Fashion Week Fall 2011: Derek Lam

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Derek Lam

Yesterday I was delighted to be back at Lincoln Center for the fall 2011 fashion week shows with my friend Linda Levy, whose husband Peter is in charge of the successful venue at Lincoln Center. Sunday started off with a bang at Derek Lam. Following on the heels of his beautiful pre-fall French inspired show, he proved that he is definitely on a roll. He presented his collection with a quote from George Balanchine “there are no new steps, only new combinations.” And he elaborated on this with the adaptation of new fabrics. Created by combining raw materials in new ways, he has added substance and loft to these fibers.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

Things got moved around a bit this week, so our movie post is, just for this week, a weekend feature. Last Friday was my favorite romantic drama – Wuthering Heights, a beautiful soulful film. So I thought it would fun, in honor of Valentine’s Day, to discuss a more light-hearted romantic comedy.

Pillow Talk is probably my favorite of the Rock Hudson/Doris Day/Tony Randall capers. I really think Doris Day is a vastly underrated comedic actress. She is just so wonderful in this frothy feature that even my teenagers find this movie entertaining. In fact, Doris Day was nominated for a best actress Oscar for this film.…

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Magic in Marbella

Magic in Marbella

As many of you know, Friday is normally At the Movies  but because I delayed my post intended for yesterday to include the wonderful Valentine’s selections from Assouline, I will be presenting that today. If I can, I will post an At the Movies entry over the weekend, especially since Oscars are fast approaching.

We are ever so slowly getting infinitesimal hints of spring. Even though there are still feet of snow on the ground, the days are getting minutes longer and the light just a hair brighter. With these encouraging hints, I was inspired to show you a house I’ve always admired in the lovely city of Marbella on the Costa del Sol.…

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Books for Lovers

Books for Lovers

What a fun evening I had yesterday at Assouline’s social media event at their charming shop at the Plaza. I had planned a different post for today, but after attending, I knew I had to do a quick change. As you can imagine, I was like a kid in a candy store – one beautiful book after another. Assouline has done a fabulous job cornering the market on super chic lifestyle titles. For all of you book lovers, they offer a plethora of pleasures for Valentine’s Day gifting. Here are just a few.

One of the newest releases is the charming Lovers by Peynet.…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

As we approach Valentine’s Day, we recognize that everyone celebrates in their own way. Terry, our Wednesday Wines collaborator, has some rather romantic ideas for an evening filled with food, wine and more.

So – what to do first in preparation for your special evening. Is it perhaps to shop for that special piece of sexy lingerie? You know you always feel a little extra special and feminine when you make your partner’s day with a new outfit. One of the best lingerie stores in our neck of the woods, where they always give you the attention you need and deserve is Patricia Gourlay in Greenwich, CT.…

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Year of the Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit

As everyone now knows, this is the year of the rabbit, the 4th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Past years have included 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and famous personalities born in these years include Albert Einstein, Leon Trotsky, Frank Sinatra, Brad and Angelina, Johnny Depp and Tiger Woods. The year of the Rabbit is traditionally associated with home and family (interesting considering the list above), artistic pursuits, diplomacy, and keeping the peace. In honor of the hopefully calmer upcoming year, let me present the rabbit in some various incarnations.

Tiffany bunny bank

Finn Diamond Rabbit Mask Necklace

Felix Doolittle Rabbit Cove Personalized Ex Libris Medallions

Sesame Letterpress Rabbit Coasters

Thornwillow engraved bunny cards

Raymond C.

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Boxwood Beauty

Boxwood Beauty

I was thrilled to see the new March Veranda. There are several lovely features but I was particularly excited to see the inclusion of the restoration of “Boxwood”, the 1914 Nashville house originally designed by architect Charles Platt. As any of you long time readers know, I am a devotee of everything architect Gil Schafer touches. I have been stalking his work for years and back in September, ran three straight days of articles about his projects. At that time, I had wanted to include this house, but unbeknownst to me, it had just been shot by Veranda so Schafer graciously asked if I would hold off writing about it until its appearance in the magazine.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

One of the diaries included in the Morgan exhibition that I covered yesterday is that of Charlotte Bronte. And although Charlotte was the inveterate chronicler in her family, her sister Emily is my scribe of choice. Wuthering Heights is her single literary classic and the film (which is based on only a portion of the novel) definitely ranks in my top 10 all time favorites.

I am of course speaking of the original film with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. This is one of the most exquisite, haunting movies I have ever seen. My husband makes fun of me because all I have to do is hear the music and I start to well up.  …

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Dear Diary

Dear Diary

Diary of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne (1809–1871), 1862. Gift of Lorenz Reich, Jr., 1980. Photo courtesy of The Morgan Library.

I remember like it was yesterday my series of diaries as a girl – mostly with cushioned covers and accompanying little locks and tinier keys. Finding a place to stash the key and remembering where I put it was a challenge even at that age. Nowadays the practice has morphed into journaling, an exercise employed by some for both pleasure and writing practice. But I fear with the advent of email, IMing, texting and yes, blogging, this worthwhile endeavor has become a less popular undertaking.…

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Mixology and the Healthy Cocktail

Mixology and the Healthy Cocktail

So do you have a favorite mixologist? Someone at your local haunt who’s an expert at mixing up luscious libations? It’s become an art you know. And within the field, there are even those who specialize. Terry, our resident in all things that contain “proof” in their punch, has her favorite mixologists and is introducing us today to the concept of the healthy cocktail as well. No, it’s not an oxymoron as you will see.

Jonathan Pogash’s father, Jeffrey Pogash, who is the Director of Communications for LVMH, has been a business associate and long time friend for over 30 years. …

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