My Summer Uniform

Beautiful tunics can easily be found at J.Crew, Calypso and Lilly Pulitzer.

I have more pairs of Jack Rogers than I can count - so comfortable and classic.


 My summer wardrobe usually consists of these easy basics and this year has been no exception.  For daytime, I love to mix traditional American preppy style with ethnic pieces like Indian tunics, Spanish espadrilles and Native American moccasins.  Add some gold jewelry and pretty summer make-up and head out in the evening for some cocktails. 




St. James makes the most authentic french sailor shirts that literally last FOREVER.





Bermuda shorts can be casual with flats and a tank or dressed up with an embellished shell and heels. While khaki is classic, J.Crew also offered them in the best colors this year!


Espadrilles have been a staple of mine since childhood.

Mocs are so cute with cut off shorts and a loose-fitting tee! I love Native American things.

Can not live without these. I stash them in every pocket and purse.

Michael Kors created the most fabulous line for Estee Lauder this season. The bright pink blush and lip glosses are so fresh looking with a tan.

Gold jewelry and stacking bangles is a MUST for me anytime!


I am thinking about trading in my rectangular dining table for a smaller round one.  I think that a round table can be so much more intimate and ideal for conversation when the size is right.  Here are some of my favorites: 

Pedestal Salvaged Wood Round Table

 This Restoration Hardware table would be gorgeous in a Texas ranch house, Maine beach house or rustic Adirondack camp.



Hudson Table by Hickory Chair

 The elegant lines make this table ideal for any dining room when paired with beautifully upholstered chairs. William Sonoma Home offers it in five colors, but I love this dark walnut!



teepee dining table

Love, love, love this mid-century inspired CB2 table.  For $369 you can not go wrong.  Ideal for a kitchen or smaller space, juxtaposed with a glamorous rug underneath.



Dynasty Table

This set is to die for! It comes from Gump’s painted black lacquer but you could really paint and lacquer it any color and it would look spectacular.  The possibilities for beautiful cushion fabric are endless!  


After over 30 years of playing and recording music together, Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s remain one of those bands that continue to put out relevent and lasting music.  Where it is evident that many of their contemporaries are simply going through the motions in order to extend a career long overdue for retirement, this group never seems to get old.  Their newest and belated collaborative album (Tom Petty has released solo material in the meantime), Mojo, is evidence that these guys still enjoy what they do and can prove it.  Great music for the late summer and you can catch Petty and the Heartbreakers on tour right now. Opening bands include ZZ Top, Drive-by Truckers and My Morning Jacket – You can bet we will be at the show in Dallas in September!!

Langhe Nebbiolo

We received this bottle of wine as a gift and opened it the other night.  It was very delicious so I thought I’d share it.  Dan and I are by no means wine connoisseurs, but we do enjoy trying new varieties and like to keep track of some of our favorites.  Langhe Nebbiolo comes from the Produttori del Barbaresco Winery in Barbaresco region of northern Italy.  This red is closest to a Bordeaux, with tones of black plum, currant and black cherry.  Pairs perfectly with red meat or wild game.  We actually drank it with a Risotto Milanese that I made and it was a nice complement. 

 Cin cin!

Jack Leigh

Jack Leigh was an award-winning photographer, heralded for his iconic images of the American South, particularly the Low Country.  In 1993, Leigh was commissioned to create the famous cover image for the international bestselling book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt.  Most sadly, Jack Leigh died in 2004 from colon cancer, but his legacy lives on through his images, treasured throughout the world and most reverently in places like Savannah, Charleston and Beaufort.









all images © jack leigh

Danny, my husband, found an autographed copy of a now out-of-print book of Jack Leigh’s entitled, Oystering. A most cherished gift!

Hot Summer Weekend

On a recent trip to Denver, I was lucky to stumble upon this great micro brew from Oskar Blues Brewery out of Lyons, CO.  My favorite is Mama’s Little Yella Pils.  An all-malt pilsner that delivers a refreshing zing on a steamy summer night. 

Summer Stars

by Carl Sandburg

Bend low again, night of summer stars.

So near you are, sky of summer stars,

So near, a long arm man can pick off stars,

Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,

So near you are, summer stars,

So near, strumming, strumming,

  So lazy and hum-strumming.


Dreaming of Fall

The ultimate source for casual New England prep has taken their affordable classics to the next level with a new line.  L.L. Bean’s Signature collection. Among my must-haves are these Bean Boots that feature an of-the-moment black leather upper!  Paired with skinny jeans and a fitted wool turtleneck – the perfect rainy day pub attire!