June 20th, 2019
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It’s The Little Things

What are the small necessities you can’t live without? I have reading glasses everywhere, lip balms too. I apply the Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner before I go to sleep and it’s still on in the morning (it’s too sticky for day). Lululemon’s Secret Socks stay put and don’t show above the top of my sneakers, and tank tops are my favorite underpinning. There are essentials, and then there are Essentials — what are yours?


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Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


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Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • Essentials: Reading glasses, phone & (wall & car) charger, Burt’s Bees hibiscus lip balm, Chanel Stylo Yeux eyeliner and hanky pankies.

    LFRJune 20th, 2019  6:27 PM

  • Essentials: Nespresso Espresso Machine, energy bra by Lululemon and silk eye mask by Slip.

    Denise-MyleneJune 20th, 2019  6:55 PM

  • ESSENTIALS : Lash Paradise mascara and primer, MAC highlighter, drunk elephant c firma, and Cerave cleaners.

    MUST HAVE: coffee and coke zero

    Still on the hunt for: the perfect white t shirt!

    Karina DuftyJune 20th, 2019  8:34 PM

  • I second the Hanky Panky V-kinis, Nespresso machine, and multiple readers stashed everywhere. I also love Aquaphor for lips and cuticles and more, Pilot G-2 pens, Smartwool socks for both no-sweat and warm feet, original Neutrogena original RainBath, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks, CeraVe moisturizing cream, my Simple Human 5x lighted makeup mirror, Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant, Lumify eye drops, NARS creamy concealer, Mag O7 for regularity (!) and Amika styling brush. Thant’s all that comes to mind at the moment but I’m sure there is more– fun question!

    GingerJune 20th, 2019  9:40 PM

  • Right after God, family, country, and Laddie the dog: fresh squeezed oj in the am; half and half in my coffee; a good night’s sleep; La Mer lip balm; wedding band and signet ring; my prescription sunglasses, lipstick.

    PaulaJune 21st, 2019  1:14 AM

  • I must add my 25+ year old wrist watch to the list.

    PaulaJune 21st, 2019  1:21 AM

  • A book I’m engrossed in, a face oil (at the moment, Vintner’s Daughter, and a micro fiber hair towel, to cut drying time in half – my “Essentials”.

    KathyJune 21st, 2019  8:47 AM

  • I am always amazed/amused at how non-specific my essentials really are in that if I forget or lose one, I can usually find an excellent substitute (often at a nearby drugstore). But I have glasses wipes/cleaners everywhere, water bottles, something to spray on my face (usually either Caudalie or Aura Cacia) , and lip balm (currently a 3 pack from Aldi). Oh, and drops for my dry eyes! I guess I can proudly call myself “low maintenance.”

    JoannawnycJune 21st, 2019  8:58 AM

  • Lauren Napier cleaning wipes ( great for travel), midnite sleep aid ( all natural), quip toothbrush,lipstick queen lipstick in knight color , c/o vitamins ,by terry baume de rose lip care stick,Tom ford eye defining pen and Hermes sur le nil scent

    Fun question and excited to see others indispensables!

    Paula BerrizJune 21st, 2019  9:11 AM

  • Reading glasses, twizzers, Hanro camisoles, Dr. Haushka lip balm , Biologique Recherche Serum Placenta.

    KusaJune 21st, 2019  9:18 AM

  • Healthy and happy kids and husband, Toddy cold-brew coffee, Nespresso machine, cast iron skillet, whole chicken ready to roast for Sunday night dinner, Trader Joe’s zhoug spicy green sauce, Birkenstocks, meditation, exercise, great friends, good dermatologist, working laptop, gas in the car and to always be in the middle of a book you think is the best you’ve ever read (I’m reading Joan Silber’s Improvement now.)

    Laura Zinn FrommJune 21st, 2019  9:30 AM

  • Lansinoh HPA Lanolin nipple cream for my lip balm, heels, and elbows. Best lip balm evah! Lipstick MAC, and Milani are my current favs. Reading glasses. I need bowls of them everywhere! CeraVe PM moisturizer, CeraVe cleanser, tinted SPF L’Oreal or Austrailian Gold are my go to’s at the moment, Benefit Hula Bronzer, HourGlass blush, any eyeliner pencil for my upper waterline and a crew neck t-shirt in black or white or green and I’m good to go.

    DeborahJune 21st, 2019  9:58 AM

  • At bedtime I am obsessed with By Terry Baume de Rose lip balm. For my hands at bedtime I use Josie Maran Whipped Argon Oil Intensive Hand Cream followed, after a minute or two, by Savannah Bee Beeswax Hand Cream: the beeswax cream seals in the argon oil, and this combo has been a complete game changer for my dry hands.

    DianeJune 21st, 2019  10:41 AM

  • Lip balm and concealer!


    Mariya ZafirovaJune 21st, 2019  11:22 AM

  • Gym, coffee on way home, WSJ, essentials to start my day.
    Eye glass wipes, 20 minutes of reading, and a generous layer of hand cream are essentials at night.

    AprilJune 21st, 2019  6:05 PM

  • I must include Petite Bateau white tees – truly a staple for over 2 decades. Karina take note!

    PaulaJune 22nd, 2019  12:31 AM

  • Transcendental Meditation. Don’t ever speak your mantra aloud. Not even to yourself.

    M. Kirk OkayJune 22nd, 2019  1:19 AM

  • Just got an order of Petit Bateau white tees, which I too have worn forever. Wish they still made them in all the colors and with long sleeves.

    PrestonJune 22nd, 2019  5:30 AM

  • Stovetop espresso, another one for Hanro camisoles, pawpaw ointment, dental floss and a good haircut which may or may not be small but is a necessity!

    ClaireJune 22nd, 2019  5:55 AM

  • Coffee made in my bialetti stovetop espresso maker, magazines/books. Parlux hairdryer. Roche Posay vitamin c cream. Pure cotton underwear. Straight leg cropped jeans.

    SilvanaJune 22nd, 2019  6:17 AM

  • Phillip Kingsley hair elasticiser, Czech & Speake frankincense & myrhh incense, La Mer lip balm, Hanro vests, Hermes Ulysses notebook, champage and chocolate. Oh and KIC of course! And my Atlantique Ascoli shirts – introduced to my here! They are fantastic!

    ClaireJune 22nd, 2019  9:03 AM

  • Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream for cuticles & feet , Dior apricot cuticle cream every night. Christophe Robin rose everything for fine highlites. My CE ferlic & embryiosse always
    Chanel Ballerina polish , it better never be discontinued.

    SusanJune 22nd, 2019  9:28 AM

  • Great question…Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream, Tweezers, Magnifying mirror, Natural Ice lip balm, toothbrush, Mason Pearson hairbrush, ponytail holder and I am ready to tackle the day!

    MaryBJune 22nd, 2019  3:03 PM

  • oops and these days also a Stutterheim raincoat and a Zyrtec allergy pill 😉

    Mary BJune 22nd, 2019  3:03 PM

  • This is fun to read others’ and conjure my own — Twinnings camomile tea, uni-ball Vision rollerball blue pens and Staedtler pencils, my Face a Face prescription sunglasses, ElatMD spf 40 moisturizing sunblock,, Hanro cotton high cut briefs, All Birds runners, tweezers, magnifying mirror, L’Oreal Voluminous mascara, Santa Maria Novella pomegranate soap, my 23-year old Cartier Tank Francaise watch, Herve Charpelier tote bags – one for the gym and another for daily city life, Chanel Pirate nail polish for pedicures, Akris Punto knit Mara pants in black and navy, good olive oil and sea salt, a good (no, great) dermatologist., and above all, dear friends and my beloved husband of 35 years.

    PS I love how no one here has listed anything that can be called a “device”!

    KateJune 23rd, 2019  9:53 AM

  • Fascinating responses….for me: Hermes Amazone scent, Nuxe huile prodigeuse, Sisely black rose cream, Freight’s vetiver & oak moss candle, Raquel Allegra tees and an endless supply of avocados….bliss.

    SarahJune 23rd, 2019  11:59 AM

  • Diptyque candles, Chanel lipstick, Nespresso machine, All Clad pan, Chanel d’ombre shadow in New moon, extra large IPAD, gold hoops, and any season of project runway

    KimJune 24th, 2019  10:51 AM

  • Preston, What a great suggestion for a post! Here is my go to list of items; elastic hair ties, a ginormous Bubba 52 oz plastic mug with plastic straw for my ice water in hot pink… so I don’t lose it! Tweezers. Glycerin Hand Therapy cream by Camille Beckman in English Lavender for before bed. Dental floss. Chap stick. Popsocket collapsible grip for the back of my i phone. L’Occitane Verbena liquid soap. Advil Liquigels minis… lots of them for aches and pains after working out! CBD oil to rub on foot that has tendonitis. Jigsaw Sudoku… I am soooo addicted!!! I am currently reading Next Level Basic by Stassi Schroeder… it is laugh out loud funny! Seda France French Tulip candle. Cheers after alcohol aid… helps to prevent a hangover. Now I am ready for a glass of my all time favorite Flowers Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast here in Northern California. Love, Pamela Taft

    Pamela TaftJune 24th, 2019  2:49 PM

  • I love this post Preston! I also love that Aerin lip conditioner. I have so many essentials it’s pathetic. I have to have fresh flowers each week, Aesop bath products, Marvis toothpaste, Elgydium toothbrushes, Oral B Glide dental floss, feather pillows, a good blanket, green juice, my vitamins, cashmere sweaters, a good pair of jeans, a nice coat and a really great pair of shoes.

    TracyJune 26th, 2019  9:51 PM

  • These are a few of my favorite things: le sportsac cases, simple micellar wipes, nili lotan cargo pants, birkenstock sandals, stud earrings, chanel wallet-on-chain, michael kors superthin cashmere sweaters, uniqlo short-sleeve lightweight down jackets, prescription sunglasses, serge lutens face powder, trish mcevoy high volume mascara, neocutis face wash . . . .

    ellaJune 27th, 2019  3:51 PM


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