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…Read More
’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…Read More
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 :) …Read More
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….Read More
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…Read More
I wanted to share something kind of personal with you all in this post, about transitions and opportunities-in-disguise, as it’s been on my mind a LOT these days.
Lately I have been meeting more & more people who are embracing change & finding new ways to “live their best life,” as Oprah used to say:) So in that spirit, here’s a bit about who they are, what they’re doing & how we can all learn from their experiences!Read More
I have been slightly obsessed with Carolina Herrera for years - from investing my own meager funds in college to buy her eponymous perfume, to more recently ogling her at NY Fashion Week. So you can imagine my shock when I opened the New York Times 2 wks ago to find she is “stepping down” and handed the creative reigns over to a young designer, Wes Gordon. What??! I’m in a bit of withdrawl so I decided to create a post on her and sum up the things I admire about her so much...Read More
Last week was my husband & my 21st anniversary, bittersweet because it was same day as a memorial fundraiser for our late friend & Best Man, Bob Miller. So there was no celebration exactly but there was some talk about our time together. “You’ve done some CRAZY stuff in the decades we’ve been together,” Ted said, "but THIS... is by FAR…. the craziest yet,” shaking his head. “This” is our decision to put our house on the market and move to this place….a 19th century row house in a historic part of DC, Georgetown.Read More
I recently had a really cool experience in NYC as a guest panelist on Sirius XM’s “Tastemakers” show, hosted by the multi-talented Pauline Garris Brown, a friend and fellow Dartmouth classmate. Her show is packed with tips and inspiration for living a beautiful life, so I was honored to be included in the conversation!Read More
As a transplanted New Yorker living in Washington DC, I love it when I find other people with similar background. Anna Matthews is a design crush of mine & although we haven’t worked together (yet!), I adore how she creates lovely LIVABLE spaces, especially for families and dogs! A Parsons grad, Anna has a beautiful sense of color and scale — making each of her projects somehow both cheerful and yet sophisticated. DC is lucky to have her:)Read More
Since I launched this blog last January, perhaps the question I’ve gotten more than any other is about how women who are juggling so many different priorities can tackle something NEW...Read More
I don’t know about you but I seem to have 2 speeds in my closet — super casual/working from home outfits, or dressy/office-cocktail. What about the in-between outfits?Read More
This energetic, accomplished 29-year old started designing aprons for chefs and their wait staffs a mere 5 years ago….and now dresses everyone from Mario Batali to Martha Stewart in restaurants worldwide.Read More