To Give And Receive

Topiaries, candles, notepads, and macarons are my usual hostess gift repertoire. But this year, there are a few new books that would make for more personal and thoughtful presents.

My dear friend’s father-in-law’s memoir, ‘As It Was’, tells the story of being J.P. Morgan’s grandson and his early years in Locust Valley; my current hometown.

Style icon Lee Radziwill’s, ‘Lee’, is a must for my fashion friends—I’m sure it’s loaded with great images.

And my friend Karen Klopp, author of the site What2WearWhere, wrote the ultimate ‘Packing for Travel’ guide. I thought I was a master packer until I read this book.

I missed Bunny Williams’ talk a few weeks ago, but her book, ‘On Garden Style’, is the perfect present for my garden club friends.

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In WSJ. Magazine

‘Fashion’s New Feminine Mystique’


I rarely cover couture, but this story in the upcoming WSJ. Magazine is so beautiful it’s worth making an exception. The Tiffany pearl necklace is incredible- I’m giving my daughter pearls for her 21st birthday later this month.

Photography by Annemarieke van Drimmelen    Styling by Charlotte Collet

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In The Wall Street Journal

‘Giving Clothing As Presents: A Failproof Guide’

‘Tis the season to give and The Wall Street Journal asked my husband for gift giving advice. Once off limits, the WSJ makes the argument that clothing can be a safe option.



I may not know yet what I’m going to buy for spring, but I do know what I want next fall—Chanel. The pre-fall collection, shown in Rome Tuesday night at the famed Cinecittà film studio No. 5, was “a tour de force of saucy Gallic chic” to quote WWD. Merci, Karl. 

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Celine Spring

Patchwork & Open Weave

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Fantastic details on these Céline spring bags—I love the new direction.

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In WSJ. Magazine

‘IDEA Books: Fashion’s Favorite Rare-Book Dealer’

Founders of the London-based bookseller IDEA, Angela Hill and David Owen, share a few of their favorite finds with WSJ. MagazineTheir must-follow Instagram feed, @IDEABOOKSLTD, has reached cult status.

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On My Mind

It’s Surprising

I’m amazed that some of the ‘hot’ items were available when the sales started. Maybe the warm fall weather dissuaded folks from stocking up on outerwear because there are still a number of great coats to be had.

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In Vogue

‘The Big Tease’

This Mario Testino story from December Vogue makes me smile—Gigi Hadid is delightful.

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It Item

Reindeer & Snowflakes

I don’t own a full-blown Christmas sweater (my Fair Isles don’t count), but I do have a number of reindeer and snowflake patterned socks—the tops peek above my Penelope Chilvers boots. A small nod to the holiday season.

All socks J. Crew- here, here, here, and here.

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In Costume

The Loveliest Lip

I love the makeup in this Costume magazine story–just  a hint of color.

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