Old Money Talks Guns

One of the things I’ve noticed since relocating to France in 2017 is the absence of firearms. I’ve only seen them in the possession of on-duty law enforcement officers. Of course, I live in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. Here, being civilized is one of the most highly prized attributes one can exhibit, often communicated … More Old Money Talks Guns

Jaeger-LeCoultre – A Wristwatch to Consider

The wonderful and sometimes irritating thing about travel and learning is that, on occasion, it requires you to rethink your position on certain things. While we have to hold fast to certain values and ideals, we should allow ourselves some flexibility as we consider other, perhaps less important, issues and choices. One such item that … More Jaeger-LeCoultre – A Wristwatch to Consider

Old Money Talks Climate Change

It’s always interesting when Old Money steps up, speaks out, and takes a public position on an issue of immediate importance. The culture’s behavioral compass almost always points toward a constellation of polestars: reserve, discretion, privacy, silence, and secrecy. Voicing one’s opinions on public affairs is for politicians, who, Old Money or not, have thrown … More Old Money Talks Climate Change

Ben Bradlee on Journalism

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the late, great Ben Bradlee, editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate era. His commitment to excellence–and to the truth–during a critical time in this country’s history is inspirational.  He embodied a no nonsense approach to journalism. He also embraced lofty ideals concerning the role ‘the … More Ben Bradlee on Journalism

Re-Thinking Individualism

The pandemic brought more than a few issues to light, especially for the United States. These issues have, at their core, our notion of individuality: our self-reliant, go-it-alone, pioneer spirit that we believe is central to our identity as Americans. Governors and state governments found themselves at odds with the federal government, not for the … More Re-Thinking Individualism

The Simpler, Less Expensive Life in Paris

Of all the words that come to mind when you say ‘Paris’, ‘simpler’ and ‘less expensive’ are probably not frontrunners. The news media consistently lists Paris, London, Tokyo, and New York City among the Top Ten most expensive places to live. What’s more, Paris is often promoted–and often promotes itself–as one of the more glamorous … More The Simpler, Less Expensive Life in Paris

The Annual Back-to-School Wardrobe List…A Little Late

This post is a little late…but still, the annual back to school list of Old Money wardrobe items is a long-standing tradition here on the blog. So if you’ve procrastinated and not done your off-to-college or last-year-of-high-school shopping, good for you. This is the one time that putting something off until the last minute will … More The Annual Back-to-School Wardrobe List…A Little Late

The Aristocrat’s Role

“To be an aristocrat is to be completely fearless. Not reckless, not self-destructive. You must face what comes. Address things as they are. Live life as you find it and make it what you want.” “Know your place. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not, a ‘friend of the common man’. I’m not a friend … More The Aristocrat’s Role

Old Money vs. New Money – The Clothes

I feel like it’s been awhile since we reinforced (for our loyal readers) and introduced (to our new readers) one of the basics of the Old Money lifestyle: the clothes. So let me cover some important points that will articulate the how-to aspect of dressing in Old Money style. More importantly, I’ll review the even … More Old Money vs. New Money – The Clothes

The Refresher: From Susan Cheever

Reprinted from Newsweek magazine…August 2012.   How Modern Preppies Got the Style But Forgot the Values BY SUSAN CHEEVER ON 8/6/12 AT 1:00 AM EDT Oprah Winfrey may give away millions, but titans with a conscience have been on the wane since John D. Rockefeller’s day.CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BETTMANN-CORBIS; STEPANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP-GETTY IMAGES; … More The Refresher: From Susan Cheever