In honour of my heroine, the incomparable Diane Vreeland who pioneered the Harper’s Bazaar column ‘why don’t you’, here is my weekly instalment of recommendations to bring something a little more extraordinary to everyday life.
…Take a trip to Cartier on New Bond Street and admire the tantalising array of jewels on display. If you’re feeling extravagant, follow in the footsteps of Princess Diana and the infamous Duke of Windsor and buy a Trinity ring to wear on the little finger of your left hand. The three interlocking rings in rose, yellow and white gold were introduced by Louis Cartier in 1924 and has become the embodiment of Art Deco style.
…Explore the taste of Iran at Berenjak. While Iranian food is best tasted in a family’s home, this lovely little gem in Soho is the next best thing. The jujeh kabab tond is poussin marinated in chili, garlic, sumac and red pepper paste and should be the first thing you order.
…Revive your reading habits with a personalised book prescription. The School of Life offers its ‘bibliotherapy’ service for £100 and involves a personal appointment with one of the school’s bibliotherapists. You will be presented with a list of books to enhance and enrich your life just in time for September when that back to school feeling hits.
…Commission a piece of art. One of the best gifts I have received is a painting by Georgie Mason. We worked together to decide on colour, form and texture and I was able to incorporate poetry into the piece which Georgie etched into the drying oil paint. If you feel inspired by the whole process, sign up for one of her art classes at Stepney City Farm and create your own masterpiece.
…Buy yourself some ‘woke’ tarot cards. The Motherpeace tarot deck by Vicki Noble and Karen Vogel takes the traditional white male orientated cards and transforms them by incorporating more diversity of race, gender and culture. Use the pack as a tool for meditation or to aid with tough decisions.