entertainment

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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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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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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Holiday Preview

Last night I attended my first holiday event of the season and what a lovely introduction it was! Held at Nielsen’s Florist in Darien, CT, the event was co-hosted by the luxury publication Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. Nielsen’s, a third generation family-run business since 1944 is still in its original location and offers many services from traditional floral offerings to special events in its fabulous conservatory.…
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Rooms With A View

I just got back from the Rooms With A View Gala Preview party. Despite the dismal weather, there was a great turnout for this fun evening. There were tons of design stars there from Bunny Williams and David Easton to Tom Filicia and honoree Albert Hadley.…
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The Explosion of Atomic Tom

I just love this story – a case of creativity joining forces with technology to catapult a small Brooklyn quartet, Atomic Tom, to stardom. The week before last (actually Friday the 15th) this video was posted on YouTube and by Sunday had already received over a million hits.…
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Passing Portraits

Philip Scott Johnson is a digital artist from St. Louis. His favorite quote, from Picasso, is “everything you can imagine is real” and once you see this clip you’ll understand why. His amazing video art has been viewed by millions and shown everywhere from the Kawaguchi Art Gallery in Tokyo to the White Square Gallery in Las Vegas.…
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Waris Wares

If you are going to be in NYC this week, you might want to stop by an intriguing pop-up store open only until October 17th. It is the brainchild of the amazing Waris Ahluwalia. A modern renaissance man, you may know him from his parts in Wes Anderson films and I am Love, as the founder of House of Waris fine jewelry, as co-author of the popular To India With Love (published to benefit his charity Mumbai We Got Your Back)  or merely as a ubiquitous fixture on the New York and Hollywood social scenes.…
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Marvelous Milly

Although most recent fashion posts have been about Spring 2011, there are many of us still shopping for our fall wardrobes. After seeing the fun spring Milly show, I decided to check out what she was offering for this fall. Michelle Smith’s inspiration had been the chic Parisian left bank girls and the Nouvelle Vague films of Jean Luc Godard (here’s the French poster for the film we know as Breathless).…
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