Back from Maine

Back from Maine

I had intended on posting today about the marvelous resort I stayed at this past weekend in Maine. But after a long trip home, I was just too exhausted to pull it all together. I apologize to all you loyal readers. I’ll have some wonderful photographs for you on Thursday. While you’re waiting, here is a little teaser. As you can see, the weather was picture perfect!!
Also, if you haven’t had a chance, you might want to enter the fabulous facebook contest the Hotel Bel Air is running. For those of you who missed it, you can read about the renovation here.…

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Bel Air Beauty

Bel Air Beauty

I know, I know, it’s supposed to be At the Movies today. But this week got all topsy turvy, so we’ll resume next week!! In the meantime, let’s take a look at the renovation of a Los Angeles landmark.
The Hotel Bel-Air has been an iconic location in Los Angeles for the last 55 years. Its Spanish Colonial architecture bathed in Pantone happy pink has stood intact while the interior has undergone a dramatic two year renovation by Champalimaud Design, the lead designer responsible for setting the style for the majority of the interior and exterior and Rockwell, in charge of the redesign for the new Restaurant, Bar, Ballroom areas and Public Washroom sites.…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

So we switched it up a bit this week. We are making our wine discoveries on Thursday this time. Today, Terry introduces us to a revitalized classic in Hungary. For any of you who have never had a Tokaj wine, you are in for a treat!!

Over the past ten years, following its acquisition by the French AXA Millesimes Group in 1992, the Disznoko Estate has been revived to its former glory. The group. also the owner of such outstanding chateaux as Pichon Longueville, Chateau Suduiraut, Chateau Petit-Village in Bordeaux, Chateau Belles Eaux (Languedoc) and Quinta do Noval in Porto, has created one of the most significant investments in wine production in Hungary.…

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NYC Shopping Spree with Liz – My Picks

NYC Shopping Spree with Liz – My Picks

Although today is normally Wednesday Wines, Terry was having technical difficulties. Luckily I remembered I had never shared with you my picks from Liz Lange’s and my NYC shopping spree for BEHIND THE Q.
It was tough to narrow things down at the Milly Madison Avenue flagship boutique. There were so many cute choices. I am loving the new longer lengths this season. This Tamuda Bay jersey dress is a fabulous versatile piece. Dress it up or down, it would be perfect for our travel article yesterday as it can fulfill so many functions.
I loved almost everything from their new fashion jewelry line but this fabulous beaded cuff really caught my eye.…

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Summer Travel Tips

Summer Travel Tips

As many people are getting ready for summer travel, I thought I would offer a few of my favorite packing tips for when I go away.
As far as determining what clothing to bring, I have learned all I know from my sister, who used to travel around the world for work. She is an expert at packing efficiently for ultimate chicness at every occasion. The key is to plan your wardrobe around one or two basic hues. You must be brutal with yourself when choosing – no exceptions!  My summer wardrobe usually revolves around navy and white with pops of color thrown in with jewelry, scarves, tanks etc. …

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At the Movies

At the Movies

I felt I should feature a movie about France today since yesterday was Bastille Day and on Wednesday we covered a classic French Grand Cru but I’ve had Hayley Mills on my mind for weeks. We were chatting about her on twitter one evening, then Gaye over at Little Augury mentioned her and Liz Lange cited Pollyanna as inspiration in her recent BEHIND THE Q.
So as you see, I’ve given into temptation. It was a tough choice – I just adored all of Hayley Mills’ films – but I’ve chosen one of my personal favorites. The Trouble with Angels. This 1966 comedy chronicles the antics of two teenagers in an all girls Catholic convent school.…

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Talbots Teaser

Talbots Teaser

I have written before how I think Talbots has been doing a great job raising their fashion profile. Yesterday I attended a preview for the winter line at their elegant space and they are definitely on a roll.

There were many adorable items to wear on their own or mix with other winter/holiday staples in your wardrobe. I loved the slightly retro black and ivory palette. And for those who like more color, there were many jewel tones thrown in for good measure. Julianne Moore, this season’s face for the line, is evidently going to be wearing one of my favorite outfits in the ad for the collection – the satin cami with fabulous houndstooth ball gown skirt.…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

Tomorrow is Bastille Day which means we will be celebrating tout ce qui est français (hope that’s right -my high school french is a tad rusty to say the least!). In the world of wine that offers many options. Let’s see what Terry chose.
Lets celebrate with the French in style with one of the classic Bordeaux houses  – Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
Château Mouton Rothschild is a wine estate located in the village of Pauillac in the Médoc region, which is approximately 30 miles north-west of the city of Bordeaux. The now-famous Rothschilds were a German family from Frankfurt. Five brothers left their home in the early 19th century and started banking houses in all the most important European capitals.…

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Janavi Jewels

Janavi Jewels

Now that we are in the season of over-air-conditioned indoor spaces, I am always looking for a lovely something to throw over my shoulders. A week or two ago I was in one of my favorite local fashion emporiums, Richard’s in Greenwich, when they were holding a trunk show of cashmere shawls.

At first I was going to pass them by, but as I approached, I realized they were something special. These were not your average pashminas but lovely luxurious pieces embellished with lace, embroidery, tasteful crystals and other stylish additions.

After enquiring, I discovered the show represented the introduction of the luxe Indian line Janavi.…

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Long Weekends

Long Weekends

Monday has come much too quickly. I had a very special weekend – a girls’ trip including old friends and new, fabulous finds, fantastic food, convivial conversation, the past revisited and future imagined. A time to be remembered and hopefully repeated. I’ll be posting about this next month. And in the meantime, I’ll be taking Mondays to work on some very special projects, perhaps offering you a few hints of what’s to come and wishing you all a wonderful start to your week!!…

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