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A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio
Now that I'm unpacked and mostly over my jet lag, my next project is to edit my apartment.  I really want to live with less stuff.  But that doesn't mean that I won't still appreciate maximalist design like this apartment owned by John Devitt, who works in advertising and set design for Ralph Lauren.  His studio in the New York's Greenwich Village was featured on Lonny last week and I immediately bookmarked the masculine space. I actually didn't realize it was a studio until I read the article.  It's obviously well laid out and the focus is not on the bed which can sometimes happen in studio apartments.  While I am set to minimize, I was contemplating adding more photography to my bathroom so I am using his wall of art and photography as inspiration.  There is a lot other great inspiration in the bookshelves and kitchen too. Minimizing certainly doesn't mean I'm going to become a minimalist either. I could never give up my books and art. 

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A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio

A Chic and Masculine Studio
 Photographed by Sean Santiago

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office
I am going to miss so many things about Paris but working on a laptop is not one of them.  It feels good to be back to being productive on a real computer at a real desk. Of course, if I had a real office like Jenna Lyons, I might be even more productive.  

I knew she had moved floors at J.Crew and I saw a few images of her new office in Fast Company but Vanity Fair has more photos in their September issue and online. It looks like much of her furniture was incorporated into the new space including her coral colored desk and Saarinen table. It is also filled with personal mementos and artwork by her son that is probably more priceless than the pieces by known artists that she also owns. 

The Vanity Fair article also mentions that Jenna is in the middle of a home renovation. Considering the amount of attention her last one received, I can't wait to see the new one when it's ready. Until then, I'll continue to admire her office. 

P.S. Make sure you check out my friend Carlos Huber's new perfume for J. Crew from his fragrance company Arquiste on August 20, 2014. 

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office

Chic at Work: Jenna Lyons New Office
Photos from Vanity Fair and Faast Company

Au Revoir Paris

Au Revoir Paris
Today is the day I say au revoir to Paris.  Or maybe I should say à bientôt since I will definitely be back again soon. Time really does fly when you're having fun.  I am sad to be living the City of Light but I am also excited to get back to New York.  I can't wait to get a proper manicure and pedicure and sleep in my own bed.  I look forward to seeing my friends and getting a burger with them at JG Melon.  It's funny that it feels like autumn here now and I'll be going back to hot summer temperatures.  Thank goodness New York has air conditioning unlike Paris.    

But there are so many things I will miss about Paris. I was buying a few last minutes gifts for friends yesterday and watched as the salesperson slowly and carefully wrapped each cadeau.  The attention to detail over little things is always amazing and the biggest lesson I've learned in Paris is patience. In New York, I'm used to someone throwing your item in a bag and flinging it at you. In Paris, everything is a production from buying gifts to dining out.  The city forces you to slow down. 

Au Revoir Paris
The French have slowing down and relaxing to a science and I will miss watching them do it. 

Au Revoir Paris
I will miss all the cobblestone streets and limestone buildings. There is something beautiful around every corner. 

Au Revoir Paris
I will also miss all the small house museums like the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature above. I visited this unique museum with Tommy Smythe last week and highly recommend visiting if you are traveling with outdoorsy men and boys.  It's devoted to hunting and nature. 

Au Revoir Paris
Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that I will miss all the great old cars in Paris like this Citroën.

Au Revoir Paris
If I had it to do all over again, I would probably not buy so many books.  And even after I said this, I bought a old catalog from this bookseller in the Galerie Vivienne. My bags are most definitely going to be overweight at the airport. 

Au Revoir Paris
I'll miss looking up to see marvelous things like the ceiling of the Opera Garnier

Au Revoir Paris
You also have to look down in Paris. I've walked though the Palais-Royal hundreds of times but never saw this mosaic until a few days ago. 

Au Revoir Paris
I'll miss catching people on their terrasse, especially when they're wearing striped shirts. 

Au Revoir Paris
Most of all, I'll miss living next door to Le Bon Marché and seeing their sign from my windows. And shopping for groceries at Le Grande Epicerie.  And speaking French with the sweet boys in the boulangerie. Le sigh. 

À bientôt Paris ! 

HC 



Have Some Decorum in Paris

Have Some Decorum in Paris
I stopped by my friend Eleanor's today to leave a few things and say goodbye.  (That's her above) I can't believe it was exactly three months ago that I landed on her doorstep.  Without her generosity, guidance, hospitality, and occasional shoulder to cry on, this trip would not have been possible.  What's even more amazing about Eleanor is her positive spirit and sense of humor as she lives with ALS.  She does more in a day than most able bodied people, including write her blog Have Some Decorum.  She has started writing a book as well and if it's even half as funny as her posts, she will have a bestseller.  

Eleanor has been living in Paris with her husband and daughter (and cat) for the past year so I asked her to put together a list of her 10 favorite places in the City of Light.  Some you may know and some may be new but they are all special to her.  

Merci Eleanor ! 

HC

Have Some Decorum in Paris


Serge Lutens (142 Galerie de Valois, 75001 Paris) - My favorite scent is Kubla Khan. I wear it when I need to be brave.

Have Some Decorum in Paris

Baptiste Fleur (38 rue Croix des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris) - They have the most beautiful piaget roses. (Editor's note: I couldn't find a website.)

Have Some Decorum in Paris
Grand Mosque de Paris (2bis Place du Puits de l'Ermite, 75005 Paris)I love having afternoon menthe tea in the courtyard. The gift shop is awesome. They sell the colorful Moroccan tea glasses that also make perfect small flower vases.

Have Some Decorum in Paris
Parc de Bagatelle (Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, 75016 Paris)I love to through the gardens and eat lunch here. There are also free roaming peacocks!

Have Some Decorum in Paris
Verjus Restaurant (52 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris) - I always get the fried chicken sandwich on brioche to go from the wine bar downstairs. (Editors note: They are closed for vacance until September 8, 2014.)

Have Some Decorum in Paris
Mai Thai (24 bis Rue Saint-Gilles, 75003 Paris) - I have been taking my daughter Gracie here for 10 years. We once sat next to Leslie Caron. Order the coconut milk soup, pad thai, and red curry salmon.

Have Some Decorum in Paris
Tabio (15 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris) I love the perfect French blue cashmere socks with orange monogram. All their socks are handmade in Japan.

Have Some Decorum in Paris
La Palette (43 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris) -This is my new favorite cafe for a Thursday night drink. They have the best people watching.

Have Some Decorum in Paris

Michele Aragon (21 Rue Jacob, 75006 Paris) - Beautiful dishes and antique paisleys. (Editors note: They don't have a website.)

Have Some Decorum in Paris
Frenchie To Go (9 rue de Nil, 75002 Paris) - Pastrami sandwiches. Real french fries. Salad with green apples and tart vinaigrette. Sticky buns and doughnuts!

Aurelie Bidermann Opens in Soho

Aurelie Bidermann Opens in Soho
The Aurelie Bidermann boutique on rue des Saint-Pères is currently closed for vacances along with the rest of Paris. Luckily, I will be able to shop her just opened Soho store once I get back to New York. It will be filled with her signature costume bijoux, as well as her new high jewelry collection. 

I didn't realize until I read a recent interview that not only did Aurelie Bidermann study art history but she also worked at Sotheby's in the Contemporary Art department before obtaining her diploma in gemology in Antwerp. Her love of jewelry began by going through her grandmother's jewelry box filled with treasures from Cartier and Van Cleef but now Aurelie is inspired by travel, art, books, and her friends. She has often been described as a "true Parisian" but perhaps she'll become a "true New Yorker" thanks to her new store. 

265 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
212-335-0058
Monday to Saturday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday 12:00-6:00pm

Aurelie Bidermann Opens in Soho
Aurelie looking chic in her signature designs.

Aurelie Bidermann Opens in Soho
The Soho store will also exclusively carry lapis lazuli scarab pieces.  I actually have some old jewelry that looks similar that I will have to pull out when I get home. 

Aurelie Bidermann Opens in Soho
Aurelie is another book lover. 

Stone Fruit Salad

Stone Fruit Salad
One of the most frustrating aspects of vacances time in Paris is that all the great restaurants are closed. Luckily, my friend and I made it to Verjus the night before they closed for a month. They will reopen on 8 September. It's owned by Americans and is one of the restaurants that is on the recommendation list of everyone I know.  

They have a main dining room upstairs that serves a seasonal tasting menu and a wine bar downstairs where you can order small plates. We ordered a few things including a salad with marinated sheep's milk feta, grilled peaches, young cucumber, thyme honey, and wild arugula that was as delicious as it sounds. 

The salad reminded me slightly of a Stone Fruit Salad recipe that Jenni Kayne posted on her blog Rip + Tan.  It was created by Barrett of Valleybrink Road and is something that you could adapt in many different ways. I look forward to making it for myself until summer's end. 

Stone Fruit Salad 
1 nectarine or peach sliced into thin wedges 
1 pluot or plum, sliced into wedges
¼ lb baby arugula
Pecorino Romano

Sherry Vinaigrette
1 Tablespoon sherry vinegar
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon shallot, minced
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

  1. To make the vinaigrette, combine the vinegar, dry mustard, and shallot in a small bowl. While whisking, slowly add in the olive oil and whisk until emulsified. Add a pinch of sea salt and some black pepper. Whisk. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if necessary.

To assemble the salad, place the stone fruit and baby arugula in a large bowl. Gently fold together to combine. Slowly drizzle a littledressing over the salad and start to gently mix together. Add dressing just until the leaves of the arugula are lightly coated. With a vegetablepeeler, start shaving long pieces of pecorino into the salad. Mix and continue shaving until youhave a good amount in the salad. 

Remember pecorino is salty so taste as you go. If you need to add more salt or pepper, do so now. Give one final gently toss and serve immediately.


Bon Appétit ! 

HC


Style and Substance

Style and Substance
I was sitting at a cafe with a friend earlier this week when we both remarked that it was beginning to feel like fall.  Not only has the temperature dropped but the leaves are already falling off the trees.  Each morning, a man from Mairie de Paris sweeps them up along the park outside my window and each evening it is covered again. Of course this has me thinking of fall fashions.  

I'm very excited that I return to New York just in time to receive the September issue of WSJ.Magazine with Daria Werbowy on the cover. It will be included in the Wall Street Journal newspaper on Saturday, August 16th.  The accompanying autumn inspired spread has me even more excited for neutrals, jeans and jackets.  Too bad it will still be oppressively hot when I return to New York. 

C'est la vie. 


Style and Substance

Style and Substance

Style and Substance

Style and Substance

Style and Substance

Photography by Josh Olins for WSJ. Magazine


Bon Weekend: 8 August 2014

Bon Weekend: 8 August 2014
I can't believe I have just one more week left in Paris. There is so much I will miss and so much I didn't get to check off my list this summer.  I'm actually glad I didn't see it all though because it will give me even more incentive to return again soon. 

One of the things I'll miss most about Paris is eating outside at cafes.  While we have some cafes in New York, we definitely don't have one on every block and the chairs don't face the street "French style." People watching is the best pastime in Paris. 

Bon Weekend: 8 August 2014
While my friend and I were at Le Progrès in the Marais, this woman happened to ride past on her bicycle. I will definitely miss scenes like this when I move back to New York. 

Bon Weekend: 8 August 2014
While trying to find an RER train station that was open last Sunday to get to Versailles, we stumbled into a road rally of classic cars near Les Invalides and the Pont Alexandre III. Needless to say, I was in heaven.

Bon Weekend: 8 August 2014
The line to enter the chateau of Versailles was over two hours long so we just visited the gardens and the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon.  If you don't like crowds or lack patience for lines, I highly recommend this plan.  If you stay until almost closing time like we did, you practically have the place to yourself. 

Bon Weekend: 8 August 2014
I will also miss well dressed gentleman when I return to New York.  I just happened to catch this one peeking into the bookstore next to Cafe de Flore yesterday as I waited to meet Tommy Smythe for lunch. 

Bon Weekend: 8 August 2014
We had gorgeous weather for last few weeks but the rainy season seems to have begun.  Tommy Smythe and I were lucky to be inside the Musée de l'Armée in Les Invalides yesterday when it began to pour.  If you are visiting Paris with young boys or just want to give your significant other a break from shopping and 18th-century museums, I highly recommend a visit here.  The Musée des Plans-Reliefs has large scale models of fortress towns like something you'd see on Game of Thrones.  I liked the military uniforms which are quite stunning in person. 

Bon Weekend: 8 August 2014
We also visited the tomb of Napoleon which sits under the Dôme des Invalides.

Bon Weekend: 8 August 2014
Paris is known as the City of Light and the light and sunsets are another thing I'll miss.  Although, I am looking forward to going home and seeing my friends and sleeping in my own bed again.  This trip has really made me appreciate the work ethic of the United States while also appreciating the way that the French are able to relax and enjoy life.  My goal is to try to try to balance the two upon my return. 

Bon Week-end ! 

HC

Photos by me via Instagram. 

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