Your Idyllic Summer in New England with KJP and Camp Foxhawk

Only recently have I stumbled across the magical world created by Kiel James Patrick and his wife Sarah Vickers, a wormhole that started by following their golden retriever Bennie on Instagram.

At once I was hooked, and sucked into a world of New England beaches, classic cars and historic mansions, dripping in Americana.

But seriously, who is this couple and how can I have their life? (They had their wedding at Christmas tree farm for goodness sake!)

For Kiel and Sarah, the journey began by selling rope bracelets out of Kiel’s parent’s garage, and has since turned into a full fledged clothing brand, online and in stores, as well as a slew of partnerships with other brands like Kate Spade and Brooks Brothers.

In the crowded and competitive market of fashion, a keen understanding of social media is key. Kiel told Huffington Post, “The strongest marketing has always been word of mouth, or trusting a friend’s advice and opinion on what they like to wear or eat. Everyone on our team and in our factory has their own fan base and you’re buying into his or her lifestyle by wearing the products we’re making. We don’t pay for advertising.”

What sets the KJP brand apart is accessibility. In a New York Times article, children’s clothing designer Noelle Daly said, “You can envision having a clambake on the beach with them. They’re romancing you with each photo.”

Even their internship program is unique, and billed as Camp Foxhawk Adventure School, which promises “sailing trips, polo matches, bonfires on the beach, tennis, canoeing, classic cars, waterskiing, soirees… the quintessential New England summer of a lifetime.” Interns will learn about “American-made manufacturing, retail, social media marketing, brand photography, and product development.” Town and Country has even recapped previous summers at the camp.

I’m hooked, though perhaps a few years too far into my professional career to apply. 😉

Getaway: Nevis

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Photo from Four Seasons Nevis West Indies.

Tucked away in the northern part of the West Indies, Nevis (pronounced “nay-vis”), is a quick water-taxi ride from St. Kitts. At just thirty six square miles in size, it’s quite a small island, but perhaps the best place to disappear for a few days.

The ferry from St. Kitts will drop you in Nevis’ tiny capital, Charlestown. Part of the appeal for travelers is that the Nevisians have been able to keep the island off the radar. The beautiful, quiet beaches are one of the main attractions: a favorite is Pinney’s Beach. There’s horseback riding at the Equestrian Centre, climbing Nevis Peak (the volcano at the center of the island) or wandering around the Botanical Gardens.

Nevis also has a unique tie to U.S. history, as the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. Lin Miranda Manuel spent time in Nevis to get inspiration for the Broadway hit Hamilton. To get your own fix of history, visit the Alexander Hamilton House.

Weather-wise, temps hover around 80 degrees year-round, but keep in mind that July to November is the island’s rainiest season.

For those headed to Nevis this summer, the Culturama Festival begins on July 21 and runs through August 2. Culturama celebrates the local Nevisian traditional customs and hopes to spread awareness of the island’s cultural heritage. Carnival is the biggest yearly event on the neighboring island of St. Kitts, starting in mid-December.

The favored hotels to stay, according to TripAdvisor, include the Nisbet Plantation Club, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis and the Montpelier Plantation. If it so happens you’re looking to buy, a billionaire car magnate also recently put his home, the Seagrape, up for sale for a cool $7.2 million. Perks? Automatic citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Abscond away!

Jackie O and One Famous Pair of Sandals: A History

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Photo from The Buggy Blog. 

“I want to live my life, not record it.”

Jackie Kennedy Onassis. What an icon. The eldest daughter of a Wall Street stock broker and socialite, a teacher described her as “a darling child, the prettiest little girl, very clever, very artistic, and full of the devil.” Jackie started as an inquiring photographer for the Washington Times-Herald before meeting then-Congressman John Kennedy. The rest is Camelot history. The embodiment of style many of her classic looks look just as fresh today.

The sandals she made famous seem almost like fashion folklore.  Read More

What’s the 2016 Color of the Year? It Depends on Who You Ask

Color-of-the-Year-2016-Rose-Quartz-Serenity-PinterestIn a quick Google search for the 2016 color of the year, I saw conflicting reports. It’s white, no it’s alabaster — wait no it’s rose quartz AND serenity.

Puzzling to say the least, but of course it depends on your source. With the publicity behind Pantone’s color of the year in recent years (marsala in 2015 and radiant orchid in 2014), other companies are also gaining exposure for choosing their own color to define the upcoming year. Read More