WHY DON’T YOU … ?

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Contents -

Lady Amanda Har­lech on ex­tra­or­di­nary liv­ing

Fash­ion muse, writer, and Karl Lager­feld’s right hand shares her eclec­tic ideas for a truly ex­tra­or­di­nary life.

… WEAR PEARLS. Think so­phis­ti­cated strands like Con­suelo Van­der­bilt or ropes of pearls such as those worn by the Contessa de Castiglione or March­esa Luisa Casati. Layer them like Coco Chanel or wear a sin­gle- or dou­blestrand choker à la Grace Kelly. Chan­nel Bar­bara Hut­ton by adding a lit­tle black jacket. Or sim­ply scat­ter them over a dress and your hair as Mary Stu­art did.

… PLANT A CHAMOMILE LAWN. Try this be­neath an orchard of rare fruit trees wo­ven into an arch for blos­som in the spring.

… WRITE LET­TERS AGAIN. Scrib­ble on bespoke notepa­per from Smyth­son – with a foun­tain pen.

… START MAK­ING AN AL­BUM WITH PHO­TO­GRAPHS. Add de­scrip­tions un­derneath as Ce­cil Beaton did, and stick in any­thing that you col­lect on your trav­els: Wild flow­ers, an in­vi­ta­tion to a won­der­ful masked ball or even po­ems.

… IN­VEST IN MILLER HAR­RIS’S SCENTED CAN­DLES. I would sug­gest the smell of rain.

… DE­SIGN YOUR OWN PLATES. Find a pot­ter who will work with you. Make a green slip glaze with but­ter­flies or an Ellsworth ab­stracted bird stone cut-out on a white ground.

… HANG A PIECE OF FAB­RIC YOU LOVE. It could be a 19th-cen­tury linen sheet. Let it flut­ter in the breeze like a mov­ing paint­ing.

… LEARN A NEW SKILL. Take on a for­eign lan­guage like Ar­gen­tinean Span­ish or ball­room danc­ing.

… MAKE A ROAD TRIP VIA LIN­LITH­GOW. Visit the most north­ern tip of Scot­land and then take a ferry to the is­lands of an­cient song and le­gend.

… SPEND A MO­MENT EV­ERY DAY LOOK­ING UP AT THE SKY. Then do­nate to a char­ity that is sav­ing the last wild frag­ments of the Earth.

Lady Amanda Har­lech

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