Photo by Muffy Aldrich
The Modern Guide to The Thing Before Preppy

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

The Inspiration that Reboots

 It is easy to find "little-i" inspiration.  The web is replete with quotes and other detritus designed to encourage us, and some inevitably stick the landing.

But "big-I" inspiration is something different.  For some it come from a Mozart aria.  Or a sunrise over the the bay.  Or a passage from a favorite book. Or a Morel.  Or a Thoroughbred or Irish Hunter.  Or old Scotch.

The right Inspiration can reboot us.  It can transfix us and take us away from our day-to-day concerns.  It can even leave us refreshed and ready to take on new challenges. 

So my question for you is, what is your source of ("big-I") Inspiration?

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

In My Closet: Sweater Edition

Photos by Salt Water New England

Monday, October 2, 2023

In My Closet: A Fistful of Tattersalls

Photo by Salt Water New England


Sunday, October 1, 2023

Friday, September 29, 2023

What change is good in a small town?

Photos by Salt Water New England

Towns change.  They grow.  They add amenities.  Traffic lights.  New parking and traffic patterns.  New stores.  Privately owned open fields may be bought and turned into permanently open spaces.

Sometimes there are wonderful changes, sometimes less than wonderful changes.

So, and here is the question, what changes in a small town constitute good changes, from your experience? What are signs that the town has maintained its essence but also heading in a good direction?


Sunday, September 24, 2023

Burgundy Horizontal Corduroy Trousers from Cordings

Photo by Salt Water New England
New Burgundy Horizontal Corduroy Trousers from Cordings of Piccadilly.
Examples of Other Cordings Trousers this Season:

Should Your House Have a Name?

The Ledges - Photo by Salt Water New England

Over the years, I have received questions about naming houses, including one just a few days ago.  The basic questions for the community include:

  • Does your year-round house have a name?  How about your summer house?
  • If one is building or buying a house, what goes into selecting a name?
  • Is it generally a good idea to name a house?

Friday, September 22, 2023

Lotuff’s No. 12 Leather Tote

New Arrival - Photos by Salt Water New England
Lotuff’s No. 12 Leather Tote is an effortless bag.  The design is elegant and complete.  It is the right size for a pocketbook, but has the breezy feel of a tote bag.   It is leather lined, so nicely structured.  It can go to a gallery opening in Stockholm or London, or the supermarket.  

And it looks smashing in Camel.  (I can now say Camel belongs amongst Lotuff's best colors, which include Chocolate (Brown) and Indigo (Navy).)  The Camel also shows off the absolutely stunning stitching that is felt but not always seen in some other colors. 

This bag I had slightly customized, opting for Lotuff's divine rolled handles. 

Lotuff's No. 12 is the perfect sophisticated older sibling of one of Lotuff's other wonderful "go to" totes, the Small Tote.
Given how addictive Lotuff products are, the range of delightful colors and designs (any one of which would be a tentpole product for another company) is quite satisfying indeed.