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When this for­mer fash­ion di­rec­tor for Bar­neys New York left the U.S., it was to take up res­i­dence on an idyl­lic farm in the English coun­try­side (and to write an in­spi­ra­tional guide to a fab­u­lous life called Al­ways Pack a Party Dress, out now). If any­one knows a thing or two about as­pi­ra­tional guest­ing, it’s this wo­man. Q Yes­ter­day I got the big in­vite: din­ner with my dream man’s fam. How do I make the best pos­si­ble first im­pres­sion? “Bring a gift, ask them about them­selves, say please and thank you and don’t dress too sexy! Also, a hand­writ­ten note af­ter­wards is a must.” Q My friend Sylvia just in­vited me to spend a week­end at her farm. Sar­to­rial sur­vival tips? “Usu­ally peo­ple who live on a farm have tons of prac­ti­cal shoes in ev­ery shape and style, but check with your host to make sure she has your size. Rain gear is com­pul­sory un­less Sylvia has some you can bor­row. I am con­stantly lend­ing vis­it­ing friends ex­tra welling­ton boots and rain jack­ets on our farm.” Q My boss in­vited me to her daugh­ter’s first-birth­day party. What does one even get the tod­dler who has it all? “Ev­ery city has a great toy shop, and I usu­ally ask the sales­per­son what the best toys are for the age of the child I am buy­ing for.”

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