Fashion Recipes Inspired by the Met Museum Costume Exhibit

The Costume Institute of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art broke new ground with their Spring 2016 exhibit. The show combined the skills of hand-made with the new technologies of machine-made.

So what does that mean for us consumers with closets overflowing with choices?  It’s Freedom!!! The show gave me an appreciation of and permission to mix things up in my way, to create a personal fashion statement from my wardrobe – how liberating! Continue reading “Fashion Recipes Inspired by the Met Museum Costume Exhibit”

The Tuscany That Will Inspire You

Tuscany has been an inspiration for centuries.  Its great city-state of the 14th century, Florence, gave birth to the Renaissance which in turn inspired the humanistic philosophy of the modern era. Travel in a leisurely discovery of the small towns of the region, such as Montrechi, pictured above, or spend the perfect afternoon at La Foce, near Pienza.  Hopefully, this brief picture tour, a smattering of the region, serves as an inspiration for you to add Tuscany to your bucket list, or revisit this special place.  Continue reading “The Tuscany That Will Inspire You”

How to Spend a Perfect Tuscan Afternoon

Head to the gardens of La Foce, a 15th Century estate in Tuscany’s  Val d’Orcia, nestled among the ancient hill towns near Siena.  The hilly terrain falls into a rolling landscape demarcated by lines of towering cypress trees; ancient olive groves and a puzzle of terraced vineyards create a checkerboard of bounty. La Foce is a tour de force of gardening, brilliantly melding the agrarian terrain with masterful landscape design. But first, of course, there’s lunch…… Continue reading “How to Spend a Perfect Tuscan Afternoon”

How to Bring Home a Bit of Florence Style

For centuries, Florence has been synonymous with the finest craftsmanship and style in jewelry – why not bring a bit of that legacy home? Florence has defined beauty and elegance since the 15th century Italian Renaissance; it holds an unrivaled  place as the domain of art and culture Today, a more contemporary approach to one-of-a-kind jewelry, wrought from the most modern of man-materials – plastics and synthetics – is found in work of Angela Caputi. We can all bring a bit of Florentine design genius back home with us to savor. Here’s the skinny…..

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5 Reasons to Visit Notting Hill

The reasons to visit London’s Notting Hill are many and varied. Elegant ivory-faced residential crescents and squares border equally affluent Kensington and Holland Park. The Portobello Market’s funky bargain-hunting and the carnival atmosphere every weekend. The global village feel of Golborne Road. People-watching is an art form given the eclectic mix of characters.  Notting Hill is probably best experienced by becoming embedded during a short (or long) stay and not dropping in or heading for a destination restaurant. . More on that further down……

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