Oh how I adored hosting J. Jill’s Upper West Side store opening in New York City. I’ve long loved the brand, as has my mom, who along with some very notable women joined me to celebrate. We sipped champagne and shopped all of my Fall favorites. I have to give a special shout out to the Lenox Topper as it hits all the right notes for Fall sweater weather. Plus, I love, love, love the Ponte Knit Seamed Leggings that I am wearing in dark charcoal heather. At the end of the evening every guest took home a Blanket-Striped Poncho! I have to be honest, I’m a true petite and never thought I could wear a poncho, but consider me a convert. And on that petite note, one of my most beloved photos from the evening is attached. I’m here with J Jill’s arsenal of gorgeous very tall models and I’m representing the petites who the brand really caters to. I want to thank the entire J. Jill team and BFA for capturing so many gorgeous photos.
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The way we set our table outdoors differs slightly from our traditional dinner one. Keep in mind that there might be wind so place a napkin under the plate to weigh it down and flower arrangements can fall over so I recommend low lying succulents. Talavera dinnerware is one of my favorites to use. All of the patterns are complementary and they make serving platters in every size you can imagine. www.graciousstyle.com
That it is an oyster bar already gets approval from me but it’s the Jonah crab claws, marinated mussels and lobster cocktails that really shine at the raw bar. Plus they make one of New York City’s best Bloody Mary’s (try the No. 20). The vibe here is always stellar and rustic. #SpyLuxeList www.jeffreysgrocery.com
Sometimes the best part of living in Manhattan is the ability to escape it and visit extraordinary locals that are close by, like Blue Hill at Stone Barns. On a recent trip to their Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture my husband and I brought our daughter to run free with hundreds of well cordoned off wild turkeys, observe pigs in their muddy surroundings and watch produce grow in hothouses. Their on-property farm stand is just beautiful and well-appointed selling beans like these. www.bluehillfarm.com