Feeling Blue

Maybe it's the weather. Or more likely just the overall need for more blue skies.

PPD has always been a fan of the crisp, clean blue and white combo. In fact at PPD we haven't been able to keep in stock any pieces that are blue and white. Our favorite is the two piece wool Big Sur piece (wish we had more than one, but then PPD wouldn't be "one-of-a-kind" would it?!?). We also like Georgica and the classic "Jantzen" swimmer logo that is so rare.

What do you think of the cool color palette that seems to be everywhere from Target to John Robshaw?

Krak Addict


My name is Susan.

And I'm a Krak Addict.

Yes, I get high off of touching, feeling and hopefully one day owning a Reed Krakoff handbag. Ever since the multi-faceted Reed Krakoff branched off as the Creative Director at Coach and started his own line of women's ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry I haven't slept, eaten or focused on anything else but RK.

This Spring Buck gazelle and burnished glovetan leather "Field II" bag makes me want to go to get my fix right now. Not to mention all of the pieces in his RTW line. Icing on the cake? Stella Tennant as his muse.

Don't suggest a 12-step program for me. I just want to wallow in my fantasy of one day owning something from RK.

And now, for your moment of zen...

I remember when my talented yogi cousin Margaret Maggard was just launching her yoga inspired jewelry line, Bhati Beads. I knew it would take off due to its "beachy" appeal, relaxed yet sophisticated look and tasteful design.

Fast forward to today when her line has been featured in multiple Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues and worn by the SI models over the years...not to mention on the cover!

Margaret's jewelry incorporates hand-dyed silk with gold-filled and sterling beads, Nepalese prayer boxes, handcrafted fine jewelry, and my favorite: the coil bracelet with real Turquoise heishi beads and a 14K goldfill chain tassel. Who wouldn't feel like a Sports Illustrated swimwear model wearing one of these? OK, that may be a stretch. But you look very stylish and can at least get a bit of "ommm" without the sweat.

To order to go Bhati Beads now. It doesn't hurt to say "her cousin" sent you!

I can SEA clearly now...

When I lived in San Francisco I loved either weekend or overnight getaways in either Sonoma, Mendocito, or Lake Tahoe. Any opportunity to be in a peaceful environment after a long work week was the perfect panacea for this city girl. Two places that I have been dreaming about lately are Costanoa and and Sea Ranch.

Costanoa is one different camping experiences I have ever encountered in the U.S. From its fabulously stocked general store to the Frette linen-lined fabulous deluxe tent bungalows (we ain't talking summer camp here...there is electricity and heat and simple yet chic interiors) that are set near the water it is such a breathtaking experience and takes "roughing it" to a whole new level. Even the out house is nice. Great for families or just to escape it all by yourself, if you are looking to take scenic Highway One to great getaway locale, this is it.

As for Sea Ranch, when I think of a tranquil escape that clears your mind Sea Ranch comes up first and foremost. Located on the Sonoma-Mendocito coast, between the massive redwoods and grassy bluffs Sea Ranch is so pretty. As one of the first eco-communities the accommodations are set so close to the water and cliffs that is is breathtaking. Bring some clams to put on the fire, good wine and friends and you have a recipe for rejuvenation.

Now for my shameless plug...wouldn't a Petrie Point Design piece look fabulous in either locale???

Gimme Shelter

In this month's House Beautiful is a wonderful wood-filled home that exists on Shelter Island that belongs to british couple Harriet Maxwell MacDonald and Andrew Corrie. As a fellow resident of the bucolic island, I do like the simplicity of their home and the natural touches. They also own a fantasitc store called Ochre in my neighborhood in NYC so am wondering..how come I don't know these people? They seem like an amazingly talented and smart duo. Harriet and Andrew: would love to get to know you!

Sunny Disposition

I love to get inspiration when looking for new style ideas. If it is for PPD, my home, my personal style, or for clients I get excited when I find something that not only brightens my day but makes me smile. Elva Fields is a collection of some of the most beautiful one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry that I have come across this year. Please check out her wares. The only dilemma is I want to own some of the pieces, but they are all sold out! Hopefully designer Emily Wheat Maynard will make more...pronto!

Gotta Hand it to Handey

I recently met a woman who was a rather "strong critic" of my work. She liked PPD, but had some interesting suggestions on how to improve the collection. Framing your daughter's bat mitzvah dress from the 90's isn't exactly the direction PPD is headed, but let me just say this person should take the advice of Jack Handey of old "SNL" days. It made me think of the best quote ever:
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes."

Maybe I should have been the one doing the "critiquing" that day. Yet, I wouldn't of wanted her nasty shoes.