Emmanuelle Alt © Vogue. com
There are a few things that take one back to a specific place and time. Songs, scents, flared jeans- these can all instantly evoke potent memories. The Cartier Tank also does this for us. For both of us, it was our first watch. (Jennifer still has her Must de Cartier version buried somewhere in her jewelry box.) As teens it was the watch worn by style icons like Princess Caroline of Monaco and Jackie Onassis.
Cartier Anglaise in white gold
Tonight we are going to a dinner hosted by Cartier for the launch of the Tank Anglaise. Like the Anglaise, Jennifer and I both wear Cartier watches with metal bracelets (ours are yellow gold). However, and independently of one another, we have been thinking of going back to a watch with a leather band (this is why we make great KiC partners). A Tank with a leather strap is sporty and understated, but the Anglaise in white gold is pretty tempting too.
The best excuse to splurge on a new one? A Cartier watch is an ultimate pass-down heirloom because it never goes out of style.
Giovanna Battaglia © Scott Shuman
With resort and spring, I veer into more feminine territory and buy mostly dresses, especially those with classic, feminine shapes–Jackie O. type shifts, printed silks, etc. This year, I want pretty accessories to go with them, namely ladylike earrings.
No sweeping chandeliers or glittering rhinestones, but whimsical and understated earrings that remind me of 60s era clip-ons. I love how Giovanna, above, looks so elegant and chic, much like Jackie O., below.
Of course, all my favorite ladylike earrings seem to come with very “uptown” prices, but one pair would be worth it.
I have a Chanel camellia ring in black onyx, but love the white earrings.
I once saw these Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole floral earrings on someone and immediately trotted over to the boutique (alas, or rather, luckily, they don’t work on me).
Van Cleef & Arpels
Jewelry designer Dean Harris, whom Preston and I know and adore, just might have the perfect pair because they are affordable fancy, as in under $900. Available at Barneys.com
Visit Santa Fe, New Mexico. My husband and I were married almost 19 (gulp!) years ago in a small chapel in Santa Fe. Unfortunately we have not been back enough since and our daughters have never been. If you have never traveled to Santa Fe, I suggest you go. It is not only extraordinary in natural beauty, architecture, art and cuisine (I am gorging on New Mexican hatch chile sauce at every opportunity!), but there is what I can best describe as an energy to the area that is undeniable. (I’m not much for that kind of hocus-pocus, but I promise that the majority of people who’ve been will say the same thing.) What am I looking forward to the most? Dinner at The Compound, an old-school Santa Fe restaurant where we had our wedding dinner. (Tom Ford worked there growing up.) More details post trip.
Read: Jackie as Editor by Greg Lawrence, about Jackie O’s career as an Editor at Doubleday and Viking. She spent 17 years as an editor, which I found surprising. I am not a Jackie O. nut, but do find her fascinating, and this is an aspect of her life that I don’t know much about.
Buy a hat. I need a new hat for the “hat” lunch in early May. And while I am at it, I could use a pretty dress. Instead of pulling out my (now old) pink Chanel skirt or my Oscar stand-bys, I am going to buy fresh new pieces to wear to my spring lunches this year. The challenge is that I am not inspired by “lady-like” right now and a Celine shift is not right for these events. Maybe I could get away with a gorgeous simple dress if I borrow an outrageous hat from my friend Lisa. At least the Library lunch does not require a hat…
See: I wanted to see Potiche but Jennifer said it got terrible reviews. So I think I will wait until it is on Apple tv and in the mean time I will go to Moma to see The Red Desert from 1964 directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Monica Vitti and Richard Harris. The film is in conjunction with the exhibit Abstract Expressionist New York.