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A close girlfriend left for Paris on Wednesday, and I am off to St. Louis and then NYC early Friday. This means that I have been brainstorming our perfect weekend bag for our getaways. Net-a-Porter hits the nail on the head with their Embellished outfit on the left and their Long Weekend Wardrobe below. Coated black jeans, a chic day bag (I would take one in red or hunter green), and an embellished sweater would certainly take you from a lunch date at a sidewalk cafe, to sight-seeing, to dinner on the town. And that cool tweed dress, hat, and neutral flats? Can I have those?
While I wish I could take credit for this fall outfit, a way cooler Italian blogger came up with it first. If I were to give it an American twist, I would change the black jeans to skinny black cords (maybe from Madewell) and add my friend Debbi’s beautiful Vince cableknit camel poncho instead of the Diesel one. Add a luxurious cashmere blend scarf and you have the perfect sight-seeing ‘fit.
Sometimes I read an article about interior design, and instead of pulling away the finer points of “Island-Living Style,” I’m stuck focusing on which editor thought including the insensitive tidbits romanticizing post-colonial Caribbean life was a good idea. In the latest edition of Lonny Magazine they cover an Englishman’s vacation home on Harbour Island. I think what tipped me over the edge was the “cinematic nostalgia” oil painting of an old black servant hanging above the homeowner’s desk (see below). Whether intentional or not, the author (and the owner of the home) are looking upon a time of privilege, racial tensions, sugar and tobacco plantations, and poverty in a way that is only “nostalgic” to colonists. Even the relatively harmless line in the beginning that proudly mentions that the original builder’s great-grandsons performed the renovations to the house makes me uncomfortable. Of course, the line could suggest that the builders’ family have an excellent reputation for construction and architecture; but it could just as easily suggest the family was never able to move past the profession of heavy manual labor. Am I over-thinking this? I hope so.
Source: Lonny Mag
Feeling inspired by The Coveteur and Vogue collaboration featuring snapshots of Vogue’s favorite fashion players’ weekend travel bags, I created my own version of my summer essentials. In addition to the latest magazine, my book of the moment, and a big iced coffee in hand, I would pack…
1. Charles and Charles Rose for the host; 2. J. Crew leather capri sandals (in black or neon); 3. Old Navy wedges (the most comfortable and inexpensive shoe ever); 4. J. Crew bikini in warm cedar (or if I had a paying job, this Tibi bikini); 5. J. Crew Timex watch (maybe with a coral strap); 6. Giles and Brother hex nut jewelry (or homemade hex nut jewelry); 7. Sunblock, Essie Geranium, and some music!
With Coachella kicking off today, I think it’s safe to say that (1) summer is officially around the corner and (2) it’s time to mark the beginning of the summer music festivals. I’m so sad I’m not going out to LA this year, but I am thinking of booking a ticket to either Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, or Outside Lands. I guess it just depends on whether I prefer a sick lineup or a cool city. In light of the upcoming festivals I made a little design board about what I would wear/buy for the shows. The tent is thrown in because that’s what I wish my sleeping quarters would actually look like at Bonnaroo.