The chicest sweets

Laduree macaroons

Every trip to Paris includes a stop at Laduree. I dutifully bring back boxes of the smaller macaroons for my assistants, daughters and friends. Invariably the delicate treats crush and crumble in my luggage but no one seems to care. These are the most delicious and divine macaroons and now you can get them on Madison Avenue. The pale green box filled with scrumptiously colored macaroons makes the ultimate hostess gift.

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The Simple Life

Isabel Marant’s weekend cottage in T Mag

Thanks to Irene we went 6 days without power, water up to the back of the house (sometimes living on the sound can be hazardous) and a few trees down. During this time I kept thinking about the above T Magazine story on Isabel Marant’s cottage in the woods with no amenities and how she finds it so peaceful and a bit savage. I agree that it is good to know that we can live with less but it certainly is nice to have a hot shower too…

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If you only buy one pair this season…

Pumps by Louboutin

When I was going through Inez and Vinhoodh’s 65 page Fall preview story in the August issue of French Vogue I realized that the shoe of the season is the pump. Black or nude, kitten or towering, it doesn’t really matter. The pump looks fresh and clean and goes with everything.

Louboutin

Pumps by Chloe

Pumps by Gianfranco Ferre

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Knit Picks

 

Claudia Schiffer in a cardigan from her new knitwear line

The days are still hot but the nights are getting cooler. Knitwear is a big trend for Fall and some of the pieces could be worn now thrown over white jeans or a summer dress.

Claudia Schiffer launched a line of knits that are chic and wearable above.

J. Crew

I love these slouchy lightweight sweaters that can be layered in winter or thrown over a swimsuit now.

The Row

And there is nothing as easy as a knit poncho!

 

Duffy poncho

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Kerry Diamond

Kerry Diamond © Marko Macpherson

Kerry Diamond © Marko MacPherson

I worked with Kerry at Bazaar when she was the Beauty Director. She left to become the Vice President of PR at Lancôme, and is now the divisional Vice President of PR at Coach. She is also the co-owner of the notably cool Brooklyn restaurant Seersucker with her boyfriend and chef, Robert Newton. (They serve up good Southern food and perfect biscuits. Amen to that.) And because she doesn’t have enough to do (!), earlier this month, they also launched a coffee and baked goods shop down the street, Smith Canteen.

Kerry is tall and confident and fashion forward. From jeans to cutting edge designers, Kerry can (and often does) pull just about anything off with style.

Style icons: Amanda Ross, Maggie Gyllenhal (3), Cecilia Dean, Michelle Obama, Christene Barberich, Amanda Brooks.

Go-to outfit: A knee-length dress by Maria Cornejo [her dress, above]–she’s good with pockets, a lot of designers forget them, paired with Reed Krakoff high-heel sandals–they look gorgeous and have a walkable heel height.

Weekend uniform: Striped shirts by Chance, J Brand skinny jeans and white Converse. I spend most weekends helping out at Seersucker or Smith Canteen, so I have to wear something I can run around in.

Can never have too many: Me & Ro jewels and Coach bags.

Summer destination and what you’ll pack: My house share in Sagaponack. Vintage Mexican dresses to bum around in and wear as caftans, J. Crew bikini,  K. Jacques sandals, Reed Krakoff tortoiseshell sunglasses. I don’t need much because I don’t do much once I’m out there–backyard, beach, farmer’s market–that’s it.

In your beach bag: Sunscreen by Lancôme from duty free (it’s different than the US version), Lancôme Soleil Lip gloss, too many magazines, iPod.

Everyday bag and contents: Right now it’s a Coach navy duffel (6), inside is my iPhone and Blackberry, lots of Lancôme lip glosses, Clark’s Botanicals Lip Balm, Laura Mercier pressed powder, Reed Krakoff wallet, ponytail holders.

Fall picks: Slingback clogs, an orange, layered dress (4) and aqua chunky-knit sweater, all by Reed Krakoff,  Dries Van Noten chunky-knit black and white sweater, Coach Madison black leather jacket, gray Costello Tagliapietra dress, and Thakoon’s Massai puffer which I pre-ordered from Moda Operandi (2).

Fave meal: Anything from Seersucker!

3 Beauty essentials: Lancôme Collaser Serum (5), Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant, Clark’s Botanicals Ultra-Rich Lip Tint.

Scent: (untitled) by Maison Martin Margiela

De-stress regimen: Kickboxing classes at CKO Kickboxing in Carroll Gardens.

Work and life balance: I’m still figuring that one out!

Kerry at Seersucker © Marko Macpherson 

Kerry at Seersucker © Marko Macpherson

On your nightstand: Tom Shone’s In the Rooms.

On your iPod: Danger Mouse, Theophilos London, Best Coast Lovers, Kaiser Cartel, Mark McAdam, tons of old New Wave.

Fave sites: Net-a-Porter, Garance Dore, Into the Gloss, Man Repeller, and YouTube for Michelle Phan videos.

Fave film: The Royal Tennenbaums (1). Every frame is beautiful.

Fave hotel: Hotel Amour in Paris.

Fave cause: My alma mater, SUNY  Plattsburgh, and the Red Cross.

Can’t go one day without: Talking to my boyfriend.

One week without: Ice cream from Il Laboratorio del Gelato or Blue Marble. In a few years Seersucker and Smith Canteen will have their own!

One month without: Visiting a museum, even for just one exhibit.

Always searching for: The perfect white jeans.

 

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Dress Obsessed

The best dress story ever from Harper's Bazaar May 2006 issue shot by Nathaniel Goldberg and styled by George Cortina

I am completely obsessed with dresses and my friend Tracy Taylor, U.S. Editor for Net-a-Porter, is too. In the most recent NaP magazine Tracy talks about her life-long love of dresses and it made me think of my favorite dress story of all time.

A few years ago when I was at Bazaar my buddy George Cortina (one of the chicest men alive) styled this amazing story to hail the return of the dress. The model Missy got stuck in a snowstorm in NY and we ended up helicoptering her to the desert. Unbelievably, George and Nathaniel shot these glorious pictures in one day. Bazaar kindly sent me these images to run here.

I wish I had bought every dress in this sitting as they are all timeless and lovely.

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In a clutch (or what’s not)

 

Louis Vuitton clutch

 

It is certainly still the bag of the moment. I even see women tucking bags with shoulder straps under their arm simulating the look. I have an adorable navy Celine which sits in my closet most days. And why is that?

The reality is, I am not a bag swapper. But the bigger issue is size. Obviously I cannot fit everything I think I need into a clutch so I take the essentials. However, I often find an essential missing. My wallet does not fit into my clutch and this is the most bothersome of all.

My wallet does fit into the Vuitton version above, but not much else. I can’t decide if I should try again or just buck the clutch trend and wait for the return of the BIG bag.

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Agnes Baddoo

Agnes photographed by JP Plunier in his shop Feal Mor

Agnes is one of the most multi-talented women I know. A fashion stylist for print (Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Vogue), celebrities, musicians, commercials and film, she is also a musician (was in a band The Bushmills), photographer, author of 5 Eat Shop guides, has a great new blog called Present and she just launched a line of Everyw’air aromatherapy sprays. Whew!

For the past 17 years she has lived in Los Angeles but she was born and raised in NYC. Agnes grew up on Central Park and attended an elite all-girls school on the Upper East Side. Her glamorous mother was a buyer at Bergdorf Goodman and her father at the U.N./Ghanaian Counsel General. When we met in college I was awed by her sophistication and ease in the world.

Post college we both worked at fashion magazines and Agnes went to Elle when it launched it’s U.S. edition. Her time there shaped and supported her outlook on female beauty and style. She could relate to Elle’s diverse approach and what she calls “kind of their kind” archetypes especially seen in the models who were chosen to promote inclusive and attainable style and womanly beauty.

Agnes is the queen of high-low from her Cartier Tank watch to her love of vintage mixed with ethnic pieces. She has her own personal style which evolves ever so slightly over time and is never completely (deliberately) on-trend. She is a true original!

Style Motto: Dress to feel comfortable in your skin…clothes should be an extension of yourself…classic, current but timeless

Fave Designers: Missoni scarves and cardigans, Margiela Pants (straight and wide but not flared), Miki Thumb Liberty print shirt dresses, Isabel Marant tees, shirts and dresses, Feal Mor sailor sweaters and striped tees, Dosa Liberty shirts and tunics, Antik Batik dresses and Clements Ribiero cashmere poncho, K. Jacques

Jewelry: Kathryn Bentley, Pippa Small, Helen Ficalora, Munoz-Vrandecic leather with brass necklaces, Hermes bracelets, Cartier Tank watch

Bags:Maria la Rosa hand woven bucket tote,  and an il Bisonte natural leather clutch and wallet

Favorite shops: Feal Mor, New High (M)Art, Dosa 818, Lost & Found, Creatures of Comfort and Mohawk General Store.

Vintage: Resurrection, Decades, Melrose Trading Post, Rose Bowl, Amarcord, Narnia and Encore when in NYC.

Scent: My own line of everyw’air sprays. I am developing #3 and #6 into roll-on perfumes for the fall.

On your nightstand: Video Slut by Sharon Wreck, Cane by Perry Henzell and #3 everyw’air spray

iPod: Toots and the Maytals, Bongos Ikwue, Staple Singers, Ijaman Levi, early Bob Dylan, all Bob Marley, Bonnie Raitt, The Be Good Tanyas/Scattered Leaves, Iron & Wine/Night Descending, Chris Darrow, George Breakfast, Cat Power, Yami Bolo…I could go on and on

Favorite Sites: KiC, Design Watcher, Tomboy Style, See Vivier, L.A. in Bloom, Jeana Sohn, Innumerable Goods, Priscilla Woolworth, Shala’s Rabbit Hole.

Favorite Cause: Multiple Sclerosis Society, Plastic Pollution Coalition

In Beverly Hills with Aggie (I was 8 1/2 moths pregnant)

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Summer Hair Help

It was ridiculously humid last week and blow-drying my hair was an equally ridiculous endeavor. But I cannot go three months with just a messy pony-tail. I love Frederic Fekkai products and this Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream looks like the answer to my summer hair woes.  Filled with botanical extracts that purportedly tame the strays and a UV shield against sun damage, this product is a must-try. With a citrus and coconut scent, it sounds delicious too!

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Oxford Girl

 

Oxford Girl Plum Sykes

It was a hot and muggy long weekend. I did not do a lot but I did read Plum Sykes’ Oxford Girl. It is a short and brutally honest piece about her childhood and first semester at Oxford. One of the things I like about Plum is that she does not candy-coat her experiences. Even though she hails from a posh upper-crust British family, the money ran out (and so did her father). One’s life is not always what it seems.

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