Happy 50th Birthday Monica Bellucci

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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

On her birthday, the woman who got it right so many times.

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Glamorous Couple

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Italian Summer

 

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Bettina: Personality as Beauty

“I think, in retrospect, I had a different style, because I can’t say I was the most beautiful. It’s not a question of beauty. You have to have personality.”

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Bettina Graziani, who passed away last week in Paris aged 89, was the world’s first Super Model.

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During the height of her popularity in midcentury Paris she was called the most photographed woman in France.

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Interesting Lives: At Home with Isaac Mizrahi

“There’s only one way to be excellent at something. You have to practice. Having style is no different.”                                                            Isaac Mizrahi

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In addition to being a two time CFDA winner and a Drama Desk Award winner fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi has also been a television presenter, talk show host, documentary film writer, stage director for an opera and costume designer.

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I am always curious about how people such as Isaac, who utilize their talents to the fullest in their professional lives, will turn around to design their private lives. For example, will they take the same intensity and passion they use for their work and pour it into creating a comfortable, functional and very personal home for themselves?

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Oscar de la Renta

“Fashion is more about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”            Oscar de la Renta

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Oscar de la Renta will be remembered as one of fashion’s most enduring and admired designers. He will be ranked along side the likes of Dior, Balmain, Mainbocher and St. Laurent. His elegant, timeless and simply beautiful designs will be his enduring legacy.

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Week-end Getaway – Van Gogh, Kandinsky and the Dodgers

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The weatherman tells me this week-end will be glorious. The skies will be clear and temperatures will be in the 90’s.  Our plan is to see the “Van Gogh to Kandinsky” exhibit at LACMA, then spend the remainder of our time by the pool and/or listening to Dodgers baseball on the radio.

Whatever your plans I wish you a lovely Saturday and Sunday!

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Ooh La La Lou Lou!

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In honor of New York  fashion week and to celebrate a soon-to-be released photo book which chronicles her life let’s take a look back at perhaps the most iconic fashion muse of all time, Lou Lou de la Falaise.

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Lou Lou was a collaborative partner as well as close friends with legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent.

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10 Steps to Make Your Home Your Retreat

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How do you feel when you walk through your front door after a long day at work, or after sitting in traffic for hours? Is there a much needed sense of calm as you glance around at your surroundings? Are you able to throw off the cares of the day and relax into your personal sanctuary?

Ideally, our home should be our haven, our place of escape from the rhythms of the outside world. If you feel your retreat could use a little help, read on. Here are ten thoughtfully compiled steps to help you turn your home into your own comfortable and very personal space.

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