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
Chain choker - yellow gold
Cowbell gold vermeil hoop earrings
Gold vermeil hoop earrings
Cat-eye square-frame sunglasses
Nora leather kitten-heel booties
Small Made in Tote in textile
Knot small hoop earrings made of brass
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.
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”.
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.
…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
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!