Four Must-Haves for the Dressing Table

Stealing away to nourish the skin, apply makeup, or enjoy quiet reflection refreshes both body and spirit. The radiance cultivated during these treasured moments often lasts far longer than the modicum of time set aside for self-care. Curate your own oasis from which to while away the morning in preparation, using our list of four necessities as inspiration.

Four Must-Haves for the Dressing Table

The Looking Glass

An exquisite vanity becomes an elegant focal point, whether organized for carrying out beauty routines or arranged for taking in the beauty of everyday routines. In this boudoir, an aqua Carvers’ Guild mirror with accents of gold leaf offers a lovely backdrop for antique accessories from French Garden House, including a hand mirror and brush placed alongside a tray of gleaming vessels.

Four Must-Haves for the Dressing Table

Luxurious Skincare

To mark the morning’s beginning, cleanse and moisturize the skin with pampering products, including creams that leave the body as soft as silk. These articles shown, from San Francisco Soap Company, can also be included as a comforting end to an evening routine.

Four Must-Haves for the Dressing Table

Comforting Attire

Supple fabrics and feminine details make Eberjey sleepwear comfortable and pretty. For her label, This Modern Love, Anna Bosworth fashions bespoke bridal gowns and lingerie, such as the ethereal Helena Kimono. These lovely coordinates are perfect for lingering in the early morning while deciding what to wear for the day’s itinerary.

Four Must-Haves for the Dressing Table

The Final Touches

Ardent Hearts Victorian-style jewelry features Swarovski pearls and crystals in settings of antiqued brass filigree, while timeless Extasia pieces showcase European intaglios and cameos. Donning these accessories marks the completion of the morning routine and readiness for the bright day ahead.

Leslie Bennett and Melissa Lester
Photography Stephanie Welbourne Steele
Styling Melissa Sturdivant Smith

For more sumptuous finds, see Favorite Things in the January/February 2018 issue, available at


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