Elena Bowes

New York-London design & culture writer of a certain vintage looking for meaning and wholeness in life


December 7th, 2022 | Personal

December Nerves

December, that jolly month, is always a tricky time for me. I recently saw something on Instagram that triggered my Martha Stewart insecurities —In this case a pair of bookcases.…

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August 5th, 2022 | Personal

Can a Sexagenarian Be Sexy?

Two months ago, I turned 60, and next month I will be a grandmother. (My daughter Kate below) These two milestones have contributed to a minor identity crisis. I’d like…

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March 17th, 2022 | Personal

Throwing Stretch Under the Bus, Again

“I’m dedicating this weekend to making a digital photo album for all our wedding celebrations,” Stretch informs me. I don’t say anything. We’re  driving to Old Greenwich in Connecticut. It’s…

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January 22nd, 2022 | Personal

Turning Sixty

I remember when I was a freshman in college, my boyfriend’s parents came to visit. His mother must have been in her late 50’s at best. She told me she…

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January 3rd, 2022 | Personal

My Quest for Fun

My father John Bowes and his childhood pal turned business partner John Rosekrans always seemed to be having a good time. I can remember Bowes and Rose, as they called…

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