On The Hunt For

Simply Sacai

When I pulled out this picture of Caroline de Maigret at the Men’s SS19 shows in Paris, I knew exactly why I’d stuck it in a folder. I have a beloved Sacai dress and have been on the hunt for a top. Last summer I tried two, but neither was quite right. After revisiting this image, I’m determined to find the perfect one. I may need to update my black Chanel bag, too — it now looks vintage.

Unfortunately it’s pretty slim pickings at this point, there are only a few sweaters left — herehere, and here. Hopefully there will be some good ones in the FW19 collection.

Image © Vogue

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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

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Bow-trimmed satin slingback pumps

CHLOÉ

Ribbon-tie silk blouse

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Slim-leg wool-blend trousers

SAINT LAURENT

Woven trench coat

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It Item

To Echo, or not to Echo…

AI is amazing and terrifying at the same time.  I didn’t have a reason to own a smart speaker (that I could think of) until my doctor asked me to test drive an Alexa app he’s just launched. So, an Echo Dot is arriving tomorrow and I’m going to see if it’s worth all the hype and advertising. The first thing I will do is lock in the privacy settings —then, I’ll give it a go. Suggestions on uses welcome.

On My Mind

Rise and Shine

Now that we are officially in 2019 I’ve been musing about last year. 2018 came in like a lion and, thankfully, went out like a lamb. If you’re into numerology, 2019 is a 3 and it’s supposed to be filled with fun, creativity, and happiness — I’m already feeling upbeat.

An end of December post highlighted some items that I bought last year — all black basics (a black coat and bag, too), which pretty much sums up my state of mind in 2018.  So, when I spied this picture in January Vogue Germany, I started craving a little pizzazz in my wardrobe. A few years ago I had my eye on a pair of gold Jimmy Choo pumps. In the end, I didn’t think they’d go the distance and back they went. Now I’m sorry that I returned them — they’d be just as good today, possibly even better. Live and learn. Maybe these Chanel Mary Janes could remedy that mistake.

Photo by Bobby Doherty for Vogue Germany

On My Mind

The Calm After The Storm

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is pure bliss and a welcome break after a month of what felt like perpetual motion. The final days of December always seem to blur together as we enjoy good food, games, outings, and precious time with family.

I hope everyone had a joyous holiday and here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

Painting by Alex Katz

It Item

My Favorite Item from 2018

This Anine Bing black satin skirt gets five stars and was a workhorse in my wardrobe in 2018. Perfect with T-shirts and sandals last summer, and equally perfect with sweaters and boots or loafers in these cooler months. I bought two (okay, maybe three) since I know I will wear it for years to come.

Louboutin sandals, Saint Laurent sandals, Manolo Blahnik boots, RE/DONE + Weejuns loafers, Taryn Rose Bootie, Jimmy Choo pump.

I  realize that a few of the shoes are almost sold out since I bought them last spring.

Beauty

Holiday Hair & Makeup

Need hair and makeup on demand? Call Glamsquad. A friend has used them a number of times and raved so I booked a team for an event last week. Prompt, quick, reasonably priced, and completely professional — my daughters and I could not have been happier. The makeup artist used my own Westman Atelier foundation and “got” exactly what each of us wanted. If you are in NYC, Boston, LA, San Fransisco, Miami, or Washington DC for New Year’s Eve and want hair and makeup to come to you, Glamsquad is a great service.

Vintage Kate Moss

On My Mind

Play With Me

Now that my kids are older and my husband and I need “things” like we need holes in our heads, our preferred presents are experiences.

Recently LVMH bought Belmond (luxury hotels, trains, river cruises, and safaris) and Michelin acquired Tablet (boutique hotels) to be the star in the Michelin experiences portfolio. Both acquisitions signal a focus on experiential travel. When my girls come home I love exploring with them — checking out new restaurants, exhibitions, places, and playing lots of games — doing is the new consuming.

Thank you Verdura for the gorgeous playing cards, they will be used a lot next week.

Tweak

A Touch of Black Satin

Instead of upping my jewelry for festive lunches, I’ve been wearing a black satin ribbon and shoes — this simple tweak takes my day looks up a notch.

Upper left Amanda Brooks

Cool Collaboration

The Laundress x Le Labo

I’m a big fan of both The Laundress products and Le Labo fragrances — this is a brilliant collaboration. Wish I had the Rose 31 last week when I was washing swimsuits.

NET-A-PORTER Sale up to 70% Off

Buy On Sale, Wear On Vacation

My daughter and I popped down to Bermuda for a few days last week. When the weather cooperates, off-season is a wonderful time to be there. As I was packing my summer essentials, I realized that it’s time to add and update a few pieces. I should’ve perused the swimwear section of NET-A-PORTER’s sale before I left. However, many items have been reduced further — maybe another warm-weather trip is in order.

Sophie Buhai pendant, Calé terry sweatshirt (black, too), Muun straw tote, Ancient Greek Sandals, Haight swimsuit.