Let it grow

Courtesy of Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine

It’s Earth Day and, if it doesn’t rain as predicted, we will be up to our elbows in dirt. Gardening has become an integral part of our lives and it’s very satisfying to grow our own food.

Recently, I have become a bit herb crazed. I am training rosemary trees into topiary balls and my kitchen counter is rapidly losing space to all the greenery. Herbs are easy to grow and smell divine. I am hosting a lunch tomorrow and, in lieu of floral arrangements, I have planted my favorite herbs in terracotta pots to be the centerpieces. Guests will have packets of seeds at their seats, instead of chocolates, with the hope that they will catch the gardening bug too.

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Wool and cashmere cardigan


Lauren flat suede Mary Jane slide


Round-frame tortoiseshell sunglasses


Linda 45 leather pumps


Zip-detailed stretch-cotton bomber jacket


Fair Isle cashmere and wool-blend vest


Maisie ruffled crinkled silk-satin blouse


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Run-around chic

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You will never see me in red jeans- nor pink, peach, baby blue or any other colorful denim. However, eggshell and very pale yellow appeal to my neutrals-only sensibility. Paired with a grey top and my fave new Supergas, this look would take me from the school-run to a meeting and beyond.

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Buying the farm

Growing food is all the rage. When Williams & Sonoma recently launched an agrarian section in its catalogue, I knew the trend is far reaching. Their mobile henhouse has gotten a lot of coverage and the organic vegetable beds are good, but it’s the beehive that makes me happy.

I have posted on beekeeping a few times. Thanks to my friend Lisa of BeeHaven Honey in Locust Valley, NY, I am dedicated to helping save the bees and want to learn more about the process. Williams & Sonoma’s agrarian push may very well help this cause and hopefully more people will take up beekeeping. You just need one hive, although I am told, one usually leads to a few.

We grow organic lettuces, onions, shallots and raspberries for the best pies.

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To Cartier, with Love

Last evening I attended the Cartier relaunch of the Juste un Clou. The highlight of the event, held in the Cartier Mansion, was the exhibition of jewelry, sketches and an interactive wall of images honoring Aldo Cipullo, the Roman jeweler who created the Juste un Clou and the iconic Love bracelet (through May 8th). I wear the Love bracelet on a leather strap above everyday.

While getting ready, I decided this would be the perfect time to test drive carrying a large wallet in lieu of a handbag. Fortunately, I had a car, so I left the big bits behind, but it was really freeing to not have a cumbersome bag at a packed event (btw Charlotte Casiraghi is even more beautiful in person). I took the Valentino below and it held my phone, keys and lipstick.

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The pencil skirt by Amanda Ross

The always chic and perfectly turned-out Amanda Ross was one of our earliest Style Setters. We caught up with Amanda recently and asked her to guest edit a post for KiC of her must-have Spring picks. “I absolutely love wearing a pencil skirt and creating a look around it. I buy one every season and look for something that works day and night. I love the color, shape and sexiness of this Givenchy skirt. Add a little bohemian flair with the fringe sweater, color in the ear, some rock-n-roll cuffs and a bag. Make a statement with your shoes.” You cannot go wrong with this look.

Amanda is currently a contributing editor for Departures magazine, the consulting fashion director for Anne Klein and fashion stylist extraordinaire! View Amanda’s work at arossgirl.

See below a few more options

  • Miu Miu cashmere and silk sweater
  • Tabitha Simmons metallic lace-up bootie
  • Reed Krakoff cotton-sateen pencil skirt
  • Thakoon embroidered silk blouse
  • Maison Martin Margiela belt
  • La Petite S***** bonded linen-blend pencil skirt
  • Bottega Veneta fold-over clutch
  • Lanvin leather and wooden sandals
  • David Szeto leopard square scarf,

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The simple clutch

Finally, after a long search, I found the perfect run-around clutch. Large enough to hold everything I need including my wallet, this clutch, by 3.1 Phillip Lim, is it. Another plus, it has a gusset so it sits upright, which is a must.

I bought one in tan and one in black, but the white and navy are good too. At under $300., I think they are a good find.

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CR by Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld’s eagerly anticipated magazine, the first issue to be published fall 2012, is simply named CR. WWD spoke with Carine about the biannual, slightly oversized and book-like features of the upcoming CR Fashion Book.

Fans of the former editor in chief of Paris Vogue, we hope that Carine channels her grown up and very personal style into her new project.

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Damsels in Distress

After a 14 year hiatus, Whit Stillman has a new film, “Damsels in Distress”. “Metropolitan, “Barcelona” and “Last Days of Disco, Stillman’s earlier movies, mirrored my own coming-of-age experiences. “Damsels in Distress” is not a continuation of the first three films, yet it mines the same preppy, upper-crusty mores. I hear it is really good and cannot wait to see it.


A simple dress (with killer accessories)

I had lunch with Style Setter Christiane Mack last week and she wore the 3.1 Phillip Lim dress above in black.  Reissued for Spring in peacock blue, this dress is a true classic and a good option for right now.

The clean lines and easy shape make it the perfect canvas to load on the accessories. And no one is better at chic over-accessorization than Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Carlyne styled Christy Turlington’s cover and story for the most recent (and a KiC favorite) The Gentlewoman magazine.

Carlyne, my old friend, you are the inspiration for this post.

Jill Kargman

Jill photographed by Marko MacPherson for KiC

Jill photographed by Marko MacPherson for KiC

Perhaps the best way to describe author and mother of three, Jill Kargman, is to compare her to Wednesday Addams (of the Addams family)–albeit Jill is the grown-up version, who lives in a classic Upper East Side apartment and has a far more enviable wardrobe. (Style, and success for that matter, run deep in her close-knit family; Jill’s father was president of Chanel for many years, her mother is insanely chic, and her art consultant brother, Will, is Drew Barrymore’s fiancé.).

Jill is elegant, girlish, and goth, an unusual mix that would make Tim Burton swoon. But it is her sublime, sharp-as-a-tack wit that is her most disarming characteristic; a conversation with her is filled with zingy one-liners that leave you breathless with laughter. Her honest, off-beat humor is the reason her novels are such as success. (The Washington Post dubbed her “Queen of the Beach Read”.) Her 10th book, The Rock Star in Seat 3A, hits the shelves May 22nd. Here, a peek into her latest obsessions and fashion must-haves.

What I love most about writing is….That I get to work from home. Even though I am not in PJ’s but in full dress and heels!

Five Spring essentials: Marc by Marc Jacobs flirty dresses, a vintage Chanel gray leather jacket cause I’m always cold, Valentino strappy sandals that don’t kill my feet, Chanel camellia sunglasses to avoid more squinty crow’s feet, and water.

Designers with the most hanger space in my closet: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Phillip Lim 3.1

Three beauty musts: Pounding water, slathering Chanel Sublimage moisturizer, and Biotin by the handful. Think Valley of the Dolls handfuls.

Next destination: Disney World. AKA Orlandon’t.

A perfect day is…. No kiddies waking me up, a big vat of coffee, arriving at Soul Cycle to miraculously find the person before me had all the same bike settings, scalding shower, yummy brunch with my family, a massage, a nap, an early Mexican dinner, a Broadway show, and a yellow cab that happens to be right there when we exit the theater.

Favorite authors: Woody Allen and David Sedaris

Latest obsession: Planning book tour for The Rock Star in Seat 3A, my forthcoming summer beach read.

Keeps me sane: Working out, my best girlfriends, sleep.

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