Masked Men, Union Square Greenmarket, June 2020

I had to stop and photograph these guys because of the Old Bay mask – love it! Not surprisingly, they, like me, are originally from Maryland, where Old Bay goes with (almost) everything. The mask on the left looks like camo from far away, but it’s actually a dog print.

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Overalls and Polka Dot Mask, Union Square, June 2020

Another great look from the Union Square Greenmarket. Love the mix of city and country.

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Lindsay Peoples Wagner, February 2020

Lindsay Peoples Wagner has made waves in the fashion industry before, most notably when she was the youngest editor in chief ever appointed at Conde Nast, to the post of EIC of Teen Vogue. Now she is spearheading a new initiative to counteract racism in the fashion and beauty industries. Black in Fashion, “founded to represent and secure the advancement of black individuals in the fashion and beauty industry,” aims to go beyond cancel culture and hold brands accountable for racial representation. They officially launch in July, and you can follow their progress on Instagram at @blackinfashioncouncil

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Greenmarket Style, June 2020

For the past decade or so, New Yorkers haven’t dressed up much to walk around the neighborhood or run errands. That seems to be changing slightly as the economy opens up a bit more while gyms stay closed. This time we know for sure you aren’t schlepping around in yoga pants because you just came from a class. There was no class! We also may be finally tiring of athleisure.

Case in point is the Union Square Greenmarket, which is thankfully open, ready for business and well-managed for social distancing – and a good place to show off a real outfit. These two wore one print that keeps popping up, especially in face masks – tiny florals. Pretty and old-fashioned, they’re just what the summer ordered.

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Lynn Yaeger, Greenwich Village, June 2020

It was so great to run into my Greenwich Village neighbor Lynn Yaeger on 10th Street. As luck would have it, she was one of the last people I saw in New York City before I fled in mid-March. She and Michael Musto were strolling down University Place on a warm spring night, and I spotted her as I came out of the Knickerbocker Grill for what would be my last dine-in restaurant meal for God knows how long. Then she was one of the first people I saw on the street when I came back to the neighborhood.

As you can see, she is not sitting around in sweatpants, but maintaining the same level of style and fabulosity as in the Before Times. She cleverly repurposed a silk scarf as a mask, something we should all do with all those old scarves. Underneath, she is still wearing her signature lipstick. And no, she never fled the city. Now that’s a New Yorker.

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Utilitarian: Khaki Jumpsuit, Outside Tory Burch FW2020

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Agi Akur at Alberta Ferretti FW2020

Another great denim look at Alberta Ferretti, this time on model Agi Akur after the show.

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Candela at Alberta Ferretti FW2020

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Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits

This recipe is a combination the late, great Southern chef Edna Lewis‘ recipe and an unwritten one by my mother-in-law, who is Georgia born and bred. I wanted to make biscuits as light and fluffy as hers but could not seem to replicate them up north. Biscuits were always better in Georgia. One day I watched as she put ingredients in a bowl without measuring them and patted out the perfect biscuit dough on a sheet of waxed paper. How did she do it?


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Upper East Side, February 2020

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WFH Beauty: Candace Marie at Self Portrait FW2020

I have to say I love a hat on a video call – on women or men. It frames the face and looks like you put in some effort, even if you’re not leaving the house. Candace Marie wore a great one to the Self Portrait show this winter. Colorful winged eyeliner was another beauty trend we saw on the street.

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Emmanuelle Alt and Francoise at Carolina Herrera FW2020

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WFH Fit: Gilda Ambrosio at Alberta Ferretti FW2020

Quarantine chic! Thinking of our Italian friends as restrictions are slowly lifted there. This look on Gilda Ambrosio works no matter what the circumstances.

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WFH Beauty: Courtney Trop at Sies Marjan FW2020

In which we imagine what would look cool on the other end of a Zoom call: Courtney Trop is another guest on the fashion week scene with a strong beauty game that changes every season. Loved how the bright yellow of her turtleneck and jacket played off the golden color of her hair at this show in February. Also! Barrettes and hair clips are proving invaluable in quarantine times.

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WFH Beauty: Going Green

In which we imagine what would look cool on the other end of a Zoom call: green extensions and matching tinted glasses, plus oversize earrings.

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