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Life Glimpses with some of our favorite moms

A Glimpse of Lydia Fenet, Christie's Executive and Charity Auctioneer

Jordan Rhodes

In February I had the privilege of attending The Southern Coterie in Sea Island, Georgia which is a multi-day conference for creative types and entrepreneurs. Each attendee is given the chance to choose a mentor from a group of highly accomplished women, and I jumped at the chance to choose Lydia Fenet as mine. As a longtime fan of Christie’s auction house, I’ve known who Lydia was for a while and have recently become very impressed with her skills as a highly-acclaimed auctioneer. As someone involved with several charities in Greenwich, I know it’s not easy to get a room full of people to give up their money, but Lydia does it with charm and grace and has raised millions and millions of dollars for global organizations. As I read more about her prior to the conference, it was clear that this is a woman we can all look up to, and just reading her bio, which I just couldn’t leave out of this post, has inspired me to do more. Lydia’s bio reads:

Lydia Fenet serves as the Managing Director and Global Director of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s. In addition to her role within Christie’s, she has raised over half a billion dollars for more than 400 non-profits worldwide as the leading benefit auctioneer in the country. Ms. Fenet has trained all of Christie’s benefit auctioneers for the past seven years, and travels around the country to speak to corporations and groups on “The Art of Selling.” Lydia’s auctioneering achievements have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Crain’s, Elle, Vanity Fair, Forbes, WWD, Vogue.com, and WorkingMother.com. The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You is her first book and will be published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on April 9, 2019. You can follow her auctions, antics, and anecdotes on Instagram: @LydiaFenet.

How incredible is Lydia? She has been at the top of my interview wish list for a while, and I was thrilled when she said yes after I mentioned it to her at the conference. Her answers were so fun to read, and I now have several new travel spots and fashion finds on my wish list, as well as a great piece of advice to keep in mind when I feel like I’m searching for something. Take a glimpse into the life of Lydia Fenet below, and find out just what those are.

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Favorite Places...

Hotel? Mount Nelson in Cape Town – it has the most spectacular views of one of my favorite cities in the world

Mount Nelson

Mount Nelson

Hotel Chain? 1 Hotel – I love staying at 1 Hotels anywhere – they are so thoughtful in their details and commitment to sustainability

Resort? Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco is one of the most fabulous places I have ever stayed

Kasbah Tamadot

Kasbah Tamadot

Destination with kids? Mill Reef in Antigua

Destination with husband? New Zealand

Solo destination? Bali

Restaurant with husband? Marc Forgione

Restaurant with kids? Bubbys

Do you prefer the city or country? I love New York so much it’s crazy, but I also love getting out of the city for some fresh air and a change of pace 

The mountains or beach? Beach. I think I was a mermaid in a former life

Boutique for yourself? I am not wedded to one boutique. I am a fluid shopper - I am always on the lookout for something new that would work in my wardrobe

Boutique for your kids? Livly & Jacadi because they are both one block away from my apartment. With the three small kids, proximity is often the differentiating factor

Home decor store? ABC carpet and home

Jewelry store? Christie’s. Walking through the gallery during the jewelry exhibition on the way to lunch can become an expensive mistake

Skincare store? Cle de Peau

Travel Style...

Uniform? My mother used to dress us up for airplane rides and I continue that tradition now. Colored pants, a warm sweater and a scarf if I’m going somewhere cold. White pants, a striped top, a navy blazer and a colorful scarf if I’m going somewhere warm. I usually bring my coat on the plane as I’m always cold. In life. Not just on the plane

Accessories? Mignonne Gavigan Earrings, a Jane Allen bracelet and my wedding rings

Mignonne Gavigan

Mignonne Gavigan

Skincare on board? If it is an overnight flight I like to bring Beauty Bio collagen eye patches and put them on underneath my eye mask when I go to sleep. Otherwise a light moisturizer like the Cle de Peau la creme

Travel carry-on? Purple T Anthony

Luggage? Medium AWAY and Large TUMI

Travel bag for kids? Small AWAY

Stroller? Uppababy G-luxe


En route…

Favorite airline? Delta Airlines hands down. On time, great service, really nice to children

Delta One suites. At Glimpse we are also totally loyal to Delta.

Delta One suites. At Glimpse we are also totally loyal to Delta.

Airplane activity for kids? Sticker books, legos, crayons and an iPad for that moment when everything goes upside down and you can feel the eyes of every passenger in the plane on the back of your head

Must-have for your child’s carry-on? Tic-tac’s. My kids will do anything for a tic-tac

Must-have for your carry-on? Water bottle, a good book and my Cle de Peau lip serum

Favorite travel gadget? Delta app on my phone. I love knowing about every moment of my travel journey

General travel tips? When traveling with kids, allow yourself plenty of time to get through the airport. The more time you have, the less stress you feel about the process. My fool proof travel hack is…drum roll please…. JOIN CLEAR. I have walked past security lines with one hundred people and been the only person using CLEAR to zip through security with my kids. It is genius and I feel like crying when I arrive at an airport that doesn’t have it

Looking back...

Best travel memory? Sapa, Vietnam. Every part of the trip was incredible and felt so other worldly- the rickety overnight train ride from Hanoi, the tiny bunks, waking up amongst the terraced mountains of northern Vietnam - it is one of the most remote, beautiful places I have ever been 

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam

Most memorable meal? I am the least adventurous eater ever, but my best friend and travel partner loves to try new food. I tried Pho for the first time when we were in Vietnam and have loved it ever since that time

On your bucket list? It might be too long for one email — I am dying to visit Chile, Argentina, India and Namibia...as well as every other country in the entire world 


Everyday...

Mom uniform? AG Adriano Goldschmied colored pants or cords, Rothys or Chanel flats, Lingua Franca sweater

Rothy’s

Rothy’s

Date night uniform? The Kooples dress, heels and Mignonne Gavigan earrings

Favorite shopping website for yourself? Moda Operandi or Net A Porter

Favorite shopping website for your kids? Children’s Store, Peaches (a children’s clothing store in Savannah, GA)

Morning routine? It’s all about the kids – packing lunch, making breakfast, brushing teeth and then bringing one to school while my husband brings the other one to school

Favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes? Breakfast is a large skim latte from Starbucks, lunch is something light from Pret like hardboiled eggs with grilled chicken,  dinner is usually sushi or grilled salmon. Dessert can be anything – even better if it is chocolate

Skincare routine? I wash my face with Beauty Counter scrub, use Beauty Counter overnight peel and Cle de Peau The Beauty lotion

Beauty tip? Don’t overdo it – too much is definitely a real thing

Favorite perfume? French Lime Blossom by Jo Malone

Favorite room in your house? My bedroom

Favorite piece of furniture? The chair in my son’s room. I bought it at Lillian August when my daughter was born and I have nursed, cuddled, read books and slept in that chair more times than I can remember over the years

Favorite piece of art? Kate Schelter Peonies in my kitchen

On your playlist? A-Yo by Lady Gaga, anything by Mumford & Sons and anything with a good beat that I can listen to while I run

Stationery? The Printery

Bedding? Matouk

On your nightstand? The Immortalist

On your reading list? Educated

Everyone who has read this book absolutely raves about it

Everyone who has read this book absolutely raves about it

Recommended books? The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You (my book! Coming out April 9th!)

Favorite magazine? Town & Country, Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair - in no particular order – I love glossy magazines

Favorite app? Starbucks. It has saved so many hours of my life

Favorite Instagram account? Indagare

Best piece of advice? Stop looking around. You already have it all

Favorite charity or cause? New Yorkers for Children, Tipping Point, Room to Grow, Breast Cancer Research Foundation 

To order a copy of Lydia’s book click here