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.

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FRED LEIGHTON

Collection gold, silver and diamond ring

TOMAS MAIER

Eyelet-embellished intarsia merino wool turtleneck sweater

PRADA

Mid-heel suede knee-high boots

SELIM MOUZANNAR

Beirut 18-karat rose gold diamond ring

MARA HOFFMAN

Camilla one-shoulder textured-organic cotton maxi dress

MARNI

medium Trunk shoulder bag

BOTTEGA VENETA

Cotton-blend poplin top

MIU MIU

Wool sweater

SOPHIE BUHAI

Gold vermeil hoop earrings

KHAITE

Charlotte cotton-gabardine trench coat

HAIDER ACKERMANN

Two-tone crepe blouse

HAIDER ACKERMANN

Oversized silk-charmeuse shirt

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Art

MoMA’s Moment

There are two exhibitions at MoMA on my must-see list—Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait  “explores the prints, books, and creative process of the celebrated sculptor” and Items: Is Fashion Modern?  “explores the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries—and continue to hold currency today.” The Modern Matinees series of John Cassevetes’ films looks great, too. I may not wait for a rainy day to go.

Books

A.P.C. Transmission

A long-time A.P.C. fan, I’m going to try to attend the book signing for Transmission, Jean Touitou’s new book celebrating the 30th anniversary of his minimalist designs.  October 19 at the Soho store.

T Magazine

“How to Throw a Laid-back Parisian Dinner Party”

NYT Dinner Party

While gathering friends together to celebrate her new collection, jewelry designer Sophie Buhai reminisces about dinner parties her parents threw when she was little girl. It’s a lovely read.

Text by Crystal Meers and photography by Molly SJ Lowe for T Magazine

NYT Dinner Party

NYT Dinner Party

Smythson Travel

‘Traveling with Jane Birkin’

When one of my favorite bloggers, Navaz Batliwalla of Disneyrollergirl, posted this Smythson travel story on Jane Birkin, I asked if I could be a copycat and share it with my readers, too.

Annemarieke van Drimmelen’s photographs of the 70-year-old English actress, musician, and style icon are beautiful and the lengthy interview is well worth a read—it’s also fun to see Ms. Birkin at home in Paris with her bulldog Dolly and peek inside her beauty kit.

Smythson Jane Birkin

Smythson Jane Birkin

Smythson Jane Birkin

Smythson Jane Birkin

My Music

Sir Sly

The track “High” by LA-based trio Sir Sly was a hit song of summer 2017, but I have & Run on repeat right now— who doesn’t want to “kick my shoes off and run” these days.

Books

October Reading List

September was so busy with the launch of Palais and college visits here and abroad, I didn’t even get around to posting a to-do list. Good thing there are a number of new books out by some of my most beloved authors—I look forward to some down time.

The Burning Girl, Fresh Complaint, Manhattan Beach, Little Fires Everywhere.

My New Site

PALAIS

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I’ve mentioned from time to time that I’ve wanted to start a home-focused site, but kept putting it on the back burner. No longer—welcome to PALAIS! Interiors, homewares, books, gardens, and real estate—let me know what you think.

Books

David Hicks Scrapbooks

In David Hicks Scrapbooks, Ashley Hicks, son of the renowned British decorator, has pieced together spreads from his father’s scrapbooks and the result is the most complete record of David Hicks’s life and work. The notes, sketches, and photographs are fabulous.

On My Mind

Total Eclipse

My dad made a pinhole projector box for us to view a solar eclipse when I was about five. We were on a family ski trip in Vermont and watched while having a winter picnic at the top of the mountain—memorable, to say the least. We will be home in our garden tomorrow, and since I didn’t buy special glasses (and would be nervous to use them, anyway) I am making my own pinhole projector box—Lord knows I have plenty of shoe boxes…

Happy viewing, everyone!