Deanna Littell's Charm School

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In Editor's Desk on June 21, 2011 at 10:25 am


The Summer Solstice today makes it official,but during the run-up we’ve all been shopping. First we needed a great little short caftan-cum-beachdress (like the one to the right from Joie).  Then at least two pairs of espadrilles- one flat, French and traditional, such as the ones from Soludos and the other platformy & strappy a la -Paloma Barcelo. Then don’t forget a folding fan. Nothing is more charming-it keeps you cool at the bus stop & in a more bucolic setting for a picnic in the park. Bring back the parasol! Nothing is more charming. I got a beautiful one of wood & paper on the street, painted with delicate Asian flowers. You can also try Pearl River Trading Co.

So about that picnic-get yourself a lovely but sturdy wicker basket  & fill it up with all your favorite treats for a potable cocktail party in the park. Estandon rosé with (plastic) stemware, baguettes from the BlackCat Bakery split in half & spread with creamy Normandy butter & Dijon mustard, D’Artagnan country paté with Maille cornichons, all served on your best enameled metal plates from Pearl River.

And to finish off your summer look, Goldsmiths has created replicas of Holly Golightly’s over sized frames to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (available at Artsee Eyewear, 212-414-0900). How charming. Continuing with the Tiffany theme,  you can hop over to the St. Regis to see the newly opened Tiffany suite. It features a dining room, living room and bedroom reflecting Tiffany’s aesthetic. The dining room resembles a Tiffany blue box with a sparkling jewel of a crystal chandelier. The walls and ceiling are painted Tiffany blue trimmed with white moldings. Book now for the most charming wedding night.

If you need a break from summer shopping, go see what the Cone sisters bought on their shopping sprees in Paris in the early 1900s, as advised by Gertrude Stein. It’s all in an exhibit at the Jewish Museum, “Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters” (closes September 25, 2011).

Don’t forget to check out my charming charms at



Kate Spade, in collaboration with the Strand, has a charming boxed set of 7 stories by 7 women. For $35, you won’t mind if they drip a dollop of sunscreen on them by accident.

Summer Secrets by Barbara Freethy. A mystery involving three sailboat-racing sisters.

The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone by Mary Gabriel.

Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series published by Random House. Try the Pushkin, Rimbaud, and Rilke volumes.