Friends and Money

David, one of our long-time community members and frequent finder of thought-provoking articles for this blog, sent me this story recently. I think it’s quite interesting, and I’d love to hear some experiences you’ve had with this issue. That is: how do you handle developing and maintaining friendships with people who have a very different … More Friends and Money

Clothing and Character

We frequently discuss clothing here–timeless style, function over fashion, style icons, back to school basics–but more often than not, we’re circling the issue of how your clothes reflect your values. What I don’t know is if we’ve ever explored this angle: do clothing choices come from certain (Old Money) values, priorities, and habits? Or can … More Clothing and Character

Conversation From The Twilight Zone

“Bonjour.” “Bonjour.” “J’adore votre ensemble. C’est tres elegant.” “Merci beaucoup.” “Vous habitez a Paris?” “Oui.” “Un Parisien, tres bien!” “Non, je suis americain.” “Oh, okay. Hi. Me, too. I’m visiting for Fashion Week.” “That must be interesting.” “It is. There’s so much going on. I was just wandering about your outfit. It’s so retro.” “Thank … More Conversation From The Twilight Zone

The Annual Back To School Wardrobe List

Bonjour, etudiants! It’s that time again…time to put the summer clothes away and assess what you need to acquire (or locate in the back of the closet) in order to be appropriately dressed to go back to school. If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll probably have a vague recollection of us going through this exercise … More The Annual Back To School Wardrobe List

Old Money: In Their Own Words

The moment one enters a dining establishment is the moment the person dining there accepts that he or she will always be ‘wrong’ that evening. What do I mean by this? I mean that you, as the customer, are going to accept responsibility for any misunderstandings that occur with the restaurant staff that evening.  The … More Old Money: In Their Own Words

The Limits of Belief

Most of the time, my life here in the City of Light is a steady but varied melange (French word) of writing, reading, phone calls, emails, meetings, long walks, and casual conversations. But every once in awhile, the routine’s sidewalk-cafe dreaminess is jolted, and I get cranky. The most recent occasion was marked by a … More The Limits of Belief

Exemplars: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Continuing our year of honoring extraordinary women, today we remember Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In addition to the entry that appears in Old Money, New Woman below, she’ll be remembered for raising two very fine children. Happy Birthday, Ms. Kennedy. After attending Vassar, the Sorbonne, and George Washington University, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis landed her first … More Exemplars: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Old Money: In Their Own Words

OMG and contributor “Mary Louise Case” (not her real name, for those of you who’ve inquired) has more on her mind. Enjoy! The luck of the draw An aspect of Old Money that people often cite with wonder is the ever-present luck which Old Money enjoys. From the outside looking in, it appears there is … More Old Money: In Their Own Words

Your Wristwatch: Telling More Than Just The Time

I’ve written before about appropriate, tasteful, and reasonably priced wristwatches, singling out the stainless steel Rolex and the Cartier tank watch as perennial favorites of mine. Preowned models in good condition can be purchased from reputable dealers in the range of 2000 to 6000 dollars. Not inexpensive, but not ridiculous for a lifetime investment. As … More Your Wristwatch: Telling More Than Just The Time