Wednesday, 31 August 2011


By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

-   Helen Hunt Jackson, September

Rooftop Retreat

There was so much to look at in the September issue of Vogue that many might have overlooked this stunning rooftop apartment.  It's owned by Claude Wasserstein and was designed with help of interior designers Jacques Grange, Jeffrey Bilhuber, and Daniel Romualdez.  Usually, combinations like that could result in a mash up of styles and ideas but it all seems to work here.  I wish there were more photos since I know there is probably even more chicness to be found.  As much as I love that living room and the bed hangings in her daughter's bedroom, it's the terrace with real grass that blew me away.  I have to go to Central Park for green space that big but Ms. Wasserstein just has to step outside.  How fabulous is that?!

Photos by Francois Halard

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Hills are Alive

One of my great pleasured every month is receiving C Magazine. Even though it's based in Los Angeles, I always find plenty of interesting articles and products.  The September 2011 issue arrived right before the  hurricane watch began and gave me lots to look at over the long weekend.  The best being the Hollywood Hills home of Jacqui Getty.  You can click on any of the photos for larger viewing and I highly recommend it.  The inspiration board of photos had me at hello and the rest of the house looks comfortable and inviting yet completely chic.  Just like C Magazine!

Photos by Douglas Friedman

Monday, 29 August 2011

The Hour

Most of us New Yorkers were very lucky and survived the hurricane unscathed.  The only real damage occurred to our waistlines from stress eating and sitting around watching constant news coverage.  I have already declared that I have to detox from carbs and television this week. I may have to make an exception on Wednesday for The Hour on BBC.  I caught up on the first two episodes on DVR and I'm already hooked.  The Hour dramatizes the world behind a news program on the BBC in 1956.  It's been compared to Mad Men and while there is some of the same flirting and smoking, The Hour is definitely smarter and more intriguing.  Maybe it's the British accents. I have a feeling that Dominic West might give Jon Hamm a run for the money too.  Speaking of running, I'm off to the gym.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

The Bride Wore Lavender

It's a good thing that Sofia Coppola decided to get married in Italy this weekend and not anywhere along the East Coast. She married Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars in the garden of her family's villa in Bernalda, Italy, the town where her grandparents were born. Her lovely lavender dress was made by her fashion designer friend Azzedine Alaïa.  Due to his feud with Anna Wintour, this is one wedding that probably won't be making the pages of Vogue. Best wishes to the happy couple!

Sofia Coppola and Azzedine Alaïa

Friday, 26 August 2011

Vogue Enfants

Since I'm single in the city, I don't usually post about kids or anything related to them.  These photos from Vogue Enfants, a supplement to French Vogue, are so cute though that I couldn't resist.  I always love the look of European children's clothing.  It's so classic and well made.  They look a lot chicer than most of the people I see on the street in New York.   That little dachshund is pretty adorable too!  Bon Weekend!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Escape Plan

Instead of preparing to hole up at home in New York to ride out hurricane Irene, I wish I had high tailed it out of town.  I also wish America had the entire month of August off like all of France.  If we did, my dream would be to enjoy the pastoral pleasures of a place like Château de Fontenay. It was decorated by Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi who did such a great job, that I don't think I would change a thing.  It's perfect.  And even more so because they don't get hurricanes in France. Hope everyone has a safe weekend!

Photographed by Tim Beddow for Architectural Digest