ANNIE DEAN, BLOGGER, THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE
YOUR LOVELY WEDDING THIS TIME LAST YEAR AT THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK WAS BEAUTIFULLY CAPTURED IN TOWN & COUNTRY. ONCE YOU DECIDED ON THE VENUE, DID YOU CHOOSE THE DATE TO CORRESPOND WITH THE WONDERFUL CECIL BEATON EXHIBITION?
Oh, man. There were so many things surrounding our wedding that were just drenched in good luck. I went to my best friend’s house in Connecticut to try on the wedding dress she’d found for me in Houston (before we were engaged!), not knowing that Peter was five miles away at my parents house asking for my hand in marriage. Peter proposed to me in my favorite spot in New York, not knowing I’d ever been there. We booked our wedding date not realizing it was the two year anniversary of our first date. And after we’d inked the contract with the museum, we learned that there’d be a Cecil Beaton exhibit installed within a few weeks, to be removed the day after our wedding. (As a matter of fact, it was later extended beyond that date.) I’m a huge fan of Cecil Beaton and the artwork fit our personal aesthetic perfectly. So no, we didn’t choose it. But we were thrilled about it!
YOU ARE A LAWYER BY DAY AND A BRAND NEW BLOGGER BY NIGHT. DO YOU EVER IMAGINE A SHIFT IN THESE ROLES?
My law degree is the most important investment I’ve ever made – both with my time and my money. It has given me analytical and logical reasoning skills that are incredibly valuable and that I wouldn’t otherwise have. For better or worse (and I’d argue better!), law school changes your brain. That said, I always thought the law would be the first step in my career. I’m a very energetic, visually creative person and I love being around people. It’s rare to find a corner of the law that caters to those priorities. So in other words: I hope someday!
THE ESSENCE OF YOUR BLOG IS OF COURSE STYLE — FASHION, ENTERTAINING, ETIQUETTE AND SO ON. WHO IS THE MOST STYLISH PERSON YOU KNOW AND HOW DOES HE OR SHE INSPIRE YOU?
I keep a close circle of very loyal friends who I admire outrageously. There’s not one most stylish person. But each person I love has his or her own superlative. I think “style” includes absolutely everything. Style is perspective. The only way to have style is to keep learning and evolving and staying inspired. I’m very lucky that my friends and family are a constant source of inspiration. And I’m always looking for new friends to learn from and swoon over!
WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?
A truly joyous life to me would be partly fabulous clothing, excitement and chaos, full of challenges and problems to solve, enough time to be frequently surrounded by friends (and a home where everyone is always dropping in!), and at least one day a week of total peace with just my husband and my pup, an excellent book and a cup of something warm. I wouldn’t be disappointed if that cup were limoges.
COMB OR BRUSH?
DO YOU LIKE YOUR NAME?
I love it! I’ve always been a two name person, “Annie Dean.” Never just Annie. I want to give my kids strong names. It gives you a sense of confidence.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: MY AGE IS…………….
WHAT’S FOR DINNER TONIGHT?
Tonight is Sunday so Peter gets to pick any takeout he wants (we generally eat healthy and homemade during the week). I’m rooting for Indian!