Central Park, January 2015
The weather in New York has been freezing cold this week as I've been working on Fall 2015. The snow on the ground hasn't yet melted which makes the park such a beautiful place to visit to get inspired and feel creative.
Central Park January 1, 2015
Happy New Year! Wishing you all of the joy and happiness in the world for 2015!
This week on Wynne's World, we meet my beautiful friend Ann Caruso
. Ann is a top celebrity stylist and one of my favorite shopping companions. She is always good company, has a great eye and finds the chicest items. Her look is consistently polished, elegant and classic. Here she shares with us her favorite picks for the holiday season. (More information on Ann can be found on anncaruso.com
HOLIDAY STYLE: For day, I'm always wearing my Heidi Wynne cashmere wraps. (Ann has the Isabelle Wrap in Navy, Black and Dark Camel and the Bella Wrap in Black) Loving my Common Projects silver sneakers that add a little flash with jeans, a button down shirt, and a cashmere sweater. Dior Tribales or Mise en Dior earrings to dress up any outfit. For evening I plan on wearing outfits like a Dolce & Gabbana lace pants with a matching black cardigan with diamanté buttons.
Dior Tribales or Mise en Dior Earrings, Heidi Wynne Isabelle Wrap, Common Projects Sneakers
HOLIDAY BEAUTY: A Tracie Martyn Red Carpet Facial is a must. Loving just an eyeliner, Nars Larger than Life, and a lipstick, Tom Ford Pink Dusk.
Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner, Tracie Martyn Salon, Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick
HOLIDAY PLANS: Visiting all of the Holiday Windows at Harry Winston, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdales, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Also, visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful places in New York City. It’s all about family and friends over the holidays and getting rejuvenated for the next year. I will spend time with my family and spend a few days at a spa retreat.
Harry Winston, The Manger at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Bergdorf Goodman
HOLIDAY GIFTS: Books include Richard Mishaan’s Modern Luxury and Assouline’s Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table. Linnea’s Lights Soy Candles make a nice holiday gift as well as Heidi Wynne's Cashmere Wraps.
Modern Luxury, Linnea's Lights Soy Candle, Valentino At the Emperor's Table
HOLIDAY CHARITY: You Can Thrive. You Can Thrive has effectively addressed the need for free and low-cost preventative support services and long- term survivorship tools for breast cancer survivors. More information can be found here: Youcanthrive.org
This week on Wynne's World, the designer shares her favorite picks for holiday style and holiday gifts.
HOLIDAY STYLE: During the holiday season, I wear the Isabelle wrap in a bold, festive color like cherry red or bright plum. For day, I pair the cherry red Isabelle with my Alexandra Crewneck in Heather Grey and my J Brand black leather pants. For holiday parties I either wear a little black dress by Narciso Rodriguez (pictured above) or if it is very chilly I wear my long, cozy Alessandra Cashmere Sweater Dress (currently sold out).
HOLIDAY BEAUTY: Lately I’ve been into natural products and my skin is responding well. Tracie Martyn's Enzyme Exfoliant is incredible as it tightens pores and leaves my skin glowing. For day I wear Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream from The Organic Pharmacy in the West Village. It is lightweight yet hydrating. Indie Lee’s lavender chamomile moisturizing oil is wonderful for dry winter skin.
Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant, Indie Lee Oil, Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream
For holiday parties I either do a smoky eye with a pale lip or a red lip with bone shadow. Tom Ford's Eyeshadow Quad in Titanium Smoke is a holiday favorite with Dior Lip Addict in Beige Casual 222. For a red lip I use Nars Audacious Lipstick in Rita, a Scarlet Red, with Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Bone 01.
Dior Lip Addict, Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad, Nars Audacious Lipstick
HOLIDAY DECORATING: This year I will pick up a holiday wreath from Gracious Home and a small tree which will be decorated with ornaments from Bergdorf Goodman and Gracious Home. I light a scented holiday candle from Nest, also available at Gracious Home.
Bergdorf Goodman Ornaments, Gracious Home Cedar Pine Mix Wreath, Nest Holiday Candle
HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING: This is my favorite time of year for hosting dinner parties. I serve fresh bread from Maison Kaysor or Agata & Valentina and an arugula salad with cranberries and walnuts, a white bean puree with thyme, garlic and olive oil, fresh bucatini cacio e pepe or roast chicken with rosemary. Dessert is either or freshly baked white chocolate chip cookies or fudge brownies with vanilla ice cream. I prefer simple, hearty meals during this season.
HOLIDAY GIFTS: For a hostess gift I like a scented candle. I have the Malin & Goetz Lavender Candle from the Lovely Diaries and will give the new Vetiver scent as a gift. A classic Dyptique in Baies is always appreciated.
Malin + Goetz Vetiver Candle
For Christmas or Hanukkah, the men in my life receive the Isabelle Wrap. It is unisex and the navy, black, grey and forest green are all masculine colors. For women I like to give the Sebastian V-Neck in camel, black or heather grey because the fit and colors are very classic.
Heidi Wynne Grey Isabelle Wrap, Dark Camel Sebastian V-Neck, Black Isabelle Wrap
Many of my friends went to Yale and I will give them the Kale sweatshirt by Suburban Riot. It was designed by my incredibly talented friend Janie Marshall and happens to be one of Beyoncé's favorites (can't argue with that!). Another favorite designer of mine is Jessie Johnson of I Am Jessie Johnson Jewelry. Her work is unique and very personal. Each piece is custom made in Los Angeles and reflects her bohemian spirit. For friends or relatives who enjoy travel I will give my luxury travel set which includes a cashmere wrap, cashmere eye mask and cashmere travel pouch. The wrap is so cozy and warm and can be used in place of the airline blankets.
Suburban Riot Kale Sweatshirt, I Am Jessie Johnson God of the Sea Earrings, Luxury Travel Set
Dylan's Candy Bar makes wonderful holiday gifts for children. I will give my niece and nephews candy with their names printed on the packaging or the Gingerbread Mansion. A nice gift for grownups is the Mercury Glass Tea Light Collection from the Lovely Diaries. Tea lights scattered throughout a home add a festive touch to a New Year's party and can be used year round.
Dylan's Candy Bar Gingerbread Mansion, Lovely Diaries Mercury Glass Tea Light Collection
Autumn is my favorite season and one of the best places to experience it is New York. The leaves on the trees in Central Park are beginning to turn and the air is crisp and cool. Here are a few recent photos of the season.
Central Park near the Boathouse
Pumpkins at an Upper East Side Bodega
More Pumpkins, Gourds and Autumn Flowers
My dog, Jason, the Elliott Shoulder Bag and Olivia Cashmere Crewneck
This week on Wynne's World we meet Bela Shehu, the incredibly talented Philadelphia based designer and founder of NINObrand,
who shares her favorite things. Bela's exquisite designs are available on ninobrand.com
and by appointment in her Rittenhouse Atelelier, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NINObrand Drew White Denim Pant, Annabelle Black Tank Long Dress, Neel Dropped Crotch Trouser
WARDROBE STAPLES: I live in NINObrand. I wear, love, criticize, correct, admire, enjoy my pieces all day, everyday. The beautiful thing about being a designer is that there is no bad outfit ever. All the pieces and proportions I play with daily are always informative and inspiring to me. As the days get colder though I've been in my Dries oxfords a lot since they go so well with my NINObrand Drew dark denim trousers and my new Heidi Wynne favorite heather grey cashmere Sebastian v-neck. There is a fair amount of head gear in the fall rotation as well.
American Gods, How Yoga Works, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology
CURRENTLY READING: I'm juggling between three books now depending on the mood. American Gods when I'm at my boyfriend's then How Yoga Works and Objectivist Epistemology when at my place because time alone must not be taken lightly.
Cold Spring Harbor
FALL TRAVEL DESTINATION: I just came back from a mini vacation in Cold Spring Harbor which was so lovely. Visiting my parents in Brussels is always a Fall favorite as well
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, Kiehl's Eye Cream, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS: I'm very utilitarian so my to go products are the P50 toner from Biologique Recherche, sun tan moisturizer and eye cream from Kiehl's, and Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer
MUSIC PLAYLIST: Chet Faker, Olafur Arnalds, Rufus du sol, Angus & Julia Stone, Austra and so much more
FASHION ICON: Rei Kawakubo
Red Farm, New York, NY
Cafe Sardine, Montreal, Canada
FAVORITE RESTAURANTS: As of recent, RedFarm in the West Village and Café Sardine in Montreal
New York, NY
FAVORITE CITY: New York City
FAVORITE COCKTAIL: The Sazerac at Vernick in Rittenhouse, Philadelphia
FAVORITE DESSERT: Capogiro Gelato
FAVORITE MEAL: Home cooked organic meal
With the exception of one beautiful long weekend in Amagansett, I took a break from the Hamptons and spent most of the summer upstate near Hudson, NY in a little town called Philmont. After falling in love with the area, I decided to start the process of finding a weekend home. Rolling hills, farmland, fresh air, organic produce from the local farmers markets and friendly people are just a few of the many things that make the Hudson Valley so wonderful. Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Claverack are nearby and the area attracts artists, musicians and craftspeople. The challenge is selecting a town because they all have so much to offer.
Warren Street in the town of Hudson
There are numerous antiques shops on Warren Street and the Face Stockholm store sells vintage clothing and accessories in addition to their natural line of makeup and skincare. After spending a day shopping and exploring the town we stumbled into an excellent restaurant called Ca'Mea and enjoyed homemade ravioli and linguine and clams. For dessert we stopped into an adorable little ice cream shop called Lick which serves ice cream made in the Hudson Valley.
Lick on Warren Street in Hudson
Another selling point: The city of Hudson has an Amtrak station and the trip is just under two hours from Penn Station. Be sure to check out the soon to launch hudsonlifestyle.com
for more information on the Hudson Valley. In the meantime you can follow them on Instagram at Instagram.com/hudsonlifestyle
Our rental home in Philmont, NY
Hudson Opera House on Warren Street
Foley & Cox Home, Cafe Le Perche, Swoon Kitchenbar on Warren Street
A friend's barn in Red Hook, NY
A friend's pond in Red Hook, NY
Alexandra Crewneck, Isabelle Wrap, Sebastian V-Neck
This fall we are loving cashmere staples in dark camel, black and heather grey. A camel cashmere crew neck with black skinny jeans and a grey cashmere wrap or a grey cashmere v-neck with a black pencil skirt and a camel cashmere wrap, this color combination is classic yet looks fresh and modern.
Classic linen shirt, Montauk cowboy hat, Isabella wrap
We are marking the beginning of summer with comfortable, casual classics like our white linen shirt, Montauk raffia cowboy hat, Isabella lightweight cashmere wrap, Avery striped boatneck, Palm Beach hobo and our classic white Rachel cotton tank. Happy Memorial Day!
Avery boatneck, Palm Beach hobo, Rachel tank
This week in Wynne’s World, we meet the gorgeous and talented New York based Filmmaker Shruti Rya Ganguly, who shares her favorite things.
Helmut Lang Trench, Giullietta Dress, Heidi Wynne Isabella Wrap
WARDROBE STAPLES: Tailored, patterned, comfortable, collared and colorful tend to describe my favorite pieces - from a Suno shirt I bought recently in San Francisco to a canary yellow Giulietta dress, from a pair of beige harem pants from FabIndia to a light grey Helmut Lang trench coat I've had forever. I’m looking forward to wearing my new Heidi Wynne Isabella cashmere wrap this spring and summer, especially when I travel.
CURRENTLY READING: I'm always reading a few things at a given time. Right now, I have Michael Hainey's After Visiting Friends, to a book on foragers in NYC, called Eat the City, to a book called Clearance and Copyright, which is a handy book for filmmakers.
SUMMER TRAVEL DESTINATION: I love going home to Oman or to India.
Clarins, Nars, Maybelline
FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS: Clarins Multi Active Jour Moisturizer and Sunscreen, my Nars Jungle Red lipstick, Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Mascara, and Parachute Extra Nourishment Hair Cream
MUSIC PLAYLIST: I'm really into Kygo's remixes of Ed Sheeran and Passenger, the new CiboMatto album, and then I always have Patti Smith's cover of "After the Gold Rush" (originally by Neil Young) on repeat!
FASHION ICON: Katharine Hepburn
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Eleven Madison Park or Blaue Gans in NYC. But really, the food I get at home in Oman may be my favorite!
Tokyo, Muscat, Rome
TO VISIT: Tokyo or Paris
TO LIVE: NYC
TO GROW UP IN: Muscat, Oman
TO EXPLORE: Medellin, in Colombia
TO GET LOST IN: Rome
Nutella Crepes, Paloma Cocktail, Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
SUMMER COCKTAIL: A Paloma cocktail... to balance all the Manhattans I drink in the winter!
FAVORITE DESERT: NUTELLA crepes
FAVORITE MEAL: A spicy fried chicken sandwich