Friday Favorites: 02.23.18

Thank goodness it is Friday! Inevitably, it seems that short holiday weeks end up feeling the longest since you have to cram five days of work into four days. I am ready for the weekend and am happy to report that we don’t have any big plans. Over the past month, work trips have either taken up or cut into almost every weekend for me, so I am hoping to hang out at home and recharge a bit because I am starting to feel run down. Otherwise, it has been a pretty calm and productive week, thankfully. On another note, have you checked out the updated Paloma Contreras Design website? I’ll be adding new projects in a few months, once my book is out. It has killed me to keep them under the radar for so long and I cannot wait to share them with you! Be sure to subscribe because we are starting to post a lot of new content, including a mini series introducing you to the various members of our team. I’m the first one up– read my Q& A here and let me know if anything I shared surprises you. In the meantime, here is what is currently on my radar!

Design: The newest issue of Architectural Digest features a stunning home in Montecito, California designed by Atelier AM. It is, of course, perfectly curated and impossibly elegant. See the full tour here

Style: Earlier this week, Gloria from Directorio Deco shared a glimpse of a recent fashion presentation by street style star Giorgia Tordini and business partner Gilda Ambrosio collection for their label, Attico in Milan. What could make the retro-leaning, super glamorous collection even better? Presenting it in a luxe apartment designed by the legendary Renzo Mongiardino whose pattern-driven interiors for Italy’s jet set prove to be the perfect match for the new Attico collection which you can view here.

Read: After all of my trips to Paris, I have only been to Versailles once. Last summer, when Fabian and I were in Paris, we decided to hire a private tour guide to take us to Versailles as well as Giverny to view Claude Monet’s former residence and gardens. Unfortunately, the day was a wash out! I had so been looking forward to seeing Versailles and exploring the beautiful gardens there, but the rain never stopped. I am really craving a trip to Paris again and am hoping we can squeeze one in in the fall in between the dates for my book tour. Perhaps we could venture to Versailles again and have better luck this time. Until then, I plan to delve into a new book that I just received, Versailles: A Private Invitation. Photographer Francis Hammond was granted unprecedented access to Versailles and gives us a very intimate look at the legendary chateau, taking us into parts of the palace that have been off limits to visitors including Marie Antoinette’s boudoir and the Salon d’Aurore. The photography is stunning and author Guillaume Picon shares fascinating details about French history and the French royal family throughout the book, ensuring that no detail has been missed. It is a must for any of my fellow Francophiles!

Watch: I was finally able to watch Call Me by Your Name while I was in New York a few days ago. I have been dying to see this, the latest film by director Luca Guadagnino who previously directed I am Love, one of my favorite films. Call Me by Your Name was even more beautiful than I had imagined. It is set in Northern Italy during the summer of 1983 and tells the coming of age story of its protagonist, 17 year old Elio played by Timothée Chalemet who finds himself drawn his professor father’s summer intern, a Ph.D. student named Oliver, played the thorougly charming Armie Hammer. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but the film has stuck with me all week. The story feels intimate to the point that you feel Elio’s hopefulness in the beginning as well as his heartbreak at the end of the summer. The scenery is beautiful; the characters supremely sophisticated; and the soundtrack is amazing. I’ve been listening to it all week and as soon as I finish the book I am currently reading, I am planning to read the original novel, Call Me by Your Name, on which the book is based. 

Eat: We often make roast chicken at home. I find that I usually buy organic, free-range, air chilled chicken and have found myself wondering if it is really worth the big price difference or if “air chilled” is just a marketing ploy. It turns out, my instincts to go with the fancy chicken were right and according to this article by Bon Appetit about “The Best Chicken to Buy at the Grocery Store“. 

Shop: I recently became obsessed with Lake Pajamas. Based in Savannah, the line is made from pima cotton which makes it incredibly soft and wrinkle resistant – perfect for travel or lounging around the house. They are the softest pajamas I own. Lake’s signature pattern is stripes, but they recently released their Midnight Collection with a dreamy star print. They’re currently having their Annual Sale, so it’s the perfect time to stock up on the best PJs around!

 

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  1. After having traveled to Paris several times and like you, I had never been to Versailles. I decided to make it the focus of my week in France. I travelled in Late October and stayed in Versailles at the lovely Grand Trianon Hotel, which was originally part of the palace grounds and is a fabulous Hilton resort and spa. I bought a 4 day pass for the Palace and was able to circumvent the tourists. I took a golf cart around the palace grounds in the afternoons and fell in love with the city and the Palace. I was able to actually See things and go back to look a second time. I made a reservation one day for lunch outdoors and one of the lovely restaurants on the grounds.
    I took the train one day down to Chartes to revisit the Cathedral –I was there in 1979 on my first trip to France. And on Sunday, I took the train into the city for a long day and dinner. I think this is a perfect way to see Versailles, It deserves several days. I cannot wait to order the book. Thank you for your recommendation. My next trip I plan to rent a car and spend the night in Giverny, I have visited it twice and again it is fabulous. You will love it.