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st barths assouline

In the Spirit of Capri, Pamela Fiori’s first book with Assouline, is a must-own for anyone interested in fashion and style. Since the ’50s Capri has been a jetset destination infused with Italian old-world glamour.  In the Spirit of St. Barths, Pamela’s new book to be released in April, surely will be filled with gorgeous images of the chic and fabulous at the beach and on their yachts enjoying this French West Indies Island.


Images from In the Sprit of Capri



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The rockstud leather point-toe flats


Lace-up cotton-blend waist belt


Hammock leather and raffia tote


Lace-up cotton-blend waist belt


Small textured-leather tote

Mother Of Pearl

Cotton-blend tweed hooded top

The Row

Strapless smocked stretch cotton-blend poplin midi dress


Silk crepe de chine and ribbed-knit dress


Stretch-knit boots


Cotton-blend poplin trench coat


Cropped cotton-blend straight-leg pants


Poplin midi dress

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Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

Interior Designer Katie Ridder

I’ve known Katie for a few years—she is the sister in law of my dear friend Helen Pennoyer. Before founding her own firm Katie Ridder Interior Design and Decoration in 1995, Katie was an editor at House & Garden and House Beautiful and in the early 1990’s she had a great home furnishings store on the Upper East Side.

Katie Ridder's Rooms

Katie Ridder Interiors

Katie’s work has been featured in all the top shelter magazines and she (herself) has been featured on the cover of House Beautiful and Elle Decor. Not surprisingly, Katie is on the list of “Top 100 designers”  in New York Magazine, Elle Decor and House Beautiful.

I love Katie’s design sensibility and especially her use of color. I also love that she was willing to answer so many of my questions!

Katie Ridder's Favorite Things

Katie and jewelry designer Mish Tworkowski (upper right), Katie and her husband Peter Pennoyer (middle)


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Lauren Santo Domingo’s Scrapbook (and many others) in T Magazine

Lauren Santo Domingo Scrapbook

A page from Lauren’s scrapbook in T Mag

Like most editors, I have heaping piles of pages torn from magazines. I have created image (or mood) boards and a ridiculous number of scrapbooks with the tear sheets. As a lover of fashion and shelter titles, by months end I must go through the stacks of magazines or my homes would start to resemble those of hoarders.

The story In Good Paste in T Magazine is a must read for anyone who rips, tears, pastes and collages their hours away.

Who knew scrapbooking was so chic??

Lauren Santo Domingo Scrapbook

Satin for day

Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik pumps in satin

A friend was over last weekend and I showed her these Manolo Blahnik pumps that I was about to return. I love the heel height and I want to wear pumps again after a long hiatus but we agreed that I would probably not wear them a lot since they are satin. But now I am not so sure.

Carine Roitfeld

I don’t like the shine on Carine’s leather pumps.

Prada shoes

My beloved Prada satin shoes

I pulled out the satin shoes that I already own and realized that I wear them all the time and mostly for day.

So I think I am going to keep the Manolo pumps, but should I take back the suede boots?…

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In with the new

But I am not tossing out the old.  2010 was a good year because ideas turned into projects and hopes were fulfilled.

To Find Balance

This is the year I am going to turn a hobby into a business and I also want to start casting again.

Four years ago I was in Qatar speaking on fashion show casting when I decided to pause my career and spend more time with my girls. Without my work I threw myself into family life with gusto, possibly to a fault. Even though my children’s accomplishments became a substitute for my own I felt I was doing the right thing. But now I am not so sure and at times I feel I am doing more harm than good. Granted I was traveling a lot for shows and castings, but not working at all is not good for me (and especially my patient family) either. Balance is the key and my main pursuit in 2011.

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Morning is best

The bad news is that we got snowed in/ the good news is that we did not lose our power. Besides the miraculous fact that we still have heat and lights, we also have the treadmill.

This is not a post-Christmas musing about over-indulgence but rather thoughts on the best time to workout. A recent article in the New York Times talks about the benefits of exercising before breakfast and Isaac Mizrahi in a fun profile also in the New York Times says that he swims pre-breakfast. In the same piece Isaac tackles snacking, sleeping, Xanax, TV watching and shares all sorts of crazy Isaac-isms.

So, first thing in the morning may not be the optimum time for me to hit the treadmill, but I am going to give it a try.

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Secret Address: Eataly

I am not a foodie and even less of a cook but Eataly sends me! On the corner of Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, it is a phenomenal emporium of Italian food. Although it can be insanely crowded, Eataly is worth the trip.

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Secret Address: The Printery

I am very fortunate to have the Printery, the century-old bespoke stationery company owned by my friends Bill and Mary Miller, in my back yard. Tucked away in Oyster Bay, NY, and housed in an 18th century building with sloping floors, the shop is jam packed with gorgeous papers and cards. Granted you can find their products in numerous stores and online, but the experience of sitting with Bill and choosing the perfect card or scratch pad is memorable. The Printery is my first stop for hostess gifts which I need in abundance this time of the year.

The perfect holiday note card

Gorgeous bespoke stationery

Great hostess gift


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Classic French (with a) Twist

Katrin Sigurdardottir installation at the Met

My favorite permanent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC is the 18th century French period rooms from the Hotel de Crillon and the Hotel de Cabris. I love the gilt and panelling and snugness of the Crillon room especially (below). Last week the Met unveiled a new exhibition entitled Boiseries by the Iclandic artist Katrin Sigurdardottir. Boiseries is comprised of two site-specific full-scale installations based on the French period rooms I so love.

Hotel de Crillon period room at the Metropolitan Museum

Katrin Sigurdardottir at the Met
October 19, 2010–March 6, 2011
Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, Mezzanine Galleries

Natalie Massenet

Natalie and her girls courtesy of American Vogue

Recently over dinner I asked Natalie to name a few of her favorite things to share with our readers- enjoy!

  1. Porsche Targa in black
  2. Cartier Balon Bleu watch
  3. Recent film “A Man and a Woman”
  4. Musk Oil by Kiehls
  5. Personal stationery by Smythson
  6. Diptyque candles
  7. Present from her husband- diamond tennis bracelet
  8. Lunch spot in London- Scott’s
  9. Eve Lom TLC Moisturizer
  10. Prefers heels to a wedge
  11. Globe Trotter luggage
  12. House present- personalized trays
  13. Smart Car
  14. Vacation spots- weekends at her country cottage and Ibiza
  15. Bowery Hotel NYC
  16. Favorite non work activity- sleep!

Natalie is the founder of and is currently working on Mr. Porter, an eagerly awaited men’s site.

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