Who’s the fairest of them all

Who’s the fairest of them all


Well I guess that would have to be me (no, not above). And not in terms of Snow White beauty but in terms of blue white cast. As my brother-in-law used to say to me in my SoHo days when I wore a lot more black – “you look like you crawled out from under a rock”. Now, in our dermatologically obsessed culture, that would probably be a compliment. I have been on a decades long search for effective sun screen. People say that smell is the sense most linked to memory and it must be true because summer for me will forever be associated with the scent of Sea and Ski, which really didn’t do anything preventative, evidenced by my annual bout of sun poisoning.…

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Mindbender of a weekend

Mindbender of a weekend

shutter island

inception

So my husband and I saw both Shutter Island (on DVD) and Inception (in the theater) this past weekend. My head was spinning. Poor Leonardo DiCaprio – what a year. Can you imagine preparing for two psychological roles like that so close together? Shutter Island wasn’t bad but I thought the weak sister of the two. Clearly one needs to see Inception several times to take it all in. It is in my mind the best I’ve ever seen of this genre  – Matrix, Butterfly Effect etc. In fact maybe it’s in a category all its own. The thing that makes it so amazing is how the visuals are so essential to the plot – you have to watch on many levels at once.…

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Nantucket Bound

Nantucket Bound

I don’t think I’ll normally be writing on Sunday but I  wanted to let you know that I am leaving tomorrow for a week’s family vacation on Nantucket. Don’t worry – I have some fun posts planned for while I’m away. I’ll be scouting while I’m up there and look forward to reporting back to you with my favorite spots and hopefully some new finds. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.

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L’Histoire d’une Chaise

L’Histoire d’une Chaise

I have needed new chairs in my kitchen ever since we moved into this house 3-1/2 years ago. We originally had our reproduction black Hitchcock chairs with a pine table which looked great like they do here in Gil Schafer’s kitchen . But then we got a bigger cherry farm table and at the same time lost 2 of the chairs to our new overzealous lab when he was a puppy teething. So the question was what to do. First I thought wicker would be nice – a good texture and color contrast against the cherry and a slightly more contemporary feel.…

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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

The beauty of a fountain pen

This first post has been a long time coming (and not because I was writing by hand with a fountain pen). I’ve been thinking about blogging for quite a while now. As a former art director, veteran style junkie and research fanatic, you’d think I would have jumped right into the world of blogging. But as a recovering perfectionist, I didn’t want to do anything I felt wouldn’t be – well, perfect. My sister recently reminded me that with such an attitude it would probably never happen and my nagging entrepreneurial conscience kept asking, “Are we there yet?”. 

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A Little New Year’s Reminder

A Little New Year’s Reminder

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!

And as an extra special new year’s treat, I’m adding eleven extra enticing entries to start 2011 off right!!

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