Dream in Sea Green

J Crew Swimsuit

Do you always gravitate to the same color?  This is it for me.  Thank goodness it works on brunettes.  I’m loving the above swimsuit from J Crew, though I’d rather cut off a small appendage than put it on after the holidays.  Seriously.

Equipment Sweater

Now this is more like it!  Throw this oversized cashmere beauty from Equipment on with some leggings or skinny jeans and the sins of overindulgence are washed away.

Fishing, summer 2012
Fishing off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard this summer.
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Lou Piccadilly Demi-Cup Lace Bra

Lace and Satin Boyshort

What girl wouldn’t want these gorgeous underthings?  Lace and satin bra and boyshorts, available at Journelle.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Perfume

Tom Ford does everything right. Including this wallet-emptying perfume.

Living Room
A corner of our living room – custom ottoman in Lee Jofa’s Mallard velvet.

Hermes Enamel Bracelet

Hermes Clous en Tromp l’oeil enamel bracelet

image via http://meganthology.tumblr.com

Bounkit Earrings

Love these Onyx and Amethyst Earrings from Bounkit.

Barneys Fur Vest

Ridiculously indulgent, mildly impractical.  But this vest from Barneys would be warm and toasty.  Which DOES makes it practical.  Kind of. Okay, I’m reaching.  But it is sooo cold here!

Agate Costers

My favorite agate coasters.  I bought them at the amazing Megan Winters Atelier in Lake Forest, but similar available here.

Mulberry Bayswater Bag

Mulberry’s Petrol Snakeskin Printed Bayswater bag available at Stylebop.  Sigh.

Dining Room
Dining room detail – wallpaper is Schumacher grasscloth in peacock.

Tory Burch iPhone case

A cheeky little iPhone case from Tory Burch, on sale here.

Lafco Game Room Candle

I’ll admit it.  I have a Lafco candle addiction.  When you are done burning one completely, you can pop it in the freezer to get the remaining wax out and use the beautiful glass as a vase.  How’s that for being green?

A favorite painting.

Claus Porto Soap

Crazy over Claus Porto’s Brise Marine shea butter soap, available here.

Giuseppe Zanotti Suede Pumps

Dreamy suede pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti, on sale here.

J Crew Grand Stone Bracelet

And finally, the beautiful (and budget friendly!) Grand Stone bracelet from J Crew.

All images via me unless otherwise noted.

What to Wear

April in Paris

 
 

During this season of gusty winds and unexpected rain showers, take a fashion cue from Nine d’Urso, the chic young daughter of Parisian style icon and author Ines de la Fressange, and invest in a wear-forever trench.  Rain or shine, a trench works beautifully with everything from denim to dresses and instantly makes you feel pulled together.

 

French singer and Bob Dylan muse, Francoise Hardy.

 
 

American Francophile Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

 
 

Style blogger, Ahn, of 9 to 5 Chic.

 
 

Emmanuelle Alt, Vogue Paris fashion director.

My absolute sartorial crush, fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia, wearing a gorgeous but wildly impractical green leather Valentino trench. She will definitely need the umbrella should April showers arise!

 
 
 
 
Collage Items:
 
 

The Edit

It’s that time of year.  We must throw open the windows, let the gorgeous spring air flow through the house and…clear out the clutter.  Admit it.  You have it lurking somewhere.  A drawer.  A closet.  A garage.  An entire basement.  Okay, I feel a slight panic coming on, so let’s start small.  I’m going with closet.

When we moved in to this house a year and a half ago, the 1928 closets did not provide nearly enough storage, so we converted the original sleeping porch (used by the last owner as an office) into a dressing room. I’ve made practical strides by adding more hanging space, installing full length mirrors, and stocking the vintage olive green and cream shelving (discovered at Jayson’s Flea) with denim, sweaters, and handbags.  I’ve made aesthetic strides as well – the closet knobs have arrived (16 weeks after ordering them!), the walls have been covered in David Easton’s Hummingbirds wallpaper, the ceiling lacquered in Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground, and I’ve finally found a light fixture I love.  But. The shelves and rods are still bulging with things that need to go away.

So a serious edit is in order.  I read that when trying to purge, you should ask yourself if the item is either useful or beautiful, and if it’s “no” to both, then pitch it.  This is great when you are tackling desk drawers, but problematic when it comes to the closet.  After all, would you have bought it in the first place if you didn’t think it was useful or beautiful?  I desperately want to open my closet doors and see only things that I love and will wear.  Therefore, I solemnly swear to:

(1) Rid myself of anything being saved for emotional/nostalgic reasons.

(2) Take to E-Drop Off any item I am saving simply because I feel guilty that I spent the money on it.

(3) Seriously sort and whittle down the multiples.  We all have things we should be banned from buying.  For me, it is white tanks and tees, denim, silk blouses and shoes. Wait, no.  Not shoes.  I will never say it about shoes.  They are all different.

(4) Alter, donate, or consign all items that do not fit properly.  Most people have precious closet real estate being taken up by items that simply need a button or a hem.  And then there are the clothes we are hanging onto because they may fit again someday.  Alter them if they are too big.  And if they are too small, well, those need to disappear permanently.  Your closet is not the place for fitness inspiration.

(5) Have a friend help if I am riding the fence.  Sometimes you just need another pair of (critical and decisive) eyes to help you make the tough decisions.

Photo credits: image 1, Aerin Lauder’s closet; image 2, Tory Burch’s closet, image 3, Jenna Lyons’ closet; image 4, Tabitha Simmons’ shoe collection; image 5 via pinterest.