Briefs

Orange; The New Red

DSCN0277Last month I was walking around the eclectic Marais neighborhood in Paris trolling for interesting ideas when I spotted this orange shoulder bag in the window of the artsy Cecile & Jeanne boutique.  I did not know that I needed a new handbag until it called my name.  My first instinct was to buy it in red.  I love red.  It’s a fashion basic that speaks strongly and makes an … Read More


Simple Luxury

MorningCoffee.jpg1Last week, still in my pajamas, I was in the sunporch, enjoying my first cup of the day, at peace in an early spring sun.  I was ruminating how the simple pleasure of this everyday ritual was really one of life’s luxuries. Coffee is an essential part of my morning routine.   No matter where  I travel, I have to admit, I crave this quintessential brew.  Quality matters; smell, taste and … Read More


Wonder Women

WonderWoman2.jpg75When I was young, buying bras was a fractious affair.  Endowed, but not particularly fleshy, I had no real pretty choices in the intimate’s market.  I was restricted to boring bras that I jokingly referred to as “erector sets”.  It did not seem fair, especially when the curvier media legends of my youth, Sophia Loren, Lynda Carter and Raquel Welch managed to project sensuality and femininity wearing barely anything.  I … Read More


Kiss A Girl

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What a surprise when, at The Curve Lingerie show last month, I bumped into two young designers who were just beginning their careers when they worked with me in a past life.   Now, several years later, Courtney Newman and Erica Paul have propelled their personal retro style into a showcase of glamorous lingerie for women who are blessed with sexy curves.  Inspired by the vintage under-things worn by burlesque stars … Read More


Swim With Panache

winterWinter has definitely taken its toll.  This beautiful picture, taken just one week ago from my living room window, belies the devastation that this season’s storms have wielded in much of the country.  Buried under blankets of snow are fallen trees and broken electrical wires interrupting the everyday pace of life.  I think we are all ready for a change.  So when I saw this delightful image of spring percolating        … Read More


Go For The Gold

a0ed86174b2010-vancouver-olympics-medals_1_4QEH5_69-500x370I have been watching the Olympics for the past two weeks, mesmerized by the audacious athleticism that seems to be part of the Winter Games.  Although this event is, without a doubt, the premiere international gathering of the world’s sporting elite, Canada’s declaration that they will “own the podium”, has enabled the friendly rivalry between the USA and Canada.  The United States leads the medal count in a sport’s … Read More


Seek and You Will Find

binocularsMy grandfather traveled from Russia to America at the age of 12 looking for a better life.  His quest ended in Ohio as the owner of an upscale dress boutique from which he travelled to New York several times a year to search for the newest fashion ideas to satisfy his stylish customers.  His passion for innovation and instincts for saleable items fueled the growth of his retail legacy.  He … Read More


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