Our renovation went smoothly, and I attribute it first to the luck of choosing a good contractor, one who considered schedule and budget as mandates and not "suggestions." But there are other "musts," too. So, in Part 2 of "How to survive a renovation", I'm talking about the things you need to . . .
I love the fashion and beauty industries. There really is very little new in either, just a recycling of old fashion and makeup trends that were once fresh and new. So I smiled when I read that for 2015, red-red lips are on trend and black winged eyeliner is in style. They're from two different . . .
Gorgeous gowns and couture going back 100 years are part of a collection borrowed from the Brooklyn Museum of Art that's closing soon at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. I love me a good fashion exhibition and all the better if it's got vintage couture. So girlfriend and I drove up to . . .
This is the first of at least three posts on renovations--in general, and ours in particular. Come in! You've heard the scare stories about the renovations from hell, right? The ones that stretch on for months? Where contractors screw up and don't fix it? Or don't even respond to phone calls? . . .
Growing up, did your kitchen look like this? Mine didn't. but I love it, all of it: the color scheme, the appliances and the retro 1950s vibe. I once did a kitchen floor in those tiles, but set them on the diagonal. The cabinets resembled these, but were white. I would have loved to have . . .
I love hats. I love them as fashion statements, but they're also a must to protect our skin from the heat of the summer sun. Form and function? The two don't always go together. Hats that provide real protection are often not that...attractive. So, how to choose a hat that flatters you? Choose a . . .
Nothing stays the same, and sometimes, that makes us sad. In that vein, we said goodbye this week to a series that was almost universally loved for its pitch-perfect depiction of life in an advertising agency in the 1960s and early 1970s. We'd watched Mad Men since the start (was it only 2007?), . . .
Buick has reinvented itself now, but back in the day, there was no better throwback than a 1960s Buick. Note the gear shift on the steering column. The narrow, uncovered steering wheel and the slim horn. This one's cherry, isn't it? Oh, and it's Throwback Thursday! Forget the blue/white dress. . . .
This is a reader-participation post in a big way, so if you have something to offer on this subject, anything at all, know that it will be welcomed. We're renovating and I'd love--no I NEED--your advice. Renovation advice. This is my second attempt at the project, because just the idea overwhelmed . . .
It's fun to play the game "What other era would you have liked to live in, do you think?" M. and I play it from time to time and his answer is always the 1950s, when he was a kid and life was easy. I'm fascinated by another era. The Forties. There's something about the 1940s that speaks to me. . . .