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Circling Back

Circling back to two posts:  The Biologique Recherche products are worth the commitment and I’m dutifully doing all the steps twice daily — so far, so good. Socks are my current obsession. I wear them in lieu of booties and alternate them with tights (or wear them with tights).

Books

Vanessa Seward: The Gentlewoman’s Guide

As a long-time fan of Argentine-born designer Vanessa Seward, alum of Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel, I’m excited for her new book “The Gentlewoman’s Guide. A decidedly non-Parisienne style guide (thankfully), but rather her personal take on style in general. A proponent of grown-up, polished, and feminine dressing, I’m sure Ms. Seward’s book is right up my alley. Both Vogue and WWD have good Q&As with the designer.

Resort 2022

Saint Laurent

This sharp denim suit is the first look in the Saint Laurent Resort 2022 collection and it’s très chic. I’m thrilled that the chain belt and mini leather pouch on a chain popped up again — two of my most treasured Saint Laurent accessories.

Chain belt, mini pouch

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Style Shift

During my pandemic challenge — to wear the clothes and accessories I love yet rarely reach for — I’ve discovered that my style is shifting. Kitten heels, tights, and navy were never sartorially front and center, however, the challenge impelled me to embrace the aforementioned items and color. It’s great to be able to shake things up with items I already own.

The Oscar de la Renta skirt center is from 2000. I wore it last evening for the first time in, maybe, 15 years. #Don’tOverPurge And the skirt and top on the right are navy.

It Item

The Horsebit

I have a soft spot for the Gucci horsebit, always have. In the late ’90s/early ’00s, the low-heeled horsebit pump was my signature shoe. When I posted on the new iteration last March, a friend emailed that she’d tracked down every color and attested to the shoe’s comfort. The hybrid T-bar horsebit loafers are an interesting twist, and I’m sure they are uber comfortable, as well.

Horsebit T-bar loafer white, black, Baby hosrebit pump salmon pink, black, white.

On My Radar

Bits & Bobs

Hiking boots are my winter go-to and seriously stompy boots, like the ones on GP from a GOOP guide to winter layers, are growing on me. Well-loved totes never get old. I’m back on the hunt for leather pants and this picture of Géraldine Saglio from Vogue France is (still) my inspiration. And, Chanel launched a clean and sustainably sourced beauty line, No. 1 de Chanel — I’m all in.

On The Hunt For

Back to the Brooch

I’ve now posted this picture of Miuccia Prada three times — I love everything she’s wearing, especially the brooches. Part of the fun will be finding the perfect ones like the vintage Tiffany feather and the circa 1770 Georgian flower spray — sigh.

I didn’t realize when I posted this that my friend Alyson Walsh, editor of That’s Not My Age, wrote a great piece on brooches two days prior. They must be in the air.

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Looking Forward

Just a few hours ago I was boarding a teeny tiny plane atop a mountain in New Hampshire. The windchill was below zero and I was thankful for a head-hugging bonnet and down sweater. With my back to the wind I was fine. But, my mind did wander to thoughts of warmer weather. This SS22 Hermès look is the light at the end of the winter tunnel.

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Easing Into 2022

If there’s one thing I’m certain of, it’s that 2021 was far better than 2020. This gives me hope that 2022 will be even better yet. However, last year I adopted a few good habits that I resolve to continue into the new year — I wrote more letters, took a real interest in skincare, and added a bit of glam to my everyday accessories. To reinforce this resolution, I plan to visit my beloved Pineider stationers’ recently opened shop in NYC, scheduled a facial where they use the highly recommended Biologique Recherche products, and will continue to wear oversized sunglasses and a crystal-pavé ring, which have added a bit of pizzazz to my runaround uniform.

Wishing everyone a very happy new year!

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2021: The Year of the Family

This picture of the Assouline family is from a story in Air Mail. The profile focuses on the son, Alexandre Assouline, who is an integral part of his family’s publishing business. In a recent must-read post, my friend Kate Bellin declared 2021 “the year of the family”— I couldn’t agree more. My family, immediate and extended, was brought together by a major life event and ended up closer than ever before. For me, this was the highlight of 2021.