Vanity Fair published their annual Style Issue this month. I’ve been a VF subscriber since I was a Junior at Texas A&M University and, despite the fact that I pretty much think Graydon Carter must be off his meds every. single. month. when writing his “Letter from the Editor”, I continue to subscribe. The articles are entertaining and typically long enough that I don’t feel like I’m in it for the long haul like I am with 11/22/63, the 800+ page Stephen King tome I’m currently trudging through, but short enough that I can finish them before the end of times.
The first thing I flip to when I get my bright, shiny new Vanity Fair each month is the “My Stuff” section. I’m not only a major sucker for lists, but also love seeing which products the exotic non-celebrity chanteuses they feature use; sometimes I can actually afford some of them and occasionally I am already using them. Supermodel work!
In honor of said VF Style Issue, which features tiny little lists categorized for each honoree, I’ve decided to make my own “My Stuff” list so I can pretend someone actually cares which shampoo I use and what non-existent china is my favorite. In reality, I know they do not care, but a girl can always dream. Herein, my stuff.
Where do you live: Houston. Toronto before.
Favorite art museum: Musee d’Orsay and the Menil
Sheets: Discontinued Chris Madden from JCP. I’m a linens snob and, trust me, they’re some of the best there ever were.
Luggage: I’ve been traveling for 15+ years with my trusty tweed Hartmann
China: Um, none unless Crate and Barrel and Mexican Talavera count
Pets: a 14-pound Tabby cat and myriad foster dogs
Favorite flowers: pink peonies
Favorite gadget: my iPhone, without a doubt. I have a kinship with my phone.
Favorite neighborhood restaurant: Brasserie 19
Favorite drink: Caffeine Free Diet Coke over ice
Favorite cocktail: Maker’s Press
Favorite dessert: Chocolate creme brulee
Stationery: monogrammed William Arthur
Favorite app: Instagram
Top three DVR’d shows: Breaking Bad, CBS This Morning, Game of Thrones
Lipstick: Paul & Joe Beaute’ No. 204
Shampoo: Frederic Fekkai Color Care
Perfume: On the rare occasion I wear it, Coco Chanel Mademoiselle
Toothpaste: Colgate 2-in-1 Kids Strawberry. Fact: I hate mint-flavored anything, including toothpaste.
Soap: H20 Sea Moss and Thymes Lavender
Nail polish: I collect nail polish, but my latest go-to is Butter London Kerfuffle. And Chanel Rouge Noir, always.
Highlights: Vikki at Beautique
Facials: Trellis Spa at the Houstonian
Jeans: J Brand 818 Mid Rise Slim Bootcut and Gap Skinny (with stretch!)
Underwear: Hanky Panky
T-shirt: Gap Essential
Watch: J Crew Timex vintage field
Favorite accessories: a Tiffany silver hook and eye bracelet, my first “big” purchase when I got my first paycheck out of university
Favorite designers: Alice Temperley, Chanel and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Favorite places to shop: Henri Bendel, Bloomingdales and Target
Boots: my very-worn Lucchese “Cowgirl” full quill ostrich square toe with metallic top
Flats: Elaine Turner “Liz” python
Heels: LK Bennett “Harper High” and hot pink Topshop wedges
Sneakers: Asics Gel-Nimbus 14 and pink Chuck Taylors
Favorite day bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy 35 in brown Damier
Favorite evening bag: my grandmother’s monogrammed clutch
Who inspires you: my parents, who worked for everything they have, and Mary Tipton, who rescues animals like a boss
Favorite charity: K-9 Angels Rescue
Favorite movie: Moonstruck
Favorite place in the worldl: Toronto and Vail, Colorado
Favorite hotel: Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch
Favorite colors: Black, blue, and pink
Fashion idol: Selma Blair