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
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
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
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.
I recently discovered a new brand of jeans and was already excited about how comfortable they were when I stumbled upon these velvet ones (I am wearing the Emerald) by the same company at one of my favorite shops on Martha’s Vineyard. These deep dark green are the perfect velvet trousers for fall and winter and are a great day to evening pair. I also love the navy version which is a very rich and dark blue. They are soft, stretchy and so easy to wear with thisblouse, white button down and heels for work, or cozy creamy sweater (alternative here) for weekend wear.
I definitely favor dresses and skirts, and so prioritize comfort when it comes to any trousers. I look for a high or mid-rise waist, maximum flexibility, a slimming cut, and not too tight on the bottom near the ankle — these hit all the marks, and that’s not easy to do for me. It was such a comfortable combination with this billowy, feminine top which wore perfectly in the low 70’s weather.
I’m straddling the seasons here with my basket bag and espadrilles but could easily swap them out for loafers or knee-high boots and a blush or chocolatey leather handbag. As I build my “adult” wardrobe, I focus on great seasonal pieces which are versatile and timeless. I have been wearing velvet trousers my whole life, they will never go out of style.
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