Monthly Archives: June 2021
New York is so full of fresh energy and creativity, there’s no other place our style muse and girl-about-town would rather be!
After so many months of hunkering down and hibernating at home, I think I can speak for my fellow New Yorkers when I say I feel like we’ve been set free! Unfettered and untethered, we’re happily exploring the city, reconnecting with friends and neighbors and savoring new outdoor experiences. Here are some of the things I’m loving this summer—and what I’m wearing, of course!
Our hostess of summer, and dean of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits, Suzanne Pollak, shares her half a dozen summer tips for the perfect backyard soiree.
The #1 tip concerns conversations because we haven’t been face to face in so long! Just thinking about it sparks excitement, which gets energy flowing and makes party planning extra pleasurable.
1. Let’s Talk
Charleston Chic: Suzanne Pollak, our host of J.McLaughlin Summer photographed by Mark Staff
A Night To Remember: Venita Aspen wearing the Bowen dress, Suzanne Pollak wearing the Nara dress, and Youmna Squalli
Photo by Niki Nero
Last night, a rather hot Charleston evening, we toasted the official host of summer, Suzanne Pollak, dean of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits, with a celebration in honor of our new entertaining collaboration, A Summer Night’s Dream, at our King Street store.
Suzanne, dressed to the nines in her garden printed Nara dress (which we designed with Suzanne in mind), floated throughout the crowd carrying her signature grapefruit and tequila cocktail and our napkin that perfectly matched her dress.
The Kentucky Derby is just as much about the fashion as the race itself. Every spring since 1875 Churchill Downs floods with society’s most fashionable spectators to watch the Run for the Roses. There are many traditions associated with the Derby’s long history such as mint juleps, the roses awarded to the winning horse, and the playing of “My Old Kentucky Home” but none are as fun and unique as the hats that are displayed each year.
An American Classic: Arielle Patrick photographed by Daphne Youree
This month’s of the moment, Arielle Patrick, a Chief Communications Officer (in fact, one of the youngest Wall Street C suite execs) and modern day renaissance woman that takes everyday head on in a crisp shirt, a centered mind, and the ability to always stay nimble.
With exciting upcoming summer nuptials and a jam-packed work week, Patrick, a corporate strategist and creative, works at a global asset management firm where she oversees media relations, public and community affairs, internal communications, corporate and executive leadership communications, branding, and content marketing initiatives. Arielle also sits on the firm’s Operating Committee (read her recent New York Times profile here). Somehow, this classic style devotee still finds time to run, take a quick morning bath, and sit on many boards including the National Advisory Board for Yellowstone National Park's foundation; the Board of Directors of The Harbor Sciences & Arts Charter School; the Steering Committee for the Young Fellows of The Frick Collection Museum and many others.
Below, Patrick shares everything from her life motto to her esthetician’s Instagram account to the must-read novel you should *add to cart* immediately. Also, expect words of wisdom you’ll want to write down, and summer style inspiration galore in her dreamy light-filled New York City apartment.