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Classic Fall Style with Brooks Brothers: One Jacket, Two Ways

October 10, 2018

About a month ago, a few people asked me if I could come up with a capsule wardrobe.    I have been working on it, and I find it surprisingly challenging for my disorganized brain (it’s just not the way it works!!) but, it did get me thinking about elegant wardrobe staples and how critical those are in helping one pop out the door feeling pulled together quickly.   For me, those staples are a tailored white button down (and I like to keep several of the same shirt so a few are always in rotation, ironed and hung up in the closet), a timeless camel hair blazer and cashmere which lasts season after season.   In steps Brooks Brothers, an iconic American company with phenomenal quality and classic pieces.

 

I have been on the hunt for a white shirt for my “uniform” since the ones that I was collecting before are no longer being made.   I have been holding onto them until their last thread but am pleased to report that I have found my new everyday shirt here.  This one is crisp, classic and fitted in the right places without pulling across the chest (I am a size 4).   The sleeves are great length and have pretty detail.  I have been advised by the Brooks Brothers team that the one I am wearing here is great for this type of look, and this one is even better for wearing underneath a sweater because it has the perfect crisp collar — so good to know!

A camel jacket is inherently versatile, timeless and warm.  I really like the weight of this one, which feels like it would be in your closet forever.   It suits well over the white button down and jeans, as well as draped or worn over a sweater for cooler weather.  This style is enduring, can be worn at any age and is the epitome of American elegance.    I particularly love it over this monochromatic outfit of burgundy ankle-length cords and these leather wingtips which brings in a of “cool” masculine/feminine vibe.  Of course, the white shirt would look great as a swap for the turtleneck on cooler days.  And, I also love this jacket (checked twill) as well as this plaid-wool one.   Saddle bag linked here! Xx

Charleston Entertaining Home Style

India Hicks Get Together

October 4, 2018

Last month, we opened our home to the India Hicks Tribe and hosted one of their Get Togethers in Charleston.

Having long admired India’s style and burgeoning lifestyle brand, it was a great opportunity to get an in person look at the new Collection, and find out a bit more about the Ambassador opportunity.    I have to say, I have had such a positive experience with the brand, and with the brand ambassadors.    Everybody I have encountered through the program is just lovely and it was a pleasure to host a Get Together in Charleston.

I adore India’s latest collection because it’s all about stars — my favorite!    I particularly love the jewelry and little star bag which would be perfect for evening.   And, regular readers will know that I am partial to a scented candle and I have to admit that since receiving the Casuarina Candle from India Hicks this summer, I have become hopelessly addicted to the fragrance, which now travels with us & is a great present to give as well (a really good one for the present cupboard as it’s universally loved). 

 

  1.  Star Pouch     2. Star & Moon Necklace (it’s reversible)      3. Falling Star earrings      4. Passport cover     5. Travel mask

 

It is true to say that we have travelled a great deal this summer and often we have adapted our plans as new opportunities have arisen.  The gracious and charming IH Ambassador who helped me plan my Get Together was beyond patient and accommodating in setting up our date, after many stops and starts. 

Our Ambassador was Margaret, a seasoned member of the Tribe, who was an absolute joy to welcome into our home, a power hostess in her own right, so kind, thoughtful and efficient.  It was a real joy to discover that we already had so many connections in common, which is one of the other benefits of these events: making new friends.    Here are some pictures of the set up, what fun it was to see it all laid out in our home:

As a host you have the choice – in IH speak to make the event about ‘goods’, where the Host can purchase items from the collection at a discount, or about ‘goodies’, where a percentage of the sales from the Get Together go to a charity of the host’s choice. We are pleased to say that proceeds generated from our GT have been donated to the Surfrider foundation, which is dedicated to protecting and enjoying the world’s ocean, waves and beaches.

If you are interested in hosting an IH Get Together, information can be found here. If you have interest in becoming an Ambassador, information can be found here… I highly recommend!

Collecting Home Martha's Vineyard Style Tables

My Most Popular Instagram Story & The Return of Collector’s Corner

October 1, 2018

I wandered into this shop on Martha’s Vineyard that was packed to the brim with piles and piles of quilts, table cloths, napkins, blankets, pillows, robes, nighties, soaps, and lots and lots of European glassware.   It was fantastic and an instant favorite!  I shared some photographs on my stories and the response was overwhelming.   The store does not have a site but you can certainly call in for shipping information, everybody who works with Jane, the store’s owner, is lovely and extremely helpful.   I wanted to show you a bit more about what I found there and also say that I have struggled to find anything similar online.  We do, however, have an opportunity to list some of these wares on our site, so do let us know if you’re interested!

 

This is just a tiny glimpse of the shop.   There were many patterns that I was drawn to and I found it hard to decide.   These napkins and tablecloths are fun, colorful and easy; they can be dressed up or down.   I particularly love using busy patterns on the table for breakfasts, which we set out the night before (if we can) when we have guests to stay.  They remind me of France, and of summer, and I definitely had intentions of finding things like this for our online store should we decide to launch one!  The owner of the shop, Jane, is a delight, so do go in if you’re on Island and send my regards.

I also couldn’t help but fall in love with the many quilts and blankets.   The thicker ones seen below are reversible and so offer two patterns per piece.    This blue pattern (napkin) below might be my favorite, so subdued and the prettiest shade.  It also comes in a blanket.

I love all of the yellows, browns and pinks.    Ultimately, after many visits to the store, we settled on this camel which goes well with the colors we have at home but it also fun and unexpected. Xo!

Martha's Vineyard Style Travel

Fall Color Palate

September 27, 2018

We are home!!  It is soooo nice!  What an amazing and lucky summer we had with all this travel.   Martha’s Vineyard is one of my favorite places so of course it was such a pleasure to spend a month there avoiding the heat and photographing two big weddings up in the Northeast.   Still, there is nothing quite like being home and we are looking forward to an extended stretch and a regular routine.  Fall in Charleston is my favorite time, particularly October and November so if you are planning a visit, this is a great time to come!

The pumpkins were coming out on Martha’s Vineyard just as we were packing up to head home.    It’s lovely how the Island gets quiet and hunkers down for the season.   We are very much hoping to make it up for a weekend towards the end of October to see the leaves changing and to have more evenings by the fire.   The weather was just beginning to turn, with room for cozy sweaters, jackets and jeans.   I picked up this dress in town at Beach House (it’s $120 and I am in an XS because it runs “roomy” & they don’t have a site but they know which one it is if you call) knowing that it would be perfect for the end of summer heat down south but still have an autumnal feel to it because of the burgundy shade.   I love button down dresses with tied waists — they’re always flattering and so easy to wear.

Of course one of our favorite farm stands had a fabulous display of organic beautiful gourd and pumpkins — very exotic!  We admired them and are excited to get into the spirit now that we are back home.    I’m also thrilled about some new items I have picked up, including these kilim shoes which are a favorite — more on them shortly!!! 

Martha's Vineyard Style Travel

Sunset at the Lighthouse

September 19, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard is divided into Up-Island and Down-Island.   Down-Island is where most of the towns are, and Up-Island is far more spread out, private and unspoiled.   At the tip of the Island is the Indian Reservation, Gay Head, now known as Aquinnah which is known for its clay red cliffs and natural beauty.    The first summer I ever spent here with my family (the year of my 13th birthday), we stayed in a cabin just down the road from here, where the only thing to do was to ride bikes to the beach or up to this view below — pretty spectacular!

Because my first memories of the Island all take place here, we always make the drive at least once to watch the sunset over the lighthouse, one of the more spectacular views on Island.    If you have been reading this blog for a while, you might know that I met my husband on this Island.   He sailed here from England (he was a sea captain when we met) and the first thing he saw of the Island was that lighthouse.  It was early morning, still dark, and very stormy and so you can imagine what a relief it was to see.

It suited us well that we watched the sunset here before heading to meet Will’s parents at The Covington— which is a must!! if you visit — delicious!  I wore this sweet plaid shirt with a ruffled sleeve which dressed up well with gold earrings (super sale!) and my new go-to jeans which I wore endlessly last week, too.  I had a jacket with me here but ended up putting on the same (this one is similar) cashmere sweater that I wore in this post for dinner.     I love these simple fall combinations and soft, cozy fabrics.  This shirt is so soft as well as comfortable and feminine (the sleeves and fit).   It felt great! Xx

Garden Martha's Vineyard Style

Pretty Fall Planting Inspiration

September 18, 2018

The nurseries on Island are so vast and beautiful, they are worth a visit even if you are not a resident.  Because we have been here for so long, we have been collecting a few potted plants which we feel would thrive here which will be nice for our family who will be filling into the house after we go.    It has been a pleasure to explore what’s in bloom, what might last here compared to the hot and humid Southeast, and just to wander the bountiful aisles of these outdoor, country nurseries.

It is the end of season, and not a huge planting time up on the Vineyard, even compared to New York.   Still, there are lots of flowers which pack a floral fall hue: yellows, oranges, browns and burgundy.    The herb and vegetable greenhouse at this particular nursery is an inspiration, I would definitely wish to have a green house if we move back up to the Northeast and I can’t wait to ready our own little herb planter when we arrive home next week.

I really love how robust and varied these are, they are quite striking in person with the clean green and deep purple variations.   They seem a hearty addition to any chillier fall garden.

This pot of lettuce was the perfect take away!   We have been eating a bowl of salad this large for every dinner here on Island and it is no wonder it is so delicious, all locally grown.

A plaid skirt is perfect for straddling the seasons; it’s still warm enough to feel hot in jeans during the day but not quite summer weather.   This feels very ‘back to school’ and September-appropriate (it is 25% off with the code Lucy25).     I have linked to several others which feel similar at the bottom.   This sweater has been a favorite for years, it’s an old Calypso which is no longer with us but this one feels very similar and is worthwhile as it’s a year after year piece.

Soon all of the leaves will be the color of the photograph above, it’s already heading that way and I cannot wait! Xx

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