Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.
Jean De Boufflers
Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.
Jean De Boufflers
A few years back while shopping in Mumbai I spotted a pair of the most fabulous shoes coming my way. Naturally, I stopped the woman and inquired about their origin. I followed her path of a few right turns and some left turns and landed at a chic new boutique filled with up-and-coming Indian designers.
Of course, they did not have my size there. But, the sales woman was kind enough to tell me to hit a store in the shopping mecca Colaba called, Oak Tree….where they would make my size and have them delivered to my door later!
It is not possible to rave enough about these sandals! They are available in practically every color gunmetal, silver, bronze, white, black, poppy red…the list goes on and on. You can purchase them in varying wedge heel heights. (I have shorter heels for the day and clearly higher ones for more dressy occasions) They match perfectly with pants, skirts, dresses, swimwear, sarees, whatever. Dressed up or down they are consistently comfortable, even with a 25 lb toddler on your hip. They’re under $50.00. They last forever. And, I myself get stopped repeatedly as people inquire about their origin.
I have sent loads of friends to Oak Tree and they are never disappointed. They always come back with a bounty…you will too! What’s best is they don’t only carry shoes. There are gauzy embroidered dresses, white breezy tunics, stylish clutches from the ever-popular line 500 BC, and statement jewelry.
If you’re heading to Mumbai you need to shop on Colaba Causeway. So, duck into Oak Tree…you don’t want to miss it!
The Oak Tree, 18 Cusrow Baug, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
+91 22 2281 9031
For those not traveling to the Indian subcontinent any time soon, you can find select style at:
A harvest of peace grows from seeds of contentment.
An Indian Proverb
Summer tall arrangements need not look like bad wedding florals from the ’80s. They also do not need to be comprised of the same white Casablancas or Stargazers. The key often is using unexpected flowers that are available only seasonally…specifically right now!
The above arrangement of Lilacs, Irises and Gladiolus is as fragrant as it is beautiful!
If you have a small patch of green, and invest the time to grow a few of these favorites you will not be disappointed. All three of these flowers come in varieties that will re-bloom come late summer or fall. While you might be hard-pressed to find Lilacs, Irises and Glads at your local Farmer’s Market or grocery store, many varieties will re-appear in your backyard as summer comes to a close. Glads pop up again in mid-late August, Irises and Lilacs in end-of-September early October.
Lilac is one of the easiest plants to grow and is now available in a re-blooming variety called Josee Reblooming Lilac.
Josee Reblooming Lilac, springhillnursery.com, $6.95
Contrary to common belief, Lilac can be grown and thrive in Southern California. However, there is a specific variety that does best in a climate that never freezes. ‘Lavender Lady’ is a favorite for Southern California dwellers.
Some tips for growing Lavender Lady in Southern California include:
• Stop watering them after mid-September allowing them to survive solely on rainfall
• Allow the plant to go dormant (it looks almost dead, don’t be surprised)
• Resume watering when the first leaves and buds appear in the spring
• Keep them from growing too tall by pruning thereby stimulating the younger heartier canes that produce more flowers
There are a tremendous number of Irises out there and you really cannot go wrong with any. Planted in well-drained soil they multiply and provide more and more pleasure in years to come. One of our favorites from Dutch Gardens is: the Florentine Silk Iris.
Florentine Silk Iris, dutchgardens.com. $17.96 for 3 plants
Winner of multiple awards with 6 to 8″ flowers it is one of the tallest bearded irises and is a rare repeat bloomer. The color combination is stunning and it is a perfect cut flower for arrangements.
Finally, the gladiator Gladiolus, impossible to do wrong or kill!
Gladiolus are amongst the absolute easiest flowers to grow. They simply require some simple staking. Once the bulbs are in the ground you can expect a riot of blooms just 90 days later. The best time to plant bulbs is anytime after the threat of frost passes in the spring. Gladiolus will always re-bloom as summer draws to a close.
In the past we have purchased both a sak of one color, or a jumbo sak of multi-colored gladiolus and randomly distributed them along the border of our yard. The results are always surprising and beautiful.
Coral & Cream Gladiolus, brecks.com, $11.99 for 8 bulbs
Deluxe Glads Mixture Super Sak, breks.com, $29.99 for 80 bulbs
Still grows the vivacious lilac a generation after the door and lintel and the sill are gone, unfolding its sweet-scented flowers each spring, to be plucked by the musing traveller..
Henry David Thoreau
You can do print on print with a touch of shimmer by way of silk and brocade and pull it off perfectly, just like this look from Chloe Sevigny.
Here she wears Miu Miu to their spring/summer show and the same ensemble could travel well on anyone this summer as they head to lunch, the office, a bespoke city tour in Amsterdam…..
Here are four perfect ways to copy this look:
Jacquard Blazer, zara.com, $99.90
Tory Burch Printed Blouse, farfetch.com, $316.60
Loft Fully Lined Cuffed Stretch Linen Cotton Shorts with 4″ Inseam, loft.com, $50.00
Elizabeth and James Abigail Brocade Blazer, bergdorfgoodman.com, $297.00
Blugirl Blumarine Blouse, yoox.com, $251.00
Joie Merci Chambray Linen Shorts, saksfifthavenue.com, $124.00
Gap Jacquard Academy Blazer, gap.com, $57.00
Marni Printed Silk Blouse, theoutnet.com, $685.00
See by Chloe Linen Shorts, farfetch.com, $183.00
Marilyn Moore Blazer, yoox.com, $155.00
Alice + Olivia Arie Floral-Print Blouse, neimanmarcus.com, $275.00
Alice + Oliva Shorts Cady Cuff Metallic, bloomingdales.com, $198.00
The Right Metallic Chunky Watch
Triangle Face Watch, missselfridge.com
Specially crafted to create a dream wedding with the most unique accessories, this web site is also the perfect launching point to scoop up some summer garden party finds.
Ridged Tin Vases, bhldn.com, $4.00—$12.00
Best of all, their vintage chic look is affordable too! We LOVE this flatware!
Birch Chevron Flatware, bhldn.com, $12.00
The lace parasol, straight out of Paris and the movie Gigi, really brings the garden party to life…
Picturesque Parasol, bhldn.com, $78.00
These placeholders are the ultimate in personalization as you can customize a different bloom for each guest…
Bubble Vase Placeholder, bhldn.com, $6.00
Add some elegance to an open bottle of wine or champagne.
Dapper Bottle Stopper, bhldn.com, $10.00
A perfect pairing of playful summer patterns…
Gingham Cocktail Napkins, bhldn.com, $6.00 for 20
Blooming Shoppe Straws, bhldn.com, $7.00
Pile up brownies and cookies in here for a truly unique presentation!
Birdcage Envelope Holder, bhldn.com, $48.00
Decorate the area with colorful, cheery oversized poms and girlish fans.
Papered Pom Set, bhldn.com, $24.00 for 5
Flora Crinkle Fans, bhldn.com, $20.00 for ten
We LOVE milk glass! Just like your favorite pair of shoes this season, it’s studded!
Milk Glass Hobnail Jars, bhldn.com, $6.00—$8.00
I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days—three such days with you, I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.
― John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
Bees may be in decline globally (which is truly no laughing matter) but, they seem abundantly celebrated everywhere else. Having never been stung (yet!) and passionately enamored with everything floral, a love of bees naturally follows.
To bee or not to be piercing ring, delfinadelettrez.it, € 1.100,00
Thus we are more than happy to (bee) part of this incredible buzz!
Solange Azagury Partridge Bee Ring, astleyclarke.com, $1760.00
Schield Bee Ring, luisaviaroma.com, $197.00
From well over $1,000 to under $10.00, there are accessories to suit all…
Bee Cuff Bracelet, target.com, $9.99
Bee Earrings, target.com, $7.99
Bee earrings and pin, metstore.org, $95.00
Embroidered Bee Clutch Alexander McQueen, matchesfashion.com, $4,495.00
Jeffrey Campbell Who Could that Bee? Sandals, modcloth.com, $114.99
Etro Bee Detail T-Bar Sandal, farfetch.com, $531.78
Evocateur Bumble Bee Vintage Cuff, ahalife.com, $458.00
Marni Jewel Bee Embellished Metallic Leather and Suede Sandals, theoutnet.com, $469.99
Bee Blazer Sonia Rykiel, farfetch.com, $564.26
Eve Bee Necklace with Diamonds and Citrine in Gold, kiki.co.uk, £1,600.00
Betsey Johnson Antique Gold Plated Rosette Bee Earrings, lordandtaylor.com, $30.00
Bee Studs, Forever21.com, $5.80
Embroidered Napoleonic Bee Pillow, Ballarddesigns.com, $55.00
Natural World Dessert Plate, Bee, anthropologie.com, $18.00
Fornash Bumble Bee Earrings, simplysoles.com, $32.00
Little Bee Crochet Hat, shopruche.com, $23.00
These are gorgeous!!! Perfect for the chocolate lover, the gardener, the insect lover….the list goes on and on….
Not chewy like a store bought caramel, our bee chocolates have a liquid caramel center and a clear, caramelized honey taste. This unique flavor comes naturally from the fragrant basswood honey we use, supplied by the Draper Family Apiaries in Millerton, PA. Once filled, each of the nine bees is carefully painted by hand with a paper-thin layer of yellow and black cocoa butter. Guaranteed to please the palate just as much as the eye.
Chocolate Bees 9 Piece, johnandkiras.com, $29.00
Super cute for the kids room:
Bee Stand, ballarddesigns.com, $35.00
Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.
David Foster Wallace