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Thank You Note Season

The holidays are here and soon after thank you notes will need to be written. I’m gifting these Clementina Sketchbook cards to my girls as a gentle reminder.

On My Mind

Jewelry Wardrobe

Image courtesy of Sidney Garber

I hosted a lunch yesterday for Ann Mashburn to celebrate the opening of her permanent shop on Madison at 74th Street. Ann sat with Brooke Garber Neidich, owner of Sidney Garber. Brooke was wearing gorgeous, signature Sidney Garber pieces. Talk naturally turned to jewelry and another guest mentioned that she stopped storing her jewelry in individual pouches, she now has everything laid out on trays so she can quickly see what she has. It’s the same concept as not keeping shoes in their boxes where they can easily be forgotten. Mother did this with a tray of magnificent cocktail rings, another for watches, bracelets, and so on. To be able to do this, one must have a wardrobe of jewelry that can be mixed and matched.

This, of course, got me thinking. I may have a dozen grey skirts — yet, two watches, a handful of earrings, a love bracelet, and a trinity, signet, and wedding band are all that I wear every day. These items, plus a few significant rings from Mother, are the extent of my jewelry wardrobe. I mentioned to Brooke that my everyday pieces are like amulets and, weirdly, their constancy is comforting. Also, perhaps, a tad predictable and boring. Thoughts?

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Chic Bits

I’m on a never-ending quest to find leather pants that suit me and this By Malene Birger pair looks promising and is on sale. They’d be amazing with the Fendi clog pumps that I’ve been obsessing over. And, diamond earrings and Celine sunglasses are always a good idea.

Collections

Celine Winter 23

Hedi Slimane presented his Celine winter 2023 collection at the Wiltern in Los Angeles and the show was packed with the most incredible jackets. This will become a want vs. need conversation because there are so many to choose from. Next month I’m going to check out Celine’s new Paris boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré. The shop is devoted to accessories, fragrance, leather goods, and high jewelry.

Gifts

To Give and Receive

These are a few of my all-time favorite gifts to give and receive. I bought From Scratch because I love the cover (shallow much?) and it turned out to be a terrific cookbook. Carrière Frères candles, good olive oil, maple syrup, topiaries, and Rustic Bakery Gingerbread Tile Cookies on a beautiful plate are always appreciated.

Beauty

Chanel: Beige Polish

Last week I ran into Andrea Quinn Robinson, Beauty Director at Vogue when I first got there.  Andrea left soon after to join Revlon where she created and launched The Nakeds Ultima II line in 1989 — The Nakeds palette of beiges, nudes, browns, etc. was ground-breaking. The new Chanel Vernis colors reminded me of how chic a beige polish can be.

#Don'tOverPurge

What Goes Around, Comes Around

While scrolling through Net-a-Porter’s “What’s New” email, I spied this Valentino dress and I swear my heart stopped. My mother wore the first iteration on the left when I was a little girl, then in the ’90s I borrowed it to baptize my daughters. It took a village to zip me in this morning, but I’m glad I held on to her Valentino dresses. Mother’s shift is navy with cream piping and ’60s-style buttons — the Rockstuds and both pockets on the waist make the updated version modern. #Don’tOverPurge

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The Simple Slide

It’s a loafer! It’s a slide! No hardware or fur, these Manolo Blahnik slippers are just right.

On My Radar

New Line To Know: Attersee

Yesterday I went to see Attersee, a line founded in 2021 by former T magazine Digital director Isabel Wilkinson Schor. Attersee is “a brand that offers considered essentials designed to elevate the daily ritual of getting dressed.” This Duchess Satin Evening Shirt over a trim pant is as elegant as it is chic.

On My Inspiration Board

My Personal Style Reminder

As my inbox gets bombarded with markdown emails, I keep this collage on my desktop to remind myself of the clothes that I’ve been wearing a lot this fall — I don’t want to fall prey to a ‘really good deal’ that will sit in my closet. Brown, pleated skirts, and classic wool coats have been my focus. However, if I spy a fun item on sale that I’ve had my eye on (zebra, pale yellow, Commission sequined skirt, etc.), I will have won the fashion lottery.