Reading: Marta McDowell, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books (a gift from Mr. Professor; highly recommended!)

Audio: Went to see my longtime musical love Lloyd Cole at City Winery; now I’m playing and replaying lots of his albums in the aftermath

Art: A recent visit to the Whitney

Video: “McQueen,” the documentary film about designer Alexander McQueen



McQueen in the studio


Drink: This is the time of year when I most enjoy white wine!

Eats & Treats: Peaches from the farmers market, ears of corn on the grill

Garb: Back in strappy (but sensible) black sandals and black espadrilles for the season

Beauty Products: Sunblock, of course. A sparkly brown eyeliner from NYX (bargain!). Aroma Sanctum Mermaid perfume oil.

Pleasure: A handful of “Summer Friday” work holidays

Displeasure: A summer cold that has dragged me down during some of the above holidays

How has your summer been going??

Image: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. Detail of “August.” New York Public Library Digital Collections.