Off to the Berkshires

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My mother Eve is 82 and pretty much unstoppable: she spent a good portion of the summer in classes to train her Goldendoodle to be a service dog, went to see Bjork at Hudson Yards, and when she was out in Sag Harbor, swam in the bay every single day. When it was suggested that it might not be the most prudent idea for her to ride a bike out there anymore—lest she lose her balance and take a spill—she got herself an adult tricycle, and bops around town on that. It would be a lie to say she hasn’t slowed down at all, but she hasn’t slowed down much. And when she asked me if I’d like to accompany her on a little spa vacation, my only question was whether I’d be able to keep up with her. We leave on Sunday for five days, and according to the weather forecast they’re already having some pretty chilly weather up there, so I acquired my first Patagonia jacket, which is actually a men’s model, but it was the coolest jacket in the store by far. And according to the guy who helped me, this jacket is such a big deal in Japan that it’s the only item in the store you can only buy one of.

I own this T-back top from Alala, and think it is the perfect piece for yoga.

Such an adorable leopard print sports bra; I also very much like this version in army green.

I love a borderline-loud legging, and these have such a great Tiki vibe.

I own a version of these jersey sweats, and love them: they’re very soft, kind of silky, and supremely comfortable.

At the spa, a yoga class is offered that you do in the pool on special floaty mats, and it’s supposed to be really good for your balance—and since my balance is so very bad, I’m keen on giving it a shot. I’ll be bringing along this tank swimsuit from Solid & Striped, because it’s classic and gets the job done, and reminds me of something Lauren Hutton might have worn to the beach in 1979.

 

The branding on this sneaker is a little front-and-center for my taste, but I’m all for the easy (and cool) slip-on shape, and fun patterns.

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26 Thoughts on Off to the Berkshires
    Jeanne
    6 Sep 2019
    6:07pm

    Have a great time. Sounds like heaven, even the cold weather. We’re sweltering out here. The jacket is the in thing with the kids these days says my college student. “Patagucci” is the apparent term haha.

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    HickfromStyx
    6 Sep 2019
    5:49pm

    Fun! Enjoy with your mom.

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    Lori
    6 Sep 2019
    8:48pm

    Actually love that Patagonia jacket. And your mother sounds amazing — like a true inspiration and fantastic role model! (My own mother, 77, is still pretty feisty, but she’s always been a total a-hole, so I’m seriously envious of people with great moms. (-; ) Have a wonderful trip!

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      Kimbersam
      7 Sep 2019
      11:23am

      Feeling you. I have a mother-I-don’t-talk-too (for 23 years now). I’ve always suspected she is undiagnosed borderline and I was her scapegoat. Not everyone gets a great or even just-barely-OK Mom.

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        Kim France
        9 Sep 2019
        11:56am

        Well I seriously got shafted in the dad lottery, so it all equals out in the end.

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    Mary
    6 Sep 2019
    9:07pm

    I have three girls and the oldest two (teens) are absolutely smitten with Patagonia these days and it’s safe to say they’d love your pick, as do I! They’ll just steal it.

    I have a really rough time picking sneakers, for some peculiar reason, so appreciate your thoughts!

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    Praleen
    6 Sep 2019
    9:46pm

    Sounds amazing! Great to hear that your mom is doing such great stuff too, you’ve always mentioned how incredible she is. Have a wonderful time together! Rock your fleece and your tricycle riding mom!!

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    Greta
    7 Sep 2019
    2:56pm

    I have a request! You always seem to find the most perfect longer-sleeved tees with just the right amount of slouchiness for those of us who have some stomach pooch. I would love a post on casual, drapey, and easy-to-wear but interesting long sleeve tees for fall. This is a staple I ALWAYS crave in early fall but never feel I have enough of, and finding good ones always eludes me. If you could find some that are natural fabrics (no polyester if possible!) that would be a bonus. Thank you!

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      Jax
      9 Sep 2019
      11:03am

      I just got this Everlane linen tee. Definitely slouchy and drapey, but not super-thin to the point of having to wash it carefully.

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    liz
    7 Sep 2019
    10:32am

    Thanks I ordered te fleece jacket in navy. The sage was back ordered. What color did you get? I work at a Japanese company and these have been all the rage for years.

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    Kirstjen
    9 Sep 2019
    2:18pm

    Everyone’s balance gets worse with age. I’m 50-something, always been a klutz, and after a recent fall ended up in physical therapy. I was told that at least one workout each week should be focused on balance after age 50, so get on that floaty mat in the pool and do your yoga. At least it won’t hurt when you fall!

    I guess it might also be time to start practicing getting up off the floor without using my hands/arms, too. 😛

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    AC
    9 Sep 2019
    11:56am

    I really enjoyed reading about your mom. You are so very lucky to still have her, but I suspect you already know that. Love all your finds for your spa trip. Have a wonderful time.
    P.S. same issue as another commenter. This post just showed up today 9/9 and the link for the sweatpants goes to a non existent url.

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    Maria
    9 Sep 2019
    12:32pm

    The link for the jersey sweats not workin for me…

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    Mamavalveeta03
    9 Sep 2019
    12:49pm

    I hear ya’ about the “mom with boundless energy” thing. Our vacation to South Dakota with my parents went well, but damn! My mom is 81 and she’s like the friggin’ energizer bunny!
    That green leopard bra is adorable, but I’m needing exercise bras that close in the back – no more pullovers with my shoulders.

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      Viajera
      10 Sep 2019
      11:13am

      I don’t like pullover exercise bras either. You might try playtex 4693. I haven’t done high impact in it yet but it has good support. I already said this but it got eaten.

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    Eleanor
    9 Sep 2019
    11:49am

    I’m wondering what size you purchased in the men’s patagonia vs. what size you would be in womens? I love the mens color!

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      Kim France
      9 Sep 2019
      11:57am

      I purchased a small; in women’s I’d take a medium.

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    y.k.
    9 Sep 2019
    10:11am

    How wonderful you get to spend time with your talented mom.
    My mom (80 later this month) has recently been divesting herself of her large jewelry collection and gave me a necklace I had forgotten about – a length of chain mail that my mom used to wear loosely tied. Looking at it now, I’m convinced it’s your mom’s handiwork! (i looked at your mom’s website to confirm). I’m thrilled!!!

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    Jax
    9 Sep 2019
    11:08am

    The jersey sweats link isn’t working for me.

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    Kitty
    9 Sep 2019
    11:38am

    Are you going to CR? Just got back, it’s the best place ever.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      9 Sep 2019
      12:56pm

      I had the opportunity to do makeup at CR for Bobbi Brown one time but ridiculously, turned it down. Ugh…

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      Kim France
      9 Sep 2019
      11:52am

      I am, Kitty, and I agree!

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    c.w.
    9 Sep 2019
    8:51am

    a little fyi….this posting just showed up today (sept. 9th) even though I tried several different ways to connect to GOACA. And clicking on the sweatpants I get a weird web site. Otherwise I hope your spa week is relaxing and challenging! Your mom is amazing!!! (also, you won’t regret the Patagonia jacket––they are warm and last for freaking ever!!)

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    Brett Jackson
    10 Sep 2019
    8:15pm

    Enjoy Kim
    So happy you & mom can take this fun trip together.
    Such a blessing.
    Great post! Totes love that Patagonia fleece… that pocket!💙

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