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!
And just like that, the Island is quiet and a cooler breeze has picked up. The towns have cleared out after the holiday weekend, shops and cafes are closing for the season, and the house feels particularly still without my father’s family and the dog, Buster. It is still blissful weather and it was lovely to be able to throw on an easy, light cashmere sweater over my dress today on our afternoon work break walk around town.
I have talked about my love for sweaters here before and I will say again that they are my absolute favorite — nothing beats a cozy, comforting sweater. I collect light cashmere sweaters which are easy to layer under heavier cardigans and coats, but also make for the best transitional pieces, especially when they are in these pastel hues of soft lavender, blush, cream and baby blue (see some selects at the bottom of the post). I found this one last weekend while I was snorkeling around shops with my cousin who came up for the holiday weekend. I love how soft it is, and that this looser cut would fit easily over a white button down— my fall uniform. I also favor a round neck over a v-neck — just personal preference.
It’s hard to resist capturing the last of the summer flowers on all of these beautiful houses in Edgartown. On our drive back to the house I could see the first leaves on the ground. We are off to Southampton, NY for a big wedding we are photographing this weekend and I have a feeling that when we get back, these gardens will look very different! Looking forward to documenting it all…xxx
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.
It has been a week of cut off denim shorts and easy summer dresses paired with espadrille slides, white sneakers or my favorite wedges. This blue flowy dress was the highlight of the week and I am including some similar pieces to those which are now out of stock. I have also included a few beauty products which I am currently re-stocking because I love them so much.
Hope everybody has fun plans for this holiday weekend, we are having a dinner party for twelve on Saturday night and will be sharing behind the scenes as well as daily Martha’s Vineyard inspiration on Instagram stories. Xx Lucy
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 dress. This 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
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