By ELLEN LEWIS
It’s been a very difficult year for me. The disappointment and disillusionment with my government has been a great weight to bare. To counterbalance my state of mind, I embarked on a research project which involved a lot of reading about presidential politics and the personalities that have led our country ever since the American Revolution. This past summer, on the heels of Ron Chernow’s book, Alexander Hamilton, I read a slew of political biographies: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, James Garfield, John Adams, Lyndon Johnson and Al Franken. (Thank you Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jon Meacham, Candice Millard & Al Franken). These tomes were a welcome respite from the pounding noise emanating from divisive news feeds and irresponsible social media diatribes. Besides being entertaining, I gained an … Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
What Rosamosario brings to the world of intimate apparel is something utterly inspiring!
I am pleased to say that my former boutique (Faire Frou Frou) was the very first store in the U.S. to launch this label 10 years ago, and it makes me proud to see that it has not only grown and evolved, but it’s thriving amongst its exclusive circle of fashion-loving fans.
My mom and I got to know Carlotta Danti, the young Italian force behind Rosamosario, during her early visits to Los Angeles. During that time we discovered that this was a talented businesswoman with a zest for adventure, an independent spirit, and a natural ability to make fascinating connections with high profile people. Fearless is another word that seems accurate to describe Carlotta; unafraid to showcase her … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
It has been awhile since I compared a museum worthy work of art to a piece of lingerie. But when I saw the Lise Charmel Spring 2018 Fleurs de Jungle Collection at Curve last August, it was an easy make. This lush jungle print evokes Henri Rousseau’s 1910 painting, The Dream. A masterpiece emblematic of much of Rousseau’s work, the chimerical imagery is a harbinger of surrealism. Complicated color compositions (this painting is reputed to have 22 shades of green) and intriguing juxtapositions create an exotic landscape.
Fleurs de Jungle’s vibrant color palette speaks for itself. But it’s the correlation of French leavers laces, detailed embroidery and 19mm silk in tandem with this luscious print that defines these intimates as a Lise Charmel masterpiece. Meant to evoke a sensual experience for both … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
Well folks, I arrived in Cabo late Saturday night. No water, no gas, both cars wouldn’t start. Looks like my friend TIM (This is Mexico) used my house while I was away. But on the bright side: it’s 85° and the desert is resplendent, lush and green. My garden looks wonderful (except that the gardeners trimmed all the flowers off the bougainvillea. They think all gringos like manicured shrubs). I went riding this morning for the first time in 4 months. And this trip, my bra wardrobe is finally balanced for this Mexican lifestyle.
Bras, believe it or not, are always a bone of contention for me. Why? Because I am extremely active, large breasted and like many other women, large or small, desperate for comfort without jeopardizing support. As you might … Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
Scantilly is one of those brands that seems to cross age, size and shape boundaries. Now that they’re carried in a local lingerie store in my area, more and more of my friends have been picking them up. I’ve been amazed at the variety of people who seem to love the brand, from my 40 year old friend who works in advertising and has become a visible bra strap convert to my vintage fashion loving friends. Scantilly’s strong point of view also allows lots of women to embrace their products, whether they are surreptitiously layering it under their outfits or wearing it as bondage inspired fashion. Even I am not immune: I had the distinct pleasure of being able to buy a Scantilly set in a boutique a few blocks away from … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
Crossing the Hudson River in New York several times a week to ferry my grandson back and forth, I have watched as the new Tappan Zee Bridge has risen from its concrete foundation to dwarf the original span now destined for demolition. The existing edifice was 62 years old and never meant to support the growth in commuter traffic that has evolved with time. The new twin bridge is an architectural masterpiece; a structural feat camouflaged by a visual symphony comprised of 14 miles of span cables. The airiness of its spires veils the steel and concrete foundation that forms its infrastructure. On schedule and under budget, the construction team responsible has upgraded a travel experience that one had to endure to one worthy of the river it crosses.
This feeling of … Read more