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Book Club Monday

I found today’s Book Club choice, Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best To Fast Fashion by Clare Press absolutely fascinating. A reader, who is living in London read it during this second lockdown and messaged me about it. I immediately bought it and started reading…

Who makes your clothes? This used to be an easy question to answer it was the seamstress next door, or the tailor on the high street—or you made them yourself. Today, we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker, and milliner are long gone, replaced a globalized fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year.

In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior, and Hermès; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw.

Wardrobe Crisis is a witty and persuasive argument for a fashion revolution that will empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again. – Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.

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I saw so many great festive drink recipes over the holidays. My husband started drinking Old Fashions a few months ago. It is always served with a huge block of ice and 4 ruby red cherries. I started thinking that there is so much creativity that goes into creating the perfect cocktail. I found this week’s book, Let’s Get Fizzical: More than 50 Bubbly Cocktail Recipes with Prosecco, Champagne, and Other Sparkling Wines by Pippa Guy.

Add some sparkle to your life with this irresistible cocktail recipe book, featuring over 50 drinks made from Prosecco, Sekt, Cava, Champagne, and other sparkling wines.

An inspiring mix of classic cocktail recipes such as bellinis and mimosas, alongside exciting variations and twists, Let’s Get Fizzical offers tips, tricks, presentation ideas, and technical know-how to make your cocktails as sensational for the eye as they are for the palate.

The introductory chapter, A Beginner’s Guide to Bubbles, explains the differences between sparkling wines to help you tell your spumante from your frizzante, or your extra-brut from your demi-sec. Everything you need to know about fizz is here, including insider secrets such as how to make sure your drink keeps its bubbles.

The Know Your Fizz section gives you the low-down on your bubbles of choice, whether that’s a budget Cava or a fancy Champagne. Get The Party Started gives you the drink mixing skills to impress your guests, from essential cocktail shaking techniques to the perfect glass shape.

Drink your way through the recipe-packed remainder of the book – master delicious classics, such as Aperol Spritz and French 75, and discover how to make your drink a little bit special with creative reinventions and original cocktail recipes.

Impress your guests and make every drink a celebration with Let’s Get Fizzical: cheers! – Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.

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Book Club Monday

I am sooo in love with today’s book club choice, Kenneth: Shear Elegance by Giuseppe Longo. In case you didn’t know Kenneth was THE hairstylist to the stars wayyyy before any of the other big-names of today came along. He was the pioneer of the celebrity hairstylist. His salon was located in the amazingly iconic Waldorf Astoria and opened in the early 1950s. His star-studded elegant clientele included Jackie O, Maralyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Lucile Ball and so many more grande dames and then also MY MOTHER. Yes, my mother would go to Kenneth’s every month. She loved it there and so did I. Throughout most of the ’70s and 80’s we would make the trek into NYC and go to Kenneths. Of course, being the first major celebrity to the stars, the Salon was so gorgeous. There was a huge round center banquette for all the ladies to wait for their turn with an enormous tall gorgeous plant right in the middle, which always looked like it was just assembled that morning. The talented Billy Baldwin decorated the space and it was truly incredible. I was so excited when I heard this book was being published this month.

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Discover the story of the pioneering hairstylist who obliterated the once-omnipresent hat and transformed the fashion industry through his A-list clients at his iconic 54th Street Salon. Kenneth Battelle, known simply as “Kenneth,” started his 50-year career in the early 1950s in New York City and built a loyal client list who swore by his skills, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Countess Consuelo Crespi, Diana Vreeland, Lucille Ball, and Gloria Vanderbilt. This biography not only celebrates his extraordinary talent but examines his behind-the-scenes life and career struggles, including the disastrous fire that destroyed his salon, and his perseverance moving forward. Through personal memories of those closest to him, including friends, clients, and former employees, the man who created a cult of classic, timeless ladies comes to life. Previously unpublished photographs, notes, clippings, and original Joe Eula illustrations richly exhibit both his myriad achievements and America’s 20th-century high-fashion scene. – Amazon.com

This book has been so popular that it is currently backordered but will arrive in time for the holidays so it makes a PERFECT gift..for more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.

The Fabulous Kenneth Salon…..How I would love to be sitting there right now!!

Book Club Monday

Happy Columbus Day!! I hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend….If you are looking for a fun, easy read choice for your October book club, I recommend, Barbarians at the PTA by Stephanie Newman. Dr. Newman is a psychoanalyst/psychologist/author and public speaker has practiced in New York over 25 years, treating adults/adolescents and families struggling with anxiety, depression, workplace concerns and more recently Covid-19 stress.

Barbarians at the PTA is a hilarious must read, with the same sharp and witty tone of Mrs. Maisel. Here is the story:

Desperate Housewives Meets Mean Girlsin this Heartfelt and Hilarious Debut Novel about a Mother-Daughter Duo Facing Cliques, Cyberbullying, and Snobs in a Wealthy NYC Suburb

Victoria Bryant is starting over. After a rage-inducing scandal and the realization that her dreamy fiancé is faker than a faux Fendi purse, she moves her psychology practice and 10-year-old daughter, Rachel, to Mayfair Close, an idyllic Westchester, NY, suburb known for its manicured lawns and excellent schools.

The transition is initially seamless; several PTA moms befriend Victoria, her already busy practice booms, and Rachel finds a group of friends. But before anyone can say “helicopter mom,” in walks Lee DeVry. Wealthy, glamorous and perfectly toned, the PTA president is everything Victoria is not.

Vic tries to fit in with Lee and the other SUV driving, athleisure-wearing mothers. At first, she manages to balance the demands of her practice, single parenthood, and her budding romance with Jim, a handsome school administrator. All seems well until Rachel is suddenly targeted, first by the girls at school, and then by an anonymous cyberbully. As Rachel spirals, becoming isolated, playing hooky, and exhibiting signs of depression and disordered eating, Victoria vows to find out who has been messing with her daughter. 

After she learns a secret that will help her rescue her child, Vic faces the ultimate dilemma: should she expose the bully publicly, despite the potential consequences to her professional reputation and relationships with Rachel and Jim? – Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE. Also, Dr Newman is available to come speak to your book club via Zoom and talk about the book in detail!! I cannot wait to do this! If you are interested Email Me and I can help set it up!!

Book Club Monday

I had today’s book, Conversations with RGB:Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Love, Life, Liberty and Law scheduled for a while. However now that the whole country is mourning her death, it is an even more appropriate choice. This book is aviaalbe for pre-order and will be released in early November. It is sure to sell out….Here is the summary:

In her own words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers an intimate look at her life and career, through an extraordinary series of conversations with the head of the National Constitution Center.

This remarkable book presents a unique portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, drawing on more than twenty years of conversations with Jeffrey Rosen, starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era. Rosen, a veteran legal journalist, scholar, and president of the National Constitution Center, shares with us the justice’s observations on a variety of topics, and her intellect, compassion, sense of humor, and humanity shine through. The affection they have for each other as friends is apparent in their banter and in their shared love for the Constitution―and for opera.

In Conversations with RBG, Justice Ginsburg discusses the future of Roe v. Wade, her favorite dissents, the cases she would most like to see overruled, the #MeToo movement, how to be a good listener, how to lead a productive and compassionate life, and of course the future of the Supreme Court itself. These frank exchanges illuminate the steely determination, self-mastery, and wit that have inspired Americans of all ages to embrace the woman known to all as “Notorious RBG.”

Whatever the topic, Justice Ginsburg always has something interesting―and often surprising―to say. And while few of us will ever have the opportunity to chat with her face-to-face, Jeffrey Rosen brings us by her side as never before. Conversations with RBG is a deeply felt portrait of an American hero.– Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.

Book Club Monday

Fall in New York City is my favorite time of year. Unfortunately this year, most of the fun fall city activities are put on hold right now. I found this book and added it to my pile right away. I thought a good old fashion NYC story would fill the void of not being able to spend a lot of time in the big apple right now. Here is the summary of this page-turning NYT’s best seller:

It’s 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn’t ask for more out of life – her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she is drawn to Greenwich Village’s new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club – a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women’s rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she’s forced to confront her shifting priorities head on…and may just lose everything in the process. 

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she’s wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie’s running begin disappearing from the library’s famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-averse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage – truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library’s history. – Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE!!!!