A Page From My New York Diary

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A beautiful botanical extravaganza in a Bergdorf’s window  (Carolina Herrera)

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Don’t you just LOVE New York?!  There is just so much to do and see in this city it’s crazeee.  One week is really not enough! wa wa…  I hope I can come back soon.  We’ve  had such a great time and I will always remember getting up early and watching the Royal wedding from my hotel here.

As always, the shop windows were fabulous…

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The film/book “Water For Elephants” was the theme for some of Bergdorf’s windows

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Such pretty detail- love the contrast of the sequins and floral against the circus straw.

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As I mentioned in my last post

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Cherry blossoms were everywhere…

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Even growing in…

.and back out of the windows at Van Cleef & Arpels

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In fact,

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Extending out of the confines of window spaces appeared to be the theme along 5th Ave this week!

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Louis Vuitton

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A particularly fun window filled with vintage sewing machines at “All Saints”, an outpost of the London store.

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Spring’s bounty was abundant in all the hotels & restaurants

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The Plaza Hotel

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President Obama decided to be in the same area of town as me. Coincidence??

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We even managed to get out of the city one night and enjoyed

 an AMAZING dining experience at

Blue Hill at Stone Barns  in Pocantico Hills (Westchester,NY)

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Straight from the farm to the table, everything served at Blue Hill is either grown or raised or produced there.  The photo above is of fresh baby vegetables presented in such a charming way. Who knew a simple leaf could taste that delicious?!

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Crazy fresh salad is presented on individual triangular slabs of granite.

My favourite thing, besides the insanely delicious seafood soup?

A smoked Kale cocktail.  You heard me.

I’m sorry I couldn’t take more photos, but a girl’s gotta be discreet (sometimes :) )

Blue Hill at Stone Farms is about a 50-60 minute drive from Manhattan. Jackets required.

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And speaking of cocktails…

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 I finally went to the Pegu Club

Delicious cocktails there too!

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BTW,

If your plans are taking you to NYC in the near future, I strongly recommend this little book;

eat.shop nyc

It’s hip, fun to read & accurate

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The view up 6th ave. from the hotel bath window

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I was struck by the dark, shrouded silhouette of this building against the night skies of the Village.

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And lastly,

Talk about being in a place that you’ll never forget when something momentous happens-

I’m now in Washington, DC and the streets are filled with people yelling and running towards the White House with the news of Osama Bin Laden!

This certainly will be a trip I’ll never forget.

Well done America

What a week!!

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Celestial Offerings

Perigee Moon over the Almudena, Madrid last night

Tonight we are going to experience  The Super Moon

It’s the closest the moon has been to the earth in 18 years!

I asked a very “Astronomically Inclined” friend of mine about this event and this is what he had to say;

Most people think the Moon is closest during a “full moon”…but even though it may appear larger…this is an amazing optical illusion.   (On the next full moon rise….look at it upside down or between your legs …this sounds crazy..but  the moon will actually appear to return to it’s normal size…  The scientific explanation and details of this “illusion” can be found at ….
While you’re at this site…check out “10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Moon”
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Thanks  Sky Guy !!
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Burt Lancaster in “The Leopard”
Unfortunately, here in Santa Barbara, we are under grey & rainy skies so I suspect our chances of actually glimpsing the man in the moon this evening are dim.

I do hope you’ll get to enjoy it from where ever you may be.

A little appropriate music to accompany you;

Moon & Moon



photo of the moon taken last night  via Tao Zero

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The Famous  Nebra Sky Disk is one of the oldest known depictions of the ‘Heavenly Canopy’, dating back to 1600 BC.

Originally suspected of being a forgery, it is now widely accepted as being authentic to the Bronze Age.

Pretty cool “Tchotchke”!

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“Blue Reflection” by David Willet

For those who don’t get to experienc a lunar extravaganza this evening, some images to make us feel a little better;

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For the masculine Star Gazer in your life

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The moon from my porch in Sun Valley.

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Victoire de Castellane for Dior

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 566 in blue Baccarat crystal (limited edition of 28) by Marc Newson

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Frida Gustavsson

Lydia Courteille ring

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Photo via Habitually Chic

Bergdorf’s Holiday window

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Armani

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The Moon coming up over the mountains in Montecito a few weeks ago

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Chanel “Sky” ring with diamonds

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Barnaby Gates Wallpaper

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Soir de Lune by Sisley

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Stubbs & Wootton slippers

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Chanel

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The Rug Company

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Miu Miu Summer 2011

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Barnaby Gates Wallpapers

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Miu Miu Summer 2011

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Bag by Jigsaw

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Solange Azagury-Partridge

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The incomparable Hedy Lamar via Fashion’s Most Wanted

“I love you more than the sun and the moon,

more than every grain of sand on every shore

and all the stars in the sky…”

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Keep Looking Up!!

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The Family Jewels

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My enamel & inlay opera glasses (and the answer is no, I’ve never used them :) )

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Lanvin Fall 2011

As you can see, I’m still in High Fashion Voyeur Mode with all the new collections strutting down the catwalks in Paris this week

and what a decadent box of jewels it’s been so far

Glamorous, luxurious, positively sumptuous; filled with divine fabrics in gorgeous jewel tones that could almost make one forget about summer altogether (I said almost)

Let’s just hope the economy catches some of the creativity and excitement we’re seeing on the runways…

Well, perhaps we won’t hold our breath, but in the meantime, if your travels take you to New York between now and June 5, 2011 you might want to stop by The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum to catch “SET in STYLE

an exhibition featuring more than 350 pieces  designed by those Big Boys of Beautific Baubles Van Cleef & Arpels.  I know I’ll be stopping by for a gander :)

From the “Set in Style” exhibition of Van Cleef & Arpels

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Egyptian Odalisque Evening Bag, Paris 1927 Van Cleef & Arpel’s Collection

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One of my vintage needlepoint clutches, circa late 1800′s

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Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

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Table by Joe Nye

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Rich trims via “A Gift Wrapped Life

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I’m loving my new Cire Trudon candle in the “Spiritus Sancti” scent.  It smells like old churches…

in a really good way.

 

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Gucci Fall 2011

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Not too much happening in the garden yet, but these crazy “daisies” continue to delight me- they bloom 12 months of the year!

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Marc Jacobs S2011

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textiles from Arc.com

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Dior spat booty

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Dior Fall 2011

Inspired me to look for the gorgeous silk velvet and fur vintage coat I had stored away

Not something I get a lot of wear out of, but hey, a girl’s gotta have her capricious moments…

 

Probably from the 30′s ?

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Dior Fall 2011

Most unfortunately,  John Galliano had a few not so capricious moments in the past week I’m quite sure he would give anything to rewind.

I really hope he gets the serious help he obviously needs…

It’s been quite the week for outlandish behaviour has it not?!

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But back to prettier things…

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An Edwardian enamel, gold & ivory parasol clock, one of my most prized objets d”art

 

Karen Elson in American Vogue, March 2011

Marc Jacobs bodysuit & skirt

 

 

 

Modern Alchemy candles in jewel tones

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Dior Fall 2011

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Haider Ackermann

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Lanvin Fall 2011

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Ironically, the name already being bandied about as a possible replacement for Galliano at Dior is Haider Ackermann, who I’ve mentioned before as a relatively new favourite of mine.  Based on his previous collections, I wouldn’t have thought his edgy style would be a good fit at Dior and yet I see some  similar sensibilities between his most recent show and Galliano’s- what say you?  (BTW- I’m loving his collection but ixnay on the hair and makeup-ay, no?? )

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Haider Ackermann Fall 2011

 

Haider Ackermann Fall 2011

Crazy for those big belts!

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Dior Fall 2011

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Haider Ackermann Fall 2011

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Don’t be a hater if I lose a credit or two :(

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His final collection for Dior.

How to even begin to understand the dichotomy that is John Galliano?

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via Countryliving.com

Wishing you a gem filled week :)

 

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BLUE MOOD

YVES KLEIN (1928-1962) blue; immaterial sensibility

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Helena Christiansen in, hmmm, I wanna say Versace.  What say you?

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Michael Kors Spring 2011

I‘m in a bit of a blue mood tonight.  Not too much to say, just feeling this colour, so I thought I’d share it with you.

I heard the best line in an old movie last night ;

Man to a Woman ; “Maybe he just wants to be alone. Didn’t you ever just want to be alone?”

Woman ;  “Sure,  but with somebody else!”



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YVES KLEIN “At Work”

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

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I’ve lost the credit, but let’s be honest, we weren’t buying this anyway were we?

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.CITEAUX stove, France

Imagine spending this much $ on a stove and being brave enough to pick blue?!  (Not that it wouldn’t look fantastic in the right setting)


Lost this credit too. Please don’t report me to the Blogger’s Defense League

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CHANEL 2011

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Now that’s the way to tone down a Ladies Who Lunch Bag

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MARTIN MARGIELA spring 2011



MARTIN MARGIELA Spring 2011

The entire collection was this silhouette, no joke.  Mr. Margiela, come back to us.

Definitely not for Squares :)

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GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

Blue Agate and Sodalite Cuff by SIMAN TU

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PRADA

Trying to imagine my husband’s face if I came downstairs in this outfit

MANOLO BLAHNIK

He’d like these much better!

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artist ROBERT FOLEY

RADO

DYSON bladeless fan

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STUDIO GLITHERO

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BLUE BOAT designed by artist XAVIER VEILHAN  (this IS a real boat, not a painting :) ) Aprox. 200,000 euros


The WITTELSBACH-GRAFF

internally flawless, deep blue diamond weighs 31.06 carats and is one of the rarest stones in the world.

STUBBS & WOOTTON


TOM FORD MENSWEAR

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“NOVANTATRE S24S2″ by DE GRISOGONO

18kt white gold, set with 282 baguette-cut blue sapphires of 25.60 carats

(I’d say it probably comes with a mighty fine case too )


FENDI

From the Blackthorn collection by SHAUN LEANE

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Donna Karan

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Phew.  I feel somehow less blue after all that…blue

How about you?!

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PS. So glad my jammies aren’t by Margiela :)

PPS. Don’t miss reading the comments on this post- there’s a link to a fab video ode to blue posted by Kendall Conrad!

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White & Black 2 (Late Edition)

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.Tanzania

Zaha Hadid’s long awaited Maxxi  Gallery in Rome

(no short dresses on these stairs!)

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NEW Chanel Biography!  By Justine Picardie.  Release date April 16, 2010

Available now on Amazon

Haven’t read it- just want it for a black and white room

Would you even care if he turned up in this coat??

(Hint- you could just decide to stay in…)

All images from The Chanel Fall 2010/11 Collection

.(For which, I might add, I have a sneaky suspicion Karl got his inspiration from MY SLIM PALEY POST:

  BRRRR! ICEBERGS, BOOKS & BAUBLES.

I better watch what I say around him from now on)

Ice hotel from “Brrrr!”

Um, yeah…sure Karl…

Mr. Sneaky Himself

Rodarte 2010

Light up shoes

.Badgley Mischka Spring 2010

Hermes enamel bracelet

Badgley Mischka

Cool Hotness

I forget. Sue me.  Jill Sander?

Badgley Mischka Spring 2010

Van Cleef and Arpels …..

.My Favourite Black & White ring

Mischka again

Hermes Fall 2010

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The Black & White Cookie Company

Happy shoes from Mui Mui

2010 Bentley Arnage

The .car I’m going to buy myself my husband when my settlement comes in from Karl.

Actually, quite honestly- I’d be happy with just the cover.

Look at how beautiful this is!  I’d wear it as an Opera cape.

.And Lastly,

Jacques-Henri Lartique

I know it’s very grainy, but I adore Lartique and the mood of this photo, almost as much as the diary entry that accompanies it;

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