Nancy Brinker’s Favorite Things

Nancy Brinker Photo Credit CapehartThe bond between sisters is like love itself: stalwart and sublime. Nancy Brinker would know. In 1982, two years after her older sister, Susan, lost her fight to breast cancer, Brinker founded Susan G. Komen, a grassroots organization whose sole mission is to stamp out the deadly disease. Today, it’s the largest breast-cancer charity in the world. A breast cancer survivor herself, Brinker has received myriad awards for her altruistic spirit including the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. She also supports charities like the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which, in partnership with Susan G. Komen, provides free mammograms and other health services to at-risk women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, and Russia.

Carolina Herrera

FAVORITE FASHION DESIGNER: Carolina Herrera (pictured) and lululemon athletica

MOST RECENT COVETED PURCHASE: Lajos Kassak India ink work on paper

SIGNATURE DRINK: Pomegranatini at Mar-a-Lago

WORTH THE SPLURGE: A massage from Elle Tamin Massage

FAVORITE PALM BEACH RESTAURANT: Chez Jean Pierre, Avocado Grill, Bice, Club Colette, Table 26, PB Catch, Kitchen, Sapori, Café Boulud, La Sirena, Palm Beach Country Club

FAVORITE PALM BEACH DISH: Dover sole at Chez Jean Pierre

Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

FAVORITE CITY: Budapest (pictured). I was Ambassador to Hungary and I still love to go back to see the museums and galleries.

STAY HOME TO WATCH: Scandal, House of Cards, and CBS Sunday Morning


POWER GADGET: Power Bank portable battery  

BEAUTY BASIC: Grape seed oil from Whole Foods

Being Mortal by Atul GawandeON YOUR BEDSTAND: The Death of Cancer by Vincent De Vita, Jr., M.D. and Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (pictured)

A FUN SATURDAY NIGHT: Dinner at my home with a wonderful girlfriend, special man, or my son

HOW SHE SPENDS A LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Walking along the Lake Trail and ending up at Green’s Pharmacy or Cucina Dell’Arte for coffee

NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Bose noise-canceling headphones

Race for the Cure ringsPERSONAL PASSIONS: Collecting Hungarian paintings, sculpture, photographs, and words on paper

WISH LIST: A trip to Antarctica to see the penguins and other wildlife


SARTORIAL STAPLE: Something pink, like the Susan G. Komen ring (pictured) and New Balance pink walking shoes

IN HER CARRY-ON: Monogrammed handkerchief from Kassatly’s

Frederic Chopin CD

BUCKET LIST: Exploring all the New York museums, including the new MoMA and The Met Breuer

NEXT GOAL: Travel throughout the U.S. and visit all of my friends

FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Frederic Chopin (pictured)


FAVORITE PALM BEACH ACTIVITY: Saturday Green Market, performances at The Society of the Four Arts or the Kravis Center, and lighting a candle for my sister at St. Edwards Church

Schlumberger bracelet

FAVORITE SEASONAL ACCESSORY: A Verdura or Schlumberger bracelet (pictured)


HIDDEN TALENT: Love to box

STRESS BLASTER: Boxing at Boxfit

GUILTY PLEASURE: Enlightened Frozen Hot Cocoa Ice Cream Bar

PALM BEACH OBSESSION: Sprinkles’ low-fat pistachio ice cream

GO-TO HOSTESS GIFT: The best chocolate I can find. Stick with Me Sweets has interesting flavor combinations.

HIDDEN DESIRE: I wish I were a better cook


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