Random trait: Respected authority on French history (and author of the highly-acclaimed Napoleon and Josephine: An Improbable Marriage), the wife to the Ambassdor of France+ hated being called a hostess (note to D-I-T’s: if you entertain hundreds at your ridiculously sick house at 34th and O, the title is going to stick).
Buy: One Chanel suit that will carry you through the ages; French Press* ($89, Sur La Table, Non-Scary Tysons and DC); Annick Goutal fragrance ($125, Blue Mercury, Georgetown).
Read: A Lady, First by Letitia Baldridge (which is about Jackie but touches on Evangeline a lot), French Women For All Seasons (with the R. Nichols cover, but of course) by Mireille Guiliano.
Do: Be skinny, marry your boss, be known for your fabulous Sunday brunch.
*One of my favorite things in the whole world is to stop by the house of my friend M, the original D-I-T, for some French Press coffee and gossip in the morning. Such a great way to start a day!