Coat Crazed: Donate for a Discount at J. Crew

Hello, Sweater Weather! So glad you actually arrived…although your cousin Coat Conditions followed on your heels so quickly that we’re scrambling for outerwear! Okay, yeah, we could drag out the fleece athleticwear pullovers and zip ups. But when confronted with the current crop of coats — from fuzzy faux fur to classic Italian wool —…

Pear Tart with Honey Caramel and Goat Cheese

There may be nothing more American than apple pie, but sometimes you have a hankering for a nice pear something-or -other. Especially when presented with a selection of beautiful Seckel pears at the market. Some might find Seckel pears a little small to snack on, but their size (and consistency and flavor) make them perfect…

The Joy of Cooking

The difference between being a chef and a cook has long been debated. Is it that one is male and the other female? (Ha!) Professional versus amateur? Feeding many in a public space versus a relatively few in a private one? Heading a kitchen staff as opposed to being one’s own? That one creates and…

Plum Perfect: Recipes to Say Hello to Fall

If berries mark the opening of summer and peaches the season’s height, the appearance of plums, especially the purple-skinned, yellow-fleshed Italian variety, herald its close and the transition to autumn. No need to mourn (apple season will soon start, pumpkins are on their way to market), but rather savor (and even save) the last of…

What to Do This Weekend: Facing the Storm

For the past 48 hours, there has been no escaping Hurricane Florence. Or at least news, projections and warnings about it: Considerate and concerned preparedness emails from schools and businesses; cable-station weatherpeople trying to mask their excitement as they get top of the hour placement; and yes, the nearly incessant “severe weather warnings” from your…

Poshmark.com: Vintage and Resale Finds at Your Fingertips

If your style runs toward the classic and your pocketbook toward the conservative, you probably already know the joys of the consignment shop. Let others pay full price; you’re good with wearing it next season. But in a season where Alexander Wang is rocking black leather like it was 1979, Michael Kors is pulling trench…

Hair Today: Not Your Mother’s Naturals Hair Products

Finding the right hair products is a task matched only by balancing the federal budget, achieving lasting peace in the Middle East or, perhaps, proving the existence of God.   In the category of proving the existence of a Goddess, perhaps, are the hair products from Not Your Mother’s Naturals. Besides being free of phthalates,…

Get a Vogue-Ready End-of-Summer Outfit for under $25

Vogue has kindly endorsed your favorite end-of-summer go-to: White jeans. With two weeks left to wear them (you do adhere to that old Labor Day dictum), there’s still time to both flaunt and update them. The Pinnable top-half you’ve picked: T-shirt and academy blazer. Just right for a Friday night. However, the likelihood of you ever…