Vintage TWA pamphlets: Your First Flight, Climates & Clothes, and Traveling With Tots
“Wear your best—simple but smart suits and dresses. For evenings on the town, a cocktail dress or basic sheath will be right. Wardrobes lean to the dark side, gloves are always worn and during day hours, a few women wear hats.” Advice about what to wear in New York from Mary Gordon, TWA Travel Advisor, 1968.
Fabrics from Brunschwig & Fils, Waverly, and Kaffee Fassett
For my sister Louisa, a gift from the fruits of my colossal fabric collection. The full reveal after the jump.
Clinton St. near Pacific, Brooklyn
Santa window, Aunt Sadie’s, Boston
Years of editing magazine gift guides had me thinking that holiday gifts take just three shapes: cashmere, scented candles, and whimsical tableware. Well-trained, I asked for—and received—one of those from Greg. My gifts to him are less conventional, always handmade, and sometimes unwearable. Click the jump for 2008’s cringe-y offering.
Ice storm, Ashburnham, Mass; photo by Bettyna Donelson
When the writing and crafting starts making me feel like a hobbit, I hit the streets with New York Magazine’s Jonah Green to film Look Book videos for nymag.com. We loiter around Union Square, leering at pedestrians and muttering ‘what about her?’ and ‘how ‘bout him?’ until we attack the subject with our pitch: tell us about your personal style. On camera. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but we always learn interesting things. Here’s Jermaine. For more Video Look Books, go here.
Care of Ace Jet 170
A nativity of biblical proportions
Somehow the bejeweled Magi upstaged the Rockettes’ flawless 36-woman kick-line at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Left: Benjamin Moore Clearspring Green, HC-128
The plan to coat my apartment’s entire foyer with green chalkboard paint didn’t pan out. The cans I bought were gritty, gloopy, and downright ornery. And, being oil-based, fumey. I endured applying two coats of chalkboard paint to the sliding closet doors (right) and dipped the rest of the entryway in Benjamin Moore’s Clearspring Green in satin finish (left), a complementary hue that feels very English-manor. Click the jump to see the chalkboard doors in action.
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