Fashion Fix for the 4th

Fashion Fix for the 4th

I think dressing on the 4th of July is always fun and relatively easy. White pants or a skirt are the perfect base for any combination of red and/or blue on top. I adore stripes and own many variations on the theme. There is a plethora of colorful tees and sailor striped tops that could complete any celebratory outfit. So let’s take a look at a few fun accessories that can complete the look!
I love Dannijo’s studded stingray cuff – it’s the perfect shot of color for a  great dress me up or down look.
You can never go wrong with denim.…

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Food for the 4th

Food for the 4th

Whenever and wherever you are celebrating the 4th of July (our fireworks are on the 2nd), it’s always fun to have a colorful and patriotic dessert. Over the years, I have made many variations of mini berry tarts. You can make them from scratch or combine store bought items, to achieve a fun, delicious and beautiful result. Here are a few ideas:
It doesn’t get any easier than making this flag of tartlets with premade shells filled with mascarpone cream topped with fresh berries.
No matter what finished look you want, you can choose from a wide selection of  frozen pastries at the market, fill them with either homemade custard or a bought pudding, assemble the fruit and voila!…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

Most weeks I enjoy the challenge of trying to match my Friday movie pick somehow with what I have written about during the week. Sometimes it doesn’t work, but it’s a puzzle I always try to solve. Considering the art exhibition I covered on Tuesday and the classic house I featured yesterday, I think today’s movie, also a vintage classic, fits in rather nicely. Like last week, I would imagine many, if not most of you, have seen this quintessential film but it’s one I could, and have, watched on numerous occasions without tiring of it!
Philadelphia Story, is Katharine Hepburn’s 1940 reprisal of her hit Broadway role, which actually has an interesting back story.…

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A Home of Timeless Elegance

A Home of Timeless Elegance

I am thrilled today to bring you vignettes from a beautiful vintage house never before published. This classic brick Georgian from 1928 stands on a large parcel of land here in Connecticut with gorgeous specimen trees and rolling lawn. Bought by its current owners six years ago, the house was completely transformed by the wife, a successful interior designer. The home is now a refined reflection of the couple’s love of traditional design, showcasing their collection of fine art and antiques. Each room is gracefully furnished with classic pieces and carefully chosen accessories, creating a timeless elegance.
The living room sets the tone with a classic pairing of a 16th century Delft garniture set beneath the Nantucket boy, an American 19th century oil painting.…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

As yesterday was officially the first day of summer and the summer solstice, we are now all officially in the mode. My hydrangea are fully in bloom and the air conditioning is on, so we are now thinking summer wines. And Terry of course has another suggestion.
Today we are taking a look at a refreshing summer white varietal – Torrentes. You’ve had a long day at work and you come home to your refrigerator on one of those hot 90 degree days.  You want to relax with a glass of something with flavor, but a nice white that is going to refresh the palate, with just one sip that will relax your thoughts from the day.…

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Chasing the Wild at Samuel Owen

Chasing the Wild at Samuel Owen

Greenwich, CT is lucky to have the addition of a wonderful new gallery on the avenue. Thursday evening Samuel Owen celebrated their fabulous first show in the space with a well attended reception for the artist, Roberto Dutesco. The widely known photographer’s exhibition “Chasing the Wild” included photographs from his seminal study of the wild horses on Sable Island, Nova Scotia as well as other subjects.
Roberto Dutesco was born in Romania, moving to Canada after attending the National School of Arts in Bucharest. His early commercial work from the late 1980′s – mid 90s was primarily in fashion, gracing the pages of Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Flare and others. …

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Playing Hooky and a Surprise

Playing Hooky and a Surprise

I am officially playing hooky from my normal posting today – for the first time, well – ever!! But of course not completely – I am working on the next BEHIND THE Q, doing research and hopefully spending a little time here.
I also have been meaning to give a little shout out to my very talented friend Maybelline Te, who you met here. A few weeks ago, she sent me a little surprise. Not only is Maybelline an incredibly gifted furniture designer but she spends some of her down time making jewelry. What a bundle of creativity!!  She remembered my love for statement necklaces and coral, in both color and shape.…

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On Father’s Day

On Father’s Day

Hard to believe but if he were still here, he would be 100!…

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Special Offer from the Empire

Special Offer from the Empire

Many regular readers and subscribers will probably remember the wonderful offerings of Imperio jp that I profiled several months ago. From beautiful leather bags and silk shawls to ikat pillows and authentic hide rugs, their unique handmade products represent a collection of luxury goods made in former colonies and/or developing countries.
Sometime in the next few weeks we will be featuring an in-depth presentation on ikat and handwoven textiles with them. In the meantime, they are running their legendary sale where you can enjoy substantial savings.
All classics and other designers’ collections (jewelry, beaded evening clutches…) are 25% off, with most everything else, including all seasonal bags and home decor (in stock) at 50% off.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

It wasn’t very hard picking a movie in honor of Father’s Day. There are actually quite a few films to choose from that have strong father figures but nothing that compares to Gregory Peck’s iconic performance in To Kill a Mockingbird.

I’m sure most of you have seen this classic movie, and I apologize to those of you who visit looking for more obscure finds, but sometimes there’s just no getting around a famous film. This 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, is one of my favorite movies of all time. And it was one of Gregory Peck’s as well.…

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