Introducing the Maestra: Judith Rashleigh

Summary Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End’s less salubrious bars – although her…

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

“now you have the body shape considered ideal to the women you seek to cultivate—delicately emaciated, with just a hint of a well-managed eating disorder.” ― Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend This is another book that was on my large ‘to-be-read’ pile―from June 2015! So many books, so little time. I finished this in one…

Luckiest Girl Alive Review

Luckiest Girl Alive was released in May 2015, but I only got around to reading it in December. If I had to choose, I’d say it was my favorite book from last year. And I got a lot of reading done in 2015. Luckiest Girl Alive is told through the unlikable protagonist, TifAni FaNelli. (Yes,…

Food & Flight

Francis Mallmann’s boutique hotel and resturant, El Garzón in Uruguay. (photo: The WSJ) “Francis Mallmann’s position as Latin America’s pre-eminent chef depends on more than mere cooking. Most of it can be summed up in one word: style. Everything Mallmann does speaks of elegance as easy as a Fred Astaire soft shoe. Tall, fair-haired, with…

crazy & Fun

“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.”                                                                                                                                                                  ~ Rita Mae Brown (thecobrasnake.com)

Emblematic Trench Coats

Autumn/Winter 2009 Burberry campaign The ads — featuring Emma Watson and shot on location by Mario Testino near Burberry’s new headquarters not far from Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament — showcase a chilly but lovely London.   “I wanted the images to represent both the rich history and the modernity of the…

Skins

About Skins:  “It’s like Dawson’s Creek on speed…” “I didn’t eat for 3 days… so I could be lovely.”

Lovely Spaces

Currently liking: 1.  The Lyell fall ad photos: 2. Zana’s blog