I love the idea of this blog being a resource of finds for our readers. To that end, I have created a monthly LoveList compilation to prompt me to chronicle my faves and share. I also use Pinterest a lot this way. Now that my house build project is mostly over, I am using Pinterest not for the insane number of decisions one needs to make during house construction, but now more for a place to capture the things I have seen and liked, from recipes to things I want to save up for and get one day (my Love Want Need board acts as an informal 'registry' of things I lovewantneed). Style Journal is a place where I save people, brands, ideas that I want to keep revisiting, want to keep in my Style Journal... Which brings me to my post. Big time on my LoveWantNeed list [...]
Introducing the Oughton LoveList - a monthly column of all things on our radar. This month, we are especially excited about our new bag, the City Lux M. All leather and handmade in Florence (done in the factory that produces for Victoria Beckham, Chanel and others), the City Lux M embodies classic equestrian chic while allowing a statement of personal style via an interchangeable saddle flap closure, which is easily zipped in and out daily, monthly, seasonally.... Combining personalization with luxury fabrication, the City Lux evolves the concept of an ‘it’ bag to a ‘you’ bag. New flap colors will be introduced regularly, allowing customers to curate a great collection of innumerable style combinations. Add a Loro Piana baby cashmere cape, jeans and boots for perfection. I am always looking for ways to transition seamlessly from a meeting to the office and then to the barn with stops at school in between... [...]
Although I tried to deny it for a while, I have come back to my love of blue. All blues. And all mixed together. Bluegrey, weathered teal, angry ocean and perhaps my favorite: midnight blue can be sophisticated without being harsh, is never boring and feels natural. In that it is the color of water it is also calming. This rekindling began during the construction and interior design of our new home. It has become - in a pared down aesthetic - the thread that binds everything together. I could not be happier with the result or feel more at home in our new space. (More on that later, we are not quite ready for photography). I also noticed that blue was predominant in the art we owned. And, now, blue is quite rightly showing up in OUGHTON product. (Stay tuned!) Reimagining how I wanted to live [...]
Need to find a graduation gift for the Equestrian? You could not do better than the Oughton Work Tote. Made in Florence Italy. Handcrafted. A graduation gift that says: 'Trust me, I know quality work'. Subtle equestrian style is recognized by other equestrians but just looks plain good to the uninitiated. A padded computer full length side pocket and LOTS of room inside for a full change of workout clothes + umbrella + extra shoes+ computer = uber-productive and prepared. Crafted of Italian canvas trimmed in Italian calf leather and halter fittings, the interior is Italian twill cotton. Pockets abound: one exterior end pocket, one long interior zipped pocket with 2 pockets inside it on one side and a full length open-top padded computer pocket on the other side. Although we are not sure of much in this life, in terms of style, function and usefulness, we are sure [...]
My busy home life with two young children and a lot of administrative tasks for a growing business makes it hard to clear my head and get into 'creative mode'. Nothing does that for me like a trip to Ocala. At home, walking (sometimes running) can get me in the zone. But the best is travel. Something about leaving the detritus of the every day behind does wonders for my creative spirit. In the winter, I spend several weekends in Florida showing. It is as much about work time as it is play time - and happily so, I really enjoy the time to get small projects crossed off my list and I really enjoy being at the horse show, under the live oaks, the largest of which sits right at the entrance to our barn. I am often found on the terrace in [...]
Showing in Florida this year found me in the boutique paddock quite a bit more than normal, updating my show wardrobe andlove list no copy Spring Schooling Style, getting a new puffer and new Parlantis. In addition to 'shopping local' while at the shows, I also keep a few key websites on speed-dial, that I check often, pinning my favorites on my Pinterest "Style Journal" board, along with inspiration photos to help me pull together a look. This Spring I have my eye on a new Samshield Helmet, a Noel Asmar boyfriend sweater [for those cool New England show mornings] and another Fior Da Liso blouse... I always have a swipe of Rodin olio lusso lip pomade - all-natural and leaves a protective sheen. In it all goes to my Carteret Satchel, which gets nestled in my Barn Tote along with my tall boots and extra layers...