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Glamorous Living - What's Hot and Happening in London Right Now!

Glamorous Living - What's Hot and Happening in London Right Now!

I returned to Brooklyn from London and Paris last weekend and finally feel free of jet lag.  My first stop was in London and during this trip I made visits for lunch and dinner to the recently opened Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, which along with several small boutiques in the courtyard is collectively known as Ham Yard Village...

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Elegant Dressing - Gucci Ready to Wear Spring / Summer 2016

Elegant Dressing - Gucci Ready to Wear Spring / Summer 2016

Alessandro Michele is the recently appointed Creative Director for Gucci and his second collection for Spring/Summer 2016 landed with a bang during Milan's fashion week last September.  At first glance I wasn't so enthralled as it seemed like a random mix of wild patterns, clashing colors and over-the-top flourishes of sequins, chiffon, lurex and grosgrain...

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Elegant Dressing - Fall Trends 2015

Elegant Dressing - Fall Trends 2015

Fall Trends

Browsing through the fashion websites, magazines and stores, the Fall Trends to me seem to comprise of the following:  Rich textured fabrics of paisley, brocade, jacquard and tweed; scarf-tie at the neck blouses (haven't worn one of those in forever!) and lots of black, especially sheer lace - Valentino Couture in particular feels Noir Victorian/Game of Thrones inspired.  

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Interior Design - Finishing Touches

Interior Design - Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

I've been decorating a client's Brooklyn brownstone apartment and we're at the final stage of adding the finishing touches.  Her living room bookcase that until now had contained nothing but books presented us with the opportunity to change the dynamic and incorporate some of her favorite accessories and keepsakes among the books.  Decorating bookcases or shelves is a great way to express your creativity and bring an artistic dimension to a room.  Also, as London Interior designer, Kelly Hoppen succinctly puts it, "A beautiful arrangement of accessories on a self is an easy, elegant way to embrace trends and keep your interiors up to date."

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Elegant Dressing - Kaftan or Tunic?

Elegant Dressing - Kaftan or Tunic?

KAFTAN OR TUNIC?

As the temperature climbs during the summer months, thoughts turn to looks that are breezy, loose and relaxed.  Kaftans, thanks to the current '70s bohemia trend are back.  Whenever I think of a kaftan I see Elizabeth Taylor, Queen of the Kaftan, who seemed to me at least, to be wearing them constantly for all occasions, formal and otherwise.  Because they're full length and often billowy, there's scale and proportion to consider, as none of us want to look overwhelmed by yards of fabric and beading.

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