A Walk in the Park

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

This morning, I didn’t go for my walk.  I didn’t go for my walk yesterday either (I got all the way to the subway platform, then turned around).  I’m feeling lousy, both in health and because I’m not going for a walk!

This is why there are camera phones.

To experience again, for a moment or for longer, what’s so magnificent about the thing that makes us happy.

Enjoy!

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Central Park, October 2014

Posted in New York

Temples of Life and Beyond

Roman Frescos, Met Museum

Roman Frescos, Met Museum

Indulging in a glass of wine in the sculpture court

Indulging in a glass of wine in the sculpture court

A Parisian hôtel, complete with champagne, Met Museum

A Parisian hôtel, complete with champagne, Met Museum

Me, in front of the Egyptian tomb/temple, Met Museum

Me, in front of the Egyptian tomb/temple, Met Museum

For a couple month now, whenever I see a moment of free time, I want to spend it at the Met.  Give me art above all else—and even better, the endless galleries of this institution I feel I’ve barely dipped my toes into.  Take one day last week . . . I was about to fall into a full-on panic attack, so I grabbed my bag and hit the subway and alighted on the Met’s grand steps.  A few minutes of wandering through their period rooms calmed my heart rate and stirred up inspiration.  So did a glass of wine one night, also last week, in the sculpture gallery for the opening of the Cubism exhibit.  Few things are more luxurious than sipping wine in the midst of high art.

Another French period room at the Met—it inspires novel writing, n'est-ce pas?

Another French period room at the Met—it inspires novel writing, n’est-ce pas?

And this chaise opposite a desk—it inspires a lovely nap!

And this chaise opposite a desk—it inspires a lovely nap!

A rather grandiose ensemble: Commes des Garçons corset cape, Issey Miyake Pleats Please cropped trousers, and Hermès vintage Paradis du Roy shawl and Jigé two-toned clutch in Chamonix

A rather grandiose ensemble: Commes des Garçons corset cape, Issey Miyake Pleats Please cropped trousers, and Hermès vintage Paradis du Roy shawl and Jigé two-toned clutch in Chamonix

Whether in the pleasure of these haloed halls or in my own petit studio, I’ve been luxuriating in leather and cashmere.  As encouraged by several scarf collectors, I acquired a vintage Hermès cashmere shawl over the past month.  My choice: Annie Faivre’s Paradis du Roy, which captures the Apollo fountain sculpture and other garden views of Versailles.  This is a favorite design.  I once had a 90cm scarf, but the colors were not very “me,” so I was thrilled to find this classic version of navy, strong red, and gold.  It’s the sort of piece I could wear with just about everything.

Paradis du Roy cashmere shawl (c. 1989/90?)

Paradis du Roy cashmere shawl (c. 1989/90?)

Paradis du Roy cashmere shawl (c. 1989/90?)

Paradis du Roy cashmere shawl (c. 1989/90?)

The design inspires dreams of walks through Versailles again . . .

Where are you finding your inspiration?

Posted in Daily Vestment, Hermès, New York, Scarves

Editing Flourishes

A luscious large silk in a Fleurs d'Indiennes pattern is magic with the embroidery of a casual kurta.

A luscious large silk in a Fleurs d’Indiennes pattern is magic with the embroidery of a casual kurta.

When the autumn chills finds its way into the apartment, a pair of fingerless gloves and a cashmere shawl keep one warm.

When the autumn chills finds its way into the apartment, a pair of fingerless gloves and a cashmere shawl keep one warm.

This month . . . This month has seen me working a record number of hours, so most of my sartorial express has involved yoga pants, yoga tops, and big fat socks.  Usually I throw a kurta/sweater over it all, then wrap my neck in a shawl of some kind.  That way I remain super comfortable while also smiling when catching sight of myself in a mirror.  That’s the big reason to wear scarves: to frame the face with a pretty color.

It makes even a series of days inside a bright, happy affair.

What have you been doing to keep warm and bright?

Posted in Hermès, Scarves

All the Pretty Windows 2

Bergdorf Goodman Windows, September 2014

Bergdorf Goodman Windows, September 2014

Bergdorf Goodman Windows, September 2014

Bergdorf Goodman Windows, September 2014

Bergdorf Goodman Windows, September 2014

Bergdorf Goodman Windows, September 2014

Bergdorf Goodman Windows, September 2014

Bergdorf Goodman Windows, September 2014

Bergdorf Goodman Windows, September 2014

Bergdorf Goodman Windows, September 2014

It must be the glitter of holiday fetes to come—that must be the reason the windows have been so luscious and fun .  I still haven’t opened my September Issues (or October issues, for that matter) of Vogue, W, and Vanity Fair, but at least I’ve indulged in window licking!

Isn’t the Star Wars dress super fab???

Here in New York, the weather is turning absolutely marvelous.  Trees are starting to turn; I can wear a scarf when taking my morning walks.  I’m looking forward to some time wandering the streets soon . . .

Just a week more of crazy work!

What fun do you have planned for the week of Halloween?

Posted in New York, The Fashionable World

Marwari jewels

Vermillion Marwari

Vermillion Marwari—the pink details slay me

Hermès Marwari Shawl in Vermillion/Cobalt/Brun

Hermès Marwari Shawl in Vermillion/Cobalt/Brun

A close up of the central Marwari horse

A close up of the central Marwari horse

Given how much time can pass between AA posts these days, some posts just need to revel in beauty.  If you’ve been following the thread at the Purse Forum about the Hermès F/W 2014 scarves and shawls, you’ve seen how fully the Marwari design has captured my focus this season.  If not, then prepare yourself.  It’s a stunning display of color . . .

The most recent piece has been the Vermillion Marwari shawl.  I don’t think there’s a more perfect shawl for me in existence.  In every way, it fits me—my complexion, my adoration of Rajasthan, my wardrobe.  It’s the sort of piece that makes me wonder if I could throw everything out and live simply in it.

It also created a devastating revelation: Hermès cashmere shawls give me hives.  Okay, not hives—but certainly red, itchy bumps.  This shawl was the worst of them, but it’s evident across the board that there’s something in the fixing of the dyes (or the dyes themselves) that are very irritating to my over-active, delicate skin.  After reaching out to other scarf owners, as well as visiting Hermès to ask in person, I took the plunge—or, rather, the shawls did, right into a bucket of water.  Washing them helped immensely, but what a fright!  It gives me pause about adding others as they remain slightly irritating some days . . .

The Marwari shawls: violet, vermillion, bleu roi, rose vif, and jaune vif

The Marwari shawls: violet, vermillion, bleu roi, rose vif, and jaune vif

Nonetheless, I adore these dearly and pull them out almost everyday.  Look at them!  How can one resist?

And the small collection of Mawari 90cm dip dyes: Bleu Pale, Vert Tilleul, & Grenadine

And the small collection of Mawari 90cm dip dyes: Bleu Pale, Vert Tilleul, & Grenadine

In fact, I think resistance can come only through another Marwari format: the 90cm silk dip dye.  I cannot describe the suede-like softness of these.  Words would fail.  So instead, I’ll indicate actions.  First, I brought back into my wardrobe the aubergine Brides de Gala dip dye that’s been at Jan’s Its-All-Goode for the past year—how fortunate for me it was one of only two scarves that didn’t find a new home.  Second, I also started collecting another design: Jungle Love.  That’s right. My scarf drawer has suddenly exploded with 90cm silk scarves.

They feel so good against the neck.  And the colors . . . I can match them with the shawls.  That way, my neck never need have red cashmere bumps again . . .

The final Marwari in my collection this season (so far?)—the bleu pale with mauve and bronze details (worn simply with a striped tee)

The final Marwari in my collection this season (so far?)—the bleu pale with mauve and bronze details (worn simply with a striped tee)

It’s rare that Hermès—or any fashion house—brings back our most favored design or piece.  I have three more Marwari pieces—nope, just two now, as I purchased the bleu roi shawl this Saturday—to see from this season, and then I’ll have considered them all.  I may—or may not—bring more into my closet.  I’ll have to see. I’m saying I’m finished now(!).  No matter what, I can’t imagine being more delighted than I am already.

Do you have a deeply held favorite design by a house, whether Hermès or another?

Posted in Hermès, Scarves