Author Archives: Stacey Bewkes

Windsor Wonders

I’m sure many of you are aware of the upcoming (November 30) Sotheby’s auction “Exceptional Jewels & Precious Objects formerly in the Collection of The Duchess of Windsor”. The original historic auction in 1987 of “The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor” included over 300 items and brought in $50.3 million, over six times its estimate, making it the highest valued jewelry collection ever sold.…
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The Bad Boy of Bordeaux

I am thrilled to announce Quintessence’s new collaboration. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Horseneck Wines in Greenwich, CT. A mainstay in the community since 1934, Horseneck was owned by the same family until 1989 when the current owner Terry Rogers purchased the business.…
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At the Movies

Today the offering is a more contemporary movie (1999). Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley is in my book a mini masterpiece of suspense. Like a modern Hitchcock, this film is a pleasure to watch for the aesthetics as much as the acting and plot.…
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The Swiss Are Coming! The Swiss Are Coming!

Switzerland is an understated place. This small landlocked country is not prone to outward displays of exuberance or extravagance. You rarely hear about Swiss stars at Oscar parties, young Swiss “it” girls in the pages of Vogue or a bevy of Swiss restaurants in New York boasting its cuisine.…
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I’m Ready

I must admit that although we’ve had several beautiful days, I am definitely tiring of our overly warm November weather and ready for a change in temperature. When I came across this beautifully renovated British home, all I could think of was the allure of cooler days and what is soon in store.…
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Stellar Stella

I love a great marketing campaign. There are so many bad commercials out there that when you see something special it’s like a breath of fresh air. Stella Artois, the upscale boutique Belgian lager, has a long history and over the years its advertising campaigns have frequently had associations with films.…
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Tim Times Two – aha!

I have a whole new appreciation for Tim Gunn! Who knew that the Project Runway judge and style guru also has a passion for serious design. At the tender age of 7, he evidently spent his allowance to purchase reproductions of Thomas Jefferson’s architectural drawings for Monticello!…
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Fall Clean Up

No I don’t mean getting rid of all those pesky leaves clogging your gutters. For any of you with southern blood, you’ll that when someone says you clean up well, it’s a compliment. So in preparation for the beginning of the holiday season, I thought I’d give you my favorite recommendations for cleaning up your complexion so you can put your best face forward!…
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At the Movies

I love movies – of all sorts. And I thought it would be fun to designate some Fridays, in preparation for weekend viewing, as “at the Movies” days, where I will offer my recommendations with brief reviews. Some are old, some are new, some are famous, some are not, some are foreign and some are children’s but they all have that certain something that appeals to me.…
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In Honor Of

courtesy of Life In honor of Veteran’s Day, I have chosen this wonderful Alfred Eisenstaedt photo that appeared in Life Magazine, which features a U.S. Navy sailor grabbing a nurse in a spontaneous moment in Times Square as America celebrated the end of World War II when Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945.…
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