Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Feels Like Winter, Looks Like Spring

There is nothing like waking up to snow on April 16th to really depress you. It's the kind of day when a little hot pink lipstick like Michelle Williams is wearing in the new spring ads for Louis Vuitton might be in order. The photos are so chic and cheerful that they actually want to make me buy a new bag.  I love that she's wearing jeans and no shoes in some of them.  It's definitely a refreshing change from the usual ads with super skinny models. Happy spring!

Chic at Cartier

Since we're talking about men and masculine design this week, let me add one more post to the mix. The Cartier Mansion at 653 Fifth Avenue is closed for renovation so I stopped by the new Cartier boutique at 767 Fifth Avenue at 59th Street last week for a preview. Obviously, we all know Cartier for their gorgeous jewelry and watches but even I was surprised by the beautiful leathergoods, especially the ones for men.. 

How chic would this Louis Cartier 24 Hour Bag look in the backseat of your vintage Mercedes convertible for a weekend in the country? Ok, maybe you don't have a vintage Mercedes convertible but you might have to get one to accompany this bag.  It's that amazing. The buckle on the side is inspired by the clasp on a watch so maybe you should also pick up a Cartier watch to complete the ensemble. 

I saw a billfold that looked similar to this Must de Cartier Pocket Diary at the brocante in the Marais on my last trip to Paris.  I'm kicking myself for not buying it so I'm glad they still make similar pieces. I'd also be pretty impressed if a man wrote down our date in this diary instead of on his iPhone. 

Let's face it, a lot of iPad cases are not chic. This Collection les Must Tactile Tablet Holder had me at hello. There is an envelope on the outside that would be perfect for pens or receipts while traveling to say, I don't know, Paris for the summer.  If anyone still needs any last minute ideas on what to get me for my birthday this week, this would do nicely.  While these Cartier items might be made for men, they are also pretty perfect for ladies too. 

Just so we're clear, this is a completely editorial post and has not been sponsored, although I did get a chic bottle of Cartier champagne at the preview. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chic in Providence: The Dean Hotel

It's funny how many times I have a post planned when someone else writes about the same subject. Normally, I scrap the post and start over which I debated doing today but decided to leave it as is since we probably don't have all the same readers and it was the perfect follow up to my masculine post yesterday. Enjoy. 

I don't have any reason to visit Providence, Rhode Island but I am going to think of one just so I can stay at The Dean Hotel. I watched the development of this historic 1912 building into a 52-room hotel (@thedeanhotel) on the Instagram accounts of the developers and designers Ari Heckman (@ariheckman -private) and William Cooper (@wtcooper) of ASH NYC (@ash_newyork). Ari grew up in Providence and his mom, Linda Heckman, is not only an interior designer but one of my loyal blog readers.  His father was in real estate and his grandfather was an architect, while William worked at the best training ground for creative people, Ralph Lauren

It's really no wonder then that The Dean Hotel has a great mix of vintage furniture and art that give the beautifully renovated building a little soul. The brass fixtures in the bathrooms make me want to go out right now and replace everything in my apartment with brass hardware. It's so simply chic that if you have high school students applying to colleges, you might want to steer them to Brown University or Rhode Island School of Design so you can stay at The Dean Hotel when you visit them. 

22 Fountain Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Photos by Christian Harder.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Beautiful Maleness

I realized that I have been posting a lot of women's fashions lately and haven't given my male readers much love.  Here's a little masculine inspiration that I'm sure many women will also enjoy. 

How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression. 
- D.H. Lawrence

Michael Caine

Photo by Idha Lindhag

Marcello Mastroianni, New York, 1962

My photo of a dapper man who walked past me on the Upper East Side. 

Nick Hilton Suits, New York, 1995 by Larry Fink

Steve McQueen

Fellow Aries Pharrell Williams.

I'm happy to add any missing photo credits. 

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