As temperatures drop and holiday stress rises, we’re getting back to the basics of what makes spending time inside so nice. So, in addition to hosting a series of virtual events called Inside Time, we reached out to several women in our community to find out how they spend their Friday nights. Next up is Miyako Nakamura, the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of M.M.LaFleur. Below, she takes us through an ideal Friday at her new home in New York’s Hudson Valley.
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With an easy-going, layered, and detail-oriented touch, Miyako mixes styles from M.M. with eclectic pieces from her own closet to create a wardrobe that has a truly unique perspective. Like the Christmas ornaments she and her daughter gather, the garments that make up her wardrobe may be lovely, but they are made more valuable by the memories they represent. “I have a lot of sentimental pieces in my wardrobe. I have this shawl that my friend (who used to be our collection director) brought back for me from her home in India that I adore. I have vintage bracelets that I wear nearly daily that I found on the first trip my husband and I took to Morocco. I feel at ease wearing these pieces, knowing that my life is a collection of moments and people that I cherish.”
Miyako creates an ideal Friday evening much like she pulls together an outfit. She leans on laid-back aesthetics but makes sure to include details that bring her joy. Along with the spiced cider, there will likely be some buttery, seasoned rice topped with whichever flavors are on hand—cilantro, sesame seeds, fried eggs, and garlic soy being top contenders. And for the soundtrack, she’s turning on the fantastically talented Mitsuko Uchida. Miyako first heard Uchida’s Chopin while sitting by the fire this summer and was “completely blown away.”
The combination of a warm drink, crackling fire, plush cashmere, and elegantly calm Chopin seems quite hard to beat on a cold November night, but we would recommend you test it out for yourself to confirm.