On My Mind

Can’t Find It? Dye it!

For some unexplained reason, the Hermès x Apple watch collaboration offered a black wrap strap when it launched, but not since. When I bought my watch I chose barenia, then bought a black single band. But, I’ve always wanted a black wrap and searched high and low for the past three years. Recently I had an ‘aha’ moment — I had a Blue Jean double-wrap just sitting in a box (not me) and off to the Leather Spa it went. Ta da! Now I have what I want.

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PRADA

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

ROCHAS

Bow-trimmed satin slingback pumps

CHLOÉ

Ribbon-tie silk blouse

CHLOÉ

Slim-leg wool-blend trousers

SAINT LAURENT

Woven trench coat

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Dec/Jan Vogue Paris

‘Le Clan Birkin’

The Dec/Jan issue of Vogue Paris is devoted to Jane Birkin and her daughters. If you love vintage pictures of JB, this issue is for you. My favorite image is of her daughter Charlotte Gainbourg above in a Saint Laurent coat, Levis, and Converse sneakers. Below are images from a story based on Ms. Birkin’s style.

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The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman

Sophie Hersan Inspired

This time of year my outfits often feel a bit bougie. So, to right the ship, I turn to my fav style bible The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman by Navaz Batliwalla. Inspired by the profiles on chic, modern women, this book is my go-to style compass.

One of my favorite profiles is on Sophie Hersan, co-founder of Vestiaire Collective. Everything Ms. Hersan wears is classic, yet she makes a simple white shirt and jeans — accessorized with a Kelly bag, tank watch, and pumps — look incredibly chic. Maybe it’s a French thing.

Image top left © The New Garconne

Givenchy PF19

Really Good Coats

Even though the fall sales are winding down, I’m excited to see what’s coming up for PF19. According to Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy’s creative director, classic coats are still going strong — no complaints from yours truly. Yesterday I wore a Lanvin coat that I picked up in Paris circa 1999 and, because it’s a classic style, it looked just as good as when I bought it.

It Item

Tomboy Chic: The Penny Loafer

A longtime Belgian Shoe fanatic, my beloved black calf pair finally bit the dust. At the same time, I tired of my well-worn horsebit loafer slides that were all the rage a few years ago. While I was pulling product for a recent sale post, I spied these loafers from a collaboration between RE/DONE + Weejuns and immediately clicked “buy”. My friend collects vintage Bass Weejuns and now I know why — they epitomize classic, understated style with a tomboy vibe — I’m obsessed.

Food

Skillet Mussels

Mussels are in the top five of my favorite dishes. My husband doesn’t like them so I always order if they are on the menu. However, he’s off to Paris so I’m going to try this recipe from The Washington Post — perfect for a December 1st dinner.

Beauty

Lemony

If you are a lemon scent fanatic, my sister swears by the C.O. Bigelow lemon oil products.

Body Cream, Hand Wash.

British Vogue

Smile! It’s the Holidays

And, we’re off! Thanksgiving is in the rearview and from now until New Year’s Eve my diary is packed with lunches, cocktails, teas, a carol sing, birthdays, a ball, and sundry get-togethers. This look from British Vogue — simple hair, groomed brows, mascara, flawless skin, a bold lip, and most importantly, a smile — is my inspiration for the holiday season.

Charlotte Tilbury makeup     photography by Angelo Penetta for British Vogue

Cyber Monday Additional 15% Off Select Sale Items

Pretty Please: Sale Must-Haves at NET-A-PORTER

When NET-A-PORTER asked me to share with you the details of their 24-hour-only Cyber Monday Sale (an additional 15% off on select sale items with code CYBER15) I had just seen the incredible Hilma af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim. The Swedish artist’s palette is lovely and I kept thinking “color is a good idea.” So, when I was choosing product for this post, I was inspired by af Klint’s canvases and opted for pretty, colorful dresses — just one would add a long overdue pop to my wardrobe and the ARoss Girl x Soler in lavender is already in my basket. An additional 15% off on select sale items begins tonight at midnight and ends midnight November 26. Don’t forget to use the code CYBER15 at checkout.

Dresses: Sies Marjan, Prada, ARoss Girl x Soler, Sonia Rykiel, ARoss Girl x Soler.

Beauty

The Perfect Hair Tie

A few weeks ago I met Kendall Conrad for coffee and we were both wearing the same hair tie (we are devotees). The Kenz Laurenz ponytail holders are not only “ouchless”, they up my hair game when I’m running around.