Peter Copping and Rambert Rigaud At Home in Normandy


One can’t help but admire the country estate of Peter Copping, artistic director of Oscar de la Renta, and his talented husband, florist Rambert Rigaud. Situated on a picturesque plot of land in Normandy, the mere sight of the couple’s stately vacation home makes my country house dreams run wild. Vogue shared a handful of photos of the retreat by Pascal Chevallier back in May and, more recently, Architectural Digest published lovely photos of the property by Richard Powers. The interiors are so richly layered—silk ikat lampshades, woven tapestries, a decadent four-poster bed—I can’t help but fancy a visit. Slumber party Chez Copping, who’s with me…?








(photography watermarked AD by Richard Powers, all other photos by Pascal Chevallier)

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Fitness Favorite: Outdoor Voices


While in California last winter, I began working out regularly for the first time in my life. Discovering that exercise could be something other than evil torture was, in many ways, the best thing that ever happened to me. I not only lost the 10 pounds that had creeped up on me over a long, depressing year in New York, but also found that I had more energy and was motivated to make generally healthier choices (like eating salad because I’m almost 30 and have been told it’s something grown-ups do). So, after a busted knee in March that left me hobbling up the stairs for several weeks (and subsequently moving to Chicago, falling in love, and indulging in my fair share of deep dish pizza), I’ve finally faced my fears and returned to the gym. So far I’ve stuck to the treadmill, but am also excited to take pilates, yoga, and zumba classes (I used to think classes looked so daunting and/or lame, but have since found them to be, in short, the best thing ever).

One of my biggest motivations to exercise is all the cute workout gear out there. This week, I ordered an Athena top from the smart and chic fitness brand Outdoor Voices. I was wavering on it, feeling self-conscious about showing my one-pack abs, but then I spotted this awesome photo of Lena Dunham sporting it on their instagram, and I pulled the trigger. Lena, rock on with your bad self.

I would love to hear about your favorite fitness brands and/or workout motivators. Do you have a favorite pair of leggings or sneakers you can’t live without? What gets you up and out the door to the gym? Fill me in!







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My New Apartment in Chicago’s Hyde Park



My apologies for being MIA late last week–we moved! Seeking new adventures (and more space!), Alfred and I have relocated to Chicago’s Hyde Park. It’s a beautiful, tree-lined neighborhood on Chicago’s south side known for the University of Chicago (my grandparents’ alma mater), Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House, and, more recently, the Obamas’ private residence. The top photo is the bay window in our new living room; the bottom was snapped on a Saturday morning stroll through our handsome new hood (those hydrangeas!). The new space has hardwood floors, white walls and molding, glass door knobs, and other quirky features. I’m so excited to share the decorating process with you and explore more of the neighborhood – be on the lookout for a guide to Hyde Park sometime soon. In the meantime, back to unpacking. Wish me luck!

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Yves Saint Laurent Reopens Couture


Yves Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane confirmed yesterday that the famed French fashion house will soon be reopening their couture business. Though I’m unlikely to ever be a client, I can’t wait to see what creations they dream up. The new atelier will be housed in a 17th-century Parisian mansion known as the Hôtel de Sénecterre. The chic space’s furniture and art will be a combination of Slimane’s and the house’s private collections. There’s no harm in dreaming…










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