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How Gratitude Works


“Thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G. K. Chesterton I usually feel grateful when some kindness exceeds my expectations and catches me off guard. Like when a friend sends flowers just to let me know that she is thinking of me or my daughter gives me

About Face: Magic Cream in a Bottle


  Imagine wrapping yourself in a down duvet covered in the finest Frette cotton. That’s what this thick moisturizer by Charlotte Tilbury feels like on skin…soft, comfortable, basically heaven. And it also has a faint rose scent that adds to the whole pampering effect. Twenty years ago celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury started mixing up

Summer Series: Alfresco Baby!


Fresh ocean air, glimmering beach, warm ambience and oh-so-beautiful people are just some of the reasons  to make a dinner reservation at the Galley Restaurant next time you’re in Nantucket.  Oh yes, and let’s not forget about the utterly delicious food, which is inspired by the island’s abundant seafood and by the restaurant’s own organic garden.

A Southampton Swan Song


How often does a swan crash a pool party and steel the show? Well that’s what happened to me recently when I was visiting a dear friend at her home in Southampton, Long Island. One minute, I’m happily floating around her pool on a giant inflatable griffon and the next I’m doing the backstroke next

Summer Series: Alfresco Darling!


Finding an outstanding outdoor restaurant with top-notch food in San Francisco is no easy task. But thanks to my friend Frank, my quest was realized when he introduced me to Stem Kitchen and Garden. Stem has it all: exceptional food, a slick interior, bocce, fire pits and awesome views of the bay.Not to stop there,

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Everybody Behaves Badly


In between the covers of  Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises is a gloriously gossipy, compulsively readable account of Hemingway’s early years in Paris with his first wife, Hadley, and the rest of the Lost Generation.  If you’re looking for a good summer read, this is it! The

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About Face: My New Favorite All-In-One-Aging Serum!


For years, I’ve scrutinized and tested the latest crop of line-plumping, spot fading, collagen stimulating products to find the best skin rejuvenators. I confess that I’m a beauty product junky. If a friend or some over zealous sales person tells me about something new on the market, I’ll usually end up trying it. But I

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