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Two Quirky Shops on the Upper East Side – Creel & Gow, Hayward House

If you’re wandering through Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side on the lookout for something eye-catching, unusual and very much one-of-a-kind then amble over to East 70th street between Park and Lexington avenues. There, on  a quiet, tree-lined residential street sits a charming boutique in what was once the stables to prominent architect Grosvenor Atterbury’s townhouse.…

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John Derian, a Creative at Work and Play

Renowned designer John Derian made his first decoupage plates in his bedroom in Cambridge Massachusetts nearly thirty years ago. He got inspired after discovering  a box of unique antique prints in a flea market. Production has since shifted from Derian’s bedroom to a 4,000 square foot studio in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a two-minute walk from…

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Aspen Sans Skis

Why are you going? You don’t ski. You’ve never met the people you’ll be staying with. And you’re flying thousand of miles for the pleasure. Are you nuts, my therapist asked. Obviously, I thought. That’s why I’m sitting on this sofa facing you. Haha. Jokes aside, I will admit that I was a bit anxious…

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College Trip Tips for the People Who Aren’t Going to College – the Parents

Third child, third college trip, too many information sessions and campus tours to count. I’ll take the pain of childbirth (ok, there was an epidural on constant drip) over the tedium of information sessions and campus tours any day. Yale, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Penn and Georgetown. Must they all say essentially the same thing? Couldn’t…

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The Pope, Putin and Me

Call me a narcissist, but did they ALL have to be in New York the same week as me? Everyone from Barack to Francis to Francois to Xi Jinping to Putin – who hadn’t been in a decade – plus Michelle, Charlize and Australia’s ex- PM Julia Gillard in a bright pink suit hit the…