July 2020

Vosges Chocolate, $37-$43


Vosges Chocolate

My favorite chocolates are anything from Vosges. Their incredible truffles are presented in beautiful purple boxes.

This chic and delicious line is known for combining rare spices and flowers into their exotic chocolates.

Three outstanding choices:

truffle collection heart box for $43

exotic carmel collection for $37

organic candybar library for $37

D.V. by Diana Vreeland, $14.10

d.v.The autobiography of the grand dame of American fashion—think Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute—is filled with her obsessions in high and low fashion (she loved pink poodles); personal eccentricities (she had her maid iron her money every morning); and classic quotes like, “Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola,” and “pink is the navy blue of India.”

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A Model Summer by Paulina Porizkova, $14.95

a-model-summerThis debut novel, by the 1980s supermodel and wife of rocker Ric Ocasek, provides a first-hand glimpse into the sometimes shocking world of modeling. You will gasp as the heroine, at age 15, learns to sleep with photographers to secure jobs; wince when the tungsten lights turn her eyes bright red and bloody; and mourn as she loses the few people she trusts. The book is clearly written by someone who knows the industry well. It is also, for all its juicy subject matter, a surprisingly poetic tale.

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Diptyque Mini Box Candle Set, $84

diptyque-mini-box-candle-setIf you crave a more traditional type of lighting, look no further than the classic and elegant Diptyque set of candles. These three aromatic candles promise to add a subtle glow to any room.

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Front Row: Anna Wintour: What Lies Beneath the Chic Exterior of Vogue’s Editor in Chief by Jerry Oppenheimer, $11.67

anna-wintourThere are magazine editors, and there is Anna Wintour. This (unauthorized) biography of the famous—and infamous—editrix contains everything that Lauren Weisberger didn’t tell you. You’ll learn about Wintour’s schoolgirl years; her rarely discussed time at Viva (a competitor of Playgirl); and precisely how long she’s been sporting her trademark bob and sunglasses.

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The Chargepod, $79.95

chargepodThe Chargepod can charge up to six different cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras, phone headsets, and MP3 players with one primary base, utilizing one outlet.

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Faith Neon Light Sculpture

faith-neon-lightThe holiday lights may only shine for a brief time, but the Faith neon light sculpture by Tapp Franke will light up your home all year round.

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The Meaning of Sunglasses: And a Guide to Almost All Things Fashionable by Hadley Freeman, $4.44

the-meaning-of-sunglassesThis hilarious guide, written by the deputy fashion editor of the Guardian, explains the meaning (hidden and otherwise) behind every chic item in a wardrobe. The dry humor and clever quips will have you looking anew at everything from florals to footwear. And pay particular attention to the short chapters, “Logos: the bleating of the insecure” and “Hair Extensions, and when you realize you no longer understand the young.”

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The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris by Alicia Drake, $21.04

the-beautiful-fallDo you think the world of fashion today is decadent? It will seem tame after reading this nonfiction work, which chronicles the adventures of a young Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent as they triumphantly take the reins of Chanel and Dior in the 1970s.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, $10.88

breakfast-at-tiffanysThere is no more iconic fashion novel than Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and there is no more perfect fashion icon than the inimitable Holly Golightly. You will want to don a little black dress of your own, perhaps paired with a Tiffany’s bauble, as soon as you finish this classic.

Purchase Breakfast at Tiffany’s.