On My Bookshelf: Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

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When St. Martin’s Press wanted to sponsor a post about Everybody Rise, the debut novel from New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford, I was happy to oblige. The book has already generated significant buzz, with Clifford being dubbed a “21st-century Edith Wharton”; unsurprisingly, the movie rights have already been snatched up by the producer of The Devil Wears Prada. I finished the poignant and humorous tale in a single weekend and have a feeling you’ll eat it up, too.

Set in Manhattan in 2006, the story centers on Evelyn Beegan, a socially anxious 26-year-old desperately trying to infiltrate the ranks of high society. As we follow Evelyn’s trials and tribulations, Clifford gives us an inside look at the Upper East Side world of debutante balls, designer wardrobes, and antiquated traditions. The author is clearly familiar with the WASP scene, filling the book with spot-on descriptions of 1985 beige Mercedes (nothing too flashy), Jack Rogers sandals (a Jackie Kennedy favorite), and Cartier trinity rings. From the kayaks of Adirondack camps to the private pools of Southampton, we watch Evelyn’s swift but precarious rise with a mixture of horror, awe, and fascination.

The novel goes on sale August 18th, but can be pre-ordered on Amazon. I can’t wait to hear what you think! In celebration of the future bestseller, I thought I’d share some WASP style staples:

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Tennis Earrings / Tortoise SunglassesPearl Earrings / Lacoste Polo Shirt /Link Bracelet / L.L.Bean Leather Handle Tote / Chino ShortsGramercy WatchJack Rogers Sandals / / Polka Dot Laundry BagNeedlepoint Keychain / Cashmere Sweater / Everybody Rise /

(This post was sponsored by St. Martins Press. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Neo-Trad possible.)

Serena & Lily Fall Fashion

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West coast brand Serena & Lily recently branched out from interiors to fashion and I couldn’t be happier. They just released their fall apparel collection and, as you can see from these images, the result is seriously chic. The cape, pencil pants, and shirt dresses are absolutely timeless, appropriate from age 20 to 80. Off to place an order…!

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Liz Damrich at Home in Charleston, South Carolina

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I am crazy about this tour of Liz Damrich’s stylish South Carolina home. Published by Style Me Pretty Living, the elegant Charleston abode is full of natural light, neutral furnishings, and stately antique accents. I especially love the classical bust on her dining table and furry living room ottoman (why didn’t I snatch one up at Target?!). In recent years, creatives have been flocking to Charleston thanks to its lively fashion, cuisine, and design scene. A New York transplant, Liz works for the much buzzed-about creative agency Fuzzco. Enjoy the dreamy photos!

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(photography by Perry Vaile)

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Berdoulat & Breakfast in Bath, England

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A charming bed and breakfast has opened for business In the English city of Bath, best known for its ancient Roman spas. I spotted a photograph of the stately space on the instagram feed of @sixsevensix and am so glad I investigated further. Berdoulat & Breakfast consists of two suites in the home of architect Patrick Williams, his wife, Neri, and their daughter, Wren. The building, designed by famous architect John Wood the Elder in 1748, also houses Patrick’s business, Berdoulat Architectural Design. The property was in shambles when the couple purchased it, but has since been restored to its original grandeur (albeit with a modern twist). Focused on preservation, Patrick’s rooms retain their historic integrity without compromising livability. My favorite room has to be the library (pictured below), brimming with the distinctive orange of classic Penguin paperbacks. Have you ever been to Bath…? I hope to someday pay the Williams a visit!

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(photography via the Berdoulat & Breakfast website and the instagram @sixsevensix)

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