Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Macabre Chic: Edgar Allen Poe Daguerreotype

Spent last night perusing the daguerrotype collection of art world fixture Patrick Callery, who also happens to have a dog named Po. So, this being Halloween, the image above seems highly fitting. According to, William Pratt made this daguerreotype of Poe about 3 weeks before he died in 1849 at age 40. Poe, arguing that he was not suitably dressed, was coaxed upstairs and photographed.

19th c. Chic: 11 foot Venetian Lanterns

In case cutting up your pumpkin has you in the mood to decorate with lanterns, you can pick up these Italian beauties for a sweet $79,500 at Ed Hardy in San Francisco.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Classic Food: Lazzaroni Cookies and the Freeman's Cocktail

We always had these delicious, individually wrapped, Italian amaretto cookies around Christmas as kids. I recently discovered that they taste absolutely perfect with a Freeman's Cocktail, my favorite drink at Freeman's. The original combines rye, lemon juice, pomegranate syrup and orange peel. My DIY take is a little different, but just as tasty:

2 parts Maker's Mark
1 part lemon juice
1 tsp of fruit preserves (I tried the rhubarb/raspberry I picked up at the
Milk Pail in Bridgehampton), melted

Heat a spoonful of preserves in the microwave. Muddle the melted preserves and the lemon juice, add bourbon and shake with ice. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with orange peel or lemon wedge.

19th c. Chic: Blackbird Parlour

Another blogger aptly called Blackbird Parlour a "hipster fishbowl." A much needed, aesthetically perfect, vintage, non-Asian addition to Bedford Avenue with great coffee and pastries. The set up is classic cafe. Two small suggestions: abandon the overly formal table service concept and keep the wireless access going at all times (they turn it off at night, in hopes of attracting a dinner crowd). It's a coffee shop, so let it be what it is. Those hipsters just want to be watched sitting under a tin ceiling sipping their java as they watch other hipsters walk by. Bedford Ave. & North 6th Street (right off the Bedford L stop).

Friday, October 26, 2007

Taxidermy Chic: South Hampton Elk's Lodge

The Apartment: A Star is Born

See the apartment become a famous liability...and me, from a very unfortunate angle in the Fox Business News piece Cover Your Assets.

Alexander McQueen Chic: Couture Halloween

We spent the early part of last Halloween at the Yves Saint Laurant flagship on 57th Street where the makeup guy glued the feather duster all over Porter's lashes. I made her that little nest-like burlap scarf. Thought it looked very Fall 2006 McQueen. Our friend Chris stuck porcupine quills into Porter's horse sweater, threw on one of our three riding hats and then went nuts with our horn handled carving set. Scary, indeed.

Watercolor Exhibit: Allan Say

© 1993 illustration by Allen Say, Grandfather's Journey

My mom gave me Allan Say's "Grandfather's Journey" a few years before she died. Not since Chris Van Allsburg had I been so transfixed by a children's book. Say's impeccable, touching watercolors stir the senses and give weight to his already heavy themes about WWII, heritage and legacy. An exhibit of Say's work hangs for two more days at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass.

Mustache Chic: Movember

Here's to good vintage style and good health! Bring out your plaid shirt and shawl neck sweater and put the razor down. Boys can join Movember, grow a mustache (hopefully with a beard too) through November and raise money for prostate cancer.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Stocking Stuffer: The Horn Comb

Many stores sell horn combs for prices that could make you cry (when considering a comb). But I found this at Pearl River Market for about $8. They look beautiful sitting around and serve their purpose if you actually are concerned with function.

Stocking Stuffer: The Bamboo Pen

Halloween may not have hit us yet, but it's never to early to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I remember having these bamboo pens sitting around the house when we were kids. Loved them then, love them now. Bought a bunch at William Wayne & Co. for $3.75 each.

Technology: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera

Another anti-tech tech device. You can find these wonderful leather vintage Polaroid cameras all over ebay for less than $100. I gave one to Porter for Christmas a couple years ago. They not only look fantastic sitting out, they create equally nostalgic, vintage-looking byproducts. A gift that keeps on giving.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Holden Caulfield Chic: J.Press

Popped into the relatively new J.Press NY flagship store last week. Many friends and relatives may be receiving schoolboy scarves this Christmas this year. I picked up a Harvard one for myself (I have 8 hours of credit there, so I'm not a complete phony). The man at the store referred to the British wool bobcap as "very heterosexual." Odd (and inappropriate) when I was buying it for myself.

J.Press, 380 Madison Ave. at 47th Street.

Balenciaga Chic: The J.Crew Lexington Jacket

I bought this lovely bit of WASP perfection for Porter a few weeks ago. It's really fantastic quality -- with great lining and buttons. It may not be Balenciaga, but the idea is the same and equally fabulous for only $250. They're doing it in solids now, too. Think the yellow with purple lining may be a next purchace.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Rock & Roll Chic: The Elephants

Porter and I will be filiming a little music video of our Danish friends and houseguests,
Bjarke and Rasmus, this evening...after they make us a traditional aquavit-soaked "Danish Lunch." Hum. The boys put on a fantastic show at Union Hall (surprisingly well designed) on Tuesday as part of CMJ. The Mick and Keith-like post-show antics included book reading (see photo) and a recreation of Genesis (see the last photo). My Teenage Stride followed their set. Check out their great pop song, To Live and Die in the Airport Lounge.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Audubon Chic: Walton Ford's Pancha Tantra

In the tradition of the wildly pricy, Peter Beard coffee (conference) table book, Taschen will introduce a limited edition book of Walton Ford's work this November.

"For this hand crafted, limited-edition volume, Ford's paintings have been color-separated and reproduced in Pan4C, the finest reproduction technique available today, providing unequalled intensity and color range. The book includes 12 horizontal and 4 vertical foldouts, along with dozens of details, which present the work at a scale that practically allows the viewer to enter the ancient and peopled landscapes, feel the brush of a bird's feathers against flesh, and experience the hot breath of a wild cat about to go for the jugular."

Walton Ford: Pancha Tantra
Buford, Bill / Ford, Walton / Buford, BillHardcover + Box 14.8 x 19.7 inch, 354 pagesISBN 978-3-8228-4386-4
$ 1250.00

Friday, October 12, 2007

Family Photos: French Boys, Thatched Roof 1928

What stylish, tough little French hooligans. Love those over-the-knee boots, the great sash, the inappropriate ciggy. From one of my grandpa's old photo albums.

Fellini Chic: Fiat 500 Jolly

While not necessarily safe, how chic to have wicker car seats like the Fiat 500 Jolly. Quite a nice beach buggy, I'd say. (A bit too summery to post now, but just so fabulous).

Safari Chic: Osa and Martin Johnson

This book always seems to make it into editorial spreads, but it represents so much more than a pretty cover. In fact, the author and her husband might be the most stylish people to ever leave Kansas (besides the Hovey sisters -- hahaha!)...

"In the first half of the 20th century an American couple from Kansas named Martin and Osa Johnson captured the public's imagination through their films and books of adventure in exotic, far-away lands...Photographers, explorers, naturalists and authors, Martin and Osa studied the wildlife and peoples of East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands and British North Borneo...They explored then unknown lands and brought back knowledge of cultures thousands of miles away through their films, writings and lectures. From 1917-1936, the Johnsons set up camp in some of the most remote areas of the world and provided an unmatched photographic record of the wildernesses of Kenya, the Congo, British North Borneo and the Solomon and New Hebrides Islands...Their equipment was the most advanced motion pictures apparatus of the day, some of it designed by Martin Johnson himself. When the young adventurers left their home in Kansas to explore and photograph these lands, little did they realize that they would provide the world with a photographic record of the African game of unimagined magnitude and beauty..."

The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum is located in Chanute, KS. It's amazing to live in a state (like Kansas) for 15 years and not know of its "best museum."

Family Photos: Grandma on LIFE

Grandma (top), headed to a Seattle party with Givenchy. Averell "Avy" Clark, her second husband, made it onto the cover almost exactly 12 years prior.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dr. Zhivago Chic: The Fur Muff

Given all the capes and short-sleeved winter coats out there now, I've been wondering when the muff would re-emerge. It's no wonder that one found its way onto the runway during Copenhagen Fashion Week. This beatiful striped one comes from Baum und Pferdgarten. (Typing of CPH, our wildly handsome, wildly thin Danish houseguests arrive tonight for a 10 day stay. As massive Carlsberg drinking tends to lead to dress up time at our loft, perpare yourself for an onslaught of photos in the coming days).

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Rainy Day Chic: Tan Leather Opera Gloves

Paired with any short sleeved jacket, these Bottega Venetta gloves make the perfect accessory.

Acquisitions: D.L. & Co. Vapor of Wood Candle

Douglas Little has teamed up with Barneys for a line of organic candles. My dear friend Sara DiNuovo gave me the delicious "Vapor of Wood" for my birthday. What a great friend. What a great smell. It's perfect now that October feels nothing like July.

Acquisitions: Vintage German Drafting Set

Picked up these vintage drafting tools for about $25 in Red Hook, NY. If I don't have the urge to draw precise circles, they'll look great sitting around.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

To Do: Deyrolle

I've seen this amazing Parisian taxidermy shop featured in many magazines. It's also Wes Anderson's favorite (probably not hard given the number of proper taxidermy shops in major international cities). Almost picked up a pheasant from a Sag Harbor antique store on Sunday, but the guy only took cash and checks. I bought a $20 bone ring on the street in SoHo last week and the vendor had a mobile credit card machine. If he can, the guy selling $1,000 bamboo racks can, too. C'est la vie... I really have my heart set on a goose anyway...
46 rue du Bac 75007 Paris
Téléphone+ 33 (0)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Destinations: Blithewood Mansion

Heading up towards Porter's old Bard College stomping grounds for my birthday this weekend. Blithewood Mansion and its garden represent my ideas of perfect aesthetic happiness.