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A Time to Exhale

Welcoming a new season, embracing change, and wanting more of what we love.

We know it’s coming. That first change of light and hint of a cool breeze. The most beautiful time of the year is just around the corner. The clean, fresh air and the angled light in the sky on a crisp fall morning always feels invigorating and renewing to me. It is a very welcome change. I love this season.

It’s time to exhale. Time for embracing a new version of ourselves; time to clear out the clutter and focus on what we truly want in our lives. It’s time to get rid of what doesn’t work for us anymore and bring more of what we love into our lives..

Speaking of fall -- What’s in your closet that you look forward to wearing again? It's been so long since we could comfortably wear any sort of layers. I'm looking at my sweaters like they were old friends. I've always loved fall fashions and feeling like it's okay to dress up a little more when the weather gets more comfortable.

Are you seeing all of the new fall fashions in the stores? It might be fun to set aside an hour or two to focus on making room in your closet for a new season. Put on your favorite music and pull out some of your go-to pieces. Which pieces do you keep going back to? What could you pair them with that will add a little panache? What doesn’t work for you anymore? And why is it still in your closet? What SHOULD be there instead? What are your "must haves" for this fall?

Moving to a new house a few weeks ago has given me the opportunity to really evaluate what I want to keep

and what I can let go of. Furniture, accessories, clutter, and, yes, clothes. Especially clothes. Shoes, purses, jewelry…so much of what I had was just weighing me down.

I keep going back to the look I’ve always tried to create, both in my home and in my wardrobe. And that is a relaxed yet sophisticated look that has a simple elegance with a touch of whimsy. Decorators call the look “quiet luxury.” I call it unpretentious classics. Relaxed yet refined. I love textures and contrasts, but not too much clutter. That’s just what I love.

What do you love? What do you want more of? I'd love to hear what you are thinking about these days. You can e-mail me at:

So, yes, I want more of what I love: time with my family and friends; more time with our first grandchild, Max, who was born less than month ago to our oldest son, Matt and his beautiful wife, Addy. I want more time sitting around the fire pit sharing stories; more time with the people I love in the places I love. I want to cook! Entertain! Go on some day trips! Go see some live music and maybe event paint something. And, of course, get my fall line ready for an upcoming trunk show. (More about that soon.)

This week I’m finalizing the fabric combinations for our new line of kimonos for fall, which will be ready by early October. This year we are doing solid colors in raw silk. Each garment will feature a one-of-a-kind combination of fabulous prints including repurposed and vintage kimono fabric. I have been collecting gorgeous fabrics just for this purpose, and I think you are going to love these new pieces. Here are the four main body colors:

They will have colorful satin linings to give them even more distinctive style. I am excited about the new look, as well as a Holiday Collection that will be featuring more elegant fabrics including some brocades, silks and even leather. They are going to be AMAZING.

And yes, there will be more scarves and more Obi belts that will dress up any outfit for any occasion.

As soon as we have some of the new pieces ready to photograph, we’ll be posting some previews for you to see. In the meantime, I will have a cup of coffee on my deck overlooking the woods and look at some cook books. I’ve got some menus to plan!

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