Elena Bowes

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


1 week ago
Opinion | An Introvert’s Guide to Friendship

I like this article because the author Sarah Ruhl points out how friendships rarely get written about because of their very nature - they are calm and loving and can last for years. No drama. And yet, friendships are what sustains many of us. They are my oxygen. I adore them. Friends are for life, not just for Christmas. I always feel better after a good meal or a long walk chatting with my closest girlfriends. We cover life’s essentials and nonessentials. It’s effortless. Conversely I remember a boyfriend where there was always drama. He excelled at playing hard to get, a quality I have ... See more

What my student taught me about one of life’s most important relationships.

1 week ago
'Aroused' Author Randi Hutter Epstein Makes Science Easy to Understand & Fascinating - Elena Bowes

If you had to single out your favourite hormone, which would it be? Why? Randi Hutter Epstein Author #Aroused #hormones http://bit.ly/ElenaAroused

I am not a science person. It was always my worst subject at school. Even the easy classes were hard. So it was with a slight unease that I picked up my friend Randi Hutter Epstein’s latest book, Aroused, the History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything. Fortunately, Randi is a g...

3 weeks ago
Treasures from Classic London Club Annabel's Are Going Up for Auction

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Nina Campbell who was not only an Annabel’s devotee, but helped decorate the illustrious club with its talented owner, the late Mark Birley. Nina had wonderful stories to tell. Annabel's Mayfair Nina Campbell http://bit.ly/2Al9YUT

Everything—from the iconic Bodhisattva to a porcelain urinal—must go.

1 month ago
Review | For eight years, Michelle Obama watched every word. In her memoir, she’s done with that.

Who doesn’t love Michelle Obama? After reading this article in the Washington Post (see below) about her touching and honest memoir, Becoming, I love her even more. Sadly, she has no political ambitions. In her memoir, Obama talks about everything from her deep love for her disabled father who died in 1991to the racist slurs she had to endure as First Lady. When called “an angry black women”, she writes how she wanted to ask her detractors, which word mattered to them the most. Is it ‘angry’ or ‘black’ or ‘woman’?

Points that struck me in the book: how important our ... See more

The former first lady doesn’t tiptoe around the ugly stuff in “Becoming.”

1 month ago
Revolutionary Idea - Collaborating is Fun - Elena Bowes

One of the nice things about my move to the States is reconnecting with old friends... Hardylon Explore Washington CT Freehand New York Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors http://bit.ly/2PqvdPH

One of the nice things about my move to the States is reconnecting with old friends. Take Anne Hardy. Anne lived in London in the nineties where she was the Decorating Editor for British House & Garden. We met at a baby group. Those babies are now 26. In the early naughts, Anne moved back...

1 month ago
What Donald Trump Really Said At NATO | The Imitation Game

I don't often post humour, but sometimes people need to laugh. Beats crying. What Donald Trump Really Said At NATO #donaldtrump #nato #TuesdayThoughts #GoVote https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1weSwmEs18

The panel provide the voices for some footage of the Trumps Catch up now on the ITV hub. The next episode will be live Sunday at 10:05pm on ITV and ITV hub. ...

1 month ago
A Year Later... - Elena Bowes

A Year Later... - Elena Bowes http://bit.ly/a-year-later Shomit Mitter Equinox Bed Bath & Beyond The Womens Room Columbia Journalism School

It’s been just over a year since I moved from London to Manhattan. Death, divorce and moving – life’s big stresses. I’ve experienced all three and with each, time is the great healer. Things that jarred me a year ago in NYC – the constant crowds and the noise, not to mention my eternal que...

2 months ago
London Art Studies- Art Lovers Listen Up

Luckily for me, London Art Studies founder Kate Gordon answered my prayers with an online site which is both informative and entertaining. If you can’t beam yourself up to Vienna, Paris, London or any major European capital for that matter, LAS’s videos are the next best thing to being there. http://bit.ly/2J68zpn

When I lived in London full-time I used to love going to London Art Studies’ monthly talks about upcoming exhibitions. The speakers not only were experts in their field, but more importantly,…

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The other night I went to a silent auction fundraiser at The Drawing Center in Soho, New York. In this world of big, brazen mega-galleries I loved the intimacy and modesty of the space - one room to view a selection of lovely, disparate, high-quality drawings, many donated by the artists. I ended up taking home a meticulously crafted pencil drawing of a Ford LTD by Robert Davis. Laura Hoptman, ex-curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, has just started as the new director of the space, replacing Brett Littman who now runs The Noguchi Museum in Long ... See more