On My Mind
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.
Dorian double-breasted checked cotton-blend tweed coat
Embellished quilted leather gloves
Camberwell leopard-print linen-blend canvas jacket
Le High straight-leg jeans
Ipanema shirred halterneck swimsuit
Hammock small leather tote
W006 Enid mid-rise wide-leg jeans
Silk and linen-blend blazer
Black velvet bow barrette
Belted cotton-twill midi dress
@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.
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.
New Year's Eve
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who stopped by and weighed in with comments this past year—that interaction is the heartline of kic. Also, a huge thanks to the folks who participated in posts or allowed me to run their work as content. Here are a few of my favorites from 2017:
The White Jeans Series tops my list of favorite posts this year and I am grateful to the women who participated. Not only did they supply pictures of themselves, they wrote their own text, which made the posts so thoughtful.
There were a number of fantastic exhibitions, indie fashion stories, books, and new albums in 2017—great content.
The posts about packing, shopping responsibly, and recycling items in my closet keep my fashion compass in check.
And most importantly, the women I see on the street, on Instagram, and in my life are the real inspiration for kic.
I’d love to hear what you liked or would like to see more of in 2018. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
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
On My Mind
Last December I posted on hygge, Danish for coziness, which we happily practiced a lot last winter. Now, the Swedes are getting in on the act with a book on lagom, the art of living a lifestyle of moderation.
Admittedly, I’m a bit obsessed with Scandinavia and it’s ways these days. There are currently a number of Scandinavian fashion designers and art directors who are making a huge impact on the industry right now—championing a spare design sensibility that I adore.
Still need to shop for presents? I put up a post on Palais about giving something vintage, even if it’s from your own pantry or linen closet. Think of it as recycling those random silver spoons you never use (I have a drawerful).
What does it mean to be a tastemaker today? Photographer Melanie Acevedo and Schumacher creative director Dara Caponigro attempt to answer this question in their stunning book, The Authentics. The duo “dive into the private worlds and gorgeous homes of 30 international trailblazers in art, design, and fashion” and the resulting photographs and interviews are wonderful.
There are so many extraordinary and diverse talents profiled but, my favorite is on designer Anne-Marie Midy at home in Brussels with her children.
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.
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.