Web Exclusive: Philanthropist Ashley Bernon Lists More of Her Favorite Things

The New Orleans native and fashion-show producer is always in style. How does she do it?


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Apples image by S_ Photo/Shutterstock


Produce: The tomatoes from Nantucket’s Bartlett Farms are the best, and I love apple picking at Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick.
Fish: Captain Marden’s Seafood.
Wine: Gary’s Liquors.
Cheese: Wasik’s Cheese Shop.
Ice Cream: Truly Yogurt. My favorite “flavor of the day” is nutty vanilla.
Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue.
Linens/Bedding: I buy all of my linens from a small shop in New Orleans, Leontine Linens. A family friend opened this store and she has quality linens with a very southern, traditional style.
Jeans: J Brand from Tobey Grey.
Dresses: I always consult with Suhail Kwatra at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Jewelry: Cruciani bracelets.
Sporting Equipment: Rental skates at the Frog Pond in Boston Common for skating under the stars.
Bath Products: Fresh.
Stationery: Parchment in Nantucket.



Tailor: Tony the Tailor.
Hair Stylist/Colorist: My stylist is Sal Malafronte at Salon Mario Russo. My colorist is Cruz Mesa at James Joseph Salon.
Manicurist/Pedicurist: Tonya at Safar.
Gym: Sports Club/LA.
Pilates Instructor: I jump into any class.
Dog Walker: I walk my own dog. I’ve been doing it for 16 years.
Masseuse: I love a couple’s massage at Exhale.



Band: Lady Antebellum, but my all-time sacred band is the Rolling Stones.
Movie: Paris Blues. I have a soft spot for jazz, and who doesn’t love a movie set in Paris?
Artist: Chuck Close.
Museum: MASS MoCA.
Gallery: Barbara Krakow Gallery.
Style Icon: Gwyneth Paltrow.
New England Getaway: Nantucket. We were married there 11 years ago and always celebrate our anniversary there.
Favorite City in the World: New Orleans. It’s in my blood – I was born and raised there!
City That Makes You Glad to Come Home to Boston: Any city, I’m always happy to come home to Boston.
Favorite Neighborhood in Boston: North End’s Hanover Street.
Necessary Extravagance: Uber.


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Kenny Chesney Photo by Aspen Photo / Shutterstock


Book You Read: Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Competence and Joy, by Douglas A. Smith.
Movie You Saw: A screening of my husband’s newest film, starring Rose Byrne and Nick Kroll.
Concert You Saw: I never miss Country Fest at Gillette Stadium.
Play You Saw: The MOMologues.
TV Series You Followed: Homeland and 24.
Splurge That Was Worth It: A trip home to New Orleans this year to surprise my dad for his 65th birthday



Beauty Product: Ardell lashes, applied by Tavi De La Rosa.
Piece of Jewelry: My engagement ring.
Drink Order, Alcoholic: Red wine, any varietal.
iPhone App: Instagram.
Snacks: Jolly Rancher “Passion Fruit” mix.
Comfort Food: Turkey club.
Take-out Food: The Lobster Trap on Nantucket; Tasty Burger in Boston.
Dessert: Dessert is always special at the Bristol Lounge. Their chocolate cake is perfect for a birthday celebration.
Go-to Recipe: My ginger-teriyaki salmon. I marinate it overnight and roast in the oven. I make it at least once a week. It’s a definite fan favorite.


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Library image by col/Shutterstock


Restaurant: La Morra in Brookline.
Green Space: The Public Green waterfront park.
Club: I will always be an M80 girl, but today I have fun doing karaoke at Red Lantern.
Boutique: Viola Lovely.
Cafe: The cafe in the courtyard of the Boston Public Library.
Free Thing to Do: Shakespeare on the Common in the summer and Head of the Charles in the fall.


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Courtney Hollands
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