If you read Vanity Fair (admit it if you do- it feels good to let it out), you know that, like most magazines, they have a few recurring bits every month. They have the Proust Questionnaire, Dominic Dunne's monthly dish and my personal favorite: "My Stuff".
"My Stuff" is basically where they do a brief little "interview" with a celebrity/socialite/heir/heiress/art world darling/internationally famous fashion designer/media mogul/business baron/trophy wife where they tell everyone what sort of "stuff" they use.
I read this religiously, a self-imposed torture of sorts.
I mean, c'mon- what a surprise! You mean you only use $2500/set bed sheets? Me too!
You wear a diamond-studded Cartier watch? Ditto!
Of course I only brush my teeth with that one toothpaste with the ground-up wood sprite bones in it- duh.
I thought I would take the list presented to this months interviewee, Katie Lee Joel*, and I would supply my own answers and see how they measure up. (Katie's answers are in parenthesis).
Jeans: (j jeans) Vigoss- they hug my ample booty lovingly and cheaply.
Underwear: (Gapbody) Whatever is less than $5 at Target, T.J. Maxx or Marshalls. I do like Barely There boy shorts a lot. They are very stretchy. (In fact once, I managed to stretch them over my head while I was still wearing them.)
Sneakers: (Stella McCartney for Adidas) Converse slip ons in black.
Watch: (Mens rose-gold Rolex) 10-year Old Men's Fossil Stainless Steel
T-shirt: (Yigal Azrouel experimental tee) This one:
Day bag: (Zac Posen's Devon bag) Right now? 12-year old Carlos Falchi multicolored suede bag that I paid almost nothing for:
Evening bag: (Lanvin) Mostly thrift store vintage (and a few new) mostly 70's & 80's clutches:
Favorite accessory: (Me & Ro gold hoop earrings) My wedding rings (yes, I know that's a gross answer, but really, they go with everything, dahling.)
Favorite Designer: (Yigal Azrouel) One I can't afford: Chloe' One I can: Le Tarjay
Where do you live: (New York) St. Paul
Sheets: (Leontine linens) Olive green flannel from either Target or Marshalls, I think.
Coffee maker: (Capresso) Oster- we got it as a wedding gift 11+ years ago and the damn thing just keeps on working.
Pets: (two Pugs) Pooter
Favorite flower: (Hydrangeas) Stargazer lilies
Favorite gadget: (Minicuisinart) MaxiCuisinart
Favorite neighborhood restaurant: (Sant Ambroeus and BLT Burger) The Happy Gnome (kind of in my neighborhood, sort of) and Supatra's Thai Cuisine.
Favorite cocktail: (The Belle du Jour at the Waverly Inn, only by special request) Choose just one? Ha! Heindricks martini with a slice of cucumber, Maker's Mark Manhattans, A lovely glass of Sancerre or Barbera, or a tall, frosty mug of Franzia Chillable Red.
Favorite dessert: (Banana split made with Graeter's ice cream) Creme brulee' or anything custard-y. Also: dark chocolate.
Favorite snack: (Guacamole and tortilla chips) Ditto. Also: Top the Tater with Ruffles potato chips, and hummus and pretzels.
Favorite ingredient: (butter) Ditto. Also: bacon.
Lipstick: (Whatever is at the bottom of my purse) None lately. Just Terra Tints lip balm in "Blaze" and/or Aveda lip shine in "night Iris"
Mascara: (Maybelline define-a-lash) Cover Girl Lash Exact- best mascara ever.
Shampoo: (Kerastase) Aveda Shampure or Smooth Infusion
Moisturizer: (Nutrogena healthy Defense sPF 30) St. Ives Collagen & Elastin, Aveda hydrating lotion
Hair Product: (L'Oreal Elnett hairspray) Aveda Witch Hazel, Firmata or Air control (see a theme here?)
Perfume: (Don't wear any) Aveda Men, Estee Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude by Tom Ford
Toothpaste: (Crest) Whatever is in the medicine cabinet.
Soap: (Dove) Aveda rosemary-mint or Aveda Lavender body wash.
Nail polish color: (Chanel Vamp) Usually none. On my toes: Anna Sui Cherry red Polish
Who cuts your hair: (Marc Mena at Warren-Tricomi) Usually? Me. Sometimes I go to this salon.
Who does your brows: (Julie Tussey at Warren-Tricomi) Again, Me.
Favorite discovery: (Dufour frozen puff pastry dough. It's so delicious, I love it for chicken pot pie.) Top the Tater, Whore baths, Sweater coats and Emmi Pink Grapefruit Yogurt- dear sweet jeebus this stuff is amazing.
Who inspires you: (My grandmother, when it comes to cooking) Ditto. Also: My Mother, my husband, and Dolly Parton.
Necessary Extravagance: (Expensive Champagne) Amen, sister! Also: Expensive cheese, nice boots, Aveda candles and high-quality heavy cream for cooking.
Favorite place in the world: (Kruger National Park, South Africa) The shore of Lake Superior:
Favorite Billy Joel song: ("All my life" He wrote this song for me as a surprise for our anniversary. he's such a romantic) Um...This one?
*Katie Lee Joel was married to "Uptown Girl" crooner/car smasher-upper Billy Joel in 2004 when she was 26 and he was 55. This picture sums the union up pretty nicely, I think. They're still married as far as I know.