what we want for valentine’s day

February 13th, 2015

This Valentine’s Day, it’s not only flowers and chocolate on our minds. We want…

A cocktail class at The Brooklyn Kitchen

This colorful book to sit on a coffee table

One of these, in red, to whip around in

An assortment of (one is never enough!) mini cupcakes from this Upper East Side bakery

This personalized bag for traveling

This little gadget for when our hearts get pumping

A bottle (or two or three) of this chilling in the fridge

Kleenex, Maker’s Mark, and this ice cream


Have a good weekend!

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti…and other things

February 10th, 2015

According to an interview appearing this weekend in The New York Times, there’s more to Sophia Loren than just spaghetti. At 80, Italy’s most beloved actress and icon takes issue with an apocryphal quotation long attributed to her (“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti”) finally putting to rest the idea that her life — or anyone’s for that matter – can be summed up so tersely. She wrote a 352-page memoir that was published last year, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life,” proving that it shouldn’t necessarily be easy or expected to live la vita in 140 characters. “It’s a beautiful, beautiful, wonderful story, full of many things,” she explains to The Times, “many memories, good, bad, because life sometimes is very hard.” And the thread that runs through the story of Sophia Loren is travel. Seeing the world is very important to her. She says, “I’ve been to many festivals to show some films that I made. I’ve been in Russia, I’ve been in Asia. I’ve been everywhere.” But seeing it all isn’t enough for her. What’s more important is sharing those experiences with her family. “I am eager very much to choose, let’s say two weeks, three weeks with my children,” she says. “To go a little bit around and to see like a tourist.” Who knew that Sophia Loren would make a great spokesperson for multi-generational travel?