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February, 2009:

Cupcake Stimulus Package

I received such an overwhelming response to my “Buy Something Today” post that I thought it would be a good idea to do a follow up post. So many people reached out to thank me for the refreshing alternative to the media’s doom and gloom.

One young lady wrote to tell me how moved she was by my post. Despite not having much money to spend, she went right to her local bakery and bought a cupcake. Can you imagine if everyone went out and bought a cupcake? – 100’s of millions of dollars would flood into the economy- now THAT is a stimulus package!

I love the story. Pretty much everyone here can afford a cupcake. My point is, whether one is buying haute couture or a cupcake it is all about spending something within our means – keeping people in their jobs, shops open, etc. Collectively we can definitely make a difference. I would really like to dispel the notion once and for all that spending, shopping, decorating etc. is somehow insensitive, inappropriate or vulgar!

Let’s get happy now! Let’s enjoy ourselves, splurge a little, have some fun – enough of all this dreariness – it is sooo boring. The better it gets the better it gets!

Here I am at the fabulous Billy’s Bakery paying homage to the fantastic cupcake story, and wearing an impossibly cheerful, happy colors, to strike an over the top upbeat note – pale mint green velvet jacket by Gucci, yellow cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, lavender silk tie by Charvet, vintage moonstone cuff links at Ralph Lauren, pocket square in lavender Glenn plaid by Tom Ford, sand corduroy pants and python loafers both by Gucci.

Summer House

Summer House is one of the new collections from Ralph Lauren Home. With a nod to Cecil Beaton’s “My Fair Lady,” the Summer House collection has patterns with names like “Regent Park floral” (a Beaton inspired water color floral-Cecil), Dandy, Fairlady, Ascot, and Eliza.” The collection evokes a sense of English garden party glamor, capturing the “Ascot” scene from “My Fair Lady.” I could see this elegant crisp white and cornflower blue collection working well in the Hamptons, the South of France, or simply for a “summer in the city” look. While working with Ralph Lauren I create and installed many Lauren rooms, and I still get requests quite often to replicate these marvelous designs. Here I’m studying a room for a potential client.

I’m wearing an olive nylon box quilted jacket with brown suede trim by Gucci, heavy knit brown wool sweater and teal silk russian floral shirt both by Gucci, Michael Kors cashmere thermal knit shirt, grey flannel pants by Gucci, Lanvin tealy turquoise suede sneakers, brown suede glove by Sermoneta, brown suede and leather satchel by Gucci, and glasses by Tom Ford.

The Decorative Carpet

A Decorative carpet is really like a painting for the floor, and helps to set the tone for a room. When I’m in the market for a carpet with character and personality I always head to Galerie Shabab. On a recent visit there I came across this fabulous Deco carpet with a beautiful Japanese scenic motif. The colors are fabulous – in a more traditional setting I would pull some of these really pale lavenders and corals and mix in some subtle patterns and stripes. In a more contemporary environment, I would make the room about the carpet, using it with a more neutral palette and a few pops of color taken from the carpet as accents.

I am wearing a modern Gianni Agnelli style mix of checks and plaid. Gucci black wool flannel peaked lapel jacket, dark green, white and black bold plaid cotton shirt, black and white wool houndstooth pants and silver chain link belt, Tom Ford black and white silk pocket square, dark green leather gloves by Sermoneta, and black leather “Windsor” loafers by Yves Saint Laurent.