the fireplace).
My dear grandfather raced toy boats with me when I was a toddler in that tub. He always let me win.
I love the sensibility of this bathroom today.




Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

The fiddle leaf fig tree has reached its level of ubiquity in decor. This morning, while reading my favorite Friday Wall Street Journal section, Mansion, I spotted the plant move about in the photos of a feature about Jane Fonda’s newly purchased townhome in LA.  It felt like a Where’s Waldo game. I will admit, it does give a great shot of green and depth to any room. I do believe it will date the room one day, similar to the spider ferns hanging from baskets in the 1970’s.  The are available in an array of price levels but still aren’t cheap at the low end. I don’t have one, but I think I may one day soon.