Briefs

Happy Holidays

xmas-ornament-06.jpg 1Christmas is just days away.  For me, the holidays feel more sedate this year. There seems to be more reflection, a deeper observation in the details of our world, the brief moments and small gestures that make life sound.  Observing the ornaments on my tree, and knowing that I began  to collect them 35 years ago, I manage to negotiate a trail of memories that defy the unknown terrain that many of us have been … Read More


Everyday, Pretty Hot

2009-08-fn-mad-men-joanWhat would you imagine that Christina Hendricks (aka Joan Holloway), the sassy femme fatale of the award winning TV series, Mad Men, is wearing under her iconic 1950’s dress?  My guess is this retro inspired slip  from On Gossamer.  I have become a real fan of this extraordinarily well written and superbly staged new drama that harks back to a time in history when women were just on the brink of claiming their … Read More


Old is New Again

39stepsLast week I had the opportunity to see the very funny theatrical re-incarnation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, The 39 Steps, at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway.  This award winning show manages to take an established dramatic thriller and re-invent it as a comical tour de force:  yet, it never deviates from the original script. Acknowledging several references to Hitchcock classics, this plot of espionage and murder is transformed into a brand new … Read More


Something in the Air

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Thanksgiving is over. We are on the cusp of December.  There is a transformation at this time of year. The air is crisp, clean and clear. The winter solstice is near.  In N.Y.C., the Rockettes kick their way through a seamless parade of wooden soldiers at Radio City Music Hall; dancers soar through gravity defying moves in the traditional Nutcracker Suite Ballet at Lincoln Center and the famous Christmas tree, glowing with 30,000 lights,   rises … Read More


Less is More

janet-yuIt’s a great time of year to shop the Lingerie stores in NYC  to get trend direction and see innovative new product.   Last week, I took my camera to Soho and visited the usual suspects, including Kiki De Montparnasse, Agent Provocateur, Eres, and La Perla.  When it comes to exquisite lingerie, each with their own distinctive profile, these stores are inspirational, but the discovery of Jean Yu’s tiny shop and atelier … Read More


The Icing On The Cake

cup resizeIt’s November. It is getting cold and Thanksgiving is coming.  In my house this means it is time to bake my mother’s famous holiday cookies.  This used to be a favorite pastime in my family and a great way to occupy my kids as the days shortened and temperatures dropped.  But I have to admit, that lately, I am more inclined to cozy up near the fire and let someone else do the work.  I … Read More


Technical Beauty

I am a figure skating aficionado having spent many hours in ice rinks while my daughter pursuedMichelleKwan her youthful dream of becoming an ice skating star.  We have been watching the current figure skating Grand Prix in anticipation of this year’s Olympic team.  Figure skating is a beautiful and enchanting sport.  Elegant costumes, rapturous music and exquisite moves across the ice belie the hours of practice and physical endurance required to produce a flawless result. … Read More


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