Issue No. 10 November 2011
At Home with the Spades
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tHe matchbook GIRL ...
always says yes to seconds does her holiday shopping online while in her pjs rises early to watch the Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade challenges her family to a game of flag football knows a mug of hot apple cider can cure just about everything postmarks her holiday cards with vintage stamps. dusts off her ice skates for a seasonal trip to the rink is thankful for her fellow Matchbook girls (lifelong kindred spirits!)
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Datebook: November A Note from Katie + Jane Editorâ€™s Wish Lists
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Matchbook visits Kate and Andy Spade at their Park Avenue apartment.
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cozy up to winter
Directory Whatâ€™s In Your Bag?
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history lesson 22 24
Portrait of a Lady: Zora Neale Hurston Ten Things you didnâ€™t
Pablo Picasso The Icon: Pea Coat
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May we Suggest: matchbook reviews
Tech Smart gadget girl
Matchbook Investigates a graceful thanksgiving with style & grace
a thanksgiving table holiday table settings
holiday gift guides for everyone on your list
GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CLOSET
organize your clothes, save outfits and plan what to wear with your iPhone or iPod Touch
Step Into My Office Chicago-based interior designer Summer Thornton
Country Estate the Matchbook girlâ€™s pastoral escape
A Parisian Dream Ashley Ashoff, an american in paris
Philadelphia Field Trip the Matchbook girls visit BHLDN
Style in Spades
Matchbook sits down with kate and Andy Spade at home
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date book november tuesday
2 Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel paintings are first exhibited
National French Toast Day
Diamond is donated to the Smithsonian Institution by diamond merchant Harry Winston
Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick is published
10 The Hope
Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)
23 The first issue of Life magazine is published
Katharine Hepburn is born in Hartford, Connecticut
New York's Museum of Modern Art opens to the public
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, is born in Vienna, Austria
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) is born in Florida, Missouri
4 Leave It to Beaver premieres on CBS
5 Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, is released
Grace Kelly is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in London, England
U.S. Route 66 is established
Thanksgiving is first celebrated as a national holiday
note from katie + jane
ith November here the Matchbook girls can’t help but reflect on all we have to be thankful for. To Kate and Andy Spade... Would it be terribly cliché to say meeting you was a dream come true? You two were every bit as fun, humble, and brilliant as we’d imagined. Thank you for welcoming us into your home and sharing your stories. We hope to live our own lives with as much curiosity, style, and class.
Photograph by Jamie Beck
To our team and contributors... You are the magic behind-the-scenes! A more talented bunch there never was. We’re so grateful to have you in our Matchbook family. To our husbands... Thank you for stealing us away from our computers now and then for ice cream or a movie. And for walking the dogs. And making dinner. We love you. To our readers... Last, but not least! Your tweets, emails, and blog posts motivate us daily. Thank you for keeping us inspired and for spreading the Matchbook love. We promise to make you proud! And now, break out that pumpkin pie...
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editorâ€™s wish list
Chinois Chic katie armour, editorial director
colorful Asian-inspired finds
Hyacinth Pagoda Box Candle Seda France, $32
Bespoke Ginger Jar Loafers Stubbs & Wootton, $475 Bamboo Wallpaper Jonathan Adler, $250
this out-of-print book has the most beautiful illustrations. Trina Turk Shanghai Links Pillow Burke Decor, $57
Foo Dog Lamp Furbish Studio, $400
Wastebasket The Well Appointed House, $126
editorâ€™s wish list Bamboo Tower Chandelier Shades of Light, $495
Catherine Malandrino Wrap Dress Net-A-Porter, $395
Itâ€™s available in tons of colors! Jasper Conran Chinoiserie Plate Wedgwood, $43
Bamboo Bracelet Express, $20
Kyoto Flatware Crate and Barrel, $40
Le Vernis Nail Colour in Fuchsia Pagoda Dragon Cocktail Napkins Chanel, $25 Furbish Studio, $12
Leopard Ottoman The Well Appointed House, $1,330
The perfect Chinese red
Semi Matte Lipstick in Shanghai Express NARS, $24
editor’s wish list
cl assic ca mel jane lilly warren, creative director
traditional or whimsical – take your pick!
Club Monaco Dora Large Bag shopbop, $189
Specs eyeglass case jonathan adler, $42
NEBB: Blonde moscot, $475
A playful twist on a classic!
Camel Bow Beret miss selfridge, £13
Camel Woven Ballet Pumps By French Sole topshop, £115 Cellphone & Blackberry Case dvf, $60
Let the boys complement your style with this camelhair wool bowtie Conrad Bow pierrepont hicks, $82 Bedford Settee in velvet camel ballard designs, $1,223
editorâ€™s wish list Owl Table Lamp west elm, $99
Burberry Prorsum Bright Wool and Cashmere Scarf barneys, $495
Weekend Getaway Cosmetic Bag anthropologie, $36
promenade coat madewell, $268 Alice Hannah Luxury Cable Preppy Bow Gloves asos, $32 antler spotted snowfall sleep mask madewell, $26
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow saks, $20
Lands Downunder Prisma Wool Throw in Camel wayfair, $109
RGB Nail Polish in camel tenoversix, $16
editorâ€™s wish list
leopard scarf topshop, $32
Cozy up to w inter meredith bucher, DESIGN intern
enjoy chilly days in these cozy finds
gucci SMILLA FUR CROSSBODY neiman marcus, $2,090
This bright Burberry is the perfect touch to any winter look!
kebaya mug anthropologie, $12
burberry prorsum colarless wool coat net-a-porter, $2,495
all wrapped up ear warmer kate spade, $85
regent savoy riding boot hunter boot, $175
knitted leather sequin top topshop $92
A chic boot that will also brave the rain and snow! cashmere lined leather gloves j.crew $98
editorâ€™s wish list refined timber tray anthropologie, $98
aspen candle jonathan adler, $28
Aubin & willis wool cardigan net-a-porter, $300
avalon blanket hermes, $2,575
serena 2 ballet flat in multi/smoke tory burch, $235 letter pillow jonathan adler, $110
A comfy cute look for those lazy Sundays!
Charlotte Ronson fair isle knit pants shopbop, $185
MEGA CHECK CASHMERE SCARF BURBERRY, $475 junior templeton chair jonathan adler $1,095
portrait of a lady
"not a Teary Sort" by Kaylen
In a small cemetery near Fort Pierce, Florida, there are several unmarked graves
scattered throughout the grounds. Until 1973, African-American author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston’s was among them. Best-known for her novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God," she passed away in 1960, years after the literary world was afire with excitement about her work and the Harlem Renaissance during which it was produced. Fifteen years later, contemporary African-American author Alice Walker declared a renewed interest in Hurston’s work. She traveled to central Florida where Hurston spent her final years to fill in the missing details of the writer’s life. Southern Florida was a far cry from the vibrant, cultured New York City of her youth, but it was here that Walker, and subsequently the world, became re-familiarized with Hurston and her legacy. During a period of American history in which black women were excluded from nearly all facets of society, Zora Neale Hurston infiltrated ranks previously dominated by people with whom she shared neither color nor gender. 22
Hurston was born in 1891 to John Hurston, a Baptist preacher, tenant farmer, and carpenter, and Lucy Hurston, a schoolteacher.Zora was a hardworking student, taking only one year to complete high school in the South. She then moved north to attend Howard University, where she became a member of one of the first Zeta Phi Beta Sorority chapters and started the campus newspaper, The Hilltop. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Bernard College in 1927. Though she had been working toward a literary career for years, she emerged as a part of the Harlem Renaissance movement around the time she started writing for Fire!!, a short-lived but highly influential literary magazine
featuring the work of several young African-American writers. She wrote prolifically throughout the 1920s, 30s and 40s, penning short stories, novels, plays, and journalistic pieces. Many of her works were part of the Federal Writers Project, an offshoot of the Roosevelt-era Works Progress Administration aimed at getting writers back to work after World War II. This group of anthropological writers included Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Claude McKay. Hurston's inclusion was significant--all of them were great writers, but most of them were men. Hurston didn’t shy from grappling with the most contro-
portrait of a lady about Hurston, even though she had paved the way for Walker’s own successes and many other female and African-American authors after her. “It was impossible for me to cry when I saw the field full of weeds where Zora is,” Walker wrote. “Partly this is because I have come to know Zora through her books and she was not a teary sort of person herself; but partly, too, it is because there is a point at which even grief feels absurd. And at this point, laughter gushes up to retrieve sanity.” It was Walker who gave Hurston a permanent resting place by picking one of the many unmarked graves and designating it as Hurston’s.
versial of themes in her work. In “Sweat,” she explored the plights of African-American women through the character of Delia Jones, a black maid in an abusive marriage. The relationship of the lower class African-American couple mirrors the volatile rela-
tionships between blacks and whites in America at the time. Ms. magazine published Alice Walker’s article entitled “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston” at the conclusion of her visit to Florida in 1975. Walker wrote about the lack of knowledge people had
For further reading... we highly
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10 things you didn't
10 things Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881–1973) is perhaps the
best known painter in the history of the world. A Spanish expatriate, Picasso lived out his years in France where he excelled in many mediums, including painting, sculpting, printmaking, ceramics, and stage design. Famous for his groundbreaking creation of the Cubist movement, Picasso forever altered the story of twentieth century art.
1 . Picasso’s first word was
spoken at the age of two while begging for a drawing tool. “Lápiz, lápiz,” he said, or pencil, pencil.
2 . Picasso stood only five
feet and four inches tall.
3 . His full name baptismal name was twenty-three words--Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. 4. Picasso first exhibited his
7. When the Mona Lisa
was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, the police took in Picasso's friend, poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Apollinaire fingered Picasso as a suspect, so the police brought the painter in for questioning. Both were eventually released.
8 . Picasso’s famous sculp-
ture Bull’s Head was composed of spare bicycle parts--namely a seat and handlebars. He was one of the first artists to use found objects in his work.
work at the age of thirteen 9. Picasso was a famous in the back of an umbrella store. womanizer and heavy smoker. He once created for 5 . Picasso is cited as the his mistress Dora Maar a most prolific Western artist series of mini compositions in history and is believed to on matchbox lids. have created an estimated 50,000 works. 10 . Pablo Picasso died at home on April 8, 1973 6 . While living in Paris, while he and his wife JacPicasso struggled financially queline were entertaining. and burned many of his His last words were, "Drink paintings to stay warm. to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink anymore." matchbook
culture club matchbook reviews
May we suggest... Joan Didion’s work has long put her in the forefront of American letters and
shows once again that we are blessed to have such an icon
around. Her terse prose and keen eye are a wonder to behold as she turns her gaze to the life of her adopted daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne. In 2005, Quintana Roo died at the age of 39 while Didion was promoting her memoir The Year of Magical Thinking about the death of her husband, Gregory Michael Dunne.
Blue Nights by Joan-Didion, (Knopf, $13)
Beginning with her wedding day, Blue Nights centers around Quintana Roo, where she wore a lei and made sure that nearly every detail matched aspects of her childhood. Didion relates the story of her daughter’s life through short vignettes that show their life in Malibu and her upbringing of privilege. From her carefree California childhood to the finest hotels of St. Tropez, one can’t help but be drawn to the allure of the cultural elite. Yet, Quintana Roo’s childhood is also troubled by a strange psychological disorder that is never truly diagnosed.
By Scott Wade
Similar to the critically acclaimed Year of Magical Thinking, Didion takes on death and remembrance with such poignancy and heartbreak that it is at times unbearable. She faces the tough question of motherhood, whether she provided the right kinds of privilege, the right culture or even whether she showed how much she truly loved her daughter. Weaving throughout these stories is the author’s own struggles with age and the clear toll that successive tragedies have taken on her. With a cruel mix of humor and pain, Didion paints a beautiful eulogy to her only child.
culture club ALSO ON our SHELF
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (Crown Archetype, $15)
The Perfectly The Marriage Plot by Imperfect Home: How Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar, to Decorate and Live Well Straus and Giroux, $15) by Deborah Needleman (Clarkson Potter, $18)
Earnest and hilarious, Mindy Kaling’s collection of essays, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) presents musings on her life from her awkward childhood and role on The Office to the very direct instructions for the funeral that will occur after she is impaled by a Louboutin heel. While at times even more ridiculous than her television alter-ego Kelly Kupoor, Kaling also has a soft side and the heartrending moments are almost as wonderful as those that will have you in stitches.
Deborah Needleman, the founding Editor of the much beloved Domino and editor of the revamped WSJ Magazine, presents her brilliant style guide to the aptly named, The Perfectly Imperfect Home. Broken up into sections covering everything from bed-making and table settings to “glamifications,” Needleman champions approachable and character driven design. Beyond the how-to guides are an overall stunning book, as the author’s eclectic style is a perfect match for the decidedly quirky and overly charming illustrations by Virginia Johnson.
Jeffrey Eugenides first novel in almost a decade, The Marriage Plot, was certainly worth the wait. Centered around three seniors at Brown in the 1980s, the heroine Madeline is writing her thesis on her beloved Jane Austen when she finds herself in a love triangle between an old friend turned Christian mystic and a postmodern Darwinist. Also for those who read between the lines, the novel is filled with references to the now iconic writers of Eugenide’s generation.
culture club at the box office The Look In theaters November 4th
Far from your average documentary, The Look tells the story of actress Charlotte Rampling’s life through a compilation of conversations. Thoughtful dialogue between Rampling and various people in her life reveals a side of the actress audiences have never before seen. With wine in hand, the style icon chats with greats like Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster, and Juergen Teller. Little personal details are revealed during their walks down memory lane and Rampling’s witty personality and unmistakable screen presence keep things lively. The sixty-five-year-old actress proves growing old gracefully will never be out of fashion.
on the stereo Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials Available now
A band’s sophomore album is often a daunting task, especially for those whose first met great success. Florence + the Machine felt this pressure, but used it as motivation to go in a new direction with their second attempt, Ceremonials. The band’s newest album elaborates on the juxtaposition of gloomy charm and extraordinary splendor that was introduced in 2009’s Lungs. Lead singer Florence Welch says she’s ready to grow up and the livelier tracks prove it. We especially love the debut single “Shake It Out,” which makes us want to dance. Fans of Florence + the Machine will welcome the new release with open arms.
By Rowen Hawn
tech smart V e r o n i c a Va n d o l o s k i
GADGET GIRL Veronica Vandoloski, the Digital PR Manager of fashion site Rue La La , is an online social butterfly. At company headquarters in Boston, her job is to connect the style savvy brand with likeminded bloggers and digital publications. She also advises the company’s fabulous social media team on strategy and can often be found on Twitter, where she loves to follow her favorite bloggers. We caught up with Veronica to find out which gadgets keep her on the cutting edge of new media. ON HER WISH LIST
I live in a charming—albeit cramped—Beacon Hill apartment, and my counter space is just sad. Once I move to a bigger place, I will be picking up one of these with all of the fun attachments and accessories. KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Zappos, $300 I am lusting after this camera. I have a few friends that have it and their photos are take-your-breath-away stunning. Canon EOS 7D, B&H, $1,505 30
tech smart HER FAVORITE GADGETS
I know I'm a bit biased, but I love the Rue La La iPad app–it's completely addictive. The new “Right Now” tab lets me see what's about to sell out (and I blame it on many an impromptu purchase). Rue La La iPad App, iTunes, Free
I’m an avid long distance runner and love logging miles along the Charles River. Being able to track my pace and distance right from my wrist, no matter where I am, is so convenient and has helped me to improve my running. Forerunner 405, Garmin, $220 I’m ashamed to admit that I am completely inept at using a wine key. This wine opener makes it a million times easier to pop open a bottle (and get to the good stuff)! Metrokane Vertical Rabbit Wine Opener, Amazon, $54
This set of speakers has transformed my weekend barbecues! It recharges itself using a built-in solar panel and sounds fantastic. Etón Soulra Solar Powered Sound System for iPod and iPhone, Amazon, $130
As much as I love a cappuccino lovingly crafted by a barista, the habit was starting to do a number on my wallet. With this espresso machine, I get a shot of espresso at home in no time at all. Nespresso espresso is so creamy and delicious–I drink it straight up without any milk. Essenza Espresso Machine, Nespresso, $149 matchbook
pea coat the
ovember 1997. I was a chatty sixth grader, barreling down Interstate 80 in the backseat of my parents' red Chrysler minivan. We were on our annual road trip from Pennsylvania to Illinois, where we'd celebrate Thanksgiving with a houseful of extended family and friends. We arrived late the night before Thanksgiving to a gaggle of adolescent cousins with tummy aches from eating too much of Uncle Mark's homemade salsa. The moms were putting the little ones down to bed, and the dads were cracking open cold beers while bellowing talk of football, of Steelers and Browns and Bears, ensued. This was the scene when my eldest cousin Jen, just out of college, breezed in from her own road trip. Rosy-cheeked on arrival, she was bundled up against an increasing lake effect chill in the staunchest navy blue coat my eleven-year-old eyes had ever seen. I watched and listened intently as my mom greeted Jen with a hug and effusively praised her pea coat. Jen said she'd gotten it at the Army-Navy surplus store and the two agreed,
the icon "Always best to go straight to the source! Utilitarian and stylish!" I went back to my chips and salsa. Silently, I considered how uncool my own winter coat was by comparison, and I duly added a pea coat to the top of my Christmas list.
Rosy-cheeked on arrival, she was bundled up against an increasing lake effect chill in the staunchest navy blue coat my eleven-yearold eyes had ever seen. I watched and listened intently as my mom greeted Jen with a hug and effusively praised her pea coat. Jen said she'd gotten it at the Army-Navy surplus store and the two agreed, "Always best to go straight to the source! Utilitarian and stylish!"
Like its comrades in style--the trench coat and the striped sailor's shirt--the pea coat's origin is rooted deep in military history. For more on this I consulted the "Origins of Naval Terminology," which informed me that although many sailors wear their pea coats in "pea soup" weather, this is not how the coat got its name. The first known reference to a pea coat dates back to 1723, when coats for Navy men were cut from "pilot cloth,"a sturdy, blue twill that would stand up to harsh winds. Thus, they were called "pilot jackets," and then "pjackets," and eventually, "pea coats." So much for proper spelling. But the sailors liked them so much they continued to wear them on land. They've since become a classic winter staple sported by both men and women, seamen and landlubbers alike. Their popularity is clear. In fact, I find myself on the cusp of what we might call Pea Coat Season 2011, sitting at my computer, sipping a fresh cup of Trader Joe's pumpkin spice coffee, confronted with page after page of pea coats on Net-A-Porter. And in a very unscientific survey of these coats for sale,
I count nearly one third of the options are pea coats or derivations thereof (fur here, a stripe there, the awesome proportions of Stella McCartney's "Edith"). Due to that first brush with the authenticity and distinction of Jen's pea coat, I think my own coat wearing habits since the sixth grade have reflected this same ratio. And the pea coats always stand out as my favorites among a collection of puffer parkas and piles of forgettable fleece. There was my first one that Christmas of '97, Lands' Ends' take on the Naval classic. And then in eighth grade, a Matchbook red number (which I still wear at least once a winter, usually on Valentine's Day). For the past few years I've bundled up in a swingier version of the original, navy and heather gray stripes by J.Crew. And this November, before I get too far ahead of myself and mark that Stella McCartney oversized wool "Edith" onto my grown-up Christmas list, Iâ€™m going to drop by the Army-Navy surplus store. Because when shopping the classics, as I learned on that November night years ago, it's always best to go straight to the source.
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1. Lamppost Sweater Dress, Madewell, $128 2. Michael Kors Faux Coyote Fur Gilet, Harvey Nichols, ÂŁ240 3. Repetto Glazed Maroon Ballet Flat, Opening Ceremony, $280 4. Rattan French Market Basket, Wasserstrom, $33 5. Alice Lace Dress, Madewell, $188 6. Classic Lambswool Peacoat, L.L.Bean, $199 7. Elisa Solomon Love Necklace, Catbird, $720
her medicine cabinet your best face forward
1. Le Métier de Beauté Eyeshadow in River Stone, Nordstrom, $30 2. Miller Harris L’Air de Rien Fragrance, Beauty Encounter, $125 3. Cosmetic Brush Set, Forever 21, $6 4. Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama, Target, $6 5. Fleurissimo by Creed, Perfume.com, $144 6. Revitalizing Shower Gel, Diptyque, $38 7. Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer, Clinique, $45 8. Gucci Leather Cosmetics Pouch, Net-A-Porter, $210 9. Pot Rouge in Pink Truffle, Bobbi Brown, $24 10. Nail Color in Case Study, Essie, $8
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1. Natural Oval Mirror, Wisteria, $99 2. Mirror Room Screen, The Well Appointed House, $3,900 3. Tibetan Goat Long Pillow, Calypso St. Barth, $255 4. Scarlet Chaise in Toffee, Crate & Barrel, $1,199 5. Finn Chandelier, West Elm, $399 6. Potted Hydrangea Plant, QVC, $40 7. Diamond Pattern Ceramic Stool, Wisteria, $289 8. Turned Pedestal Bistro Table, West Elm, $399 9. Bordeaux Pouf, Urban Outfitters, $119 10. Fleur de Lis Doormat, Amazon, $100 11. Hand-Knotted Tesoro Rug, Overstock, $756
odds and ends fit for lady day
1. Profile 8”x10” Frame, Room & Board, $59 2. Ashtray, Hermes, $630 3. David Hicks for Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Candle, Nordstrom, $65 4. John Derian Paris Paperweight, Ampersand, $30 5. Urbanears Plattan Plus Headphones, Apple Store, $60 6. Leica 18151 D-Lux 5 Digital Camera, Amazon, $785 7. Proust Questionnaire, Amazon, $10 8. “Book Notes” Notebook, Colette, $11 9. Stemless Wine Glass, Crate & Barrel, $3 10. Merci Wine, Swanson Vineyards, $25
By Rowen Hahn
very year on the last Thursday of November, food aromas engulf the room as the turkey trots its way onto tables for Thanksgiving. The first Thanksgiving, believed to be held in 1621, was to celebrate the season’s bountiful harvest. Although the holiday is now celebrated annually, it wasn't recognized nationally until Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor for Ladies’ Magazine, petitioned Abraham Lincoln to proclaim Thanksgiving a national holiday as a means of uniting the country. Hale wanted to set aside the last Thursday in November "as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer."
At the first Thanksgiving local foods filled the tables, including wild turkeys. Families began to serve the bird annually in the 1860s and it became the main dish after World War I, symbolizing America’s abundance. The tradition of serving turkey has since made its way to the tables of the White House. Every year since 1947 the National Turkey Federation has given the President two dressed turkeys and one live turkey (which he kindly pardons and allows to live out its days on a historical farm). From the White House to the Matchbook girl’s dinner table, turkey has for centuries made the Thanksgiving tradition a delicious one.
From the White House to the Matchbook girl’s dinner table, turkey has for centuries made the Thanksgiving tradition a delicious one.
Did you know?
Benjamin Franklin once wrote a letter to his daughter proposing that the turkey be the national bird of the United States.
The ballroom dance the "turkey trot" was named for the short, jerky steps that turkeys take.
Henry VIII was the first English king to enjoy turkey and Edward VII made turkey eating fashionable at Christmas.
Source: University of Illinois
What is one unconventional thing you're thankful for this season?
“I’m thankful for the delicious (yet totally unsexy) vegetables in season during the fall. They may get a bad rap, but to me nothing tastes better than caramelized brussels sprouts with brown butter or roasted beets tossed with blood oranges and mint. No one has to remind me to eat my veggies!”
"My GPS. For this directionally challenged gal, my GPS is the best friend and prevents me from wasting countless hours searching for the local dry cleaner. Since moving back to the big city of Atlanta, it has been essential in more ways than one."
“I am thankful for my puppy dog, Lola. She has the weirdest personality and makes me laugh on a daily basis. Nothing beats coming home to her lovable insanity after a long day!”
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A caramelized brussels sprouts with brown butter or roasted beets tossed with blood oranges and mint
“I’m thankful for the very human ability to break from the conventional! I found my passion early in life but was afraid to act on it, instead settling into a safe and completely uninteresting career. I’m grateful that I mustered up the courage to return to school and build the life I really wanted!”
"I'm grateful to have been born within two fantastic cultures and to have been raised surrounded by different languages and traditions. I'm half Catalan, half Greek, and I was privileged to grow up in an environment which made me more open minded to life and society."
“Uncomfortable fancy bras that go so well under a fitted tee or cover your side-boob looking pretty while doing so. The main reason, that feeling when you take that sucker off after a long day.”
Kristin Kerr Simply Smitten
Helena Del Rio A Diary of Lovely
Rachel Nguyen That's Chic matchbook
Thanksgiving HEADS HOT BY
Weâ€™ve long admired food blogger Lisa Thiele of With Style & Grace and are honored to be sharing some of her favorite Thanksgiving treats. Known for her equally health conscious and delicious concoctions, Lisa is a master when it comes to gluten-free cooking. After a health scare landed her in the hospital, the upbeat blonde decided to leave her high stress job and focus on her health. She learned how to cook and bake delicious gluten-free options and began sharing the mouth watering results online. With Style & Grace was born and we are all healthier for it! We hope you enjoy Lisaâ€™s tasty take on Thanksgiving and visit her blog for more ideas! 42
POACHED PEARS with RASPBERRY SORBET INGREDIENTS:
Zest of 1 lemon 1 cinnamon stick 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise ¼ tsp ground allspice ¼ tsp ground pepper 2 cups apple cider 2 Bosc pears (with stems), peeled and cored from bottom Optional: Raspberry or lemon sorbet
• In a large saucepan, combine lemon zest, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, allspice, ground pepper, apple cider, and 1 cup water. • Add pears and bring to a simmer. Cook about 20 minutes, turning pears occasionally. They should be softened slightly, but not falling apart. Remove the pears and transfer to a large bowl. • Increase the heat to boil the cider mixture until it is reduced to a syrup, about 15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon (compost or trash). Pour syrup over the pears. Refrigerate. • Serve pears with sorbet of choice.
(Gluten-free!) Pu mpkin SPICE DONUTS INGREDIENTS:
2 cups gluten-free flour (or all-purpose if no allergies) ½ cup brown sugar, packed 1½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp ginger ¼ tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp cloves ½ cup canned pumpkin 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ cup unsweetened applesauce 1/3 cup milk (almond milk for dairy-free)
Cinnamon and sugar mix: 2/3 cup sugar 2 tbsp cinnamon ½ cup butter, melted
• Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease a 6-cup donut pan and set aside. • In a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves and mix until well combined. • In a separate bowl whisk together pumpkin, egg, vanilla, applesauce, and milk. Carefully fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture, mixing until incorporated. Be careful not to overmix. • Divide the dough into the prepared donut pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from oven and let rest a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. • For coating (if serving immediately): Dip the donuts in the melted butter and then into the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
ROASTED BU TTERNUT SQUASH, CARROT, and GINGER SOUP INGREDIENTS:
1 medium butternut squash 1 lb [approx. 2 cups] carrots, peeled 1 yellow onion, finely diced 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated 2 cloves garlic, crushed 4 cups low sodium chicken broth ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp ground pepper Optional: Creme fraiche, toasted pumpkin seeds
• Preheat oven to 375º F. Cover baking sheet with foil and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside. • Cut butternut squash in half, remove seeds, and place cut-side down on prepared baking sheet. Add the carrots alongside. Bake until squash and carrots are tender and nicely browned, about 45 minutes. • Remove from the oven, and once the squash is cool enough to handle, peel off the skin. Cut in half lengthwise and then into cubes. Dice the carrots. • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes until translucent. Add ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add squash, carrots, chicken broth, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high, bringing to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes. • Remove from heat and let cool slightly. • In batches, transfer soup to blender and puree. Be careful to fill the blender only halfway or else you’ll end up with an orange mess (about 3-4 batches). Add more salt and pepper if needed. • If desired, garnish each serving with creme fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds. • Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. (Serves 6)
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Quirky Classics not your average turkey dinner
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Put on the Glitz a touch of holiday glamour
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT // Kosta Boda Glimmer Votive, Bloomingdales, $60; Metallic Leaf Garland, Crate & Barrel, $40; Zaine Dinner Plate, Crate & Barrel, $6; William Yeoward Amethyst Jug, Bloomingdales, $125; Michael Aram Pear Salt and Pepper Shakers, Nordstrom, $99; Cupitol Rondo Gold Cutlery, Horne, $85 for 5-piece set; Purple Hemstitch Cocktail Napkins, Sur La Table, $15 for 6; Round Melamine Charger, Target, $16 for 4; Diane von Furstenberg Twirl Red Wine Glass, Bloomingdales, $25
Rustic Feast a casual yet cozy arrangement
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT // Eat Picnic Napkin, Terrain, $18; Olivier 5-Piece Place Setting, Crate & Barrel, $70; Gingham Rooster Plate, Terrain, $48; Salt and Pepper, Heath Ceramics, $44; Dimpled Tumblers, West Elm, $24 for 4; Wood Grain Pitcher, Terrain, $58; Pheasant Feather Mat, Jayson Home, $24; Mercury Glass Votives, Ballard Designs, $29 for 5; Diane von Furstenberg Horn Coasters, Bloomingdales, $40 for 4; Salvaged Wood Server, Restoration Hardware, $149
Autumn Modern clean lines let the food do the talking
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT // Eighth Wonder Teapot, Anthropologie, $258; Totem Votive Set, MoMA Store, $26; Ona Large Pitcher, Crate & Barrel, $27; Red Wine Glasses, West Elm, $32 for 4; Cocktail Napkins with Monogram, Wisteria, $24 for 6; Cutipol Goa Cutlery, Horne, $63; Graphite Dinnerware, CB2, from $5; DwellStudio Napkin, Target, $10 for 4; Ribbed Globe Vase, Dwell Studio, $63
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The perfect finds for EVE R YO N E on her list
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Butterfly Push Pins, Paper Source ($13) Pencil Case, Jonathan Adler ($42) Pantone: The 20th Century in Color, Chronicle Books ($40) Painterâ€™s Palette with Gems in 14k Gold, Charmco ($230) Letterpress Machine, Paper Source ($170) Waylande Gregory Tiger Face Bullet Bowl in Yellow, Orange and Pear ($135) Still Life Bag, Anthropologie ($398) Jo Malone Colored Farrow & Ball Travel Candle Collection, Nordstrom ($95) Chevron Drawer Liners, Hammocks & High Tea ($25) Snow & Graham 2012 Desk Calendar, Greer Chicago ($16) Erik Magnussen Coffee Press Stelton, Horne ($40)
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Beautiful Bottoms Phyllis Drop Back Playsuit, Journelle ($140) Alessandra Necklace, Taylor Kenney Jewelry ($108) Florentine Frame, ABC Home ($95) Twinkle Bloom Posts, Anthropologie ($28) Supercalifragilipstick Scarf, Kate Spade ($155) Matters of Leisure Silk Cotton Satin Robe, Journelle ($225) Flower Bowl, Redefine Home ($28) Sense and Sensibility (B&N Leatherbound Classics) by Jane Austen, Barnes & Noble ($12) Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel, Lâ€™Occitane ($20) Honeysuckle Candle, Terrain ($16) Frill Crook Umbrella, TopShop ($30) French Ceramics Heart, ABC Home ($50)
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Colma Gold Beret, Anthropologie ($38) Karina Necklace, Taylor Kenney Jewelry ($92) Tibet Arts & Crafts Earrings with Carnelian Beads, ABC Home ($39) Adina Lace Camisole, Minna (ÂŁ145) Farmhouse 1890 Blood Orange Candle, Terrain ($24) Bone Inlay Frame, Serena & Lily ($28) Modern Flower Pot, Jayson Home ($155) 2012 Botanical Calendar, Rifle Paper Co. ($28) Hamoa Block Printed Bed Linens & Pillows in Rose/Lime, ABC Home (from $140) Cast Iron Fire Bowl, Design Within Reach ($465) Senegalese Storage Baskets in Pink, Serena & Lily ($290)
T H E H O S TE S S
Tse & Tse Hungry Salad Bowl in Platinum Confetti, Horne ($120) Chehoma Silver Salad Servers with Coral Detail, Orange and Pear ($54) Penelope Earrings, Taylor Kenney Jewelry ($86) Heart Wood Board, Fishs Eddy ($16) The Way We Live With The Things We Love, Jayson Home ($45) Lazy Susan White Porcelain Pineapple, Burke Decor ($60) Ashford Tea Towel, Hammocks & High Tea ($28) NYC Wine Tags, Mr. Boddington ($20 for 12) Lotus Flower Apron, Paper Source ($30)
Anchor Tray, Jayson Home ($28) Beagle Welly Rain Boots, Muck Boots ($72) Limited Edition Desert Rose Shea Hand Cream, Lâ€™Occitane ($10) Letterpress Cards Ahoy, Jonathan Adler ($18) Gingham Decorative Pillow, Brooks Brothers ($58) Coral Herringbone Throw, Serena & Lily ($225) White Squall, Kiel James Patrick ($58) Jack and Lulu Gold Collection 2012 Calendar, Orange and Pear ($50) Timothy Oulton Trunk, ABC Home ($775) iPhone 4 Cover, Lilly Pulitzer ($25) All Wrapped Up Bow Key Fob, Kate Spade ($50) Green Cutlery Letterpress Recipe Cards, Confection Letterpress ($13)
T H E S OC I A L BUTTE R F LY
Bounkit Green Onyx Drop Earrings, Charm & Chain ($385) Charm Magazine iPhone 4 Case, Kate Spade ($40) Boule Flute in Pink, Anthropologie ($68) Sculpted Sparkle Ring in Aqua, Amanda Pearl ($250) Brass Peacock Letter Opener, Jonathan Adler ($98) Metallic Karolina, Kate Spade ($298) Archie Grand for J.Crew Notebook, J.Crew ($10) Graphic Image Croco Leather Sleeve for iPad, Saks Fifth Avenue ($130) Jonathan Adler Porcelain Jet Set Coasters, Orange and Pear ($48) Star Shine Sequin Clutch Daydreamer Bag, Juicy Couture ($178)
T H E BOY
Dodo Case for iPad 2, J.Crew ($80) Car Box, Jonathan Adler ($78) Ragg Wool Gloves, Landsâ€™ End Canvas ($30) Tivoli Audio Model One, Room & Board ($150) Silver Plated Shave Set, Target ($29) Atkinsons Silk Club Tie, Sid Mashburn ($95) Jolly Roger Needlepoint Flask, Smathers and Branson ($65) Mountain Bag, L.L.Bean Signature ($149)
T H E BABE
Cardigan, H&M ($25) Girls’ Glitter Ballet Flats, J.Crew ($58) Mini Diana Camera, Paper Source ($70) KID O Exploring Nature Woodland Puzzle, Amazon ($14) Owl Coin Bank, Paper Source ($13) The Cambridge Satchel Company® Fluorescent Batchel, J.Crew ($170) Pine Cone Stamp Set, Yellow Owl Workshop ($12) Eiffel Tower, Oeuf ($68) Dwell Studio Skyline Light Blue Boudoir Pillow, ABC Home ($34) Snowman Stacker, Melissa & Doug ($13) Peter Rabbit’s Holiday Collection Deluxe Giftset, Amazon ($15) Design Your Own Box Kite Kit, Uncommon Goods ($30)
my Office Rowen H ahn photography By Josh T hornton written By
Chicago-based interior designer Summer Thornton knows how to make a space sparkle. Lucky for us, she recently granted Matchbook a behind-the-scenes peek at her chic Lincoln Park headquarters. Read on for the dish on all that inspires Summer and her talented team.
Designers Guild. The colors glass rod sconces and chanare strong, but the pattern delier and the chevron wingmaintains some tradition, back chairs. I envisioned a space with which I love. What can you tell us sheen and glitz, but that was also playful at the same time. Do you have a favorite about the neighborhood? Was the space love It was about creating a fresh piece in the office? space where ideas could I like how they all work to- at first sight? flourish. The super-saturated gether, but if I had to choose, We're in a great little neighdigital print wallpaper is from my favorites would be the borhood called Lincoln Park. We just love your office! What was the original vision for your workspace?
It's a beautiful area with treelined streets and gorgeous old homes. As far as the actual space, it was notlove at first sight. The office was a former real estate office with track lighting, polyester curtain office dividers, cheap office furniture, and wires everywhere. Thankfully, it had great natural light. Talk about a transformation! How does the city of Chicago inspire you?
Chicago is an amazing city. We have the best architecture, great vintage shopping, and such down-to-earth creative people. One of my favorite things to do is wander the streets of different neighborhoods and admire the architecture. It's especially fun after dark when you can get a glimpse of the interiors as well! In the era of DIY, why do you recommend hiring an interior designer?
Hiring a professional to help with your home is no different than hiring a lawyer to create a contract or a doctor to diagnose an illness. They're experts in their field and know who to talk to, how much it should cost, and all the tips and tricks. I think the most important reason is that good designers understand how to blend and mix materials into a cohesive look.
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Something we could benefit from! Tell us, where do you look for design inspiration?
My inspiration comes from so many places--I recently started recording it on a blog. I get most of my inspiration from travel (most recently to Russia!), from fashion photography, books, flea markets, and architecture. Do you have any design idols?
Kelly Wearstler, Miles Redd, and Madeleine Castaing
Some of our favorites too! What about a dream decorating project?
Sum m er â€™s Favor i t e Shops
Jayson Home & G arden : A Chicago favorite! 1 st D ibs : The craziest things and also the best The F ind : A recent favorite vintage furniture shop in Chicago Jean de M erry: Over-the-top deco-inspired furniture O sborne & L ittle : Amazing fabrics and wallpapers
My true "dream project" would be somewhat of a contemporary interpretation of Versailles. Lots of glamour and splendor and impracticality in a beautiful rural estate setting. Now that sounds fun. Last but not least, how does Summer Thornton decorate for the holidays?
For me, the holidays are all about creating a warm and inviting feel. I love decorating for Christmas! I have a collection of vintage glass ornaments that are so fun and nostalgic. While I love a good tree and wreath, you can go a long way just by adding more luxurious layers than you would normally have in your home--a touch of fur, sparkle, or deep rich colors. matchbook
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Ashley Ashoff is a California girl living the American dream--in France that is! After studying textiles at Cornell University, which included a semester abroad at the Parsons School of Design in France, Ashoff realised she’d left her heart in Paris. She’s since married an adorable Frenchman and created her own charmed life in a breathtaking apartment minutes away from the Eiffel Tower. Her fashion dreams were fulfilled with the launch of her eponymouslynamed scarf company. When Ashley’s not being photographed by style photographers at Paris Fashion Week or commenting on red carpet appearances for French television, she’s planning her next design ideas for her atelier in California and responding to sample requests from the crew of Gossip Girl among others. We caught up with Ashley for an inside look into her Parisian vie en rose…
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T ell us abo ut perso n al sty le.
I would describe my personal style as a combination of the glamour and sophistication of Old World Europe with the breeziness and dreaminess of California. How has it evolved over the y ears?
I played a lot of sports in my youth, including Division 1 lacrosse and soccer for Cornell University. Thus my style was athletic yet feminine. As I grow older, my style has become increasingly more tailored, more conservative, but at the same time youthful. Paris has certainly had an influence on my personal style. Parisians have a way of always looking perfectly elegant yet effortless. Less is more. I hope this wonderful Parisian quality has rubbed off on me.
W hat is your first fashion memory?
I was two years old; my parents took me for the first time to a department store to go Christmas shopping. I looked up at my dad from the stroller and said, “Take me to the diamonds!” The sales person let me try on all of the jewelry in the display and my eyes were immediately drawn to the glitz of the Judith Leiber clutches. D o you collect anything today?
I would like to think that I collect fashion pieces that are unique and special that I can hopefully pass onto my children and grandchildren one day. I do, however, have a weakness for Louboutin heels, especially ones that are embellished with Swarovski crystals.
what are your favorite items in your closet ?
I love my Swarovski crystal clutch that was custom made for my wedding. Some Louboutin heels I own are like works of art. My favorite pair is in satin with a big bow on the back that I wore to the Cannes Film Festival with my husband. What do you love about living i n Paris?
I live in the 7eme arrondissement. It is calm and charming--I am from the country, so peace and quiet are essential. I still pinch myself when the Eiffel Tower twinkles. I love Le Bon Marché and La Grande Epicerie. I also love all of the small shop owners who remember you and treat you like family. There is a warm community feeling about this neighborhood that appeals to me. There are some lovely restaurants too. matchbook 83
lier on my family’s property, Vichy Springs Resort, in Northern California. I think of scarves like pieces of fine I hand paint silk scarves for jewelry–as heirlooms. I startmen and women in my ate- ed designing in 2005 when one of my best clients in California, who knew that I did textile design, requested a silk scarf to match an outfit made by a French designer for a New Year’s gala. I was excited by the idea of customizing a scarf for a special occasion and realized that this was something I could commercialize for a niche market in the fashion world. Tell us abo ut yo ur designs a n d h ow yo ur line o f scarves g ot started.
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A scarf is timeless and accessorizes any outfit from season to season. It is a fashion investment that never goes out of style. I enjoy the art of
silk painting. I don’t work in a controlled manner--my designs are very free-spirited and romantic. I like to think of my scarves as haute couture, as I often custom-make them for clients. Do yo u have any tips for wearing scarves?
I don’t think there are any rules on how to wear a scarf. You can play with it and make it work with whatever you are wearing. Scarves allow you to go from casual to chic. I’m sure I am subconsciously very inspired by French women who just about always have a scarf on them at all times. My designs are romantic yet abstract. There is a harmony about them that is unique.
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Written by Rowen Hahn Photography by Rima Campbell
When the darling girls of BHLDN, Anthropologieâ€™s sophisticated new sister brand, invited us to spend the day touring their headquarters, naturally we jumped at the chance. Housed in Philadelphia's historic Navy Yard, the companyâ€™s spacious workspace is brimming with grosgrain, taffeta, and lace. Their whimsical collection of apparel, accessories, and decor compliment every special occasion from glitzy holiday soirees to stately afternoon teas. Read on for the inside scoop straight from three talented BHLDN girls, Emily, Tamara, and Grace.
“BHLDN is classic and sophisticated, yet can be cheeky at times. Every great romance needs some laughter, and we try to embrace that in our clothes.” - Emily
EMILY FARINA D e s i g n A s s i s t a n t , App a r e l Hometown: Devon, Pennsylvania
What inspires your design?
Our apparel design team at BHLDN is constantly acquiring vintage pieces. We’ll often fall in love with a detail or technique and imagine new ways to incorporate this element into a modern design. Vintage doilies can lead to an embroidered lace gown, and an antique watercolor painting will be transformed into a printed party dress. Reimagining these vintage details allows us to create something new, while still maintaining what made the piece so special and loved in the first place.
shopping. Palais Royale has amazing designer vintage shops with the most swoonworthy items. On my college girl budget, however, the vintage stores in the Marais were more up my alley. You’re a big fan of pearls (as are we!). Do you have a favorite pair?
I am a big fan of jewelry, period! That Coco Chanel saying, “Always take one thing off before you leave the house”—I am the total opposite. The more the merrier! I’ve started putting my favorite cocktail rings on a simple chain. The necklace just keeps getting bigger and bigger as Where in the world I add more; it’s definitely a have you found the best vintage shopping? conversation starter.
Nostalgic and whimsical, yet decidedly modern. Our clothing captures the beauty and detail of vintage items, yet gives them a modern twist. BHLDN is classic and sophisticated, yet can be cheeky at times. Every great romance needs some laughter, and we try to embrace that in our clothes. What fashion trends/ looks are you most looking forward to this winter?
Wedge booties—chic and comfortable enough to go from work out for drinks. Leopard print clutch—a fun way to give a luxe touch to a holiday party ensemble. Cape—I’m dying to get my hands on a wool cape to throw over all my wintery I studied abroad in Paris What qualities do you layers. while in college and have think represent the yet to see better vintage BHLDN line? matchbook 97
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I am a big fan of jewelry, period! I love anything monogrammed, and signet rings are so classic and timeless. I wear my gold version every single day. The clutch is just right for New Year’s Eve around the corner!
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TAMARA FRANCISCO M e r c h a n d i s e As s i sta n t, D eco r Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa
How do you envision the BHLDN girl’s apartment?
I envision that her style is rooted in extreme femininity with a vintage twist. She loves scouring flea markets, thrift stores, and foreign destinations in search of vintage, rustic, and found pieces that will captivate her apartment. Fresh flowers, sophisticated candelabras, vintage cake stands, soft color palettes (think sea foam, blush, violet), and authentic heirloom pieces passed down to her by family (old plates, vintage flatware, and grandma’s jewelry) are treasured items that form part of
her personality and style. home when I walk past it. What is one decorative What is the most piece every girl ought memorable event to have in her abode? you’ve decorated for Gorgeous toasting flutes-- and why?
life is full of surprises. You never know when you will need to pop open a bottle of bubbly.
What item do you treasure most in your own apartment?
A vintage pedestal bought during a trip to Cape Town, South Africa. I love this piece not only because it’s vintage wood, but it has a very delicate feminine shape with engraved artwork which symbolizes African culture. I am always reminded of
My housewarming party, which occurred this past summer. I took inspiration from an outdoor, barnyardstyle event I had seen on a blog. I used materials and products such as galvanized cake stands, wooden cheese boards, rustic metal centerpieces, paper garlands, organicallyshaped drink dispensers, and preppy striped straws (grey and yellow--so cute).
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Personally, I am drawn to products that are vintageinspired with a feminine twist. I am also inspired by décor products that have a special technique or story behind them--a story about how the product was made or where it was made is always a plus in my books! It really shows that you have put a lot of effort and thought into your purchase, and from my experience this is always appreciated by the person receiving the gift. These items have interesting stories, are from exotic destinations, and are vintage-inspired!
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“Life is full of surprises. You never know when you will need to pop open a bottle of bubbly.” - Tamara
GRACE KELLY Web Merchandiser Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
How would describe the girl?
The BHLDN girl is nostalgic, whimsical, and quirky, with a touch of sophistication. She is drawn to textures and details that accentuate her femininity. She mixes and matches to create a style that is truly her own and she loves to combine the old with the new! How have you made shopping online at BHLDN such a fun experience?
Shopping online can be challenging at times because there isn’t a tangible object in your hands. It is so much fun to be able touch and feel the things that you are buying, to notice the subtle
details that make every piece special. My job is to bring that same sensory experience to the digital space on our website. I group colors and textures together on the site to inspire and evoke emotion. In the “Explore” section of our site you are able to lose yourself in a world of creative photography that brings every element of the experience to life. We want to help you get lost in a world of lace, tulle, and color. What are some of BHLDN’s most popular pieces?
We cater to a wide audience and have come to find that our customer responds well to pieces that reflect
their love for detail, embellishment, and quality. We are quite fond of our accessories and separates assortment. However, the feedback has been positive across all categories. How does BHLDN help to make weddings unique?
Our goal is to provide her with all of the tools and inspiration that she needs to make her special event hers. We want to be the trusted friend a woman comes to during her most anticipated occasions, whether she’s a bride, partygoer, or partythrower. Our gown, dress, and decorations assortment includes a take on tradition, but our tradition is reimagined. matchbook
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For me, the holidays are all about statement pieces. I love things that catch your eye while enhancing your overall look. I find myself drawn to rich colors, fabrics, and textures. These are just a few of my favorites.
“We want to be the trusted friend a woman comes to during her most anticipated occasions, whether she’s a bride, partygoer, or party-thrower.” - Grace
Style in Spades Katie Armour photogr a ph y by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg w ritten By
The glossy black door swung open. “Hi, I’m Katy!” There she was standing before us--our hero, Kate Spade...the Kate Spade. A fluffy white Maltese scampered about her feet yapping protectively. Do not step on the dog, I noted to myself as we anxiously stepped inside. It was just as I’d imagined it, but somehow better. In person the apartment I’d seen published many a time before was more colorful, quirkier, richer. Sophisticated, yet unpretentious, much like the Spades themselves. A Warhol drawing framed beside a flea market sketch...but of course. If you’re anything like Jane and me, you’ve watched the careers of husband and wife team Kate and Andy Spade closely. They founded the Kate Spade handbag collection in 1993, eventually winning two CFDA awards and establishing the brand as a household name. In 2006 they sold the company to Neiman Marcus and moved on. Kate stayed home to raise their daughter, Frances Beatrix (affectionately called Bea), and Andy went on to found the brilliant creative agency Partners & Spade. Please meet Kate and Andy Spade--still thick as thieves, the original partners in crime. 110
hot dog stand. I didn’t get promoted, so I was like, “I’m outta here.” The only place I could find that paid enough was this biker bar called Desperados. Andy would laugh because he would come in and I would be wearing a tennis sweater and these big pieces of fabric tied around my hair in a huge bow. They were like, “Are you serious?” Amazing. Fast forward to New York and the early days of Kate Spade. What kept you motivated? Was there a moment you thought, “this is really going to be something”? Kate: Andy kept me motivated. When we won the first CFDA I thought, “Okay, wow, people are actually taking notice.” I mean we were in stores, but only a few...
So let’s start at the beginning. You and Andy met back in college in Arizona. How do you think you've each changed since then? Kate: Andy was really shy. Andy’s still a little shy. I’m trying to think--pretty much the same I’d say. Just older and grumpier. [laughs] 112
Speaking of college days, I read somewhere that you worked in a motorcycle bar. There must be a story there? Kate: A friend of mine was working at a golf course as a beverage girl and making a fortune. Well, I get there and I wasn’t very good, so they started me off working at the
So Andy was the one that kept you going? Kate: Oh yeah, he kept saying, “But Katie, these are the stores you want to be in!” And I would be like, “Okay, but we didn’t even make enough money to pay for the show we were just in.” Did you have some concept of just how big it would someday be? Kate: I would say Andy might have, but I definitely did not. We took on two partners... between the four of us we really were scrappy and very conservative in terms of how
What else? [looks to Andy who just walked in] Andy: We turned it into a Christmas tree store...Our CFO eventually suggested we let go of the space. So what was it like at Kate Spade towards the end? First you sold a percentage to Neiman Marcus and then eventually you sold them everything. They’ve since sold the company to Liz Claiborne. How did you know the timing was right? Kate: It was a great partnership. It really was. We ended up selling the rest of the percentage because Neimans was selling themselves...We agreed to stay on for six months with whomever they sold it to. We didn’t want to up and run, but after that it was just a good time. Andy had really already begun doing all his other things and Bea was born and I was like, “This feels like it’s meant to be.”
Once we moved on to Mercer, that was our flagship... we turned the old space into a travel store, a bookstore... but then we were buying all these vintage books and the girl was opening them up and selling them for what we paid What year did you open for them, so that wasn’t really the first store? working out. There’s this little Kate: In 1995. It’s gone now. thing called “profit.” [laughs] 114 matchbook we spent our money. Even once we started getting some of the larger accounts, we weren’t tooling around town in a town car. It just wasn’t our thing.
Many people still think it’s your company. Is that strange at times? Kate: It oddly doesn’t phase me in the slightest. Except when people say, “Oh my god, I just bought the most darling Kate Spade,” and I don’t want to go into some big story. So I always just say, “I’ll pass that along.” [smiles] Andy: People say, “How could you sell your name?” and I’m like, “What else can
scious decision? A reflection of your personalities, perhaps? Andy: It was a conscious decision. There are two ways to run a business; you can motivate people out of fear or you can motivate people by inspiring them. Katie and I were always motived by people that inspired and challenged us. Kate: We had a lot of people that stayed for a long time. Andy: People want to come work for you if it’s a good environment. To work for us you had to be talented and nice. You couldn’t be talented and mean. I read that you gave every employee a copy of Emily Post’s Etiquette. Kate: Yeah. They were like, “Umm, we were really looking for a check...” Andy: Right, “Merry Christmas! Remember to put your napkin on your lap!” No, we gave it to them when they started working for us. Kate: It was not as a bonus. Andy: Don’t ever give it out as a bonus. [chuckles] you do?” You can wait until you’re sixty like Calvin Klein or you have a family dynasty and you want to carry it on forever. The only thing to do is to try to find a place for it to go...There were so many other things in the world I wanted to explore. Kate: Andy always said, “People always tell you how
to start a business, but nobody tells you how to get out of one.” But I feel like we did it the right way. To me Kate Spade has always been a more approachable brand without the elitism often associated with the fashion industry. Was that a con-
Okay, let’s talk about those amazing early ad campaigns. I’ve literally bought them off eBay to frame in my house. Kate: They were the best. Andy and Julia [Leach] did those. Andy: You can really get them off eBay? matchbook
Yeah! I bought the one with the handbags hanging out the windows of the house. Kate: Tim Walker. Yeah, I mean, you worked with Tim Walker. Kate: Early, early on. Andy: I always thought that fashion advertising looked very phony and over-styled and not real. I couldn’t relate to it. I appreciated family pictures and things that showed how people really lived. I would collaborate with the photographers like Tim [Walker] and Tierney [Gearon] and we would just run around--we didn’t even have a plan. We’d have a general idea--a location, a family-and then we’d just come up with things. We’d have them play hide and seek and then shoot it. Almost like little slices of a film. Almost like theater? Andy: Yeah, like theater. And then maybe people see a moment that they were in at some point in their lives. I think their being so relatable is why I loved them so much. Okay, let’s shift gears a bit. How has having Bea changed things? What’s it like being parents? Kate: It’s just the best thing, except when we have to get 122
up early in the morning for school. [laughs] ...She’s super sweet, which is so nice. She’s a good girl. Andy: I think we’re both finally getting a formal education through our daughter because she’s coming home with so much homework.
Kate: She’d talk about the solar system when she was in preschool and I was like, “what?” Andy: She really just inspires us. I’m not kidding, she’s just the most fun. We have the Avant Garde Preschool at my shop now with people like
want to change the footprint of the place. Are you in New York for good or would you ever consider moving somewhere new, say out West? Kate: We have. Andy: I think San Francisco or somewhere near San Francisco we would consider and So do you travel as a fam- we have considered. ily often? Kate: Well one of us is go- I’ll try not to get my hopes ing to Bali! [referencing an up! Okay, what about upcoming trip Andy is taking business plans for the futo shoot a Quicksilver cam- ture. Do you think you’ll paign] We’re going to Lon- ever want to go back to don soon to visit friends (Bea work, Kate? Do you two says she wants to meet Prin- think you’ll ever collabocess Kate and see her dress). rate again? And we’re going to Mexico Andy: I think we will. Absoover Christmas with Andy’s lutely. family. Kate: Yeah. I mean, that’s Andy: Every spring we go to the first time I’ve said it. For Jackson Hole to ski and then so long it was the last thing I we spend the summers in was thinking of, but now Bea California. sometimes doesn’t get home Kate: It’s harder with Bea in until 6:30 p.m. school now. Andy: We have an idea...We registered a name. Understandable. So the apartment...it’s been pubRegistered a name? This lished multiple times and is breaking news! We I always get a kick out of don’t have to publish it... how it’s changed. Will it ever be finished? Or is it Andy: I don’t mind. ever evolving? Kate: But now everyone’s Andy: It will always be evolv- going to be like, so when? ing. When Bea gets older we’ll Time for me to get out of lazy probably have to change the mode! dining room into a ping pong table or whatever they call No pressure, just gives them. us something to look forKate: It will change for sure. ward to! Okay, now for Or we’ll move. I wouldn’t some fun quick questions. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth speaking to the kids. She’s always inspiring new projects. Kate: Someone once mistook that drawing behind you as Bea’s work. Andy was like, “Um, that’s Jean-Michel Basquiat.” [everyone cracks up]
What is your cocktail of choice? Andy: I think a Southside. Kate: Yeah. Both of you? Andy: I don’t want to have the same one as you. I’ll change mine. Kate: Fine! I’ll take a Heineken. [both laugh] How many years have you been married now? Kate: Well, we moved in together in 1987, so how many years is that? Twenty-four? And we lived together for nine years before we got married. Andy: What’s twenty-four minus nine? Anyone got a computer? And you used his name before you got married, which I love. Kate: Yeah, well, my mom didn’t. I was like, “Mom, it’s like Dolce and Gabbana.” And she was like, “Who the hell’s that?” What do you admire most in each other? Kate: I’d say your kindness-your generosity. Andy: You never tell me that. I would say your kindness too. Kate: [cooing] Awww, aren’t we just the sweetest little couple?
"There are two ways to run a business; you can motivate people out of fear or you can motivate people by inspiring them. Katie and I were always motived by people that inspired and challenged us."
men’s shirts with rolled up sleeves, jeans or khakis. All the artists and writers of that generation--Hopps always looked great. They weren’t styled, they were just dressing like real people. Very cool. Okay, favorite places in New York? Kate: Raoul’s. Like forever. They remember us from when we would sit at the bar and split the bar steak and have a glass of wine. Oh and The Ear Inn. It’s great...Oh, and Bar Hemingway at the Ritz, but that’s in Paris. I have an ashtray from there which I did not steal, by the way. I bought it. Andy: Great Jones Cafe I love. And we love Indochine. Kate: For shops I love Ted Muehling. Just love, love, love.
Andy: Okay, I like her sense of humor. Does that work for your story? [laughs] Who are some of your personal style icons? Kate: I mean this is no news to anybody, but I think Kate Moss hands down. She just gets it--so effortlessly. And I think Lauren Hutton still to126
day. Oh, and Michelle Williams--pretty cute. Very cute. Andy: I would say this guy named Walter Hopps who ran the Ferus Gallery in L.A. during the Sixties when they first showed all the New York abstract artists. All those guys-Rauschenberg, de Kooning-the way they dressed in old
Last but not least, Matchbook is all about simple pleasures. What is your idea of a charmed life? Kate: I’d say summer off with my daughter. I’m like a kid waiting for summer. Andy: Yeah, I can’t wait for summer. Or Spring Break. I can’t wait to have her home for Spring Break. You can sleep in, go to the pool, play a game with your daughter, maybe get a milkshake and a hot dog after. It’s exactly that.
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Per and Ann-Charlotte Lovén The Location... A sweet country church
for the ceremony and the reception was held at Tjolöholm Manor close to Per's hometown in Sweden. We met... first through his cousin who is also my friend and later on an online dating site. The proposal... We went to Tjolöholm Manor for a picnic by the sea when Per suddenly proposed. My dress... was designed by my maid of honor, Sara Andersson. It was all I'd ever hoped for and more. It felt very "us" because... we're both foodies and the menu was a combination of our favourite dishes. It was classy, yet casual and fun. We honeymooned in... in a private villa in Bali.
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Brett James Peel and Anna Amesbury Pless The Location... The ceremony was held
at historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia with the reception following at Capital City Club, Brookhaven. We met... at a New Year's Eve party in Atlanta while I was home visiting from a year spent teaching at a Bavarian boarding school. The proposal... Brett proposed to me at the base of Minnehaha Falls, a beautiful cascading waterfall near my family’s Lake Rabun retreat. My dress... was an Anne Barge, which I customized by adding lace around the neck in the fashion of my mother's dress. It felt very "us" because... St. Luke’s Church was where my great-grandmother wed, and Brett’s grandmother arrived from South Africa. We honeymooned in... Lanai, Hawaii.
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Matthieu and Kerry Bridier
The Location ... The Arlington
The Location... We were married at a
Theater in Santa Barbara, California. We met ... at a kickball field in North Hollywood, California – the championship game that neither of us were playing in. The proposal ... was at the panda enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, with a ring that resembles a panda (it has two black diamond side stones). My dress ... was the very first one I tried on because it was the puffiest monstrosity and I instantly cried and said 'this must be it!' It felt very "us" because ... it was in a movie theater – we both work in the movies and have so many good memories in the theaters. Our aunts performed the ceremony – we involved family in any way we could. We honeymooned... on a film set in a movie studio, but we do have plans to go to Ireland, Iceland and Scotland.
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Catholic church and held the reception at my family’s summer home in the Hamptons. We met... at a trade show in Atlanta. I was doing PR for an accessory company and he was there for his clothing line. The proposal... was on our favorite beach on Nantucket. Matt is from there, so it made the proposal special. My dress... was Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston. It was a silk chiffon, one-shouldered wedding dress with a floral layout along the strap and hemline. I loved it! It felt very "us" because... it had a lot of nautical touches. I am from Long Island and we both grew up on the water. Matt's grandfather created the Nantucket Red pants which Matt wore...keeping it in the family! We honeymooned in... Italy! We went to Venice, Lake Como, Florence and Positano. It was the trip of a lifetime!
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