BACKGAMMON CLARE VIVIER-STYLE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Clare Vivier
One of my favorite handbag designers, Clare Vivier, captures the laid-back chic style of Southern California by-way-of-Paris. Working in supple leather in a range of colors, from deep browns to aubergine, there is a nonchalance to her soft- structured understated designs. I recently spotted a new addition to her leathergoods designs- a backgammon set. Portable and compact, her roll-up board in kelly green and cobalt blue features a side zip pocket to store the pieces. I have my eye on this as a great holiday gift.   It's never to early to begin that list...

A FOND FAREWELL TO SUMMER. WAIT, IT'S OVER?!

by Marisa Marcantonio

The long sunny days of sea and sand have come to a close.  After numerous heatwaves, a lot of thunderstorms and hair malfunctions while surf side, I am looking forward to fall. I wish you all a wonderful, relaxing holiday weekend. Bask in summer and it's final moments. Enjoy!

 Photo courtesy of Alex and Alexa
You can wear your straw hat for a few more days. This one, lined with a sweet Liberty print, would be my pick.

 Photo courtesy of Haus Interiors
A carved wooden anchor sculpture in a pale wood from Haus Interiors will remind you of summer all year long

 Photo courtesy of Natural Curiosities
Unwind, framed rope gets the artistic treatment from Natural Curiosities

 Hung side-by-side with the white version above, the natural rope seems grounded and versatile

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie
Put the Paddle Board away till spring. Anthropologie's exclusive board with Kai Po'i has a little mod geo design. Styling. 

 Photo courtesy of Horchow
Towel off after a final dip with Jonathan Adler's bright linear beach towels from Horchow.