Author Archives: Stacey Bewkes

The Stylish Nudibranch

No, I didn’t make it up. A nudibranch is a toxic seagoing slug that is protected by its brilliant design. Nature is of course the original style maven and the nudibranch has it in spades! Found in both warm and cold waters, from shallows and reefs to nearly a mile down, they are merely skin, muscle and organs with gills resembling tufts on their backs (Nudibranch means “naked gill,” a feature that separates them from other sea slugs.) They defend themselves with toxic secretions and stinging cells.…
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Doyle Delights

When my sister phoned yesterday to ask if I had seen the upcoming auctions at Doyle, I suspected they must be particularly interesting. But after quickly perusing the offerings online, my heart leapt. This Wednesday, under the umbrella of the Important English & Continental Furniture & Decorations/Old Master Paintings category, are two remarkable auctions.…
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At the Movies

Just can’t get Dame Maggie Smith off my mind. Watching  her brilliant work in Downton Abbey each Sunday night, I couldn’t resist featuring her again this week. Based on the Muriel Spark’s best selling novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was always one of my favorite films.…
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Charlotte Chic

Among the offerings for pre-fall, several of the collections continued with a men’s wear theme including suits with tux details such as these fabulous examples from the oh so elegant Giambattista Valli. photos courtesy of giambattista valli The original that all these styles reference is of course Yves St.…
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To Cork or Not to Cork

I’m sure many of you have wondered, as I have, why some wines have corks and some have twist tops or other means of closures. It’s an interesting question that our wine guru Terry Rogers is here to explain. The history of cork as a stopper was recorded to date back to the Egyptians thousands of years ago.…
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Viva Vivat

There are many agencies and organizations that rent houses, apartments or villas for vacation throughout the world, but none that I am aware of quite like the Vivat Trust. Established in 1981, it is small and not terribly well known, but it should be.…
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It’s All in the Details

I love details. As you long time readers know, I completed a large renovation on my last house, which we have since sold. During the planning stages, I probably drove our architect a little crazy with my obsessive interest in details while we were still looking at the bigger picture.…
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Pre-Fall Favorites

It somehow seems crazy to be looking at the pre-fall collections now in the midst of winter but if these collections are any indication of what will be unveiled next month at Lincoln Center, then ladies, save your pennies because there is a lot of lovely coming down the pike.…
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At the Movies

I had actually intended to write about a different movie today, but after watching the fabulous first episode of Downton Abbey, I decided on this film, featuring one of the stars of the stunning new series. The incomparable Maggie Smith is one of my favorite actors.…
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Updating a Classic

photo from The World of Gloria Vanderbilt by Wendy Goodman It seems that the art of fine writing is back. Almost all the blogger gift lists this holiday season included some stationery or cards and I’ve seen articles everywhere extolling the virtues of the hand written note.…
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