Ruby Rule! 7 Reasons to Love July’s Birthstone

1. Ruby Slippers: A mash-up of two of our favorite things here—gemstones and shoes. Calling a jewel-encrusted shoe a slipper is so very Cinderella-at-the-ball, the addition of magic powers seems like an afterthought. Fashion tip: wear these sans ankle socks. 2. Ruby in song: Steely Dan ; The Rolling Stones ; and Mel Tillis . […]

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We Love a Uniform

We ask a lot of our work wardrobe. Our daily garb needs to be easy care and wear, afford- and dur-able, and make a personal statement that doesn’t shout or swear or distract our coworkers and clients from the task at hand. Oh, but it should say something clever and unique and topical. And fit […]

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American Designers for $240, Alex

Adding “European” or especially “French” to a design description always adds a bit of ersatz cache. But in America’s birthday month, and during our increasingly acrimonious national election season, let’s take a minute to celebrate Our Fellow Americans whose work gives “made in the USA” not just cache, but gravitas. Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie […]

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Ten Things We Love about Wimbledon

10. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Croquet? Really? It’s just so Alice in Wonderland-y. 9. Breakfast is fresh strawberries and cream. If you’re lucky, it’s the clotted variety with scones, not whipped. 8. Wheelchair tennis! Because champions come in all kinds of bodies. 7. Serena Williams just BRINGS IT, every time. Has […]

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Those (not so) Cheap Sunglasses

Summer Solstice is this week, and that means we Northern Hemispherians have daylight to spare. In Reykjavik, Icelanders watch the sun go down around midnight, and the early birds are up for their sunrise worms just 3 hours later. Further south, the Sun’s workday is a more union-friendly 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. No matter […]

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Gem of the (last) Month: Emerald

May’s birthstone is the Emerald, famous as an island, North Carolina resort town,  and chef (Emerald Lagasse…get it? No?), but best appreciated as a gemstone. Emerald comes from ancient Greek and French words that translate to “green gemstone.” Their color is radiant and intense; top quality emeralds can be valued even more greatly than diamonds. […]

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Five Favorite Summer Sandals

If the high traffic at neighborhood nail salons were any indication, a pedicure was a popular gift this Mother’s Day. And a professional pedicure is the clarion call to Sandal Season, whether you’re bracing for triple digits in Arizona or facing spring winds and showers in Maine. Now that the calendar has caught up with […]

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Holy Mother of…Pearl!

 A charming but not to be taken lightly oath uttered by everyone from genteel southern aunties to aging hippie stoners , Mother of Pearl is nonetheless a natural for gifts intended to honor the First Lady in your life this Sunday. Like the Boulder Opal, Mother of Pearl is not technically a gemstone but a […]

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Monogrammania

Officially, a monogram is one or more letters articulated in a decorative design and used as a logo or to identify a personal possession. But the recently departed artist Prince showed us that a well-designed graphic can be just as evocative as a string of initials, often is more personal, and almost always is more […]

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