Briefs

Savoir-Faire

 Since the age of 16, when I spent a summer living with a family above their cheese factory in Reims, France, I have been enamored by the elegance and savoir-faireaesthetic of the French culture. Maybe it was the Veuve Clicquot champagne that was served freely at the dinner table, or the chocolate éclairs I managed to overeat while exploring the plethora of patisseries with my teenage friends.

In college, while studying the art and language that is at the heart of the French psyche, I could not ignore the elements of style and taste that inform this seductive society.    … Read More


lgI spent every summer of my childhood camping on the islands in Lake George, N.Y.  in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The tradition continued into adulthood, shifting to the family log cabin on the shoreline of Schroon Lake, located further north in this six million acre state park. My affection for the verdant forests, pristine lakes and silent beauty must have influenced my fierce affinity for all things green.

I see the mountain light and how it yields to so many different hues of green as something organic and alive with possibilities.… Read More


Make a Statement

lace  kate 2For me, Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote:  “Speak softly and carry a big stick” has always informed my approach to communication.  Keep the dialog warm, calm, and open but make sure it is powered by an infrastructure of facts.   My opinion is that this is the most productive way to make a statement.

I visited the Premiere Vision Preview show in NYC last week.  The show was small and not particularly dynamic, BUT one message kept running through my mind as I reviewed the fabrics and colors presented for 2010. … Read More


Reinvent Yourself!

vintage jewelryI was rummaging through an old box of vintage costume jewelry the other day and was struck by how unique these pieces were.  I keep thinking how matronly I thought they were when my mother showed them to me years ago.  Now, they seem so interesting.   I  wonder how they might look pinned on a particular linen jacket in my closet.

I think the juxtaposition of the new with the old is a real fashion statement.

 A while ago, I had the opportunity to review The Betsey Johnson Intimates line at the Carole Hochman showroom. … Read More


Spoil Yourself!

chocolatesI have always believed that shopping at the ideal Lingerie Boutique is like diving into a box of gourmet chocolates.  I want to lose myself in the rich sweet flavor and feel great during the entire experience.  Once and awhile, breaking the rules should be satisfying.

 For me, one of the best venues for indulging the urge to treat myself is the iconic lingerie store, La Petite Coquette, located in downtown NYC.  The sexy retro vibe and European flair combined with the warm, welcoming atmosphere are a special shopping treat.… Read More


State of Grace

TriggerHorses are my passion! This is Trigger. He belongs to my friend Gale and I have a tremendous crush on him. Horseback riding is a sport I took up, just 5 years ago and now, I ride every week. I have decided that moving in tandem with a horse is being in a state of grace.

 

For me, comfort during sports has always been a challenge. I have struggled with finding a sports bra that really fits, shapes, and even flatters. The fact is, I am larger than a D cup with an average band size.… Read More


 In early June, I went to the New York Botanical Gardens  to see the spring Dutch Bulb display, but what really intrigued me were the plethora of peonies wrapped around the main greenhouse.  Layers of petals unfold when a peony blossoms.   big pink peony (2) (1)The inside of a pink peony is a perfect metaphor for spring 2010 lingerie. It is silky, soft, cool, light, a statement of sensual innocence.  Look at the stamen and imagine three delicate birds, their tiny fuzzy heads reaching up from a coral peony smwispy yellow nest, open purple mouths waiting for nourishment.   

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