Fashion Note: Sailing Kitsch


Pancakes for breakfast (and sometimes for dinner) are a near perfect food.
In Phoenicia, New York, Sweet Sues is the only place to get them, but they are the best. So we don't mind the monopoly.

But this is about Fashion not about Food.

Entering the cafe we were greeted by this hostess wearing the coolest, Sailor Kitch, sundress. My friend, Gillian commented, "Love your dress" to which she replied, "Thanks, I got it at JCPenney. Can you believe it?!".

JCPenney is on a mission to become America's Favorite Store (and a more fashionable one at that), so I can believe it. It was from their American Living collection and brought the perfect dose of Sailing Nostalgia to this little mountain town.

art, objects or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, BUT SOMETIMES APPRECIATED IN AN IRONIC OR KNOWING WAY

Jasmin Norwood takes a moment to pose for me

Now for the pancakes.... i'm not sure how many varieties there are on the menu, but i'm guessing about 20. This is how much we ordered and this is how much we love them.

Food is better when people feed it to you. The less effort the better

Fashion Note: Sailing Style, Part III

Sailing Style: Nautical 

The Hudson at Sunset

It seems like every summer one of the summer trends is always: Nautical
With all of the fun that happens on or near the water in this season, how could a nautical look not make into the top 5 trends?
Nautical style:
1) Stripes - think pirates
2) Red and Blue - not sure why
3) Ropes, Anchors and other things found on a sailboat

See the Stylist for more photos of Nautical Style


This summer I took my dad out for a sail on one of our club boats. My #1 sailing partner (and fellow Louisiana gal) Wendy, was there for the fun and the most beautiful sunset of Summer 2012

Rigging the boat is the first part of the sail

At the Helm with my favorite skipper, Mac.  There is always a slightly nervous look on my face when I'm at the helm

and now Wendy at the Helm. That look could get us into trouble...

Dad enjoying the breeze and the view

This is a great shot my dad took of the Main Sail

Wendy correcting a know on the Jib mid sail with the grace of a ballerina

Me and #1 sailing partner, Wendy

Nautical colors: Red, Blue with a splash of Yellow

Fashion Note: Sailing Style, Part II


One weekend this summer, in my quest to master sailing, 
I took to the high seas of Westport, Connecticut.  
(ha- no high seas - the wind that day was about 6 knots)

The boat was small and the sea was calm - I was The Skipper.

This is the day I became... Lady J

The scarf, even tho it looks fabulous actually serves a very important purpose. It keeps stray hairs from flapping around in your face. Imagine riding in a convertible car. Hair in the face is not fun and quite annoying after some time. When you are in charge of steering the boat, hair in your face is not a good look.
 A white bikini under a loose cotton white shirt is not a bad idea either. Sometimes it may compel your crew to give you a bit of sugar.

Fashion Note: Sailing Style, Part I

One of the great adventures of Summer is Sailing. This summer I made it a goal to become a better sailor. While my tacks are still slow, my sailing style is swift.

Sailing is sometimes perceived as a luxurious sport, yet it is still A SPORT which requires sharp thinking and nimble bodies.  We cannot all sit on the hull like Jackie O and bask in the sea breeze.

Yet, there is still a way to be practically dressed crew and look good doing it.

Sailing Style: Preppy, Practical, yet Polished

This look is "How to go from Work Day to Sunset Sail" 

Nantucket Red Chinos are loose enough for quick movement on the boat and super stylish at work with a rolled up hem. The webbing belt is fun and preppy, but holds up the chinos that eventually stretch out way too much. The necklace is like the coral at the bottom of the sea whose only purpose is to add color and pizazz. Later at the Marina I will trade in the sandals for Sperrys.

Photos taken By: Emily Foeske



Officially summer starts on June 21st, but Memorial Day really kicks off the Season. It's truly a turning point that makes the new season realized with lots of BBQ parties and a day off from work.
If you're from Louisiana or on the same latitude, summer started a long time ago...

This weekend I was reminded of all the wonderful things to look forward to in Summer: more sunshine, more time outside, more water sports, more reggae and more hanging out with friends.

Ari and I had an early introduction to summer since we were in Costa Rica last month. We got a head start on our tans and Ari tried surfing for the first time.  The surf school consisted of these 3 cool guys that hung out on the beach everyday waiting for someone wanting lessons. My very athletic Ari was somewhat overcome with a sport popular with "beach bums". 
He learned that the key to surfing is not so much muscle as it is being relaxed. This is a perfect creed for Summer
Ari Practicing his surfing moves

Ari and his instructors - Very cool, Very Relaxed

Instructor showing Ari the basics

Me on the side lines imitating
Ari finally catching a wave!!!!

I don't surf, but I do believe in trying to look like you know what doing even when you don't

 This is where the Reggae comes in.

Upon returning to New York we watched "Marley" at the Sunshine Theater. It was such a perfect reminder of what makes summer an ideal season. When I first discovered Reggae as a teenager, my boyfriend that summer insisted we drive around with the windows
down and the Legend CD playing loudly. 
Reggae is the sound of summer.

Then to kick off Memorial Day weekend, I went for a sail on the Hudson with my friend Wendy. The water and the wind were perfect. We watched the sunset as we steered the J24 around the river and were reminded how the elements guide us, not the other way around.
Wendy and me sailing on the Hudson in front of the Statue of Liberty

Until it gets too hot, I am in love with summer and all that it has to offer...