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Spring ahead

With this sublime, unseasonably warm weather, I am not sorry we skipped Palm Beach and are happily at home. It’s so nice, that we bailed on skiing too. Every window is open and the dogs come and go freely. The longer days and extra daylight in the evening, courtesy of Daylight Savings, are also welcome.

I pinched the above image from one of my favorite blogs RduJour. The post, aptly entitled “rooms to inspire”, did just that. Here the pink and green is not so much preppy as pretty and fresh. Peonies are my absolute favorite spring flowers.  And the matching Gracie wallpaper panel and seat cushions is something I am seriously considering copying.

 

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On My Mind

Celebrating women

I spent International Women’s Day (yesterday) at a birthday lunch for my dear friend. The gorgeous birthday girl, flawless in a nude sleeveless shift, an Hermes watch and barely-there makeup, hosted a group of friends comprised of impressive women. All the guests have families, work and busy lives, yet everyone was relaxed and grateful for the get-together.

I cannot think of a better way to honor International Women’s Day than connecting and reconnecting with a group of interesting, smart and successful women.

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Show Status

Valentino is divine

 

The Fall Valentino show was extraordinary. Folk, scalloped edges and sweet yet cool Penelope Tree elements- all gorgeous.

Image links to video of the show.

March on

Cookmaid with fruit and vegetables by Sir Nathaniel Bacon 1620-1627 from the Tate Collection

I have been bedridden with a head cold for 3 days and my older daughter comes home tomorrow for spring break. She is now vegan. So I hauled myself off the couch and went to the library and took out Kathy Freston’s book Veganist and a cookbook too. The NYTs ran a piece on the new vegan Blossom Bakery yesterday so we will check that out.

Besides being panicked about what to cook (or not cook), I have been making a list of things to do with the girls this month. I remember coming home from boarding school one holiday and saw a list my mother had made of things for us to do and thought it was odd. But now I get it.

My girls grew up doing homework under the racks backstage at fashion shows. Now they tag along as we shoot for KiC. Next week we are going to Greenwich to see new pieces from Blair Husain’s jewelry collection (she is an upcoming KiC profile) and have lunch at our favorite Meli Melo creperie. Also next week, my friends are launching a line of handbags called Eponymous that I bet are great and I will take some pics.

Cindy Sherman. Untitled #466. 2008

The Cindy Sherman show at MoMA tops my list of cultural activities, the Whitney Biennial 2012 which opens today is a must-see and we still have not been to the new American wing at the Met. And movies movies movies.

Then we go skiing.

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Bee chic

Beekeeping is a chic hobby. Louis Vuitton has three hives on the roof of its Paris headquarters and now Oscar de la Renta is moving offices to a space with terraces where he will keep bees. I applaud this as we need to save the bees and it proves that beekeeping is not just a rural pastime.

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The white pump

Dolce & Gabbana pumps © March Harper's Bazaar by Daniel Jackson

Nothing is as comfortable as a good pump and I celebrated its return last summer. I have a black pair and a pair in nude patent which are perfect in the rain (any time actually). But the color for spring is white and I am not sure I can go there.

I first spied them at the Celine Resort 12 show below. I admit that I love the heel height on these and the shape is beautiful, but there is still something that holds me back. It may be that my eye has not adjusted and by June, when I have seen them worn on the street and not just in fashion magazines, I will want a pair.

Only time will tell.

Celine Resort 12

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Books

The Darlings

I gave this book to a friend at lunch the other day. Cristina is from our neck of the woods and writes about the events that shook NYC, especially the Upper East Side, in the last decade. The NYTs ran an interview with Cristina talking about her personal experiences that were the inspiration for the story. A good vacation read for sure.

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Fashion Director, Net-a-Porter

Holli Rogers

Holli Rogers

It’s no secret that we are obsessed with packing lists. So last week we asked the adorable Holli Rogers of Net-a-Porter.com to share with us some of the pieces she will be wearing to the New York and then European shows. But show week got the better of us and the story is a tad late (sorry!). Here she is above unpacking at the Bowery Hotel in NY. Thanks Holli!

3 fashion week pieces: Knitwear!! Especially this time of year, I’m loving my Reed and Wang knits. Colorful and warm, Hawaiian print top from Stella, striped raffia Burberry Prorsum skirt.

3 Spring must-haves: Prints! Ideally pants but mismatched prints are also fun, slipper shoes (always important to have a great pair of flats), color – either in a bright or a light.

Beauty essentials: Elemis day cream and eye serum, Joanna Vargas rejuvenating serum at night, Revlon grow luscious mascara, Killian fragrance, Lucas’ paw paw ointment for any dry areas.

Cannot travel without: My iPod, iPad (now that I’m able to use it for work purposes it’s even more an integral part of my life), several great pairs of shoes – for this trip I have packed my Alaia ankle boots, Louboutin velvet slippers and Mulberry animal print pumps! Holli's favorites 1. Stella top, 2. Mulberry pump, 3. Burberry Prorsum skirt, 4. Alexander Wang sweater, 5. Junya Watanabe dress, 6. Louboutin loafers

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Jeans and flats

Aerin Lauder at Derek Lam courtesy of Habitually Chic

Aerin is super-chic in her great coat, cuffed jeans and flats at the Derek Lam show.

Perfect show weather

NY show week has started and the weather is perfect- cold enough for some fur bits and fave Fall items, but dry and sunny so we can mix in a few cannot-wait-to-wear Spring pieces. My Miu Miu coat, Sacai dress, Givenchy bag and sandals will get a workout this week.

Ok, maybe not sandals, that is a bit of wishful thinking…

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