Sasha Nicholas- Making Dinnerware Meaningful


As I have mentioned in other articles, I am not typically a fan of monograms. Unless… there is something unusual and interesting about them. I want to introduce you to Cindy Nouri, whose product line repeatedly caught my eye on social media. She is a historian of typography and of monograms, with a fascinating background in porcelain and gold- would you believe- via DENTISTRY. She now applies her expertise in these elements to a bigger “canvas”, creating beautiful custom dinnerware for her company Sasha Nicholas, named for her two children. Cindy’s professional journey might inspire us all to take our dreams seriously and follow our passions.   [Read more…]

Picasso Sculpture Exhibit at MOMA


Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) She-Goat. Vallauris, 1950 (cast 1952). Bronze. 46 3/8 x 56 3/8 x 28 1/8″ (117.7 x 143.1 x 71.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Picasso Sculpture
September 14, 2015–February 07, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art’s fall exhibit of 150 Picasso sculptures is one worth seeing; for all of his fame, the sculpture is a relatively unknown part of his entire collection. That he was a self-taught sculptor becomes apparent as you see these very personal works crafted with a sense of improvisation and ingenuity. MoMA is the sole venue so don’t miss this opportunity.

Picasso Sculpture is a sweeping survey of Pablo Picasso’s profoundly innovative and influential work in three dimensions. The largest museum exhibition of Picasso’s sculptures to take place in the United States in nearly half a century, the exhibition brings together around 150 sculptures from Picasso’s entire career via loans from major public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad, with the largest selection of works coming from the Musée national Picasso–Paris. With many works on view for the first time in the U.S., the exhibition provides an opportunity to explore a rarely seen aspect of Picasso’s large and prolific career.  [Read more…]

How Badly Do You Want It?

Sophia Loren quote on

I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday weekend, and for those of you not in the US, a lovely regular weekend.  Labor Day marks the end of summer and sends us back to the routine of school or work. I recently came across this Sophia Loren quote, which seems appropriate for this seasonal shift. Have you ever noticed that Sophia Loren, with her bombshell good looks, has never been the type to [Read more…]

Living Newport

Living-Newport,-Book-Coverphoto credit: Kenneth Lindh

Bettie Bearden Pardee is a former magazine editor, Newport hostess and author whose latest coffee table book, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style features the homes and lifestyles of the tastemakers of this “City by the Sea.”

Ms. Pardee served for 11 years as a contributing editor at Bon Appetit Magazine, where she produced the on-location feature “Entertaining With Style.” She is active as a chair of many Newport social events that are staples of the social season.  Who could possibly be better qualified to give us an up close, insider view of rarified Newport?  In Living Newport: Houses, People, Style, Ms. Pardee gives us a front row seat to the sophisticated charm and social energy of parties, weddings, local traditions and stylish homes that are Newport.

Her book is divided into four seasonal sections, which tells us that there is always something worthwhile going on in Newport.

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Savor the End of Summer with Peach Ice Cream

Peach Ice Cream, Huff Post Taste

The peaches are so heavenly this summer that I am sharing my peach ice cream recipe over at HuffPost Taste.