Venice Lovers, a Must Have Book:

Dream Of Venice review on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Photography by Charles Christopher

Edited by Joann Locktov

Foreward by Frances Mayes

Dream of Venice, publishing December 5, 2014, offers an intriguing introduction to a city I have not yet visited.  The gorgeous photography of Charles Christopher transports us through the waters and unexpected twists and turns of this magical place. Venetian observations and experiences of thirty-six noteworthy contributors offer impressions of this truly unique place. These contributors are all famous people(!).  Not to name names, but…  Peggy Guggenheim, Patrizia Gucci, Woody Allen, Saxon Henry and more offer their personal impressions of this wondrous place:   [Read more…]

Inspired By: The Sultanette

cha·ris·ma

1) compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others

2) a divinely conferred gift or power

Let’s talk about charisma. Charismatic people are a rare breed who possess a somewhat indefinable 6th sense. They walk into a room with a larger than life presence; when they interact with you, you feel like the most important person to ever exist. What gives these people their superpowers? Speculators suggest that it is a combination of traits such as optimism, confidence, high intelligence — with an up-to-date knowledge on current affairs and rounded general knowledge. Perhaps it is that they are both interesting — and interested – they want to listen to what others have to say. Charisma is all about attention to detail, and the details of how interpersonal interaction takes place. Charisma is a gift… and a power. It can’t be faked, and it certainly can not be bought.

The people who posses charisma are superheros of human interactions. While I wish we could get to the bottom of this talent/gift/power, I just don’t think it is possible. So instead, we can further explore the elements in a case study. I invite you to join me as I chat with the queen of charisma. Meet The Sultanette, the persona of one of my favorite blogs, The Male Harem. The Sultanette is a class act – she has more reason than most to brag, yet would not ever consider doing so. She is charming, stylish, witty, kind, intellectual, and extremely mysterious. Let me just, to set the stage for this interview, put on the table that The Sultanette is single. She has a magnetic force field around her that lures, truly, the most interesting male admirers. I’m not talking about empty suits, frat boys or skirt-chasers. I’m talking about powerful people, intellects, the higher cut of the male species. Quality. And while I am on the topic, quantity of said quality. She is the sort of female that men adore…and women want to hate. But they can’t, because she is likable.

This requires further inspection, wouldn’t you say?

In advance, you’re welcome. You’re welcome for the holiday entertainment that will shock you right out of your tryptophan coma. Put on your seatbelt and enjoy the interview, which will end with a fantasy dinner hosted by The Sulanette.

The Sultanette granted us an interview and a behind the scenes peek at her fantasy dinner prep. on www.CourtneyPrice.comIf you are lucky, perhaps you will be invited…

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Saving Graces: Manners

Modern Manners on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Wherever the holidays take you, remember to bring your manners-

I read a wonderful article in the latest Bon Appétit that was written by Ben Schott and the editors. It was a fantastic compilation of  MODERN MANNERS reminders for hosts and guests, specific to Thanksgiving, but appropriate for any occasion. Here are a few of my favorite pointers: [Read more…]

How to Make Great Pancakes

How to make the best Pancakes ever, on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Holidays are HERE, can you believe it? Pancakes are a quick and easy crowd pleaser, perfect for guests. We tend to save them for special occasions around our house, like holiday weekends with friends and family.  Most people have their own batter recipe, so I have assembled a quick technique Q&A list with tips and tricks to help make yours extra delicious~ [Read more…]

Madame Cezanne Exhibit at the Met

Cezanne_Madame-Cezanne-in-the-Conservatory at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on www.CourtneyPrice.comMadame Cezanne Exhibit- The Metropolitan Museum of Art

November 19, 2014-March 15, 2015

Madame Cézanne, the first exhibition of paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) of his most painted model, Hortense Fiquet (1850–1922), will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 19. The exhibition will trace Cézanne’s lifelong attachment to the woman who was his model, his wife, and the mother of his son, Paul. She profoundly influenced his portrait practice for more than two decades, and yet, she was not well received—by either his family or his friends.

Madame Cézanne will feature 24 of the 29 known portraits of Hortense Fiquet that Cézanne painted over a period of more than 20 years, including [Read more…]