Sophie Donelson blog archive

December 2008

Gifts 2008: Flying High, 1968

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.

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Gifts 2008: Sewing Redemption

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.

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Video Look Book: Alison Nix

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Weekend Palette

Clinton St. near Pacific, Brooklyn

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Gifts 2008: The Good, the Bad, and the Unwearable

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.

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Weekend Palette

Ice storm, Ashburnham, Mass; photo by Bettyna Donelson

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Video Look Book: Jermaine Browne

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 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.

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Love Letter: Ace Jet 170

Care of Ace Jet 170

A Belfast blog that makes stamp collecting look downright sexy.

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A Christmas Miracle

A nativity of biblical proportions

Somehow the bejeweled Magi upstaged the Rockettes’ flawless 36-woman kick-line at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

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DIY: The Green Room

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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Love Letter: Paper Source


Welcome to Love Letter an unabashed, wholehearted endorsement of products, places, people, and more. Up first: Paper Source. New York City has many things but it does not have Neiman Marcus, Baja Fresh, or Paper Source. Pity!

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About Sophie Donelson

A content creator, strategist and creative mind. Head over to my LinkedIn profile to learn more about my experience or drop me a line at sophie (at) sophiedonelson (dot) com.

Selected articles by Sophie Donelson

High Country
House Beautiful, February 2011

Living Large
Martha Stewart Living, September 2010

Gilty Pleasures
Manhattan, July-August 2010

Room Mates
Manhattan, May-June 2010

Oh So L.A. — For Better and For Worse
Globe & Mail (Toronto), May 1, 2010