At the Movies | Keeping Mum

At the Movies | Keeping Mum

We all know how one thing leads to another. Well son #2 was researching dark comedies on film and asked for some additional suggestions. Most of my favorites were already on his list – Dr. Strangelove, Kind Hearts and Coronets, M*A*S*H among many others. But it reminded me that I hadn’t written a movie review in quite a while. And having been busy preparing for the debut of our new At Home with… video series tomorrow, I welcomed the opportunity to share an update of a previous At the Movies post from a couple years ago, that perhaps some of you newer readers haven’t seen.…

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Le Quatorze Juillet

Le Quatorze Juillet

So today we recognize Bastille Day, le quatorze juillet, with a little red white and blue, French style. I’ve gathered just a few of my iconic French favorites, from a great Côtes du Rhône to the Breton classic Amor Lux (can’t even think how many of these I’ve owned over the years). My bathroom cabinet is never without a tube of Clarins Baume Eclair and the Guerlain Meteorites Voyage is not only beautifully packaged but is a truly flattering formulation – actually the only powder I’ve ever really liked. Every girl needs a great red lipstick and the creamy Chanel Rouge Allure is a perfect pick.…

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At Ease | Riviera Refinement

At Ease | Riviera Refinement

Who doesn’t dream about renting a villa with water views on the French Riviera? It’s all about summering at ease with a relaxed refinement that combines understated luxe from table to attire. You too can fantasize you’re lounging in this Cap Ferrat villa with these fashionable finds. A silk caftan can go from day to evening effortlessly with the enhancement of just a little bling. And then perhaps you’ll join us for an intimate dinner chez nous with summer cocktails on the terrace and an easy meal with fresh picks from the local market. A little pink goes a long way in my book but it’s all looking pretty swell through rose colored glasses! …

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Looking Back and Forward with a New Video Series

Looking Back and Forward with a New Video Series

It is amazing to think that our Stylish Shopping video series is already almost six months old. And while we have several new subjects scheduled and a few exciting pieces in the “can,” still to be edited, Susanna and I couldn’t resist adding a new series to our repertoire. At Home With… will feature select design icons and stylemakers in their abodes. We will be visiting them with a focus on certain aspects of how they live. Our first episode will air next week with Robert Couturier at his elegant Connecticut home, showing how living with both dogs and luxurious style are not mutually exclusive.…

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Gone Shooting

Gone Shooting

Due to yesterday’s myriad of technical challenges and a week of shooting exciting new video, including a long road trip today, I’ll be back tomorrow with a little news. Maybe some of you with busy summer schedules need an extra day to catch up too! In the meantime, a sneak peek from our newest video series – more on that tomorrow.

 

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More Unique Ways to Experience Paris

More Unique Ways to Experience Paris

It would have been easy to fill the entire week with organized activities and new ways to experience Paris. The trick, of course, is to find the right balance of tried and true, cultural and local activities and free time to explore. And each person, family or group has to find their own equilibrium. We had the additional challenge of finding interesting adventures appropriate for both a young teenager and a young woman.

Food is always a reliable theme with our crew so a wine and cheese tasting was right up our alley. We headed over the river to a charming small wine shop where the proprietor and welcoming host, Nicolas, led us through a delicious series of wines with accompanying cheeses.…

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What to do in Paris | Investing in the Experience

What to do in Paris | Investing in the Experience

What to do in Paris? As we were planning our recent trip, my sister and I wanted to introduce the city to my daughters with a balanced mix of culture, history and fun. She spent the beginning of her career as a high level corporate events planner, giving her the perfect skills set to organize a trip full of memorable activities. These days, with information and acquisitions so readily available online, investing in the experience has become an important commodity. Even with not much lead time, she was still able to find some great Parisian activities that we all enjoyed. With the help of a local Parisian concierge service, we were able to go behind the scenes at several local establishments.…

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Paris Finds | Palais Furst in Saint Germain

Paris Finds | Palais Furst in Saint Germain

The allure of Saint Germain in Paris seems to know no bounds. The challenge is to allow time for both exploring and making new discoveries with revisiting those spots you already know and love. Palais Furst actually fell somewhat in the middle. I have written before about the Prince Louis Albert de Broglie and his beautiful chateau in the Touraine. His upscale gardening company, le Prince Jardinier, formerly had a shop in the beautiful Palais Royal arcades.

The latest incarnation is Palais Furst, at 6 Rue Furstenberg. I can’t tell you how many times I walked this pretty street, above, during Paris Deco Off and never noticed it.…

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Wishing everyone a very happy, safe and festive 4th of July!

American flag made of books arranged by Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books via the Random House facebook page

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At Ease | Low Key Luxe for the Fourth of July

At Ease | Low Key Luxe for the Fourth of July

Starting with this shopping collage for the fourth of July, I am hoping to inaugurate a light summer series entitled At Ease, where I will regularly gather some thematic product for stylish occasions throughout the summer. Since we all celebrate the 4th in different fashions, I thought low key luxe might cover quite a few bases. Whether you’re looking for a chic accessory, a stylish hostess gift or a new wine to serve or bring, I’ve assembled an assortment that hopefully includes a little something for everyone!

1) Lanvin Lucite Collar Necklace from House of Lavande 2) Miu Miu hexagonal sunglasses 3) Frances Palmer handmade ruffle vase 4) 14 karat yellow gold, wood, and diamond star motif cocktail ring – contact Camilla Dietz Bergeron 5) Oscar de la Renta brushstroke dinner plate 6) Clos Beylesse Rosé (Aerin Lauder served this at our lunch and I loved it – fresh yet flavorful) 7) Turkish – T blue compass cocktail napkins (set of 4) 8) Number Four Eleven Libeco linen tea towel custom ordered with diamond monogram in navy 9) AERIN Brava ballet flat 10) Sunnylife Luxe Beach Towel – Hamilton  11) Smythson’s leather Jackie tote for Barneys 12) CJ Laing silk crepe de chine Tangier blouse  

So wishing you a very Happy and stylish Fourth of July!…

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