Stellene Volandes



To swing into summer, we’ve again asked several accomplished women we admire to come up with 10 suggestions for a sweet season. Returning this year is one of our favorites, Stellene Volandes, Style Director at Town & Country magazine. —Ed.






Favorite Summer Destination: North Fork of Long Island and Greek beaches.

North Fork of Long IslandPlum Island, North Fork of Long Island, New York. Image from Flickr via


Current Summer Reading: The new Gatsby movie has inspired my rereading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby


What to Wear to a Summer Party: You can never go wrong with a white dress and gold sandals. My favorites are these classic gold sandals by Canfora. They are handmade in Capri and feature three thin strips of calf leather with a hand-stitched leather sole on a classic .9-inch Capri heel. Definitely made to navigate the cobblestone streets of Capri!


Gail Sandal in Gold, by Canfora

.Gail Sandal in Gold $140

Favorite Summer Fragrance Frédéric Malle’s ‘Portrait of a Lady‘ is actually fitting for winter, spring, summer, and fall!

portrait of a lady

 Portrait of a Lady by Frédéric Malle.


Necessary Summer Indulgence: Sitting outside and eating fresh local oysters at Bedell Cellars in North Fork, Long Island.

Beddell CellarsImage via

Preferred Seasonal Spa Fix: Reflexology and a manicure/pedicure at the Danvie Nail Salon and Spa on Madison Avenue in New York City.


Favorite House Gift for a Summer-Weekend Invitation: Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Resurrection Hand Sanitizer from Aesop—indulgence with a dose of reality.

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Aesop’s Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Resurrection Hand Sanitizer.


Favorite Summer Entertaining Tip: Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy an Aperol Spritz?


Aperol Spritz.


Preferred Summer Accessories: I love the Curb Link Bracelet and Byzantine Drop Earrings by Verdura; and gold earrings by Faraone Mennella.

Stellene Volandes. Jewelry

Top: Curb Bracelet by Verdura. Bottom: Byzantine Earrings by Verdura and gold earrings by Faraone Mennella.


Current Film on Your List to See This Summer: The Bling Ring (directed by Sofia Coppola) and Before Midnight (directed by Richard Linklater), which was shot in a small village in Mani, Greece, where my grandfather was from.

The Bling Ring                         Before Midnight

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  • quintessence August 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Stellene is my favorite jewelry editor in the business and I think has now successfully extended her talents as Style Director at T&C. No surprise that her picks are chic classics I’d love to own!

  • patricia yarberry allen June 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I love our summer Fashion Fridays where style icons share their favorites with us. Stellene Volandes has given us some wonderful ideas as we think about what to wear to perk up summer white or black (love the gold, Stella..sandals and of course the beautiful Verdura) and the all important choice of a summer fragrance. I wear the Frederic Malle Rose fragrance for three months of the year, but not in summer. Now I will stop by their NYC shop and get to know Portrait of a Lady. Great July issue of Town and Country by the way.

    We look forward to having you join us in another season, Stella.