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Sometimes I read a magazine and find that each page and article brings me some kind of joy or new awareness. I love it when that happens - when I get thoroughly inspired and consumed by an issue. It happened this month for me with the November Vogue. Below are a few of the things that caught my eye.

Let's start with this stunning cover image of Rooney Mara. You might remember her from that dramatic opening scene of The Social Network. She's up next as the lead in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I haven't read the books but I'm very intrigued by this actor, the author of the books and his own mysterious story and this new movie. Should I read the books before I see the movie?

Aerin Lauder's house in Aspen. Breathtaking! I have a secret love affair with Aspen. I've been numerous times and it might just be one of my favourite places on Earth. The mountains, the skiing, the sunshine, the trees - it's a magical place. A house like this -- warm and comfortable with nods to nature -- would just be the icing on the cake.

These longer ponchos. I like how effortless and yet chic they look. I better hurry up though if I'm going to buy one as soon it will be too cold to wear one.

The images from Annie Liebovitz's new book and exhibition, Pilgrimage. The worn and used pastels above belonged to artist Georgia O'Keefe. There is something intensely personal and intimate about these new images, none of which feature her usual array of celebrities.

The opening editorial photoshoot by David Sims. Take a look at that Sarah Burton designed Alexander McQueen dress! Throw in the English countryside and a moody sky and I'm in love.

Finally, my favourite part of every issue of Vogue magazine is the first couple of articles - the Up Front and Nostalgia series. They're always insightful, sometimes funny, and other times heartbreaking. This month's story by Catherine London is no exception. For a taste of the articles, you can read Joan Didion's article from last month's Vogue here and this incredible story of a 9/11 survivor's first hand account of that day and her remarkable recovery from the September issue here. I"ll also be looking out for Joan Didion's new book, Blue Nights, about the death of her own daughter Quintana Roo Dunne. I was deeply touched by her book The Year of Magical Thinking.