I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that today is Friday. This has felt like the longest week! We’ve been very busy at work finalizing several presentations and working on a few special projects in addition to our regular workload. On top of that, Fabian’s back has been acting up again and he has been in excruciating pain. He can hardly walk because the pain is so severe, but the doctor seems to think a conservative regimen of an anti-inflammatory steroid and strong pain medication paired with rest will have him on the road to recovery. I am dubious because we’ve gone through this before a couple of years ago and consulted with orthopedic surgeons as well as one of the top neurosurgeons in Houston who eventually concluded that he did not need surgery at the time. I am concerned because Fabian says the pain is much worse this time and I am hoping his regular doctor didn’t miss something during our visit on Wednesday. Would you get a second opinion? Who would you go to? With all of this going on, I’m hoping for a bit of a mental escape and luckily, there are plenty of diversions currently on my radar.
Design: One Kings Lane recently debuted the One Kings Lane Connecticut House, a showhouse in New Canaan which also happens to be the home of their president, Debbie Propst, who designed the house in conjunction with the Studio at One Kings Lane. Check out the tour and chic wares here.
Style: It was announced this week that Jenna Lyons, style icon and president and creative director of J.Crew would be leaving the company after 26 years. Jenna helped transform the company from a catalog of basic wardrobe staples to a brand that shows at New York Fashion Week and dressed First Lady Michelle Obama. The New York Times has an interesting take on this development as well as the current state of retail. It will be interesting to see what happens at J.Crew and what Jenna ends up doing next!
Watch: Of all my reality TV guilty pleasures, Real Housewives of New York is one of my top favorites. These women’s over-the-top antics are a very entertaining and welcome escape from reality each week. Who is your favorite Housewife?
Read: Each morning, as I get ready for work, I watch the Today Show on NBC. Earlier this week, they mentioned a new biography about Prince Charles which will shed light on his relationships with Diana and Camilla– watch the clip here. I have been a “royal watcher” from a very young age, so of course, this piqued my interest, especially because like everyone else, I loved Princess Diana. Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Befell Smith has already been declared a bestseller–order your copy here!
Drink: I love all types of wine, but usually drink Sauvignon Blanc at home. I find it crisp and refreshing. As much as I love red wine, I don’t open a bottle of red all that often since my husband is more of a beer drinker and I can’t commit to polishing off an entire bottle on my own before the wine starts to oxidize and turn. As a result, I was really surprised by the final verdict in this article from My Domaine: How Long Red Wine Lasts After Being Opened. I don’t know if I buy it! Oenophiles, what say you? Should I still spring for a Corvine? To see how long other types of wine last after being opened, check out this handy infographic from Wine Folly.
Shop: Many of my recent posts have featured high-contrast, neutral palettes. I love this combination because it is striking, but also maintains an effortless and timeless quality. The new AERIN x WS Home collection includes these fabulous gold scalloped gallery frames which would look perfect in a house with this type of palette– or any palette for that matter. Meanwhile, I recently discovered the chic, Greek line Zeus + Dione whose current collection is composed of high-contrast neutrals– black, ivory, olive green, and gold. They have really pretty dresses and tops as well as some very stylish bathing suits.