On My Mind

Broaching The Brooch

After bingeing season 4 of The Crown, I’ve had brooches on the brain. HRH wore a spectacular sapphire and diamond beauty yesterday for her 73rd wedding anniversary. My mother gave me a few, but I still haven’t worn them — pinned to my chest is not ideal. However, the three images above have inspired me to play around with them a bit. Miuccia Prada below loves a good brooch and wears them often and well.

Top left Joan Smalls wears Marc Jacobs in W and top right from Vogue Spain.

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SAINT LAURENT

Suzanne mini leather cross-body bag

SAINT LAURENT

Jota chain-embellished leather sandals

MATTEAU

Broderie-cotton maxi skirt

PRADA

Single-breasted hooded raincoat

BOTTEGA VENETA

Leather sandals

SAINT LAURENT

Flower brooch

SAINT LAURENT

Le Maillon leather shoulder bag

GUCCI

Aviator-style gold-tone and acetate sunglasses

TOTÊME

High-neck striped wool-blend sweater

THE ROW

Park linen-blend canvas tote bag

NILI LOTAN

Fran belted suede jacket

VALENTINO

Wool-blend playsuit

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It Items

NET-A-PORTER Sale: Sneakers

I posted on these Re/Done sneakers in September and now they’re on sale — woo hoo! Love the ’70s retro track vibe.

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A Few Of My Favorite Things

The Uniqlo +J collaboration dropped and, even though I’d posted on it, everything sold out online before I got my act together. So, I went to the store on Fifth Avenue and picked up this gray parka. Lightweight and a great color, it is exactly what I need. I got two sizes (runs large), one to fit over a chunky sweater. Uniqlo seems to be restocking online.

I’m obsessed with the Danish jewelry line, Ole Lynggaard. The nature-inspired pieces have stolen my heart and I have an extensive wishlist. My husband gave me this ring for our 25th in August (I gave him a tractor) and now I’m hinting at another one for Christmas…

We are hunkered down again with the surge in COVID cases. This time, I refuse to pad around the house in slippers all day. These Chanel Mary Janes are at the tippy top of my wishlist and I’m trying to track down a pair.

#Don'tOverPurge

Oh, I Still Have One Of Those

My friend and ex-Harper’s Bazaar colleague Kate Davidson Hudson has the uber chic site/digital magazine Editorialist.  I opened the weekly Editorialst newsletter yesterday and had an aha moment (I seem to be having a few these days) when I saw an article on the resurgence of the Fendi Baguette. I had two of them in the ’90s and kept this one because it felt timeless. Thanks for the reminder, Kate 😘  #Don’tOverPurge

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The Gift of Fit

I have almost everything tailored, a perfect fit is paramount in my book. Especially fast fashion items — when they fit well, they can look expensive. Recently, I pulled out every piece of clothing that was no longer being worn because it didn’t fit properly and took the lot to the tailor. I just picked up the first batch — a Balenciaga dress that should’ve been shortened 5 years ago, a Miu Miu coat that was so long it was only a matter of time until I tripped on the hem, and a pile of skirts — a well cut skirt is a beautiful thing. This got me thinking, wouldn’t a gift certificate for an amazing tailor be a great present? Alteration Specialists are doing my work. They were highly recommended by my friend Gigi who wears impeccably cut suits. If you like suits, especially for evening, you should reread my profile on her, she shared some great styling tips.

Image by Patrick Demarchelier for the February 2002 issue of Harper’s Bazaar (which I cast)

On My Mind

Doing The Holidays With Gusto

I made a vow to my family that this year I will celebrate the holidays with gusto. Last year we were packing to move, which overshadowed all celebrations, and 2020 has been challenge-filled to say the least. So, even though just our girls will be home and we won’t see extended family or friends, I’m going to pull out all the stops (and decorations — mixing festive plates with my great-grandmother’s china) to create a fun and joyful Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cool Collaboration

Uniqlo +J

Uniqlo and Jil Sander (the Jil Sander) have teamed up again and the resulting FW20 +J collection ‘features sophisticated, versatile essentials inspired by a sense of enlightened understatement.’ I’m a  double-faced coat nut and the pieces at the bottom look really good.

Available Online + In Stores 11/12 Mid-morning ET

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Magazines

Fave Fall Issues

It was a bit easier to track down the FW20 editions of my three favorite indie magazines. Self Service was the easiest of all — they made a video of the current issue.

Beauty

Best Beauty Bits

Like many folks, I didn’t sleep much last night awaiting election results and I look a bit worse for wear. Here are four beauty items that make my morning routine a whole lot easier. The Christophe Robin Shampoo Bar was just for traveling, but now I use it once a week for shine. The Yves Durif Vented Hairbrush takes minutes off drying my hair, and the Aerin Lip Conditioner and Goopgenes Body Butter are dry skin saviors.

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Get Comfortable

The days are dramatically shorter and colder (don’t forget to turn your clocks back tonight)  — it’s time to get comfortable. The Harper’s Bazaar story got me thinking about my Wallabees and where they are. Sadly, they must have gone missing during the move, so new ones are winging their way here. I’ve been eyeing Leret Leret‘s cashmere sweaters and this one has my name on it. It will be perfect with Ann Mashburn’s flare cropped jeans, which look so incredible on Ann I had to have a pair.