A digital diary dedicated to fashion, beauty and culture, edited by Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy, a former buyer living between NYC & Paris.

Elisabeth is also the founder of L'AGENCE EJH, a consulting agency specializing in brand collaborations.

Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy: The 20

Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy: The 20

I'm thrilled to introduce The 20: a way for my readers to meet the people I'm inspired by.

Once a month, I will share a new story featuring friends, tastemakers, and people I admire, granting an intimate look at their daily life and its special moments. I hope this will illuminate new passions for you to explore in your own life! 

1. Where I Am... 
I am currently in Paris, however, my life is divided between NYC and Paris as my husband and I have kids in both countries. I spend one week per month in Paris, two weeks in NYC and usually one week traveling for business. It sounds complicated but luckily we are both very organized about our agenda so, despite constantly being jet-lagged, we know how to make it work! 

My desk 

My desk 

2. What I'm Wearing... 
I'm on my way to a work lunch at Crabe Royal, the new sister restaurant to Caviar Kaspia and Maison de la Truffe. I’m wearing an Elizabeth and James white blazer, Chloé lace tank, AG skinny jeans, Givenchy red clutch, Gucci sneakers, and Paige Novick hoop earrings. It’s my go-to summertime professional look.

Moi =)

Moi =)

Inside Crabe Royal

Inside Crabe Royal

3. What I'm Up To... 
Working on new stories for my recently launched digital diary, ElisabethJonesHennessy.com, which has been an exciting new venture after 20 years working in the corporate world, both as a luxury retail buyer and brand CEO. I am finally getting back to my passion of discovering new brands, products, people and places, and I am thrilled to have a platform to share them with the world.

At the same time, I'm getting my family packed and organized for our August vacation: one week in Spain followed by a two-week safari in Botswana! I have never been on a safari so it’s required a lot of research on everything from the vaccinations/medications needed, to what to pack (as two examples). I have never read so much about binoculars in my life! I am anxious yet incredibly excited at the same time as I know it will be a dream vacation!

Starting the packing!

Starting the packing!

4. Personal Style...
Downtown Chic. I have always loved fashion but I do not necessarily follow trends. What's always been important to me is how I feel in my clothes and if what I'm wearing is making me happy. I pack and unpack A LOT so I have my standard "basics" that travel with me everywhere: J Brand black jeans, Veronica Beard black blazer with a few inter-changeable "dickeys", Manolo Blahnik "BB" suede heels and my Chanel metallic leather pochette for the evening. I then layer in silk blouses, sweaters, a few sexy black dresses and various shoe options, depending on where I'm going and what I'm doing. This season, I'm eyeing a fab pair of slouchy leather Saint Laurent boots, a black velvet Gucci handbag and waiting to see what RED items I fall in love with! 

5. Favorite NYC Neighborhood...
I have always lived downtown in NYC and I feel very comfortable there. There is a open-minded vibe that, personally, I haven't found anywhere else in the city. My very first apartment after college was a 250 sq.ft apt on Prince Street in Soho. It was tiny but I loved it. I then moved to Nolita, then to Battery Park, then Chelsea. In my 30’s, I moved to Dumbo in Brooklyn where I spent almost 10 years. I now live in Tribeca and feel like I’ve truly found my perfect NYC neighborhood.

6. Peek Inside My Bedroom...
I absolutely love the moldings on the ceiling and walls of our bedroom. Sometimes I just lie in bed looking at them, appreciating their beauty. To offset their “traditional” look however, we created a more modern aesthetic with our color palette and decor, including this super sexy Ellen von Unwerth photo which tends to shock most people who see it!


7. Something That Will Surprise You...
I have three tattoos. This one on my back is symbolic of the kithara, the musical instrument played by the ancient Greek poet and musician Sappho, often called the “tenth muse." She is best known for her poems about love and women.


8. Necessary Luxury... 
My bespoke Kilian perfume, Scarlett, which my husband created for me specifically for our wedding day. It’s a beautiful floral accord of tuberose and jasmine and it’s totally unique as no one else in the world has the formula.  A small spritz in the morning puts me in a good mood and starts my day off in the right direction. 


9. Sexy is...
A glance and a wink from my husband from across the crowded room of a party.

10. Style Ethos...
Be true to you. If you are wearing something to be perceived a certain way but it’s not truly your style, then you shouldn’t be wearing it. I deeply believe in authenticity. 

11. Dream Vacation... 
When vacationing with our kids (ages 10, 13 and 15) , I like to be super active and expose them to new cultures. I would love to take them to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Taj Mahal in India. When my husband and I travel without the kids, we love to disconnect and go to remote and sunny destinations like The Brando Hotel in French Polynesia or the Maldives.  

12. New York or Paris... 
Both! As a native New Yorker who now lives between Paris and Tribeca, I always say that my heart is in Paris but my soul is in NYC.

13. Favorite Time of Day...
Sunset. The absolute beauty never ceases to amaze me and remind me of the power of nature itself.

14. Best Virtue...
I know how to put on my poker face when necessary, even when faced with unpleasant situations.

15. Biggest Vice... 
I have a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) so I am usually one of the last to leave a party!

16. In Front of Camera or Behind... 
In front, but it took me a while to feel comfortable without nitpicking every little thing. Feeling comfortable in my own skin is something that didn’t truly happen until I turned 40.  

17. Artist Muse... 
I have been a huge fan of Gustav Klimt for as long as I remember. His paintings are so sensual and beautifully detailed...I could stare at them for hours. Seeing “The Kiss” in person at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna is something I’ll never forget.

18. Advice I Try to Follow...
Respect, respect, respect. This quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe sums it up so well. “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”

19. Favorite Position...
Well that depends on where! Let’s just say, in most cases, I don’t mind being the boss (;-).

20. Boys, Girls or Both...
Considering I was married to a woman and now I’m married to a man, the obvious answer is both! And, in case you didn't know that about me, well, now you do! 

S H O P  T H E  L O O K


Myrla Blazer

RAG & BONE  Stella Lace Tank
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Bastide: The Essence of Provence

Powerful Pretty Things: Paige Novick

Powerful Pretty Things: Paige Novick