This week on Wynne's World we meet my beautiful friend Permele Doyle, who is known for her impeccable manners and sharp wit. The PR and Marketing Guru splits her time between the Upper East Side and Millbrook where she provides us with an insider's guide to the quaint and charming town of Millbrook, New York.
Permele: Working at a startup and building a new business is super exciting. I'm running the recently opened New York office for the London-based influencer marketing agency Billion Dollar Boy. We help brands connect with the right online influencers to tell their story. We focus on engaging male audiences on social - still a big challenge for brands!
I am so much more invested in it that I really relish some downtime on the weekends. There is no better place to do that for me than where I grew up in Millbrook, NY in the Hudson Valley.
Market Street in Rhinebeck, NY near Millbrook
Wardrobe Staples: I leave a set of “Millbrook” clothes up there which are more brown and blue tones than my black New York gear. Jeans, leather boots, a white blouse and of course a Heidi Wynne cashmere wrap is my uniform up there. I dress things up by wearing tweed blazers from the House of Bruar or Cordings with sparkly pins - the more I can try and look like Lady Mary on a day outing, the better.
Currently Reading: I just finished the “The Marriage of Opposites” about Pissarro's family in St. Thomas. It filled with the most vivid tropical imagery and is the perfect winter escape. Every week I try to make it a goal to read my New Yorker cover to cover, which is sometimes very hard to achieve and I end up lugging 3 -4 to Millbrook to try and get through.
Alice Hoffman's The Marriage of Opposites
Favorite things to do in Millbrook during the winter: Stay cozy by the fire. If there is snow we go snowshoeing up behind our house and it is a blast to go skiing at this tiny mountain nearby called Catamount. It has a great apparel store next to it called Kenverwhere they serve you hot apple cider as you shop. We also love to get games of paddle tennis together, day or night!
Winter in Millbrook
During the Spring: Get out of town! Spring doesn’t come until so late up there that it is really the mud season. When flowers do come out, two of the best places to see them are at Innisfree Garden and Wethersfield.
Innisfree Garden, Millbrook
Wethersfield Garden, Amenia, NY
During the summer: I am a tennis addict. I feel happiest in whites, blushed post-match on a hot sunny day. Millbrook is very social in the summer so in between parties I am stationed by the pool to decompress. It is fun to see friends and cheer on some attractive Argentines at Mashomack Polo Club for the weekend polo matches. Anyone can come and tailgate. Two parties not to miss are the Mashomack International Polo Challenge in June at Mashomack run by dear friend Karen Klopp and the Blue Jean Ballat Fitch’s Corner in July.
Tennis Courts in Millbrook
Mashomack Polo Club
Summer in Millbrook
During the fall: I love to shoot, if not only for the gear (Beretta!). I don’t enjoy killing birds and prefer clay pigeons. I am a pretty good shot but mostly like being the only girl out there with the boys. It is quite a unique place in that there are so many places to shoot. Aside from the clubs Mashomack or Tamarack, another great option is Orvis Sandanona.
Autumn in Millbrook
Favorite Beauty Products: I am still finishing up my Tom Ford Beauty products from when I used to work there so I usually dress thing up with a Blush Nude lip color for lunch and Flame for a pop of color at night. The smell of Byredo “Tree House” a houseguest once gave me still permeates the upstairs. I go through lots of Epsom salts and lavender for long baths. I am also addicted to coconut oil and think it is a a miracle product.
Tom Ford Lipcolor in Blush Nude, Byredo Parfums Tree House, Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Flame, Dr Teal's Epsom Salt with Lavender, Organic Coconut Oil
Currently Watching: TV is definitely a vice for me! I am re-watching Mad Men which is turning out to be so helpful for my new business - not sure if I should trust him but I am learning a lot about dealing with clients from Don Draper, including the fact that sometimes they are not always right. I adored Mozart in the Jungle, tore through latest season of The Affair and now am finishing Judd Apatow’s new Netflix show Love.
Mozart in the Jungle
Favorite restaurants in Millbrook: People entertain a lot at home in Millbrook, but when we do venture out my favorite restaurants include Stissing House owned by our dear friends Patricia and Michel Jean, formerly of La Provence in Greenwich Village. My other favorite is Market St. in Rhinebeck - makes one feel they could possibly be downtown! The food is spectacular and is right next to my favorite movie theatre, Upstate Films. For breakfast or lunch The Millbrook Diner is where the elite meet! It is super retro but has olive oil the owner’s family produces in Greece and is always fun. The Red Devonin Bangall is another good lunch spot and for delicious prepared food or dinner parties we turn to Slammin Salmon. When we go to see a movie in Millerton we love the Oakhurst Diner owned by the Harney and Sonstea family. They produce all of the tea in Millerton and have an adorable tea shop in town. The White Hart Inn in one of my favorite towns Salisbury, CT re-opened last year and has a dining room and a cozy Tap Room which is great to have a hamburger by the fire. They also have chic hotel rooms to stay overnight to avoid the 40 minute drive back to Millbrook.
Stissing House, Millbrook
The Millbrook Diner
Oakhurst Diner, Millerton, NY
The White Hart Inn, Salisbury, CT
Favorite shops in Millbrook: The beautiful Alicia Adams and her husband Daniel just made downtown Millbrook MUCH tonier with the opening of their store Alicia Adams Alpaca. They have all hypoallergenic wraps, sweaters, scarves etc. from their alpaca farm in Peru. They share the space with textile guru John Robshaw. The best place for hostess gifts is Punch. I often find treasures in the Millbrook Antiques Mall. If you forgot any country gear (or guns) check out British Sporting Arms.
Alicia Adams Alpaca Farm
Alicia Adams Alpaca Shop, Millbrook
John Robshaw, Millbrook, NY
Millbrook Antiques Mall
Favorite galleries or museums near Millbrook: There are none in Millbrook (maybe why people from the Berkshires call us “unintellectual”) but are beautiful, and not too far, drives away from Bard College, Dia:Beacon, the Clark Institute, Mass MOCA. I also love visiting numerous historic mansions along the Hudson, my favorite being Montgomery Place.
Montgomery Place, Barrytown, NY
Favorite cocktail: Bordeaux all day, any day. In the summer Campari sodas to dream of Italy and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
The Talented Mister Ripley
Favorite Meal: The best food in town is always my mother's home cooked meals. I actually want to start a YouTube channel with her cooking. She is gluten, dairy, sugar and egg free which sounds impossible but her recipes are delicious. My favorite lunch party meal of hers is risotto with sundried tomatoes and basil, roasted lamb with a pesto garlic sauce, asparagus and salad with lemon juice and olive oil.
I've recently started working with a straw factory in Morocco and I can't wait to visit and develop new styles. I'm so inspired by the culture and the rich textiles and patterns. As I was creating the mood board I realized that some of my favorite fashion editorials were shot in Morocco, including US Vogue's Shades of Adventure in December 1987 by Denis Piel and
Marella Agnelli’s home in Marrakech for US Vogue's August 2006 issue.
2015 has been an incredible year and I am eternally grateful for all of the support. From customers who send such thoughtful and encouraging emails about how much they love the collection, to loyal social media followers and friends who make my day with a like or a sweet comment, to successful trunk shows at Philadelphia's NINObrand Atelier, to Habitually Chic's continued support (which has been a dream come true since she's been my favorite blogger from day one), to being on Moda Operandi (another dream come true), to the support from Elizabeth Hurley and Ann Caruso who have been making my wraps look so glamorous, I look back at this year as one of the best ever and am excited about what is to come. My wish for you is that 2016 is your best year yet and that it brings you all of the joy and happiness in the world. Happy New Year!