With the exception of one beautiful long weekend in Amagansett, I took a break from the Hamptons and spent most of the summer upstate near Hudson, NY in a little town called Philmont. After falling in love with the area, I decided to start the process of finding a weekend home. Rolling hills, farmland, fresh air, organic produce from the local farmers markets and friendly people are just a few of the many things that make the Hudson Valley so wonderful. Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Claverack are nearby and the area attracts artists, musicians and craftspeople. The challenge is selecting a town because they all have so much to offer.
Warren Street in the town of Hudson
There are numerous antiques shops on Warren Street and the Face Stockholm store sells vintage clothing and accessories in addition to their natural line of makeup and skincare. After spending a day shopping and exploring the town we stumbled into an excellent restaurant called Ca'Mea and enjoyed homemade ravioli and linguine and clams. For dessert we stopped into an adorable little ice cream shop called Lick which serves ice cream made in the Hudson Valley.
Lick on Warren Street in Hudson
Another selling point: The city of Hudson has an Amtrak station and the trip is just under two hours from Penn Station. Be sure to check out the soon to launch hudsonlifestyle.com for more information on the Hudson Valley. In the meantime you can follow them on Instagram at Instagram.com/hudsonlifestyle.
Our rental home in Philmont, NY
Hudson Opera House on Warren Street
Foley & Cox Home, Cafe Le Perche, Swoon Kitchenbar on Warren Street
Alexandra Crewneck, Isabelle Wrap, Sebastian V-Neck
This fall we are loving cashmere staples in dark camel, black and heather grey. A camel cashmere crew neck with black skinny jeans and a grey cashmere wrap or a grey cashmere v-neck with a black pencil skirt and a camel cashmere wrap, this color combination is classic yet looks fresh and modern.
Last weekend we had our first trunk show which was held at NINObrand Atelier in Philadelphia. The super chic atelier is located in the Rittenhouse section of Philadelphia which holds a special place in my heart, having lived there for many years before moving to New York. The sidewalk cafes, the beautiful brownstones and Rittenhouse Square Park make it a very special neighborhood full of charm.
My Former Home
Despite unreasonably hot and humid weather, the event was a huge success. NINObrand's founder, Bela Shehu, has a knack for bringing people together and creating a festive atmosphere. We are planning another trunk show for New York this fall and will keep you posted.
Trunk Show Crew
Heidi Wynne Cashmere and Rittenhouse Satchel, Dress by NINObrand
My beautiful and gracious friend, Bela Shehu, the designer behind the chic apparel line NINObrand, will host a trunk show featuring the Heidi Wynne fall collection in her Rittenhouse Atelier. Bela's exquisite line is available here: ninobrand.com and we will soon feature her favorite things on Wynne's World. If you are able to join us for the event in Philadelphia, PA on September 6th, please kindly RSVP to email@example.com. In addition to our classics like the Alexandra cashmere crew neck and the Isabelle cashmere wrap, the trunk show will feature some exciting new fall styles. We can't wait and hope you are able to join us!
Classic linen shirt, Montauk cowboy hat, Isabella wrap
We are marking the beginning of summer with comfortable, casual classics like our white linen shirt, Montauk raffia cowboy hat, Isabella lightweight cashmere wrap, Avery striped boatneck, Palm Beach hobo and our classic white Rachel cotton tank. Happy Memorial Day!
This week in Wynne’s World, we meet the gorgeous and talented New York based Filmmaker Shruti Rya Ganguly, who shares her favorite things.
Helmut Lang Trench, Giullietta Dress, Heidi Wynne Isabella Wrap
WARDROBE STAPLES: Tailored, patterned, comfortable, collared and colorful tend to describe my favorite pieces - from a Suno shirt I bought recently in San Francisco to a canary yellow Giulietta dress, from a pair of beige harem pants from FabIndia to a light grey Helmut Lang trench coat I've had forever. I’m looking forward to wearing my new Heidi Wynne Isabella cashmere wrap this spring and summer, especially when I travel.
CURRENTLY READING: I'm always reading a few things at a given time. Right now, I have Michael Hainey's After Visiting Friends, to a book on foragers in NYC, called Eat the City, to a book called Clearance and Copyright, which is a handy book for filmmakers.
SUMMER TRAVEL DESTINATION: I love going home to Oman or to India.
Clarins, Nars, Maybelline
FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS: Clarins Multi Active Jour Moisturizer and Sunscreen, my Nars Jungle Red lipstick, Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Mascara, and Parachute Extra Nourishment Hair Cream
MUSIC PLAYLIST: I'm really into Kygo's remixes of Ed Sheeran and Passenger, the new CiboMatto album, and then I always have Patti Smith's cover of "After the Gold Rush" (originally by Neil Young) on repeat!
FASHION ICON: Katharine Hepburn
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Eleven Madison Park or Blaue Gans in NYC. But really, the food I get at home in Oman may be my favorite!
One of the most stylish women we know, Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic, included the Isabelle wrap in her recent post "What Should I Pack for Paris?". Habitually Chic has had a tremendous influence on the Heidi Wynne brand so we were honored to be included in a such a chic post. A beautiful person inside and out, Heather has an exceptional ability to create a world filled with elegance, glamour and inspiration. http://habituallychic.blogspot.com/2014/03/what-should-i-pack-for-paris.html
This winter has been exceptionally long and brutal in New York. We are looking forward to spring with raffia straw hats and bags, a lightweight cashmere/bamboo blend for our sweaters and some beautiful linen shirts that are made in New York City. Of course we will offer our best selling lightweight cashmere Isabella wrap which is a spring and summer staple. Speaking of the Isabella, please stay tuned for some exciting collaborations! Spring is on the way!
Escape the cold and spend an afternoon at the Brooklyn Museum for the spectacular exhibit The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. Brooklyn Museum address: 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11238 www.brooklynmuseum.org