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DSC00450 I have been preoccupied as of late and to the detriment of this blog. I post so erratically these days it's a wonder any of you come back at all, but you do and I am grateful! By the way, things are wonderful, just busy and new and nonstop, so when body and mind demand a break, I am trying to listen, even if means stepping back from the things that bring me pleasure.

Let's dive in, then?


My third summer in New England and at long last I made it to Provincetown in all its midsummer glory. It was just a short visit, but we had a nice little adventure that day.

I can see the appeal - Cape Cod beaches, freewheeling queer abandon, highly walkable everything, the most darling clapboard B&Bs with their cake frosting rose gardens and all sorts of characters - but was a bit taken aback by the touristy feel, which I hadn't expected (probably very silly of me) and I wasn't too sad to return to a quiet, spacious Cape house tucked away in the woods at the end of the day. We'll be back, I'm quite sure of it.



The tomboy power-clashing barefoot in brickish polka dot Topman shorts and an extreme angler print cotton shirt I found for her at Target. It got many compliments at the beachfront bar. I'm sure people find better things to do than risk tetanus in rotted dock shenanigans when they're in P-Town, but we'd more or less done them all already and decided it was still a good idea.

I made a mess of French and fishtail braids because I knew how windy and hot it'd be, and got my fair share of compliments, too!



Watching the big ferry come tearing in from the bay is kind of a terrifying sight! From where we were sitting and having a cocktail it looked like it was going to smash through a few smaller boats and then into where we were sitting, but at the last possible moment turns and heads for the pier and a seemingly endless parade of people begin streaming into town, rolling their suitcases right down the middle of the street.



These J. Crew earrings have a cantaloupe color scheme that I love, with brushed gold and a little sparkle, and I wore them to dress us this super casual white cotton maxi sundress (even though nobody really dresses up in P-Town, as M was sure to remind me several times).

Did you know the weather is forecast to be in the 80s steadily for the next 10 days, and it's been that or higher for the past week or so? SUMMER IS NOT OVER. M won't stop heckling me about fall, hashtag too soon.



It's just beautiful there, isn't it? The colors are incredible - the water, the dunes, the painted boats and weathered wood of the docks and homes, the resilient flora. It all makes for a very enchanting atmosphere, a nice and deliberate, purposeful slowdown. Makes a gal wanna buy a boat and just float away for a while. I hope your summers have been - and continue to be, since the dog days keep a-comin' - sufficiently if not exceedingly lovely.


Then there was this little fella! He was quite remarkable and we hope he wasn't injured at all. I was standing only a few feet away and he was sure to spread his wings just so and turn his head to the angle while I snapped and snapped away. The locals have taught him well, it seems! It was pretty cool.

And now I'm off to call the chimney sweep before sweater weather is here. Better put in our order for some firewood while I'm at it. Shh!





Crane Beach

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I'm back from A-Camp! HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. It was pretty incredible, and I am pretty spent, even after a full night's sleep.

The tomboy whisked me home from the airport late last night, then whipped me up a cocktail and sat me down to hear about all the Mt. Feelings things and stories, but when we finally stood up for bed, my body said, "Girl. Sleep. Now. And for a very long while." It may take a day or two to catch up and feel fully restored, but I'm  savoring little luxuries like overcomplicated coffee orders and warm breakfast pastries and silence but for the birds singing, watching Gunny sleep and the curtains billow gently in the wind.



My brain doesn't quite know how to cope with a living room that's bigger than the cabin I was sharing with four other incredible (and I mean truly, truly incredible) people for the past seven days. I've never ever had a roommate but they all made it…well, wonderful.


I am ever so glad to be back home with this one and the rest of our brood, however. You might be thinking, "Silly Jonesey, these aren't camp photos!" and you'd be right; they're from Mother's Day, which feels like ancient history.

But it was a beautiful day, so I'll share them even though some time has passed.



Crane Beach is just north of Cape Ann, about an hour from Boston, and minutes from Russell Orchards, one our favorite places to get hot cider and cider donuts in New England. The road getting to the beach was jammed with cars packed full of people thrilled at the first beach day of the season after a long and miserable winter, and the four-mile stretch of sandy beach speckled with deliriously happy New Englanders.

Seriously, everyone was so happy that day. We were so happy that day. The water was Pacific Ocean-cold, but it hardly mattered.



About that sea life.




I love how effortlessly M just throws on an all-white casual outfit like it's nothing at all. I'm pretty sure she had on navy boat shoes that day, which is the nautical cherry on top. Also beachy waves.


Like, where are our sunglasses??!




We ended the day trip on a ridiculously high note at Salt Kitchen + Rum Bar in Ipswich, MA. What you need to know about Ipswich while you drool in front of your computer screens is that it's a very wee quintessential coastal town settled in 1633 just north of Boston, with a population just over 13,000. Melissa Ferrick grew up there, but aside from that these kinds of little towns rarely host dining establishments that could be picked up and dropped into, say, San Francisco or Oakland or New York or either Portland and do very well, but Salt is an all-around gem, with magical food and wonderfully balanced rum cocktails, both on and off menu.


So anyone visiting Boston who wants a taste of coastal life would do well to do as we did - breakfast and a leisurely drive up the coast, pop into Russell Orchards for snacks and souvenirs, frolic on the beach all afternoon long and enjoy a long and locally inspired meal at Salt. Locals, I can enthusiastically say that it's worth the drive.


'Spanish Nights' Dress – Ruche | 'Sparkle Lemon' iPhone Case and Idiom Charm Necklace – Kate Spade | Shark Tattoo - Gordon Combs (who just - and I mean just - left Seventh Son in SF and also did my Oakland/SF tattoo)

That's it for now, I hope everyone had a fantastical holiday weekend and for all the awesome campers I met this past week - I love you and you're incredible and I'm so glad we have one another and let's don't be strangers.



01-DSC03934 Back from an unintentional two-week break with some news: First, we celebrated my birthday this weekend! It was wonderful. Second - and this explains my extended absence - I did the unthinkable and got a perm.

Or more accurately a body wave, but in case you were wondering neither the process nor the chemicals have changed (much) since the perm heyday of the 1980s; what differentiates one from the other is simply the size of the rods your salon uses. Mine alternated between the biggest and second-biggest, and the results are pure beachy wave goodness.


I'll talk about it more in-depth soon over at Qwear for the Path to Perfect Tresses series finale, but in the meantime you should head over there to check out the Sunday style inspiration post I put together for them last weekend. Lots of excellent spring fever vibes! Speaking of, check out the tomboy's dapper outfit - perfect for a blustery early spring day in New England. We took these photos on the steps outside of Trinity Church. Details below:

Pinstripe 'Producer' Suit Pant - Men's Express | Striped Sweater - Gant (similar here) | Contrast Trim Blazer – H&M (similar here, here and here - the Ted Baker blue is my favorite!) | Wingtips (not pictured) - John Varvatos Star USA


Let's get on with this outfit! I love this sheer, almost neon blue skirt, I love my new minty fresh faux-leather biker jacket, and I love my perfect anytime, anywhere Everlane cashmere. I would say the jacket tones down the femininity of the bright floral skirt, but it's a pastel mint and who are we kidding? We'll say it gives it a little edge instead.

Not that it needs it. The simplicity (and practicality - it ain't that warm here yet) of the sweater is precisely why they make staples. It could be a tank or a t-shirt and it would have the same effect.


I liked the warm tomato red nail polish against the cooler tones.


Isn't this pattern killer? I wrestle with the miniskirt fit of the 'modesty' layer, but that's such an easy fix at the tailor.



I wore this necklace because it felt simple and sweet with the rest of the get-up, and I swept my hair back into a messy twist for the same reason. (And when we stepped out into the Back Bay wind on our way to brunch, I thanked myself for doing so!) Updos seem 100x easier now that my hair has all this texture to it! Now to brunch...




This is the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen at the Fairmont. It's a gorgeous, over-the-top space in an old world sort of way, the food and cocktails are consistently well-made and often subtly inventive, and the service is great. That pile of happiness up there is chocolate hazelnut french toast with berries and vanilla custard. FYI, their peach bellinis are a mile high and full of rum. YUM.



Everyone loves these shoes! I guess there's something a little risque about them - I like that they kind of swaddle the foot, have a tiny hidden platform wedge, and zip up the back like a corset. About corsets...



The next stop was Agent Provocateur, and as luck would have it we had the place all to ourselves - including poured champagne and decadent truffles. So much fun! I fell in love with the springy embroidered tulle of the Petunia range from their Spring Summer 2014 Collection, and what's a trip to a lingerie shop without seamed stockings, hm?

You might notice there was a little wardrobe change - I slipped out of the floral skirt and into this insanely dramatic midi ball skirt from H&M to fend off the chill outside.


That's better! And so on and so forth went the entire lovely weekend, full of sweet surprises and lots of love from family and friends near and far. We wrapped things up by pairing a bottle of Moët with a JP Licks ice cream cake last night, and it was a splendid way to kick off my 34th year.

Blue Skirt - Topshop (similar here and here) | Cashmere Sweater - Everlane | Faux Leather Moto Jacket – BCBGeneration | Suede Wedge Sandals - B. Makowsky | Bow Necklace - Marc by Marc Jacobs | Rose Gold Mixed Metal Watch - Bulova | Nail Polish - Ciate 'Encore'

Hope you enjoyed the post!