Story: It’s 1961, and window washer J. Pierrepont Finch seems more absorbed in the book he’s reading than in cleaning the exterior of the World Wide Wicket building. He carries a self-help tome that describes in meticulous detail how an ambitious, enterprising young man (it is 1961) can rise to the top of the business world with nary an iota of talent.
History and beauty intertwine at Ambruster Great Hall, built in 1931 by Robert J. Ambruster. The family-owned venue, conveniently located in Clayton, can host both the ceremony and reception, and includes china, silverware, lighting and a complimentary DVD of the event.
Breathtaking views and beautiful landscaping at The Gardens at Malmaison and The Studio Inn at St. Albans provide a destination-wedding feel without leaving St. Louis. Renovations will be completed in September; the venue will include four luxury bed-and-breakfast cottages and a large pavilion.
As the summer winds down, many of St. Louis’ top arts organizations are ramping up a new season. We asked in-the-know arts professionals what they’re most looking forward to in the world of visual and performing arts.
Story: A young girl finds herself drawn into a magical world guided by the most imaginative and individual Cat in the Hat. Soon she becomes a character herself as Jojo, the daughter of the mayor of Whoville and his wife, Mrs. Mayor.
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Gerald Early was born and raised in South Philadelphia's Southwark neighborhood. It was the setting for the story of Rocky Balboa. The movie was fiction but the area was a very real place, and Early is one of its real-life over-comers.
This 5-bedroom, 5-full and 1-half bath home in Clarkson Valley is listed for $1.38 million.
Taking Designers to the Next Level
A recent wedding that I had the honor to provide service for was a lovely affair... But why in the world would a parent allow their pre-teen boys to attend this beautiful event in cargo shorts, T-shirts and athletic shoes?
Potted plants soften the edges of hardscape, mute street noise, and create a lush, colorful backdrop. One of the beauties of container gardening is that plants may be moved around to find the ‘best’ spot for their culture.
We live in a time when a sweet sentiment easily can be shared through an email, text or even as a post or a tweet—without a pen, without a stamp, and without, you know, one of those things that folds in half: a greeting card.
Story: A young man named Alfredo Germont is introduced to a popular, partying courtesan, Violetta Valery, and falls in love with her. Improbably, when Alfredo proposes that Violetta move from Paris to live with him in the countryside, she accepts. Fearful that she is dying from her fast living, she thinks that this might offer her a saving option.
There is a dizzying array of hair-care products in drugstores, beauty warehouses and salons, with all making significant claims about the wondrous results you can expect. And it’s difficult to parse the hype from the fact.
We know that exposure to UV rays damages skin, but in our foolish youth, we may have worshipped the sun. Now we’re seeing the consequences: wrinkles, loss of elasticity and those nasty brown spots that are no longer considered cute little freckles.
Diet and exercise are the basis for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight; but for some people, all the exercise and salads in the world won’t remove that post-pregnancy tummy paunch or those stubborn saddlebags. That’s why ‘body sculpting,’ the ability redistribute, remove or add fat to specific areas, has become increasingly popular.
• CALMING RETREAT. This master bedroom was designed to be a calming retreat with the look and feel of an upscale boutique hotel suite: luxurious, yet comfortable and classic.
• KEEP IT CONSISTENT. Many times, we're asked to do outdoor areas where we get involved with everything—fireplace, hot tub, outdoor kitchen… It's nice to have one designer or company design the whole thing. That way, you can use all the same stone for the entire area.
St. Louis has a rich community of artisans who are creating their own natural soap and body care products right here in town. We talked with Kathleen Behrmann, of Buddha Body & Bath, about how she got her start in this booming field.
In the weeks following my Webster Groves Recreation Complex Beginning Spinning course, I have been trying to find a way to say this in a professional manner, appropriate for publication, only to come to the conclusion that there's no nice way around it. The problem with Spinning, plain and simple, is the seat.
LN takes you inside recent remodels for a look at the latest home trends. Peek inside this spa-inspired bathroom, and find out more about the best lighting, fixtures and tiles.
What could be more patriotic than Miss America on the Fourth of July? During her national speaking tour, the reigning Miss America, Nina Davuluri, exclusively posed for the Ladue News fashion team.
Take your shower to new heights with natural, hand-crafted soaps that are bursting with summertime freshness. Your skin will love you for it!
Story: An infant boy, shipwrecked in the early 20th century with his parents off the west coast of Africa, is left alone after the boy’s parents are killed by a leopard. A nurturing gorilla named Kala, whose own infant is carried off by the same leopard, finds the boy and takes care of him as her own child.
This 7-bedroom, 6-full and 1-half bathroom home in Clayton is listed for $1,999,999.