Bottega Veneta PF17

A Matched Set

I’ve been insanely busy this week and am thankful that I bought all of those navy pieces that work together—it’s made getting dressed very easy. Probably why I love this Bottega Veneta PF17 collection, it wouldn’t take any thought at all to look pulled together.

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MARNI

Shoulder bag

NILI LOTAN

Cashmere sweater

RACHEL COMEY

Cotton trousers

GUCCI

Metallic loafer pumps

ALTUZARRA

Pleated dress

VALENTINO

Tan-go patent pumps

THEORY

Silk-crepe top

GUCCI

Marmont loafers

FRED LEIGHTON

Diamond earrings

LOEWE

Puzzle bag

SEE BY CHLOÉ

Velvet top

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On My Mind

No Gifts For Me, Please

Christmas prep is already in full swing in my home. The Advent calendar is assembled, the trunk of my wagon is quickly filling up with packages, I’ve already hit a number of holiday fairs, and I’m having a ball finding presents for my friends and family. I’ve let folks know however, that this year no gifts for me, please. Nothing tangible that is, experiences are very welcome.

After cleaning out my family home on Martha’s Vineyard this summer, my house is not only full of my things, I now have paintings, rugs, two extra sets of silver, my great-grandmother’s china for 50, and masses of “stuff” waiting to be unpacked—needless to say, space is tight.

Instead, I’ve asked my family to join me on a number of fun experiences this Christmas—dinner at Blue Hill, a road trip to Catskill, NY, and concerts. I know they will add to this list with creative ideas of their own.

Self Service Issue #45

A Red Lip

This holiday season I’m inspired by the matte, red lip color in this picture from Self Service issue #45—it just looks so right.

Jean Campbell photographed by Angelo Pennetta

Books

Slim Aarons: Women

Slim Aarons: Women, written by Laura Hawk (who worked with the photographer for nearly a decade), features 200 color and black-and-white photographs by Aarons, some of which are published for the first time. A Slim Aarons buff, I need to add this book to my collection.

It Items

Navy Crazy

It started with a navy puffer– and then, like Alice tumbling into the rabbit hole, I bought a few navy sweaters, new jeans, a dark navy Tomas Maier skirt, a navy Atlantique Ascoli blouse,  a marine Céline Trio, and these midnight-blue Joseph pants that are a nice weight and a good price. Paired with my Gucci pumps and AA blouses, this is my dressier run-around uniform. Currently, I’m really into wearing navy and black together à la YSL.

Marni top, Joseph pants, Gucci pumps and here.

On My Mind

Just Us

As a child, my family took turns hosting Thanksgiving dinner with my Connecticut cousins—it was a cacophonous event and I hated every minute. Ironically, I now love spending the holiday with extended family and this year we had planned to have dinner with my sister in Saratoga. But, the weather looked iffy for today so we cancelled. In the end, the storm didn’t come this far east and we could’ve gone. However, being home is good, too. My older daughter stayed in L.A., so it’s just the three of us. We’ll walk, see a movie, and eat dinner out—not a bad way to spend the day, actually.

Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

xPreston

Quintessence

A Beautiful Table

My friend Stacey Bewkes, editor of the fab design and lifestyle blog Quintessence, attended a dinner to celebrate the launch of British architect and designer Ben Pentreath’s new book English Housesthe table setting was truly inspirational and would be divine for Thanksgiving.

Image © Quintessence

Elle Decor

Botanicals Envy

Covering the panes of these cupboard doors with pressed botanicals is very clever—I may have to try this.

 Image © Elle Decor

Photographer

Julie Blackmon

Friday evening we went to the opening of an exhibition of Ansel Adams photographs at NCMA. The show is great, but the accompanying exhibitions—Light Works:100 Years of Photos and especially, New Photos: Long Island Collects, which includes works by Mathew Barney, Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, John Baldessari, William Klein, Ormond Gigli, and Julie Blackmon—are amazing and well worth the trip.

Blackmon’s images of family chaos are hilarious—I’m going to add one of her photographs to our collection.

Home

Modern Arrangements

Earlier this month I attended a GCA event (I’m a proud member) where floral designer Dorothy Pfeiffer demonstrated her impressive arranging techniques. When she was done, I was just as taken with Ms. Pfeiffer’s choice of unusual plant material as with the final product itself. Instead of a predictable bouquet of “pretty” blooms, the famed floral designer created a loose arrangement of black dahlias, oregano, chestnuts, and other unexpected stems—it was spectacular. It got me thinking about using plants in a modern way and here are a few stories I’ve collected that talk to this trend.

This piece in Architectural Digest on the new Moda Operandi Store mentions that Lauren Santo Domingo instructed Brooklyn florist Saipua to not use cut flowers in the arrangements for the Madison Avenue shop, just foliage, and bonsai trees.

Images © Architectural Digest

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