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Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift 2014

Monica Rich Kosann | Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift

A trip to a 500 year old stone cutting town in Germany to design your very own one of a kind locket- sounds like what would happen in one jewelry lover’s wildest dreams. This past year, we were able to make this dream a reality with Neiman Marcus to create this one of a kind experience as one of their Fantasy Gifts last year.

Take a peek into the luxurious itinerary our fantasy gift customer's experience... A three day trip to Germany to design a one of a kind locket with Monica Rich Kosann.
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Monica's New Year's Resolutions

Monica's New Year's Resolutions

The new year has come and gone, and resolutions have been made (and probably already broken). In light of 2014, Monica Rich Kosann gave us a list of her personal resolutions for this year. Hopefully she has more self-discipline than the rest of us...

1. To try and take a deep breath everyday, a few times a day. Breathing is important!

2. To try not to hunch while sitting at the computer.

3. To go to more museums and art galleries

4. To stop eating too much chocolate (This will be a tough one...)

5. To go slower.

6. To try and give back more

7. To organize all of my inspirational tear sheets and scribbles so that I can actually use them.

8. To try and not always talk about business with my husband at dinner.

9. To clean out all my closets and get rid of anything I haven't worn in the past two years!

10. To actually read all of my beautiful coffee table books.

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Monica's Famous Sweet Potato Pie

Thanksgiving Recipe: Monica's Famous Sweet Potato Pie

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we've already started cooking. Monica's favorite Thanksgiving recipe - also her speciality - is her famous Sweet Potato Pie. Today she shares the recipe with us; we highly recommend this quick and easy crowd pleaser for your Thanksgiving table.

1/2 - 1 pound sweet potatoes: cooked, peeled, and mashed (The trick is to use real sweet potatoes. Canned won't taste the same)

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1 egg yolk beaten

5 tablespoons butter, melted

3 eggs

1/4 cup dark corn syrup

1 frozen pie shell, defrosted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine sweet potatoes in a large bowl with 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolk, and a tablespoon of butter. Beat until smooth. Then pour the mixture into the pie shell and set aside.

Beat the three eggs until frothy. Mix the remaining sugar, butter, and syrup until combined. Pour over the sweet potatoes filling.

Bake for approximately 90 minutes. Place the pie on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Then enjoy!

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A Possession Obsession: Linda Rodin

A Possession Obsession: Linda Rodin

Fashion icon Linda Rodin is the epitome of agelessness. Unbearably chic, her apartment is even more irresistible to walk through, as is her skincare line - Rodin Olio Lusso. We found her heirloom - a painting she inherited from her Mother hanging over her bed - and couldn't help but take an inside look at the tastemaker herself.

How did you come to own your heirloom? 

I inherited it from my Mother.

How do you live with your heirloom? 

It hangs above my bed.

Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste? 

My mother and my aunt.

Fill in the blank: Whenever I look at a ______ I can’t help but smile.

Winky, my doggie

What’s the best part of your day? 

Getting home after work and relaxing and not looking at my iPhone.

Describe your ideal day.  

Waking up around 11 am. Having a delicious cappuccino, walking around town with Winky, antiquing and taking it easy.

What is your favorite place to shop for antique/vintage pieces?

Anywhere and everywhere. A treasure is beckoning me from all sorts of places.

What was the most memorable gift you’ve ever given or received?  

My basset hound, Billy.

What was your last purchase that you believe will mean something to you ten years from now? 

A gold necklace I bought that says "Winky" in script.

*Photographed by Monica Rich Kosann

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A Possession Obsession: Nanette Lepore

A Possession Obsession: Nanette Lepore

Fashion designer Nanette Lepore's line is an expression of the woman behind it - eclectic, warm and whimsical. We were excited to take an inside look into her world with our column - A Possession Obsession. We weren't surprised when Lepore's possession was of the artistic persuasion; the designer is no doubt a worldly creative with the very best taste. Her treasure? A painting, done by her husband. Take a look inside...

How did you come to own your heirloom?

My husband painted it.

How do you live with your heirloom?

It's on a wall nearby.

Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste? 

My mom

Fill in the blank: Whenever I look at a _______ I can’t help but smile.

My daughter Violet's face.

What’s the best part of your day? 

A glass of wine at the kitchen table.

Describe your ideal day. 

Sleeping in, and waking up to my Hamptons view.

What is your favorite place to shop for antique/vintage pieces?

Clignancourt Market in Paris

What was the most memorable gift you’ve ever given or received?

A magnificent aquamarine bauble, which looks like the one from the movie Titanic.

What was your last purchase that you believe will mean something to you ten years from now? 

An oversized Romeo Gigli striped velvet coat from the eighties.

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My Favorite Things: Derek Blasberg

My Favorite Things: Derek Blasberg

Derek Blasberg reigns when it comes to fashion and 21st century etiquette. The fashion writer, editor and best-selling author has become the watchword on a number of culture topics. As Editor-at-large at Harper’s Bazaar, VMAN, and V Magazine, Derek has collaborated with seemingly every luminary in the industry including Karl Lagerfeld, David Bailey and Marilyn Minter. Here, Blasberg shares his favorite things with us...

Item I own that gets better with age: My Louis Vuitton luggage

Best vintage buy: An embroidered vintage Dior cummerbund. It is the one and only thing I ever bought on eBay.

Place I love to visit that’s rich in history: Paris. Always Paris.

My secret to looking timeless: When in doubt, wear a shirt with a collar.

Most powerful photo I’ve ever seen: Anything taken by Inez + Vinoodh.

Favorite vintage fashion trend: Men in hats.

Smell that makes me feel most nostalgic: CK One reminds me of my childhood.

What I’m currently coveting: Cartier watch.

Best advice I’ve ever received: "Rome wasn't built in a day."

Music that always takes me back: Johnny Cash, Ricky Martin and the Evita soundtrack.

Film that I can watch over and over again: Cabaret

Favorite family recipe: My family went out more than we cooked.

Blog I’m currently addicted to: Dlisted.com

I couldn’t live without: My dog, Monster

Words to dress by: "Feel good, look good."

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My Favorite Things: Chris Miller

My Favorite Things: Chris Miller

Chef/owner of Miller's Near and Far, Chris Miller grew up in the art world, ran a gallery, and was a fashion photographer before becoming a restaurateur. He's one of those chefs we were itching to talk to about all his favorite things, as we expected a delicious smorgasbord from different industries. Turns out, we were right...

Item I own that gets better with age: My leather jacket.

Best vintage buy on eBay: A 1971 Volkswagen van.

Place I love to visit that’s rich in history: The Museum of Natural History in New York City.

My secret to looking timeless: A white t-shirt.  

Most powerful photo I’ve ever seen: The photo of Tiananmen Square by Stuart Franklin of Magnum Photos in LIFE magazine, 1989. 

Best souvenir I’m glad I brought back home: I always take a ton of pictures. Those are my favorite souvenirs. 

Favorite vintage fashion trend: I like vintage sunglasses. 

Smell that makes me feel most nostalgic: Roast chicken

What I’m currently coveting: The new Tesla S electric car.

Best advice I’ve ever received:My uncle Dirk once told me, "The loneliest person in the room is a pretty girl."

Music that always takes me back: Old reggae like Desmond Dekker.

Film that I can watch over and over again: Blade Runner [featured above]

Favorite family recipe: My father used to make us lobster fra diavolo in the sumer.

Tastiest mom-and-pop shop that’s been feeding me for years: Old Stone Market in the spring.

Blog I’m currently addicted to: TheLovage.com

I couldn’t live without: My record collection.

Words to dress by: "Fashion fades, style is eternal." - Yves Saint Laurent

*Photo from Blade Runner 

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My Style, My Story: Rachel Antonoff

My Style, My Story: Rachel Antonoff

Like any great story, personal style includes journeys, tall tales, heroes, dreamers, life-altering experiences even. So when we ask you, What’s your personal style? we’re also asking…What’s your story? Designer Rachel Antonoff has one of those personalities that makes you want to make fast friends with her. On top of that, she has a quirky, adorable style that makes it almost impossible not to be curious about where she gets her inspiration from. We listened in on how Antonoff describes her personal style and what shaped it...

"I have two significant style memories of my mother. The first, Annie-red cinch bottom sweatpants. When I was in middle school, there was no such thing as 'chic' sweatpants. Sweatpants were just sweatpants and these were really shameless. Bright red, elastic in bad places and for some unknown reason, always one leg pushed up to mid calf like she was just coming from something strenuous and gross. She would sometimes wear them to take us to school and we thought it was hysterical. My other memory was, as she called it, a "chiquita banana" cocktail dress she wore to some fancy function, probably some kid's Bar Mitzvah in the city where the BM kid was carried in by the NY Knicks or something similarly ludicrous. Oh my god, this dress. It was a fitted mini, off the shoulder, black and COVERED WITH FRUIT. At least this is how I remember it. In this dress, hair piled on top of her head in an elaborate 'up-do', she was the coolest, most sophisticated thing I had ever seen.

One thing my mother and I share is an all or nothing approach to dressing. It's really either red sweatpants or cocktail attire for us, very little in between. I actually sort of admire this in myself and credit/appreciate her for it. This no-middle-ground tendency packs a sort of 'psych!' attitude, as you can really make an entrance at a party following months/years of friends seeing you exclusively in T-Shirts from Spencer's Gifts. Although more than the excitement of a good ta-da, what I really learned from @snufflesa is this: in period colored sweatpants and a bandana or an outrageous Pretty Woman-esque get up, she was always really, really pretty - and funny, cool, smart, bizarre, silly, etc. So while this feels strange to say when I have made fashion my life's work, she taught me that while clothes can be really fun, they aren't all that important."

-As told by Rachel Antonoff

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Wear Something Revealing: Ben Watts

Wear Something Revealing: Ben Watts

Fashion photographer Ben Watts has a wonderful sense of humor when it comes to life, style, and dressing. Case in point, his custom-made shark slippers, no doubt inspired by the massive party he throws every fourth of July - Shark Attack Sounds. Watts chatted with us on his slightly loud sense of style, his desire to walk on the moon, and the slippers that make his friends "jelly"...

The piece you own that says something about you…

My custom shark slippers. I love them and they are comfortable. They always get noticed.

Where did you get it? Where does it come from? 

I got them custom-made in Paris, although it's an English brand [Stubbs and Wooten]. They are kind of loud like me. They seem to get attention anyhow.

What does it reveal about you that most don’t know already?

Most people know I have a sense of humor, so these slippers are usually a lead-in to some sort of joke. Although, they are incredibly stylish...

The most memorable thing that happened to you while wearing them…

Every night ends up being memorable in one way or another, so it's too difficult to remember. Somebody once said they belonged to The Little Prince; another time a friend became extremely "jelly" of them and insisted on trying to stand on them. They were unharmed.

If you could wear it anywhere, where would it be?

I do wear them anywhere. I'd like to wear them in space. Perhaps walk on the moon wearing only them...

*Photographed by Danielle Kosann

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My Favorite Things: Jaqui Lividini

My Favorite Things: Jaqui Lividini

When it comes to fashion, Jaqui Lividini is the marketer and brand expert to the stars. Famous (among many other things) for repositioning and reinvigorating Lord & Taylor's brand, as well as introducing Jack Wills to the US and creating a global philanthropic initiative for Godiva, Lividini is a force to be reckoned with.

Her ever-growing company Lividini & Co. is responsible for the strategy, brand development and marketing of the biggest household names in retail. They also have a knack for turning emerging brands into household names. Lividini is also the expert home renovator; her blog on Traditional Home highlights her newest project - something we've unashamedly been following religiously! The ultra-chic Lividini let us in on some of her favorite things, all of which we'll be studying acutely...

Item I own that gets better with age: Everything

Best vintage buy: My 1901 Connecticut Shore Cottage

Place I love to visit that’s rich in history: Castine, Maine

My secret to looking timeless: Simplicity

Most powerful photo I’ve ever seen: Monica's first photo of Calliope - It blew me away.

Best souvenir I’m glad I brought back home: A vintage YSL Blouse from the Paris Flea Market.

Favorite vintage fashion trend: Lockets - I can't get enough!

Smell that makes me feel most nostalgic: BRUT (it reminds me of my high school boyfriends).

What I’m currently coveting: A Monica Rich Kosann Initial Locket

Best advice I’ve ever received: Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

Music that always takes me back: REM

Film that I can watch over and over again: Splendor in the Grass 

Favorite family recipe: My Mom's homemade Capeletti

Tastiest mom-and-pop shop that’s been feeding me for years: Marston House in Wiscasset, Maine. Feeding me amazing antiques!

I couldn’t live without: John and Calliope [My family]

Words to dress by: Timelessness

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