Spring is finally here and it is so nice to get outside and enjoy the weather. The weekend before last I headed to Old Westbury Gardens, a beautiful old estate turned museum. The grounds are truly breath taking and it is amazing to me that at one time a single family called this “abode” home. The one percent of their day, the home was built for John S Phipps and his wife Margarita and their four children. It was finished in 1906 and was created by the English Designer George A. Crawley…very Downtown Abbey! The TV Crawleys would be quite at home here. I headed there with my friend Laurie and her two dogs, Odie and Merlin. It was “Bring Your Dog to the Park Day” and there were canines of all shapes and sizes frolicking across the manicured grounds. You name it, it was there—big dogs, little dogs, pure breeds, mutts, and even a Meet Up group of owners of bull dogs. A whole pack of them!
I dressed for the occasion in a very un-Downton Abbey ensemble: skinny jeans, a simple tee, fitted black blazer, and Elvis worthy blue suede flats from Aldo. The tee is from Kaylee Cho an up and coming designer I wrote about here in one of my LBF posts and the jacket is from Rebecca Taylor. The jeans are from WESC and the bag you may have seen on the blog before is from Dooney & Bourke. Black, brown and and royal blue may not sound like it would go together but I think it works. Don’t you? And speaking of the one percent do you think I will be mistaken for Paris Hilton with Merlin propped on my hip? Yup, strolling the grounds of an old estate with a chiwawa on my hip is probably the closest I am going to get to living the life of the one percent. But hey, I am not complaining—a gorgeous day, a beautiful setting, a long time friend and lots of furry ones—I’ll take it!
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