One of the best presents I have ever received was from my dear friend who had my signet ring reengraved. The initials had become faint over time so she took it to the Verdura engraver and brought my beloved ring back to life.
Dangly earrings have been all-the-rage, but a fistful of bold and masculine rings feels modern and right up my alley. Thank you December Vogue Paris for the inspo.
Reversible shearling coat
Frayed checked cotton-blend tweed skirt
Tiered ruffled silk crepe de chine mini dress
Buckle kitten-heel leather pumps
Cornelia double-breasted cotton trench coat
Nutson broderie anglaise ramie blouse
Jane cross-strap stud-embellished sandals
Stretch-suede 70mm bootie
Felix large leather and suede shoulder bag
Special Luxury Issue
M Le magazine du Monde enlisted Zoe Ghertner to photograph a number of my fave ’90s models—Amber Valletta, Tasha Tilberg, Georgina Grenville, Kirsten Owen, and Vivien Solari—for the cover of the special luxury issue, which is out today—I may have to scour the newsstands for a copy.
Sydney trio Mansionair’s “Astronaut (Something About Your Love)” is my top song on repeat these days. Their indie-pop sound with a Daft Punk-esque vocal is just too good.
Jessica Hart Inspired
I always struggle with styling a shorter coat over a longer dress or skirt—Jessica Hart nails it in this pic from her Instagram feed.
I cannot wait to see Daniel Day-Lewis as British couturier Reynolds Woodcock in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Phantom Thread. Day-Lewis tells W that he is giving up acting and this will be his final role—sad news, indeed.
W cover by Tim Walker, below a scene from “Phantom Thread.”
Just a few weeks ago my friend Kathy mentioned the Instant Pot and I’d not heard of it. Not the case now, it’s all the rage and I’m giving one to my daughter for her new apartment and I’ve put one on my Christmas list—I’m just not sure which size would be optimal. Speaking of my daughter’s apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, we just split a Bee Sting pizza at Roberta’s (so good!) and I’m stocking up on spicy honeys—there are a few to choose from (here and here). We’ve been trying to eat a more plant-based diet and Laura Wright’s The First Mess Cookbook (and blog) is packed with great recipes—the photographs are beautiful, too.
Thank you, Laura T., for this fantastic article in The New York Times on the Instant Pot’s uses and recipes.
Malgosia Bela looks sensational in this story from December InStyle—I love that she styled herself.
Photography by Chris Colls
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.
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!