Hello!!!!! I hope everyone is off to a great start this week, I’m sorry I didn’t get any posts up yesterday, I was playing catch-up after getting home from my weekend in New York City. I want to do a couple of posts and share with you some of the things we did and places we visited while we were in NYC. One place we always visit while in NYC is Balthazar Restaurant, Balthazar is a French Brasserie that was opened in 1997 by restauranteur Keith McNally, it’s one of the closest places I’ve ever dined that is truly like being in Paris. (above image via)
April 25, 2017
April 20, 2017
I wanted to give you little tease today for what we are doing in NYC tonight, we are seeing the musical Sunset Boulevard on Broadway, starring Glenn Close. SB is an Andrew Lloyd Webber production that first appeared on Broadway 23 years ago in 1994. Today the musical stars Glenn Close as Norma Desmond, silent screen star that time has forgotten, leaving her to live out her days in her Los Angeles mansion on Sunset Boulevard. The musical of course is based on the 1950 movie of the same name that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden. I am so excited we are able to see this production, especially with a talent like Close. I’ll let you know about the show more next week after I get home. Enjoy!!! (above image via, below image via)
March 31, 2017
Iris Apfel, like her jewelry, is bigger than life. Known for her beautiful clothes, large chunky jewelry and big glasses Iris Apfel has been making her way in the world of design for years. Iris and her husband Carl launched the successful textile firm, Old World Weavers, in 1950 and ran it until retiring in 1992. Iris has been the subject of documentaries, books and is always a fixture on the New York fashion scene. As we celebrate Women’s History Month and women who have made a mark in the world of design. For a more in-depth look at Iris Apfel click here to see a post I did on her in August 2014.
March 30, 2017
We continue looking at women who have made fabulous design over the years, today we are looking at French-born fashion designer, Pauline Trigere. Trigere was born in Paris in 1908 to a tailor father and dressmaker mother so she was essentially born to the trade. Trigere was known for creating wonderful fashion for high-profile clients in the 50’s and 60’s including the wardrobe worn by Patricia Neal’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For a more in-depth look at the life of Pauline Trigere click here to see a post I did on her life in 2014.
March 28, 2017
Queen Elizabeth II
We continue celebrating Women’s History Month this March with a look today at a woman who has seen it all, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Born in 1926, Queen Elizabeth is now the longest reigning monarch in the history of Great Britain having celebrated her Sapphire Anniversary on the throne earlier this year. The mother of four children is not only known as a Monarch but also a fashionista and a trendsetter, her taste in fashion has been watched closely since she was a Princess and especially after ascending the throne in 1952. For a more in-depth look at Queen Elizabeth click here to read a post I did on her in April 2016 for her 90th birthday.
March 24, 2017
The Duchess of Windsor
As we celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March we are looking at and remembering women who’ve left their mark on the world in the field of design. Today we are remembering the Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor, a woman who didn’t design clothes, homes or jewelry but is known for having the best and most beautiful of all these things. Her life was filled with newspaper headlines and sometimes scandal but she lived the way she wanted with the man she wanted, who if not for her would have been King of England. For a more in-depth look at the life of the Duchess click here to see a post I did on her in June 2015. Enjoy!!!
March 23, 2017
In celebration of March being Women’s History Month we are looking at women who’ve made history from the world of design, today we are remembering Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Chanel is known for the major changes she made in designing women’s fashion, whether it’s using softer and more flowing fabrics like jersey or helping liberate women from the corset or the accusations of consorting with the Germans during World War II. Today Chanel is known for the fashion empire that is still run in her name and the high-end fashion it produces under the leadership of Karl Lagerfeld, click here to read a more in-depth post I did on Chanel in August 2015.
March 22, 2017
I love TV, I have always loved TV, I was that kid that his mom had to make him go outside sometimes because there was always something on the boob tube that I want to watch. Something that I also love as much or more as good television is backstory, I want to know why things happened and how they happened, so Ryan Murphy’s new show Feud takes care of both these things for me. Feud tells the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and everything that happened with them and around them as they were making the awesome psychological horror film, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane in 1962. Baby Jane tells the story of Jane Hudson and her sister Blanche, two aging actresses living in their Hollywood mansion and yearning for the days gone by, Blanche is confined to a wheelchair and Jane is her caregiver and we see how they treat each other and the bitter fighting that goes on between these two grown siblings. Feud not only gives us a look at the making of Baby Jane but also at the feud between these two Hollywood legends who disliked each other for apparently many reasons including jilted lovers, Academy Awards and lost movie roles. (above image via)
March 17, 2017
During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering famed Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli, the woman known for her artistic gowns and collaborations with Salvador Dali. Once described as Chanel’s “chief competition” Schiaparelli was the McQueen of her day and continues to have a strong influence on fashion in the 21st Century. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2014.
March 16, 2017
During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering fashion maven Diana Vreeland. Vreeland was known for her distinct way of dressing which got her a column in Harper’s Bazaar and eventually led to her being Editor-In-Chief of Vogue magazine. Today Vreeland is remembered for her straightforward approach and the amazing exhibits she curated while she headed up the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2015.