It is July 4, 2010 and I am lamenting my absence from my traditional Independence Day venue: Schroon Lake, NY in the Adirondack Mountains. In this small mountain town, the virtues of Americana, from the annual Main Street parade, to a lakeside picnic and fireworks exploding over a darkening sky remind us of the values of our heritage while serving up a visceral promise of hope and change. I have witnessed a bevy of pyrotechnic displays in my ever lengthening life, none more spectacular than the explosive eye candy provided by the world renowned Grucci brothers on the Hudson River in NYC. I even had the opportunity of a firsthand viewing on the Macy’s executive boat while working there. When it comes to pure glamor, nothing can compare. But this holiday is not just about sizzle and sass; it also evokes a sense of respect … Read more
I am definitely not a Shakespearean scholar. I have difficulty trudging through the Old English verbiage, but I cannot deny that the renowned bard was a great artist. His plays were the foundation for countless renditions of original plots that flowed from his imagination and have continued to fuel story lines to this day. Understanding his writing is essential to understanding literature. It’s just that I prefer to witness this artistry visually. The production enables the narration; thus, the elaborate costumes and passionate execution by skilled performers support a message that is sometimes difficult to understand but worth delving into. With Shakespeare things are not always what they seem.
I have been watching Affinitas Intimates for the past year after having reviewed the brand with a client at Curve. Initially, I assumed that the great price points of this sassy line had to mean there … Read more
I was never really a soccer mom. My children focused on other sporting disciplines, figure skating, swimming and baseball. However, I got a lot of exposure to this global phenomenon from my sister, who was the Executive Director of MSI (Montgomery Soccer) in Maryland and her husband, who was a national soccer referee. Believe me; I have heard the war stories. This sport has crept into the American psyche via the youth of our country and even though the fan base in North America cannot compare to the universal obsession of what the rest of the world calls “football”, I can guarantee, that interest is rising. Right now, the World Cup is dominating the hearts and souls of the International community and even in the USA, we are following the progress of our team as they vie for respect in this athletic spectacle. The patriotic … Read more
As a teenager, I spent time in France with the Experiment in International Living. The objective was a total immersion into the French culture. I learned to speak French, traveled to the Pyrenees Mountains as well as the beaches in Marseilles and visited countless museums. But it was in Paris at The Grand Palais where I saw an exhibit of Matisse’s paper gouache cutouts that I had my first “ah ha” moment. Created during the last 15 years of his life, these paintings made with scissors, are a celebration of freedom and the transformation of shape into pure color. They are powerful because they are playful, naive expressions of joy. Mesmerized by his Blue Nudes, I purchased a poster (all I could afford) which hung on the wall of my college dormitory, my first apartment and later my first home. Now this lyrical blue … Read more
I saw some beautiful pottery on my recent jaunt to Mexico and the Southwest. I have always been mesmerized watching a potter shape a beautiful object from such a mundane substance as a lump of wet clay. The technical skill required seems invisible to the naked eye. It is all about how the artisan uses his hands and fingers to apply pressure where necessary and release as a counterpoint. Molding a form so that it fits the artist’s personal vision of a beautiful shape is facilitated by an understanding of the material and a talent for transforming it.
Engineering a fabric in order to shift its use is the essence of Lingerie development, but nowhere has this process been more prevalent in the past year as the Shapewear category. There are a plethora of inventive forces vying for this market, but I am personally … Read more
Several years ago I began to practice yoga. At first, my type “A” personality prevented me from understanding the meaning proffered by this ancient discipline. Staying in the moment was not a concept I embraced. Life was all about productivity and tangible results. I look back now on the parent teachers night that my husband and I attended at my daughter’s kindergarten Montessori school in the late 80’s and remember how we looked at each other sideways when the teacher explained how the children were learning to pour a glass of milk from a pitcher. We asked ourselves why we were paying tuition for such “unimportant” activities. It was not until recently, when I was pouring water into the coffee maker, that I fully understood the life lesson she was being taught. As I focused on the liquid flow spilling smoothly into the empty … Read more