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Easy Weekend Wear for Fall

September 14, 2018

Sunflower season is upon us and it always reminds me of fall on Martha’s Vineyard.   We had our wedding celebration here on Island 5 years ago at the start of October and our rehearsal dinner celebration was full of bright, glorious sunflowers, red checkered table cloths and apple cider cocktails.   I will see if I can find us that recipe because it was delicious and so suitable and warming.

We are busy prepping the house for Will’s parents who arrive tomorrow.  Fresh flowers are all over the house!  But, this post is really about what an incredible fit this blazer is, and how much I covet a well-fitting blazer because they last season after season. I still have my favorites from high school and my mother can hold onto a good one for 20 years (keep re-lining it) BUT I would like to quickly say two things first:  (1) these are my new favorite jeans and I will explain why in a moment (2) I know that I need to start wearing new shoes, and maybe a new bag, I packed so terribly for this trip and am looking forward to sliding into my trusty loafers and boots, alas they are at home, which is currently off limits for far more important reasons (hurricane). 

Now that we have this out of the way, let’s quickly talk about these jeans because I feel like they are a fantastic discovery and I’d like to tell everybody about them.   I need a high waist.  I have a big bum and a smaller tummy and if I wear low waisted jeans my underwear always hang out.  I have relied on Citizens since I was in high school.   I have been looking for a slim fit, high-waist but not too tight on the ankle pair, with NO holes and these are truly perfect, so comfortable, slimming and secure.   Those of you who follow our style posts know that I love a pair of rippy jeans but I prefer a clean cut, neater pair for fall and winter wear…a bit more elegant ;).  I also feel like jeans are a staple that you don’t need many pairs of and if they make you feel great, then they’re worth it.

This jacket is the prettiest shade of deep olive green, and fits like a glove (I am wearing a 6).   It’s perfect for weekend wear, work, layering up with cashmere scarves and sweaters and turtle necks and white button downs — an all in all fantastic piece which feels simultaneously smart and sexy — a win win!   Last, I love wearing an outfit like this on the weekend which makes me feel feminine and put together, especially when strolling polished charming streets exploring, picking up flowers, coffee and treats.

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An Approachable & Fun Fall Table

September 12, 2018

We are just back to the Vineyard after traveling down to New York this past weekend to photograph a huge wedding weekend.    It was a beautiful and joyful few days with the most loving (and in love) couple who have become fast friends.   I spent most of the day culling and editing, I like to get cracking as quickly as possible, and after a long evening run and a visit to the market, threw together this simple, easy table for our supper.

When we drove on to Martha’s Vineyard at the start of this month, it felt like entering a movie set:  sail boats drenched in the last light of day, balmy perfect weather, polished streets and old cars.   This time, we arrived to sixty degrees, pouring rain and whipping wind — and I loved it!!   We had a cozy stormy night with a hot soup and crusty bread with melted cheese — hit the spot.  The market is full of autumnal hues of dark burgundy, dirty pinks and mustard yellows.   Dahlias and sunflowers are in full swing.

I have been collecting colored candlesticks since I arrived.    I usually favor ivory but I love these salty gray blues which mirror the sea right behind the stone wall at the edge of the garden.    This is just a a simple set of five vases with mixed wild flowers, four candle sticks, a handful of votives, white plates and floral napkins — but a moment to pull together and endlessly romantic as the candle light flickers next to the rich, vibrant flowers.   Big, squishy pillows make the rustic chairs more tolerable for late evening chats, and there are a few spare wool blankets off to the side as the night air is a bit nippy (and I tend to run cold).

We drank a full-bodied chardonnay and a bottle of light red wine, perfect for the transition into fall, and had leftover soup, garlic bread and a salad full of vegetables from the farms.    Xx!

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Fall Reboot: Beauty & Exercise Regimes

September 4, 2018

I love this time of year, and the back to school feeling.   For me, fall has always been a time of routines set and followed, a rhythmic pace of life after a summer packed with travel, lots of late nights, endless wine and other indulgences.    I also find with the onset of cooler weather and earlier sunsets, it’s a lot easier to take exercise outside, which is always my preferred format, and that I settle into the comfort of a healthier routine.   I am never on a strict diet these days, but I do tend to feel more excited about fueling the family properly to keep energy levels up (this is also our busiest time of year for wedding photography) and also taking extra time for some self-care.   Feeling great is a holistic effort, from skin care to delicious scents and luxuries to great workout gear and of course the exercise and diet itself.

Solid exercise gear which makes you feel fantastic is a must.   I find that it is always motivating to put on a clean, cute workout outfit which is both comfortable and flattering.    I tend towards leggings and fitted tops or white sweatshirts.   I also thought all of these sneakers were great for both exercise or running errands around town.   Workout gear is always an investment but tends to pay off as it should be durable and long lasting.

 

 

I find that once I am on an exercise kick (4 runs and a few yoga classes per week), I also tend towards delicious beauty products and skincare.   The whole rounded regime makes me feel stronger and because I am focusing on feeling well, I also tend to prioritize rest, etc.   This rose-scented moisturizer is a favorite right now, as is the anti-aging serum (yikes, worth it…).   I haven’t tried the Clean AF wipes but I love the name and have grabbed them for my gym bag or travel, and you know that I love a good, lovely soap and I stock them for our bathroom, the guest room and the gift cupboard.

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Romance by the Sea

August 30, 2018

I love this dock, and being by the sea, in all weather.   We have spent many summer nights here gazing at the stars and cozy freezing nights snuggled up under what feels like a thousand blankets with friends drinking red wine in late fall.    Once, a great friend’s bracelet slipped through the crack and her boyfriend went diving for it in the icy sea — we all had in nervous giggles as he got down to his underwear and jumped in, thankful it wasn’t us — heroic if you ask me, and yes he found it!

When we have family in the house, and our son has gone to bed, it’s a lovely way to unwind for a bit just the two of us.    I love slipping into something a little more special, and I have always had a place in my heart for a good wrap dressThis one feels particularly amazing on, feminine, classic and great for both day and night (although I would favor it for an all-season date dress).    I was so pleased that I stumbled across the coolest little shop in Edgartown, Slate, where I found this new brand I hadn’t seen before.

Slipping into something special made the evening feel more note-worthy and romantic, I highly recommend!  Other little things we did to enhance the atmosphere were to stop by our favorite gourmet market on the way home and pick up some local cheeses (a lavender and espresso rubbed cows cheese was the highlight), with some incredible French style fresh bread to enjoy them with.  We brought mini votives with us (that were admittedly hard to keep alight), as well as cushions and blankets that we allowed us to stay out talking and enjoy the twilight in comfort – we were rewarded with a wonderful moonrise and the gentle sound of lapping waves.   Hard to beat if you ask me and a must-do for the coming holiday weekend. Xx 

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Dreamy Routine: Sunset Bike Ride

August 29, 2018

Is there anything more pleasurable than ending a work day outside?  Yesterday we hitched our bikes onto the back of the car and took them up island.   We have a key to the most beautiful, expansive and wild beach.   It’s too far to bike (an all day excursion) with the baby in tow so we got as close as we could, parked and rode the rest of the way.   What a pleasure it is ride on on smooth, quiet roads dappled in the last light of day, only to arrive to a wide-open orange sunset, light warm wind and soft sand so deep your whole foot vanishes with each step.

I bought these jean shorts the day after last in town and haven’t stepped out of them since.   My last pair lasted me six years and finally tore up the leg, but I live in jean shorts in the summer, especially here where beach style is part of the Island culture (in summertime!).    This linen shirt is also a favorite; it was a birthday present from my mother and is a summer staple.  Last, this scarf is just the ticket for transitioning to cooler weather and is an all-season winner, here is a similarly useful one.   Beautiful scarves last forever (if looked after properly) and are always a good idea.

This is one of my favorite views on the island (above and below!).  Once you reach the top of the dune, you can see rolling hills, glowing houses tucked away, and the endless sea — takes my breath away every time.

We stayed until last light before throwing our bikes back on the car and heading to our favorite local store for the best pizza on Island.   Fun ideas for the holiday weekend coming soon….xxxx 

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Last of Summer Pies

August 28, 2018

I have picked up cooking again.   I took a break — I mean a really long, long break but I’m back, and I am finding it so completely relaxing and pleasurable to focus on feeding my boys.    I’m not quite sure what jump started it, a mix of things I think.   I watched great friends cooking in France with such ease and was reminded of why I loved it.    I keep telling you how much the produce on this Island means to me, but it’s true, I look forward to these ingredients all year.  I also was reminded of this passion which had been dampened in the chaos of life after writing a little piece on my time with Alice Waters last spring.

Last, I have a reading from my cousin’s wedding stuck in my head (it was at the beginning of this month).   Simple, amusing and true, it has stuck with me.  I’m sure that many of you have read it or heard it but just in case, here it is:

  Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.  Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life –
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. 

— Robert Fulghum

I bring it up in the context of this post because it seems particularly relevant:  the importance of simple pleasures, doing something just because, doing things with love, supporting neighbors, and the earth, and farmers, and friends, and soaking up the delights of this life, delicious food, company, singing and dancing.   So many of these things happen in or around the kitchen,  and so I am planning to spend some more time in there.  With love, xx

(And for those of you who were anticipating a pie and were given a poem instead, here is an easy one for crumble — I love blueberries and peaches xxx)

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