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Claiborne Swanson Frank: 12 Things She Can’t Live Without

I love lists and this one does not disappoint. Photographer and author Claiborne Swanson Frank, whose third book Mother and Child has stormed Instagram, lists her cannot-live-without things for May Elle Decor—doesn’t get much better than this.

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PRADA

Croc-effect leather slippers

GIVENCHY

Cotton-drill shirt

MANOLO BLAHNIK

Iacopo double band sandal

MACKINTOSH

Belted trench

KHAITE

Brook leather belt

THE ROW

Egon nappa leather sandals

LOEWE

Obi leather waist belt

THE ROW

Sora cotton-blend poplin maxi dress

VINCE

Eastwood thong wrap sandals

BOTTEGA VENETA

Leather clutch

THE ROW

Paola strapless crepe midi dress

MANOLO BLAHNIK

Iacopo double band sandal

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On My Mind

The Big Clean-Out

I am in the process of a major spring cleaning—being ruthless. Deciding on what to do with my old magazines. Last time we moved I tossed the 10 years of Vogue issues I’d cast—was cathartic.

Films

Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson’s new movie, “Isle of Dogs”, got rave reviews from a number of friends. The story, filmed in stop-action animation, sounds interesting.

On My Mind

April To-Do List

My friend Kathy confirmed that “An American Marriage” is a memorable book and she also recommended “Tangerine”. We have similar taste in novels so I look forward to both. Having spent (almost) every summer on Martha’s Vineyard, I grew up hearing accounts from the locals of the Chappaquiddick incident in 1969 and am curious if they jibe with the upcoming movie. Last year we only planted herbs and we were sorry late summer to have no vegetables of our own. So, this year we are adding purple artichokes, heirloom tomatoes, beets, and potatoes. It’s the beginning of rhubarb season and I want to make these hand pies that I found on the site Dinner with Julie—yum!

My Music

Cranberries Cover

To honor the passing of Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, the band Bad Wolves covered ‘Zombie’ and it’s fantastic. It’s no secret that the ’90s were my favorite decade for fashion, it was also the best era in music.

Image © Q-Rock

On My Mind

March To-Do List

March = spring break and my daughter and I will be in Washington D.C. for a few days. We’re staying at The LINE DC, a boutique hotel that’s a converted century-old church. The Sally Mann exhibition at The National Gallery of Art tops my to-do list while there. I’ll tuck Caitlin Macy’s “Mrs.” into my bag, it came highly recommended.

I don’t know If I’ll get to see the previews this month, but “Three Tall Women” and “The Iceman Cometh” are don’t-miss plays.

On My Mind

February To-Do List

Fashion month is about to start and, although I’m not a big show-goer, I am looking forward to Bottega Veneta’s first-ever NYC show on the 9th.  January zipped by, so there are a few things I need to catch up on in February. I’ve seen a few of the Oscar nominated films, but not ‘The Darkest Hour’, and I want to catch the David Hockney exhibition at The Met, which is up until the 25th.   Zadie Smith’s new book ‘Feel Free’, a collection of essays, will be released on February 6 and I’ve already pre-ordered it.

Fave Re-Run

Bringing The Garden Indoors

@markdsikes mentioned that he wants to start collecting botanical prints, which reminded me of this post.

Botanical prints are one way to bring the garden indoors during the winter months. These beauties are from One Kings Lane.

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Art

Modigliani at The Jewish Museum

If you are in NYC this weekend and looking for ways to beat the deep freeze, put the Modigliani exhibition at The Jewish Museum on your to-do list. I recommend going on Sunday because the newly opened Russ & Daughters is closed on Saturdays and it’s worth a visit.

Christmas Shopping

Starting, Now!

Believe it or not, I’m starting my Christmas shopping today. For a silly superstitious reason, I didn’t buy anything the past three weeks except for a pair of Saint Laurent sandals, which are still in the box, a few beauty products, and some books. I’m not sure if you noticed, but nary a kic gift guide was posted in December (I snuck in this one the end of November—the cookbook is amazing BTW and the pot will be under the tree). Added to this, my younger daughter nixed a fresh cut tree, asking for two small live trees instead that we’ve planted by the front door, and she suggested that all gifts be handmade. I agreed to the tree idea, but a few non-homemade gifts are in order and so, today I’m shopping local.

Vogue Paris 1975