Last year I mentioned that my grandmother collected those intricate Estee Lauder compacts -- the type that contain solid perfume. Unfortunately we seem to have misplaced them. Now after seeing Lauder's vanity in House & Garden's farewell issue, I'd really like to find the vintage items. (A blown-up view of the photo better shows Christmas sugar cookies and a porcelain bird -- total grandmother style.)
If you know someone who appreciates these traditional compacts, this year's edition, a golden bell that actually jingles, is pretty cute.
Photo top by Francois Halard