Dear Friends, February brings to mind reds and pinks and hearts and roses . . . . but it can also bring the greys of snow and sleet and terribly cold, dreary weather. Insert New York Fashion Week, slipping in slush, running to shows and dodging between flu germs, all worth it, of course! And just when you think you can’t take it any more, along come Valentine’s Day to sweetly lift your spirits with warm wishes from family and friends. From there it is just a short hop to President’s Weekend and a possible four day get-away, or at least a respite from the work schedule. Many fly go south to escape and that is exactly where I find myself this month, spending time in Florida, working and tending to some family affairs. Hilary and I are very excited to launch our monthly articles on New York Social Diary, with a post about The Museum of the City of New York Winter Ball. Please take the time to read it and tell us what you think. As we have done since our sight was founded (I think it was 2009, but may have been earlier) 10% of our commission from retail sales and $1 for every new reader on our list will be donated to our Charity of the Month. Wishing you a month of generous and heartfelt events.
Dear Friends, New Year, new opportunities, new goals! January starts with a bang and unfolds with an excited expectations for the year ahead. Witness all of the articles on resolutions, kept and broken and why and how it happens so dependably. I like to approach the turn of the calendar page with a sense of optimism. My only goal is to “study something” this year, whether playing better bridge, taking an art class or listening to lectures on subjects of interest. Health and wellness is of course, an eternal aspiration and we will be posting some of our best techniques. Travel looms large this winter and we will be reporting from place near and far and offering our best advice on Packing for Travel. This year we are introducing a new column, “Travelistas” interviewing our fashionable friends on their favorite destinations as well as their own “must pack” lists. With all our very best to you and your families for wonderful, safe and healthy 2017, as we pray for the victims of violence and tensions both here and abroad.
Dear Friends, Whoops, December’s letter is a few days late! Too much going on. It feels good to be in the festive holiday month with its swirl of activities, the chill in the air and carols drifting through short days and long nights. This month, it is important to keep ourselves healthy, exercising, drinking plenty of water and getting enough rest to ward off colds and flu. Don’t forget to get your flu shot if you haven’t already – I hear this year’s strain is a doozy. December can also be emotionally challenging, remembering year’s past and those who have gone. Having lost our beloved Papa in January, the last of our parents, we are experiencing the bittersweetness of the season, more acutely this year. Helping others is one of the best ways to embrace the spirit of the holidays. I have just discovered Hope for New York, an organization that pairs volunteers with opportunities. With the New Year just around the corner, we will continue to enjoy “the best of 2016” articles, including our own and look forward with hope to 2017. Hilary suggested Red Sneakers for Oakley as our Charity of the Month, inspired by the life of Oakley Debbs. Please be generous with your donations to this and other important donation in your end of year gift giving. With the very best wishes you and your families.
Dear Friends, It is November, one of the most productive months of the year. The drop in temperature gives us a cool boost of energy. All about town, the social scene is in full swing with so many opportunities for dressing up and down. This month we are getting ready for the holiday season by getting in shape. Lots of working out and 3 Day Cleansing with Isabel’s Kitchen, organically source ingredients from Upstate New York and delivery into the city. The landscape upstate is glorious at this time of year. Fallen leaves have left the lvistas exquisitely detailed but hardly bare as the subtle muted shades reveal their particular natural beauty. Thanksgiving is simply the best holiday of the year when family and friends gather together to relax without the stress and strain of next month’s festivities. This is the time for planning your get-aways, so please pick up a copy of Packing for Travel, to help you along the way. And don’t forget to write in for tips on packing for your specific destinations. This month we are honored to partner with Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research as our Charity of the Month.
Dear Friends, Orange you so happy it’s October! The fabulous month with fall’s festivities in full swing, with weddings, cocktail parties, luncheons and galas galore. It is also a brilliant month for the great outdoors – golfing, hiking, shooting, pumpkin and apple picking – it is all there for the doing. Time to break out the boots, and your great casual weekend wear to take advantage of it all. October is also an ideal month for travel when the crowds are gone and the weather is mild. One of my favorite October destinations is heading south to Florida where the water and the days are warm and welcoming. Look for posts on more great packing tips, and check out Packing for Travel, From Jet Set to Trek Set, the Definitive Globe Trotting Guide. We are thrilled to be creating a partnerhip with Halsbrook for a ongoing series of shared posts, featuring our What to Wear; Where to Go. Please keep all of your queries coming.
Dear Friends, While marking the end of summer, September feels more like the New Year than January 1. I say this every year – but it is true! We are reveling in the rounds of rendezvous at season’s end, and at the same time, eagerly preparing to hit the ground running in stilettos in the whirl of fall’s festive fetes. Fashion is in fantastic focus like no other season. And there is a buzz of catching up with friends and seeing what’s new, madly making plans for lunches, cocktails, dinners and social events. It really such fun! Hilary and I are pouring over our affiliates to bring you the best season’s trends and where to wear them. Please keep your “What to wear?” queries coming. Fall is the ideal season to travel with fewer crowds and the weather still delightful. I am happy to announce that Packing for Travel, From Jet Set to Trek Set, the Definitive Globe Trotting Guide will soon be available as an eBook, with an updated edition, available for downloading. Enjoy this wonderful period of weather in transition and renewed interest the upcoming delights of the season.
Dear Friends, Wow, August already? Don’t you hate how the winter drags on drearily, while saucy summer sprightly sprints by us. I have a love-hate relationship with this month. I adore the non-stop heat, the city slowing down, and late and lazy sunset dinners. But . . . it means that summer is winding down and that is simply too sad to bear. This August I have taken a little break from the weekly newsletter in order to spend time with my family and friends, what a treat! I have also had some lovely “Packing for Travel” book signings along the way. Mistress of the “short trip,” I have been to the Vineyard, Florida, Taos and will make it to Watch Hill, Southampton, Newport and Spain by summer’s final curtain. I continue to answer friends who write to ask “What to Wear?” – to the Olympics, to destination weddings, and travel near and far, so please keep your queries coming. Looking forward to return in the fall refreshed and renewed to keep our commitment, as true today as when we coined it 8 years ago! “We take the guesswork out of dressing, the legwork out of shopping and the panic out of packing.”
Dear Friends, Here we are in the bright and brilliant month of July. We start the month off with a
bang with anniversary on July 3, always with fireworks and the rousing music of John Philip Sousa. According to our friends and family, the date was not ideal for a wedding but throughout the years it makes the best date for celebrating. July is also the adored Wimbledon, when waking up early is rewarded by exciting match play. Later in the month What2WearWhere is a proud sponsor of the Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials Garden Boutique and together with my bud, K. Cooper Ray, we will have lots of fun there and invite you to join us. I am also hoping to fit in some Packing for Travel book signing events at various resorts. Travel plans this summer include quick trips to Taos to see Jake, to Aspen and the Hamptons to visit friends, and an end of summer wedding in Spain. I continue to answer “what to wear” queries from friends who write for advice for travel – to Italy, the Olympics in Rio or wherever they roam so please keep your emails coming.
Dear Friends, Ah June, ah summer, our favorite season of the year. The air is so fresh with newly blossomed greenery and anticipation of the easy months ahead. We look forward to long lovely days, and nights of effortless entertaining that summer’s breeze and bounty brings. Dressing is pared down to its simply chic essence – a great perfect pair of crisp white jeans and soft tunics that can take you sunrise to moonrise. Add a few summer dresses, a flattering swim suit and cover up and you are ready for a holiday to remember. This is also the season for Garden Parties, Graduations, Polo Lunches and Elegant Outdoor Events and we will be bringing our stylish selections all month long. Don’t forget, if you have a specific event or destination, please send us an email and we will get back to you with our favorite picks and links to purchase them. When planning your summer travel, don’t forget to pickup a copy of our book, Packing for Travel. When you shop through our site, a percentage of our commission will be donated to our Charity of the Month, Boys Club of New York.======
Dear Friends, Optimism is in the air as the birds are singing the buds are blooming and there is a verdant green everywhere. May always reminds me of Central Park and the iconic Hat Lunch that gathers over 1000 hat mad or mad hatters, decked out in their finery. My hat is off to the Central Park Conservancy for the gift that gives to the city every day, attracting over 42 million visitors each year. It is a place of incredible beauty and of wellness, visually, physically and emotionally. The city’s social schedule tends to follow the school calendar, thus the “end of the year” is approaching and the days and nights become a whirlwind of lunches, cocktails and dinners, and planning for the upcoming summer. Please, look to our site for your what to wear and what to pack for all of your upcoming events. And if you don’t have a copy of Packing for Travel, please order today and let me know what you think.
Dear Friends, April finds me on a glorious holiday with friends in Egypt with its bold and breathtaking antiquities, welcoming people, and dazzling light and air. For those of you, who share my passion for travel and have not yet experienced the glories of Egypt, the time to go is right now. Since the most recent revolution, tourism is down by 90%, leaving the ancient wonders of the world accessible and affordable. April is ideal touring weather, perfect for morning and mid-day site seeing and late afternoons by the pool, swimming or reading Egyptian history. Friends ask, “Is it safe?” Sadly, safety has become a relative term around the world. My advice is to hire a reliable tour company with experience in the area to avoid obvious pitfalls. For what to pack, here is a post What to Wear Egypt. As the excitement of summer travel arrives, I recommend a copy of Packing for Travel, From Jet Set to Trek Set, the Definitive Globe Trotting Guide.
Dear Friends, I have been spending the last few weeks in Florida, enjoying a change of weather and scenery while continuing to look for new ways to promote Packing for Travel. This month many of us will take to the road and skies on a holiday tradition known as SPRING BREAK. Whether you are going north, south, east or west – skiing, resorting or adventure, we will be here and helpful with our handy W2WW Packing Lists and stylish fashion, easily shop-able without leaving the cozy comfy of your home. . I am beyond exciting about an upcoming holiday in Eqypt and Dubai so I will be busy prepping for versatile and stylish choices. As for what we are showcasing this month? Soft leathers, spring boots and shoes, a new spring bag and anything else that catches our fancy. We continue to answer questions daily from our globetrotting friends so please keep sending us queries.
Dear Friends, This month finds me in Florida on a southern swing on our Packing for Travel Book Tour. Please join us if you are in the area. Wednesday, February 10 in Winter Park, Thursday, February 11 in Vero Beach and Friday, February 12 in Palm Beach. I love our partnership with J.McLaughlin – their classically updated styles are easy to pack-and-go, whatever the destination. While in Florida, our beloved Papa passed away. He was an inspiration to the family and his friends, pursuing with great gusto his many interests and activities. At 93, he took himself skydiving, only revealing after he survived. Also passionate about golf, he shot 6 Holes-In-One in his lifetime. I am renewing my obsession with the sport, mustering the same determination that he taught us. When I sign my book, inscribe it, “Best wishes for a life filled with adventure and travel. Never stop!” Indeed, let’s never stop.
Dear Friends, Happy New Year – ugh! The cliché sounds so overused and under meant. How can you possibly be happy (whatever that means) for a whole year? My wish for you is a safe, productive, adventuresome year where you discover new things about yourself and others. This is the month that we recover from the holiday comings and goings and settle back into a cozy and comfy month of a little reflection and anticipation of the year ahead. We promise no “resolutions,” just solutions for what to wear and how to pack for events in 2016. I will be continuing my partnership with J.McLaughlin in promoting Packing for Travel, from Jet Set to Trek Set the Definitive Globe Trotting Guide, with book signings in points south and west so please join us if you can. Thank you for your great feedback on the book and please keep your travel queries coming. Best wishes to all.
Dear Friends, Ready or not – here it comes! Welcome to the Holiday Season and the dizzying array of social and family gatherings that can promote a wonderful feeling of well-being. But the holidays can also be a bittersweet, remembering dear ones no longer with us, and the tragedies that are happening in this country and around the world. Our advice is to take time for yourself, nourish your body, your mind and your spirit, holding on to the message and meaning of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men. . To lift our spirits, we try to help others. Our Charity of the Month of December is HELP USA. Maria Cuomo Cole, one of our modern day role models, has led this organization to meet the evolving challenges facing homeless populations by providing support and job training. Please be generous this Holiday Season.
With best wishes and thoughts to your and your families.
Dear Friends, What is there to love about November . . . pretty much everything! Adoring the landscape just after the leaves fall and before the first snow, when the shades of nature are so richly muted. The end of daylight savings makes early mornings brighter, and the dark slips in swiftly to signal the end of the day. Thanksgiving is simply the best holiday of the year when family and friends gather together to relax without the stress and strain of “the holidays. November also brings some changes to our website, designed to make navigation simple and access to our extensive archives easier to find. Six years later and remained refocused on our original concept. We take the guesswork out of dressing, the legwork out of shopping and the panic out of packing. We finally launched our book, Packing for Travel at the J. McLaughlin Lexington Avenue Boutique. It is an excellent Holiday Gift for all the chic travelistas on your list, so please order on our here, or at Amazon.com. We will be busy with events and book signings and will keep you in hopes you can join us. Our Charity of the Month is HELP USA, Maria Cuomo’s organization that helps so many women and families regain their lives with dignity and productivity.
Dear Friends, Fabulous October and the fall ‘s in full swing! It is a brilliant month in the great outdoors – golfing, hiking, shooting, pumpkin and apple picking – it is all there for the doing. Time to break out the boots, and your great casual weekend wear to take advantage of it all. October is also an ideal month for travel, whether by trains, planes, or automobiles. I am writing this from a quick trip to Florida to check on dad, and feel like I am in an endless summer – water is warm and the temperatures are high. This month we are thrilled to be officially launching our book, Packing for Travel, so please pick up a copy and let us know what you think. Please join us on Tuesday, October 6, at J. McLaughlin on Lexington and 72nd for a books signing. 15% of purchases made will be donated to Alzheimer’s Association, our Charity of the Month.
Dear Friends, Although September marks the end of summer, it feels more like the New Year than January 1. It is exciting to return to the season’s bustle and anticipation so stark in its contrast to the languishing late summer days and nights. The events are coming fast and furious – Museum at FIT Couture Council’s Luncheon, the kick-off to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, this year taking place in new venues all over the city, new plays to see, art openings to attend, a wave of Black Tie social events, and catching up with great pals. Also, there are two significant developments for me this month. The first is that I am an empty nester, having taken my youngest off to the divine SMU – pony up people! The second is my book, Packing for Travel has arrived. I am proud of the effort and the outcome. You can go to What2WearWhere or Amazon to purchase. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and we are proud to continue our partnership with Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, the oldest and largest U.S. charity funding ovarian cancer research
Dear Friends, Having just returned from the coast of Italy where days were spent languishing in the sea, laughing with friends and sipping and supping on incredible fragrant fare, I now have the month of August stretching out in front of me like a long chaise lounge. Not that I will spend much time in it, as our book, What2WearWhere Packing for Travel, is out this month and we will be busy with its promotion. Please sign up for advance copies. I have a love-hate relationship with the month of August. I adore the non-stop heat, the city slowing down, and late dinner watching sunsets. But . . . it means that summer is winding down and that is simply too sad to bear. I wear my beloved whites just about every day, knowing that they will soon go to the attic, as the pulse of September in the city calls for a more formal look. We are proud to partner with Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, the oldest and largest U.S. charity funding ovarian cancer research. Enjoy the rest of summer and we will see you in September, with a new look for the site.
Dear Friends, It’s July, the best month of the year in the favored season of the year! Of course, my opinion may be slightly skewed by sundry star-spangled celebrations of country, family birthdays, and wedding anniversary – this year 32! Waking early to savor every second of these stupendous summer days where simplicity reigns supreme. Summer Dressing is a shirtdress or shift and sandals by day, white jeans, tunics, long dresses and platforms at night, whether at home or on a holiday. Where will summer travel take you . . . and what will you be wearing? This month will mark the launch What2WearWhere’s Packing for Travel. On the site, we will be highlighting some of our favorite locales, from Millbrook, the Hamptons, Newport, and Nantucket, to the coast of Italy, the South of France and other fabulous destinations. This month, we are honored to support Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation in their awards grants to researchers working to better understand, identify, treat, and ultimately cure ovarian cancer.
Dear Friends. It is May, the merry, merry month that blossoms with luncheons, graduations, spring galas, weddings and parties and celebrations. It is so wonderfully hard to resist Spring Fever in all her glory with the scents, sights and sounds abounding, and especially in Central Park, which is bursting with color and inspiration. We hope you enjoy our seasonal selections to take you through the month in style. It is time to start thinking about summer plans and summer travel, and we have tons of ideas for simplifying packing and dressing. Don’t forget, if you have a specific event or destination, please send us an email and we will get back to you with our favorite picks and links to purchase them.
Dear Friends, Welcome April! A firm fare thee well to the madness of March and it’s blustery weather, and a big howdy to early signs of spring that signal the start of the growing season. It is Earth Month and there is so much optimism in the symbols of the season reminding us of renewal of life. We will be reporting on travel and fitness in preparation for the outdoor activities to come. And the social calendar is beginning to bloom as Spring Luncheons, Cocktail Parties and Black Tie Galas dominate the scene. Our Charity of the Month for April is Freedom Institute, an organization that is vital to families raising children in this complicated age. I highly recommend signing up for their newsletter, which is one of the best I have read on keeping our families safe. Please visit their website for more information and the latest research.
Dear Friends, March roars in like a lion . . . or you might say a polar bear. It is wonderful to entertain visions of spring, when another storm is impending. This month many of us will take to the road and skies on a holiday tradition known as SPRINGBREAK. Whether you are going north, south, east or west – skiing, resorting or adventure, we will be here and helpful with our handy W2WW Packing Lists. Shop for stylish fashion for any destination, without leaving the cozy comfy of your home As for what we are showcasing this month? Soft leathers, spring boots and shoes, a new spring bag, and anything else that catches our fancy. . Also this month, we are proud to be partnering with Everglades Foundation as our Charity of the Month. The Foundation is dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s Everglades. You will all be invited when we host an event in Palm Beach during the month, in support of the important mission. Please check back for the date.
Dear Friends, Here we are in February and what a month it is. Though short in days, it is jam packed with fun and fashion. While cold, cold, cold outside, it is hot, hot, hot with shades of red, pink and the Color of the Year, Marsala. From the sizzle of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, to the steamy romance of Valentine’s Day, to the long President’s Weekend, there is not much down time. As for this months travel, we will be continue to bring you our stylish selections, whether you are off to Aspen or Zanzibar and all points in between. This month, in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Grace Kelly’s Academy Award for her starring role in “The Country Girl”, our Charity of the Month is the Princess Grace Foundation. PGF USA was created in Princess Grace’s memory to identify and assist emerging talent in the arts. We are proud and delighted to support this wonderful organization.
Dear Friends, No really, I promise, I was not slacking off! Well . . . maybe just a little. I took some time with family and friends and a bit of travel and I hope you did the same. 2015 is here and we are excited for the opportunities that it brings. January is the best time to lay back, get cozy in your “Comfy Clothes”, enjoy slow foods like soups and stews and catch up on the new season of Downton Abbey. It has been 5 years since we launched What2WearWhere.com. Thank you for staying with us through our many transitions. We have kept true to our mission of “practical fashion.” We are dedicated to saving today’s busy women time, by creating a carefully curated collection for life’s events, workplace, sports and travel. We enthusiastically respond to specific destination questions from our friends so please keep writing. We look forward to some new directions for all of us in 2015. With love and best wishes for the New Year and beyond.
Dear Friends, Wow, December just blew in short on the heels of Thanksgiving and catching us slightly off guard! We will be shopping online for great gifts ideas, the best of holiday sales, lots of festive fashion, plu great destinations for winter travel. The month can be bittersweet, remembering friends and family who have left us. While unpacking the well-worn boxes of decorations, the spirits of Christmas past seem to come alive through each memento, bell, and ball. To lift our spirits, we try to help others. Our Charity of the Month of December is HELP USA. Maria Cuomo Cole, one of our modern day role models, has led this organization to meet the evolving challenges facing homeless populations by providing support and job training. Please be generous this Holiday Season.
With best wishes and thoughts to your and your families.
Dear Friends, What is there to love about November . . . pretty much everything! I adore the landscape just after the leaves fall and before the first snow, when the shades of nature are so richly muted. The end of daylight savings time makes early mornings brighter, and the dark slips in swiftly to signal the end of the day. Thanksgiving is simply the best holiday of the year when family and friends gather together to relax without the stress and strain of “the holidays.” The weather is generally pleasant, but it is time for coats and capes and warm woolens, easing into the frigid temperature to come. Join us in taking inventory of our winter wardrobes to create a checklist of must-haves for the upcoming season. A few great cocktail dresses, day to night looks, festive shoes, stockings and tights, boots for style and for weather, cozy sweaters – we will be posting daily to bring you the best of on-line shopping. This month we are honored to be partnering with The Boys’ Club of New York BCNY as our Charity of the Month, so please shop through our site and help us donate to this wonderful organization.