we've got a few friends in town this weekend, and plenty of mountain magic planned for them, but afterwards, Tad and I are taking a petite adventure of our own next week to buena vista, colorado (about 2 hours from aspen). We've booked a room at the Surf Chateau on the Arizona river. Plans are low-key - some walking about, sleeping with the door open with the sound of the river rushing by, and a sushi dinner at The Asian Palate.
I quickly read this on the plane and passed it to a friend last night, instructing her to read it quickfast so I'd have someone to discuss with. as I'm sure you've heard (this book has been getting all kinds of press), Lisa Taddeo has comprised a fascinating look at female desire, as told through the experiences of three real women she spent years with, learning about their proclivities, their insecurities, their relationships with men, and women, what drives their sexual energy, how it's developed and been nutured (or not) and how all of this has effected how they see themselves, other women, and their families. i'm still unpacking my own experience with regards to chasing desire, and where it led me, and this book made me feel just a bit braver as I work towards the goal of eventually sharing my story.
the scorching temps in Raleigh show no signs of letting up anytime soon, so I'm looking to refresh my dress collection with a few frocks that can head into an NYC fall as well. it was 113 degrees with the heat index when I flew out earlier this week. lord help. the poor pups - every time we went to the dog park, I filled up a doggo pool for them to plop in between ball tosses. it was a lifesaver. I'm particularly into this neon gingham moment from from Ganni - perhaps it will be my kiddy pool of coolness when weather won't stop.
dresses I imagine I would delight in
the project I've worked on in the Bahamas is just about ready to wrap up, and I'm planning to head there to get the home setup in a couple of weeks. we don't want to pack the place full of accessories and whatnots, so a few carefully planned items to style with are the last bits on the list to order. I love these books by assouline - so good looking, and sure to catch the eye. I might have to schlep a set down in my suitcase!
good looking coffee table books
I have one more episode left in season three, so it may happen (doubtful), but I am so ready for June to FUCK SOME SHIT UP. aren't you?? Serena with her manic swings between I'm going to burn this thing to the ground to oops, instead I'm a stepford wife from the emerald city who's swayed by a maternal instinct that kickstarts only when she's around the other crazies. Canada won't man up against gilead, so it's got to be june. come on girl, we are HERE FOR IT. get your baby back and get to Canada with your people and save the whole entire day.
we've got a fun new edit up this week over at furbish - cocktail hour essentials. just pretty little things for entertaining, like how to set-up your best-life bar, and what to wear for the classiest of cocktail parties. this malachite ring caught my eye as I was cruising through the jewelry section at goop. I love that you can personalize it with the white diamonds, and it's certainly a splurge, but what a special piece that you'll never part with. my birthstone is emerald, so this seems like it's from the same department, right? Check out the full edit here, and scroll through a few of my personal faves below.
cocktail hour have-to-haves
how cute is this little ottoman by Kim Salmela. she has a great eye for mixing up the prints, and layering on the global patterns. I'm going to use these two cubes at the bottom of a guest bed. my client has a pup who will eventually need a little help jumping up on the bed, and these seem like a stylish solution for everyone! I've been sourcing more of Kim's furniture for design projects - so many pieces are just right, like these go-tos I can get behind.
my picks from Kim Salmela
it's a magical 80 degrees here in aspen during the day (with no humidity!) and about 55 at night, so I get to layer on the lewks. I'm still a big fan of the indian robes I scored for furbish, and I wear my light blue one all the time. I think there's just one left from the whole batch (it's a pretty blue too). these jeans are old madewell, and I've pulled them out again because I like the crop so much, they're high-waisted but not so tight I want to die after dinner (and on major sale right now!) also, from the vault, my canvas rag & bone Newbury booties. I consigned all the leather ones I had in a honorary ceremony of surrender last year, but I kept this last pair, hoping that the time would once again be right for my favorite boot to be in my life. and here we are, welcome.
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