Exploring Downtown LA again has been a mysterious and exciting adventure. I'm staying in a haunted hotel, but it seems like the ghosts are mostly benevolent, so that's good.There is so much decaying glamour within just a few blocks, and so much fresh new life.
It is such a special treat to take in an opera at the Met at Lincoln Center, and one of the best parts starts well before the performance. The Metropolitan Opera House is one of my favorite interiors in New York, because when you walk in and encounter these quasi-futuristic, brilliant twinkling masterpieces, you can't help but be transported, uplifted and inspired. They were originally hung in 1966 when the Met moved to Lincoln Center, designed by an Austrian man named Hans Harald Rath, and just last year were completely refurbished and re-crystalled in Austria by Swarovski.
A tip if you're seeing "Tosca" and not feeling up to being emotionally crushed: It has a relatively happy ending if you leave before the third act!
So maybe my friend, Phil, used a different turn of phrase than "jumbled," but as I switch from summer to fall, not just in terms of clothes but mindset, too, it describes things pretty perfectly. I mean, how are there wire ones in there? That's a good (albeit embarrassing) reminder to get things in order!
Just yesterday we were playing in the sand and celebrating the nuptials of two crazy kids. Seems a world away from this bleak and dreary NYC Monday, but thinking back on such a sunny, spirited weekend reminded me that on a practical note, we should all copy this simple, inexpensive but statement-making gerbera daisy arrangement!
A little hipster design goes a long way at BR Guest's first hotel project, The Postcard Inn at St. Pete Beach, FL...
A mystical sky portends a marriage adventure for Brooke and Dan filled with infinite possibility! (And it's definitely, definitely not going to rain during the ceremony.)
Discussing this evening's premiere of "Top Chef: Just Desserts" this morning on the Today show went really well, considering there was the potential for the tipple-loving hosts to skip right to the bourbon. Luckily, we talked about everything we were supposed to, then went straight to the bourbon (which was the Bourbon St. Milkshake from Brooklyn Bowl).Please to enjoy, sweet-toothed tigers!
A first at the Today show this morning: my own dressing room! (And therefore a misspelled first name is so not important.) ps.--Yes, it's not just a desperate attempt to liven up the sweets metaphors, it's my favorite Dead song. Xo
The air in Montana was so crisp and pure, it was impossible not to feel great. A more frivolous take might be that the state boasts the best climate for good hair and no makeup. Which doesn't explain why I lost more than six games of pool to my eight-year-old nephew, but at least the pictures convey how much fun we all had.
This rough-hewn but somehow quite elegant timekeeper adorned our cabin at The Ranch at Rock Creek. I want to believe I could start collecting nice sticks now, and chop them to the appropriate lengths and glue them together at just the right angles to create something similar, but perhaps that's a bit...ambitious. Maybe e-Bay will come to the rescue, and I will scour yard sales in wooded locales.
In any case, something so woodsy and craft-y would lend a city apartment a nice dose of sylvan magic!
Of course we all want to avoid needing first aid. But cuts and scrapes happen, dude, so prepare to treat them glamourously. And without Hello Kitty. Cynthia Rowley designed these for Band-Aid, and I might wear one without a bloodletting.
This isn't a delicious pile of candy; it's a necklace of beads handmade from strips of magazine pages! (And a gift from my super-sweet friends at Micato Safaris. They know Kenya better than anyone so it's no wonder they discovered such a treasure.)
Fair-trade workers in Kenya craft the beads by cutting a thin strip from a colorful page, rolling it tightly from end to end and sealing with a daub of glue, then soaking it in varnish. They're so intriguingly beautiful, and if you look closely, you can see text from long-ago stories. The company is called Acacia Creations (not a polished site, but it tells the story and lists retailers) and the artisans share in the profits.
Surely a lovelier end for reading materials than as fishwrap. And it suits the Western-Boho-native vibe upon us for fall.
Listen, stop beating yourself up about that careless toss of red wine that seems to have ruined one of your favorite frocks. There just might be a silver lining. (Always look for one after a night that involves a spill.)
Yes, of course you should try treating that damn spot with Wine Away (seems to work best), or take the sullied item straight to the dry cleaner. But when all else fails, envision a new life for the poor thing. The jaunty top above used to be a knee-length dress; luckily the wine in question fell mostly below the hip (great aim!) so I just lopped off the bottom. If a sleeve gets soused, lose it (or both, depending on how balanced you need to be).
Remember, it's a painless operation or the scrap heap. You might find you like the new garment better.