Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wise Words



The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. – Audrey Hepburn

{Elle Italia November 2010 via Dust Jacket Attic}

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Travel in Style with T. Anthony


Vuitton who? Anyone who is really in the know when it comes to luxury luggage forgoes the tacky all-over monogram for a subtler, more refined one. Just a short walk down 57th street will bring you to the Park Avenue store, where you can get everything from handbags to duffles to dop kits. It’s one of my personal favorite places to get gifts for nearly anyone, at nearly any price point.

Points in history: Theodore Anthony first created custom bags for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, siren red luggage for Marilyn Monroe, and blue bags for Jackie O. I personally love it for its clean lines and silhouettes, both perfection for men and women.














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Oscar de la Renta, in pictures (of shoes)


Jamie, of From Me to You (and of my fabulous header images), shot these inside Oscar de la Renta’s offices during Fashion Week. I die for the shoes, the lighting, the colors, the everything!


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“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.” – the irreplaceable Elizabeth Taylor

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Roast One, Propose Two

A while ago, back in my career as a fashion magazine super assistant, the Editor in Chief passed along this recipe to a girl in my department who was in a serious relationship, to encourage a proposal in the Glamour magazine (not where I worked) tradition. Apparently this chicken has been responsible for several engagements. Do I believe it? Not sure. But I know that I would totally mess this up and it would be a disaster. Someone out there try it!

Engagement Chicken

1 whole chicken (approx. 3 lb.)
2 medium lemons
Fresh lemon juice (1/2 cup)
Kosher or sea salt
Ground black pepper

Place rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Wash chicken inside and out with cold water, remove the giblets, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander until it reaches room temp (about 15 minutes). Pat dry with paper towels. Pour lemon juice all over the chicken (inside and outside). Season with salt and pepper. Prick the whole lemons three times with a fork and place deep inside the cavity. (Tip: If lemons are hard, roll on countertop with your palm to get juices flowing.) Place the bird breast-side down on a rack in a roasting pan, lower heat to 350 degrees and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn it breast-side up (use wooden spoons!); return it to oven for 35 minutes more. Test for doneness—a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh should read 180 degrees, or juices should run clear when chicken is pricked with a fork. Continue baking if necessary. Let chicken cool for a few minutes before carving. Serve with juices.

{recipe and photo courtesy of Glamour magazine via Grub Street NY}

Monday, March 21, 2011

Three Islands, One Estate, $268 Million.

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Off the Amalfi Coast, one of my favorite places in the world, is a set of islands with a spectacular villa estate. A heliopad is available, for your convenience, of course.

{images via WSJ}

Saturday, March 19, 2011

View Van Cleef & Arpels

Good news! I’m taking some time off for myself to write, to live, to see things – and that means much more content for Where The Style Things Are.

Yesterday afternoon, in the wonderfully warm weather, I wandered up to the Cooper Hewitt Museum on 91st and 5th Ave to see the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibit, showing now through June 5th. My obsession with and knowledge of Van Cleef pretty much stops at the infamous Alhambra pieces, so I was curious to learn more about the storied jewelers.  All I can say is wow. The jewels just kept on coming and coming – I was expecting maybe 50 pieces total, but it got up into the hundreds. Touching on Innovations, Transformations, Nature Inspiration, Exoticism, Fashion, and Personalities, the exhibit was truly one of the most spectacular things I’ve seen.

Below, some of my favorite pieces:




The extremely innovative Zipper necklace, which can actually be zipped up and worn as a bracelet. This came about as a suggestion from the Duchess of Windor, 1938.




One of my favorite French words, this is a minaudière, or tiny clutch-like purse. Originally, there were nécessaires to hold compacts and lipstick, but the evolved to hold cigarettes,card case, and comb. Some even had beautiful clocks built into the outside lacquered bit. I would die to have one of these!





A beautiful example of le mystere setting, where each piece of gem is shaped to be dropped into a frame and the setting is hidden. To find stones of all the same brilliance and then cut them down to fit the settings is a rare, laborious process which makes the end results that much more remarkable.





Le mystere setting, with especially rare emeralds.





Part of the Exoticism capsule, this gorgeous peacock box was made for the Shah of Iran. The room with the Exoticism pieces was my favorite – the lapis lazuli, coral, black onyx, jade, pink tourmaline, and topaz – just stunning.




A trompe l’oeil compact disguised to look like an envelope – perfect for the girl on the go in the 20’s.




Elizabeth Taylor’s mystere setting sapphire earrings from the 80’s.




At the end of the exhibit they saved the best for last – H.S.H Princess Grace of Monaco’s jewels. Her engagement set, complete with earrings, necklace, bracelet, and a ring with the largest pearl I’ve ever seen, was on display, as well as this tiara, which Princess Grace wore to Princess Caroline’s wedding in 1978.

{images via The Cooper Hewitt Museum}

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


She wears her sunglasses at night. 
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Keds is making a clothing line! And Glitter!

It's been a while since Keds have made their way onto this blog (they should get their own category, truly), and with the announcement in WWD last week that they're starting a mens and womens clothing line with Li & Fung, here are some really purty Keds! I just got the silver glitter ones. Highly recommend.

Available on, but I had to get mine at Karmaloop, the only place left that had them in a size 9 on l'internets!

M'lle Kruger, elle est incroyable.

There is something so right about Diane Kruger in the world's most luxurious fashions in one of the world's most luxurious hotels. Perfection.

Diane Kruger in couture, photographed by Dominique Isserman at Le Meurice

I Adore Adore Vintage!

Adore Vintage has the cutest stuff for spring! 

Vintage 1950s Dress from


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