After yesterday’s post about searching for a new nail color, I hit Bergdorf Goodman’s beauty floor — one of my least favorite activities. Since I wear no makeup, the reps always seem to think they’ve got a live one and follow me down the aisles. However, it’s best to test drive a lot of options in the wild, not online. I tried a number of polishes and fell in love with the Diorlisse Abricot, which is actually a base coat that can be worn on its own. One coat does the job. They claim this product “nourishes, whitens and strengthens nails.” Discoloration is something I fret about and the reason I rarely wear polish in the first place. Ages ago I went for a manicure with a fellow Vogue editor. I envied her perfect red nails until I saw them sans polish. When bare they were dark yellow — it was a cautionary tale. So, here’s to hoping Dior’s claims are true.
Cashmere double-slit turtleneck sweater
Sirah oversized cable-knit turtleneck sweater
Crécy belt in smooth calfskin
Soft City single-breasted wool coat
Bansha Fair Isle merino wool turtleneck sweater
Carré leather cross-body bag
Oversized wool-blend sweater
Packable-hood quilted down jacket
This manicure gets five stars in my book — the nail shape and polish color are perfection. I’m already an oval gal, so this is not far from that. But I’d love suggestions on a pale, not-too-pink polish that goes on in one coat — a tall order.
Image April Vogue Paris — Photography by Ben Hassett Styling by Célia Azoulay
On The Hunt For
I have a closetful of simple black dresses that go the distance. A Valentino lace shift and The Row’s Marina have been my go-tos on so many occasions, I’d grab them in a fire. But, I want something different for a bunch of spring events — the hunt is on.
Petar Petrov above, Hope below.
Since mid-January I’ve been on a bit of a reading tear. I started with Linn Ullmann’s “Unquiet” followed by Dani Shapiro’s “Inheritance”, both are must-reads. A long-time kic reader recommended the collection of short stories, “You Think It, I’ll Say It”, by Curtis Sittenfeld, also a must-read. Then, I veered off into escapist territory with “The Burglar”, “Where the Crawdads Sing”, “The Hunting Party”, and “The Silent Patient” — all good. Next in the queue is Tara Conklin’s “The Last Romantics”, but I’m having a hard time getting into it. Tbc.
The Black Keys released ‘Lo/Hi’, their first new single in five years. For die-hard fans like yours truly, it was well worth the wait. Fingers crossed there are more songs to follow.
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These Ganni boots are my new obsession — they are perfect for hiking in NH and the Adirondacks with my daughters or the weekly trip to the Union Square farmer’s market. Lightweight and well-made, these boots will go the distance. I snapped them up with NET-A-PORTER’s 15% off code, NETAPORTER15 or NEWSEASONREFRESH, which is good thru tomorrow 3/31. Along with a few pairs of my fav Frame jeans and some dressier items, I definitely filled a few holes in my wardrobe.
Ganni boots (I went up a 1/2 size), Frame jeans. The Row bag and &Daughter sweater are not included in the promotion.
When I saw this picture in April Vogue Paris, I had an ‘aha’ moment — my Marni Trunk strap was repaired (woo hoo!) and I’m going to wear it long. Not as long as this fab Celine Triomphe, but definitely to the hip (as seen on the Celine FW19 runway). Without having to unsnap the strap, this length works for crossbody, too — a win-win.
Photography by Philippe Jarrigeon Styling by Claire Dhelens
A few years ago I gifted my Chanel bags save the one Emmanuelle Alt is wearing in this picture that accompanies her April issue editor’s letter. It’s appropriate since April Vogue Paris has a number of stories honoring the late Karl Lagerfeld.
Mid January I had a ticket to the Basquiat show at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. I planned a quick 36-hour trip to Paris, but life got in the way (plus, the yellow vest protests and US government shutdown were factors in my decision to cancel).
However, after reading ‘Art Time’ in Tablet’s Agenda, I realized that it’s clever to schedule trips around art events. My NYC-based French friend Anne has been doing this for years, she combines family visits with must-see exhibitions when in Paris. I took a page out of her book and scheduled a trip to London to see my sister while the Elizabeth Peyton show is up at the National Portrait Gallery this fall.
Vogue April images top right and bottom left by Martin Parr.
When I shelved my hobos in favor of a structured Marni Trunk and clutches, my wallet, which was a handbag in and of itself, needed a downsize. While wandering around Hamilton, Bermuda last December, I stumbled upon a cool little shop, & Partners, and discovered Minor History leather goods. Now that parking meters are coinless and I’m an Apple Pay devotee, I carry very little cash — this zip wallet is all I really need.
My iPhone X just fits in the Bottega Veneta Mini Pouch, but I needed it to take the pic…