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My First Mini

Some things never go out of style: the little black dress, a sharp blazer, and giving.

This weekend, the rain came down, but then the sun came out. And on Saturday morning, a team of colleagues and I ran the women-only Oakley New York Mini 10K alongside more than 5,500 women in Central Park. Through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT), our team raised funds to help find cures and more effective treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma.

As you know, every activity requires sartorial consideration!

KicksOn race day, we donned TNT’s trademark purple and colorful kicks.

Shanna and CharleneMy friend Shanna and I were twinsies in our athletic getup,
but she’s a pro and personalized her singlet!

This was my first real road race, and it turned out to be not only inspiring but also a great exercise in setting a goal, training with (some) discipline, and having fun. The generosity and support of family and friends have been energizing and greatly appreciated. Here’s to the power of women!


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Scarves To Go

What is one thing you never leave home without?

Whether your passport is colored with visas and stamps or you carry a Metro-North ten-trip ticket, your environment is always changing when you travel. I’ve always supported traveling light by packing fewer pieces that are multi-functional. That’s why seasoned travelers never leave home without a scarf. And no, scarves are not just for the winter.

One of the most versatile types of scarves is the scrunchable, washable Turkish pestemal or Tunisian fouta. They’re best known for their use as hammam towels, but they also keep you comfy, cozy, and a chameleon as you change surroundings.

Use one as a scarf to keep off the chill…
a towel for drying off…
a blanket for the plane…
a shade at the beach…
a tied-up sack for farmers’ market goods…
a cover-up after a swim…
a setting for a picnic…

Left to right: Fouta Lifestyle Fatma fouta in terracotta orange. Abdulla Natural Products Hazan pestemal. 8knots seersucker stripe pestemal.

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Cause a Ruffle

via Vogue
Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, June 1969

To escape one of our many heat waves, I was out on Two Mile Hollow Beach in East Hampton the other weekend having a breezy time among a predominance of families. Surprisingly, the children made for some of the best people watching of the day. They started out shy, playing cautiously and nicely. Then they found crabs and began to run amok…

They ran back to their parents and ran back to the water, carefully cupping the crabs. And as they ran, the ruffles on their bikinis flapped. And all of the girls had ruffles! So I started looking into it, and there is much we older folk can learn from. Here are some styles that will keep you lady-like (not five-years-old) and round out your summer lineup.

Clockwise from top left: Zimmerman rash guard and ruffle bikini. Topshop clementine print bikini top. Old Navy mix and match bikini. Zimmerman devoted scallop underwire bikini top. Marc by Marc Jacobs finch print bikini bottoms in ivory and navy. Zinke Electric Eel hipster in blue chevron. Saha Love n Light ruffle bikini bottom. OP yellow one-piece. Rosamosario Nuvole Over the Ocean ruffled bikini.

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Tool Tips

Clothes need periodic attention to be their best. This care begins at an item’s entrance into your home and continues throughout its life. But you don’t need to be a professional to tackle this; make your life easy by keeping a few tools at your fingertips.

SEAM RIPPER | Typically used by a tailor to rip a seam quickly and precisely when opening a hem or taking apart pieces of a garment, this tool is for the layman as well. Before you wear something for the first time, there are a few things you should do to make it presentable. Removal of some non-necessities also gives greater comfort.

  • Remove X-shaped stitch holding closed slits, flaps, pleats; labels from coat arms or unsightly labels on waistbands.
  • Open pockets and buttonholes.
  • Remove itchy labels; annoying and malfunctioning straps and ribbons.

DE-PILLER | There is a wonderful invention called a de-piller or clothes shaver or fuzz buster…. Clothes can pill or develop fuzz as they’re worn, but a de-piller revives them by shaving them clean. Be careful not to snag your clothes and pay careful attention to areas that experience constant friction against a bag or another body part, as these are usually the fuzziest.

  • Tops: under arms, along seams, near the butt, inside the collar, at the bottom hem.
  • Bottoms: on the seat, at the waistband, along the hips, in between the thighs.

LINT ROLLER | Don’t forget the tried and true lint roller. Just before stepping out, remove animal hair, human hair, sweater fuzz, dust, etc. Give yourself a once rollover!

FLATIRON | If you or someone you live with already owns one at home, use a flatiron to make sure you look crisp where your clothes might be a little crinkly from being crushed in the closet or in a drawer. Be sure that your flatiron is free of any hair product, and do not use it anywhere you wouldn’t use a normal iron!

  • Tops: plackets between buttons, collar points, pleats.
  • Bottoms: waistbands, shirttails, pleats, pant and skirt hems.

THREAD SNIPPERS | Sometimes we like our cheap clothes, at the cost of sloppy stitching. Handy thread snippers help trim thread ends that stick out here and there.

So keep your toolkit stocked and help your clothes (and you!) feeling and looking their best.

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