131 posts categorized "Books & Films"

Ten Things To Look Forward To In 2016.

Jan 11 2016


I won't lie, it's been a bit of a struggle to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. In an effort to combat my embarrassing lack of motivation, I decided to make a list of specific events I have my eye on. In no particular order, here are ten things I'm looking forward to in 2016.

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Gloomy Friday.

Oct 16 2015

Vintage umbrella

The weather in Paris has taken a gloomy turn. Seemingly overnight, we've gone from crisp sunny days to cold, bitter rain. The impact on my mood and energy level is not pretty.

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Made My Day Madame Secretary.

Jul 27 2015

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Last week, I learned that one of my personal heroes, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, was to make a guest appearance on season two of the CBS drama Madame Secretary. How cool is that?

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Well Said Dame Helen.

Jun 24 2015


When asked what she thought about thirty-seven year old actress Maggie Gyllenhaal being turned down to play the part of the love interest of a fifty-five year old actor, Dame Helene Mirren had this to say:

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Nine Thousand Hidden Women.

Jun 23 2015


Today's post is dedicated to a review of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran. In the interest of full disclosure, please note that the book's author, journalist Carla Power, is a dear friend.

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Something In The Air?

Jun 15 2015

Hollywood misogyny:sexism

I don't know whether a truth serum has been surreptitiously released into Hollywood's water supply or some air born version thereof but Hollywood actresses seem more willing then ever to publicly call out their industry's rampant sexism and double standards.

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Can You Blame Her?

May 25 2015

Gerard Depardieu:Isabelle Hupert:Cannes 2015

"I'm sorry but I just .... can't."

The 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has just wrapped. The awards have been handed out, the distribution deals have been cut and the borrowed jewels and frocks have been returned. And what sticks in my mind after nearly two full weeks of this annual circus? The rampant sexism on display.

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The Night The Americans Ruled Versailles.

May 07 2015

The Battle of Versailles:Robin Givhan

On a recent holiday, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History, the newly released book by Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan.

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Requiescat In Pace Albert Maysles

Mar 11 2015


I was saddened to learn of the passing of documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles on March 5th.

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A New Costume Designer For Claire Underwood.

Mar 03 2015

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“No more ill-fitting garments Francis."

Netflix just released Season 3 of House of Cards and the Underwoods have moved into the White House.

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