On My Mind

Lagom

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.

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PRADA

Small Sidonie top-handle tote bag

TOM FORD

Belted leather-trimmed twill jacket

THE ROW

Shelly stretch-cotton poplin tank

THE ROW

Flat-front skinny pants

MANOLO BLAHNIK

Atrita metallic leather sandals

THE ROW

Lorna crewneck long-sleeve midi dress

VALENTINO GARAVANI

The Rockstud Spike medium appliquéd leather shoulder bag

BOTTEGA VENETA

Paneled cotton and silk-blend midi dress

ROCHAS

Bow-trimmed satin slingback pumps

CHLOÉ

Ribbon-tie silk blouse

CHLOÉ

Slim-leg wool-blend trousers

SAINT LAURENT

Woven trench coat

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Palais

Vintage Gifts

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).

Books

The Authentics

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.

My Music

Mansionair

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.

Fave Rerun

Small Business Saturday: Chrison & Bellina

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.

To See

Weekend Arts

I’m on my last-ever college tours today (wishful thinking) and have a ton of catching up to do. Top of my list are the Yayoi Kusama exhibitions at both the uptown and downtown David Zwirner galleries—especially the “Infinity” rooms in the Chelsea space. And according to The New York Times, Greta Gerwig’s film “Lady Bird” is “big-screen perfection”.

Gifts

A.P.C.’s Magasin Général

An A.P.C. fan since forever, I remember well all the cool stuff they sold in their shops alongside the clothes. The record section was super fab, too.

It Item

Candles Are Not Cliché

…or at least not in my book. Now that it’s cooler and and the windows are shut tight, I pull out my favorite candles. A huge fan of rose, I’ve ordered this one by Byredo and will let you know if it makes the cut.

On My Mind

Happy Halloween

I have no Tinker Bells or witches this year—we are actually heading out for a college interview and won’t even be home. For all of you with small children or grandchildren, save me a peanut butter cup!

Films

Two To See

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know about the documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, which was released on Netflix yesterday. I’ve read mixed reviews but am eager to see it nonetheless. I may try to do a double feature and also watch Franca: Chaos & Creation, Francesco Carrozzini’s film about his mother the legendary Vogue Italia editor.