I do not own a TV so apart from Netflix my evenings home are spent reading cookbooks, fashion magazines, biographies, and novels. Some of the most enjoyable conversations I’ve had with friends are based on what we are currently reading. Following is what I am curling up with these days.
The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris by Alice Drake. An elegant account of the decades long rivalry between Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. My fashion-minded friend Crista has shared some terrific books with me over the years with this being no exception.
A signed copy of The Widow Cliquot, which I picked up at the Market Basket in Rockport, ME. The story of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, the woman who built a champagne empire.
Alabama Chanin Stitch Book, because I am stitching the Bloomers Reverse Applique Swing Skirt from the book.
Vogue (I’ve subscribed for years), Lula, and Harper’s Bazaar UK edition.
From the Boston Public Library Napoleon in Egypt by Paul Strathern about Napoleon Bonaparte’s ambitious military campaign at the age of 28 to establish an Eastern empire in emulation of Alexander the Great.
For a bit of atmosphere I have 2 Note Botanical Perfumery’s Parita candle. I love the subtle scent of Geranium, Patchouli and Eucalyptus. Check out their travel-friendly 3 ounce size.