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No Holds Barred: Meeting Mizrahi

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It seems like everyone I know actually knows and loves Isaac Mizrahi. I mean EVERYONE! I never met him. But I have bought his sheets, towels, pajamas, at least 15 cardigans, 8 pair of moccasins 11 handbags, not to mention his Kleenex boxes and 1-800-Flowers. I think I “own” so much Isaac that I must […]... READ MORE
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No Holds Barred: When Something is Worth Nothing

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Photographs by Patrick Halbe, Sandy Gibson, & David Oceanas If I learned one thing from watching my 93-year-old mother curate and sell her Japanese-inspired home of 62 years, it is this: everything that you think is worth SOMETHING is now worth absolutely NOTHING. Here’s how I saw the selling of a significant family home. First […]... READ MORE
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No Holds Barred: Gone to the Dogs

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I have almost given up on all shopping. Maybe I’m getting too old to care. Clothes don’t call me. I’ve never been a shoe ‘n bag gal. Cosmetics are hopeless. Malls scare me as potential terrorist locations. Online bargains are flatlining and I am sick of “return labels.” Even hardware stores and stationary boutiques leave […]... READ MORE
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No Holds Barred: A Whole Lotta Sunshine

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Confession: I have never been a “dog person.” I am not even a “child person.” I am part of the “selfish, shallow, self absorbed” contingent of people who Meghan Daum talks about in her latest book on people who chose not to procreate. But mine started with animals. I never grew up with a meaningful […]... READ MORE
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SPANA, Part II

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In addition to providing veterinary care and education, SPANA also partners with local organizations to address a spate of issues ranging from the localized needs of a particular area to humanitarian crises such as widespread droughts. And whenever possible, the charity strives to go beyond delivering disaster relief by investing in projects which ... READ MORE
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SPANA, Part I

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I was crossing the street in Marrakech on a recent trip to Morocco when I saw a cart-pulling donkey get hit by a car. I heard a yelp and saw the donkey jump in the air but then luckily, he continued on his way amidst the heavy traffic, seemingly unharmed. Quite frankly, I was surprised […]... READ MORE
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Animal Adoption Centers in NYC, Part II

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Click here for Part 1 My tour of Manhattan’s animal adoption centers continues below. The staff at the Humane Society told me that they do everything they can to make the facility feel less like a shelter and more like a home. During my visit, I quickly concluded that they have succeeded in doing just that. […]... READ MORE
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Animal Adoption Centers in NYC, Part I

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When you look into a pet store window and coo at the cute puppies therein, and are perhaps even tempted to go inside during this holiday season, plunk your credit card down to the tune of $1,500 – $2,000 and walk out soon thereafter with your very own little four-legged creature, I implore you to […]... READ MORE
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Blanche Auzello: Mistress of the Ritz

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It’s no secret by now that during World War II, Coco Chanel was spying for the Germans while carrying on an affair with Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, the dashing, flaxen-haired, and considerably younger Nazi spy. Hal Vaughan’s new book, Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War (Knopf), documents the couturière’s wartim... READ MORE
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The Transformation of West Greenwich Village

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The 1861 Bank Street Brownstone is the most “home” I have had. From its stoop for nearly four decades — where we Villagers in traditional old-New-York-neighborhood-style still sit with our beloved dogs, glasses of red wine and mini- picnics, to chat and catch-up — I have personally witnessed the transformation of West Greenwich Vill... READ MORE

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