The Fab Fifty

The Fab Fifty

New York Spaces, the contemporary home design magazine, has just announced its annual (this is the third year) picks for the top 50 designers in the metro New York area.

As they say, the list represents the old guard and the new stars. The magazine will be having, in a couple of weeks, what’s sure to be a smashing party to celebrate the honorees at the stunning Sicis showroom in SoHo.

Unfortunately I can’t attend but hopefully we’ll get to see some photos online.

All photos © Sicis

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Happy at Hermes

Happy at Hermes

They must indeed be very happy at Hermes since they just reported a 55.2% jump in first-half net profit and said sales could be up 12% over the full year. Wow! Clearly the economy has not been affecting all retail establishments equally. I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t one of the lucky ones contributing to this upturn. But the timing couldn’t have been better since Hermes has just spent a pretty penny redoing their space in their flagship NYC store.

photo courtesy of Hermes

They are redesigning a 2,000 square foot floor which will be dedicated to showcasing their leather collection.…

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Bag Bounty

Bag Bounty

This fall fashion season is a winner in every way. The clothes are classic and beautifully tailored and so are the bags. I love the return to elegance trend evidenced by the lady-like structured forms here. I think Grace or Audrey would have been delighted to carry any of these.

lanvin happy pop

mulberry neely bag

YSL chyc large flap shoulder bag

marc jacobs garbo bag

nina ricci patchwork bag

chloe elsie bag

tory burch mini nora satchel

tory burch dayton

nancy gonzalez

louis vuitton speedy couture

talbots $189

There was a great take on day bags in the new September issue of Town and Country.…

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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

So after yesterday’s Emmys post, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss a little demaquillage (sounds so much more glamorous, no?).

I have very sensitive eyes, as many people with light colored eyes do. I need sunglasses as soon as there’s even the slightest glare and in the winter I tear as soon as I go out in the cold.

For years I had a problem finding an eye makeup remover that didn’t irritate that area. But all that ended when I discovered Sisley’s Gentle Eye And Lip Make Up Remover. Although Sisley is not an inexpensive line, their customer service is excellent.…

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Excellence at the Emmys

Excellence at the Emmys

So, I actually watched some of the Emmys last night. I’m not a big awards show person, but I have a soft spot for Jimmy Fallon (shown here with wife, producer Nancy Juvonen), so I tuned in for a bit.

I think he is adorable – cute, funny, can sing and dance – what’s not to like? I loved the fabulous opening segment which you can watch below

and the humorous lead-in songs he did – my husband actually thought it was really Elton John for a moment. And my eldest son, who was home, was happy because one of his favorite shows, Breaking Bad, won several awards.…

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All That and Nice Too?

All That and Nice Too?

When I am reading the Sunday NY Times, I invariably pick up the Styles section first – or what my brother-in-law refers to as the girls’ sports pages. And as I am finishing, I always quickly peruse the wedding/celebrations section in the back. Obviously many of us do. But I have become increasingly aware of the impressive accomplishments of some of the younger couples. Is this a function of the ever mounting pressure to succeed in this world or that it requires more experience and education just to be able to compete? I’m not sure but some weeks there are so many incredibly accomplished people that it makes me feel I need to reassess what I have done with my life (so far).…

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Wish list

Wish list

I have decided to start a wish list here. It will be recurring and perhaps at some point I will assign it a particular day of the week. But for now, I will enter randomly. Besides the intangibles that everyone wishes for such as good health and our children’s happiness and success, this list will include wishes ranging from the now obtainable to the someday obtainable and in another life obtainable. Most of the time the entries will be tangibly obtainable items but I will start off with an item in a more ethereal category. My first wish is to be a character in a Nancy Meyers film.…

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Enchanted Cottage

Enchanted Cottage

I am so excited to tell you that one of my favorite old movies is finally out on DVD. I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival for years. (It was evidently released at the end of last year but I didn’t realize until recently). Enchanted Cottage is a wonderful sentimental classic with Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire. If you like classic romantic movies, with meaningful, poignant themes, you will love this. Aside from the two stars, the movie also features Herbert Marshall in a wonderful role as well as Mildred Natwick. I don’t want to give anything away so let me just add, they don’t make them like this any more.…

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J. Crew U.

J. Crew U.

I was in my local J. Crew in New Canaan over the weekend doing a little back to school shopping with my daughter. The fall collection is just starting to come in and there were so many fabulous things, but what really caught my eye was the new merchandising in the store. There were books everywhere – not just the latest style books, which they occasionally feature, but really great art, photography and design books that store director Steven Plewa and his staff had artfully placed throughout. Maybe J. Crew is starting a trend in promoting art education as well as style.…

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Tabletop Tips

Tabletop Tips

I’ll admit it – I have a slight obsession with tabletop. I love it all – placemats, napkins, china, flatware, stemware. But with four kids, it didn’t make sense over the years to be using my nice mats every day. Unfortunately even the reasonably sturdy woven Deborah Rhodes mats that I love didn’t stand up to their abuse. So how to walk the line between satisfying your aesthetic sensibilities and the practicality of spilled milk. My answer became hard cork- backed placemats.  I actually received my first set as a wedding present. They were from Trimmingham’s in Bermuda, that long-time staple of traditional department store wares, that has sadly since closed.…

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