Bon Weekend: 5 March 2022
While it feels like world is about to end there are a few good things happening this month. In addition to new exhibitions, shows to binge, and clothes to buy, the US returns to Daylight Saving Time which means it will stay light out later and hopefully make everyone feel a little better.
Also, I’ve always thought of Habitually Chic as a place to escape things going on in the world so I won’t be posting about the War in Ukraine on the blog. That doesn’t mean that I don’t care or that I’m not following what’s going on.
Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be the first exhibition devoted to works on paper by the celebrated French artist who navigated vast artistic and political divides throughout his life—from his birth in Paris in 1748 to his death in exile in Brussels in 1825. His iconic works captured the aspirations and suffering of a nation, while addressing timeless themes that continue to resonate today.
At the Guggenheim Museum, Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle will unfold in reverse chronological order, starting with his late-life paintings and proceeding upward along the Guggenheim’s spiral ramp. His was not a fixed path from representation to abstraction, but rather a circular passage traversing persistent themes centered around the pursuit of one dominant ideal: the impulse for spiritual expression. This, what Kandinsky called the artist’s “inner necessity,” remained the guiding principle through the periodic redefinitions of his life and work.
The buzziest new place in New York right now is the Pebble Barr at Rockefeller Center. According to 6sqft, the 19th-century townhouse was once home to a beloved Irish saloon that refused to move during the construction of Rockefeller Center. The newly opened glamorous Pebble Bar now stretches across three floors of the building at 67 West 49th Street, where the pub named Hurley’s served New Yorkers for over 100 years. Designed by Gachot Studios, Pebble Bar features a bar overlooking Sixth Avenue, a moody 35-seat dining room with a marble-lined oyster bar, and fourth-floor flexible event space and “secret” entrance.
The owners of Hurley’s refused to sell in the 1920s when John D. Rockefeller Jr. began acquiring land to create Rockefeller Center. Instead, the 70-story RCA Building, aka 30 Rockefeller Center, was built around the townhouse, which was described by Jack Kerouac as being “the pebble at the hem of the shoe of the immense tall man which is the RCA Building.” (Hence, Pebble Bar.) It’s already popular with Cousin Greg of Succession played by Nicholas Braun and SNL stars so expect some celebrity sightings to send to Deux Moi.
The word coda is an acronym that stands for child of deaf adult(s) and the film CODA won a few awards at the recent Sag Awards ceremony. It stars Emilia Jones as the daughter of deaf parents and sister to a deaf brother who dreams of singing. I didn’t think it was groundbreaking but it was a feel good story that can be watched with the whole family.
Everyone kept asking me what I was going to watch after Euphoria finished and I decided on Vikings: Valhalla on Netflix. In this sequel to Vikings, a hundred years have passed and a new generation of legendary heroes arises to forge its own destiny — and make history. It stars a buff Leo Sutter who you may or not remember from Sanditon on PBS. It has a great score on Rotten Tomatoes and I’ve been enjoying it immensely.
On a side note, Sanditon will return for season two on March 20, 2022. Leo Sutter will not return, nor will Theo James, who is currently shooting season two of The White Lotus on Sicily with Jennifer Coolidge, who is returning for season two.
Pieces of Her feels like it was an hour long Lifetime movie stretched to eight episodes for Netflix. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and it’s worth watching for Toni Collette.
The most talked about and visited new museum in Paris right now is the Hôtel de la Marine and The French Royal Wardrobe: The Hôtel de la Marine Restored illustrates the restoration with beautiful photos and the history of the historic building on the Place de la Concord.
Garden and history buff will appreciate Architects of an American Landscape: Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Reimagining of America’s Public and Private Spaces that was just released in January.
I’ve been trying to shop less lately but I will also make an exception for summer dresses. I bought the Voluminous Poplin Dress in navy and navy and white stripes so I’m ready when warm weather arrives. It runs large so I took two sizes down but it’s perfect for hot days when you want something loose to wear with flat sandals. It’s also available in white. I bought the navy Relaxed Fit Midi Shirtdress. It has stretch and fits a little slimmer so I only took one size down.
I ordered these chic and comfortable Hogan H429 suede-trimmed sneakers to wear on my March walks to Central Park to enjoy the warmer weather and spring blooms.
I still love Le Labo Santal 33 but it just doesn’t smell as good as when it was first released. I was shopping at the Bergdorf Goodman Men’s store last weekend with my friend Andrew Brown when I found Byredo Mumbai Noise. It reminds me of the Loewe 001 Perfume that I bought last summer and Santal 33. Rich, warm woods and amber are blended with brightness while plummy Davana vibrate together with leather; bitter coffee notes are stirred with sweet tonka beans. A little goes a long way and it lasts all day.
Glossy skin referred to as glazed donut skin is the look of the moment and Agent Nateur h o l i ( b r i g h t ) resurface glass face mask is one of the keys to the look. “Formulated with a combination of powerful ingredients, including aloe vera, french silk peptides, pitaya, hyaluronic acid, and cucumber, this brightening beauty-boosting, resurfacing treatment is deeply hydrating, calming and soothing while also actively and gently resurfacing and refining the texture of your skin and minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.” If you have an event or need a skin pick me up, it’s perfect for creating a glow.
The outside air in New York is cold and dry while the inside air if extremely hot and dry. Because of this, my lips have been extremely dry and flaky. I know my facialist would tell me just to use a wet washcloth to slough off the skin so when that didn’t work, I decided to try a few new products. I used the La Mer Lip Polish first and the grainy scrub and applicator really helped smooth my lips. At night, I’ve been using the Laneige Vanilla Lip Sleeping Mask and my dry lips have been completely healed just in time for spring. The Lip Sleeping Mask would be great for long flights too.