Grant Woolhead's Notebook
By Grant Woolhead
Clockwise, from left: "Santal Majuscule" by Serge Lutens, the Blue Blar at the Algonquin, "Physique Pictural" by Taschen, Samarcande paperweight by Hermès; the Storm King Art Center.
Art: The Storm King Art Center
It's a really wonderful time of year to visit this art center in Moutainville, NY. If you have a car: fantastic! If not, it's easy to take the bus from Port Authority bus terminal. During these fall weekends when the trees are changing colors, it's very beautiful. This open-air museum has a fantastic collection of giant sculptures from the likes of Richard Serra and Henry Moore, as well as pieces by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Goldsworthy.
Accessory: Winkle Pickers by Saint Laurent
The first pair of winkle pickers I ever bought were for my 21st birthday party, and they were Miu Miu. That was 15 years ago, and I still have them and love them! This season, Saint Laurent did a fantastic pair with silver buckles that make a noise like spurs when you walk. They should be on your must-have list when the spring collection hits the stores.
Book: "Physique Pictorial, The Complete Reprint"
A three-volume set published by Taschen that collects every issue of the infamous magazine Physique Pictoral, which was in print between 1951 and 1990. It's an endless source of inspiration, with very stimulating photography by Bruce of Los Angeles and James Bidgood, to name a few.
Fragrance: "Santal Majuscule" by Serge Lutens
I go to Paris twice a year for Fashion Week and I never miss a chance to visit this fabulous Serge Lutens boutique in the Palais Royal. I adore this sandalwood fragrance, which you can order online. This place is a great excuse to go to Paris for the experience and find out which perfume suits you best, although a whiff of this fragrance alone would make you want to buy a croissant, drink wine at lunchtime, and wear your winter scarf in a jaunty fashion, à la Serge Gainsbourg.
Drink: The Algonquin Blue Bar
Long gone are the days when Eartha Kitt used to perform here, but the Blue Bar at The Algonquin, in Midtown Manhattan, is a great place to kick back in the winter and try a classic whiskey cocktail. My recommendation: The Algonquin cocktail, which is dry vermouth, rye, and pineapple juice. Drinks are a bit pricey, but it's worth a visit just to see the Al Hirschfield drawings on the walls and listen to some classic jazz.
Home: Hermès Paperweight
I bought an Hermès paperweight for a friend of mine about a year ago as a "thank you" gift, and I loved it so much that I decided to get one for myself. I've always been a fan of desk accessories. The horse head Samarcande in palissander wood is a fabulous gift -- to yourself or someone else-- if you feel like splashing out.
Song: "New York State of Mind" by Barbra Streisand
This week, I'm playing Barbra Streisand's version of "New York State of Mind" on repeat. The song is originally written by Billy Joel, but I prefer Barbra's version from 1976. I had it on in the car this morning and sang full blast!