June 30, 2016

Feet Chic

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I’ve been wearing Birkenstock’s since forever. Like a fine German wine they never lose their ability to surprise and delight. Over the years there are usually one or 2 pair laying near the front door ready to be put into service. But this summer things have gone a little off the deep end and now a legion of them sit ready to go. When Anton and I went skiing in Austria in March we spent some time afterwards at his home on the lake of Konstanz. That’s practically ground zero for Birkenstock’s with a fantastic store way too close for comfort.READ MORE >

June 29, 2016

Keepin’ it Clean: Alvarez Gomez’s Agua de Colonia Concentrada

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If you’re like me and take an average of 2 showers a day, you’ll appreciate this post. At the beginning and end of the day and often just before dinner, I like nothing better than to shift gears and change clothes.READ MORE >

June 28, 2016

Cos: One Stop Shop

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Cos Raincoat Striped tee and Trousers

When I was a teenager, my twin sister and I used to fantasize about taking a trip at a moments notice, forcing us from a dull geography class at Groton Junior High to a waiting limo and then off to a secluded runway with a waiting private jet to take us off to Paris or London or Rome… The best part of the fantasy was what we would bring to wear. It couldn’t be things we had but a wardrobe chosen and packed on the way.READ MORE >

June 25, 2016

Bill Cunningham 1929-2016

I’ve just read that Bill Cunningham has died. An unassuming man  who moved within the highest circles of fashion and society, chronicling every moment through his ever ready camera gave so many a reason to get up, get dressed and get on with it. So many women and men made it their mission to catch his eye hoping to be captured through his lens or just having a good time crossing the street, posing in front of a shop window or shamelessly planting themselves directly in his path. For many Bill was the barometer of their getting it right or not. And all who came in contact with that voracious viewfinder looked longingly in the Style section of the sunday New York Times to see if they’d made the cut.READ MORE >

June 25, 2016

Weekend Runner

 

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I passionately believe that the weekends are for the 3 S’s: Sleeping, Supping and Socializing. During the week, I go to the gym 3 days and workout with Joe, my trainer, for the simple reason that if I didn’t workout with him, I wouldn’t workout at all. I can honestly say that most days on the way to the gym I’ve gone through my head every possible excuse to “call in sick”. But sure enough, the moment I’ve finished that hour of regimented torture I’m thrilled that I submitted.READ MORE >

June 23, 2016

Write this down: Design.Y Notebooks

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Design.Y notebooks

Some people like to put ideas down in their smartphones. Others use Post-Its and scraps of paper. Still others try to keep it all in their heads. I like notebooks, fancy notebooks to be more precise.goatskin

By accident I stumbled onto a tiny company in Japan, Design.Y that custom makes very beautiful notebooks by hand that are surprisingly affordable.READ MORE >

June 22, 2016

B/W Stripes

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If there’s anything in my wardrobe I’m really passionate about it would be my collection of striped tee shirts and shirts. Its physically impossible for me to go by a pile of stripes in a store without adding to my stash, assuming they are graphically strong and the combination of colors are unusual.

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Looking at old pictures from high school and my early years in NYC, stripes have been ubiquitous. Though it’s become instinctual for me to choose them with little thought, I realize stripes function as a dynamic foil to whatever I put on.READ MORE >

June 18, 2016

12 Rules on Being a Great House Guest

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  1. Come on time and leave on time
  2. Bring a great gift and leave your pet at home (no one will ever love your pet like you)
  3. Make yourself scarce part of the time (your host will love you for that)
  4. Never be the one to finish the food or the booze
  5. If you break the above rule, replace it and then some…
  6. If your hosts loan you their car: Fill the tank and NO accidents
  7. Take short-ish showers and keep the bathroom spotless. That includes the john…(no obvious signs of your presence)
  8. Make your bed, keep your room spotless and stow away your bag (leave the door open so your fastidiousness shows)
  9. If you must bring your pet, bring along pet-centric cleaning products. (arguing with your host over a yellow or brown stained white silk rug will not get you invited back).
  10. Avoid drunkenness, beligerance or contentious political debates (too much of any of these is an instant Buzz Kill)
  11. Offer to help at mealtimes and pick up the tab once if meals are taken at restaurants. (No one likes a cheap guest who insists on being served.)
  12. Be polite, upbeat and amusing. (in short, make an effort as we all have problems)

*image courtesy of Tommaso Santori