Fall Clean Up

Fall Clean Up

No I don’t mean getting rid of all those pesky leaves clogging your gutters. For any of you with southern blood, you’ll that when someone says you clean up well, it’s a compliment. So in preparation for the beginning of the holiday season, I thought I’d give you my favorite recommendations for cleaning up your complexion so you can put your best face forward!

As we all know, exfoliation is key to beautiful skin. It’s what gives you that fresh and healthy glow. I have two favorites in this category. The first is fast, easy and delivers quick results. Exfolikate by Kate Somerville uses fruit enzymes to clarify skin and remove dead cells.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

I love movies – of all sorts. And I thought it would be fun to designate some Fridays, in preparation for weekend viewing, as “at the Movies” days, where I will offer my recommendations with brief reviews. Some are old, some are new, some are famous, some are not, some are foreign and some are children’s but they all have that certain something that appeals to me. I will try not to pick too many terribly obvious choices but since there is a wide range of ages in readership, this may vary.

My first pick is an oldie but goodie – an enduring classic that is on many movie buffs’ lists.…

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In Honor Of

In Honor Of

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I have chosen this wonderful Alfred Eisenstaedt photo that appeared in Life Magazine, which features a U.S. Navy sailor grabbing a nurse in a spontaneous moment in Times Square as America celebrated the end of World War II when Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945.

Due to the fact that Eisenstaedt never got the names of these two, made famous from this photo, many people have, over the years, claimed to be the sailor and nurse featured. One such woman, Edith Shain of Los Angeles, at the age of 90, actually rode in the front of New York City’s Veterans Day parade as the event’s grand marshall in 2008.…

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Holiday Preview

Holiday Preview

Last night I attended my first holiday event of the season and what a lovely introduction it was! Held at Nielsen’s Florist in Darien, CT, the event was co-hosted by the luxury publication Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. Nielsen’s, a third generation family-run business since 1944 is still in its original location and offers many services from traditional floral offerings to special events in its fabulous conservatory. The shop was transformed into an elegant winter wonderland featuring the silk floral arrangements of Diane James, Simon Pearce glassware and Home James! dinnerware. There were several lovely tablescapes and many appealing ideas for holiday decorating.…

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Booked

Booked

Have you noticed? Books are the hottest new accessory. This fall we have been over-inundated with a plethora of shelter books. It seems that as an interior designer, you haven’t made your mark unless you’ve published a book. And it’s not just full color designer books getting all the attention. Retailers like J. Crew have been featuring all sorts of books as a vital aspect of their displays and advertising campaigns.

Even Marc Jacobs opened a full fledged book store.

or take a look at Kate Spade’s Book of the Month Club clutches, totes and Kindle covers

or French darling Olympia Le-Tan’s embroidered clutches based on some of her favorite titles.…

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The Royal Oak Foundation

The Royal Oak Foundation

Anglophiles unite! The byline of the Royal Oak Foundation is “Americans in Alliance with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.” You may be aware of the foundation’s work raising awareness of its important conservation and environmental work or you may know the name from its licensing agreements with such distinguished firms such as Cole & Son, Holland & Company, Katha Diddel and Lee Jofa.

But I’ve discovered there is so much more to this very worthwhile organization. The Trust has over 300 properties and conserves and protects over 626,000 acres of beautiful countryside in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, making it the largest private landowner in the UK.…

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Monica’s Magic

Monica’s Magic

I would imagine that most of you are familiar with Monica Rich Kosann, who started as a portrait photographer and has since branched out to design jewelry and home accessories. With her boutique at Bergdorf’s, new book, Living With What You Love, and recent induction into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), she has become a rising star.

Monica started shooting children at the tender age of seventeen, after receiving her first Rollei the year before. She studied at the International Center of Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, the Sorbonne in Paris, and the International Academy of Art in Austria.…

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Tech Tidbit

Tech Tidbit

We all know how addictive social media can be – but it can be downright dangerous if you’re in a moving vehicle. While it’s bad enough talking on the phone while driving, there is now an epidemic of people texting while trying to keep their eyes on the road. Luckily there appears to be a handy solution – Text’nDrive. Take a look at how this clever free app purports to handle your communications that just can’t wait ’til you’ve reached your destination.

So whether you’re looking to keep your teenager focussed on the road or a new gadget for yourself, Text’nDrive seems to fit the bill!…

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Rooms With A View

Rooms With A View

I just got back from the Rooms With A View Gala Preview party. Despite the dismal weather, there was a great turnout for this fun evening. There were tons of design stars there from Bunny Williams and David Easton to Tom Filicia and honoree Albert Hadley.

Here are Bunny and a dapper Albert in Bunny’s booth. I love the blown-up photo of a younger Hadley behind the French doors. The ecclectic room was furnished with many wonderful Beeline pieces from the Eclipse chairs to the fabulous Harvest table and fun Spiral Umbrella Stand, a perfect accessory on this wet evening.…

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Heads of Expressionism

Heads of Expressionism

Recently we have looked at several of the art exhibitions at museums in NYC this fall – from the blockbuster show at the MoMA to ones at smaller museums like the Jewish Museum’s Houdini exhibit. One of the most fascinating exhibits, however, has got to be the Franz Xaver Messerschmidt exhibition at the Neue Galerie.

This show, organized by Guilhem Scherf, the chief curator of sculpture at the Musée du Louvre, is the first US exhibit about this late 18th century Bavarian-born Austrian sculptor and the first collaboration between the Neue Galerie and the Louvre. This quixotic show focuses on the artist’s “character heads” which, both astonishingly realistic and strange, are some of the most important sculptures of the 18th century, due to Messerschmidt’s honest portrayal of his subjects’ features.…

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