The Street Where I Live

British by birth, New Yorker by nature.

The Truth About Bikini Shopping

Fashion & BeautyAlexandra king1 Comment
Illustration by brilliant Polly Crossman

Illustration by brilliant Polly Crossman

Somewhere under my regular body must be my bikini body, whisper the lesser angels of even the most normally body confident of women. We simply need to remove a cumbersome set outer casings, Russian doll style, until we find it.

TSWIL in other places alert! On the off chance that you're not subscribed to The Dolly Mail yet (YOU must!) head OVER THERE THIS MINUTE to read a piece from me about the horrors of bikini shopping. If only to hear me compare myself to a sausage (yep). 

And please oh please share any of your bikini woes in the comments section below? (as well as any hot tips on where to buy good ones). 








TGIFAlexandra king1 Comment
waltz and burger

TGIF from a hot cheeseburger-munching Christopher Waltz staring moodily in your general direction. What are you up to this weekend? Tonight Isaac and I are having dinner with friends at one of my favorite restaurants in the city (seriously, this place is delicious).  Then tomorrow I'm planning on checking out the Manus x Machina show at the Met, followed by a stroll through Central Park. Perfection. Wishing you a beautiful one, friends. My usual roundup of favorites below.

A Cold Spring

13 Fucks You Stop Giving When You're A Grown Woman

Let's all run away for the summer to Villa Lena

What happens when you perform the Vagina Monologues in a male prison

Can't wait to see this

Beautiful illustrations by Brooklyn based illustrator Rose Wong

Camel tassles for your camel, obvs, or, in my case, for easy suitcase identification (the next best thing?)

Last week I treated myself to a new white silk shirt from Everlane, and, as ever, they are the best.

Centuries of peacocking in the city

I have not been able to stop thinking about this article

"I would say things like, “I’m sorry I was so grumpy this morning. I was really tired. I love you so much. We’re going to have a great day together.” I loved Joanna's advice to new mothers  

A truly beautiful and meaningful set of rings

On True Love: A Couple in Chicago

Books & Words, Love and MarriageAlexandra king2 Comments

Did you guys see the wonderful old New Yorker interview with a young Barack and Michelle Obama that's been doing the rounds online this week?

In 1996, photographer Mariana Cook began a photography project on couples in America. She interviewed the Obamas, and took the photo above- aren't they adorable here? Fresh faced, long-limbed, determined of countenance. Michelle's body language here is so revealing and beautiful, too, a strong and protective ying to B's languorous yang. Reading their words now is so wonderful ("There is a strong possibility that Barack will pursue a political career" muses Michelle) but it's what Barack says about his then wife of four years that moves me so much. I don't think I've read such a pure description of true love in a very long time.

"Michelle is a tremendously strong person, and has a very strong sense of herself and who she is and where she comes from. But I also think in her eyes you can see a trace of vulnerability that most people don’t know, because when she’s walking through the world she is this tall, beautiful, confident woman. There is a part of her that is vulnerable and young and sometimes frightened, and I think seeing both of those things is what attracted me to her. And then what sustains our relationship is I’m extremely happy with her, and part of it has to do with the fact that she is at once completely familiar to me, so that I can be myself and she knows me very well and I trust her completely, but at the same time she is also a complete mystery to me in some ways. And there are times when we are lying in bed and I look over and sort of have a start. Because I realize here is this other person who is separate and different and has different memories and backgrounds and thoughts and feelings. It’s that tension between familiarity and mystery that makes for something strong, because, even as you build a life of trust and comfort and mutual support, you retain some sense of surprise or wonder about the other person."

I'm going to miss these two.


TGIFAlexandra kingComment
Photo of Monica Belluci and Vincent Cassel via here

Photo of Monica Belluci and Vincent Cassel via here

Another TGIS! My stitches (ew) from my foot surgery come out tomorrow, so have no fear, I'll be back on my feet and back to you this week, my loves. I've had a great weekend, strolling ( enthusiastically limping) around Brooklyn with girlfriends, reading, cracking open the Rose at lunchtime. All the good things. As I write to you, I'm sitting on my bed with a cat on my lap. The trees are whispering in the breeze, shards of afternoon light are flitting across the walls and there's a chicken roasting in the oven ready for family and friends. A good Sunday. Wishing you a fabulous week ahead. My best of the net below.

Wow, dude

Amazing travel advice from Anthony Bourdain

I'm currently on an Alice Neel kick. She's famous for her portraits, but I'm rather partial to her windows.

This song came on at a bar I was in the other day, reminding me of its awesomeness. It also happens to be the best song ever written about a one-night stand, in my humble opinion.

If you happen to be one of the like, four people who haven't yet listened to Tom Hank's Desert Island Discs, you must. It was predictably amazing

Snake charming

(More) Paris minibreak dreams

I intend to treat myself to this gorgeous hairpin next payday

Excited to start this new book

I need to eat one of these right now

I'm in love with this incredible statement necklace

Rug dreams

Hotel Dreams- The Providence Hotel, Paris

Home and Design, Living For The Weekend, TravelAlexandra kingComment

So I know that technically I am sitting in an office in Midtown Manhattan, but I'd like to urgently convey that in my head I'm at The Providence Hotel in Paris. Let me take you on a little tour.

The restaurant and bar looks like this.

Each of the rooms are individually decorated with vintage furniture, and all come stocked with a full cocktail bar. Also, that headboard.

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 3.41.26 PM.png
Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 3.41.06 PM.png

How dangerously luxurious is this room? Also since when did I actually like, no, LOVE, wallpaper?

A bed for dreaming and mustard velvet banquettes for reading/cocktail-ing.

Just you, a clawfoot tub, and some cute Parisian chimneys for company.

Simply heavenly, non? 


All photos courtesy of Hotel Providence


TGIFAlexandra kingComment
Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 3.05.09 PM.png

Another TGIS! I remain a whole lot less mobile courtesy of a bandaged foot, but,nonetheless have hopped around like a mad thing this week, juggling work, art fairs, a nasty cold and cursing at the miserable grey, rainy weather front that has blighted New York over the last two weeks. As you can tell, I'm feeling a little sorry for myself (fidgets don't make good patients-oh no no no). Send me healing vibes, you guys. My best of the net this week below.

A necklace for every outfit you own

And I adore this dress for a chic wedding get-up

In my head I'm here

I have no room for these incredible mid century brass wall planters but I'm hoping you do

The Compliment Diet

All working girls need one perfect coffee mug for their desk, say I.

An airport I wouldn't mind a layover in

How to take off a sari

Gigi Hadid by Camilla Akrans

Obsessed with these beautiful handmade clogs

Madame Tussaud and the weird world of wax women

"Ooooh clover honey. More honey. Look! Mushrooms!"



Alexandra kingComment

TGIF! Actually it's Sunday now, so TGIS? Apologies for the delay, I wound up getting surgery on my foot on Friday, and ever since have been hopping around on a deeply unattractive orthopedic flipflop and feeling very sorry for myself INDEED. I send you these links from my perch on the sofa. Hope it's been a beautiful one, my loves.

I'm not usually a huge necklace fan- but this? This I want

Oh Helen Mirren my heart beats for you

YES best casting ever?

How the other fifth lives

Whoah Dyson made a hairdryer

Oh Amy how do I love thee let me count the ways.

35 beautiful flower arrangement ideas

Photographer Dave Benett's photos from the 90's

Two Queen beds and a bathtub in the room? This might be the most perfect girls weekend destination ever

Mariel and Margaux

A song for a rainy Sunday