Fall Tops for Under $400

My favorite season Fall has finally arrived in Washington DC & I’ve been having fun researching fashion finds under $400 (just tops!) to usher in cooler temps. I’m trying something a little different with this post -I know everyone is busy so I’m cutting back on descriptors to give you quicker hit of the selects here. Enjoy!

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How To Decorate Like Style Icon Lee Radziwill

I’m counting down until the auction preview of Lee Radziwill’s estate at Christie’s/NYC! Lee (& her sister, Jackie O) are so well known for their fashion sense, it’s easy to forget their knack for creating iconic living spaces too. While a lot of the drama & beauty in Lee Radziwill’s homes was helped by her sky-high budget & the direction of Renzo Mongiardino, there are lessons in there that anyone can use - whether you are American royalty or not!!

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On My Radar: Things To See This Fall

Happy Fall! I have to admit this is my favorite season & not the least because there are so many cool cultural things to do. I say “cultural” with a small “c” because of course I have to include guilty pleasures ie; returning TV shows & design books — nothing too high brow on my list! ENJOY…

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Back to School Supplies...for Grownups!!

One of the odd things about being an Empty Nester is not having an “excuse” to hit up every art supply, stationary & Big Box store in my zip code in search of perfect Back-to-School supplies for my daughters. Well, who says I can’t do that for MYSELF?!! Because yes, every girl needs the perfect set of desk ware — no matter her age:) Here are my favorites…

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How to Stay Motivated When You're In the "Messy Middle"

’m reading a business book now called “The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest & Most Crucial Part of any Bold Venture & it speaks to exactly what I’m feeling - & perhaps you are too? Maybe you’re trying to turn a hobby or a passion into a business (me, blogging) or maybe you’re half-way to reaching a personal goal (renovating a house, writing a book, running a 10K) & you have to make it happen every day, whether there are cheering fans or in reality, probably just YOU trying to keep your dream going…

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Stylish, Affordable Hostess Gifts

Summer vacation often means stopping in to see - or stay with - friends along the way….so it’s high season for hostess gifts! I had so much fun pulling these together for you - let me know what you think & if there’s something special you like to give? (just don’t say home-cooked items because that’s just not going to happen in my world :) …

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5 Hacks for Vacation House Decor

Summer is finally in full swing - so why can’t I relax?? Crazily, it’s because I always overestimate how our summer house will be “done” by this time & then find myself facing reality of projects still unfinished from last summer:( Talk about a First World problem, I know! But if you are on nice long summer vacation or have a place of your own somewhere special, you want to ENJOY it. Here are a few hacks I’ve found to get you there quickly - so you can chill out…

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More Settling In: Part 2

I’m baaaack with more updates from DC on the home front — and soon will hopefully be able to show you some progress on our house in New Hampshire too. It’s incremental progress but progress all the same, right?!

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Progress on the Homefront: Part I

First of all, thank you for reading this & giving me a chance to share a little progress on the homefront here! It’s been 18 months since we moved in and things are finally, sloooowly but surely, coming together. I still have many areas to tackle & fool with, but day-to-day, I feel that this house is really becoming a home. Let me show you what I mean…

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Modern English Decorating

It’s been almost 2 months since my trip to London & just as my memories of the interiors & architecture I saw there were beginning to fade, my new subscription to UK House & Garden arrived! It reignited all my interest in what I admired in British design — from a mishmash of patterns, to a curated blend of antiques + modern pieces, a jumble of color, and fresh flowers or greenery ALWAYS. I’ve picked two of my favorite Brits who don’t get much press in the U.S. - hope you’ll find their work inspiring…

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Spring Fashion Refresh

It’s been a lovely & cool Spring here in DC, so I’m juuussst finally getting around to thinking about warm weather clothes! There are so many choices out there for fun Spring fashion refresh but I find myself as always looking for updated staple pieces that last beyond this year and can be layered into other seasons…

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Worst Dinner Party Ever - Learn from My Mishaps!

It’s been a few weeks since I threw The Worst Dinner Party Ever. If you were there, you know what I mean. If you weren’t, consider yourself spared!

What am I talking about? I’m talking about an endless evening for a very small group (short notice) that was more like the Bataan Death March than anything resembling a night of entertainment. Where shall we begin & what can you learn from this misadventure??

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Design Lovers Guide to London

As Diana Vreeland famously said “the eye has to travel,” and in this case, my trip to London was a real visual feast. From pattern, color, layers of history with fresh modern style, it was a whirlwind 3 days of museums, design shops & walking past too many architectural gems to count….Let me dive in to give you the deets!

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Destination: Amsterdam

Spoiler alert: I am obsessed with Amsterdam! I’ve never been so taken with any city before - loved the culture, the ambiance, the people, the light…EVERYTHING. So here’s a quick recap — with more posts on Dutch style to come!

Ok, first things first - where to stay. I took my friend Page’s recommendation & stayed at The Pulitzer hotel & it was perfect. As you can see below, The Pulitzer comprises 25 historic buildings dating from 1600’s on, all ringed around a lovely courtyard….

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Chic Ways to Use Family Heirlooms

Lately I have found myself drowning in family possessions - not the usual “kid clutter,” which I’d gotten good at figuring out over the years, but frankly “senior clutter,” things passed down from Ted’s late dad & my late mom. Thankfully both sides of the family have beautiful pieces, but it’s been hard to tease apart the sentimentality of pieces with what is really best for the way we live…

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Destination: NYC

If you are in need of a visual & decor “fix,” there’s no place with more eye candy than my original hometown, NYC! Even a quick 24-hour blitz through NYC can recharge my senses in a way that nowhere else can. Here are some of my favorite haunts…

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6 Rules for Dressing Cool in Winter

Yes, you read that right — it’s not an oxymoron. Let’s just say that being told you look HOT has a whole different meaning to me now vs. 20 years ago….today it means, NO REALLY - open a window, now!  If you’re in the same boat — or maybe you just work in an overheated office or your skin doesn’t like dry winter air — here are some solutions & lessons I’ve learned (as a mentor of mine says “mostly the hard way” — meaning, they are time-tested & WORK)…

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New Year, New Ideas and Inspiration!

In classic fashion, I’m doing a Year End Review a little LATER than the rest of the blogosphere. A Southern friend said to me with a smile, “You’re like the bloodhound trying to catch the rabbit!” And it DOES feel like it sometimes — everything takes more time than I imagine, while others (younger??) seem to snap their fingers & voila, DONE! But we all know that’s not exactly true & no matter, I’m quite happy with the pace of things & don’t WANT greater speed in my life right now…

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