Wednesday, December 3

My Favorite Things: Michael Devine

Michael Devine with his Grandmother

My Favorite Things series was such a hit last year that I thought I would do it again this holiday season. Not only is it one of my very favorite songs, but also I love to know what others cherish and hold dear, especially at this time of the year. Having just kicked off the holiday season with Michael and Thomas, this seemed an appropriate first profile. I particularly love the photo of Michael with his “first style icon” as he lovingly referred to his Grandmother.

I have so many wonderful profiles to share with you over the next few weeks so be sure to bookmark All the Best. I would also like to know your favorite things. You can email me at or leave them in the comment section. I will compile at list of readers’ favorite things and post it on Christmas Eve. You can include a photo too if you wish and I will select a few to publish.

Michael Devine:

My favorite gift to give this year?
The notepad and pencil cup from my new signature collection in the patten Bagatelle. It's so handy—the pad is easy to find even on my messy desk.

My favorite gift to receive?
Every year Thomas has one standard gift to give me—a year worth of Aqua Di Parma cologne. It’s my favorite scent.

My favorite way to celebrate the holidays?
We have hosted a very, very small dinner on Christmas Eve with our friends Michael Rosenberg, Leonard Kowalski and Katharine T. Carter in the country for the last several years and now its tradition.

My favorite luxury in life?
Spending time with Thomas with nothing to do is a rare luxury. Especially in the country since the office is always just short distance away and there is always some work that needs to get done.

My favorite current book
I just started Make Way for Lucia by E. F. Benson. I can't put it down, mostly because it reminds so much of Kinderhook.

My favorite holiday song?
I'll be Home for Christmas. It may not be my favorite, but it's most appropriate, especially to my dear sister and family in Illinois. It seems like I end up singing it to her every year. Next year....really!

My favorite party clothes?
My J. Press red plaid pants. I am ready for those the day after Halloween.

My favorite cookie?
Peppernuts made by my surrogate mother Karen Stransky, from back home in Grand Detour, Illinois. She sends them to me every year along with my favorite fudge. It's always a highlight of my holiday season.

My favorite city?
Paris, Paris, Paris!

My favorite place to shop
FNAC any of them—I can spend hours in one.

My favorite movie to watch again and again?
Chocolate - The story and Juliette Binoche are beyond.


Anonymous said...

OK, I can't say how disappointed I am that Michael did not sport his red plaid pants for us on Thanksgiving.

Next year, Michael.

ALL THE BEST said...

I know!! Red cords are just not the same! Maybe next year!!!!

vicki archer said...

What a lovely idea Ronda, Favourite things. I look forward to reading them xv

Anonymous said...

The Mapp and Lucia books are v. amusing. DYK, the Beeb (or was it ITV?) did a wonderful TV production about 15-20 years ago, with Geraldine MacEwan and Prunella Scales, which is sometimes repeated and worth watching for the costumes alone.

pve design said...

RED Plaid! A favorite of mine too.
As always, Ronda, you are all the best and my favorite time of year is checking in and reading your holiday faves.

Karena said...

I love reading "favorite things" columns! Also tell Michael that "Chocolate" is a very favorite movie of mine as well

Anonymous said...

This is just great, and what an adorable baby!! Looking forward to more.

Anonymous said...

Kay is right about the Mapp & Lucia series. Costumes and houses are great 20s/30s vintage. Cast and plots are great fun. Available on DVD. Overall, great visual interest and much fun re: social one upsmanship of key characters.

Charlie said...

I have enjoyed Michael's blog since you introduced him months ago. What a great treat to find out a few of his favorite things! Lovely post, I cannot wait to read your next profile.

LINDA from Each Little World said...

How lovely to read about favorites that are about memories and family and not money! And now I must go check out Mapp and Lucia ...

Daniela Valdez said...

Your blog is really nice!