June 24, 2017

The Essential Windbreaker

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Scotch and Soda Nylon windbreaker

Windbreakers are some of the most unheralded articles of clothing in the pantheon of essential modern design. It used to be about a trench coat. Then it was the perfect cashmere coat in black or camel. Let’s not forget the anorak craze of the last several years. All along right under our noses is the perfect workhorse cover-up, the windbreaker.

Scotch and Soda Windbreaker
Scotch and Soda Windbreaker

I first fell for them back in college and then in the ensuing years forgot them. A couple a seasons ago, I stumbled into a Prada store in Germany and found myself face to face with a rack of beautiful nylon hooded windbreakers in black on the outside and a contrasting color inside. Black/sand, black/steel blue, black/smokey grey and black/olive green. With their bright steel zippers gleaming I was hard pressed to choose. With Paris, Austria and Istanbul all on the itinerary before returning to NYC, I figured it would come in handy at some point.

Prada reversible Windbreaker
Prada reversible Windbreaker

More than just handy, that windbreaker was my go-to jacket for the remainder of the trip. In Austria I wore it over a sweater and down vest for warmth. In Paris it shielded me from rain and wind. In Istanbul it did double duty as a practical covering and at night it was a cool piece that went with everything. As easy to pack as it is to keep clean (wash/dry) I have become a hardcore windbreaker afficianado!

Coach nylon Windbreaker in navy camo
Coach nylon Windbreaker in navy camo

Here are some favorites and ALL are on SALE. A few I’ve added to my mix and some others I pine for. With sales happening everywhere, now is the perfect time to get one or more……

Coach nylon Windbreaker in steel grey floral print
Coach nylon Windbreaker in steel grey floral print
Prada reversible nylon Windbreaker
Prada reversible nylon Windbreaker
May 11, 2017

Saint James Stripes

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It’s true, there’s never been a stripe I didn’t love. Still, my hunger persists. I was just recently in Paris for a few days and wandering through the Marais came upon a perfect little gem of a Saint James shop. What says Paris more than a striped sailor shirt or beret, perhaps?READ MORE >

March 13, 2017

Broadway is White Hot

The Great White Way
The Great White Way

New York is rife with great theater at the moment. The lights rarely dim on the Great White Way but at present they’re all but blinding. Whether you like light entertainments, musicals or full on drama it’s all right here for you.

Bette-Middler-Hello-DollyOn Sunday I scour the New York Times to see what’s great, what’s coming and what’s about to close. Proximity is the magical word that describes NYC; whatever floats your boat is just down the street and around the corner. Here are some great plays I intend to run and catch: Hello Dolly is just about to open this month starring Bette Midler. I don’t know about you but this appears to be one of those mega-moments that people will talk about for years and years to come and I plan to know first hand what all the noise is about.Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd is playing downtown in a fabulously spare and dramatic production. I musical with ‘bite’ excites me and Sondheim is a master at this genre. Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close is back again 22 years after the original Broadway production. This is an amazing production (I saw it a night before the opening) and one that’s likely to award Glenn Close with yet another Tony award for the same show!

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Sally Field is starring in a new production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. This searing play set in Depression era St. Louis has been mounted again and again but this time it packs a special punch. Stripping down these stories to their brutal essence makes this production particularly affecting. I’m dying to see it and can’t wait to see a new interpretation of this dramatic classic.

Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie
Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie

The same can be said for The Present starring Cate Blanchett. This tense drama is an opportunity to see one of the world’s best actors up close and very personal. Lastly, John Guare’s hit play Six Degrees of Separation returns with a new cast led by Allison Janney. This play that defined the fraught relationships between the liberal-minded haves and an upstart wannabe is as pertinent now as when it originally played 30 years ago.

Cate Blanchett in The Present
Cate Blanchett in The Present

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Almost all of these productions are available for half price if you visit the TKT locations at Time Square, South Street Seaport and in Brooklyn. Any given evening or matinees on Wednesday and Sunday offer you a wonderful opportunity to see some of the very best Broadway has on offer. I’ll be seeing you there!

February 14, 2017

Book Clubbing

booksBook clubs have been popular for ages but it occurred to me only  bookish types seem to go. As a reasonably voracious reader I never felt the need or urge to join until a friend invited me along one night to sit in on his. Instantly, I was hooked and have been a member of that and one other for the last 4-5 years. I discovered the only thing better than reading an interesting story alone is to share ideas and listen to others insights into the same story.READ MORE >