OLDER AND WISER

Hamish Bowles | Vogue

Hamish Bowles | Vogue

Hamish Bowles | Vogue

Hamish Bowles | Vogue

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Whoa, I kind of can’t believe I’m turning 27 today. When I was growing up I always thought of 27 as sort of a magic number–the age I’d certainly have everything “figured out” by. I’m not sure if this makes me wiser, or just more realistic, but I can say that as I’ve gotten older I’ve definitely realized you never completely have it all “figured out”. There’s always a new set of challenges and adventures to take on, but isn’t that what makes life exciting?

Last year on my birthday I made a list of 26 goals for the year and as I looked back this morning I was feeling pretty proud of myself that most of the big ones were checked off (I’m planning to make a new list for 27, just need to give it some thought!) It’s kind of funny to me that one of the goals on my list was to take a course in interior design. How about a complete career change, does that count? No? Okay, well I took a course too!

My celebration might not be nearly as elaborate as Hamish Bowles’ Gatsby inspired 50th (shown above) but I’m looking forward to spending the morning antiquing with my mom, relaxing at the beach, and heading to my very favorite restaurant for dinner. As my grandmother reminded me yesterday, don’t worry about the number, just be happy you’re still here to be living it!

Cheers to 27!

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STYLE ICON: LAUREN HUTTON

Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton

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I recently read Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland and in it there’s a great story about Lauren Hutton. Lauren was just one of the many models made famous after receiving Diana’s seal of approval. Interestingly enough, she actually changed her name from Mary to Lauren, inspired by Lauren Bacall, who was one of Diana’s other great discoveries.

The photos above are from Lauren’s very first photoshoot for Vogue in 1966. As the story goes, Richard Avedon had turned her down at least three times before Diana convinced him to put her in front of the camera.

Diana was right, of course. Avedon was captivated and the rest is history. Great inspiration to keep on trying, right?
Happy weekend!

MASQUERADE

Two years ago, Carine Roitfeld threw a masquerade ball to celebrate French Vogue’s 90th anniversary and Anna Dello Russo stole the show in a custom made Pucci dress and Gareth Pugh headdress. The gorgeous photos above were shot by Tommy Ton as Anna dressed for the evening in her suite at the Ritz.

This is the type of party I’d like to attend on Halloween. An elegant affair that requires a couture costume. I’d opt for a less cumbersome mask, but only because I’m confident I’d take down other guests with my clumsiness!

Are you dressing up this year? As someone with an incredibly lame track record for costumes, I’d love to know what you’re masquerading as!

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VOGUE, VOGUE

Maybe it was fashion week that inspired me, or this gallery wall that has been a perennial favorite. Whatever it was, I’m happy to say that the above vintage Vogue cover will soon be occupying some prime real estate in my apartment. I can’t wait for it to arrive! There have been so many new additions to the apartment that I’m excited to share. I promise it will be very soon!

BANDS OF GOLD

The much blogged about shots from Vogue’s newest feature, “Five Days, Five Looks,” are stunning but I keep finding myself coming back to this one photo. I’ve dreamed about that Cartier tank watch for years and love how it looks paired with an oversized link bracelet. Filipa noted in the feature that since she was young, she had always wanted a link bracelet that she could add charms to with her children’s initials. My mother actually has a similar bracelet (although much smaller) with monogrammed charms bearing our birthstones for my sister and I. I would love to carry on the tradition and invest in a link bracelet of my own, but as Jessica and I discussed yesterday via twitter, they’re so difficult to find! I figured what better search party to send out than my style savvy readers. Have you stumbled across a similar bracelet lately? I’d be so grateful for a source!