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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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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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New Wave for Wu

Many fashion designers find inspiration in icons of the past. For example, Milly designer Michelle Smith cited Peggy Guggenheim as her muse for her current spring season, featuring strong color and a bit of edgy eccentricity mixed with her usual uptown style.…
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At the Movies

Considering my alpine lust lately, one of my old favorites, Downhill Racer, seemed a fitting choice this week. This cult classic from 1969 stars Robert Redford in one of his earliest roles.  Don’t let the title mislead you. This is definitely a film about skiing, racing and competition but it is not a fast action-packed sports movie.…
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Happy New Year

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! My first resolution is to remind you all to check out the quintessence facebook page. It’s a perfect time to peruse the tantalizing tidbits not included on the blog. From Riviera real estate and fun fashion finds to tasty treats and art awareness, you’re sure to find something to easily entertain you every day!…
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At the Movies

Many of you will be going out to New Year’s parties this evening. But for those of you celebrating at home (like me!), here’s the last of my holiday movie picks. Although I would imagine many of you have seen this, I’ve discovered that quite a few readers enjoy a little reminder.…
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Fancy a Flute?

photo from Life Now that we’ve chosen what champagne to drink, we have to decide what to drink it in! So many choices, so little time! Last week in the New York Times, director of education for Moet Hennessy USA, Seth Box (whose brands include, among others, Dom Pérignon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot, Moët et Chandon), discussed exactly that.…
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Goodbye Blake

The film world lost a creative genius this week when Blake Edwards died last Wednesday at the age of 88. From the hysterical Pink Panther to the iconic Breakfast at Tiffanys to the brilliant Victor/Victoria, he supplied hours and hours of stylish entertainment for many of us throughout the years.…
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At the Movies

This Frank Capra holiday masterpiece is frequently eclipsed by his more popular and uplifting It’s a Wonderful Life. Perhaps it’s because Meet John Doe is a more serious film or because up ’til now, the prints of this movie have not been very crisp.…
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