All That and Nice Too?

All That and Nice Too?

When I am reading the Sunday NY Times, I invariably pick up the Styles section first – or what my brother-in-law refers to as the girls’ sports pages. And as I am finishing, I always quickly peruse the wedding/celebrations section in the back. Obviously many of us do. But I have become increasingly aware of the impressive accomplishments of some of the younger couples. Is this a function of the ever mounting pressure to succeed in this world or that it requires more experience and education just to be able to compete? I’m not sure but some weeks there are so many incredibly accomplished people that it makes me feel I need to reassess what I have done with my life (so far).…

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Wish list

Wish list

I have decided to start a wish list here. It will be recurring and perhaps at some point I will assign it a particular day of the week. But for now, I will enter randomly. Besides the intangibles that everyone wishes for such as good health and our children’s happiness and success, this list will include wishes ranging from the now obtainable to the someday obtainable and in another life obtainable. Most of the time the entries will be tangibly obtainable items but I will start off with an item in a more ethereal category. My first wish is to be a character in a Nancy Meyers film.…

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Enchanted Cottage

Enchanted Cottage

I am so excited to tell you that one of my favorite old movies is finally out on DVD. I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival for years. (It was evidently released at the end of last year but I didn’t realize until recently). Enchanted Cottage is a wonderful sentimental classic with Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire. If you like classic romantic movies, with meaningful, poignant themes, you will love this. Aside from the two stars, the movie also features Herbert Marshall in a wonderful role as well as Mildred Natwick. I don’t want to give anything away so let me just add, they don’t make them like this any more.…

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J. Crew U.

J. Crew U.

I was in my local J. Crew in New Canaan over the weekend doing a little back to school shopping with my daughter. The fall collection is just starting to come in and there were so many fabulous things, but what really caught my eye was the new merchandising in the store. There were books everywhere – not just the latest style books, which they occasionally feature, but really great art, photography and design books that store director Steven Plewa and his staff had artfully placed throughout. Maybe J. Crew is starting a trend in promoting art education as well as style.…

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Tabletop Tips

Tabletop Tips

I’ll admit it – I have a slight obsession with tabletop. I love it all – placemats, napkins, china, flatware, stemware. But with four kids, it didn’t make sense over the years to be using my nice mats every day. Unfortunately even the reasonably sturdy woven Deborah Rhodes mats that I love didn’t stand up to their abuse. So how to walk the line between satisfying your aesthetic sensibilities and the practicality of spilled milk. My answer became hard cork- backed placemats.  I actually received my first set as a wedding present. They were from Trimmingham’s in Bermuda, that long-time staple of traditional department store wares, that has sadly since closed.…

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Vive La France

Vive La France

Today marks the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Paris after WWII. Ralph Morse was a photographer for LIFE for decades. He was in Paris then and took these extraordinary photographs documenting the momentous occasion. Still alive at 93, Morse spoke with LIFE about his time in France in 1944 and 45. Go here to see more photos and read the full article.

watching the liberation from atop a Parisian light pole

heading for the Champs-Élysées and the The Arc de Triomphe

Lest we forget this remarkable day.

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Loro Piana Lust

Loro Piana Lust

I could live in Loro Piana. For any of you not familiar with the name, their line is truly the quintessence of modern Italian sportswear. The Horsey Jacket above, for example, was created for the 1992 Italian equestrian team. The chic yet effortless styling, unmistakable quality, and distinctive details make their products stand apart from the crowd. And from the looks of the fall catalogue, they may have outdone themselves this season. When you buy a Loro Piana garment, you know it’s going to make whatever else you wear with it look better. They are investment pieces that can stay in your wardrobe forever – and they’d better considering the price tag.…

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You Scream I Scream

You Scream I Scream

We all scream for ice cream. I’m not a huge sweets person (salt is my poison) but I’m a sucker for good ice cream. And I can now say I have found (actually my husband gets the credit) the best ice cream I have every had (not including Benny & Caesar’s, mentioned a couple of weeks ago, which I haven’t personally tried yet). If you happen to be in Connecticut for any reason, you really need to make an excursion to Newtown – about an hour northwest from downtown Stamford. This is probably more desirable while it’s still nice weather because the Ferris Acres Creamery is located on the last working dairy farm in Fairfield County.…

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The Silk Purse

The Silk Purse

My favorite local consignment shop will not be just a local haunt for much longer. If you live in my area, the The Silk Purse is a well known secret (yes, I know it’s an oxymoron) of interior designers and style mavens as a go to destination for fine quality household furnishings and accessories. Founded in 1973 by the current owner Keren Widmann, The Silk Purse sells everything from furniture to jewelry and accessories. There are many good investment pieces and all merchandise is attractively displayed.

window display

You could spend quite a long time perusing all that they offer, which is mostly consigned and occasionally bought outright.…

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The Lovely Lillian

The Lovely Lillian

Ever since I read the Caped Crusader article with Raquel Zimmerman in the August Vogue (the one where she is in Central Park and on the streets of NY with the horse), I have been searching for the photograph it reminded me of.  Well it turns out it was this Lillian Bassman photo that she took for The New York Times Magazine in 1997, on April 16th at 1 AM in NYC on the island between 43rd and 44th Street to be exact.

© Lillian Bassman

Evidently a fashion editor at The Times told her that he had had a dream about a woman on a white horse in the middle of Times Square.…

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