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Grant Woolhead's Notebook

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Out fashion director Grant Woolhead's guide to the finer things in life

Clockwise, from top left: Byredo fragrances, "The Photographer's Daughter" by Slims Aaron, Flame Keepers Hat Club, cherry blossom stems, Enchanted April, Kwabs, Tijuana Picnic.

Restaurant: Tijuana Picnic
You could easily walk past and not spot Tijuana Picnic, as it's very unassuming from the outside. Once inside, I snuggled into a cozy booth under mood lighting with a spicy margherita and delicious guacamole, and I was in heaven! The soft tacos with shrimp and the pork chop in coconut milk are an absolute must. One of the owners, Jean Marc Houmard, is the restaurateur behind Indochine, the gastronomic epicenter of New York's who's who since the mid '80s. 151 Essex Street, Lower East Side, New York


Fashion: Flame Keepers Hat Club
I recently moved to Harlem, and right next door to my building is a great hat shop called The Flamekeepers Hat Club. The guys that work there look so incredibly dapper in suits with pocket squares, black rim glasses, and an array of hats that range from traditional pork pie styles to trilbys. It's really great to see local businesses perpetuating a wonderful heritage by channelling a look that many Harlemites wore back in the 1930s and '40s at the likes of The Cotton Club and The Lennox Lounge. Being from England, I really love it when a man wears a hat well, and if the shop staff are anything to go by, they could put the most fabulous of street stylers to shame. 273 West 121st Street, New York.


Fragrance: The Byredo Store
I've always loved Byredo fragrances for their sophisticated design and exquisite scents. Founder Ben Gorham, a half Indian, half Canadian Swede, has such exquisite taste. He's about to open a beautiful new store on Wooster Street, in SoHo (the launch is slated for mid-May.) Hair perfumes, roll-on oils, room fragrances, and candles will all be available at what is sure to become a neighborhood fixture. Don't miss my favorites: The Amber fragrance collection, and Sunday Cologne. 62 Wooster Street, SoHo, New York.


Music: Kwabs
I'm a huge fan of the British-Ghanaian singer Kwabs. I watch Radio 1 live lounge covers all the time on YouTube, and his entire set was so incredible. He has such an amazing presence, and a really deep, resonant voice. His cover of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" actually made me actually like that song. Check him out at KwabsMusic.com


Flowers: Cherry blossoms
I keep looking up at the cherry trees blooms in the spring, and thinking about how beautiful they look at this time of year. If you happen to have a lovely cherry blossom tree in your front yard, just cut off a couple of stems (if you don't have a tree, order them from your local florist) and bring them into your home: It really adds some spring to your interior. A lovely floor vase with long cherry blossom stems looks incredibly chic, even in a tiny city apartment.


Movie: Enchanted April
I highly recommend watching this movie with Dame Joan Plowright as the lead of a fabulous ensemble cast. Any film with a Dame -- be it Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, or Maggie Smith -- usually makes worthwhile Sunday viewing, but this gem about a group of suppressed British women's self-discovery in a castle on the coast of Italy is especially good. Watch it on Netflix.


Exhibition: Slim Aarons
I have always been a fan of the photographic work of Slim Aarons. Who doesn't like peeking through the looking glass of the lives of the uber-wealthy? These images from the 50s to the 70s really capture a moment in history of the elite, from skiing trips to Gstaad to sunbathing on the Italian Riviera. One of my favorite images he took is of fashion icon CZ Guest at her home, Villa Artemis, in Palm Beach. She really seems not to have a single care in the world! You can currently see a selection of his images at the Leica Store, 460 West Broadway, New York.

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