December 22nd, 2013

All I want for Christmas

xmas list

We joined friends for caroling this afternoon and there was no need to bundle up, it was 70′. The unseasonable temperature gave me pause, which is why the first item on my Christmas wish list is a tree.

When in the city, Central Park is our back yard and I want to help keep it a sylvan retreat. The Tree Trust of the Central Park Conservancy raises funds for the planting and care of trees throughout the park.

Because we have been splitting our time between NYC and Locust Valley, for the first time in a long while, we do not have a horse in a stall. Not having any riding bills this fall has been heaven, but I feel like something is missing. A horse that the three of us could ride would be the perfect (and completely unfeasible) present.

Polaroids were my stock and trade when I was a casting director. Digital is great, but I miss instant photos. Perhaps the Fujifilm INSTAX will help them make a comeback.

I love green smoothies and want to make my own. I’m told that a Vitamix is a necessity.

A black Hermes Collier de Chien bracelet. I wear my barenia (saddle colored) CdC so often, it’s time to add another one to the rotation.

ITG covered closet essentials and a few diptyche scented ovals to hang with my clothes would make me happy.

Concerts, lots and lots of concerts.



what's new


Gold-tone choker


Huntley shearling and suede double-breasted blazer


Striped ribbed-knit turtleneck sweater


Le Crop mini boot raw edge


Joaquin double-breasted pleated cashmere coat


Cat-eye square-frame sunglasses


Belted wool-twill coat


Leather Charlotte kitten heel knee high boots


Tweed wool-blend single-breasted coat


Mora embroidered cotton shirt


Avery oversized belted two-tone cotton twill trench coat


Knotted sleeve-waist wool sweater

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  • Highly reco the Vitamix–you can make your very own nut flours at the flip of a switch, and it will change your life in the smoothie and healthy soup department (not to mention it almost cleans itself–one of my best investments ever)! Wish we didnt have our horse bills this year . . . that’s several luxury vacations . . .however you can’t put a price on the happiness those beautiful creatures bring to our lives. Hope you get it all–icluding the horse! Happy holidays!!

    MJDDecember 23rd, 2013  10:07 AM

  • Vitamix a must. I just got one and my husband makes us smoothies daily. We love it. Didn’t realize we could use to make nut flours. Thank you MJD!
    Love diptique fig scent. Did not know they made ovals for the closet. A great gift! I collect Hermes enamel bracelets. Try to get one on vacations to big cities with Hermes store. Preston’s choice is so special! I want one!,
    Merry Christmas and happy New Years to Preston and all kic fans! May you all have happy healthy holiday including stunning gifts!

    PaulaDecember 23rd, 2013  10:50 AM

  • Hi Preston, Instead of sugarplums, I have the white dress (the one that you returned) dancing in my head. Can you repost that picture ? Merry Christmas ! Kathleen

    KathleenDecember 23rd, 2013  10:51 AM

  • That is a Diptyche closet oval, cannot wait to get a few!

    PrestonDecember 23rd, 2013  10:56 AM

  • The Vitamix has been on my list forever, I just can’t seem to bring myself to spend $500 on a blender. But everyone I know has one and raves about it endlessly, and with you adding to the Vitamix chorus I should just go ahead and buy it. I’m sure I’ve spent at least that at the juice bar at Whole Foods. . .
    Fingers crossed you have some orange boxes under your tree Wednesday morning. Cheers! Laura from

    LauraDecember 23rd, 2013  11:24 AM

  • The Vitamix is a life changing kitchen appliance. And I just ordered that camera you posted, as I miss Polaroids so much as well.

    KathyDecember 23rd, 2013  12:46 PM

  • Excellent selections, Preston! I can’t possibly rave more than everyone else already has about the performance and versatility of a Vitamix. However, for those hesitating because of price I recommend checking out the reconditioned models on the Vitamix site. I have one and couldn’t tell that it wasn’t brand new when it arrived. And it’s still going strong a few years later with heavy use. A great way to save substantially…or upgrade to a higher-end model than you originally would have purchased. Happy holidays, Everyone!

    DebraDecember 23rd, 2013  2:39 PM

  • Costco now has Vitamix’s for $350, fyi, (Laura)…after daily use for 7 years, mine needed servicing (leaky gasket) and I’d forgotten all about the 7 year warranty. By pure chance I just squeezed in in time and they replaced the base and jug with new ones and covered shipping – all free – inside of two weeks : ) Really exceptional customer service.

    And those diptyche ovals seem like a must! Merry Christmas!

    ElleDecember 23rd, 2013  3:25 PM

  • Preston,
    Thank you for another year of lovely images and ideas.
    Wishing you all the best for the holidays.
    I had to laugh yesterday realising that it was warmer in NYC than here in Flinders, Australia on my beach holiday!

    CarolineDecember 23rd, 2013  5:00 PM

  • I bought a Vitamix as a newlywed years ago and we primarily used it as a blender. Well, it ended up being relegated in the back of the closet for a number of years and then in a rare house cleaning purge I was ready to give it to Goodwill, until my husband stopped me and put it back on the shelf. So, ta da, I still have my Vitamix and a lesson learned. Some things you just don’t get rid of. It is great with green smoothies with the reverse blade feature.
    Have a merry!

    AprilDecember 23rd, 2013  5:59 PM

  • I just saw your Beatle ticket stubs. I still have my Beatle’s Shea Stadium ticket stub. Again, some things you just don’t get rid of.

    AprilDecember 23rd, 2013  7:26 PM

  • Thanks for the Costco tip! I’ve warned the hub, there will be a Vitamix in the C&G household by Jan 1st. Or I take away his whiskey collection.

    LauraDecember 23rd, 2013  8:53 PM

  • Dear Preston,
    Thanks so much for an incredible blog! I’m sure this will sound very OCD, but I’ve had a three day weekend, and spent much of it poring over old posts. In preparation for 2014, I have been rethinking some of the elements of my wardrobe, and KIC is very inspiring. I enjoy reading along as your thought processes evolve (clogs, perfect booties, coat dilemmas, etc.). But more than that, it’s the validation of the inner dialogue most of us have when searching through the closet. Thanks again and Happy Holidays!


    ColleenDecember 24th, 2013  1:14 AM

  • Merry Christmas and happy New Year Preston. Oh, to ride again but that is never going to happen! It is a long time since my teenage horse riding days!
    Love your blog please keep posting!

    ClaireDecember 24th, 2013  5:22 AM

  • Merry Christmas Preston!! Thanks so much for your daily posts, visiting is part of my morning routine. all the best to your family.

    KennyDecember 24th, 2013  9:37 AM

  • Merry Christmas, Preston! What’s with this crazy weather?? So good to meet you this year. I used to love Polaroid too, digital just isn’t the same.

    That's Not My AgeDecember 24th, 2013  10:12 AM

  • Merry Christmas, Preston! Thank you for your insights, your skillful editing and your style.

    RobbiDecember 24th, 2013  1:06 PM

  • A great use for those bed bath and beyond coupons we all get in the mail. Use it to get a vitamixI saved $100, and those coupons never expire! And that store is excellentwith returns if something breaks!

    PaulaDecember 24th, 2013  10:41 PM

  • Oh, so late, just finished wrapping and placing everything under the tree. Wanted to say Merry Christmas Preston to you and yours, thank you for another wonderful, beautiful year. Thank you for introducing me to TNMA and Mark Sikes and Amanda Brooks etc etc.
    Love to talk with you and everyone, daily, about our lives and how we are all living with style.

    SueMDecember 25th, 2013  2:40 AM


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