Swim With Panache

winterWinter has definitely taken its toll.  This beautiful picture, taken just one week ago from my living room window, belies the devastation that this season’s storms have wielded in much of the country.  Buried under blankets of snow are fallen trees and broken electrical wires interrupting the everyday pace of life.  I think we are all ready for a change.  So when I saw this delightful image of spring percolating        flowers in snowthrough the melting snow in my yard this weekend, I realized that very soon I could shed all these layers of clothes and break free of  winter’s confinement.  That, of course, means bathing suit season, which brings a whole other set of issues to the feminine mind.

Searching for the perfect swimsuit can be quite a challenge, particularly for those of us who are well … Read more


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Go For The Gold

a0ed86174b2010-vancouver-olympics-medals_1_4QEH5_69-500x370I have been watching the Olympics for the past two weeks, mesmerized by the audacious athleticism that seems to be part of the Winter Games.  Although this event is, without a doubt, the premiere international gathering of the world’s sporting elite, Canada’s declaration that they will “own the podium”, has enabled the friendly rivalry between the USA and Canada.  The United States leads the medal count in a sport’s arena usually dominated by European skill and training and Canada holds the record for Gold Medals.  There is something to be said about competing on home soil, being cheered on by faithful fans.  Although there have been extraordinary performances by many of our global partners, the American and Canadian sub story has contributed to a familial North American Pride.

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Seek and You Will Find

binocularsMy grandfather traveled from Russia to America at the age of 12 looking for a better life.  His quest ended in Ohio as the owner of an upscale dress boutique from which he travelled to New York several times a year to search for the newest fashion ideas to satisfy his stylish customers.  His passion for innovation and instincts for saleable items fueled the growth of his retail legacy.  He had a merchant’s heart.  I wonder if I inherited his merchandising DNA.  From the moment I started my career, my greatest thrill has been the discovery of a new product and the belief, somewhere in my gut, that presented correctly, it would generate profit.  I have always referred to it as “the thrill of the kill”.

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So Chic

white dress revisedLast month, while walking through the fashionable Marais neighborhood in Paris, I saw this incredible wedding dress featured in the window of a bridal boutique.  This symbol of innocence and purity is superbly executed in the newest fashion trends.  How French!  Several months ago, I wrote a blog on Eternal Seduction in which I proffered Concepts Paris’ spring 2010 trend predictions:  poetic architecture, airy lightness, soft focus and the importance of the color white.  Here, I was witness to this vision artfully translated into a piece of fashion sculpture.  Its creative design, rendered in white, is an affirmation of virtue with the promise of new possibilities.  Fresh, clean and exquisitely constructed, the dress embodies the meaning of chic:  sophisticated, classy and amazing.

The color white, so often perceived as a fundamental in any underwear wardrobe, … Read more


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The Power of Love

balletNo tale better expresses a little girl’s dream of lasting love than that of the handsome prince  wakening the beautiful princess from her long dark slumber.  On a personal note, I was never very taken by this illusion, but, I have to admit that the age old story, filled with fairies and witches, wedding court scenes and rambling bushes protecting an empire for 100 sleepy years, was definitely a gift for my imagination.  So last Thursday night, when I saw the NYC ballet presentation of   Tschaikovsky’s            The Sleeping Beauty, I was definitely enchanted by the extraordinary staging, exquisite costumes and phenomenal choreography of Peter Martin’s ballet masterpiece.  But much more compelling was the subtle, delicate strength and grace of the dancer’s movements.  Ballet is all about feminine details; absolute stillness, perfect balance, and powerful … Read more


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Girls Just Want To Have Fun

lauper newWhen I think of the Betsey Johnson Intimates collection the first thing that pops into my head is Cyndi Lauper’s award winning anthem of female solidarity, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”.  This flirtatious homage to the feminine spirit heralded a new wave in music.  Slightly aggressive, teasing and full of enthusiasm, it defined her break out album, She’s So Unusual.   Dying her hair different colors and wearing radical fashions, Lauper’s personal eccentric style defined her as a wild child.  Fun, mercurial, eclectic and full of energy, she continues today to project the playful attitude of an independent but sensual woman.

 No one follows her own fashion rules quite like Betsey Johnson, so when I saw this sexy little Love em’ & Leave em’ bra and panty set created  by the Carole Hochman Design Read more


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