agl in nyc

Like a busy little squirrel stashing away nuts, I’ve been planning on how to hunker down and bundle up in great big swaths of gray all winter long. Well, mostly gray with a shot of black and white thrown in…


Here’s a random piece of big news: we recently bought a townhouse! My first home purchase! Closing was literally one week ago, and I kept the process mostly under wraps because I didn’t want to jinx anything. Only when I got the keys to our little casa did I finally relax a bit…

So the other day I was reading about the Roaring Twenties. I had forgotten how much astonishing shit happened during that decade: women’s suffrage, the Lost Generation, the Jazz Age, Charles Lindburgh, radio, the mass production of the automobile, the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Al Capone, and so on. (Maybe I can rework the […]

Alexa Chung in Versace

My best friend Susan recently sent me an envelope full of articles, clippings and a short note. (Isn’t snail mail such a rare, unexpected joy?) On the reverse side of a profile of actor Tahar Rahim from the French movie “Un prophète,” Alexa Chung glared at me decked out in some fierce Versace: The photo […]


I’ve found that with blouses and button-downs, it’s very tricky to get the proper fit—you gotta worry about the bust, waist, shoulders and sleeve length being just so. And even with a little stretch thrown into the fabric mix, I still feel constricted, like I’m gonna pop a button even though I have only a […]