Dear Friends, I feel that I barely caught my breath last month and we are already starting October. It is one of the best months – for the weather, the turning leaves and settling into a routine of work and play. The new look on the site is finally installed and while we are still tweaking it, we like the ease of the new navigation and especially the BUY NOW function. When you shop through our site, we received a commission from the sale and of that, we donate a portion to our Charity of the Month. We also contribute $1.00 for every sign-up on the site so please pass this around to your friends. As always, we love queries about specific destinations or events so please keep the emails coming. After shoulder surgery in June, I am thrilled to throw myself back into working out and feeling well. I discovered an app called TroupeFit which provides experienced trainers on-demand for $49.95. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a new routine. Looking forward to weekends in the country, walking behind the hunt and taking part in all of the Harvest events of the season. Thank you for staying with us in our ten years since the creation of What2WearWhere. We enjoy hearing from you.
Dear Friends, I say this every Labor Day because it true. The start of September feels more like the the New Year than January 1. There is an exhilaration surrounding the upcoming season of openings, art shows, reconnecting with friend and beginning new projects. There is a sense of “getting back to it” even if you haven’t been anywhere. And between New York Fashion Week and the US Open Tennis Championships, the town is alive with buzz and excitement. During the month of August, we suspended our newsletter as we were working to revamp What2WearWhere and make it a little more user friendly. We can”t wait to show it to you but as the renovation is running a little behind so it will be about a week until we unveil the new look. As we have been writing posts for ten years, we are careful not to lose our archives which are a rich resource for what to wear for all of life’s events and how to pack for travel. We are here to answer all of your specific destination questions. Our mission now is the same as the day we began, “Let us take the guesswork out of dressing, the legwork out of shopping and the panic out of packing.” With best regards for a wonderful and meaningful new season.
Dear Friends, We are going to take the month of August off from posting our articles and newsletter to update the book, “Packing for Travel, from Jet Set to Trek Set the Definitive Globe Trotting Guide.” August is a wonderful month to simplify your dressing and stick to an all white theme. It feels so fresh, even if you are not near a beach. And of course, it makes packing for travel a breeze! We hope you can kick back, enjoy time with family and friends – before you know it, Labor Day is here and back to the frenzied pace that accompanies the new and fresh season. But enough future thinking, since June when rushing to a meeting, not looking where I was going, and experienced an intimate encounter with a pothole, I vowed to slow down and be in the moment. How is it working? Well since having surgery, I was forced to do less. This is not an easy assignment for one who “relaxes” by getting things done. But I am more mindful of my surroundings, especially underfoot. Wishing you find your own R&R in the coming weeks. Be safe, be well, be happy.
Dear Friends, I subscribe to Merriam Webster’s Word of the Day which can be quite timely and entertaining. Today’s word is canicular, of or relating to the period between early July and early September when hot weather occurs in the northern hemisphere. The origin is latin, from the word canicula, or “small dog”, thus we are certainly in the “dog days” of summer. With the high heat and humidity upon us, our shopping will consist of easy, breeze frocks to wear day and night, in town or country. When the heat spell finally bursts, we will be ready with our collection white jeans and fabulous tunics of the season. Summer statement jewelry can also add an element of easy sophistication on style. We hope you read our New York Social Diary article on the Founding Fathers and enjoy the holiday in the safety of family and loved ones. We are continuing our partnership with Red Sneakers for Oakley.
Dear Friends, June begins with a frenzy of social activities, end of school functions, and everyone trying to squeeze the last bit of interaction into their already full-plate schedules before the official start of summer. A whirlwind of fun and festivities! Then off and into summer with the simplicity of warm weather dressing. This summer we are taking a break from our bi-monthly newsletter to spiff the look and direction of the site. We will post intermittently when we receive a request. And we will be continuing our articles for New York Social Diary. Right now we are working on a post, What to Wear Horseback Safari which is such great fun to research. We will share our paired-down Packing List that will get you galloping across the African plains. Where will summer take you? Please keep the queries coming and we will get back to you with our stylish tips, curated selections and Packing Lists. Our Charity of the Month is Red Sneakers for Oakley, established by Robert and Merrill Debbs after the death of their 11-year-old son Oakley due to a fatal allergic reaction to nuts. In the aftermath of unimaginable tragedy, they created an organization dedicated to education and advocacy for food allergy awareness. We are honored to partner with them. Wishing you all a summer filled with wonderful discoveries and time to appreciate them with family and friends.
Dear Friends, William Shakespeare once noted, “As full of spirit as the Month of May!” And that is just how we are feeling this month – spirited. All around there is budding glory promising prodigious profusion. Friends are in great form and high spirits with spring’s arrival after a month of Mother Nature teasing and taunting. May is the Hat Lunch, TEFAF and FRIEZE with art in every corner of the city, The Met Ball, Kips Bay Decorator Show House and a shared enthusiasm for strutting out and about. This is also the month for royal and regal weddings, gratifying graduations and a plethora of other delightful engagements. Hilary and I will be bringing you the best of the new spring styles and packing tips for you upcoming holidays. Please don’t forget to write us with your travel queries. This month, we highlight Red Sneakers for Oakley, an organization created to raise awareness of food allergies by Merrill and Bobby Debbs after the tragic loss of their son, Oakley.
Dear Friends, I find it prophetic that April 1st falls on Easter Sunday, signaling a revival and rebirth, so appropriate for this time of year. This month I am looking forward to returning full time to the north and enjoying the signs of spring already poking up from ground and out on the branches. April is a terrific time to travel pretty much anywhere especially south – Asheville, Charleston, Savanna, Florida – where they are beating us to the blooming season. As I am off to the Galapagos for an exciting adventure, determined to experience all the wonders that this eco rich destination has to offer. Don’t miss the Packing List Galapagos. Philanthropy is also blooming this month as we look forward to some verdant galas, like the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and lunches for important organization like the Salute to Style, to benefit the Madison Boys and Girls Club and The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, our April Charity of the Month.
Dear Friends, March Madness is here with it shoots of spring, shades of green, dreams of springtime. Each month has its own particular shade, and March just shouts green. “Wearin’ of the Green” celebrates an ancient Irish Saint whose feast day has evolved or devolved into an emerald-fest of green beer, rivers, shamrocks and costumes. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has become one of New York City’s greatest traditions. The first parade was on March 17, 1762 , fourteen years before the signing of the signing of the Declaration of Independence! This is also the month of Spring Breaks and getaways and perhaps a bit of the other verdant shade of fairways and greens are near term. Please consider a copy of Packing for Travel, From Jet Set to Trek Set the Definitive Globe Trotting Guide to help you along your way.
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 and Galentine’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. Hilary and I are celebrating a year of writing article for New York Social Diary and it has been a wonderful experience. This month we are partnered with The Society Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Wishing you a month of heartfelt events.
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. This month, we are preparing for Holiday Travel so watch for our tips; What to Wear on the Plane, Packing for a Ski Holiday, Packing for Resort, and so on. Reflecting on the past year, I am struck with the upheaval taking place in our country and around the world. It reminds to be grateful for the health and safety of my family and friends. The Holidays can be a bittersweet time, remembering those who have left us. Helping others is one of the best ways to embrace the spirit. Whether you donate food to a pantry, coats to NY Cares Coat Drive, or your time in some way, every little bit helps us feel connected to the world at large. If you have the means, charitable organizations such as The Boys Club New York, Robin Hood Foundation and The NY Times Neediest. They count on your year end giving so please be as generous as you can.
Dear Friends, November arrived while I was traveling on the most wonderful and exotic holiday, taking me down under to Australia for the first time, Melbourne and Sydney, then on to Nihi Sumba Island an exotic destination that has been on my list since it opened a few years ago. The resort has been named the Top Hotel in the World, two years running, by Travel and Leisure Magazine. My high expectations were completely surpassed by the stunning style, scenery and service. Then on to Bangkok where three days just scratched the surface of this bustling city. My last day was in Hong Kong and a Sumba Foundation benefit at the chicest Upper House. Home to sorting piles of paperwork and getting ready for Thanksgiving at the farm, enjoying my favorite landscape of the year. Our Charity of the Month is Movember. And while I will not be growing a mustache, I support the organization drawing attention to the perils of Prostate Cancer in our young men.
Dear Friends, October is a 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. I am planning a holiday in Australia and NIHI Sumba, Bali, and Bangkok. It is an interesting packing challenge and I will be sharing the process. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us, we support everyone in the medical profession for their dedication to both finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those suffering from the disease. Please join us in supporting Breast Cancer Alliance as our Charity of the Month.
Dear Friends, Will the terrible news pouring in daily from Texas, it is difficult to go about our comfortable lives without feeling helpless to make a difference. I cried when I read, “This will be the worst natural disaster in American history.” by Joel Myers, president of AccuWeather. The realization of this worst-case scenario for so many families is gut wrenching. The rebuilding of lives and communities will be slow and filled with anguish. As Americans, we ban together in times of crisis to help one another and it reveals the best of our character. Our Charity of the Month is the American Red Cross Harvey Relief Fund. Please be generous.
Dear Friends, I am late this month putting up an Editor’s Letter because we lost our sweet puppy, Jasper, last week at our farm in upstate New York. Those of you who have been through the loss of a pet, know just how sad it makes you feel. It was a perfect storm of an accident and no one was at fault, except the exuberance of a three year old Brittany Spaniel on a joyful run. I hope you and your families are enjoying a eventful but restful August. With the September coming up way too quickly we will try to steal away some special summer moments with family and friends while we continue to report on trends for fall and fall travel. Be well and safe!
Dear Friends, I am writing this letter sea side in the town of Pollenca, Mallorca, having traveled here for a special wedding. There is nothing better than an holiday expertly planned by someone else to the complete entertainment and delight of the guests. Friends and family are assembling today to start the weekend of celebrations. Having just feted our thirty fourth anniversary with an impromptu field side “pop up” at Mashomack Polo, it has reminded me of the excitement of a newly committed couple. For me summer is the best season of the year. I wake early to savor every second of these stupendous summer days where simplicity reigns supreme. Summer dressing is easy breezy, by day in little shifts and sandals, evenings is white jeans and tunics, or long dress and platforms whether at home or away. Recently we answered a query on “ What to Wear Istanbul, and the stylish selections and packing list are appropriate for many destinations this season. Or please write with your specific destination questions and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Packing for Travel, from Jet Set to Trek Set the Definitive Globe Trotting Guide. Save and happy travels to all!
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 season to remember. This is also the season for Garden Parties, Graduations and Elegant Outdoor Events and we will be bringing our stylish selections all month long. Where summer holidays be taking you? African Safari, Dude Ranch, Bare Boat Charter? Pick up a copy of Packing for Travel, From Jet Set to Trek Set the Definitive Globe Trotting Guide for travel tips and packing lists. Or send us an email with specific destination queries. We have again partnered with Red Sneakers for Oakley, inspired of the life of Oakely Debbs. Please pass on the word to others about the hidden harm to all of our children. Be safe, be well, be healthy.
Dear Friends, The Merry Merry Month of May is getting off to a fashionable start with the Met Costume Institute Ball, the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy Luncheon, AKA the “hat lunch,” and a chock full calendar of comings and goings. Speaking of Central Park, it is in full flower and an inspiration to city dwellers longing for the great outdoors – rent a bike, take a walk, paddle a boat – spring has sprung! It is time to put your winter woolies away and organize your closet for the upcoming season. Must-haves include a stylish Trench Coat, a new pair of flared jeans, a pair of slides, and a great white shirt! Opps, forgot to add a soft bag to show off your savvy style. Hilary and I will be shopping the trends and updated classics on our affiliates and presenting them in an easily shoppable way. When you shop through our site, or sign up for our weekly newsletter, we donate a portion to our Charity of the Month. This month, we highlight Red Sneakers for Oakley, an organization created to raise awareness of food allergies by Merrill and Bobby Debbs after the tragic loss of their son, Oakley.
Dear Friends, As each month presents its own particular shade, March just sings “green.” From the fresh shoots poking through the ground as harbingers of spring, to the “Wearin’ of the Green to celebrate an ancient Irish Saint that has morphed into a modern day, emerald-fest of green beer, rivers, shamrocks and costumes. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has become one of New York City’s greatest traditions. The first parade was on March 17, 1762 , fourteen years before the signing of the signing of the Declaration of Independence! There is also a intimate personal recollection of my daughter Kelly, arriving on the same day. This is the month to plan for Spring Breaks and Getaways and perhaps the other verdant shade of fairways and greens are a possibility. Please consider a copy of Packing for Travel, From Jet Set to Trek Set the Definitive Globe Trotting Guide to help you along your way. Hilary and I will be reporting our usual collection of trends, destinations and what our Travelistas will be packing. Please join us and forward us on to your friends to sign up for our weekly newsletter and donate to our Charity of the Month.
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.