Just before the end of the 19th century, César Ritz, unveiled the Ritz Hotel in Paris, which is located at 15 Place Vendôme and whose guests have included Coco Chanel, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Ingrid Bergman and the list goes on and on. Now, after a four year renovation, the Ritz has reopened.

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Many months ago, I received an email from a friend who sent me a picture of her delightful five-year-old daughter in her karate uniform. “She absolutely loves her classes,” said her mother. Since I have never been part of this world I no idea a child that young could be involved in this activity. This got me thinking: how about a blog about females of all ages in this sport?

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I came across the name Antonio Lopez in a recent issue of Elle Décor and immediately said to myself, “I haven’t heard that name in years.” When describing this talented individual the magazine posed the question, “Was there ever an artist who captured the in-your-face glamour of the 1970s and ‘80s quite like Antonio Lopez?

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I have always believed that being a stand-up comedian must be one of the toughest jobs on the planet. And, having watched many of them over the years (as we all have) I’ve come to the conclusion that many are just not that funny – no matter how much money they’re making. But one who got me laughing right from the beginning – was CHELSEA HANDLER.

 

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Although I hadn't ever met Bill Cunningham, I became touched by him. Whether it was his apparent humble manner - he was often seen in his "uniform" of a blue worker's jacket, khakis and sneakers and he had lived in a Carnegie Hall studio that didn't even include a kitchen - to his relentless hunt for that fashion moment - he rode his bike, rain or shine, around Manhattan, Mr. Cunningham was a man that transcended fashion.

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When a person is described
 as a “diamond in the rough”
it means that they have great
potential, but also need to work harder,
in the right direction, to really shine.
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In Manhattan, the Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Columbia and other Ivy League clubs are located between West 43rd and 44th Streets just off Fifth Avenue.

I was in the lobby of one of these clubs recently and observed a young lady, who was seated directly across from me, chatting on her cellphone while shuffling papers on her lap.

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Accessorize

June 20, 2016

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The beauty of accessories is their power to transform an outfit and help to personify your personality. Are you a fan of hoop earrings or more of diamond studs? Or, maybe you appreciate both, depending on how you are dressed?

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Back in the day, the annual cleaning of one’s home in April/May was an accepted ritual. I’m not sure it still exists the way it once did. However, it’s still a good idea. An even better one is to tackle the cleaning of closets at the same time. If this is too overwhelming why not consider doing this project in June. You’ll still be ahead of the “official” start of summer.

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I recently received a free copy of Reader’s Digest in the mail asking me if I’d like to subscribe to the magazine. Frankly I was taken aback by this and said to myself, “Is Reader’s Digest still around?” I haven’t seen this publication in years and it looked quite different to me.

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