Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas in New York 2017: Tiffany & Co.

Detail of a Tiffany & Co. window, November 2017.

What a difference another year makes! Last year when I wanted to see the holiday windows at Tiffany & Co. I had to have a NYPD cop let me past the barricade and escort me to the windows since Trump had just been elected, Trump Tower is next door to Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue, and the entire block was swarmed with police and the Secret Service, some of them in full military gear and carrying machine guns.

At 57th Street and 5th Avenue. So much better than in 2016!

Not this year my friends! I went on a cold Tuesday night and I had the place to myself! The cement barricades are still up but I did not see one police officer, there were no tourists around taking selfies in front of Trump Tower, or any reporters doing live broadcasts either.

So it is back to jewelry heaven at Tiffany!

These windows are somewhat more whimsical than last year but I loved the color palette they used and of course the jewelry was spectacular. I read on the Tiffany & Co. website that the windows were an ode to Gene Moore, the famous window designer who worked for Tiffany and created some of their most iconic window scenes.

Not easy to see at first but he is chipping away at something. What is it...?

Look closely and you will see a Jean Schlumberger “Bird on a Rock” brooch!

It seems that Tiffany finds a way to incorporate a “Bird on a Rock” brooch every year in their displays. It is always a treat to see.

One of Jean Schlumberger’s most iconic designs for Tiffany & Co. I never get tired of it!

Love the romance of this vignette.

Men at work!

A Tiffany Key necklace at the opening of the safe.

I love this peek into a Tiffany safe, featuring a Tiffany Key necklace of white and yellow diamonds, the chandelier just behind it, and all those tiny Tiffany blue boxes!

Now that’s what I call a haul!

A hand truck full of Tiffany boxes and gems!

And what is he fishing for?

These! (I would be too.)

I think my absolute favorite scene this year has to be the one featuring Jean Schlumberger clips in one of the windows on the 57th Street side of the store. And of course that starfish reminds me of Babe Paley, who wore hers with such panache in the 1960s.

Babe Paley wearing her Schlumberger Starfish clip in 1962. Photo from the Tiffany & Co. website.

Rings in a silver nest!

This handwoven nest is made of sterling silver, comes with three Tiffany Blue porcelain eggs, and is $10,000! I love it as part of the window display. And the rings are divine.

Just gorgeous!

If you get a chance to see the windows I always advise to go during a week night and the later the better so there won’t be a big crowd! Tiffany keeps the jewelry in their windows all night long and you can appreciate the colors in each scene so much better at night.

Let me know if you have a favorite among these displays!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

On My Mind: High Jewelry, Melania’s Diamonds, and Thanksgiving Preparations

A stunning Bulgari Serpenti watch in the boutique windows on 57th Street, October 2017.

Is it just me or is it a great time to be into jewelry? Last month was the Cartier high jewelry exhibit at the Cartier Mansion at 52nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Bulgari’s flagship boutique on Fifth Avenue in NYC reopened their doors (I need to make a visit, who’s with me?), and Van Cleef & Arpels is in town this month with not only an exhibit based on the animals of “Noah’s Ark” but a couple of their “Evening Conversations” that I love. And that does not include all the fabulous window displays on Fifth Avenue from all the big jewelry houses, or the auction previews around town! I have been in high jewelry heaven lately, which is a pretty nice place to be, I have to say.

A beautiful butterfly brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels in the Fifth Avenue windows.

Love that Melania gets so much wear out of her big diamond studs! AFP/Getty Images photo.

I saw the pictures coming out of Japan of Melania’s clothing selections during Trump’s state trip to Asia and I approve of all of them. I think her stylist, HervĂ© Pierre, is doing a great job (if he is helping her pick out these clothes). I am loving her big diamond princess-cut stud earrings. She wore them during the Inauguration too. They are reminding me that, while long earrings can be fun and dramatic, you can never go wrong with diamond studs, the bigger the better!

From another angle. Big diamonds go with everything! AFP/Getty Images photo.

I need to channel this babe on Thanksgiving Day!

I am trying to be proactive about T-Day preps around here. I read a great blog post by Danielle Steel about accepting your holidays, who will be around, and who won’t, and not getting upset about any of it, and I have decided she is right—and is a sage. I can’t seem to find the exact post since I have been bouncing around reading different ones, but this post she did on Thanksgiving last year is a pretty good one too. This is what my Thanksgiving Day will look like: coffee, followed by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV (I can’t imagine ever attending this in person, I do not like crowds), getting the turkey in the oven, watching the National Dog Show on TV with my son (we’ve done this for the past two years and loved it), then cooking cooking and more cooking. I hope to have some prosecco before dinner and to get dinner on the table with no tears (I have had crying breakdowns over Thanksgiving cooking). I give up on wishing we could be with more family over the holidays. Some people are physically unable to travel, others just don’t want to, and still others don’t get along and there have been relationship breakdowns. I am working hard to accept this reality and won’t pine for anything else anymore.

I love to watch Ina Garten make anything, even a cocktail, because her style relaxes me far more than any other famous cook, so to get ready for the big day I think I will watch her Thanksgiving DVD!

On Thanksgiving, I want to look as calm and happy and in control as Ina does here!

Let me know if you are having any high jewelry moments, what you think about gigantic diamond studs, or how you prepare for Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jenna Dewan Tatum in a Blazer

Jenna Dewan Tatum. Photo by

Actress Jenna Dewan Tatum, who is married to hottie Channing Tatum, looks so fresh and modern in her white blazer. I love it with the lace camisole underneath and the wide-leg cropped trousers and strappy heels! And with that sly smile on her face (and great hair!), she looks like a lady with a secret.

This outfit seems like the perfect transitional one for the weird weather we have been having in NYC—warm one day, chilly the next, then right back to warm. I read that the New York Times called it “Hotumn,” which makes me laugh. It’s so true! Is this happening where you are too?

Unfortunately, because of unexpected circumstances, Adrienne and I have to push November’s “How I Wear My” to December, but let Jenna’s stylish take on the blazer be your friendly reminder that we would still love to see how you wear that wardrobe essential! Send photos to us at by December 4, 2017 and be sure to include a description of your outfit, which we will use directly in our posts.