Seen and Heard:, NY Times Sunday Styles Section, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, Winter Hair

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GOOP.COM I have been purging my bedroom, bathroom and closet over the past week – doing my “winter” post-holiday cleaning.  I try to be healthy and have the habit of buying vitamins at the health food store – and it’s amazing how quickly time passes and bottles expire.  I was literally tossing expired vitamins this morning and thinking to myself that the process of buying vitamins and knowing which ones to take individually vs. multivitamins can be confusing — and of course between children, managing a home, taking care of dogs and working on The Well Appointed House, it’s hard to squeeze in time to research the ins and outs of vitamins.  How many should you take at once, can you take too many, are there any drawbacks to taking vitamins, etc…  As if she read my mind, Gwyneth Paltrow published her latest Journal entry today on her website — entitled “A Vitamin & Supplement Cheat Sheet”.  Check it out here.


SUNDAY STYLES – The New York Times: I always enjoy my morning coffee on Sundays while perusing The New York Times.  The Sunday Styles section is always a highlight.  This week, I really enjoyed the cover story on Secret Histories.  Did any of you read it? If not, read it here – it’s a good one.    


The article touches on family secrets often only revealed after death.  I particularly enjoyed the story of Itzhak Goldberg, who lived through the Holocaust.  His family secret was a sad one and it’s when I read articles like this that I feel grateful for life and not having to endure what so many people have before us.  Reading this article reminded me that I had wanted to mention on the blog (and forgot) a book that I just loved and wanted to recommend to our readers. It is called The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

I think it’s a great book club book.  From the author, Kate Morton’s website:

1961:  On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, a sixteen-year-old Laurel hangs out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize.  But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.

2011:  Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds–Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy–who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatally entwined…

It’s the perfect non-fiction version of the NY Times editorial.  Order it and read it if you haven’t already!  I couldn’t put it down.  It’s a great beach read, too, if you have travel planned.  The author has a great website, too.

WINTER HAIR TIP: My hair seems to get dry in the winter – does yours?  I have blonde hair, which of course I highlight — and blowdrys and the heat of winter seem to kill my hair.  Am I the only one?  I’m not a big hair product person, but I recently discovered two products that I put on my hair (one or the other, not both) before drying it.  I don’t recommend products often, but I really love these and how they smooth dry, winter hair.

That's me - blow dries and heat really damage hair in the winter!

That’s me at a recent event in NYC at the American Museum of Natural History – blow dries and heat really damage hair in the winter!


So here they are: Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Blow Dry Cream.  When I can’t locate that, I buy Living Proof Prime Style Extender.  They are lifesavers to me in the winter.  Try them!




That’s all for now! It’s freezing here in Greenwich and with that, I’ll leave you with this charming photo of Tory Burch’s porch.  My next post will be about planning for Spring.  Start thinking about your outdoor spaces now.  Lead times on outdoor patio furniture can often be two months.  Start planning!  ~Melissa Hawksgarden porch


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