Briefs

Faire Frou Frou

When I first walked into Faire Frou Frou unannounced last week, Alison Rubke, the charismatic co-owner of this eponymous boutique was clearly surprised. We had tried to connect during several of my previous LA visits but never seemed to make it happen.   Obligations always interfered; so this time, I did not want to make a promise I might not keep. It’s a bit of a trek from downtown Los Angeles to Studio City and I … Read More


When my son Charlie was 10 years old, a friend of his in his 4th grade class was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor.  I remember how I felt when I was told that July about Elizabeth’s fate.  I was sick to my stomach, immobilized by fear, unable to separate my own maternal instincts from the reality confronting her parents.  When she died the following December, one week before Christmas, the community assembled to … Read More


Season Of Hope ~ Le Mystère

Ever since I began writing this blog, I have tried, to no avail, to access the DNA of the Le Mystѐre brand.  So many of my readers either wear these bras or sell them in their stores, but for some time now, all I have heard are disappointed grumblings about access and availability of this beloved collection.  However, there is light at the end of the tunnel: Komar Lingerie just acquired Le Mystѐre and it … Read More


From the very first Christmas I shared with my husband in 1976 – he wasn’t my husband then – we would invest in a distinctive ornament for our family tree.  It became a ritual and over the years, a quality collection of eclectic shapes and colors formed.   In fact, we got a little carried away with the entire process. Gathering hand painted renderings of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, hand sewn sequined baubles from … Read More


I am not a print person I never wear them, but I do love charismatic colors, intriguing patterns, texture and most of all art that makes me stop and think.  When I was in my 30’s, Nicole Miller‘s dynamic conversational prints exploded in the marketplace.  It was her ties that first captured my eye; slashes of storied silk that were a man’s passport from boring to bold.  There were so many ideas; it was … Read More


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