Archive for July, 2011

A dog’s dog

29 July 2011

July showers bring muddy paw-ers. In honor of our new puppy, a lab/greyhound, etc., two of my favorite photos from Garden & Gun’s Dogs Being Dogs photo gallery.  These bad babies are pure bright spots on a rainy day. 

The guilt is just starting to overcome the joy in the old girl above, but the naughty devil below is still fully proud.

Welcome to Ithaca, Molly W. Stokes!

(images are reader contest submissions via Garden & Gun)


Ode to the White Shirt No. 4

28 July 2011

Sporty and chic, classic and comfortable, dressy and casual, masculine and feminine, packable and washable.  The white shirt is superlative.

There is nothing a white shirt cannot do; there is nothing you cannot do in a white shirt.

Ode to the White Shirt No. 4: Bardot and Sachs, two for the price of one.


(image via google images and

Lemon Love

26 July 2011

Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner are my new delights. They remind me of the grapefruit bar soap from The Body Shop that I used in middle school, but are even more morning-invigorating.  I can just feel the luscious lemon lather cutting through the grime and sweat that comes from being anything other than slovenly in this summer humidity, leaving me sparkling.  Kinda like dishsoap…in a really luxurious, organic way.


n.b. I also use the unscented body lotion with aloe. This brand is heaven.

(image via google images)

Fall preview

22 July 2011

What’s a better way to beat the heat than shop online and think of crisp, brisk autumn?

Boston orange is the perfect summer-fall transition hue—and one of my favorite colors. This structured skater dress from Topshop is too smart.

And I think nothing would warm-fuzzy a day like this double-faced cashmere popover from J.Crew.

(images via and

Summer reading

1 July 2011

I’m ensorceled by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.