Since it’s Small Business Saturday, I thought I’d rerun this post on Chrison & Bellina, my favorite go-to for hostess gifts and children’s presents located in the heart of historic Oyster Bay, NY. The shelves are stocked with jams and teas from Hediard in Paris, Turkish tea glasses that I use as vases for garden roses, Egyptian cotton towels, and boho blouses for running around. They also have a men’s shop, James Guy, right around the corner.
Also in Oyster Bay is The Printery, a local brewery, and a slew of great restaurants, including the newly opened 2 Spring. Neighboring Locust Valley has great shops, too—friends Meg Braff and Betsy Pash have antiques and furniture and the Locust Valley Bookstore is packed with must-reads.
But, small doesn’t necessarily mean local. Many of my favorite shops now sell online so I can support them that way, too. A few that I’ve found on my travels: Privet House in New Preston, Connecticut, The Brentwood Country Mart Shops, Aerin in Southampton, NY, and Sugar Tools in Camden, Maine are great. Please share your favorites so we can all check them out.
1800s gold and sterling diamond ring
Alexia tie-back crocheted Pima cotton tank
Balmacaan textured coated-cotton coat
Tia crocheted Pima cotton mini dress
Gold-tone, poplin and crystal brooch
Feather-trimmed silk-crepon top
Charlotte medium leather bag
Sales for me are like the fashion lottery—I feel like I’ve won if I find an item in my size that I’d wanted, but wasn’t willing to pay full price for. I snagged a pair of Chloé pumps at 50% off that firmly fit this criteria. However, there are a few things at Net-A-Porter that I’ve had on my FW17 wishlist, like these by Saint Laurent, that are not yet marked down—I’ll be disappointed if the cardigan sells out, but I don’t want to pay full price. Ugh.
Ina Garten’s roasted turkey roulade
Once again it is the day before Thanksgiving and I am the designated cook. I am a terrible cook (no one will contradict me on this) and yet I always end up shopping for and making Thanksgiving dinner.
A few years ago I was inspired to make Ina Garten’s stuffed turkey breast and made the mistake of buying the largest breast possible (leftovers anyone?). It looked hideous before it was cooked and was borderline inedible when done. Not wanting to cook a full turkey where 50% will go to waste, I have bravely decided to try the above recipe again.
You would think Americans were all serving our last meal ever by the crowd at Whole Foods yesterday. But I made my way and bought a small organic, free-range, boneless (ridiculously expensive) turkey breast. And who knows, I may get it right this time.
Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!
As we head into the holiday season madness, I thought I’d post these beautiful pictures of Andreea Diddy from issue #6 of Unconditional. Think of it as a visual respite from the craziness to come.
Photography by Alexandra Nataf Styling by Ilona Hamer
The Net-A-Porter FW17 sale has launched and there are tons of great items. Above are some of my favorite pieces that I bought in the early fall and below are three that I’ve had my eye on. Happy Hunting!
Top: Ganni sunglasses, Marc Jacobs skirt, Jerome Dreyfuss tote, Bottega Veneta sneaker. Bottom: Balmain shearling, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC sweater, JW Anderson fringe bootie.
Chloé, too, has been marked down.
Azzedine Alaia died this morning in Paris—if you haven’t seen Joe McKenna’s film, please watch his homage to the beloved designer.
I stumbled upon fashion stylist Joe McKenna’s documentary on Tunisian-born French designer Azzedine Alaia on Instagram–it’s a must-see. The New York Times spoke with Joe about what inspired him to make the film.
On My Mind
Vintage and resale are “in” big time and I’m definitely on this bandwagon. From Amanda Ross’ fabulous YSL coat, my friend J.J. Martin’s online shop La Double J, Céline bags I’ve scored on Vestiaire Collective and TheRealReal, D. Porthault linens I find on eBay, the newly opened REBAG store in Soho, which stocks a rainbow of Birkins and Chanel bags, to these cowboy boots (and a denim jumpsuit) that I just picked up at Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg—buying vintage and “past season” items is hotter than ever.
On The Hunt For
For some reason, this Vanessa Seward wool tweed trench was not on my radar until I spied this pic on her Instagram feed and now it’s only available here. Love the styling on Charlotte Gainsbourg in this story from Marfamily Issue 1—sometimes all you really need is a good coat and pumps.
Photography by Pascal Gambarte Styling by Omaha Salem
Yesterday I posted on tucking a vest under a coat and I often wear a trim puffer under a duffel. Again, it’s about layering to stay warm, although this may be more of a fashion trend.
Top image © Vogue, bottom A.P.C. campaign
On the hunt for
I’m on the hunt for a fur vest and warm run-around boots that are not alpine or hiking-style. These pictures, taken by yours truly, are from old posts and are still on my inspiration board. Amanda Ross’ A.P.C. shearling-lined boots are exactly what I need (wish they still made them, a newer version here) and I may ask Pologeorgis to make me a trim vest to wear under my pea and duffel coats. Or, something will pop up on sale—the sales are about to start…