At the Movies

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. This is a contemplative edgy film more in the tradition of French new wave with that semi-journalistic style and hand-held camera work reminiscent of Godard.  And this is why it is included in the prestigious Criterion Collection, famous for their impressive assemblage of art house and creative classics (as an aside, this DVD cover is not up to their usual high standards – go here to see the vastly superior alternate versions designer Eric Skillman presented for consideration).…

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A Hint of Honeysuckle

A Hint of Honeysuckle

I’m not really much of a pink girl (although salmon suits me fine), which doesn’t bode well for me this year, considering Pantone’s pick of Honeysuckle Pink as the color of the year. Even though I’ve already had my fill of hearing about honeysuckle, I’d hate to be totally out of the loop. So I’ve been perusing options of pushing a little pink  into my life in a more subtle way. Accessories seem to be the answer.

Valextra

vintage van cleef

vuitton – love its 60’s vibe

valentino petale flap bag – I seem to be stuck in the v’s for some reason – I’ll move on

longchamp – will look even better folded I think

nancy gonzalez

oscar de la renta – there’s some pink in there!!…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

For all of you who would rather be on a beach than on the slopes, this wine pick today is with you in mind. If you’ve ever considered taking a trip down under and were wondering where you could enjoy both the beauty of the land and a wine tasting and vineyard experience, you need look no further than South Australia. All of you regular readers are now familiar with Terry Rogers of Horseneck Wines in Greenwich, who will be our guide today. Here’s her pick for this beautiful region.

The Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s most charming wine regions. …

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My Alpine Fantasy

My Alpine Fantasy

Clearly I haven’t gotten over my alpine obsession. While many of you crave winter warmth, I’m still fantasizing about a chic chalet. I think I’d better start planning now for next winter since soon I’ll need to be getting my head situated for spring. But in the meantime, we’re still snowbound and I haven’t yet set foot on the slopes so perhaps it’s time, before it’s too late, to take one more look at my winter fantasy.

My latest pick for my bucket list of chic ski resorts is Courchevel. It’s incredibly beautiful

but can be a bit of a see and be seen sort of place.…

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New Year’s Resolution: Change Your Mind

New Year’s Resolution: Change Your Mind

I hadn’t planned on writing a post about new years resolutions, but after reading the New York Times Saturday morning, I was inspired to post one for the onset of this new year. Many of you may be familiar with Oliver Sacks. He is the best-selling author and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He has written many fascinating books including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings, which was the basis for the Robert De Niro/Robin Williams movie. His ground breaking neurological case studies are so incredible that if you didn’t know better, you’d think they were fiction.…

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Happy New Year

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!

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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At the Movies

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. And for those of you who haven’t, you’re in for a treat. I’ve written several times about how much I love Nancy Meyers films for so many reasons. And this is certainly no exception. From the insightful characters, to the clever banter to the incredibly curated settings, her films provide what we all at least occasionally want – feel good entertainment.…

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Fancy a Flute?

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. A man after my own heart, he feels that Americans drink too little champagne, saving it only for special occasions. He also feels strongly about what glass to serve it in.

He admits that although flutes are “great for presentation and showcase bubbles beautifully, from the tasting standpoint, the shape isn’t ideal.” He prefers something rounder on the bottom that tapers on top like this Baccarat Remy stem.…

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Wednesday Wines | Champagne 101

Wednesday Wines | Champagne 101

When considering what to feature for the Wednesday Wine post today, it didn’t take me long to decide – champagne is my drink of choice, especially for ringing in the new year. Quintessence wine expert, Terry Rogers of Horseneck Wines in Greenwich, was only too happy to accommodate! Here’s her incredibly informative and insightful Champagne 101 take on the history and making of our favorite festive drink!

What better way to enjoy the holidays than to get together to share a glass of the good bubbly with friends and family.  As you may know, in order to be called Champagne the product must be produced within the boundaries of the Champagne Region in France. …

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I Can See Clearly Now

I Can See Clearly Now

Full transparency is the buzz word these days and the name of the game for this group of clearly terrific ideas. With the new year approaching, there is a feeling of wanting to start anew and embrace a fresh outlook and approach. I know I’m feeling the urge to add some clear accessories to my home and wardrobe to lighten things up a bit. Here are a few suggestions!

The wonderful shopping site Taigan offers a couple fun options. I think these lucite napkin holders from South of Market would be fabulous with any tabletop setting

And the Lola chair by Niba Home could be equally chic anywhere from an elegant dressing room to a fabulous ski house.…

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