Welcome to BE MY GUEST, a weekly newsletter featuring everything that’s worth a look, a taste, a read, a listen, a splurge or a journey. Take notes.
Don’t play games, just this one
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who grew up playing games at every family gathering, and those who didn’t. I am of anti-player descent. In fact, there’s only one game that I later learned to enjoy: UNO, simply because for whatever reason, luck is always on my side there (ask my friends for proof). This year, however, a new card game has caught my attention: «We’re Not Really Strangers», a set of questions created by the woman behind the eponymous Instagram account, that makes for a perfect end-of-the-year-activity. Think «Cards Against Humanity», just deeper, more personal and more connecting. There’s a bunch of editions – from classic ones like «Friendship», «Couples» and «Family» to «Honest Dating», «Breakup» and «Healing». If you’re looking to spice things up with your better half one last time before the new year hits, «XXX» features, well… explicit content. Good night, and good luck.
© We’re not really strangers
Dover Street Market’s publisher is a book collector’s paradise
This week, I randomly stumbled upon a Prada campaign from 1998 that I loved at first sight. It was captured by Norbert Schoerner, a German photographer, and it has by far been his best work to date. Nerding out about those legendary visuals, I landed on Idea, the publisher and bookseller of the Dover Street Market stores, which used to sell a printed copy of these archive images in its online shop (sadly, the very limited product is out of stock by now). There’s still a printed lookbook of Schoerner’s Prada campaign of the following year, but it doesn’t compare. What is equally amazing, however, is the store’s incredibly precious «Superbooks» section, consisting of most wanted publications, such as Juergen Teller’s «Go-Sees», Raf Simon’s «Isolated Heroes» and Cy Twombly’s «Souvenir of D’Arros and Gaeta».
© Idea Ltd
Greatest hits? Greatest knits!
Usually not one to fall under the spell of a celebrity brand, I must admit that I’ve been tempted to shop at «Guest in Residence» more than once. Not only do I love the name of the brand created by supermodel Gigi Hadid and her top notch industry friends, but the designs are pretty cute, too. What’s crucial, though, is the fact that all pieces – for men and women – are fully made of cashmere, and the idea of me hanging around a fireplace in top-to-toe-knitwear is just too appealing. Landing in differently themed drops every few months («Varsity Funk», «Workwear» and «Ski Lodge» are already out), I absolutely wouldn’t mind owning a stack of these loungewear pieces. The Everywear pants and shorts as well as an oversized men’s cardigan are at the top of my list.
© Guest in Residence
Dance after dinner –
a curated BeMyGuest Christmas playlist
Notoriously shy about sharing music with other people, I asked my friend and DJ-turned-art-director M.P. to help me out with a few jolly Christmas jingles that would enlighten not only my home, but yours, too. Because who better to turn to than someone who forgets about your whole entire existence in a record store and leaves you waiting for a straight hour? (Sorry M, but we both know this is how it went down.) Luckily, he took the chance to make it up to me by creating the first «Be My GuestLIST», a music collection to keep up the spirit after the last present has been opened – or, in my case, «Love Actually» has finished. Perfectly funky and groovy, I’m assuming your folks will appreciate Aretha Franklin, Sister Sledge & Co. just as much as you do. So get up and get down, because it ain’t over till it’s over!
Be my GuestLIST - Xmas Dance After Dinner
I’m off for a week and will be back on January 4th. Merry Christmas, people!
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