Gifts

‘Tis The Season To Give Books

These are the books I will be gifting and already have one wrapped and ready for my book club holiday book swap. I’m not going to link to Amazon, please support your local bookstore.

On My Mind

True Colors

My biggest bugaboo with online shopping is gauging the true color of an item. This was an issue when I bought a beige bag recently, and again with the Saint Laurent duffle coat above. Sizing, too. Sadly for the environment, I often buy two different sizes (just to be sure) then return the one that doesn’t fit. I purchased the coat thinking it would be the light beige on the left, and what arrived is closer to the beige (taupe, really) on the right. It’s a beautiful color, just not what I was expecting.

Saint Laurent beige duffle coat left MATCHESand right MYTHERESA

On My Radar

Mercantile at GrayBarns

Since we moved to Bedford, lots of folks have recommended the Tavern at GrayBarns in Silvermine, Connecticut. We went for lunch recently and the food was delicious. Afterward, we crossed the street to check out Mercantile at GrayBarns, a market and café, and GrayGoods to shop gorgeous housewares. While there, I signed up for an arm knitting class with one of the owners, Nikki Glazer.

I’ve always insisted on handmade gifts from my girls, so, I thought this year I’d make them each something — a chunky throw blanket. And lo and behold, I made one (pictured top left in my kitchen). Last evening, we sat around a large farm table in Mercantile and Nikki taught us how to arm knit. It’s cool to learn something new, and rewarding to have left with a completed blanket. Thank you, Nikki.

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Beige & Grey

After reading Skip Trendy, Wear What You Like, a friend emailed that she likes beige and grey almost exclusively. So, this post is for you LCS. I thought I’d flip the script and pair a beige Saint Laurent duffle coat with a grey Saint Laurent handbag. I’ve Never owned a grey bag and ooh it’s chic. Two of my beloved accessories — a headscarf and chain belt — make this combo sing.

On My Mind

Skip Trendy, Wear What You Like

Every time I buy into the wide-leg pants trend, I invariably end up narrowing and shortening them. Even though they’re “in” and look great on others, the style does me no favors.  What suits me is a trim leg hemmed above the ankle. Apparently, I’m not alone.

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What’s New At Hermès

The Series 7 Apple Watch Hermès, Nail Enamels, and the 3-in-1 Birkin are new to the Hermès product lines. I have the first iteration of the watch and don’t wear it that much anymore, perhaps the updated version would persuade me to put one back on my wrist. The nail enamel colors are intriguing and I’d happily go there. And, the 3-in-1 Birkin, that debuted on the FW21 runway, is clever but the large flat clutch is not my cup of tea. Thoughts?

On My Mind

Anticipating Phoebe Philo’s Next Act

Why are we still obsessed with Phoebe Philo’s designs for Céline? In a nutshell, Philo created a uniform of quiet clothes for busy women. Women who work, are mothers, have lives and don’t have time to “fuss and preen”. The enigmatic Philo was the epitome of the busy woman she designed for, which may very well have been the key to her success. So, what should we expect from her soon-to-be-launched eponymous line? Vogue Scandinavia takes a stab at this question and it’s a good read.

Above are a number of my favorite looks from her tenure at Celine.

On My Mind

Brooke Garber Neidich Inspired

In 2008, Brooke Garber Neidich inherited her father’s Chicago-based fine jewelry business, Sidney Garber. After which, a New York City boutique and e-commerce platform soon followed. Brooke has continued to grow the business and expanded the line for a new generation of customers — women who buy their own jewelry, for example. To honor the company’s 75th anniversary, Sidney Garber recently released a limited-edition, handmade Single Rolling Bracelet and Collana Necklace in 18k yellow gold. The Single Rolling Bracelet is a variation on the iconic Rolling Bracelet – one of the best bracelets of all time.

An ardent philanthropist, Brooke co-founded the Child Mind Institute and sits on the boards of the Whitney museum and Lincoln Center Theater. A tireless fundraiser, she encouraged me to join the annual giving committee at our daughters’ school and emboldened me to make calls. I am not only inspired by Brooke’s impeccable personal style, but her generous spirit, as well.

Brooke donates all her profits to not-for-profit organizations dedicated to children’s mental health, education, the arts, and racial justice.

Miu Miu SS22

Sock It To Me!

This Miu Miu SS22 look is perhaps my favorite from all the recent collections. The dress is just straight up gorgeous and I’m a fan of the socks and loafers pairing. Eager to try it now, I got these to tide me over until spring.

Prada cotton socks

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A New Bag

I had a few minutes between an alterations appointment and a lunch lecture yesterday so I did a quick pass through Bergdorf’s handbag and shoe floors. For the first time in ages, I have nothing on my wish list so I figured it would be a harmless expedition. Sometimes I don’t realize I need something until I see it and that was the case yesterday. I own large hobos, clutches, and structured purses, but a supple tuck-under-my-arm shoulder bag would be great for everyday running around. As I passed this Celine Romy sitting on a display cube, it was like a puppy in the window — I couldn’t resist.