Friday, August 26, 2016

What Makes French Perfume Timeless? The Mystique of Chanel, Paris

A fragrant walk through history
Paris, France is still considered the perfume capitol of the world and with good reason. Just think back to Empress Josephine's splashing the boudoir walls of Versailles with heady perfumes which can still be noted to this day! I have a precious little perfume bottle which belonged to my grandmother. The fragrance is still there, even though the bottle is empty. Yet is is just as I remember it as a child. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Nantucket Island Getaway: What's in My Beach Bag?

Beach Bag must haves for a Nantucket and beyond getaway!

Nantucket Island was one of my stops on my tour of New England a summer or so ago. I can tell you the beaches on Nantucket Island are amazing. Except for a few jellyfish, the water is warm and the surf incredible. Perfect for swimming or simply sunning, you can get some of the Island's flavor by reading "In My Footsteps - A Traveler's Guide to Nantucket by Christopher Setterlund (Schiffer Publishing). Now whether you are going to a New England beach or somewhere else there are a few essentials you'll want to pack in your beach bag. Here are a few new items to include this summer for your best time ever at the beach!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Season in The Hamptons: Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club

On the heels of Wimbledon try a relaxing day of tennis and surf in The Hamptons.
Bridgehampton, LI is one of my favorite spots in The Hamptons mostly due to the lovely little Main Street shops on Rt. 27 and the numerous private clubs in the area. While most people think of the clubs for evening cocktail parties, keep in mind that they offer much more in daytime activities such as boating, swimming, surfing, golf and yes, tennis.

"Match Point" Tennis themed gourmet cookies from Eleni's, New York

Saturday, July 9, 2016

What's HOT at Sephora? New Releases from Smashbox, NARS, Josie Maran & Jimmy Choo

HOT summer picks from Sephora!
Hot, sticky humid summers are a reality for those of us living in the NYC/Metro Area. So this is the perfect time to head over to Sephora to get matched up with some lighter primers, foundations, cheek and lip color. Along the way, pick up some natural products which also do double duty for skincare and sun protection. Of course don't forget to pick out a new summer fragrance for yourself! First, let's see what's HOT and new from Josie Maran:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Why Every Woman Needs a Strand of Pearls

Pearls go with almost everything!

As this is Bridal Month, I've shown you some of my favorite Diamond Travel Jewelry which go with me to The Hamptons, Newport, West Palm Beach and beyond each summer. Well June is also Pearl Month. Here are some of my most versatile jewelry pieces as no woman's wardrobe is complete without a set of pearls.

Pearls are resilient, travel well and add elegance to nearly every outfit.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Season in The Hamptons Summer Reading List

Top Summer Reads for your Season in The Hamptons. 

Long Island's Historic East End is full of scenic vineyards, pebbled beaches and historic sites. Did you know that the little Village of Sag Harbor was mentioned in Moby-Dick by Herman Melville? (Call me Ishmael!) Here is an excerpt: 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Royal Hair - The Mystique of Mason Pearson Brushes & Combs

Mason Pearson's iconic boar bristle brush and hand polished combs.

I can remember visiting my grandmother and going to her bedroom to play at her vanity. Among the fragrant little perfume bottles and powder puffs was a brush set in sterling silver. The bristles were of natural hair otherwise known as boar bristle. My mother had a similar brush and her hair always had a beautiful shine. England based Mason Pearson and Kent & Sons brushes are two of the oldest, heirloom quality brush makers who still produce them to this day. In fact Princess Diana was said to keep a Mason Pearson Brush in her handbag. I have a travel sized Kent Boar Bristle brush in my bag!