Diana: Her Fashion Story: I’ve never visited Kensington Palace and it’s at the top of my London to do list. Just this past week, a new exhibit opened celebrating the fashion of Diana, Princess of Wales. Among the beauties on display is the iconic velvet gown she wore while dancing with John Travolta at the White House. I treasured this book when it came out and can’t wait to see her legendary outfits in person. The exhibit is open until 2018. READ POST
Cy Twombly at the Pompidou: I don’t have a trip to Paris scheduled until May (I’m going with my mom and Grandma Rita—girls trip!), but this may have to change. You see, a spectacular Twombly exhibit is open at the Pompidou and I’m absolutely itching to see it. The major retrospective includes over 100 works of art, including drawings, sculptures, paintings, and photographs. Can’t make it in person? The book looks beautiful. Open until April 24. READ POST
We Will Rise: Tune in to CNN Wednesday night at 9pm ET to see a documentary about Michelle Obama’s mission to educate girls around the world. Joined by Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and CNN’s Isha Sesay, the First Lady journeys to Morocco and Liberia to meet young women fighting for an education against all odds. Every time I see the film trailer on CNN International I get goosebumps. I’ll be tuning in. READ POST
Simon and I will be spending a few days in London before our Istanbul honeymoon, and I’m hoping to stop by this Alex Katz show at the Serpentine Galleries. Titled “Quick Light,” the show includes landscapes, cityscapes, and portraiture spanning decades of Katz’s career. His portraits of his wife, Ada, are always among my favorites (this book, which I own and treasure, sums up her chicness). Seen any great exhibits lately…? I’d love to hear!
I’m back on a reading kick lately and it feels great. My random recents include The Girl on the Train, Murder is Mesopotamia (I was Agatha Christie obsessed when I was little and when I found a copy in a museum shop in Berlin, I had to reread it), and Out of Africa (can’t wait to visit the Karen Blixen Museum here in Denmark). This morning I just placed a big order to Amazon for summertime. Below are 13 recent releases I’m looking forward to. Anything I’m missing? What have you recently read and loved? Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!
The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
This highly anticipated debut novel takes place in 1960’s California and follows a young woman as she gets wrapped up in a Charles Manson-like cult. Thrilling, intriguing, and awesomely creepy.
The After Party: A Novel by Anton DiSclafani
Penned by the bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, this new novel tells the story of 1950s Texas socialites. It’s a charming historical fiction read for those intrigued by garden clubs and glittering balls.
Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danler
This book is for the foodies out there. Set in Brooklyn, it’s been hailed as the new Kitchen Confidential. A hipster love triangle full of tattoos, champagne, and oysters.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
After happening upon his wife’s charm bracelet on the one-year anniversary of her death, a charming widower takes off on a life-changing journey to London, Paris, and India. Just reading the summary made my heart swell!
The Assistants by Camille Perri
If you’re at the bottom of the ladder working your way up, you’ll surely get chuckle out of this debut novel. Billed as “9 to 5 for the student loan generation” the story of assistant Tina Fontana looks entertaining and fun.
If you love Lady Brett Ashley, then you’re bound to enjoy this new piece of non-fiction that gives a behind-the-scenes view of Hemingway and his inner circle.
A Wife of Noble Character: A Novel by Yvonne Georgina Puig
I’ve never spent time in Texas, but boy does it fascinate me. Out in August, this is the hilarious tale of 30-year-old Vivienne Cally who is scheming for a rich husband “among Houston’s high-powered, oil-money elite.”
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
I’ve already shared about this new novel by the author of The Vacationers. Set in Brooklyn, the story of three college bandmates that have grown-up and had families of their own is getting rave reviews.
The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson
Upon reading it was “a novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal…” this book jumped to the top of my list. By the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, comes this tale of small town England on the eve of World War I.
Rich and Pretty by Rumaam Alam
This widely hyped story of two life-long best friends, Sarah and Lauren, takes an honest look at modern female friendship and how it evolves as we grow up.
My Mrs. Brown: A Novel by William Norwich
The rave reviews of this novel by fashion writer William Norwich have me eager to give it a go. The story of a modest, middle-aged woman that travels to New York to splurge on a fabulous dress looks like a sweet and charming beach read.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
You’ve heard me mention this one before. Already a New York Times Bestseller, it’s a delightful, humorous tale of Upper East Side wealth, gossip, and family dysfunction.