Bookclub: 'I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist' by Betty Halbreich

I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist
I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist paired with Bstudio Personalized Lavender Sachet, $22, at hatch.co.

Bookclub: 'I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist' by Betty Halbreich
I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich
Cristina Velocci, Deputy Editor: I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich ($28, out September 4 from Penguin Group)

For the past 40 years, Betty Halbreich has been dressing women—everyone from Estee Lauder and Joan Rivers to Park Avenue princesses and wives of Texas oil magnates—as the head of the Solutions personal shopping department at Bergdorf Goodman. Although she herself has always been impeccably dressed, thanks to her innate sense of style, her life hasn’t always been as glamorous as it outwardly appeared.

In this memoir, she details her wealthy Chicago upbringing as a lonely only child, her fraught marriage to a philandering society playboy, her half-hearted suicide attempt and subsequent stay at the Payne Whitney psychiatric hospital—and how the ritual of getting dressed helped her get through all of it. Halbreich comes from an era where quality and care were paramount when it came to clothing, and we were left inspired by the way she describes her lingerie being tied into neat bundles with ribbon for storage. In fact, the octogenarian to this day divides categories of clothing (pants, skirts, dresses) in her closet with sachets fashioned from the monogrammed handkerchiefs of her upbringing—an organizational move we plan on copying with these personalized Bstudio versions.
Bstudio Personalized Lavender Sachet
Bstudio Personalized Lavender Sachet, $22


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