Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver

No matter what sort of decorative theme you have going for the holidays this year, here is one that never goes out of style. Let me present a little sparkling inspiration for your upcoming celebrations.




all photos above by stephen clement

from 1st dibs

Naples by Astier de Villatte

Dolores porcelain dessert place from Zara Home

l’Objet Lamina vase

limited edition Golden Jeroboam from Moet & Chandon

And just a few suggestions if you’re going out

Balmain brocade jacket

Diane von Furtstenberg clutch

vintage chanel bag via decades inc.

Lanvin sac oulouette lurex clutch

J. Crew sequin minaudiere (I own this – it’s fabulous!!)

And of course what sort of celebration would it be without just a little bling.…

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Chateau Splendor | le Prince Jardinier

Chateau Splendor | le Prince Jardinier

We are taking a break from Wednesday Wine today to take a look at another lovely French location. After Megeve yesterday, we are meandering to the Loire valley, specifically to the Chateau de la Bourdaisiere. After a career in banking, Prince Louis Albert de Broglie, and his brother Prince Maurice, purchased the historic chateau in 1991, thus changing the course of Albert’s career. He became so enamored of the 19th century vegetable garden on the estate, he was inspired to launch his collection of elegant garden tools and accessories, le Prince Jardinier.

He and his wife, Francoise, also design garden furniture and an entire line of food products, perfumes and candles.…

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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Everyone loves a white Christmas. Although I live in the northeast, it actually doesn’t happen that often. I’ve always dreamed of spending the holiday in a luxe alpine resort where you would be guaranteed a winter wonderland in grand style. Gstaad, St. Moritz or Verbier come to mind but my fantasy is Megeve, the elegant rustic-chic resort in the French alps developed by the Rothschild family in the 1910’s and ’20s. I love its charming cobblestoned town and restored medieval buildings. You can have a lovely tour  by horse drawn carriage (love that even the carriage and throw are winter white).…

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Goodbye Blake

Goodbye Blake

The film world lost a creative genius this week when Blake Edwards died last Wednesday at the age of 88. From the hysterical Pink Panther to the iconic Breakfast at Tiffanys to the brilliant Victor/Victoria, he supplied hours and hours of stylish entertainment for many of us throughout the years.

Edwards received an honorary Academy Award in 2004 for his “extraordinary body of work,” which included not only his most famous comic movies but also a Broadway musical, the detective television series Peter Gunn and more somber movies like the “Days of Wine and Roses.”

Although Edwards suffered from depression for years, he even spun that into a dark comic anecdote.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

This Frank Capra holiday masterpiece is frequently eclipsed by his more popular and uplifting It’s a Wonderful Life. Perhaps it’s because Meet John Doe is a more serious film or because up ’til now, the prints of this movie have not been very crisp. Whatever the reason, this is a classic that should not be missed. And this new release has much improved the previously “scratchy” versions.

This is not a Frank Capra mad cap comedy. This is a drama more akin to another of his greats “Mr Smith Goes to Washington“. Now there is some humor and certainly some charming scenes and clever banter but this movie has a powerful tale to tell.…

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Road Trip

Road Trip

One of my oldest friends in the city is also one of the chicest (she has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue and other fashionable publications always looking perfect). She also just happens to be my doctor. I have known Dr. Patricia Allen for over 25 years. Although she has been known to attend to patients in a designer suit and Blahniks, Dr. Allen, who comes from a small town in Kentucky, also runs her practice like a small town doctor. By that I mean she is concerned with every aspect of your life – from your female condition to your psyche to your taste in shoes.…

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Wednesday Wines – Gifts for the Wine Lover

Wednesday Wines – Gifts for the Wine Lover

Instead of discussing a wine today, I would like to introduce you to a wonderful company that carries fabulous gifts for the oenophiles on your list. Most of you are probably familiar with Jordan Winery, the esteemed vineyard in the hills of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Founded in 1972 by Tom Jordan, they produce top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Tom’s now ex-wife, Sandra Jordan, served as the Creative Director of Jordan Winery from 1993 until 2007. In that capacity, she redesigned the hospitality suites and public areas using furniture and fabric of her own designs. In addition, her design of the olive oil label, and the publications, Pictures at Jordan, and Estate Tales won her national awards.…

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From Venus to Mars: Gifts for Guys 2

From Venus to Mars: Gifts for Guys 2

This year, I found an eclectic assortment of gifts for guys of all tastes. Whether in the realm of practical or fantastical, here is some inspiration devoted to the Y chromosome crowd.

Hardy Amies is responsible for my favorite quote regarding men’s fashion: “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”  This sartorial primer doles out classic advice for the traditionally dressed man in your life. A small gem, this book, reissued a few years ago from its original ’60s printing, is witty and wise, just like its author was.…

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The Cheese Stands Alone

The Cheese Stands Alone

In my food universe, Ken Skovron is the big cheese. As the owner of Darien Cheese, Ken is one of the most well respected specialty food shop owners around. I’ve been buying delectable products at this fabulous store for over 20 years but I’d never really talked to Ken about the genesis of his business. I had the opportunity to do that the other day.

Darien Cheese originally opened in 1967 and was bought by present owners Ken and Tori Skovron in 1986, who have since transformed the store into one of the most distinguished cheese shops anywhere. Ken got his start started working behind the counter at Greenwich’s “Cheese Shop International,” the original cheese shop which started franchising at the New York World’s Fair.…

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At the Movies Jr.

At the Movies Jr.

There are obviously many wonderful family Christmas movies both old and new. I didn’t want to suggest something like It’s a Wonderful Life that I know everyone has already seen. When considering which one to choose for this “Jr.” Christmas edition, I decided to poll my children, who represent a wide range of ages, for a second opinion. Not only did they verify my selection, but it was unanimous – and that is because “Nightmare Before Christmas” has a little something for everyone. It has an easy to follow plot for children (but not TOO young – it can be a tad scary), more sophisticated humor for teens and adults and fabulous visuals for all.…

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