More or Less


Blue shirt2 edited

When I can’t decide whether less is more or more is more, I do less and more. The silhouette and muted colors of this outfit are less, and my rings are more.

Blue rings



Leggings, Zella.

Unravelled tee, Ranemade.

Boots, Brako.

Hat, Brixton.

Necklace, Polk Museum of Art Gift Shop.

Brushed silver ring, Silpada.

Seahorse ring, Mayfair art festival (unfortunately, I have lost the paperwork of the artist).

80s ring, vintage.

Silver bubble ring, Silpada.

Fingerprint charm bracelet, my design.





Independence Day, Morning and Night

Your family probably doesn’t dress patriotically for the Fourth of July. Mine doesn’t, either. We dress for the whole weekend.

Which is why, when I took Friday off to pitch in with some family stuff and it began with breakfast at a local diner, I knew I’d better bring the sartorial swagger.


I’ve never been the type of girl who could convincingly plug a designer head-to-toe, and Uncle Sam is no exception. I like my patriotic outfits to consist of classic fabrics with a nod to Americana-something I could wear on the street any given day and not be mistaken for a star-spangled sign spinner.

white eyelet with cropped jeans

This combo of cropped dark denim, white eyelet top, and faded red bandana does the trick.

mom and corsten close up

Since the cool of morning only lasts for three minutes in Florida, I needed something lighter than jeans to carry me through the hotter weekend festivities.

navy and white tie dye

A drapey tie-dye tank and white denim cutoffs are the maximum amount of fabric I can wear when the temps rise above 90 degrees.

After seeing this pair of Miu Miu heels on Gigi Hadid in the May issue of Vogue, I decided to try a little ankle-gingham of my own. This strip tied into an anklet brings another dimension to the outfit when I don’t feel like adding the extra weight of jewelry.

Whatever your plans for the long weekend are, I hope you have fun. And hey-leave the fireworks to the professionals, okay? Countless veterans suffering from PTSD thank you (as do my dog and I).


Pretty much everything in this post is generic, scrounged from various bargain stores in my travels, except for the denim (Level99), espadrilles (Gaimo), and nail polish (in a world of so many almost-but-not-quite-right reds, Chanel’s Coromandel has never done me wrong).


Action, Boys, Action

blue trench black white windowpane

I adore a dramatic collar.

According to Charlotte Bronte’s character Jane Eyre, people “must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.” I think Jane was onto something, because whenever I anticipate having a run-of-the-mill day, I feel obliged to wear a little something special, and this trench, with its oversized collar, front pockets, and bubble skirt, usually does the trick.

You would think that a punchy color like this would enjoy limited use in a wardrobe, but when you buy things in your favorite, most flattering colors, you’ll find yourself reaching for them over and over again.

White black windowpane

Along with my fondness for nearly theatrical proportions, I possess an incorrigible love of white and ivory pants. I insist on buying them, even though I have never been able to keep them clean or in good repair (we all have our vices). They do not pair well with park benches, coffee, pens, babies, or being in any sort of rush. I find it imperative to commute with a dark outer layer extending past the derriere for impromptu outdoor lunches, diaper changes, coffee on the drive in to work, etc.



Black and White windowpane top, Merona via a friend’s closet sale.

Pants, Elie Tahari.

Shoes, Cole Haan.

Earrings, ?.

Necklace, via Polk Museum of Art Gift Shop.

Bubble-skirt trench, Samuel Dong via a charming little shop in Charleston, SC called   Ooh! Ooh! Shoes