December 30th, 2013
Looks

Thinking About Spring

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While I was looking at product for the KiC shop this morning, I had an “aha” moment when I came across this Miu Miu denim skirt. I used to live in a denim skirt but have not worn or wanted one in a few years, blue jean cut-offs have been the major story. But I love the classic style of this skirt, the non-five-pocket-ness makes it modern. With white sneakers, the perfect hobo (time to pull out the Hermes Trims), a little camisole, and loads of gold jewelry (especially the Valentino wrap choker), this will be my spring run-around standard.

Miu Miu skirt, The Row camisole, rings, Saint Laurent sneakers, Celine bag.

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December 29th, 2013
Styling Tip

Tie One On

Christmas, both girls’ birthdays, and school applications– needless to say, we are staying close to home. One of the reasons we went to London in November was I knew this holiday would be a bit crazy.

So, I found a horse both girls can ride, we are exploring the nooks and crannies of the city we don’t already frequent, catching up on movies, and reading the great new books that were under the tree. On New Year’s Eve we will be celebrating with just close friends and family which takes the pressure off finding something new and fabulous to wear.

But I do want to “freshen up” an old standby and I’m inspired by this story from the July issue of British Vogue. My black lace Valentino sheath cinched with a wide satin ribbon would do the trick.

Styled by Lucinda Chambers and photographed by Josh Olins

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December 27th, 2013
It Item

Pretty Denim

I am a huge fan of materials used in unexpected ways, especially denim. Years ago when Hermes offered Kate Moss any Birkin she wanted, she chose one in denim. Now that’s chic.

Both items in the KiC shop.

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December 26th, 2013
Field Trip

Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory

My living room is strewn with books, Doc Martens, a long bow with arrows, a turntable and records (yep, old school, and we all posted it to Instagram), stocking stuffers, and the Mast Brothers’ cookbook. The cookbook, a present for my husband, was given with the stipulation that we make a field trip to the chocolate factory in Brooklyn.

And I cannot think of a better day to get out of the house than December 26th. Honestly, how many versions of “A Christmas Carol” can one family watch? Followed by lunch at Nightingale 9, our favorite Vietnamese restaurant, this promises to be a perfect day.

© vogue.com

© vogue.com

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December 25th, 2013
On My Mind

A Very Merry Merry

Christmas morning, it’s been a bit of a mad dash to get here. Blissfully, I’m the only one up with my coffee and three sleeping dogs at my feet. I still don’t know why I end up wrapping at midnight Christmas Eve, I pride myself on being more organized than that. Perhaps it’s a tradition, like sugar cubes for the reindeer.

Of KiC’s four years, this has been my favorite because I now have a dialogue with you, the readers. It feels more like a community and I cherish the back and forth. Thank you for reading my posts and weighing in on everything from clogs to parenting. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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December 22nd, 2013
Gifts

All I want for Christmas

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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.

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December 20th, 2013
Beauty

I need this

It is so dry in NYC, my skin is really suffering. If we go skiing this holiday, I’ll need some serious protection. Eight Hour Cream has been around forever, it’s worth a try.

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December 20th, 2013
It item

One of these, please

Evening bags never top my list until I really need one. Then I kick myself for not having something gorgeous to stow my necessities in. Also, I have clutch-fatigue– holding a drink, phone, and bag is a juggling act. Either of these beauties would be a nice finishing touch to my (mostly) all-black holiday looks. They would be great with jeans and a sweater too, a true win win.

L.V. bag, Saint Laurent bag.

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December 20th, 2013
Beauty

My Holiday Hair

I know, I know– I’m starting to sound like a broken record. But unfussy hair tied back with a simple ribbon is my preferred look this holiday.

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December 19th, 2013
Insta-grab

Appliqué

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Giovanna Battaglia in a stunning Dolce & Gabbana dress on Instagram. I’ve had my eye on the shift below– it’s all about the lace appliqué.

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December 19th, 2013
It Item

This is good too

Freja, from the January issue of British Vogue, wearing the top and shorts version of the Stella McCartney resort dress I posted on the day before yesterday. Could be good too.

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December 17th, 2013
It Item

Bag Crush

This Birkin, on the last page of the December/January issue of Vogue Paris which is guest-edited by Victoria Beckham, takes my breath away. The colorway is a bit retro, yet in such a modern way. Tippy tops my wish list.

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December 17th, 2013
It Item

The Perfect LWD

A few years ago I bought a 3.1 Phillip Lim white dress. It was a simple sheath with piping– absolute perfection. When I showed it to my best friend (at the time…), she promptly went out and bought the exact same dress and wore it to a shoot. Regretfully I returned mine, because now that we are no longer friends, I would happily wear it all the time.

Needless to say, I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement ever since. I will wear this Stella McCartney dress from resort until it falls off the hanger.

They could have put a smaller size on the model…

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December 16th, 2013
On My Mind

Always room for one more…

Net-a-Porter will launch it’s first print magazine, Porter, in February. I’m very happy for my friend Natalie, this has been her dream since the inception of NaP.

It feels like the right time for a new title, and with this team, Porter is sure to be good.

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December 16th, 2013
Looks

Holiday Ball

I don’t have any fancy events on my dance card this Christmas, but my older daughter does. She gets home from school on Wednesday and needs a dress by Saturday, yikes. This Saint Laurent will be my inspiration and she can borrow my Aquazzura sandals in a pinch.

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