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I absolutely love real books as you can see from my packed bookshelves above.  But what I’ve finally come to realize is that it’s really inconvenient to travel with them. They’ve also started to overtake my apartment. That’s why I was very excited to learn about Oyster which is a subscription based app that gives […]

The fall books are starting to arrive and my absolute favorite is Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan. Although she was born into a aristocratic family, her life really began when she married Gianni Agnelli in 1953. The book written with her niece Marella Caracciola Chia is part memoir, family album, and home and garden tour. […]

Sir John’s Sanctuary

09 . 13 . 14

Also out this weekend is the Men’s Style issue of T Magazine.  I already picked up a copy and let out an audible gasp when I saw the photos of the Connecticut home of Sir John Richardson inside.  The London-born Richardson started his career in the art world by opening the New York office of Christie’s […]

I’ll Drink to That

09 . 05 . 14

If you ever saw the documentary, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, you know that personal shopper Betty Halbreich has a great sense of humor.  The 86 year old (yes 86!) has written a book about her life that is not only funny but also poignant and inspiring.  I had the pleasure of meeting her last night […]

I ordered a few books online and stopped by The Corner Bookstore today to make sure I have enough to read while I’m away for the long holiday weekend.  I picked up The Vacationers which already has me hooked but I also purchased Gone Girl so I can read it before the film version is released. After being […]

The Aurelie Bidermann boutique on rue des Saint-Pères is currently closed for vacances along with the rest of Paris. Luckily, I will be able to shop her just opened Soho store once I get back to New York. It will be filled with her signature costume bijoux, as well as her new high jewelry collection.  I didn’t […]

As you know from reading the blog, I’m a huge fan of Danish fashion designer Malene Birger and her book Life and Work: Malene Birger’s Life in Pictures.  Needless to say, I was thrilled to learn that she’s not only releasing a new book, Move and Work, but debuting her new endeavor Birger1962 this fall.  […]

Summer is the time of blockbuster movies but there are also a few small films that are making their way to a theatre near you.  One that looks very promising is The Hundred Foot Journey based on the novel The Hundred-Foot Journeyby Richard Morais and produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.  It centers on […]

Fête Nationale

07 . 15 . 14

I was so busy enjoying my extra day off on Monday in Paris that I didn’t get a chance to post until late.  Better late than never I guess.  Bastille Day is known in France as Fête Nationale du 14 juillet or just let quatorze juillet.  It’s their Independence Day and they celebrate it with gusto […]

Finding Vivian Maier

06 . 23 . 14

I was aware of the photographer Vivian Maier because the publisher of my book Habitually Chic: Creativity at Work, powerHouse Books has published two books of her work, Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits and Vivian Maier: Street Photographer. I wasn’t aware that her recognition as a photographer only came posthumously after I saw the trailer for the documentary […]

The weather was absolutely beautiful in Paris today so I decided to explore Le Marais. During my walk, I stopped by the holy grail of bookstores, Comptoir de L’Image. The petite space is packed with vintage books and magazines from every decade. It is popular with fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and every blogger known […]

I was just talking about Jean-Louis Deniot yesterday and today I noticed that he has a book coming out this September, Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors.  I appreciate that his design style always seems to be suited to the client and the architecture. This particular apartment on the rue des Saints-Pères in Paris that he designed for an American […]

Chateau Chic

04 . 06 . 14

I’ve been having a lot of conversations about chateaux in relationship to my upcoming trip. Seems I’m not the only one who dreams of buying a fixer upper in France.  When that time comes (after I win the lottery) the first person I will call for advice is designer Timothy Corrigan. He purchased his 18th-century […]

When I walking to Bergdorf Goodman in a snowstorm in 2004 to have Mrs. Herrera sign a copy of her book Carolina Herrera for me, never in my wildest dreams could I ever imagine I would be giving her a signed copy of my book ten years alter.  But that’s exactly what happened today when […]

A Fashionable Fete

03 . 20 . 14

When I visited my dear friend Alice Ryan at her home on the North Fork last summer, she laid out a beautiful table with her blue and white china for a casual late lunch.  I told her that she didn’t have to go to any trouble for me when she politely informed that she sets […]

A French Feast

02 . 20 . 14

There is nothing I love more than finding a photo that leads you down the rabbit hole of discovery.  I came across an image of a French room that turned out to be from a Vogue Living Australia feature on French entertaining tips from cook and author Jane Webster.  Jane is Australian and visited France […]

When I saw the trailer for The Two Faces of January, I thought it reminded me of the film Talented Mr Ripley. Then I saw the movie poster which confirmed that the firm is based on the 1964 book The Two Faces of Januaryby Patricia Highsmith, the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley. The Two Faces […]