Happy Friday and long weekend!

The boy is coming to visit this weekend! And we will be taking a spin in this beauty. So excited! We have a pretty low-key Labor Day weekend planned. Maybe heading to some fairs—my favorite—Cleveland has the best you know!

And in the mean time, I have a confession to make. I just finished reading August Vogue and am only just starting to read the September issue. I am so behind. Once again, how can I call myself a fashion enthusiast? What came as a pleasant surprise while reading the “Age issue”, were some of the well written features. Usually, I skim over the long stories and get my fashion fix by gazing at the beautiful editorials. But this time, it was as if every feature was beckoning me to read the next. Below are some of my favorite quotes. Happy Labor Day! I hope you enjoy some time reading something wonderful outside!

“The same way I know that change—all kinds of change—is inevitable. My choice is not to dwell upon that single point, what with all the great stuff we have going for us in the present. Why would I want to ruin what we have now with dismal musings about a future I can’t reasonably predict? It’s a relationship, not an investment in a chancy business scheme.”
– Leon Bing, No Country For Old Men, on being in a relationship with a younger man

“This book is meant to channel the ethos of my father by sharing the greatest gifts that he imparted to me. Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It will be what it will be.”
– Gwenyth Paltrow, Beauty and the Feast, on her father and her new cookbook

“The thing about these English bombshells is they can drop in anytime, losing a suitcase along the way, and leave the rest of us in the dust. Call it frock and awe.” -Sally Singer, Bird of Britain, on UK it-girl Alexa Chung

“When I ask if she’s sad about how things played out, she gives the laugh of one whose life is proof that in the modern world women are constantly refashioning their identities and starting over. ‘Of course it’s a little sad,” she says, sounding anything but. ‘One chapter is gone, and now we’re going to start a new one.'”
-John Powers, Quick-Change Artist, interviewing the groundbreaking former first lady of Japan, Miyuki Hatoyama

“There is a generational realization now that it could be fun to make an effort to look unironically glamorous as opposed to ironically spending hours to look disheveled.”
-Mark Holgate, Cyclical Nature, on the 50s revival in fashion


Road Trip!!! We are heading to Annapolis, MD, this weekend for something the beau has to do, and while he is doing that I am going to visit my friend Allison for Georgetown shopping, museum hopping, delicious food, and lots of catching up. It’s been a while since we took a full-fledged road trip, and it’s kind of weird, but I am excited, even though I hate being in a car for more than two hours. So I put together this little guide to help make the most out of being in the car for five hours. Enjoy!

Food. Because apparently it’s gross to stop at McDonalds if you get hungry. (Crate and Barrel picnic basket, $44.95)

Comfy clothes. Something that will help you stay comfortable in the air-conditioned car and the hot sun that will prevent the car seat from sticking to you on a hot summer day. (Charlotte Russe maxi dress, $28)

Functional bag. For running into disgusting rest stops and keeping your ID, money, and cell phone attached to you at all times. (Urban Outfitters cross body bag, $38)

Flats. No need to wear high heels in the car. But you can wear pretty flats. (Aldo flat sandals, $70)

Audio book. It’s a great way to knock something off your reading list. If only we weren’t 13th in queue to get the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from the library. (Devil in the White City audio book, $23)

Good reading. Just in case the recorded book turns out to be a bore.

NPR. If you aren’t digging what’s on the local station for the city you are driving through, I like to download free podcasts from the website. My personal fave is Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Good tunes. Bring the iPod for a possible sing a long in the car. Or me, singing by myself, with left over McDonalds French fries being thrown at me in protest.

Fashion Night Out is Fashion Lights Out

I have to mention Fashion Night Out, the event sponsored by VOGUE to promote shopping and consumer confidence. I am slightly disappointed. Although I think tonight will be a big hit, I don’t understand why stores in smaller cities aren’t participating. We certainly don’t have an entire street dedicated to clothing stores in Ohio, but why couldn’t malls stay open late to promote this effort? If they really were concerned with promoting consumer confidence they would have reached out to small cities who were hit the hardest. Even if people were still nervous about the economy, it would give shoppers a chance for a night out, at little cost, that would give the people reason to trust in retailers and go back when the economy does start to get better.

Beautiful homes and fashion

Have you seen the spread in Vogue on Juicy Couture co-founder, Gela Nash-Taylor’s estate in England? It’s ri-dic-u-lous! Her house looks like a historical landmark with the sole purpose of being toured. It is beyond ornate. Nash-Taylor is quoted in the article, “It’s just psychotically gorgeous.” 

Also, don’t you love all of her outfits? She is so cute and small! The riding boots, vests, and jackets definitely point to a very classic, hunting look for fall. The Louis Vuitton vest and skirt and Edward Sexton jacket and pants are my new loves.

I am still flipping through the pages of the September issue of Vogue, and I like what I am seeing so for. More to come!