Gifts

Father’s Day

I’m a little late on the Father’s Day gift front, but I think my husband will like these two items. An amazing cook, I bet he’ll love this cookbook by personal chef Mina Stone—it’s packed with family-style recipes. And these painted canvas totes are actually plant holders—a bit quirky, but could be wonderful filled with herbs.

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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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My Music

Ti Amo

NPR sat down with two members of Paris-based band Phoenix to talk about their upbeat new album Ti Amo. The All Songs Considered podcast is a good listen.

Vogue January 2014 Issue

‘A Peaceable Kingdom’

This Vogue story on Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler’s Locust Valley, New York home is a Pinterest favorite and with good reason—it’s fantastic. I’ve run this lovely image of their garden before and I thought of it today since we will be out in ours this weekend. New gardening gloves are in order since my recent run-in with poison ivy.

Photography by Oberto Gigli

Books

Fun Reads

Surf Shack by Nina Freudenberger and Sofia Sanchez de Betak’s Travels with Chufy would be good hostess gifts. Sofia has a new clothing line, Chufy, available at Bergdorfs.

Home

Bringing Back the Book

I’ve been doing some ruthless spring cleaning; it felt like my stuff was closing in on me. When I got to the bookshelves in the living room, I was brought up short—where have all my books gone? Granted, I have stacks and stacks of oversized art and fashion books, but the shelves seem to have been taken over by framed photographs, my childrens’ school projects, candles, indie magazines, and all sorts of random decorative items. Missing are the rows of hardbacks that I raced out to buy and couldn’t wait to read—they are on my Kindle.

This Elle Decor photo of art dealer Kris Ghesquière’s home office in Uruguay inspired me to start buying a few actual books again—ones that I know I’d like to keep. Amazon opened a bookstore in NYC last week, which seemed odd when I first heard about it, but now I get it. And my dear friend just opened the Locust Valley Bookstore —I’m going to help support her new business by refilling my shelves.

Photograph by Ricardo Labougle 

On My Mind

June To-Do List

Wow, it’s June! The girls will be out of school soon and the older one is graduating. We’ll be in L.A. mid month and I have a list of things I want to do when we are not packing up my daughter’s apartment. A visit to the Wear LACMA shop tops this list. Dani Shapiro’s Hourglass is already on my Kindle for the flight, and when we’re back in NYC I’ll be first in line to see Sofia Coppola’s readaptation of The Beguiled, which opens June 23. Oh, and new tools and a basket for the garden from the GOOP shop would be nice.

Seasonal shop

AERIN in Southampton

Aerin Lauder’s Southampton shop is open for the season and this year it’s stocked with many of the fab items from her collaboration with Williams-Sonoma—anything from the straw-wrapped bar cart collection would be a super hostess gift. The glassware, too, is really good.

Since I am a Jane, I need this ByTatoufa monogrammed straw basket and the orange swimsuit, too.

AERIN Southampton 83 Main St. (631) 353-3773

To See at MoMA

‘Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends’

This spring there’s been an abundance of must-see exhibitions in NYC. And yet, when the announcement for the opening this Sunday of Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends at MoMA hit my inbox, I got very excited—this is right up my alley.

Rober Rauschenberg and Jasper John's c. 1954

Rober Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns c. 1954

In Memorium

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell, lead singer of 90s grunge band Soundgarden, died today and my heart is truly broken. I’ve been listening to the track “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” from his 2015 album Higher Truth—it’s just so beautiful.

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Books

Spring Reading Trifecta

Three of my favorite authors have new books out—a spring reading trifecta.

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan, Trajectory by Richard Russo.