Creative director of Chantecaille Beauté, shares her perfect day in the city
he first thing that wakes me up in the morning is the sound of my one-year-old daughter, Delphina, cooing in her crib. It’s such a happy way to start the day. My husband [Ren Grady] and I grab her bottle and our cappuccinos, and then we snuggle together in bed.
Our cosy morning continues with breakfast at home, so we stay in our pyjamas and robes. We’ve been learning to cook, which is a new exciting adventure for us, so I stock up on fresh eggs and fruit from the Union Square Farmers’ Market.
After eventually changing out of our PJS—I typically throw on an easy dress from Peter Pilotto or Giambattista Valli with Lanvin flats, that way I can walk everywhere—we head out for coffee at Ground Support Cafe. It’s the absolute best cup of coffee in Manhattan and it’s one of those places that takes it very seriously.
There’s nothing better than New York in spring, so we spend the morning walking around when it’s warm out. Flowers are a huge obsession for my daughter and I, so if I can swing it, we go to the flower market on 28th Street and pick out an arrangement for our house. We also love to take her to ABC Carpet & Home. It has a wonderful children’s section with tons of stuffed animals and the whole place feels like one massive playroom. The main floor is reminiscent of a souk in Morocco with hanging lanterns and lights, making it very stimulating and visually exciting for Delphina.
We then make our way over to the High Line, an old railroad track that’s been transformed into an elevated park running from Gansevoort Street up to 34th Street. Along the way we pop into a few galleries in Chelsea—paul Kasmin, Mary Boone and Gagosian are a few of our favourites.
If we don’t end up lunching at The Standard Grill, which borders the High Line, we grab a bite with Delphina at Ladurée