Bon Weekend: 8 October 2021
Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. Things are incredibly busy in the city again. I’ve been attending films at the New York Film Festival and seeing friends. I’ve also been doing the Prolon fast mimicking diet this week which has made me a little tired. I have one more film tomorrow and get to eat real food again and then hopefully I’ll be back on track. I can’t wait to take a long walk in Central Park too. The leaves won’t be at their peak until the end of October if not later due to the warm weather but it will be fun to track their progress.
Last Friday, I attended the premier of The Power of the Dog at the New York Film Festival which is Jane Campion’s latest film. The hauntingly beautiful film set in Montana based on the book The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jessie Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Secrets and loneliness are the theme of the film that stays with you long after it’s finished and will no doubt will many awards next year. It will be released in theaters on November 17 and on Netflix on December 1, 2021. I can’t wait to see it again but until then, I’m reading the book.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the premier of The French Dispatch last Saturday too. The new Wes Anderson film is a series of short stories that make up a larger story about a magazine in France similar to the New Yorker. The number of celebrities in roles and cameos is astonishing in the fantasy world film which is utterly charming. It will be released in theaters on October 22, 2021.
I am all in on films this week and also went to see the last James Bond film for Daniel Craig, No Time to Die, on Thursday. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. The film is worth seeing but I wish there had been more explanation for some plot points and more quiet time between all the over the top action sequences. It will be very interesting to see who they choose for the next James Bond. I’d also like to see them hire a female director going forward too.
I found a last minute ticket available for the new Jane Birkin documentary Jane par Charlotte which was made by her middle daughter Charlottes Gainsbourg. It’s an intimate look at the iconic model, actress, and singer. One of my favorite parts was when the pair visited the Serge Gainsbourg Maison which will be opened to the public in 2022. I’m not sure when it will be released in the US.
I usually try to keep things positive but I also think it’s important to give honest reviews at times. I am very disappointed by second season of The Morning Show. It just feels very boring and even the music feels wrong. A lot of people asked me to review the fashion but even that hasn’t been that great. I was really rooting for this show and I hope they pull it together.
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Jacques Grange: Recent Work and the hefty book is incredible. Jacques Grange is the master and all young interior designers should be required to study his work.
I’ve gotten to know Australian interior designer Tamsin Johnson via Instagram and she was generous enough to send me a copy of her new book, Tamsin Johnson: Spaces for Living, that will be released on October. 26, 2021. Her understated interiors are still interesting, elevated, and fresh.
You might remember that I posted about P. Johnson Femme and P. Johnson fashion collections that Tamsin founded with her husband Patrick. Everything they touch is insanely chic. I wanted to have a custom jacket made by the studio in New York but the pandemic has meant that they haven’t been able to travel to the US. I hope it will be able to happen next year.
Every week I tell myself that I’m not allowed to buy another book and every week I break that promise to myself. I’ve already pre-ordered Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era. “Author Laurence Leamer reveals the complex web of relationships and scandalous true stories behind Truman Capote’s never-published final novel, Answered Prayers–the dark secrets, tragic glamour, and Capote’s ultimate betrayal of the group of female friends he called his ‘swans’.” Totally up my alley.
It’s been so warm in New York that I’ve only been able to wear a few of my fall fashions but that hasn’t stopped me from buying a few more things. I love the silk patch pocket popover shirt I have in taupe so I decided to order it in ivory as well when it went on sale. It’s a great transitional piece to pair with jeans or trousers. I’ve been wearing the blouse with the Chunky Cable Chain Necklace I bought in August and the Victoria Beckham Bitten Lip Tint in Chérie with Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm in garconne layered on top which is the perfect fall lip color.
I find it hard to find charcoal pants that don’t break the bank so I also ordered the pull-on straight-leg pant in Italian knit wool as soon as I saw them. They are thicker and lined so I’ll probably save them more for November and the elastic back waistband makes them incredibly comfortable. I am still on the fence if I need the matching blazer in Italian knit wool blend. I don’t need any more sneakers but if I did, I’d order these black and ivory sneakers.
I’ve also been pulling out some of my old bags for fall now that I’m going out a lot again. I love pairing my tricolor Celine Trapeze bag with taupe and grey outfits. I’ve also been using my ivory Chanel Chevron Bag instead of a tote bag too.
Banana Republic is having a resurgence again with much better designs. I ordered this grey Silk Maxi Dress in tall because it was the only option left in my size. When it arrived, I realized it would be perfect as a evening dress. I loathe most eveningwear since it usually looks like it’s trying too hard. I’m going to have my tailor sew up the side seams and hem it straight across. I have a vintage long strand of Baroque pearls that I plan to wear with it and I’ll carry my vintage dark green quilted boucle Chanel evening clutch. Because it’s so hard to find dresses I really like, I ordered a second one of this dress in my regular size to have shortened to midi length for cocktail parties and dinners.
I am still not ready to wear high heels again so I just ordered these black suede kitten heel sandals. I thought they were a good compromise and suede in much more comfortable than leather. They will work as well with dresses as long trousers and cropped black pants.
I often order dresses and save them for the next summer and/or resort trips. Such is the case with this Popover Midi Shirt Dress which I ordered in yellow and tan. It comes with a short slip which is too short for the dress in my opinion so I will have to see if it’s too sheer to wear without it or if I need to buy a different nude slip. The dress is currently 30% off which is why I bought both colors.
I picked up this Hank Perfect Cashmere Sage Fine Gauge Crew Sweater Charcoal at the Ryland store in Sag Harbor in early September. I’ve just been able to finally wear it and it’s quickly become a favorite. Owner Ryland Hilbert designs a line called Hank after his dog and while it’s for men, many women are buying this sweater including a famous supermodel who bought four. It’s expensive but worth it since the sleeves don’t stretch out and it’s long enough to stay down without riding up. The fine gauge makes it the perfect transitional sweater for fall. I might have to buy more colores when I go out again in November.
Since I’ll no longer be getting much sun, I also got a Clear + Brilliant laser treatment on Tuesday. I’ve been getting them since 2013 and can honestly say they made a huge difference in the clarity and texture of my skin. They build collagen and my jawline feels much tighter since I started too. It’s the perfect time to get ready for a busier fall social season than last year.
I hope to take it easy this weekend and get back on track with the blog next week.