Perennial Polka Dots

  Has there ever been a time in my life when I didn’t have a polka dot dress in my closet?   I don’t think so. Maybe college.   Dress: Sir the Label; Belt: Pinko Uniqueness from YOOX; Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff   * I had an image in my head of Princess Diana in an … Read morePerennial Polka Dots

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The Getaway

  After five months without leaving Northwest Washington, D.C. — and scarcely leaving our apartment — The Photographer and I decided we needed to get away.+ The arboretum staff are fighting a constant battle to maintain native grasses, plants, and wildlife. Part of those efforts involving controlled burning (which we could not do) and brush … Read moreThe Getaway

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First Place Summer Fun Dress

  I told you that I bought two dresses to bring a little cheer into my WFH habitat. The one I showed you last week was the understated dress. Look at these sleeves! Have you ever seen anything as wonderful and ridiculous? On me?   Dress: Ulla Johnson Juniper Dress; Shoes: The Sandals of the … Read moreFirst Place Summer Fun Dress

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The Woman in White Is Not Done

  This post shows two core lessons of The Directrice in practice. No fears! A little Oxyclean removed all of the evidence.   Moving the cat was the right call. But I don’t have limitless space, so I only deal in crushable hats. This one is partially satisfying my fixation.   Dress: Love Binetti; Hat: … Read moreThe Woman in White Is Not Done

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  ‘Round about May, when it became apparent that I might not be going anywhere for the remainder of 2020, I bought myself two dresses to wear around the house. I wouldn’t call them house-dresses exactly, but they aren’t work-wear. Let’s call them pan-dresses: dresses to get you through a pandemic. O.K. Never mind the … Read morePan-Dressing

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Hideo-Marvelous Shoes to Fill

  At the start of the summer, I had one pair of sandals in the apartment (an oversight in packing seasonal shoes for storage last year) and was too lazy to go down to the basement and bring the summer shoes up.* That collection includes some really fun sandals including these, and these, and these. … Read moreHideo-Marvelous Shoes to Fill

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WFH in a Denim Suit

  A couple of months ago — during the cool spring weather — I went out for the walk and ran into The Photographer, who was also out for a walk. Since we are in the apartment together all day, we tend to take our constitutional walks separately along different routes. But occasionally we intersect … Read moreWFH in a Denim Suit

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The Last Trip, Part I

  The last trip I took before coronavirus upended . . . well, everything . . . was to New Orleans. I’d never been before, but had a board meeting scheduled for early February there and arranged to meet a friend a couple of days early to see the sights. Understandably, Hurricane Katrina remains a … Read moreThe Last Trip, Part I

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An Extra Lift + Deep, Dark Secret

  I needed a little lift the other day, so I put on a special top.   Top: Comme de Garcons from The RealReal; Pants: Banana Republic; Shoes and Belt: JCrew   * I have been asking The Photographer, “Is you ready?” ever since. Was I ready in 2018? You bet! The Red Sox won … Read moreAn Extra Lift + Deep, Dark Secret

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Let’s Zoom!

  To those of you who responded to my last post, thank you for answering my question. We have a deal! I’ll keep posting, you’ll keep reading, and all of us understand that this blog is just a harmless way of connecting and amusing one another for a few minutes each day. We all deserve … Read moreLet’s Zoom!

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