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Straight Sets Serena Sep04

Straight Sets Serena

There was a time when either Venus or Serena Williams won nearly every Grand Slam tennis tournament. In recent years though, the talented sisters have seemed to be unfocused and more interested in other pursuits. No one can argue that when the sisters are both focused and healthy, they are pretty much unstoppable! Last week Venus withdrew from the US Open, citing a recent diagnosis with an autoimmune disease known as Sjögren’s syndrome. Serena, though, has been in top form over the past week – and has seemingly breezed into the fourth round of the tournament. In fact, it wasn’t until the second set of yesterday’s match against Victoria Azarenka, that Serena really had to work at all. In the first round of the tournament, Serena took down Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 6-1. Two days later she wiped the floor with the Netherlands’ Michaella Krajicek 6-0, 6-1. And yesterday afternoon she beat the Belarusian Azarenka 6-1, 7-6. When she’s on, she’s on! Here are some photos of Serena from the first week of the US Open.                                       Photos via...

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Wonderful Roger Sep03

Wonderful Roger

Once a year, during the two weeks that straddle Labor Day, New York plays host to the final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year – the US Open. First played on the grass courts of tony Newport, Rhode Island, the tournament is now played on the hardcourts of Flushing Meadows in Queens. We look forwarding to visiting the US Open each year, and this year plan to spend our Labor Day there. On the men’s side, so much of the buzz has been surrounding current number one, Novak Djokovic – but for me, the buzz will always be about Roger Federer. Earlier today he cruised through to the fourth round, and looked every bit the gentleman and master that he is. In the first round of this year’s Open, Roger took down Colombian, Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Next he ousted Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. This afternoon, in the third round of the tournament, he downed Croatian, Marin Cilic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Here are some photos of La Roger from the first week of the 2011 US Open.                                                 Photos via...

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100 Years of Fashion Aug31

100 Years of Fashion

For those of you who are interested in fashion and / or history, check out this fantastic video – 100 Years of Fashion in 100 Seconds! It was created to celebrate the grand opening of Westfield Stratford City – “the largest urban shopping center in Europe” which opens on September 13th. The short film tracks 100 years of “East London” style, and it’s fun fun fun! From fedoras and feathered caps, to mod, punk and grunge… it will be the best minute and a half that you’ve spent all day!...

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Kiss Me, Kate Aug30

Kiss Me, Kate

La Kate graces the cover of the latest issue of Vogue (that infamous September issue), and inside are some positively gorgeous shots of her July wedding to The Kills guitarist, Jamie Hince. Vogue.com has even more great shots of Kate’s special day. “I wanted it to be kind of dreamy and 1920s, when everything is soft-focus,” says Kate. “The Great Gatsby. The code name was GG for a while. That light and that kind of fun decadence. It’s rock-’n’-roll Great Gatsby!” When it came to finding a dress for her special day, Moss turned to her close friend, beleaguered designer, John Galliano. She wanted “a classic Galliano, those chiffon thirties kind. I’ve lived in his dresses for years, and they just make me feel so comfortable. But it’s so much more couture, couture, couture. Oh, my God, the work that’s going into the dress!” Enjoy the photos!   Photos via...

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Etro Retro Aug23

Etro Retro

The weather has finally started to turn (ever so slightly) in New York. Last night when we went to dinner it was actually chilly. Mother Nature probably has a few more tricks up her sleeve before we’re actually into full-on sweater weather, but a boy can dream – can’t he? When it comes to style, I always joke that I’m a bit of a preppy grandpa. I love a chunky cardigan, an elbow patch… you catch my drift. I was doing a little window shopping last night, and came across this Etro suede-patch cardigan. Ain’t she a beaut? Now, to be perfectly honest I already own this same kind of sweater in probably half a dozen variations – but what’s one more, right? What makes this one so great, is the richness of those oversized patches. Sweater, consider yourself...

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Beluga Sevruga Aug11

Beluga Sevruga

It’s nearly Friday, so I thought that we could all use a little something to get the day going. Beluga whales are colloquially known as sea canaries, due to the special squeaks, squeals, and whistles with which they communicate. After having been serenaded by a Mariachi band, perhaps this Beluga will be able to add a little extra flavor to his repertoire! A friend of mind passed this video along, and well, I’ve already watched it numerous times. Click on the photo to check it...

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Book of Mormon Aug03

Book of Mormon

This past Saturday we were fortunate to have caught a performance of what is easily the hottest ticket in all of New York – The Book of Mormon. It has been sold out since it opened this past Spring, and following its massive success at the Tony Awards (where it won 9 awards, including Best Musical) it has been the absolute talk of the town. South Park’s Trey Park and Matt Stone teamed up with Robert Lopez (of Avenue Q fame) to create this original new musical – a deliciously salty, religious satire about a group of young Mormon missionaries who travel to a remote village in Uganda. It’s heart warming, super smart, and rip-roaringly hilarious! Run don’t walk! Here’s a little taste of the fantastic soundtrack – which is insanely catchy, and available here. Book of Mormon –...

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Christine D’Ornano Aug02

Christine D’Ornano

Last year Elle Decor published a feature on the gorgeous London home of cosmetics executive (and scion), Christine D’Ornano. Over the weekend I picked up a copy of Elle Decor España, and immediately recognized the bold and cheerful interiors. D’Ornano shares the Notting Hill home with her financier husband, Marzouk and their three adorable daughters: Isabelle, Alma, and Inès. Having grown up in a glamorous Paris apartment, style, it would seem, is inherent to Christine. The house is wonderfully sophisticated, but fun and eclectic – with an ease that makes it a beautiful family home. A few of the highlights (for me), include the fabulous pair of Claude Lalanne chairs, the dreamy, blue George Smith sofa, the pink walls of the drawing room, and those yellow dining room chairs! Enjoy the photos.   Photos via Elle Decor & Elle Decor...

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Linda Fargo Jul27

Linda Fargo

As SVP of Women’s Fashion and Store Presentation at the venerable Bergdorf Goodman – Linda Fargo is one of the most powerful women in fashion. Remember Meryl Streep’s silver coiffure in The Devil Wears Prada? Guess who was the inspiration. In terms of style and influence, Linda is an arbiter among arbiters – and positively one of the chicest women around. My office is in a building that counts a number of prominent fashion designers as tenants, and a few weeks ago (following an iced coffee run) I rode the elevator with Ms. Fargo. I don’t remember what she was wearing, but she looked chic as hell – and in nearly 100 degree heat, no less! Not only does she have an impeccable sense of style, but she clearly has fun with fashion. Viva La Fargo!                  ...

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War Horse Jul26

War Horse

Set during World War I, and based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is the story of a British boy, Albert, and the extraordinary bond that he shares with his horse, Joey. When Britain goes to war, Joey is sold to the calvary. Distraught, and determined to save his horse, Albert enlists in the army – and begins the treacherous journey to find Joey and to bring him home. War Horse is nothing short of remarkable – from the drama and heartache, to the magnificent staging and haunting score. What is most astonishing about this play, however, are the horse puppets – created by South Africa’s venerable Handspring Puppet Company. To say that this play has been a huge success would be an understatement. Since its 2007 London premiere, War Horse has received numerous accolades – including 5 Tony Awards at last month’s awards show (including the Tony Award for Best Play). Hollywood also took notice of this special story, and a Steven Spielberg directed film version will open later this year. Check out the trailer here. War Horse – Only Remembered...

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