As summer wraps up with these hazy August days, we’re asking several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with 10 suggestions for a sweet end-of-season. This week we invited Rae Ann Herman, Contributing Style Editor of ‘O, the Oprah Magazine.’ She also contributes to Harper’s Bazaar and has covered the Accessories and Luxury markets for most of her career.—Ed.


Favorite Summer Destination: Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

cape codameRae Ann Herman with her children in Cape Cod. Photo courtesy of Rae Ann Herman


Current Summer Reading: Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter.



What to Wear to a Summer Party: Oscar de la Renta’s white silk maxi kaftan with black appliqué motifs.


Appliqué silk kaftan, by Oscar de la Renta


Favorite Summer Fragrance: RODIN

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Necessary Summer Indulgence: Dairy ice cream by Arethusa Farm. I especially love the mint chocolate chip!

Arethusa Ice Cream


Preferred Seasonal Spa Fix: The facials at The Face Place are always an all-year-round treat!


Favorite House Gift for a Summer-Weekend Invitation: The Breakfast Tote from Haven’s Kitchen.

Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser Geranium Leaf Body Cleanserindulgence with a dose of reality)



Favorite Summer Entertaining TipI love to use kitchen papers as place mats. They are very chic and disposable.

kitchenpapercollagecropKitchen Papers, designed by Hester & Cook


Preferred Summer Accessories: Printed canvas soft pouch by Dezso.

DezsoMaldives Aqua Pouch, by Dezso.


Current Film on Your List to See This Summer: The Butler, by director Lee Daniels.

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  • quintessence August 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Rae Ann picked all my favorites! I actually almost bought that Oscar caftan and dying to make an outing up to the new Arethusa restaurant here in CT!

  • Roz Warren August 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Your life looks great to me! (I’m a long time Oprah Magazine subscriber as well.) Thanks for this post. (Like Pat, I loved that family photo.)

  • Patricia Yarberry Allen August 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Such a beautiful family photo Rae Ann. Thanks for the marvelous suggestions. The table mats are such an attractive and no iron idea! We are so pleased that you took the time to share your summer secrets with us. See you next year!