Lupita Nyong’o returns to Kenya in the season’s most glorious prints. Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, October 2016.

From top to bottom: Chloé dress + Cara Croninger earrings + Christian Louboutin shoes // Roberto Cavalli dress + Cara Croninger earrings + Roxanne Assoulin bracelets // Valentino dress + Ippolita earrings // Kiki Clothing handkerchief dress + Soko earrings.

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EMERALD A treasury of greens.

Left : Belt (Omega) circles bodysuit, Narcissa at Soho Showroom. Earrings (Michele Leight). Sunglasses (Robert Marc). Center: Bag (Bottega Veneta). Sweater (Perry Ellis). Watch (Detail). Bangles (Tanis Kmetyk). Earrings (Tri-Axis). Right : Azure belt (Locomotive) hip-sits sweater and stirrup pants (Benetton). Bangles on left arm, all by Steven Rosen. Yellow-and-green bangle on right arm (Cara Croninger at Art Wear). Pumps (Manolo Blahnik). All gloves (La Crasia). Narcissa bodysuit at Macy’s, NYC; Knitwit, Philadelphia. Perry Ellis sweater at Bonwit Teller, NYC; I. Magnin, San Francisco; Neiman Marcus. Benetton sweater at Benetton stores. For details and more stores, see Shopping Guide

Page 180: Benetton, Stirrup Pant, $35.00, At selected Benetton stores. Tanis Kmetyk, Wood bracelet, Nordstrom on the West Coast, Mishon-Mishon (NYC), Aero (Philadelphia). Tri-Axis, Earrings, $12.00, Macy’s (NYC). Bottega Veneta, Suede bag, $360.00, Bottega Veneta stores in (NYC, Stamford Town Center, Beverly Hills). Manalo Blahnik, Crocodile pumps, $1200.00, Manolo Blahnik, (NYC). Robert Marc, Sunglasses, Robert Marc Opticians (NYC). Locomotive, Belt. $40.00, Bergdorf Goodman, (NYC), Bloomingdale’s (NYC), Neiman Marcus, (All stores). Narcissa at Soho, bodysuit also available at Bloomingdale’s (NYC), Melon’s (NYC). 

Every Easter, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving, my girl and I pick up our friend Cara Croninger at this little French bakery, then drive upstate to spend the day with the boys, and other family and friends. Cara has been creating gorgeous modernist jewelry for decades. She’s brilliant, and warm, and I adore her. 

This weekend we went to her open house, and my son’s father, who is her publicist, took this picture of a bunch of her resin heart necklaces. Walking around her warehouse studio I realized she is the living embodiment of the phrase–“an artist’s work is never done.” Vogue, other magazines, stylists–they’re all still pulling her stuff for shoots and events. Even at her age, she’s not a footnote; she’s still rocking it. 

Just a reminder to myself that art is art; I can make stuff, and start a new career, and write what I want, even though I’m pushing 40 (hard).