Books for the Coffee Table

Coffee table books

All this talk of international travel opening up again is filling me with wanderlust. I don’t know when I’ll be taking to the sky, but coffee table books will have to tide me over until then. For some much needed rest and relaxation, my soul will be retreating into these books. I expect they’ll make me feel like I’m on holiday.

Works Sighted

Charleston: A Good Life // Holiday: The Best Travel Magazine that Ever Was

Slim Aarons: Women // Peonies: Beautiful Varieties for Home & Garden // Patterns of India: A Journey Through Colors, Textiles, and the Vibrancy of Rajasthan // St. Tropez Soleil

British Designers at Home // The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits // Debutantes: When Glamour was Born // Paris. Portrait of a City

Impulse Buying

Black and khaki outfit

Impulse buying often carries a negative connotation. The act of making an unplanned purchase is generally considered irrational, irresponsible, and something to be avoided. I, on the other hand, disagree. A few of my most loved pieces were acquired through impulsive transactions. My most recently impulse buy: this skirt from Banana Republic Factory. I knew I had to have it the moment I laid eyes on it.

The item is an online exclusive, but I stumbled upon it at the Chestnut Street location. There was only one in the store (probably a return), and after trying it on, I decided that I needed to go a size up. An associate offered to order it for me; the process was incredibly quick and so was the shipping. This skirt fits my personal style to a tee; it’s A-line and has pleats and pockets. Truth be told, I probably would have ordered a second skirt in black if it hadn’t been sold out.

Making impulsive purchases isn’t a habit of mine, but sometimes when an item of clothing speaks to me, I know that we are meant to be. The question remains: How does one impulse buy responsibly? Making room in your budget for these types of purchases is key. You shouldn’t be impulse buying at Gucci if you can’t pay your rent. The maximum amount that I am willing to spend on an impulse buy is somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 USD. If you cannot set a price limit for your surprise purchases or refrain from gifting to yourself too often, impulse buying isn’t for you.

Works Sighted

J.Crew puff-sleeve top (old) // Banana Republic Factory skirt // Castañer Carina 60mm Wedge Espadrille

Breton Shirts and A-Line Skirts

Dinner at Zahav

While dressing for our recent dinner at Zahav, I found myself at a loss for something to wear. If it hadn’t been so chilly, I would have put on a dress. All of my dresses (except for one) are sleeveless and wouldn’t have been appropriate without some added layers. I decided to pair my Everlane Breton shirt with a black skirt from Amazon; my navy Supergas completed the look. The ensemble was similar to the outfits worn by the models in the Air France Bienvenue à bord video. This look was a winner for dinner on the patio.

Works Sighted

Everlane modern Breton tee // Sacai skirt // Superga 2750 (white/gold)

Breton Shirt Co Picasso // Grace Karin skirt // Superga 2750 (navy)

Breton Shirt Co Breton vin // Banana Republic Factory skirt // Superga 2750 (off-white)

Vases for Spring-Blooming Flowers

Vases

Tulips are my favorite kind of flower, and lately, I’ve been receiving quite a few of them. I own one vase, a Vetreria Etrusca design, which has probably been in my family for at least as long as I’ve been alive. While it continues to serve me well, I recently realized that one vase may not be sufficient. Three bouquets came through the door the other day, and I had to put two of them in a pitcher. My hunt for a new vase is underway. Here are some of my preliminary findings.

Works Sighted

Crate&Barrel direction vases // Nude Glass mini magnolia vase large // Anthropologie gradient vase

Anthropologie apothecary jar // Lyngby Porcelæn 15 cm vase (burgundy)

Crate&Barrel Laurel vase // Lyngby Porcelæn 20 cm (blue) // Bloomist Ikebana vase

Bath Robes and Short-Sleeve Pajama Sets

Sleepwear for warm weather

We’ve already established that sleepwear is a legitimate category of clothing. We first touched upon the topic this past March, and if memory serves me correctly, the heat was still on in our apartment. The indoor temperature was pleasantly regulated, and I was still able to wear my go-to cold-weather pajamas—the J.Crew vintage short-sleeve set—every night. (I own this style in both navy and hydrangea…several of each of course.)

Since we’ve long passed that unspecified point on the calendar after which it’s not acceptable to have the heat on, the inside temperature simulates the conditions outside. It won’t be regulated again until the air conditioner comes on for the summer. At the moment, the temperature inside our apartment is equally as unpredictable as the spring weather. This means that dressing for bed isn’t as straightforward. One minute there’s a cold snap, and the next minute we’re experiencing a heat wave. Sometimes it’s too hot for my standard cold-weather pajamas, and other times they do just fine. My solution to all of this: a bathrobe and pajamas consisting of a short-sleeve/tank top and shorts. Here are some options I’m considering.

Works Sighted

J.Crew robe (navy) // J.Crew short-sleeve pajama short set (white) // Parachute linen robe // Parachute linen tank // Parachute linen shorts

Eberjey stripe woven short PJ set // J.Crew short-sleeve pajama short set (navy) // J.Crew robe (striped)

Color Combination: Black and White

A white and black outfit

Although I own a wardrobe that allows me to get dressed with ease, sometimes assembling ensembles requires a bit of thinking. When I start to overthink the process, I turn to the black and white color combination. My favorite variation: black top/white skirt/black shoes. White top/black skirt/black shoes comes in a close second.

In this context, the term white encompasses off-white colors such as beige or cream. Swapping the skirt out for a pair of pants is also a viable option. However, let it be known that white pants are a point of contention for me. (Perhaps we’ll revisit the topic at a later date.)

P.S. It’s been warm enough in PHL to show a little skin. Ladies, I said a little.

Works Sighted

Who What Wear top (old) // Hobbs skirt (old) // Castañer Carina 60mm wedge espadrille