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A recent wedding took some friends and me to Oxford, Mississippi by way of Memphis. We arrived early in Memphis on Friday and left late on Sunday so decided to check out the birthplace of Rock and Roll. I love exploring a city I have never visited and this southern city of soul and character...

Celebrate Independents Week

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Next up on our Independents Week series, the women of Coco Blanca tell how they embraced the post-kid stage of their lives, developed a strong brand (“the soothing color palette of a coconut by the sea, with fresh clean whites, relaxing neutrals, rich browns, elegant blacks, and splashes of turquoise”), and opened a store with a unique...

Cape May collage

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My husband and I are fortunate enough to have made dear, lifelong friends while living in Italy way back in 1979, when Vin was serving as a doctor in the Air Force. We met our friends, Theresa and George, in Italian 101, and never looked back. George and Theresa’s home Fast forward to the 21st...

January wedding final walk through of the Trump Hotel

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My daughter, her fiancé, and I shared one last rendezvous together back home over the long Columbus Day weekend doing “wedding stuff” in preparation for their nuptial celebration coming up in January. Who knew time would zoom by so quickly since our July hard hat tour at The Trump Hotel (formerly the Old Post Office Pavilion), the...

Getaway to Paris

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“We apologize for the ‘exceptional’ closure, we will open again on September 1st” is often what you will find posted on a restaurant or shop door in August in Paris. I planned my trip with my kids to Paris this summer around their schedule, and their work schedules only allowed them to go in August....

Masterpiece London 2016

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Recently, I had the privilege of being invited to Preview Night at Masterpiece London, one of the most distinguished events to take place in the British capital each summer. It is London’s leading fair for art, antiques and design—offering museum-quality works for sale from more than 150 galleries worldwide. With works spanning more than 5,000 years...

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Are you a foodie? Most likely, yes, if you are reading this post. Over the last few years, it seems there has been a growing love among us for food and the dining experience. There’s been a rise in the foodie demographics on both sides of the Atlantic and, no doubt, it has been largely...

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I actually have to give my daughter Mackey credit for finding one of my favorite chairs this year.  Mackey is moving to a new apartment in the West Village in Manhattan June 1st. She is beyond excited to move out of her tiny apartment to a not-so-tiny apartment — she will have room to add...

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“Fashion changes, but style endures”—Coco Chanel With the Western society having so many choices, it’s natural we end up with too many material possessions, like our closets that are crammed with clothes of which 80 percent we no longer wear. Springtime is the perfect time to take control and rid your wardrobe of clutter. Unusable...

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As you’ve been enjoying a lovely, sunny, and warm preview of summer in Alexandria, I’ve been experiencing April showers in London. But these April showers are producing the most gorgeous spring flowers! So I decided to explore a local flower market called Columbia Road in East London, and was I ever inspired with so many possibilities for...

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Yes, it’s full-out sweater weather now no matter which side of the Atlantic you happen to be, and the styles for 2016 knitwear are plentiful. Cozy, relaxed, slouchy, elongated silhouettes, retro, school girl, business woman – so many style options for women of all ages. And this season, the colorways of choice seem to be...

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For as long as I can remember, my New Year’s resolution has been to be more organized and be a better person. As the years creep by I keep adding to that list. Somewhere down the line I added lose five pounds, then I added exercise regularly, cut down on wine, and to eat healthily....