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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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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DV, Personal Style and the Parfums

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“Style. All those who have it share one thing – originality.” – Diana Vreeland

A favorite perfume, a signature scent, carries with it the same impact and importance as the clothes we wear, how we design our homes and the way in which we live our lives. It is part of our personal style; a natural extension of who we are and what image we choose to project about ourselves to the outside world.

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Now there is a new range of perfumes inspired by the great icon of personal style Diana Vreeland.

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